Millbury Memorial Junior Senior High School Belief Statement

We believe students acquire knowledge, skills, and habits of mind during their secondary school years to help prepare them for the modern workplace. We encourage students to connect authentic learning experiences with academics in order to support their transition into life after Millbury High School. We believe that the skills of communicating effectively, collaborating with purpose, and thinking creatively and critically are a significant part of a student’s ability to contribute to society.

*Academic Curiosity and Growth* *Citizenship* *Independent, Lifelong Learners* *Respect & Responsibility*


Millbury Memorial Junior/Senior High School


12 Martin Street              Millbury, MA 01527           508-865-5841

                                  

                                                                                    

September 24th-28th, Millbury Junior Senior High School students and staff will engage in activities as part of Start With Hello Week; a Sandy Hook Promise initiative.


The goal of Start with Hello is to teach students the skills necessary to reach out to, and include, those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation, create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within students’ classrooms, schools and youth organizations. Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely, or treated like you are invisible. It is a growing epidemic in the United States and within our schools. Excessive feelings of isolation can be associated with violent and suicidal behavior. In fact, one study reports that chronic loneliness increases the risk of an early death by 14%. Furthermore, young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and/or depression. As a result, many further pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development and/or choose to hurt themselves or others.

 

Here are MJSHS’ Start with Hello Week activities:

Motivational Monday: Students will wear a name tag throughout the day and are encouraged to say hello to everyone by name!

 

Teamwork Tuesday: During lunch there will be a Paper Chain Challenge to help students meet and engage with their peers. 

 

One word Wednesday: Students and staff will write one word, on a large banner, about how friendship makes them feel!

 

Thoughtful Thursday: Students and staff are encouraged to wear GREEN to show support in creating a culture of acceptance and inclusion. Also, during CDS, there will be a poster contest. Students are asked to incorporate three qualities of a good friend to create a poster. All are asked to find a way to demonstrate those qualities.

 

Feel good Friday: Students and staff may work together to create a tree with messages that would make someone else feel good!

 

We encourage you to support your child in sharing their Start With Hello story by submitting a creative expression to the Start With Hello Student Voices Contest. Additionally, we encourage you to talk to your child about the Start With Hello program and ask them to share what they have learned. Not only will this help you learn how to support your child to identify isolation, reach out and Start With Hello, it will also demonstrate that you can support them in their actions to create a more connected and inclusive home, classroom, school and community.

 

Click on the following link for more information on Start With Hello and to sign-up to receive the Start With Hello Parent Brochure. If you have any questions or concerns about MJSHS’s participation in this initiative, please reach out to Keri Vokes at kvokes@millburyschools.org or Tara Bennett at tbennett@millburyschools.org


Many of the materials and students helping to run the events have been made possible through MJSHS' Student Wellness Advisory Team (SWAT). Please look for Start With Hello event pictures at: millburyswat, and tweets at: @mhs_advisory. Special thanks to our SWAT members and guidance/social work interns!

 

Sincerely,

 

Keri Vokes, School Social Worker

Tara Bennett, Principal 


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NEASC Guide





Core Values and Beliefs about Learning


Academic Curiosity and Growth

We believe that ACADEMIC CURIOSITY & GROWTH are achieved by connecting classroom learning to the world in which students live. We believe students’ active engagement in their learning will foster a desire to continue to explore, investigate, and think critically about what they have learned and how it impacts the attainment of their future goals.


Citizenship

We believe that CITIZENSHIP is exemplified by having an awareness of the global world and a sense of one’s role as a world citizen.  One who embodies CITIZENSHIP demonstrates a respect for and values differing opinions and diversity; acts with honesty, integrity and empathy, and participates in the community in a positive and impactful way.


Independent, Lifelong Learners

We believe that INDEPENDENT, LIFELONG LEARNERS demonstrate the curiosity, ownership and resourcefulness to uncover problems and articulate them in such a way that solutions can be found and shared.


Respect & Responsibility

We believe that RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY are fostered through a mutual effort of support by students, staff, parents/guardians, and community members.  We believe in the importance of people taking responsibility for their actions and respecting the opinions of others, even when we disagree. We believe that a caring, trusting, and giving environment is the foundation for building RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY.


21st Century Learning Expectations

Academic

Employ critical thinking skills to problem solve

Communicate effectively across the spectrum and manner of audience

Demonstrate motivation and resiliency


Civic

Community Involvement        

Display Integrity  


Social

Collaborate with purpose

Exhibit adaptability and tolerance



   Thank you to the Millbury Parents Club!

Anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental illnesses, and affect 25 percent of all teens and 30 percent of all teen girls. This anxiety is seen in the Health Office in the form of emotional distress and panic attacks...

Through the support of Principal Bennett and the Millbury Parents Club, The MJSHS Health Office was able to obtain an IPAD Mini and Inner Balance Biofeedback Sensor. The Millbury Parents Club generously purchased and donated these items to the MJSHS Health Office!
This Science based technology has been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety by increasing inner balance and self-security.          
     
   
Sadie Haglund pictured modeling our new technology            
 
 
      
       
                                               

                                         

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