Murdock High School


High School Happenings


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.”











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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