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Senior Events Letter Follows the Weekly Memo

Principal Ralph Olsen's Weekly Memo

Murdock High School

Monday, May 21 through Friday, May 25

 

May 21 – Monday – Day 5  Periods: 5 A 6 1 2 3 4

            Last full day of classes for seniors

            3:30 p.m. Varsity Baseball vs. Gardner at Stone Field

            3:30 p.m. Varsity Softball at Gardner

            3:30 p.m. JV Softball vs. Gardner at home

 

May 22 – Tuesday – Special Schedule

Juniors attend Keene State College Fair

 

Tuesday, May 22

7:30-9:00

1-Senior Exam

9:02-9:10

Advisory

9:12-10:42

2-Senior Exam

10:45-12:07

10:45-11:08 First Lunch

3

11:44-12:07 Second Lunch

12:10-1:06

4

1:09-2:05

5

            4:00 p.m. Varsity Baseball at North Brookfield

            4:00 p.m. Varsity Softball at North Brookfield

 

May 23 – Wednesday – Special Schedule

            7:30-7:40 a.m. Breakfast-Sophomores

            7:45-10:42 a.m. MCAS Math Session 1 – Sophomores

 

Wednesday, May 23

7:30-9:00

3-Senior Exam

9:02-9:10

Advisory

9:12-10:42

4-Senior Exam

10:45-12:07

10:45-11:08 First Lunch

5

11:44-12:07 Second Lunch

12:10-1:06

6

1:09-2:05

1

 

May 24 – Thursday – Special Schedule

            7:30-7:40 a.m. Breakfast-Sophomores

            7:45-10:42 a.m. MCAS Math Session 2 – Sophomores

 

Thursday, May 24

7:30-9:00

5-Senior Exam

9:02-9:10

Advisory

9:12-10:42

6-Senior Exam

10:45-12:07

10:45-11:08 First Lunch

1

11:44-12:07 Second Lunch

12:10-1:06

2

1:09-2:05

3

            3:30 p.m. Varsity Baseball vs. Monty Tech at home

            3:30 p.m. Varsity Softball vs. Monty Tech at home

            3:30 p.m. JV Softball at Monty Tech

            3:00 p.m. Varsity Track at Nashoba Regional High School

            6:00 p.m. School Committee Meeting – Town Hall

 

May 25- Friday – Early Release-Professional Development

 

Friday, May 25

7:30-8:18

4

8:21-8:31

Advisory

8:34-9:22

5

9:25-10:39

6

9:25-9:48 first lunch

10:16-10:39 second lunch

10:42-11:30

2

            3:30 p.m. JV Softball at Tahanto

 

May 26 – Saturday

            Varsity Track at Fitchburg State – time TBD

 

Additional Comments:

Thanks to Rachael Weinhold for coordinating and proctoring all of our Advanced Placement exams for the past two weeks.

 

On Thursday, eight members of the Murdock community attended the VEX Robotics competition at Oakmont High School in Ashburnham.  Three students each from the high school and middle school joined Mr. Collins and Mr. Fontaine representing Murdock's Devil Bots.  The team's two robots (9782A & 9782B) competed against 30 other robots from 9 area schools.  After qualifying heats, teams were ranked by their overall standings and an alliance draft took place to create a single elimination bracket. 9782B (31) was eliminated in the first round of the tournament, while 9782A (14) went on to the quarterfinals round in an alliance with a team from Fitchburg.  Robot 9782A had some technical challenges during the quarterfinal match resulting in a loss and the alliance's elimination.  Team members from the high school included Hunter Bourgoin, Ethan Brodeur, Steven Cordio, and Brandon LaFreniere. The team worked together for about 4 months on the engineering design, construction, and programming of the two robots during their Robotics class.  The students are commended on their performance yesterday representing Murdock. They did a phenomenal job of on-the-fly problem solving, programming, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

Alyson Galipeau and Laurel Johanson chaperoned twenty-nine students who participated in the Great East Festival Choral competition in Greenfield, MA.  After the competition, the students enjoyed a portion of the day at Six Flags.

 

Approximately 100 students and family members attended the Murdock High School Scholars Dinner and Awards Ceremony this past Tuesday evening.  Key note speakers were MHS graduates Bekah Wheeler (class of 2009) and Sarah Wheeler (class of 2007).  Many thanks to the following staff members for coordinating and serving the sit down dinner provided by LaPointe’s Catering:  Amanda Beaulieu, Sherri Fairbanks, Dylan Gamache, David Larson, Marcia Meyer-Krul, Stephanie Rondeau, Faye Wheeler, and Rachael Weinhold.  Thanks also to our custodians for the set-up and the clean-up:  Robin Duguay, David Elliott, Darlene Nelson, and Andy Vaillette.

 

Scholars

The following students achieved a 3.0 or greater grade point average for terms 1, 2, and 3:

Grade 9

Nicole Becotte

Allison Cobiski

Paige Lafrennie

Abigail Leahey

Rachael Legault

John Maloney

Jonathan Polcari

Julio Rodriguez

Lauren Serratore

Justin Thira

 

Grade 10

Owen Benedict

Patrick Cortis

Hannah Demanche

Paige Demanche

Timothy Jinn

Erica Lashua

Juliana Nolin

Mikayla Rueda

Cassandra Wightman

 

Grade 11

Elissa Boucher

Sirena Caputi

Yang Yi Chen

Lillian Dack

Kaileen Dibble

Lindsey Gemme

Lily Hunt

Britney Jackson

Chloe Lawrence

Nicole Lemire

Maria Polcari

Kipper Prouty

Timmy Quinn

Phebe Shippy

Ashley Signa

Emily Smith

Lindsey Smith

Ryan Thira

 

Grade 12

Michaela Benedict

Ariana Berman

Jacob Carter

Marisa Losurdo

Alexander Marshall

Hannah Morse

Shyla Palmer

Thomas Sutherland

Tiana Taylor

 

Academic Awards

The following students were honored for outstanding academic achievement in specific subject areas.  We recognized underclassmen only; senior academic awards will be presented during our Class Day program on May 31st.

Art

            Grade 9:  Sara Solorzano

            Grade 11:  Yang Yi Chen

English Language Arts

            English 9:  Jonathan Polcari

            English 10:  Owen Benedict

            Grade 11:  Lindsey Smith

Mathematics

            Grade 9:  John Maloney

            Grade 10:  Hannah Demanche

            Grade 11:  Timmy Quinn

Music

            Chorus

                  Grade 9:  Sage Khauy

                  Grade 10:  Patrick Cortis

                  Grade 11:  Emma Partridge

            Garage Band

                  Grade 10:  Zachary Cardarelli

                  Grade 11:  Ani-Jah Rodriguez

Physical Education/Wellness

            Grade 9:  Jacob Bolick

            Grade 10:  Cassidy Stadtfeld

            Grade 11:  Richard Swanson

Science

            Grade 9:  Jonathan Polcari

            Grade 10:  Hannah Demanche

            Grade 11:  Emily Smith

Social Studies

            Grade 9:  Abigail Leahey

            Grade 10:  Hannah Demanche

            Grade 11:  Lindsey Smith

Technology & Engineering

Grade 10:  Jose Gamez

Grade 11:  Hunter Bourgoin

World Language

            French

                  Grade 9:  Jonathan Polcari

                  Grade 10:  Jace Guertin

                  Grade 11:  Ryan Thira

            Spanish

                  Grade 9:  Julio Rodriguez

                  Grade 10:  Mikayla Rueda

                  Grade 11:  Maria Polcari

Rensselaer Medal Award

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute honored Lindsey Smith with the Rensselaer Medal Award for outstanding academic achievement in the study of mathematics and science.

Elizabeth Haskins Mathematics Contest

Michaela Benedict received an honorable mention in the Elizabeth Haskins Mathematics Contest held recently at Fitchburg State University.  Her score was in the top 15% of all contestants.

BOOK AWARDS

The book awards are awarded by individual colleges to recognize juniors who have demonstrated both high academic achievement and have worked towards the betterment of the school and community as a whole.

St. Anselm:  Lindsey Gemme

Assumption:  Maria Polcari

St. Michael’s College:  Yang Yi Chen

St. Michael’s College:  Timmy Quinn

Dartmouth:  Lindsey Smith

 

 

May 10, 2018

 Dear Parents/Guardians:

 As the end of your student’s senior year approaches, I would like to share with you the list of traditional activities available to the class of 2018.  While attendance at these activities is not required, parents and seniors are strongly encouraged to participate in the following memorable events:  Class Day on May 31 from 12:20 – 2:05; Alumni Banquet at the American Legion on June 2 at 6:00 p.m. (this event is free of charge for the seniors only; tickets are available for family members for $30.00 each.  Call Maureen Provost at 978-297-1186 to order tickets); and Commencement, which takes place on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

 Also in keeping with tradition, seniors are encouraged to attend their prom at Oak Hill Country Club, Fitchburg, from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. on Friday, June 1.  The traditional Murdock promenade will take place at Murdock from 4:45 – 5:15 p.m. that day.  A complete list of important dates is enclosed with this letter.

 These events are milestone events in your student’s life, and I hope that you will speak to them regarding the significance of these memories.  Please also discuss with them the dangers of substance abuse and the importance of maintaining their focus until graduation.  Only seniors who have satisfied credit requirements for Murdock High school will be participating in graduation exercises.  Participation in these events is a privilege that may be revoked if your student is found to be in violation of the student-parent handbook rules.  Additionally, senior activity privileges may be revoked if financial obligations are not met.

 This should be a great celebration in your student’s academic career, but we need to work together to help ensure that all of the students behave safely.  I bring this to your attention because of the safety concerns related to the use of drugs and alcohol, and remind you that parents or guardians who allow students to use drugs or alcohol on their property could potentially face legal consequences under current Massachusetts State law.  Violation of the drug and alcohol policies, use or possession, at school related events may result in exclusion from the commencement exercises.  Use of cigarettes or vapes may result in a similar consequence.

 Final exams are May 22 to May 24.  Seniors may leave at the end of an exam period if they have no other exams that day.  Seniors may not leave and return in between exams.

 With your help, we can all enjoy the end of the year and wish the class of 2018 good luck as they begin the next chapter in their lives.

 Sincerely,

 Ralph Olsen

Principal

 

Class of 2018 – Important Dates

Seniors-Please listen to announcements for updates

 

May 21                        Seniors’ last full day of classes

May 22–May 24         Senior Finals

 

2018 MHS Senior Exam Schedule

 

 

Tuesday, May 22

7:30-9:00

1-Senior Exam

9:02-9:10

Advisory

9:12-10:42

2-Senior Exam

10:45-12:07

10:45-11:08 First Lunch

3

11:44-12:07 Second Lunch

12:10-1:06

4

1:09-2:05

5

 

 

Wednesday, May 23

7:30-9:00

3-Senior Exam

9:02-9:10

Advisory

9:12-10:42

4-Senior Exam

10:45-12:07

10:45-11:08 First Lunch

5

11:44-12:07 Second Lunch

12:10-1:06

6

1:09-2:05

1

 

 

Thursday, May 24

7:30-9:00

5-Senior Exam

9:02-9:10

Advisory

9:12-10:42

6-Senior Exam

10:45-12:07

10:45-11:08 First Lunch

1

11:44-12:07 Second Lunch

12:10-1:06

2

1:09-2:05

3

 

May 29            Rehearsal for Class Day 8:30-10:30 a.m.

 

May 30            Rehearsal for Graduation 8:30-10:30 a.m.

 

May 31            CLASS DAY

  • Seniors arrive at 10:30, ceremony from 12:20 – 2:05
  • Proper dress required & wear caps and gowns
  • Public is invited, families are encouraged to attend

  

June 1              PROMENADE

  • Seniors arrive at 4:15 p.m. (Formal Dress)
  • Ceremony at 4:45 p.m.
  • Seniors remain in receiving line until approximately 5:15 p.m.
  • Public is invited, families are encouraged to attend

 

June 1              PROM (6:00 – 11:00 p.m.)

  • Oak Hill Country Club, Fitchburg
  • Tickets required for admission
  • Tickets may not be transferred, all students attending prom must be on the guest list
  • Guests who do not attend Murdock must complete paperwork and be approved through the office prior to prom

 

June 2                          ALUMNI BANQUET

  • American Legion, Winchendon
  • Seniors arrive at 5:30 p.m.
  • Ceremony starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Ceremony ends approximately 9:00 p.m.
  • Proper dress required
    • Ladies – skirts, dresses or dress pants
    • Gentlemen – shirt, tie, dress pants or suits

 

June 3                          COMMENCEMENT at Murdock

  • Seniors arrive at 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium
  • Ceremony at 2:00 p.m.
  • Wear Cap and Gown
  • Guests may bring lawn chairs/seating (ceremony on the football field)

 

ELECTRONICS POLICY/CELL PHONE USE

Cell phones/electronic devices may serve as an outstanding instructional tool and learning resource if used appropriately. We encourage our staff members and our students to use electronics and other 21st century devices to supplement instruction and learning.  Always remember, the use of cell phones/electronic devices in school is a privilege, not a right.  In order to preserve the teaching and learning environment, this document is to clarify the cell phone/electronic devices policy for Murdock High School.

The policy is:

  • Cell phones/electronic devices may only be used for educational purposes in the classroom setting at the teacher’s discretion.
  • If a student wishes to use their device for non-educational purposes, they may only do so before the morning bell rings, during lunch, and after school….Monday through Friday.
  • Cell phones/electronic devices must be turned OFF and put away, along with headphones, before you enter any classroom, office, library, hallway, locker room, lab, or auditorium.
  • Once inside the classroom, office, library, hallway, locker room, lab, or auditorium, students must store their cell phones/electronic devices and headphones in a location that is not visible to the teacher or other students, even though they are OFF. Students may only turn on and use the device with teacher approval.
  • If a cell phone/electronic device rings or vibrates, is used for any reason without teacher permission, is visible anytime during class, is used without permission on campus during class time, a staff member may confiscate the device.
  • Refusal to surrender your phone when asked is considered defiance. Defiance may result in disciplinary consequences, including suspension. Parents will be contacted. 
  • Parents/guardians are asked not to call or text their students' cell phones during school hours. Emergency messages for students should be called into the main office (978-297-1256) during the school day.
  • Students assume all risk of loss, damage, or theft of their electronic device(s).
  • All manners in which any electronic device is used must fully comply with the Winchendon Public Schools' Acceptable Use Policy.
  • iPads, cell phones and other devices may never be used in the restrooms or locker rooms. 

 

 

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