Murdock High School

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High School Office Phone:  978-297-1256 ext 134 or 133
High School Office Fax:  978-297-0509

Principal Ralph Olsen's Weekly Memo

Murdock High School


Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30


March 26 – Monday – Day 2  Periods: 2 A 3 4 5 6 1

            1:45 p.m. Sophomore MCAS meeting in the auditorium


March 27 – Tuesday – Day 3  Periods: 3 A 4 5 6 1 2

            7:45-10:42 a.m. ELA MCAS Long Comp, Grade 10 Sessions A & B

            Rooms being used for testing: 232, 233, 235, 236, 237 for all three days

            2:05-3:00 p.m. Mario Kart in the library

            6:00 p.m. Track Awards in the auditorium and cafeteria


March 28 – Wednesday – Day 4  Periods: 4 A 5 6 1 2 3

            7:45-10:42 a.m. ELA MCAS Reading, Grade 10 Sessions 1 & 2


March 29 – Thursday – Day 5  Periods: 5 A 6 1 2 3 4

            7:45-9:43 a.m. ELA MCAS Reading, Grade 10 Session 3

12:30-2:00 p.m. Assembly in the Auditorium, all grades – Speaker Chris Sullivan, Former New England Patriot


March 30 – Friday – Day 6  Periods: 6 A 1 2 3 4 5


Additional Comments:


The third term will end on Friday, April 6th to accommodate the school days missed due to snow.  Third term report cards will be issued from advisory at the end of school on Friday, April 13th.


Teachers should work sensitive to sophomores next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, when the ELA MCAS will be administered.  Please provide enthusiastic can-do support throughout the week.  There will be a fifteen-minute assembly on Monday at the end of the day to prepare students for the three days of testing.  Grade 10 ELA teachers have been preparing students, reinforcing written responses to the long composition prompts and providing students with sample exemplars.


Former New England Patriot Chris Sullivan and his wife will be speaking at a total school assembly on Friday.  Their primary focus will be on substance abuse and how it impacted their family.  Superintendent Steve Haddad has arranged for this very relevant presentation.


Ms Maskewich’s Spanish 1 and 2 students visited a grocery store and a restaurant that feature Spanish goods and cuisine in Fitchburg.  They were treated to an authentic Puerto Rican lunch, and were able to try their Spanish speaking skills with their server.  Comments from some of the students included, “I liked that I was able to sit down and share a new experience with my friends.  My favorite part was the beef empanadas.”  “This was one of my favorite experiences in my life.  I am so thankful they opened up the restaurant early for us and we tasted all the amazing food.”  “It was fun and trying new foods from another culture is always a good experience to have had.”




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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