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Marblehead High School Update – 9/18/17

Freshman Parent/Guardian Parent Night – September 27, 7pm.  MHS Library
"Helping parents and guardians navigate their child's adjustment to High School."  Topics will include, reasonable separation, determining and strategizing around healthy and unhealthy anxiety, how to manage social media for yourselves and your children...and more! 
Freshman Class Elections – October 5th
Freshman class president, vice president, treasurer and secretary positions are available.  Information about the freshman class election is available in the Main Office.  Any questions regarding freshman class offices or the election, please see Mr. Zalanowski – Student Council Advisor or Ms. Billings, Freshman Class Advisor.
On the MHS Website, located on the right hand side is the MHS calendar link.  Meetings and events are posted on this calendar, as well as the schedule rotation day.
An in-school field trip is scheduled on Tuesday, September 26th, at 10:00 AM (E Block), in the MHS Auditorium.  The presentation is about DECA, an association of high school students interested in marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, and management.  The current DECA State Advisor will go over the benefits of being a member and the highlights of the DECA year.  A role-play demonstration will also take place to show what DECA competition is all about.  Students are eligible to join DECA if they are currently enrolled in a MHS business course, or if have completed a MHS business course.  In addition, students considering taking business courses at MHS can attend the presentation.  Please see Ms. Skalaban with any questions –



Math Tutoring Available
The National Math Honor Society will be assisting with math tutoring at MHS.  The National Math Honor Society will offer a homework club every Thursday from 2:30-3:30 in room A204 starting September 14th
MHS Clubs & Activities
We successfully held an Activity Fair last Thursday at MHS.  We are in the process of editing our list of clubs and activities with meeting dates, times and locations.  This updated list will be sent out very soon.
Guidance Corner
Click Marblehead Guidance Department- for news and updates.

Sophomore and Junior Parents: PSAT's will be held at MHS on Saturday, October 14.  This test is recommended for all juniors (even if they took the test as a sophomore) and optional for sophomores.  The PSAT/NMSQT is great practice for taking the SAT.  Information will be distributed to the juniors and sophomores in one of the September Advisories.  


Financial Aid Night - Tuesday, September 19, 6:30pm in the MHS auditorium. Matthew Carpenter of College Funding Services will review the "ins and outs"​of financial aid.

Financial Aid SeminarTuesday, October 37:00-8:00pm, at the Abbot Public Library.  Presenter will be Jim Femia of Apella Capital.​


Senior Parents:  Senior Seminar during the later part of September, counselors will be meeting with seniors during their English classes to review the college application process and the Common Application.​

Guidance meeting for Senior Parents will be held on Thursday, October 5 - 6:30pm, MHS Auditorium


College Visits!
​Upcoming college visits are listed under the "Colleges" tab in Naviance.  Students may also click College Visit Calendar 2017 (linked to the Guidance website) to view the college visit calendar.  This calendar is subject to change and will be updated frequently.


Monday, September 18
9:00am - Boston University - High School Auditorium
10:00am - University of New Haven 
10:00am - Saint Mary's College 
1:30pm - Becker College 
Tuesday, September 19
8:00am - University of Vermont - High School Auditorium
9:00am - University of California - Santa Barbara
10:00am - Washington University in St. Louis
12:30pm - Occidental College
1:30pm - Dartmouth College
Wednesday, September 20
8:00am - Southern Methodist University
8:00am - Suffolk University
1:30pm - Oberlin College
1:30pm - University of Illinois - Champaign


Canadian University Fair - Monday, September 18 - 6:00-8:00pm, International School of Boston, 45 Matignon Rd, Cambridge, MA  02104.  Please click here to see the list of schools invited to attend the fair.​


SAT/ACT Tests    

SAT - register         

ACT - register



 SAT Test Date  Registration Deadline  Late Registration Deadline
 October 7  September 8    September 27
 November 4   October 5 October 25
 December 2  November 2    November 21



 ACT Test Date  Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline 
 October 28    September 22  October 6
 December 9  November 3  November 17



Performing Arts News –

Fall Drama Show (Dramafest) -  Auditions will take place on Monday, September 18th at 4:30pm in the Auditorium.  Please see Ms. Skeffington or Mr. Scoglio with questions.



 FoPA (Friends of Performing Arts) will have their first meeting of the year – September 19th, 7pm in the Main Office Conference Room.


Coffin Gerry Bell Feasibility Study Listening Tour - Monday, September 18th - 7pmMHS Auditorium
Superintendent Perry, the Gerry School Building Committee, Leftfield and RDA invite you to share your thoughts and concerns with us as we move together towards the common goal of improved educational facilities for our students. Click here to view the flyer.
SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) happenings. 
Meetings are at MHS.  Each meeting has a presenter speaking on an interesting topic. Many of the topics are not special education related, just general education/parenting/teaching related, all parents and staff are welcome to attend. Meetings are 7:30pm to 9pm Click here to view the flyer.

Presentation on Vulnerabilities of Youth and Addiction

Thursday October 12th, 2017 7:00-8:15pm - Ipswich Middle/High School Performing Arts Center 130-134 High Street, Ipswich.


Dr. Ruth Potee, a well-known physician, board-certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine will speak on the vulnerabilities of youth and addiction, prevention strategies, the connection of athletes and sports injuries to potential misuse, and other home/family/community considerations about access to these harmful substances.


Across the country and in our state, communities struggle with how to help battle the current opioid and Rx drug epidemic. Working together, we have an opportunity to better understand this complex issue in Hampden and Wilbraham, and be part of the solution helping to tackle this lifelong danger.



Virtual Backpack - This is a reminder to check the Virtual Backpack each week.  This contains information connected to our community.  Here is the link:



Food Services Information
Menus are available on lineplease check the link for MHS menu


Free & Reduced Lunch Information link:

Allergy AwarenessOne of our goals is to become an "Allergy Aware" district.  Our lunch staff has undergone allergy awareness training provided by the state.  We work closely with our nursing staff to be sure that we are aware of, and understand, any challenges that our students face.  


No peanut products of any kind are used by our lunch program. Every effort is made to locate and use ingredients that are completely free of any nut products. Any that are labeled and "may contain" or "processed in a plant that processes peanuts" are identified by documentation at the point of sale. As regards for milk allergies, we offer "Lactaid" milk to all of our students on a daily basis.  If that is not acceptable we also offer juice as a substitute. 

 Please contact our Food Services Director - Richard Kelleher, if you have any questions regarding our breakfast & lunch programs.


 AHERA Notification
Schools are required to send out an annual Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) notice.  A copy of our district's Asbestos Management Plan is available in each school and at the main administrative office during regular school hours.  The district continues to update and improve the AHERA Asbestos Management Plans. Any inquiries regarding the management of asbestos- containing materials in our schools should be directed to our district's AHERA Designated Person, Kenneth Lord, Executive Director of Technology & Operations who can be reached at 781-639-3140 x23 or by email.
Upcoming Events
Sept. 19 – Financial Aid Meeting –6:30-8:30pm. MHS Auditorium
Sept. 27 – Freshman Parent Night – 7pm.  Information to follow.
Oct. 5 - Guidnace Night for Senior Parents - 6:30pm. MHS Auditorium 
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