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Marblehead High School Update – 02/11/18
Course Selection Process for 2018-19
 Attached is the Course Selection timeline for 2018-19.  This is for grades 10-12.  Please note that we are moving to an online Course Review process. Please use the following link for more information: Course Selection Process for 2018-19
 8th Grade Curriculum Night – Tuesday February 13, 6:30pm, MHS Auditorium. Please click the attached flyer -  Invite to February Curriculum Night.


2018 Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Essay Contest
This annual national Barnes & Noble event provides students an opportunity to celebrate a teacher that has changed their life and opened their eyes to learning.  Participation is open to students in middle and high school Students may submit essays, poems or a thank you letter explaining how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate them. The contest runs from January 2, 2018 through March 1st, 2018.  My Favorite Teacher contest details and entry forms are attached - 2018 MFT Entry Form.pdf  MFT 2018 Official Rules.pdf 


My Favorite Teacher contest essays must be returned to MHS Main Office by Feb 28th, and each essay must include a contest application signed by a parent or guardian. There is recognition at the local store level, the district level and national level.  One winner will be selected from all essay submissions locally, and celebrate the teacher and student at a special ceremony at our store in late April 2018.  The national winner will be chosen in early May 2018.  The winning national teacher will receive $5,000, and their winning school will also receive $5,000!  The national student essay winner will receive a $500 gift certificate and a new NOOK device


Please visit this link to learn more!


 Please join us for the next Marblehead High School PCO Meeting – February 12**Location Change** – MHS Café at 7pm.   Lead Teachers, Shirley Huller White - Visual Arts and Andrew Scoglio – Performing Arts, will present their elective  programming.  All are welcome to attend; we hope to see you there!


Principal’s Coffee – Thursday February 15, 8:30-9:30am
**Location Change** - MHS Library Computer Lab.



Senior Information
**White water rafting forms and the initial down payment of $25 are due on Thursday, February 15.**
There are three permission forms outside A306 (one white, one yellow, one blue) which need to be completed, long with the non-refundable deposit of $25 (checks made payable to Town of Marblehead) to secure a spot on the trip. Please contact Ms. Jones  with any questions.
Senior dues are a senior obligation. The full $100 should be given to either Ms. Jones or one of the senior class officers. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Marblehead.
Senior Show will be held on Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. Tickets ($5 per night) will go on sale after February vacation. 
The MANDATORY senior student and parent/guardian meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. Due to the importance of this meeting, attendance will be taken. Topics will include senior project, social hosting laws and responsibilities, prom and senior week activities, and graduation. 


1st Annual Cultural Feast!  March 2nd, 6-9pm – MHS Café & Auditorium
 Please join us for an evening of food and cultural appreciation.   
Sophomore Semi-Formal – March 16th
The sophomore semi-formal is Friday March 16th at The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, 7- 10:00 p.m.  It's a fun evening with a sit down dinner, an awesome DJ playing great music as well as transportation to and from the hotel.  Tickets go sale Monday, February 5th in the cafeteria each day, during all three lunches. Tickets are $40.00 per person until March 5th and then they are $45.00 until March 14th.  Buy your tickets early! Save some money and reserve your spot on the bus with your friends. Cash or checks made out to "The Town of Marblehead" are acceptable.

Video Contest – League of Women Voters

All Massachusetts high school students are invited to enter "Get In the Game...and Vote!" Student Video Contest.   Massachusetts voters will be electing our U.S. representatives, one U.S. senator, governor and other constitutional officers, state legislators, and other state officials. This is an important election, so no one should sit on the sidelines.  Democracy is not a spectator sport!

 What is the Contest? We are asking high school students to create 30-second public service announcements to motivate the vote for Massachusetts' Fall 2018 elections.  We want to encourage all eligible Massachusetts citizens to make a game plan to get to the polls next fall!

 Are there prizes? YES! First place wins $500; second place wins $250; third place wins $100; and honorable mention wins $50. The winning videos will be publicized across the state.

 Who can enter? The Contest is open to any Massachusetts high school student in grades 9-12.

 When is the Contest? Entries must be submitted online at from Feb. 1 through March 31, 2018. Judging will take place in April, and winners will be announced in May.

 For more information about the contest: Please go to, email us at or call 617-523-2999.  Please see the attached flyer - Video Contest - League of Women Voters.pdf 



Guidance Corner
Click here for new and updates from the Marblehead Guidance Department!
College Application Deadlines and Transcript Requests
If your child has a college application of March 1February 8 is the deadline.

Juniors and Seniors  - SAT Subject Test Requirements and Recommendations - Please click here to learn more about which colleges requirerecommend or consider SAT Subject Tests for student college applications.  


The Guidance Department will host a Junior College Admissions Panel on Tuesday, April 10, 9:00-11:00am in the high school auditorium.  Colleges attending will be announced as soon as confirmations have been received.



MHS 1st Annual College Fair will be held on Thursday, May 10, 10:00-11:00am, in the high school field house.  Public colleges, community colleges and flagship new england schools (UNH, etc.) will be attending.



Boston NACAC College Fair - Thursday, April 12 from 9:00am - 12:00pm and 6:00-8:30pm.  Friday, April 13 from 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center (BCEC). Please click  NACAC College Fair for a list of participating schools and more information.





FAFSA Assistance
Don’t forget to fill out the FAFSA!  If you need assistance with the FAFSA, call the American Student Assistance (ASA) financial aid hotline at 1-877-332-4348.  More information can be found on the ASA website

Additionally, free assistance will be available during the annual FAFSA day at North Shore Community College in Lynn onFebruary 21 from 4 - 6 PM.  This is not just for NSCC students.  Make a reservation at the following site:


Transition Resource Fair
March 22nd at Salem High School 5:30-8pm.  A great opportunity to get information about, Post Secondary Education, Community Resources, Housing, Supported Employment, Agency Support, Transportation, Family Advocacy.  Please see the attachment for more information.  Transition Resource Fair Save the Date.pdf 


From the Common App...Finding Financial Aid & Scholarships
 We understand that accessing financial aid and scholarship information should be simple. The Financial Aid Resources tab, located within a student's Common App, is filled with info on paying for college—from early planning to comparing financial aid package offers. The Common App has continued its partnership with Scholar Snapp, a free technology developed by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Scholar Snapp helps students apply for scholarships online and then re-use that information for other scholarship applications without making them retype their data again and again.
Scholarship information is posted on a bulletin board next to Mrs. Reardon’s office in the Guidance Department.  The bulletin board is updated frequently with possible scholarship options.  Scholarship information may also be found in Naviance under the “Scholarship” tab as well as websites. is another resource.  The Guidance Scholarship Offerings booklet will be posted online the beginning of March.  Please see your Guidance Counselor if you have any questions.
Wilhelmina Denning Jackson Art Scholarship - (need based) is a scholarship for men and women of Marblehead and Swampscott who wish to pursue further study in the field of art, as an art major, at a college or university.  Awards from approximately $1000 and up per year varies, and choice of recipient is based on ability and need.  An interview and portfolio are required and the Jackson Committee determine the awards.  The deadline is February 15.  Applications are in the Art Department.
SAT/ACT Tests    
SAT - register          
ACT - register
SAT Test Date           Registration Deadline           Late Registration Deadline
March 10                       February 9                             February 29
May 5                          April 6                                                 April 25
June 2                          May 3                                                  May 23           
*June 2 at MHS
ACT Test Date          Registration Deadline           Late Registration Deadline
April 14                       March 9                                               March 23

June 9                          May 4                                                  May 18

July 14                         June 15                                                June 22

Tutoring Available
NHS Tutoring is available in the MHS library, before, during, and after school. During the school day, students will be able to drop in the library for extra help.  Setting up a tutoring appointment for before or after school is recommended. For more information, please email Emma Grazado, our tutoring coordinator.
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. 
Upcoming Events
Feb 12 – MHS PCO Meeting – 7pm MHS Cafeteria
Feb 13 – 8th Grade Curriculum Night – 6:30pm MHS Auditorium
Feb 15 – Principal’s Coffee – 8:30-9:30am – MHS Library Computer Lab
Feb 19-22 – No School; February Break

March 2 – Cultural Feast, 6pm MHS Café


March 7 & 8 – Senior Show – MHS Auditorium 7pm
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