Sunday, May 19, 2019


Branagan’s Bulletin
Week of May 20 – May 24, 2019

Hello Sachems!  I hope you had a great weekend!  This week celebrates the final week of school for the Class of 2019.  Beginning next week our school will begin the celebration of Senior Week and I am so excited to celebrate this outstanding class.  I want to wish each of them well.  For the rest of you...it now time to focus on the classes that are remaining and as we prepare for the final push for the last month of school, it is important to note some of the comments that our out-going seniors shared about their time at MHS.  The seniors made comments as to how fast this experience went and as many are graduating with no regret, there were some who wished the did better, or joined a club, or simply engaged in school more.  I hope each of you take these words of reflection from our seniors and use them as motivation to change your own path if needed.  Be sure to use the month of June to truly FinishSTRONG!  Here are a few items for the week ahead!

  1. Sachem Shout-Out:
    • Thank you the close to 100 seniors who attended the memory-filled and energized Senior Night.  For all those involved…it will be an evening we will never forget that was filled with laughter, memories and fun!  Great job to the Senior Class Officers for planning such a great event. 
    • Job well done to Sydney Montross for planning an outstanding Senior Mystery Ride on Saturday!  The afternoon of teambuilding was awesome.  Thank you to all members of the senior class who attended this event. 
    • Congratulations to the Class of 2020 Class Officers for the 2019-2020 School Year
                                          i.    President – Carissa Chane
                                         ii.    Vice President – Olivia Ventresca
                                        iii.    Treasurer – TBD
                                       iv.    Secretary – Mason Pina-Sousa
                                        v.    Member at Large – Avery Thomas
    • Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Class Officers for the 2019-2020 School Year
                                          i.    President – Mandi Bukunt
                                         ii.    Vice President – Eden Eugenio
                                        iii.    Treasurer – Emily Benson
                                       iv.    Secretary – Leanne Melendy
                                        v.    Member at Large – Aileen Peddie
    • Congratulations to the Class of 2022 Class Officers for the 2019-2020 School Year
                                          i.    President – Owen Kidd
                                         ii.    Vice President – Hannah St. John
                                        iii.    Treasurer – Julie Mulloy
                                       iv.    Secretary – Meaghan Penney
                                        v.    Member at Large – Matthew Gwozdz
    • Congratulations to the MHS Track Team for their outstanding service to the YMCA 5K this weekend!  Job Well Done!
    • Congratulations to the newest member of the National Honor Society and Silver M Society on their respective induction last week!  Sachem Pride!
    • Congratulations to the many members of the Boys and Girls Track Team for competing in the South Shore League Championship Meet on Thursday.  It was awesome to see how many medals the Sachems returned to Middleborough with.
    • A note to thanks to all of our athletic teams as they will complete their final games of the season over the next two weeks.  Congratulations on what you have accomplished for our school.
    • Congratulations to Josh Young for being named a MIAA Athlete of the Month!  Job Well done, Josh!

  1. Senior Exams:
    • Senior Exams will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  Seniors ONLY will be dismissed at 10:15am on both Tuesday and Wednesday of this week at the conclusion of their exams.  Tuesday, May 21 - Block 1 & 2 Exams & Wednesday, May 22,  Block 3 & 4 Exams.  Both days are BLACK Day for your planning.

  1. Math MCAS Exams – May 21 & 22, 2019
    • The Math MCAS Exam will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week for the Class of 2021. We want to wish your sophomores well with this very important assessment. 
    • It is imperative that all sophomores bring their FULLY CHARGED laptop to the exams on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

  1.  STW Presents - That’s Entertainment 41 - “Breaking Badly”
    • I want to take an opportunity to wish the cast and crew well this week as they prepare for the opening of That’s E 41 this weekend.   I look forward to seeing many students in the audience over the three days the show is running.  You can see That’s Entertainment 41 on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $10.00 and you do not want to miss it!

  1.  Middleborough Public School Annual Art Show - May 24
    • The annual Art Show will take place on Friday, May 24 from 2:00 – 6:00pm in the Middleborough High School Gym.  I want to thank all of our art students for their numerous contributions to the Art Show.  It is so awesome to know that our school is the host for this wonderful event. Thank you for allowing our community to see your outstanding pieces of artwork. 

  1.  Professional Development Day - Friday, May 24, 2019
·         The next Professional Development Day will be held on Friday, May 24, 2019, which means the high school will have an early dismissal for all students at 11:30am.  Please plan accordingly. 

  1.  Class of 2019 - UPDATES
    • Senior Class Meeting - Thursday, May 23 - 9:00am
    • Senior BBQ – MHS Gym - Thursday, May 23 - 10:15am
                                          i.    Yearbook Distribution will take place at the BBQ
    • NO SCHOOL FOR SENIORS ONLY - Friday, May 24
    • Senior Dues and Debt:
                                          i.    Please check in with Mrs. Holmgren and Mrs. Deggendorf to be sure that you have paid your dues…and that you have settled any debt with the school.


  1. Class of 2019 – Student Laptop Collection – Thursday, May 23
    • Attention all seniors!!   Your school issued laptop will be collected on Thursday, May 23, 2019 before the beginning of the Senior BBQ in the MHS Gym. 
    • It is expected that the laptop computer, case and charger are returned at this event.  If you fail to return all three pieces…you will be placed on the debt list. 

  1. Internet Safety Program for Students and Parents – May 29, 2019
    • Middleborough Public Schools will be hosting a very informative day/evening for students and parents on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.   The day will begin with a presentation by Katie Greer for all MHS Students at 7:30am in the MHS Auditorium.  This presentation will be quite informative for our students.
    • The District and Ms. Greer will host a special event for parents/guardians ONLY on Internet Safety at 6:00pm at the Nichols Middle School.  Child care will be provided by the MHS Key Club.  

     10.  Last Call for MASC Summer Leadership Conference – July 7 – 11
·         Attention all members of the Student Council!  If you have yet to sign up for the MASC Summer Leadership Conference…please do not miss out on this awesome experience.  Please see Mr. Branagan or Mr. Siciliano for registration information.  

     11.  Student Council Updates
·         The FINAL STUDENT COUNCIL MEETING of the year will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:00pm in the MHS Cafeteria.  This event will be a celebration of the year and the members of the Class of 2019.  You do not want to miss this event.  Please come hungry. 
·         Become involved in the MHS Student Council!!  Student Council Representative Nomination Forms are available from Mr. Branagan’s Office at this time.  All completed nomination papers are due no later than Friday, June 7, 2019.

     12.  Class of 2020 – Senior Class Trip to Florida – April 2020
·         The planning begins!!  Attention all members of the Class of 2020!  The planning of the senior trip to Florida has begun.  Literature can be found outside of Mr. Branagan’s office for your planning. 
·         A deposit of $100.00 is due by June 19, 2019 to hold your spot for this awesome trip!  You do not want to miss out on a great way to close out your senior year!  Please see Mr. Branagan with any questions.

13.  Special Olympics of Massachusetts Opening Ceremonies and Block Party – June 7:
·         Attention all members of the Student Council!  Come and be a part of the Opening Ceremonies for the Special Olympics of Massachusetts and be a volunteer at the Summer Games Block Party at Boston University.  The date of the event is Friday, June 7th.  Buses leave MHS at 2:45pm.  Please see Mr. Branagan or Mr. Siciliano for a permission slip!  You do not want to miss this event. 


14.   Advanced Placement Night - Tuesday, June 11
    • The annual AP Night will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 6:30pm.  This evening is an important event for all students enrolled in an AP class next year.  This evening will include a special presentation from Mass Insight who will share why AP classes are so important to your academic growth.  Additionally, you will be able to meet your AP Teachers and learn about the class and receive all materials you will for any summer work that is necessary for your respective AP class. 
    • This night is a vital piece of your AP experience…I hope you will mark your calendar and be in attendance. 

  1.  Home Games This Week
    • Monday, May 20:
                                          i.    Baseball Vs. Bishop Stang – Varsity – 4:00pm – Pierce Field
                                         ii.    Baseball Vs. Bishop Stang – JV – 4:00pm – Nichols
                                        iii.    Boys Lacrosse Vs. Coyle & Cassidy – Varsity – 4:00pm – Battis Field
                                       iv.    Boys Tennis Vs. Bishop Stang – Varsity – 4:00pm – Camp Avoda

    • Tuesday, May 21:
                                          i.    NO HOME EVENTS

    • Wednesday, May 22:
                                          i.    Baseball Vs. East Bridgewater – Freshmen – 4:00pm – Nichols
                                         ii.    Girls Lacrosse Vs. Coyle & Cassidy – Varsity – 4:00pm – Battis Field
                                        iii.    Grils Lacrosse Vs. Coyle & Cassidy – JV – 5:15pm – Battis Field
                                       iv.    Softball Vs. East Bridgewater – Varsity – 4:00pm – Pierce Field
                                        v.    Softball Vs. East Bridgewater – JV – 4:00pm – Pierce Field
                                       vi.    Girls Tennis – Coyle & Cassidy – Varsity – 3:30pm – Camp Avoda

    • Thursday, May 23:
                                          i.    Boys Tennis Vs. Dighton-Rehoboth – Varsity – 4:00pm – Camp Avoda

    • Friday, May 24:
                                          i.    Baseball  Vs. Archbishop Williams – Varsity – 3:30pm – Pierce Field
                                         ii.    Baseball Vs. Archbishop Williams  – JV – 3:30pm – Nichols
                                        iii.    Boys Lacrosse Vs. Tri County – Varsity – 4:00pm – Battis Field
                                       iv.    Girls Tennis Vs. East Bridgewater – Varsity – 3:15pm – Camp Avoda
    • Saturday, May 25:
                                          i.    Softball Vs. Coyle & Cassidy – Varsity – 11:00am – Pierce Field

    • Good luck to the many away games this week!



Have a great week and be good to each other!   



Branagan J                               



We Are Sachems!

Sunday, May 12, 2019


Branagan’s Bulletin
Week of May 13 – May 17, 2019

Hello Sachems!  I hope you had a great weekend!  This is such an exciting time of year for our school.  This past week truly showed the strength the Sachem!  The official groundbreaking for the new Middleborough High School was a special experience for our entire school community.  A note to thanks for everyone who attended.  You made our community proud.  So many of you engaged with confidence with your respective Advanced Placement Testing to show how hard you have worked this year.  I am confident that your results will show excellence. We have one more week of exams and I wish all those who are testing well this week!  Also, to our sophomores who worked very hard to prepare for their Math MCAS Exam next week…you are going to do a great job!  We know you are ready for this exam.  We believe in you!  Finally, a special note to the Class of 2020 who an outstanding Junior Prom on Saturday night!  The entire event was beautiful.  Great ready for a great week!

  1. Sachem Shout-Out:
    • To the members of our Band, Concert Choir, Orchestra and Sachem Singers…thank you for a wonderful night of talent and music at the annual spring concert last Wednesday.  The concert was outstanding!  Also, the surprise performance of “This Is Me” was outstanding and a moment I will never forget.  Thank you! I was so very proud to be in the audience watching all of you.
    • Congratulations to the Class of 2020 for hosting a wonderful Junior Prom experiencing the City Lights. The night was beautiful!  A note of sincere thanks and appreciation to Carissa Chane, Declan Hastings, Juli Carrington, Avery Thomas and Olivia Ventresca for your outstanding leadership and planning of the Junior Prom.  Job well done!
    • Congratulations to the Class of 2020 Junior Prom Court
                                          i.    Matt Desrosiers, Olivia Ventresca, Chris Cogan, Tori Warner, Nathan Curpenski, Erin Graham, Mike Govoni and Caitlin Swanson for being named the Class of 2020 Junior Prom Court. 
                                         ii.    Congratulations to Michael Govoni and Tori Warner for being named the Junior Prom King and Queen! 
                                        iii.    A special note of appreciation to Brandon Hogan and Sydney Littlefield, the Junior Prom King and Queen for the Class of 2019 who came to do the honor of crowning the Junior Prom King and Queen.
    • Congratulations to the 125 newest members of the MHS Academic Honor Societies who were inducted last week!  We are so proud of you.
    • Thank you to Owen McCarthy, Mandi Bukunt and Natalia Parkinson for their participation in the Groundbreaking Ceremony on Thursday.  You were awesome.
    • Thank you to Kassidey Cragin for your beautiful signage that you created for the Groundbreaking Ceremony.  It was a wonderful touch to the reception. 
    • Thank you to the Concert Choir, Orchestra and Band for being a part of the Groundbreaking Ceremony.  The National Anthem, musical selection and of course…the Fight Song was a wonderful treat at the Ceremony.  Thank you!
    • Congratulations to Jake Studley and Abby Wager for being named the South Shore League Scholar-Athletes for the Class of 2019 from MHS.  It was an honor to share in your special recognition this past week.
    • Congratulations to Josh Young for being named the Student-Athlete of the Month for the MIAA.  We are so proud of you, Josh!
    • To our spring athletic teams for their incredible work to make Middleborough proud!  I look forward to being name the numerous games to watch Sachem Pride in action! 



  1. Math MCAS Exams - Class of 2021
    • The Class of 2021 will participate in the Math MCAS Exam on Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22.  This is the final push for you and your preparation for MCAS.  You will do great!  Feel confident that you are ready for this very important assessment.  We believe in you!
    • Be sure to prepare your laptop and charger for the online testing you will experience for the Math MCAS.

  1. Senior Exams - May 20– 22, 2019
    • Just a reminder to the senior class that final exams will begin on Monday, May 20 for Orange Day classes, which will be full-day of school.  On Tuesday and Wednesday will be exams for Black day classes, which will have a 10:15am dismissal for SENIORS ONLY!  Please refer to the senior final activities schedule for more information.

  1. National Honor Society & Silver M Induction – Thursday, May 16
    • MHS will honor the newest members of the National Honor Society and the Silver M Society on Thursday, May 16 with a very special induction ceremony at 7:00pm in the MHS Auditorium.  Congratulations to all of our newest members of NHS.  Beyond proud of you and your accomplishments. 

  1. National College/Future Signing Day  - Friday, May 17
    • The Class of 2019 will be celebrated with the annual National College/Future Signing Day on Friday, May 17.  I ask that all seniors wear their college apparel or new school colors on Friday for your picture to be taking singing your pledge to StartSTRONG in your new journey.  This program will take place during Block 3 in the Main Lobby.  Seniors…you do not want to miss this.  Please note this program is for all seniors who are attending a four-year, two-year, technical college, military or other job career training program!  Class of 2019…take your place on the FinishedSTRONG Wall!

  1. Senior Class Night - Friday, May 17 - 7:00pm
    • Attention members of the Class of 2019!  Please come and celebrate with your classmates at the Senior Class Night on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7:00pm in the MHS Gym.  Be sure to come hungry!  Seniors…this event marks the beginning of the celebration of your high school experience.  Do not miss out on this.  This event is for the members of the senior class only.  See you there!



  1. That’s Entertainment 41 - May 23 – 25, 2019
    • Get ready, MHS!!  Speech and Theatre Workshop proudly present, That’s Entertainment 41.  I hope to see many of you in the audience showing support of the cast and crew of That’s E!  Each Performance begins at 7:00pm in the MHS Auditorium.

  1.  Join Student Council - Nomination Papers are available next week!
    • Nomination papers to join the MHS Student Council for the upcoming school year will be available beginning on Friday, May 17.  Do not miss out on being a part of this nationally recognized organization.  Make a difference in your school.


  1. Class Election Day - Friday, May 17
    • Election speeches will take place on Friday morning for all candidates running for class officer positions for the 2019-2020 school year.  Class meeting will take place as follows:
                                         i.    Class of 2022 - 7:30am
                                       ii.    Class of 2021 - 8:15am
                                      iii.    Class of 2020 - 8:50am
                                      iv.    Class of 2019 - 9:45am (Senior Meeting to prepare for Senior Activities)
    • Voting will take place during all four lunches.  Best of luck to all of the candidates.

  1.  Middleborough Art Show - Friday, May 24
    • MHS is so very excited to host the Middleborough Public Schools Art Show to Middleborough High School Gym on Friday, May 24.  The art show will be held from 2:00 – 6:00pm and I sincerely hope to see many of you to come and support our many student artists!

  1.  Senior Mystery Ride – Saturday, May 18
    • The Senior Mystery Ride will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019 and permission slips are available in the main office.  Please see Sydney Montross, Mr. Reynolds or Mrs. Cobb with any questions.  Seniors…you do not want to miss out on this event!

  1.  Chipotle Night – Tuesday, May 14
    • The MHS Best Buddies Chapter will be hosting a Chipotle Night at the Chipotle at 421 New State Highway in Raynham from 5:00 – 9:00pm.  Come and support this great organization and enjoy a great meal with your friends. 

  1.  Book Club Meeting – Monday, May 13
    • The Book Club will meet on Monday, May 13 at 2:00pm in the MHS Library.  Please see Mrs. Phillips with any questions.

  1.   2019 – 2020 Student Academic Schedules
    • On Friday, May 10, 2019, all students in Grades 9 – 11 received their course schedules for next year.  This schedule does NOT include your teachers and the block of the day…it is merely the listing of courses that you will have next year.  
    • Please read the letter from the Guidance Department very carefully as you review your courses for next year. 
    • The Guidance Department will be in the Cafeteria during all lunches to meet with the following:
                                         i.    Week of May 13 – 17 – Class of 2020
                                       ii.    Week of May 20 – 24 – Class of 2021
                                      iii.    Week of May 28 and Friday, May 31 – Class of 2022
    • Please reach out to your guidance counselor with any questions.

  1.   College Fair – Bridgewater State University – May 21, 2019
    • Attention Class of 2020…please consider attending the College Fair Field Trip on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 to Bridgewater State University.  This evert is FREE to all juniors.  Please see Ash Baron in Guidance for a permission ship. You do not want to miss this. 

  1.   Special Olympics State Games – Boston University – June 7     
    • Attention all members of the Student Council.   Come and be a part of the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics State Games at Boston University on Friday, June 7, 2019.  Buses will leave MHS at 2:30pm.  Permission slips are available in the main office and is open to all members of the Student Council…including seniors.  You do not want to miss out on this very special and inspirational event.  Please see Mr. Branagan or Mr. Siciliano with any questions.

  1.   Home Games this week!
    • Monday
                                          i.    Baseball Vs. Cohasset – Varsity – 4:00pm – Pierce Playground
                                         ii.    Baseball Vs. Cohasset – JV – 4:00pm – Nichols Middle School
                                        iii.    Girls Lacrosse Vs. Dennis-Yarmouth – Varsity – 4:00pm – Field of Dreams
                                       iv.    Girls Lacrosse Vs. Dennis- Yarmouth – JV – 5:15pm – Field of Dreams
                                        v.    Softball Vs. Sandwich – Varsity – 4:00pm – Pierce Field
                                       vi.    Boys Tennis Vs. Cohasset – Varsity – 4:00pm – Camp Avoda

    • Tuesday
                                          i.    Baseball Vs. Brockton – Freshmen – 4:00pm – Pierce Field
                                         ii.    Girls Lacrosse Vs. East Bridgewater – Varsity – 4:00pm – Field of Dreams
                                        iii.    Girls Lacrosse Vs. East Bridgewater – JV – 5:30pm – Field of Dreams
                                       iv.    Girls Tennis Vs. Norwell – Varsity – 4:00pm – Camp Avoda

    • Wednesday
                                          i.    Baseball Vs. Norwell – Varsity – 4:00pm – Pierce Field
                                         ii.    Baseball Vs. Norwell – JV – 4:00pm – Nichols Middle School
                                        iii.    Boys Lacrosse Vs Rockland – Varsity – 4:00pm – Battis Field
                                       iv.    Boys Tennis Vs. Norwell – Varsity – 4:00pm – Camp Avoda

    • Thursday
                                          i.    NO HOME EVENTS

    • Friday
                                          i.    Baseball Vs. Somerset – Berkley – Varsity  – 4:00pm – Pierce Field
                                         ii.    Baseball Vs. Somerset – Berkley – JV – 3:30pm – Nichols Middle School
                                        iii.    Girls Tennis Vs. East Bridgewater – Varsity – 3:15pm - MHS

    • Good luck to all of our athletes for a great week of home/away games ahead!  J



Have a great week and be good to each other!   




Branagan J


We Are Sachems!