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MONDAY - March 26:
  • 100 Mile Club is back outside @ GVMS
  • Book Fair open @ GVMS
  • Athletic Awards Banquet - 6:00 PM @ GVMS
  • SOPHOMORES! Get a good night's sleep and have a healthy breakfast! 

TUESDAY - March 27:
  • 8th Grade is off to Washington D.C.! 
  • Book Fair open @ GVMS
  • ELA MCAS - Grade 10
  • 3rd & 4th Grade - MCAS Information Night! 6:00 PM @ QHCS

WEDNESDAY - March 28:
  • ELA MCAS - Grade 10

THURSDAY - March 29:
  • ELA MCAS - Grade 10

FRIDAY - March 30:  

SAVE THE DATE: There will be a Future of the District - Parent Information Night on April 12th at 6:30 PM at Granite Valley Middle School. 
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And we want your opinions before any BIG decisions are made. In order to both save money and increase opportunities for students, we are exploring the possibility of consolidating staff and students into two schools – Granite Valley Middle School and Monson High School -- instead of three. There have been multiple focus groups working on this task including parents, faculty, and administrators and now we'd like the feedback from the general public. This survey will take you about 5 to 10 minutes to read facts and give your thoughts.
The Granite Valley 100-Mile Club is finally moving from indoors to the outside track!  Starting Monday, 3/26 students will be directed straight to the track from parent and bus drop-off. Like on Facebook
Quarry Hill is excited for their newest recruits! Here are two future students sitting patiently while being registered for Kindergarten! Like on Facebook


5th grade visited Bay Path college to attend a performance of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on Thursday, March 22nd. As a last minute field trip (due to seats unexpectedly opening for the performance) Mrs. Nobbs turned to Newsela for some quick and thorough lessons on Shakespeare.
The students were prepared and excited to see the action - and some were even able to sit on the side of the stage in true Shakespearean fashion!  After the show, the actors came into the audience and spoke to the students - while keeping character of course.
It was a wonderful experience and everyone had a blast! A big thank you to Bay Path College for inviting Granite Valley - we cherish our local college and university connections!

Granite Valley had a visit from award winning author, Meredith O'Brien!

Ms. O'Brien recently wrote and published Mr. Clark’s Big Band: A Year of Laughter, Tears and Jazz in a Middle School Band Room which is a nonfiction account of a Massachusetts middle school’s elite jazz band as they grieved the sudden loss of one of their own. The students were so enthralled by her talk, that some stayed after to purchase her book, get autographs, and ask some one-on-one questions. We are grateful to Ms. O'Brien for visiting and sharing her experiences - and thankful that Ms. Cieplik went to high school with her, thus giving us the "in!" 

GVMS Scholastic Book Fair was a success - and still going! 
The book fair will be open and available to anyone wishing to purchase books, posters, or other fun items on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Thank you to everyone for their continued support! 

I scream, you scream, but we all MULTIPLY for ice cream!
5th and 6th graders tasted their sweet rewards for their hard work on memorizing their math skills. In preparations for MCAS tests, they lined up for a faculty-fueled ice cream sundae assembly line and received toppings equivalent to the skill level mastered. Great job students - good luck on your MCAS tests! 

Congrats to this week's Granite Valley Power Ticket winners!
5th Grader Irene Bergeron (pictured with Mr. Johnson) and 8th Grader Kyle Gosselin (not pictured)

SOAR students went to Monson Savings Bank for a tour of the bank and descriptions of the jobs there. They even enjoyed some donuts! Like on Facebook

Granite Valley Middle School students, Emily and Maddie, did an outstanding job collecting donations for a local cat shelter for their community service project. The girls did such a phenomenal job reaching out to local businesses, they were contacted by Adams Hometown Market who came through with an entire pallet (2 car loads) of premium cat litter! With school and parental support, the estimated value of donations totalled over $2000!

The community service project is a requirement in the 7th grade world geography class.  Beginning in September, students began brainstorming ideas, deciding whether to work alone or within a group, and formulating a plan for their project.  The project plan was submitted and approved and parents/guardians signed off on same.  Students have begun their projects and their six hours of documented service are due by April 30.  In May, they will write a reflection on their experience. Maddie and Emily are the first students to complete their project and there is an article about the two of them in the Palmer Journal!  Great jobs ladies! 

Busy week at MHS! Seniors had a class meeting with Mr. Metzger & Mrs. Sorel on Friday. Information on scholarships were handed out as well as information for the end of the year. It’s coming soon!! 

Juniors worked with Mrs. Gouvin on career and college planning from the MEFA website. Students took an interest assessment and made SMART goals for their future & individual learning plans.


Sophomores will be taking MCAS ELA next week so this week they prepped for it. Groups reviewed strategies for taking the test, writing open responses and the long composition as well as reading strategies for the comprehension portion of the test. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep & a quality breakfast before the tests. Dates are Tuesday-Wednesday- Thursday March 27-29.

Freshmen worked on creating their own vision boards for the future. Students were asked to think about what goals they have for the future then transfer those ideas visually to help remind them to work hard to achieve them!

Greek Pottery and Kiln Gods!
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Monday, March 26th from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at Granite Valley Middle School for all Winter Athletes! 

The Winter Athletic Awards Banquet will take place on Monday March 26, 2018 from 6-7:30 at Granite Valley Middle School.  Managers, Junior Varsity and Varsity Winter Student Athletes should attend and sit with their coaches.  Families, Community Members and Monson Public School Staff and Faculty are welcome at this event as we celebrate the wonderful winter season student athletes.  Please join us for refreshments and desserts in the Granite Valley Middle School Auditorium cafeteria at 6PM. 

Did you know you can purchase Monson Athletic apparel online??
Well, YOU CAN, Thanks to the Monson Athletic Boosters!


Students were led on a NED Kindness Adventure last Wednesday! 
Through storytelling, music and an interactive video, students learned about NED's trip to Kenya and the importance of being kind-hearted and caring. 

The Kindness Adventure assembly was brought to Quarry Hill at no cost because of their unique Pay-It Forward program. Through this program, another school has already made it possible for them to visit and we can do the same for other schools. After the assembly, students will have the opportunity to purchase handcrafted items by artisans in Kenya! The Kenyan Treasures sale will run every morning in the atrium until April 6th.  Proceeds go to the artists in Kenya, to a fund producing clean water in Kenya, and toward an assembly at another school!

3rd and 4th grade MCAS information and Family Learning night Tuesday, March 27th from 6:00-7:00 PM. A notice with more information went home last Wednesday.

On April 2nd, we encourage everyone to WEAR BLUE in support of understanding and acceptance for people with autism. 

Every April, Autism Speaks kicks off World Autism Month by LIGHTING IT UP BLUE

Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, light blue in recognition of people living with autism. Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support. Like on Facebook

Monson Public Schools

Preschool Screening

The annual screening of preschool children (3 and 4 year olds) will include assessments of your child’s hearing, vision and general readiness for preschool.

Where: Quarry Hill Community School, 43 Margaret Street, Monson
  • Monday, April 2, 2018
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Thursday, April 5, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please call Tamara Bingle at 413-267-4150 extension 1400 to arrange for an appointment.
When you call, please provide your name, address, telephone number, child’s name and date of birth.
The West Springfield Public Schools will be hosting three high profile speakers over the next three months.  All events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  All events will take place at West Springfield High School at 425 Piper Road and start at 6:30 pm. 
  • March 28 - Scott Poland.  Scott will address issues of school violence, and psychological preparedness and response, and more.  This is a very timely message, for sure. 
    •  For more information about Scott, please CLICK HERE
  • April 12 - Chris Waddell.  Chris will talk about overcoming obstacles, and will share ideas relative to "It's not what happens to you, its what you do with what happens to you".  
    • For more information about Chris, please GO HERE or HERE
  • May 21 - Chris Herren.  Chris will talk about the dangers of substance use and abuse, with a focus on prevention.  
    • To learn more about Chris, please visit THIS SITE

March is National Nutrition Month! 

I Facebook and I Tweet...but what is PERISCOPE??

PERISCOPE allows live broadcasts to the world! When Cheryl Clarke goes live, PERISCOPE will instantly notify followers who can join, comment and ask questions in real time.  At a sports practice, karate lessons – or anywhere -- and have a question about the schools?  PERISCOPE will send you a notification when she logs on and you can ask your questions live via your phone!  And it’s all LIVE!  You can see Cheryl, but she can’t see you! 

Here’s how to sign up:

  1. Go to your AppStore and download PERISCOPE
  2. Once it’s downloaded, hit “Get Started”
  3. You may then sign in with Twitter if you have an account or with your cell phone number
  4. PERISCOPE will immediately text you a confirmation code that you will type in and then hit “Create Account”
  5. Type in your name, create a user name, and then “Enable Notifications”
  6. Once on, click on the “people” symbol in the lower right-hand corner
  7. Then click on the magnifying glass in the upper left corner and search for “Cheryl Clarke.”  Be careful because there are a few!! Be sure you choose the Cheryl Clarke that says, “Superintendent of Monson Public Schools.”
  8. Follow her and you’re done!  You will be notified when she goes live.
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