June 2017

(Image: Class of 2017 Yearbook Cover, Artist Jason Archambault)

 

Greetings! I hope this monthly newsletter finds you and your family doing well.

 

We will again host the Berkshire Hills Music Academy to perform a concert on Thursday, June 8th for our students. They put on a great show every year and our students really enjoy it!

I am asking for your support in enforcing our dress code. The warmer weather promotes comfortable dress; however, some students are disregarding the dress code. These students will be asked to call home for a change of clothes. Further infractions will call for disciplinary measures to be applied. Again, my intention is not to cause unnecessary headaches for parents/guardians, but we have a policy that clearly states what is acceptable. Your assistance in helping with this is beyond appreciated. The policy can be found in our handbook.

I want to commend all our students for their efforts with MCAS over these last few months. The computer-based testing (CBT) went smoothly and was less disruptive to the school day when compared to the paper-based MCAS. We are still waiting for The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MDESE) to fully transition to computer-based platforms for all exams. We are confident this will happen in the coming school year. Nevertheless, our students were prepared as we piloted CBT exams over the last two years.

 

A reminder: (MDESE) has recently made changes to their requirements for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Awards. Beginning with the class of 2016, a student’s score on a high school Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) MCAS test will be added to the eligibility criteria for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. If you would like to inquire more about the new eligibility requirements please visit the scholarship site. The state also provide other opportunities to students via awards and/or scholarship. These opportunities are available here.

 

Underclassmen will make their course selections in these last two weeks of school. Ms. Pescitelli will meet with each student individually to ensure credits, course prerequisites, and transcripts are in order. More information on grade-level and graduation requirements are provided in the handbook.

Underclassmen (Grades 9,10,11) will be administered their final exams on Friday (6/16), Monday (6/19), and Tuesday (6/20). Once students have completed their exams, they will be dismissed from school. A bus will be provided for busing students at 2 pm. All middle school students will sit for their final exams on Monday and Tuesday (6/19 & 20) which will conclude at 11:15 am with make-up exams offered in the afternoon. Middle school students are dismissed at 11:15 at the conclusion of their exams on these days. Schedules will be distributed directly to students.

*Wednesday June, 21st is a final exam make-up day and also a half-day. Students who missed final exams June 16-20 should plan on making up their exams on this date.

If students are seeking employment in the near future, they must follow Massachusetts State Law and adhere to proper permit requirements. More information can be found here: Youth Employment (work permit)

 

School Department Updates:

Important Dates:

 

  • 6/2: Smith Academy Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony at 7 pm

  • 6/5: MCAS STE Session I Grade 9

  • 6/6: MCAS STE Session II Grade 9

  • 6/8: Berkshire Hills Music Academy Concert
  • 6/8: Spring Sports Banquet (SAAAC) 6:30 pm at SW Gym
  • 6/14: Underclassmen Awards Ceremony 8 am at SA

  • 6/16,19 & 20: HS Final Exams (1/2 day for HS)
  • 6/18: Happy Fathers Day!
  • 6/19 & 20: MS Final Exams (1/2 days for MS & HS)

  • 6/21: Final Exam Make-up Day

  • 6/21: Last day of school year

 

 

Respectfully,

Andrew M. Berrios, Ed.D.