Dear Mount Greylock Families,
We hope this email finds you well as we move into June and the final weeks of Remote Learning. Not having students physically at Mount Greylock makes June seem a bit surreal, but we are looking forward to graduation and the chance to honor and celebrate our seniors.
Below you will find answers to many of the questions that rise at this time of year. Certainly this list is not comprehensive, but it will address the most popular questions for now.
Q: What will happen for Graduation this year?
A: Graduation 2020 comes in two parts. On 6/5 at 7 p.m. there will be a virtual pre-graduation celebration with speeches, awards and a slideshow -- elements you would have seen at both Class Night and Graduation itself. The video is available on the MGRSD YouTube channel, through Willinet's website, and Willinet's television channel 1303, starting at 7 p.m.
On Saturday 6/6 at 11 a.m., seniors and their families will come to campus for the distribution of diplomas. Department of Public Health restrictions limit the number of people allowed to participate. We ask that only families with tickets come to campus, but we invite the entire community -- extended family, friends, younger school friends, neighbors and the full community -- to cheer and honor students as they make their way home. Expect that students will depart the Mount Greylock campus around 12:40 and eventually move north, south and west on their ways home. We encourage you to gather -- at an acceptable social distance of 6 feet -- along Route 7 (north and south) at various parking lots (warning: you cannot park directly on Route 7). Wear red and white, bring banners, balloons and noisemakers. Shout and cheer as the seniors drive past.
Q: When is the last day of Remote Learning?
A: The last day of this school year is Tuesday, 6/16.
Q: When do I have to turn texts, library books, musical instruments, sports equipment and technology in?
A: Students should hold onto MG texts, supplies, equipment and materials for now in a safe place at home. We expect to develop a schedule later this summer for students to return items. Please take good care of everything while you are holding onto it.
Q: Will there be summer reading?
A: Of course! Look for news from your English teachers and Librarian Liza Barrett about titles and where you can find books.
Q: I told my high school counselor what I wanted to take next year, when will schedules be ready?
A: Luckily, we started the course selection process early this year, so we are on track to have schedules available in mid-summer. Students who need to fill holes in schedules will be able to make appointments for the first few days before school commences to finalize their schedules should that be necessary. Drop-Add, when students can change classes, will take place during the first three days of school in September.
Q: When will 7th and 8th grade schedules be mailed?
A: Their schedules for next year will be mailed in mid-summer as well.
Q: Speaking of school, what will it look like next year?
A: Excellent question. We really have to wait for more guidance from the Department of Education's Commissioner before we can determine the structure of the school day for next year. However, we are moving forward with a regular schedule while recognizing that we may need to make adjustments. 2020 is the year of contingency planning.
Q: When does school start next year?
A: Classes begin on Tuesday, 9/1. An academic calendar for 2020-2021 can be found on www.mgrhs.org. A calendar has also been attached below.
A reminder to take advantage of the website for news and updates. You can also find topical updates and celebrations of students and their work on the main school Instagram and Twitter accounts @MGMounties. Further, many clubs and organizations also have Instagram accounts to keep you abreast.
Thank you for all of your patience this spring. Remote Learning presented a learning curve for everyone. As the District moves forward to plan for next year, your feedback provided both on surveys and through incidental observations will be invaluable. Finally, sincere thanks from all the faculty and staff to the MGPTO for the signs of appreciation and support that were planted in yards last week. Faculty and staff were surprised and grateful.
Mary MacDonald and Jake Schutz
2020-2021 Academic Calendar