Principal's Blog

  • High School Open House: Thursday, 9/24

    Posted by Peter Delani on 9/16/2020 2:30:00 PM

    Open House

    WELCOME PARENTS AND GUARDIANS!

     

    MASCONOMET REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL

    VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

    6:30 PM

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    You are cordially, invited to virtually attend the Masconomet High School Open House on Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 6:30pm – 8:45pm. You will be introduced to your child’s teachers and acquire an understanding of the curriculum and expectations for student performance in each of your student’s courses.

     

    To attend Open House, please sign in to Blackboard using your student’s username and password. (Prior to Thursday, check with your student for this information.)  You will be attending your student’s classes virtually through Blackboard Collaborate as if you were the student. Click here for instructions how to log in to Blackboard as your child.

     

    Typically, I welcome all of the parents in the auditorium where we talk about the journey your child is either about to begin, or is currently on in high school.  Unfortunately, current circumstances preclude us from being able to gather in person. Please know that should you have any questions before or after the Open House relative to your son/daughter’s journey here at Masconomet High School, that I welcome the opportunity to speak with you personally. 

     

    There are 5 Key Institutions in a society: Family; Community; Government; Religion; and Schools.  When they work in concert around children great things happen.  I am proud to have worked at Masconomet High School for the past 29 years and never more so than the past seven months during the Covid-19 pandemic.  I am appreciative of the patience, support and kindness that parents have extended to the staff and me as we work to approximate the closest “Masco” educational experience that we can in a virtual platform. I am also impressed by and thankful to work in a community where all 5 of those Key Institutions work in concert to the benefit of our children. These past seven months remind me of the ancient Greek Proverb: A Society grows when old men (people) plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.  What truly makes Masco a great high school is that throughout my experience at Masconomet that that old Greek proverb applies to the Tri-Town Community.  And for that, I thank you. 

     

    I will leave you with this quote from a great book that I read this summer, that I think will help us frame the work ahead of us this year. “We forget: In life, it doesn’t matter what happens to you or where you came from.  It matters what you do with what happens and what you’ve been given.”  Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph.   Masco has given us much, and to those whom much is given, much is expected.

     

    Know that we look forward to our journey this year and that we will rise to meet those expectations.

     

    The schedule for the Masconomet High School Open House is as follows:

     

     Time

    Period

    6:30 to 6:45

    1

    6:50 to 7:05

    2

    7:10 to 7:25

    3

    7:30 to 7:45

    4

    7:50 to 8:05

    5

    8:10 to 8:25

    6

    8:30 to  8:45

    7

     

    For other important information, please see below.

    School Counseling Information and Upcoming Events

    The School Counseling Department is excited to provide students with our curriculum and resources throughout the school year and will include the following:

     

    • Freshman Year
      • Transitions: High School Expectations and Opportunities
        • This will be a yearlong program in conjunction with the Peer Leaders that will have a special topic for each month beginning in November. More information to come from the School Counseling Department. Stay tuned!

     

    • Sophomore Year
      • The World of Work: Career and Self-Exploration
        • This program involves a winter program and springtime meetings with students concerning career exploration and interests.

     

    • Junior Year
      • Post-Secondary Planning…Graduation and Beyond
        • This program begins second semester and runs through April vacation. It is the official kickoff to the College and Post-Secondary Planning season for students.

     

    • Senior Year
      • College Applications, Work Experience, and More
        • This program begins in September 2020! Information about the College Application and Financial Aid process, as well as resources, are available in each student’s Bb account in the High School Guidance Organization section. Parents are welcome to access this information using their student’s login credentials for Bb.
        • SAVE THE DATE: Senior Parent Night Virtual Program on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 6:30pm!
        • Additional Senior Parent Virtual Sessions (morning and afternoon) will be available in early October. 

     

    Please stay connected by logging into Bb and Naviance to access School Counseling resources for each grade level.

     

    Thank you for joining us.

     

    Pete Delani

    High School Principal

     

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  • HS Student Orientation Video / 2020 Student Remote Learning Schedule & Expectations

    Posted by Peter Delani on 9/15/2020 6:00:00 AM

    Remote

    Welcome to the 2020/21 School Year!  We look forward to seeing all of you this week for the Materials/Books PickUp at the High School and then for the opening of classes on Monday, September 21st.

     

    The Peer Leaders and their Advisors Ms. Almeida & Mr. Batcheller, along with the Assistant Principals, Ms. Schatzel and Ms. DiNardo, and the Digital Learning Staff have put together a welcome back Student Orientation Video, as well as a 2020 Student Remote Learning Schedule & Expectations document which is attached as a PDF. 202 Remote Learning Schedule and Expectations

     

    Click here for the Masconomet High School Student Orientation: (For future reference this video can be found on the student resources page in BlackBoard and the High School Principal's Blog.)  

     

    Pete Delani

    Principal

    Masconomet Regional High School

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  • Masconomet Senior Justin Crosby named National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist

    Posted by Peter Delani on 9/11/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Masconomet High School is proud to announce that Senior Justin Crosby has been named a National Merit Semi-Finalist!

    Justin 11National Merit

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  • High School Materials Pick Up Information: Tues 9/15 - Fri 9/18

    Posted by Peter Delani on 9/9/2020 10:00:00 AM

    Parents & Students,

    We hope this email finds you well.  We are excited to start school on Monday, September 21st.  Please click on the link below for information on our High School Course Materials Pick Up next week, Tuesday 9/15 - Friday 9/18 at Masconomet.

    Additionally, please note that on Tuesday morning the 15th we will be sending out an another email with student orientation information for our incoming 9th grade students, as well as our Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.  Our Peer Leaders and Administrative Staff are putting together a welcome video that will provide helpful information for students as we prepare to start the 2020/21 school year on Monday, 9/21.

    Curbside

    Please click here for info on HS Materials Pick Up Information next week.

    Thank you again for all of your support and patience.

    Sincerely,

    Pete Delani

    Principal

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  • Student Council Members and local Fire Departments Honor 9/11 First Responders

    Posted by Peter Delani on 9/9/2020 7:00:00 AM

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    On September 8th, Masco Student Council members joined local firefighters, State Representatives, fellow students, and the Courtemanche family in leading a flag planting. 3,000 flags were placed on Masco’s front lawn to honor and remember the heroes and first-responders who lost their lives on 9/11, each flag representing a life lost.

    Student participants from left to right: Sebastian Gilligan, Trent Bunker, Justin Crosby, Katie Bernard and Ella Bernard.

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  • MASCO SCHOOL COMMITTEE HOSTS COMMUNITY FORUM

    Posted by Peter Delani on 9/4/2020 7:00:00 PM

    Dear Masconomet Community,

     

    Please save the date: Wednesday, September 9 at 7pm via zoom for a Community Forum on our Remote Start Phase of reopening. 

     

    This Forum is organized by the Community Relations subcommittee of the Masconomet School Committee and will feature a panel of experts from Masconomet responding to essential questions on the Remote Start Phase of this unprecedented school year. 

    Zoom link and topics guide will be shared next week. 

    Enjoy the weekend!

    SC

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  • School Opening 2020-2021

    Posted by Catherine Daly on 8/28/2020 1:00:00 AM

    Peter Delani

    Principal 

    Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students, 

    I hope your summer is bringing equal parts excitement and rest. I am writing this letter to provide all of you with key dates; documents; and other important information necessary to open the 2020/2021 school year. On various links below and via our high school website you can access all of the important documentation. We are excited to welcome the Class of 2024 to the high school, as well as our returning sophomores, juniors and seniors. 

    To read the rest of this letter, click here.

     Back to school  

     

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  • IMPORTANT Northeast Athletic Conference Announcement

    Posted by Peter Delani on 8/24/2020 5:30:00 PM

    NORTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

    BEVERLY - DANVERS – GLOUCESTER - LYNN CLASSICAL- LYNN ENGLISH MARBLEHEAD –MASCONOMET - PEABODY - SALEM – SAUGUS - SWAMPSCOTT - WINTHROP

    NEC


    The NEC principals met today along with the Athletic Directors to discuss the recent guidelines for athletic participation based upon the DESE and MIAA recommendations.

    The NEC principals voted to move fall sports to the fall 2 season (9-0-3). The fall 2 season is scheduled for 2/22/21 to 4/25/21. This decision is based upon several factors.

    1. At this time, 5 NEC school communities are in the RED category and will not be able to participate in sports during the fall season. This is considerable in terms of non participation for the fall season, as the NEC is composed of 12 schools.

    2. This allows for an equitable solution of participation by NEC schools impacted currently with COVID-19. The fall season would occur in the newly created Fall 2 season.

    3. Many of the NEC schools are starting the school year in Remote Learning. Several schools are starting with a phased in hybrid approach which will begin in Remote Learning. MIAA and DESE guidelines indicate that school committee approval is required for schools starting the year in Remote Learning for athletic participation.

    4. The focus at this time is opening our schools as safely as possible. There will be time needed to ensure proper safeguards are in place as well as working through procedures for a safe return just for school. Time is needed to work out safety protocols for extracurricular activities.

    5. We recognize that connections for all students are critical, especially with the start of the school year during the most challenging of times and the loss of a spring sports season for many student-athletes. We want to provide experiences for our students that are safe.

    6. There will be opportunities for connections in the fall that are sport specific. These opportunities would need to follow EEA guidelines and it is the individual school’s responsibility to comply with this guidance.

    7. There will be further meetings and collaboration regarding the logistics of moving fall sports to the fall 2 season.

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  • Rheanna Murray (2020) Artist Behind Graphic Design for TTC'c Positive Community Norms

    Posted by Peter Delani on 8/14/2020 6:00:00 AM

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O0OGbXX2-nM8w0qteRUENVeDXGE0K9IG/view

    Rheanna Murray of Boxford, a member of Masco’s class of 2020,
    is the artist behind the graphic design of TTC’s Positive
    Community Norms (PCN) campaign postcards and java jackets.
    Tri-Town Council collaborated with Masco’s School Health
    Advisory Committee’s (SHAC) Karen Trevenen and art and
    graphic design teacher Stacy Mannheim to engage Masco’s youth
    artists in the process. To simulate the “real world client design
    experience” for Stacy’s graphic design students, TTC met with
    them, shared the science behind the PCN approach, and provided
    the local Masco data highlighting the healthy norms. Students set
    to work creating designs that would appeal to their demographic.

    After a few rounds of revisions, the students were ready to present to the client, TTC staff, who chose 5 student designs to use in the campaign. Rheanna’s was chosen for the community messaging
    materials.

    The process was a unique one for Rheanna, who is headed to North Carolina State this month.and majoring in graphic design. Learning about the PCN approach was interesting as she realized she had her own misperceptions about what the norms actually were. ”I definitely
    found it surprising when I learned that a majority of people actually don’t. I was one of those people who thought a bunch of my fellow Masco students were using a bunch of these substances.” She goes on to say that the “influences of social media and unrealistic tv shows and movies that portray high school students going out to parties every weekend” contribute to those misperceptions. Rheanna was excited to have the opportunity to use her art and design
    to “help clear the air and expose all these misconceptions and to tell the truth about what is actually happening at Masco.

    I feel like a lot of people tend to think we are always vaping or
    using alcohol, but it’s not accurate.” Rheanna took to heart the idea that many well intentioned - yet largely ineffective in changing
    behavior - education campaigns use scare tactics and graphic, disturbing images to “scare the health” into people. She recognized that TTC’s PCN campaign’s approach was different - to
    promote health by focusing on and featuring healthy decision making. With that consideration at the forefront of her design process, she avoided sharp lines and alarming neon colors, opting
    for curved lines and softer, subdued, warm tones that give less of the vibe of a “warning” or “danger”. She chose a neutral graphic of different silhouettes to capture a viewer’s eye. The shapes were intentionally ambiguous to represent everyone, and bold and simple to allow the messaging to stand out. By putting the percentages in the head, Rheanna wanted to symbolize replacing the misperceptions with facts and what the reality actually is to show “we tend to have
    these thoughts in our head that are untrue.” She was grateful for the guidance of Stacy who helped her refine the design to make it more impactful. In fact, Rheanna’s positive experiences working with Stacy, who “made graphic design fun and interesting”, were a factor in her decision to major in graphic design at North Carolina State.
    Rheanna appreciated knowing her art was a critical piece of the effort to dismantle misperceptions about norms. She felt good knowing that her art could help teens who may feel societal pressure to fit and engage in substance use because they think “everyone around them is doing it”. She hopes that by using her art to expose the misperceptions, she can “lighten the pressure kids put on themselves to fit in” and, in turn, help them make healthy choices.
    For more information about the power of norms and their impact on decision making, go to tritowncouncil.org.

    **Tri-Town Council and the Coalition wish to especially thank Masco Art Department Head Ms. Stacy Mannheim, High School Nurse Ms. Karen Trevenen and all the Masco student graphic artists for their collaboration and participation in the Positive Community Norms campaign design effort. 

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  • GRADUATION INFORMATION

    Posted by Peter Delani on 7/22/2020 9:00:00 AM

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    Please note the following important information relative to our Masconomet Class of 2020 Graduation:

    LIVE STREAM: https://www.masconomet.org/Page/655

    Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020

     

    Time: 9:00am, Shine or Rain

     

    Location: Masconomet Football Field

     

    Guests: 2 guests per Masco Graduate are allowed to attend the graduation ceremony.  Please note that guests must accompany the graduate in the same vehicle as the graduate that day.

     

    Arrival:  All Graduates and their guests should arrive between 8am - 8:15am

     

    PPE: ALL attendees, Graduates/Guests/Faculty must wear appropriate PPE.

     

    Parking: All Graduates and their guests should park their vehicles in the Student Parking Lot on the Baseball Field Side of campus.  Faculty members will park on the middle school/football side of campus.

     

    Guest Information: Guests should walk from the Student Parking Lot over to the Football Field.  Guests should plan on bringing their own lawn chairs, umbrellas, water/food.  Guests should place their lawn chairs 6 feet apart on the football field, away from the graduates seats.  The graduates seats will be sectioned off with cautionary tape.

     

    Bathroom Facilities:  Bathroom Facilities inside the building near the Field House will be available during the ceremony.  Other than access to the Bathrooms however, the building will be inaccessible to all attendees.

     

    Graduate Information:  All graduates should report to the Field Hockey Field after parking in the Student Parking Lot.  Graduates are encouraged to bring their own water bottles, as well as umbrellas if the weather is inclement.  We will line up on the field hockey field, single file, 6 feet apart and will begin to parade from the field hockey field to the football field at approximately 8:55am, filing in through gates adjacent to the left of the concession stand/press box.   Seats: Graduates will be directed to their seats by the Assistant Principals.  You will find your Diploma Cases placed on your seat.   Acknowledging the graduates:  Each graduate will have their name read by the Class Officers.  When their name is read they will stand up from their seat, be acknowledged and cheered, then return to their seat.  At the end of the graduation ceremony the graduates will parade back out of the football field to the field hockey field/student parking lot. 

     

    Graduation Program:  Please click here for the Class of 2020 Graduation Program  Due to Covid-19 we will not be handing out programs the day of graduation.

     

    Live Stream:  Boxford Cable Access TV will be broadcasting the graduation ceremony and we will be providing a livestream broadcast of the ceremony that will be accessible via a link on our Masconomet Website the day of graduation.

     

    Additional Information: We have been made aware of a program called www.gowns4good.net that takes graduation gown donations and distributes them to needy healthcare facilities nationwide as backup PPE.    

     

    I thought I would share the information with you in the event that you are interested in helping a worthy cause.  For more information, the site is gowns4good.net.  The web site makes it quite easy to donate and students can select from a list of which facilities to which they would like to gowns to be donated.

     

    Thank you and we look forward to celebrating the Masconomet Class of 2020.

    Pete Delani

    Principal

    Masconomet Regional High School

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  • Learning Is Life

    The Masconomet High School community believes that learning enables us all to achieve ambitious personal goals, develop fine minds, and build strong character.  Therefore, we foster the acquisition of attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary for life-long learners to think critically in order to participate in a global society. 

    Upon graduation, students will have demonstrated that they have embraced this mission by meeting the academic, social and civic expectations.

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