Starting this week, GreylockNews.COM will host an online version of the parent-authored Mount Greylock Beacon, the weekly news letter for the middle school at Mount Greylock Regional High School. Please send items for the next issue of The Beacon by 3:00pm Tues, 6/07/05 to firstname.lastname@example.org (or call 458-0168) or to Stomberg@adelphia.net
Moving up and Crossing-Over -- 8th Graders Head into their Future
Submitted Amy Moore-Powers
The 8th Grade Reception (moving-up day) will take place on June 7th this year. This informal reception is held in the Japanese garden and is a great way for students to meet their high school teachers. They will hopefully learn something about next year and become more comfortable with their ability to meet the demands of high school.
The 8th Grade Crossing-Over Ceremony will take place before the picnic on June 17th. In this Ceremony students place their wishes for high school in the Mt. Greylock Wishing Well and then symbolically cross-over the bridge to the high school.
GOOD NEWS for Middle School Teams, Advisories, Small Class Size
Submitted by Mark Piechota
Staffing in the Middle School next year will include 3 teachers for each of the core subjects of English, Social Studies, Math and Science. We're happy to say that translates into a (core) class size of 20 for the 7th grade and 22 students in the 8th grade. There will be teams in the Middle School next year (the configuration is still to be determined) with core teachers teaching 4 classes (currently they are teaching 5); there will be team meeting time, and Middle School morning meeting will continue. We hope to reinstitute advisories in the Middle School as well.
This means that teachers will get to know all of their students well, and they will be able to coordinate curriculum across their disciplines. They will be able to adapt curriculum and instruction to meet student needs, and in the process, help make your children's introduction to Mount Greylock into an exciting and enriching two years.
...and the Band Plays on . . . the Graduation Band
Submitted by Lyndon Moors
After we say goodbye to our senior band members on Memorial Day, we add approximately 32 Middles School musicians to form the Graduation Band. This groups rehearses the traditional Graduation ceremony music plus a different recessional each year. All rehearsals are during the regular Band period during the day.
Graduation Band members are asked to meet at school by 1:30, Sunday, June 5. Please keep in mind that traffic and parking are usually issues on Graduation Day. The ceremony will be finished by 3:00pm. Dress for Graduation is the same as it would be for any indoor concert. Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for supporting music at Mt. Greylock.
Word Street Wants Writers
Word Street is seeking submissions of fiction, poetry, personal essay, comics, black-and-white art and photography for its first literary magazine. Students in Berkshire County between the ages of 8 and 18 are invited to submit original work on the theme "Growing Up in the World Today." Deadline is Saturday, June 11. Students or their teachers may submit original work to Word Street, PO Box 782, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or by e-mail: email@example.com Include contact information.
Word Street is a literary arts center providing free creative writing courses and workshops for young people ages 8 to 18. The magazine will be edited and distributed by Word Street students. The editorial team will meet twice monthly in preparation for the magazine's release in September. Writers interested in joining the editorial team should contact Aaron Beatty: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info: 997-3307 or www.wordstreet.org
FUN, FUN, FUN, CELEBRATE! -- Parent Help Needed
Submitted by Amy Moore-Powers
On Friday, June 17th the middle school students will travel to Windsor Lake in North Adams for an end of the year picnic. This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate all of the success that they have had this year and to say goodbye to the class of 2010.
Students will be able to swim, play Frisbee, touch football, sunbathe, and play waffle ball, etc. They will eat hamburgers and hotdogs and hopefully have a glorious time. The field trip will be free, but students will need to pay the regular $2.50 for their lunch. We will arrive at Windsor Lake around 10:00 a.m. and return to school in time for the 2:30 p.m. bus.
We are looking for a few parents would like to come and share the day with us to help chaperone and/or lifeguard. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Amy Moore-Powers at 458-9582 ext. 140 or email at email@example.com.
Surviving Your Child's Adolescence
Sign-up for this FREE 3-part series on "Surviving Your Child's Adolescence" with Nurit Berman, MSW. Child Care of the Berkshires is sponsoring this parenting partnership program at Haskins Community Center, 210 State St, North Adams.
Three Wednesdays: Jun 8, 15, & 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required, call: 664-4725.
Pericles on WilliNet
Relive Mt. Greylock's fall performance of Pericles from the Shakespeare & Company's Fall
Festival. Turn on Channel 17-WilliNet, Williamstown's Community Television TONIGHT, May 26 at 8:30 and enjoy an evening of Shakespeare. Check-out local cable access listings for next week's air-times of Pericles.
U-14 Girls Soccer:
Sat, June 4, 2:30 vs Lee, away
Sun, June 5, 4:00 vs N. Adams, away
U-14 Boys Soccer:
Sat, May 28, 4:00 vs Lenox, away
Mon, May 30: SCHOOL CLOSED
Sun, June 5: 1:30-3:00 Graduation Band plays at Mt. Greylock Graduation
Fri & Sat, June 10 & 11: Treasure Island, Middle School Musical in auditorium
Fri, June 17: Middle School Trip to Windsor Lake
Wed, June 22: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!
18 more days of school !!!
Only ONE more Beacon to be published this year!