Murdock High School


High School Happenings

October 25, 2017

 Dear Parents/Guardians:

This semester’s Parent Conferences will be scheduled at the school on Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21, 2017.  If you would like to meet with any of your student’s teachers, please complete the form that your student will bring home on Thursday as soon as possible.  The form must be returned to school by Monday, November 13.  If you have more than one student at MHS, complete only one form.  Your son or daughter will bring your written conference schedule home by Friday, November 17.  More forms are available in the office.

You may also email to request conferences.  Include your student's name, the date preferred, and the names of the teachers you wish to meet with.

The dates and hours of the conferences are as follows:


Monday, November 20:  4:00-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 21:  1:00-4:00 p.m.


Thank you.



Ralph Olsen




Additional Comments:

 Potential conflicts with guidance’s college application day have been resolved.  Class assemblies for first term academic recognition will be held Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21:

November 20: period 1 – freshmen

period 2 – sophomores

November 21: period 5 – juniors

                        period 6 – seniors

The assemblies should not take more than 25 minutes, and students will return to class.


The guidance college application process will be ongoing throughout Monday morning and after the assemblies on Tuesday.


Important upcoming November events:

November 20 – 11:30 a.m. dismissal for students; parent-teacher conferences are being scheduled between 4:00-7:00 p.m.

November 21 – 11:30 a.m. dismissal for students; parent-teacher conferences are being scheduled between 1:00-4:00 p.m.

November 22 – 10:30 a.m. dismissal for all for Thanksgiving break


A Note from the Nurse:

It’s Cold and Flu Season!

Guidelines for keeping your child healthy...

Just a reminder as the cold and flu season is upon us, it is important to monitor your child’s health and wellness before sending him/her to school. Cold and flu viruses spread easily among school-aged children.  You can help prevent the spread of flu, the common cold and other contagious illnesses and help your child get better if he/she does get sick by following a few simple steps...

  • If your child is sick or has a fever >100, keep him/her home to prevent the spread of illness to others. Your child should be naturally fever free—temperature below 100 degrees without the use of fever reducing medication, before returning to school.
  • If your child has vomited or has had diarrhea (watery or loose stools) with or without fever please keep them home for 24 hours after these symptoms subside.
  • If your child has symptoms or complaints that prevent them from participating in his/her usual school activities, such as persistent cough, severe sore throat, or excessive nasal discharge with or without fever, please keep them home.
  • Remind your child to cover his/her nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and dispose of the tissue immediately. Encourage them to cough or sneeze into the bend of their elbow to keep germs off their hands.
  • The best prevention for spread of infection is frequent hand washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. It is especially important to do this before eating, after using the bathroom and after coughing/sneezing/etc.
  • Remind your child to NOT share drinks or food—even when they feel well.
  • Keep immunizations up to date and get a flu shot as recommended by your healthcare provider.

*We DO NOT provide excused dismissal upon arrival to school for students who are ill; if your student is experiencing a prolonged illness please contact your healthcare provider.*

If you’re unsure about how to best treat your child’s illness, please contact the nursing office or your healthcare provider for more information.  

FLU SHOTS are now available at the Murdock Health Center!  The Murdock Health Center has received a large shipment of flu shots and are calling families who returned a flu vaccine interest form at the start of school to schedule appointments.   If you would like your child to receive a flu vaccine as soon as possible, please call the health center at 978-297-5052 so we can schedule an appointment for your child the following day.

Warm wishes for a healthy school year,

Rebekah Leonard BSN, RN                                                                Renee Boucher NP

School Nurse                                                                                       Murdock School Health Center



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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