Tuesday, April 25, 2017

FY17 MARCH REPORT - LMHS



Principal’s Report

March 2017
 
 
I have several recognitions this month:
 
·         Guidance counselor Dan Korte has been recognized by the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board with the Board of Director’s Educator Award.  This award recognizes Dan’s efforts in the area of college and career readiness. Dan was recognized at the BCREB meeting on March 9.
 
·         Senior Karli Retzel scored her 1000th career point at the basketball game on February 14th. After the season is over, Karli’s name will go up on our 1000 point banner in the gym.
 
·         Senior Zach Reynolds received the Pete Snyder Sportsmanship Award from the Berkshire County HS Bowling League.
 
·         Senior Devon Atwell was one of only 10 skiers from the Berkshires to race in the State Championships this year.
 
·         Thomas Fraser (first team), Bryce Whalen (second team), and Hunter Roosa (honorable mention) were all named to the All-Eagle golf teams.
 
·         With their win in the Western Mass. quarterfinal game on March 3, the lady Wildcats basketball team had their 700th win since the current MIAA system was put in place, with a winning percentage of 70% - truly an incredible track record!
 
In other news, I’m happy to report that we have received a $500 donation from Lipton Energy as part of the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance; these funds are dedicated to use by the science and math departments. We’ve also received a $990 donation from Greylock Federal Credit Union as part of their Lee High Wildcats debit card program; those funds will be going toward the gradual conversion of our library to a “learning commons” – you’ll soon see some more comfortable furniture for student use in the library. I’ve extended our sincere thanks and appreciation to both Lipton Energy and Greylock for these generous donations.
 
We will soon begin the scheduling process for the 2017-18 school year. As the start of this, I will be asking your approval for changes to the Program of Studies at this month’s school committee meeting.  There are only a few changes this year.
 
 

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Our drama program will be presenting a production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum on Friday, March 10 at 7pm and on Saturday, March 11 at 2pm and 7pm.  It will, I am sure, be an excellent time! Other upcoming events include a spaghetti supper on Thursday, March 23 – hosted by the middle school, this is a fundraiser for their end-of-year field trips to Boston and Albany.

 

We have begun a very aggressive program of MCAS Prep for our 7th and 8th graders in math and ELA. This year’s MCAS for them will be a very different experience than in the past – it is computer-based, and will have new question types and scoring. Unlike past MCAS Prep sessions, we have been able to figure out a way to do this during the school day. We are also offering our more traditional after school prep sessions for high school students and 8th grade science, which are still the “old-fashioned” MCAS tests.

 

On Friday, March 10 we will have a half day for professional development. The majority of LMHS faculty members will be continuing literacy training, this year focusing on writing. Many specialists have county-wide professional development meetings that they will be attending instead.

 



We are also in the midst of planning for graduation.  This year, I’m happy to report that we will be able to do a “Senior Walk” at LES, which was brought up as an idea last year. After returning from our Tanglewood rehearsal on the Wednesday before graduation, the seniors will don their caps and gowns and do walkthrough of the halls at the elementary schools to greet the younger students. This has been a growing trend across the country, and the seniors were happy to try it out her in Lee.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Gregg M. Brighenti Principal








FY17 FEBRUARY REPORT - LMHS




Principal’s Report

February 2017
 
 
It’s been a while since I have filed a written report with the School Committee, so first let me note the various honors and awards that members of our school community have received recently:
 
·         The following students were named to Junior District Music Festival: Makenna Albee, Madailein Demler, Hope Harrison, Teresa Navin, and Gracie Papkey for treble chorus; Maccus Dinsmore for male chorus; and Annie Maloney for band.
·         The 31st annual Berkshire County High School Art Show at the Norman Rockwell Museum is being held through March 4. Ava Martin, Allison Drumm, Aliyah Noel, Conner LaRock, Sophie Zukowski, Madison Desantis, Juliette Gagnon, Erin Cook, Mia
Salazar, and Emma Bartini each have works on display after a rigorous selection process.
·         Twenty-five eighth graders were inducted into the Junior Honor Society.
·         Karli Retzel was named the Jiminy Peak Athlete of the Week for January 16 on iBerkshires.com.
·         The Berkshire Eagle named their All-Berkshire volleyball team, including Lady Wildcats Shenna Tyer, Anna Wang, and Kendra Williams. Additionally, Haleigh Richardson and Ahna Schlaefer were named to the All-North team.
·         Allison Drumm had one of her photographs selected to be included in the Photographer’s Forum book, Best of College & High School Photography 2017.
·         The Eagle also announced their All-Berkshire football team. From Lee, Matt Lohbauer and Nick Castillo were named.  Ryan Ruef was named to the Second Team.
·         The Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association announced that Art Reilly was selected to receive the President’s Award of Merit, given for significant contributions within the field of athletic administration at the local and state levels. Art will be honored at the MSSADA Awards Luncheon on March 29th.
 
In athletics news that the Committee should be aware of, the MIAA accepted our appeal to have our football team compete in Division VIII for the next four years; they had originally assigned us to a higher division. As we are the smallest public high school in the Commonwealth with a football program, we believe that this is the correct placement for our program moving forward.
Berkshire County football will continue to compete as members of the Pioneer Valley Athletic Conference. This spring, we will be the host of a three-way co-op team for boys’ lacrosse, with Lenox and Monument Mountain as guests.  This mirrors the co-op that we host for girls’ lacrosse.
 
Testing season has begun for this school year. We have recently completed several days of ACCESS testing for our ELL students; in early March our 8th graders will be participating in the
 

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National Assessment of Educational Progress, a federal testing program that results in “The Nation’s Report Card” publication; and MCAS will begin shortly thereafter. This year, the MCAS ELA and math tests will be taken online. Thankfully, our new wireless infrastructure and Chromebook “fleet” will allow us to do this without a great deal of disruption. The eighth grade science MCAS and all high school MCAS testing will still be done in a paper-and-pencil format. The new electronic formats will actually result in more days taken from instruction compared to previous years; this trend is very unfortunate.

 

On Thursday, February 2nd, our junior class once again participated in Groundhog Job Shadow Day. Our juniors filtered out all around Berkshire County to various business establishments to spend the day shadowing professionals in a field of interest. Many juniors reported truly outstanding experiences; thanks are due to Jane McEvoy and Dan Korte for their work organizing the day. This career exploration program will culminate in a few weeks with our annual Career Fair; as a part of that day, juniors will take part in mock interviews with local businesses.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Gregg Brighenti Principal

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