Monday, May 14, 2018

Principal's Report- May 2018- Gregg Brighenti


Principal’s Report

May 2018

 

Since my last report in March, LMHS has been a very busy place!  I would like to report to you on the following:

 

  • Our annual Career Fair was held on April 13, in conjunction with the Lee Youth Association and the Berkshire Regional Employment Board.  All students had the opportunity to visit and speak with representatives from over 40 different area employers.  Members of the junior class also participated in mock interviews with employers in an area of interest.  Many thanks to the LYA, Dan Korte, and Jane McEvoy for making this worthwhile event possible.

  • On April 13, the Student Council held its annual Talent Show.  With over 20 acts, it was a great evening for our students to showcase their abilities!

  • Several field trips have been held, enhancing our students’ learning of their subject areas:
    • April 5 – Mass MoCA (art department)
    • April 12 – 411 in 413 Youth Conference for high school students
    • April 12 – STRIVE Youth Leadership Conference for middle schoolers
    • April 12 – Othello (junior and senior classes)
    • April 25 – Lola Jaffee Trip to NYC (selected seniors)
    • May 1 – Clark Art Museum (art department)

  • On March 28, the Helping Hands club sponsored our annual spring Red Cross blood drive.  We were once again able to meet our target number of pints!

  • On March 29, the middle school held its annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser to raise funds for end-of-year field trip experiences.  It was once again a packed house – a very successful evening.

 

  • The faculty continues to use faculty meeting and department meeting time to move forward on competency-based grading.  For next year, we plan to have all courses transitioned to a grading system where student grades are based upon academic “competencies” or categories, instead of the more traditional categories based on types of assessments (i.e., tests, quizzes, homework, etc.).  What this means is that in an English class, for example, grades will be based upon categories such as Writing, Reading, Listening/Speaking, and Mechanics.  Our goal is for teachers to leave school in June knowing what their categories will be for the fall.  This will be the next step in our move toward competency-based grading, which is a multi-year process.

  • At this point, we have concluded all MCAS ELA testing and are moving on to math testing, which will be followed by science.  All grade 7 and 8 testing is online this year; this is the last year for paper-based testing in high school.

  • I hope everyone was able to see the Berkshire Edge story on our carpentry program.  If you haven’t, please go to:  https://theberkshireedge.com/vocational-education-making-a-comeback-carpentry-in-the-classroom/  

  • The music department held its annual Spring Concert on May 3.  The middle school band, middle school chorus, high school band, and high school chorus gave very impressive performances.  Special thanks to teachers Joanne Nelson and Pat Feldman.

  • On May 2, 7 athletes and about 20 volunteer allies participated in the Special Olympics at Monument Mountain Regional High School.  Congratulations to all of our Special Olympians on their achievements!

  • On May 4, the district Wellness Committee brought Chris and Kathi Sullivan to LMHS for two assemblies with students.  Their message of love, compassion, and taking care of our friends and families was well received and very relevant at this time of year.  Thanks to the Wellness Committee members and the sponsors that they lined up for the event.

  • The Town has received a $10,000 donation from Pam Wickham to the Marjorie Wickham Scholarship Fund; this was matched by another $10,000 from Raytheon.  Additionally, the Town received another $1,300 in matching donations to the fund in memory of Thomas Wickham. We are very thankful to Pam and the Wickham family for their support of our students.

  • We have seven members of the senior class who are aiming to obtain a Seal of Biliteracy on their diplomas this year.  This is the pilot year for this statewide program, which recognizes students who are fluent in both English and another language.  Those who successfully demonstrate mastery of both languages will be recognized at Class Night and will have special honor cords at graduation.

 

 

Upcoming dates and events:

·         Friday, May 11 – Middle school band trip to the Great East festival

·         Friday, May 11 & Saturday, May 12 (7pm both nights) – The Watersdown Affair – written and directed by senior Hunter Cannon, in the auditorium

·         Saturday, May 12 (5pm) – Senior citizen dinner

·         Friday, May 18 (6pm) – Prom walk-in

·         Tuesday, May 22 (1:30pm) – Prom fashion show @ Senior Center

·         Thursday, May 24 & Friday, May 25 – Senior class trip

·         Thursday, May 24 (5pm – 7pm) – Underclassman art show reception @ Lee Library

·         Thursday, May 31 (6:30pm) – Class Night

·         Saturday, June 2 (1:30pm) – Graduation @ Tanglewood

·         Wednesday, June 6 – Middle school chorus performance at nursing home

·         Friday, June 8 (9am) – Underclassman awards ceremony

·         Tuesday, June 12 – 8th grade trip to Boston

·         Wednesday, June 13 (9:30am) – 8th grade Bridging Ceremony

·         Thursday, June 14 – Last day of school

 

Respectfully Submitted,
Gregg M. Brighenti
Principal