Monument Students & Families –

With today’s nice weather, I hope many of you were able to spend some time outside, taking a hike, going for a run, doing some yard work or just sitting in the sunshine.  This is certainly a difficult time and creating new routines is important to our overall wellness.

As Peter emphasized in yesterday’s message, the goal of school closure is to support our community at large in “social distancing” and “flattening the curve”.  Two phrases I’m sure by the end of this we will all be hoping to never hear again! That said, as challenging as it is to do, we are encouraging all students and families to take it seriously. A quick game of hoops or a gathering to watch a movie can unknowingly spread this virus and ultimately infect someone we care deeply about who is at increased risk.

As this lip-dub created by our students four years ago reminds us, we are all in this together!

Food Distribution continues

The District is providing one cold lunch and one cold breakfast for the following morning to students in our district community.  These meals will be available to all students who would benefit from the service. Food will be distributed daily from 11:30am-12:30 pm at Monument Valley’s front circle, in front of the West Stockbridge Town Hall, behind the Stockbridge Town Hall, in front of the Housie Dome and behind the Great Barrington Fire Department.  Please stay in your car and the meals will be brought to you. Please email the Food Service Department at meals@bhrsd.org or contact Kathy Sullivan – Director at (413) 644-2325 or (855) 255-8666 and state the pick up location and number of student meals for the next day.

At this time, we are doing outreach in our planning to provide bags of food on Friday’s to those who would benefit. We will begin this Friday on a small scale with a hope of expanding. If you or another district family could benefit, please reach out to the email or numbers above, contact your guidance counselor or reach out to me directly at kristina.farina@bhrsd.org.  If pickup is a concern, we are working on a potential delivery system so let us know if that is a need.

Sharing Information

We will continue to send email updates and these messages will be available on our school website.  The school and district websites will also contain other information, answers to frequently asked questions and resources.  We are working to get these up to date today. As school buildings are closed voicemail will be checked periodically. If you need assistance quickly, please reach out to me via email at kristina.farina@bhrsd.org

Update on Spring Sports

The MIAA Board of Directors voted yesterday, March 16, 2020, to amend the start of the 2020 spring sports season in light of recent mandates from Governor Baker and recommendations from governing health agencies.  The updated start date for the 2020 spring season is April 27, 2020.

Here’s a link to a FAQ page from the MIAA:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/10JcTRrD5nf2aQVD9V5LXx071YPAkaqs3/view?usp=sharing

Update on AP’s & SAT’s

In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) and guidance from public health organizations, the College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020, SAT® administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled March 28) are also canceled. We will provide refunds to all students who are registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores due to an irregularity. The College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as feasible in place of canceled administrations. College Board has not yet canceled the June 6, 2020, SAT administration and will continue to assess its status.

The new word from the College Board on APs is they are finalizing streamlined AP Exam options that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. We will have to wait to see how this plays out. We are committed to supporting our students and will work with the College Board to coordinate appropriate testing opportunities for students for both SATs and APs.

School Enrichment Resources

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qQWN2wBVJVgwtv5Fxbp6BsYOtLAH1UMHQ4F9hchONhs/edit   

There seems to be some confusion on this topic and mixed messages about this work.  These activities are intended to help students stay current on important skills and content.  The activities are aligned to our current curriculum. The work is not for any particular credit, but like a summer reading assignment, the activity will keep students fresh and ready to return to school.  Feel free to supplement with ideas and activities you think are relevant and will be interesting to your child. We have also provided helpful links to other learning resources that might interest students and will continue to plan and expand this over the next two weeks.

Our top priority is the health and well-being of all of our students and families.

Please reach out to any teacher, counselor, or administrator if you have a need or a question.  We are here to help and support –

Kristi FarinaPrincipal
Monument Mountain Regional High School
600 Stockbridge Rd
Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 528-3346