MMRHS 9/11 Flag Project

2016 Spring Musical Cast

Graduation 2017

Chorus in NYC

D2 Western Mass Champs Boys Track

Trip to Ecuador

VIrtual Enterprise Class in NYC

F-Wing on Twin Day

MMRHS Band at the Statehouse

The mission of Monument Mountain Regional High School is to create opportunities that foster intellectual and personal growth and Challenge all to become courageous learners, engaged citizens, and individuals of integrity.

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New Date for College Planning Night

ATTENTION – THIS IS A NEW DATE FOR THIS EVENT, DIFFERENT FROM THE DATE SENT OUT IN JUNE   The Guidance Department at Monument Mountain Regional High School invites you to our College Planning Night on Tuesday, September 19th in our cafeteria. There will be two separate sessions and each will focus on a different aspect of college planning. Beginning at 6pm we will be going over how to do a college search, how to set up an interview and tour at a college, testing requirements (SAT’s, AP’s, etc.), PSAT sign-ups, how to attend a college fair, the importance of a resume and how to build one, and we will be reviewing how to use the Naviance Program. This session is designed for juniors and their families (however freshman and sophomores who want to get a head start are invited as well). Beginning at 7:30pm we will go over information regarding the application process, admissions terms, testing, transcripts, recommendations, and more. If you are a senior planning on applying to college then this is an important session for you and your parent(s)/guardian(s) to attend. Note for Seniors: The College Board has set the 2017-18 test dates with the first one being on August 26, 2017, as we indicated in our letter to you in June.  The next test date is October 7, 2017 with a sign up deadline of September 8, 2017. If this will be the first time you take an SAT then go onto www.sat.org/register to create an account and register. If you have already taken as SAT then you can register for another test through your... read more

BERKSHIRE HILLS FUND FOR EXCELLENCE

The Berkshire Hills Fund for Excellence is accepting grant applications for programs or projects that enhance and enrich the educational experience of students and teachers in the Berkshire Hills Regional School  District.  Proposals are due by October 1, 2017.  The Board of Directors will meet on October 17, 2017 to review applications and award grants for the 2017 – 2018 school year.... read more

MMRHS Valedictorian, Salutatorian – Class of 2017

  Sophia Cohen, daughter of Daniel and Stephanie Cohen of Lee has earned the distinction of Valedictorian for the Monument Mountain Regional High School Class of 2017.  Camille Beckwith, daughter of Bruce and Carey Beckwith of Great Barrington has earned the distinction of Salutatorian.  These students will receive scholastic medallions and certificates awarded by the Berkshire Hills Regional School District at the 50th Commencement exercises on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at Tanglewood.  They will deliver the Valedictorian and Salutatorian addresses during the ceremony. Valedictorian Sophia Cohen is a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Program and a member of the MMRHS National Honor Society.   Sophia plays the French horn and the piano and has been a member of the Empire State Youth Orchestra in Albany, New York since 2012.  She has won numerous writing awards for her short stories and screenplay, including the Michelle Gillette Creative Writing Scholarship in 2017, First Prize in the Edith Wharton Writing Competition in February 2015, and four Silver Key Awards and eight Honorable Mentions in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition,  2013-2017.  In 2014 and 2016, Sophia won First Prize in the District VFW’s Voice of Democracy Competition.  Her “Winter Survival Guide” was published in Berkshire Magazine’s 2016 winter issue.  She was a captain of the cross-country team and a qualifier for the Western Massachusetts Cross Country Championships for the past three years. Sophia enjoys skiing, sailing, reading and spending time with her family, friends and two black Labradors. Sophia will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall to pursue a degree in Chemistry. Salutatorian... read more

ABC WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE: Saturday, May 6th, 10:00 – 1:00

MMRHS is pleased to offer another session of: ABC WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE:  Saturday, May 6th, 10:00 – 1:00 Monument Mountain gymnasium The Area’s Premier Women’s Self-Defense and Empowerment Program! Are you headed off to college? Do you live alone or travel? Do you just want to learn how to keep yourself and your family safe? Then you need to attend an ABC Women’s Self-Defense class!   ABC Women’s Self-Defense™ is a fun, exciting, and critically acclaimed women’s personal safety and empowerment program for all women. ABC teaches effective strategies to recognize, avoid, and respond to unwanted encounters or physical violence perpetrated by strangers and/or people you know.  ​ABC works to prevent violence and abuse by giving people the essential tools they need to protect themselves and their loved ones, promote healthy relationships, and facilitate respect in their communities and society. ABC classes are designed to teach self-protection strategies that are effective regardless of size, age, or fitness level.   ​Classes are taught by trained, qualified instructors, in a positive and supportive environment. ABC Women’s Self-Defense is the culmination of more than 30 years of training, research, and development and is the premier women’s self-defense and empowerment program in the Capital District.    This is open to MMRHS female students and their mothers, family, friends, and professionals of all types.   This is free for students;  $10.00 for their mothers or guests. You can sign up in MMRHS’s Main Office or by calling Tracy Clark at 413-428-3346, ext. 100. (Ages 14 and... read more

Opioids, Alcohol and Weed: What Parents Need to Know

GREAT BARRINGTON _ Dr. Jennifer Michaels will present “Opioids, Alcohol and Weed: What Parents Need to Know” on the impact of substances on the developing brain at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, November 2, at 7 p.m. Dr. Michaels, the medical director of the Brien Center, will also discuss strategies to help foster healthy decisions as children navigate their path to adulthood. A panel of local specialists will answer questions from the audience following her presentation. The event is free and open to the public. Child care services will be provided at Fuel on Main Street. “The opioid epidemic has raised the stakes for all of us,” says Erik Bruun, chairman of the South Berkshire Community Health Advisory Board that is the lead sponsor for the event. “This event is a step toward embracing knowledge for parents and the community to make more informed decisions to increase the likelihood of our children leading successful lives.” The panel will include Railroad Street Youth Project Executive Director Ananda Timpane, Dr. Brenda Butler (a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Berkshire Medical Center and the Brien Center), Monument Mountain Regional High School Principal Marianne Young, Mount Everett High School Principal Glen Devoti, as well as two young people from South County. “We all dream that our children will grow up to be happy, healthy, intelligent members of society,” says Michaels, “and we all know that decisions about substance use can derail those dreams.” Michaels is an attending psychiatrist at Berkshire Medical Center, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a national mentor for the Physician Clinical Support System,... read more

Enough – Written by Samantha Watson, grade 9.

They built her strong Able lungs Breathing oxygen in and out And a voice of capacity Eyes that could see the good in people And ears that could not only hear, but listen A heart of integrity and kindness And tears of empathetic silk Her hands held creativity and capability And her mind grasped wit and curiosity But they built a girl With the weight of humanity on her shoulders In a world where people didn’t care how she was assembled But what she looked like They couldn’t see that she Didn’t choose to be born to Autistic brother Protective mother Family whose veins were stripped of life from chemotherapy Nor did they assume that she didn’t choose to be brought into this world with the features she was given Because all her life, she was taught that beauty was on the surface They based their opinions on the gifts she had received Not what she had given herself Throwing their words around like confetti Never knowing how they cut like knives Her passions meant aggression Her opinions meant oppression All she wanted was for them to open their eyes And see how beautiful she was But how could she be When her loud voice meant she shouldn’t speak Her silent tears meant that she was weak Just because her hair didn’t fall like theirs, shoulders didn’t rest like theirs meant she wasn’t good enough Just because her ears didn’t hear like theirs, eyes couldn’t see like theirs meant she never could be enough Thin enough Pretty enough Smart enough Straight enough Funny how they never cared if she... read more

Congratulations Anna Abrahams

Each year the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) sponsors three statewide contests:  poster, essay and video.  These contests encourage student awareness regarding the importance of foreign language education.  This year’s contests were a great success.  The judges were impressed with the creativity and thoughtfulness in the entries responding to the theme Languages are the Keys to Global Understanding.  One essay is selected as Essay of the Year, and the winning essay will be featured at the MaFLA Conference in October 2016.   Anna Abrahams, daughter of Ed Abrahams of Great Barrington, is this year’s state high school winner.  A freshman at Monument Mountain Regional High School, Anna studies French with teacher Hugh “Mickey” McCartney.  Anna’s essay focused on how, “Language can be what separates us, but can also be what unifies the human... read more

Humans of the Berkshires

“Hello! Hope that this email finds you well! Our names are Nataly Garzon and Kathleen Toomey. We work at local  nonprofit organizations, and over the last several months have been working on creating a platform to feature young people in Berkshire County. Inspired by Humans of New York, Humans of Berkshire County will spotlight several young people from across the entire county every week. Please take a moment to look through the pages (both on Facebook and Instagram), and if you want to follow them – click “like.” Facebook Humans of the Berkshire Instagram Humans of the Berkshires Through this journey, we have met some truly inspiring individuals. We cannot wait to share their stories with you. If you would like to be featured, or want to nominate someone – please do not hesitate in reaching out to humansoftheberkshires@gmail.com Best, Nataly and Kathleen Toomey         Nataly A. Garzon Coordinator of Youth Development 200 South Street – Pittsfield, MA 01201 / Ph: (413) 442-6948 – Fax: (413) 442-5050... read more

Communications Design Student Alison Lee Wins 2016 Charles Pratt Memorial Scholarship

Alison Lee (B.F.A. Communications Design ’17) has been named the recipient of the 2016 Charles Pratt Memorial Scholarship, an annual $35,000 award conferred to a third-year undergraduate in a given department. Each year, a new department is chosen to present student projects. This spring, the School of Design’s Undergraduate Communications Design Department moved into the spotlight.   The Charles Pratt Memorial Scholarship was established by Edmund S. “Ned” Twining III, great-great grandson of Charles Pratt, the founder of Pratt Institute, and grandson of Charles Pratt, president of Pratt Institute from 1937–1953, for whom the scholarship is named. The scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates the ideals of the founder of the Institute. On the morning of April 8, Pratt Institute President Thomas F. Schutte, Provost Kirk E. Pillow, School of Design Dean Anita Cooney, Department of Communications Design Chair Kathleen Creighton and members of the Pratt family gathered in Steuben Hall for presentations by four undergraduate Communications Design student finalists.   This year, students presented projects that included book, poster, and packaging designs as well as video and film sequences. Lee, whose concentration within Communications Design is Graphic Design, is also pursuing a double minor in English and Art History. She was recognized for outstanding creative achievement in work that reflected her wide range of interests. Her designs included “Shopsins Menu,” a “self-destructive” restaurant menu app; “Over Attached,” a tech reliance game that referenced the renowned communication theorist Marshall McCluhan; and news story pages created in her role as an art director for the Institute’s student magazine, The Prattler. Nicola Householder (B.F.A. Communications Design ’17), Peter Owen... read more
Monument Mountain Regional High School is committed to expanding access to rigorous course work including AP courses, improving student performance, and supporting student success. We’ve been recognized for our work as part of the College Board’s 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. Monument Mountain Regional High School is one of 547 school districts to earn a spot on @CollegeBoard’s 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll.