Sunday, January 13, 2019


Branagan’s Bulletin
Week of January 14 – January 18, 2019

Hello Sachems!  I hope you had a great weekend!  These next two weeks is a very important time in our year.  It will mark the mid-point of our year and the conclusion of the first semester classes.  I love this time of year!  It allows for the celebration of hard-work and dedication to your studies.  However, it also allows for reflection in areas of our studies that we struggled or were challenged beyond compare.  Please take some time this week to review your performance this semester…and chart your course of action as we prepare to begin a new semester on January 30, 2019.  I wish you the very best as you being the very important review work in your classes.   Be sure to engage in all review sessions, organize your notes and materials, and believe that you will FinishSTRONG.  We have a very busy week ahead…so, let’s go!

  1. Sachem Shout-Out:
    • Congratulations to the members of the Student Council who represented our school at the SEMASC Winter Conference, which was held at Attleborough High School on Thursday of last week.  The conference was awesome.  Job well done!
    • Congratulations to the Girls Gymnastics team for their first win of the season.  Job well done.  
    • A HUGE Congratulations to the three Unified Bocce Teams that participated in the MASC Unified Bocce Tournament with Special Olympics of Massachusetts.  The delegation from Middleborough rocked the tournament.  So proud of our athletes, our partners and the very spirited fans in the stands!  We Choose to Include at MHS!
    • Thank you to the large number of MHS Students who participated in the AP Saturday Session for Math this past Saturday at MHS.  We hosted over 500 students from around the region at this event.  Our AP Math Students were awesome.  Thank you for representing our school.
    • Congratulations to Devon Avilla, Joe Escolas, Sydney Montross and Josh Young for being named a John and Abigail Adams Scholar for the Class of 2019.  We are proud of you!
    • Congratulations to Johnnie Harris for being named the ACTR Russian Scholar Laureate for 2018!  We are so proud of you, Johnnie!!
    • Congratulations to all of the Winter Athletes for their incredible commitment to the Black and Orange.  It has been awesome watching your play each week!  Remain SachemSTRONG!

  1. Final Exams – Monday, January 28 & Tuesday, January 29
    • Just a reminder that our final examination days are quickly approaching and will here before you know it.
    • Final Exams will be held on Monday, January 28 (Full Day) and Tuesday, January 29 (Half Day)
    • Please be sure you begin your examination preparation so you are ready for these important benchmark exams.

  1. Biology MCAS - February 6 & 7, 2019
    • Just a reminder to our freshmen who took Biology first semester that you will be sitting for the Biology MCAS Test on Wednesday and Thursday, February 6 & 7, 2019.  Mr. Dizel will be sending out information to each of you regarding your testing location over the next few weeks along with other important reminders about this very important test. Students who are beginning Biology next semester and those in the year-long Biology class will sit for their Biology MCAS in June.

  1. Scheduling - 2019 - 2020
    • Just a reminder to all students in the Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022, that the scheduling process for next year has officially begun.  Please be sure to log into Aspen to begin selecting the courses that you are looking to take next year.  Also, please know that your guidance counselors will be meeting with each of your over the next few weeks during your PE Classes to help with your scheduling needs. 
    • On Thursday, January 17, 2019, you will receive all of the materials needed to begin the online scheduling process during a special advisory being held that day.  The online portal in Aspen will open to begin selecting your courses on Friday, January 18, 2019.    
    • Please be sure to know that the portal for scheduling will officially close on Friday, February 1, 2019.
    • Program of Studies Night will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 6:30pm in the Main Lobby of the high school.  Come and learn about the programs and offerings for the upcoming year. 
    • Please contact your guidance counselor with any questions!

  1.  Final Exam Cocoa Cram – Wednesday, January 23
    • The National Honor Society will be hosting their annual Final Exam Cocoa Cram.  Come study and prepare for your exams with members of the NHS to help get you ready for your exams.  The event will be held in the MHS Library on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:30pm.  You do not want to miss this event.

  1.  Winter Meltdown is Coming – January 28 – February 15
    • The Student Council and Club US is working hard to ensure that our energy and school spirit is high as we approach February vacation.  Winter Meltdown is coming!  Get ready for a GREAT few weeks of spirit and Sachem Pride.  Be on the look-out for the numerous opportunities and events to bring our school together.
    • The Annual Winter Ball, which will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 7:00 – 10:00pm in the MHS Gym.  Tickets will go on sale beginning January 21, 2019 for $10.00. 
    • Guest permission slips will be available next week from the main office.

     7.  Music Department Presents – Thoroughly Modern Millie:
·         The MHS Music Department is in their final weeks for preparing for the annual musical that will take place on January 18 – 20, 2019.
·         Best of luck to the cast and crew for a very successful tech week!
·         Show Times:
o   Friday, January 18 – 7:00pm
o   Saturday, January 19 – 7:00pm
o   Sunday, January 20 – 7:00pm
§  The cost to attend is $10.00 Adult/$7.00 Student

     8.  Student Council Update:
·         Full Council Meeting – Wednesday, January 16 – 7:00pm – Cafeteria

    9.  Professional Development Day – Friday, January 18, 2019
·         Just a reminder that the next Professional Development Day for the MHS Faculty and Staff will take place on Friday, January 18, 2019.  Friday will be an early dismissal, with a release time of 11:30am on Friday. 

    10.  Anime Club Meeting – Tuesday, January 15, 2019
·         The next meeting of the Anime Club will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 2:00pm in Room 213.  Please see Mr. Coutinho with any questions.


     11. Home Winter Games of the Week:
    • Monday, January 14
                                       i.    Boys/Girls Track Vs. Abington – Varsity – 6:00pm – Reggie Lewis Center

    • Tuesday, January 15
                                       i.    Girls Basketball Vs. Abington – JV – 5:00pm – MHS Gym
                                      ii.    Girls Basketball Vs. Abington – Varsity – 6:30pm – MHS Gym
                                     iii.    Swimming Vs. Cohasset – Varsity – 4:00pm – Burkland Pool

    • Wednesday, January 16
                                       i.    Wrestling Vs. Cohasset – Varsity – 7:00pm – MHS Gym

    • Thursday, January 17
                                       i.    No Home Events

    • Friday, January 18
                                       i.    Girls Basketball Vs. Hull – JV – 5:00pm – MHS Gym
                                      ii.    Girls Basketball Vs. Hull – Varsity – 6:30pm – MHS Gym

    • Saturday, January 19
                                       i.    Ice Hockey Vs. East Bridgewater – Varsity – 12:30pm – Bridgewater Ice Arena

    • Best of luck all of our teams this week with our many away games and meets!




Have a great week and be good to each other!



Branagan J


We Are Sachems!

                                                                                               
                                                            
Final Exam Schedule –
January 28 & 29, 2019

Block 1 & 2 Exams – Monday, January 28, 2019
·       Full Day of School
·       Dismissal at 1:50pm


Block 3 & 4 Exams – Tuesday, January 29, 2019
·       Half-Day of School (High School ONLY)
·       Dismissal at 11:00am

Sunday, January 6, 2019


Branagan’s Bulletin
Week of January 7 – January 11, 2019

Hello Sachems!  It is good to get back to school!  I have missed our routines that school brings, and it is great to be back to learning.  We are approaching the final weeks of Semester I, and we have a great deal to accomplish in order for each of you to FinishSTRONG!  Remember the goals that you set at the beginning of the year for yourself and there is still time to complete that goal.  I expect excellence out of each of you…and everyone at MHS is behind you with this expectation.  I want each of you to work hard this week in all of your classes as we begin the final push to the end of the semester.  I know you can do it!  We have a very busy week ahead…so, here we go…

  1. Sachem Shout-Out:
    • To the winter athletes for their commitment to our school and team as they endured the cold practices, meets, games and tournaments!  You are doing great, Sachems!
    • A Special note of congratulations to the Wrestling Team for their outstanding win against Rockland.  This was a first league win for the team in many years.  Well done, Sachems!
    • Congratulations to Nicki Hart and Declan Hastings for their outstanding placements in their respective Diving Competition last week.  We love when records get broken.  Great work!
    • Congratulations to Dylan Tobiaz for being named a NATIONAL WINNER of the Horatio Alger Scholarship.  A HUGE accomplished and so well-deserved.  Dylan will head to Washington D.C. for a very formal ceremony where he will receive his scholarship. 
    • Best of luck to Owen Kidd who will represent MHS at the Senior District Festival at Canton High School on Saturday.  He will truly make our school proud!

  1. Senior Class Trip To Florida Meeting - VERY IMPORTANT
    • To the members of the Class of 2019 who is attending the senior class trip to Florida over April vacation, there is a very brief, but important meeting to select your roommates for the class trip.  The meeting will begin at 2:00pm in the MHS Library on Friday, January 11, 2019.  Please see Mr. Branagan with any questions.  Also, if any senior is interested in going and has not signed up for the trip….please see Mr. Branagan as a few spots have opened.

     3.  Student Council Update:
·         Executive Board Meeting – January 7, 2019 – 6:00pm
·         Student Council Meeting – January 9, 2019 – 7:00pm
o   This meeting is very important for all members of the Student Council as we will begin our planning of Winter Week and Winter Ball 2019.  See you all there!


4.  Program of Studies Night – Wednesday, January 23, 2019:
    • Attention Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022…the Program of Studies Night will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 6:30pm in the Auditorium.  This evening officially begins the scheduling process for 2019-2020 School Year. 
    • Literature will be distributed to all students in Grades 9 – 11 on Thursday, January 17, 2019 in a special advisory at the end of the day. 
    • The portal to begin scheduling is due to open on Friday, January 18, 2019.
    • Please see your guidance counselor with any questions.

5.  Professional Development Day – Friday, January 18
    • A reminder to all MHS Students that our teachers will be engaging in very important trainings and workshops on Friday, January 18, 2019.  This means…there is EARLY DISMISSAL (11:30AM) for all students on that day!

6.  Class of 2019 - Senior Dues REMINDER:
    • Attention all members of the Class of 2019!  Please be reminded that your senior dues of $50.00 are due to the main office as soon as possible.  Cash/bank check or money order will be accepted.  Senior dues are used for everything related to your senior week events that will be here before you know it!  Please see Mrs. Holmgren in the main office to pay your senior dues! 

    7.  Middleborough Science Café – January 10, 2019
    • The Middleborough High School YESS Club and the Science Department are proud to present their Science Café on Thursday, January 10, 2019 in the MHS Library.  Come and learn about Diamonds found in the salt marsh. 
    • Be sure to check this out!!

    8.  SEMASC Winter Conference – Thursday, January 10, 2019 – FINAL CALL!
·         Attention all members of the Student Council!!  Come and be a part of the Middleborough Delegation attending the Winter Conference at Attleborough High School.  This is an after-school event.  Please see Mr. Branagan for a permission slip and to be a part of the delegation.  Space is limited…so, do not miss out!

9.  MASC Unified Bocce Tournament – Saturday, January 12, 2019 – FINAL CALL!
·         Attention all members of the MHS Student Council and Best Buddies!  Come and be a part of the Fans in the Stands as we cheer on the Sachems in the annual MASC Unified Bocce Tournament at Walpole High School. 
·         Permission slips are located in the main office.  This event is open to any member of Student Council and/or Best Buddies. 
·         Please see Mr. Branagan, Mr. Siciliano or Owen McCarthy with any questions.

   10.  The Pop-Up Library – January 8
·         We are proud to welcome the Middleborough Public Library with the launch of the Pop-Up Library.  You can visit the table in the cafeteria and borrow books, movies, video games and find out about upcoming programs at the Public Library.  The Pop-Up Library will be in the cafeteria.  See you there.

   11.  Book Club – Monday, January 7
·         The next Book Club Meeting will take place on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 2:00pm in the MHS Library.  Please see Mrs. Phillips for more information.

   12.  Attention All MHS Students – Young Voices for the Planet – January 12
·         The Sustainable Middleborough Group is offering a very cool opportunity to all MHS Students on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 3:00pm at the Middleborough Public Library.  Come and meet students like you who took action to help keep our planet clean and healthy – right in their own towns.  A special thanks to this community group for inviting our student body to attend this very important conversation.  Hope to see you there. 

13. Home Winter Games of the Week:
·         Monday, January 7
·         Indoor Track  Vs. Abington - Varsity – 6:00pm – Reggie Lewis Center

    • Tuesday, January 8
·   Girls Basketball Vs. Rockland – JV – 5:00pm – MHS Gym
·   Girls Basketball Vs. Rockland – Varsity – 6:30pm – MHS Gym
·   Boys/Girls Swimming Vs. Bishop Stang – Varsity – 4:00pm – Burkland Pool

    • Wednesday, January 9
·   No Home Events

    • Thursday, January 10
·   Boys/Girls Swimming Vs. Pembroke – Varsity – 4:00pm – Burkland Pool

    • Friday, January 11
·   Boys Basketball Vs. Carver – Freshmen – 3:30pm – MHS Gym
·   Boys Basketball Vs. Carver – JV – 5:00pm – MHS Gym
·   Boys Basketball Vs. Carver – Varsity – 6:30pm – MHS Gym
·   Gymnastics Vs. Scituate – Varsity – 7:30pm – Pembroke MGC

    • Saturday, January 12
·   Middleborough Quad Event – 10:00am – MHS Gym


Best of luck all of our teams this week with our many away games and meets!


Have a great week and be good to each other!   



Branagan J
We Are Sachems!

                                                                           
Special Reminder - Final Exam Schedule
    •  Block 1 & 2 Exams - Monday, January 28, 2019
·   Full Day of School
·   Dismissal at 1:50pm
    • Block 3 & 4 Exams – Tuesday, January 29, 2019
·   Half-Day of School (High School ONLY)
·   Dismissal at 11:00am

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


Branagan’s Bulletin
Week of December 31 – January 4, 2019

Hello Sachems!  I want to take an opportunity and officially welcome you back to school and to wish you a happy new year!  I hope you had a great vacation.  As we begin another week, I hope you took a moment over your time off to reflect on the closing of the first semester, which is quickly approaching and seeing what you can do to be sure that you are finishing strong!  Also, I would encourage each of you to begin setting new goals for yourself as you prepare for the start of the new semester, which will begin on January 30, 2019.  We have a very busy week ahead…so, here we go

  1. Sachem Shout-Out:
    • To the members of the Student Council for hosting an outstanding Holiday Dinner with the residents of the Conway House.  It was a complete success!  Thank you for making a difference!
    • Congratulations to the GSA for their holiday party and thank you for inviting the school community to attend.  It was a great celebration! 
    • Congratulations to Best Buddies for their great meeting and ginger-bread house party! 
    • A note to thanks to Eden Eugenio, Sarah Goss and Maggie Desrosiers for their help in planning the Alumni College Fair.  You were incredible in the planning!
    • To our winter athletes for outstanding work during the break.  So many of you had practices and games throughout this week.  Congratulations on the many victories this week!!  Sachem Pride!
    • A special shout-out to the Girls Basketball Team for winning the Cardinal Spellman Holiday Tournament.  Well done.
    • A note to congratulations to Abbie Wager for setting a new school record and to Cam LaBree for qualifying for the Division 4 tournament with his personal record.  Well done!

  1. Club US Meeting – Wednesday, January 2 – 6:30pm
    • The next meeting of the Club US will take place on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 6:30pm in the MHS Library.  This meeting is very important as we will brainstorm some changes to a more collaborative Winter Week celebration in February.  We hope all members can make it. 
    • Please see Mr. Branagan or Mr. Sylvia with any questions.



  1.  Senior Class Trip to Florida - Very Important Meeting -
 January 11
    • A special note to all seniors attending the Senior Class Trip to Florida over April vacation.  There will be a very important, but brief meeting on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 2:00pm in the MHS Library.  The reason for this meeting is to do the room assignments for the trip.  Please make every effort to attend this meeting.  Please see me with any questions or concerns, especially if your status has changed regarding your participation in the trip.  Please see Mr. Branagan as soon as possible.  See you at the meeting!

  1. SEMASC Winter Conference – Thursday, January 10, 2019
    • Attention all members of the Student Council!!  Come and be a part of the Middleborough Delegation attending the Winter Conference at Wareham High School.  This is an after-school event.  Please see Mr. Branagan for a permission slip and to be a part of the delegation.  Space is limited…so, do not miss out!

  1. MASC Unified Bocce Tournament – Saturday, January 12, 2019
    • Attention all members of the MHS Student Council and Best Buddies!  Come and be a part of the Fans in the Stands as we cheer on the Sachems in the annual MASC Unified Bocce Tournament at Walpole High School. 
    • Permission slips are located in the main office.  This event is open to any member of Student Council and/or Best Buddies. 
    • Please see Mr. Branagan or Owen McCarthy with any questions.

  1. The Pop-Up Library – January 8
    • We are proud to welcome the Middleborough Public Library with the launch of the Pop-Up Library.  You can visit the table in the cafeteria and borrow books, movies, video games and find out about upcoming programs at the Public Library.  The Pop-Up Library will be in the cafeteria.  See you there. 

  1. Book Club – Monday, January 7
    • The next Book Club Meeting will take place on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 2:00pm in the MHS Library.  Please see Mrs. Phillips for more information. 

  1. Middleborough Science Café – January 10
    • The next Science Café will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 6:00pm in the MHS Library.  The focus of the evening will be on the saltwater terrapin.  Please see Mr. Harris for more information.  Hope to see you there. 


  1. Student Council Meeting – January 9
    • The next meeting of the Student Council will take place on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 7:00pm in the MHS Cafeteria.  All members should attend as we have important planning to do done for Winter Week and Winter Ball.
    • SAVE THE DATE:  Winter Ball will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019.


  1. Important Upcoming Dates and Events - Mark Your Calendars
    • 2019-2020 Scheduling Process officially begins on January 23, 2019.
    • Program of Studies Night and Online Scheduling Support - January 13, 2019.
    • Professional Development Day - Friday, January 18, 2019 – 11:30am dismissal for students on this day at the high school.
    • Final Exams - Semester I - January 28 (Full Day of School) and January 29 (Half Day of School)
    • Start of Quarter III - Wednesday, January 30, 2019


  1. Home Winter Games of the Week:
    • Monday, December 31
                                         i.    NO HOME EVENTS
    • Tuesday, January 1
                                         i.    NO HOME EVENTS
    • Wednesday, January 2
                                         i.    Boys Basketball Vs. Randolph – Freshmen – 3:30pm – MHS Gym
                                        ii.    Boys Basketball Vs. Randolph – JV – 5:00pm – MHS Gym
                                       iii.    Boys Basketball Vs. Randolph – Varsity – 6:30pm – MHS Gym
    • Thursday, January 3
                                         i.    Swimming Vs. Hanover – Varsity – 4:30pm -  Burkland Pool
                                        ii.    Wrestling Vs. Rockland – Varsity – 6:00pm – MHS Gym
    • Friday, January 4
                                         i.    Boys Basketball Vs. East Bridgewater – Freshmen – 3:30pm – MHS Gym
                                        ii.    Boys Basketball Vs. East Bridgewater – JV – 5:00pm – MHS Gym
                                       iii.    Boys  Basketball Vs. East Bridgewater – Varsity – 6:30pm – MHS Gym
                                       iv.    Gymnastics Vs. Plymouth – Varsity – 7:30pm – Pembroke MGC

    • Saturday, January 5
                                         i.    Ice Hockey Vs. Rockland – Varsity – 1:00pm – Bridgewater Ice Arena.

    • Best of luck all of our teams this week with our many away games and meets!

Have a great week and be good to each other!



Branagan J


We Are Sachems!