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Memorial Day - Monday, May 29, 2017 - No School

posted May 26, 2017, 12:02 PM by Richard Barden

Monday, May 29, 2017, there will be no school in observance of Memorial Day. I wish all staff, students, and families a relaxing long weekend. More importantly, thank you to the brave servicemen and women who have given their lives to protect our freedoms. 

MHS Spring Choral Concert - Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at 7 p.m.

posted May 26, 2017, 4:46 AM by Richard Barden   [ updated May 26, 2017, 6:55 AM ]

All are invited to attend the MHS Spring Choral Concert on Wednesday, May 31, at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Come out and support our talented choral students one last time before the summer.

Early Release - Friday, May 26, 2017 - Blocks 2, 3, & 4

posted May 26, 2017, 4:24 AM by Richard Barden

Friday, May 26, 2017, is a scheduled early release for professional development. The schedule for the day is as follows: 

7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.                  Block 2
8:20 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.                  Block 3
9:25 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.                Block 4
10:25 a.m.                                  Dismissal

Senior Prom Grand March Canceled Due to Rain - Wednesday, May 25, 2017

posted May 25, 2017, 11:45 AM by Richard Barden   [ updated May 25, 2017, 11:46 AM ]

The MHS Senior Prom Grand March has been cancelled due to rain. Prom check-in remains at 6:00 p.m.

Caps and Gowns Distributed to Graduates!

posted May 24, 2017, 8:11 AM by Richard Barden   [ updated May 24, 2017, 8:14 AM ]

The Class of 2017 received their caps and gowns this morning during our Senior Class Breakfast. Graduation is just over a week away: Friday, June 2, at Nicholson Stadium. Tonight, Wednesday, May 24, we celebrate students at our annual Honors and Awards Night beginning at 6 p.m in the auditorium. Tomorrow evening, Thursday, May 25, the Class of 2017 Senior Prom will be held at Atkinson Country Club. Congratulations to our accomplished Class of 2017. 

MHS Class of 2017 Commencement Information

posted May 23, 2017, 1:12 PM by Richard Barden   [ updated May 23, 2017, 1:23 PM ]

The One Hundred Forty-Sixth Commencement of Methuen High School will be held at Nicholson Stadium on Friday, June 2, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. In preparation for this special event, we remind all students and guests of the following:


  • Students should park in the Methuen High School student lot and report to the South House entrance at 5 p.m.

  • Students will line up in the main hallway on the first floor of the North and South House.

  • Guests are invited to park at Tenney Grammar School, Timony Grammar School, and Methuen High School.

  • Handicapped parking will be available in the parking lot in front of the old clubhouse at Nicholson Stadium and at the Timony Grammar School. Please contact Ellie Sicard in the Main Office (978-722-6040 ext. 2371) for information about handicapped parking.  

  • Handicapped seating will be available at Nicholson Stadium. Please contact Ellie Sicard in the Main Office (978-722-6040 ext. 2371) for information about handicapped seating. 

  • The Nicholson Stadium parking lot will be reserved for post-ceremony activities (e.g., diploma pick-up, gown return, honor stole return) and therefore will not be available for parking.

  • Pleasant View Street will be designed for one-way traffic as is done for the Methuen 4th of July Celebration. Traffic will flow south from Pleasant Street to East Street.   

  • Nicholson Stadium will open at 4:30 p.m. for guests to enter.

  • Guests do not need tickets to attend the commencement and reserved seating is not available.

  • At the end of the ceremony, students will exit the stadium and should head to the stadium parking lot for post-ceremony activities.

  • Please remember to be thoughtful of others. Balloons and signs should not obstruct a guest’s view of the field, and air horns should not be used during the ceremony.   

  • Guests are not permitted on the field before, during or after the commencement ceremony.

  • Water only in a clear container is allowed on the field. No food or colored beverages (e.g., coffee, sports drinks, energy drinks) should be brought on or near the turf field.

  • All parties participating in commencement must wear flat-soled footwear to be admitted on the turf field.


We are hoping for beautiful weather for the Methuen High School Class of 2017 Commencement. In the instance that we have inclement weather, the rain dates are below. If there is rain in the forecast, families will receive a call no later than 2 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.

Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. Nicholson Stadium (rain date)

Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. Nicholson Stadium (rain date)


Most importantly, congratulations to the Class of 2017. We are so proud of your accomplishments!

Ninth Annual Relay For Life at Nicholson Track Continues to Inspire the Fight Against Cancer

posted May 21, 2017, 6:15 AM by Richard Barden   [ updated May 25, 2017, 12:05 PM ]

The ninth annual Relay For Life was once again a memorable event. Special thanks to student tri-chairs, Kaylee Rotondo (sr), Nika Nyugen (sr), Haley Hamilton (jr); adult leads, Lou Zellin, Sarah Boyd (science teacher), Joy Karpowicz; American Cancer Society partner, Christina Barry; and of course, all of the committee members comprised of both students and members of the community. Organizing this event takes a village, and the tireless work and dedication to the fight against cancer is inspiring.
The final numbers from Relay For Life of Methuen have been totaled and thanks to the unbelievable passion of 
the Methuen community, a total of $90,202.49 was raised for the fight against cancer!

Methuen Exchange Club Holds Breakfast to Recognize MHS Students Entering Armed Services

posted May 18, 2017, 12:56 PM by Richard Barden

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, members of the Methuen Exchange Club held a special breakfast for nine Methuen High School students who plan to enlist in the armed services. Also present to honor students at the event were Mayor Zanni and Superintendent Scannell. Students were pleased to receive a citation from Superintendent Scannell. A heartfelt thank you to the following students who are moving on to serve our country:

Rosario Benigno - U.S. Army
Anthony James Conneilly - U.S. Army
Phillip Jefferson Fana - U.S. Air Force
Keyla Angelica Fondeur - U.S. Army
Frank Paul Grasso IV - U.S. Marines
Bartolo Alexis Infante - U.S. Army
Luis Daniel Matos - U.S. Army
Nicholas Shane O’Neil - U.S. Marines
Darious Raul Sanchez - U.S. Air Force


Thank you Methuen Exchange Club.

***MHS Senior Class Calendar and Activities***

posted May 18, 2017, 8:07 AM by Richard Barden   [ updated May 18, 2017, 8:08 AM ]

For information about important upcoming events, please take a moment to view our Senior Class Calendar and this document regarding senior activities. We have some fun and exciting events planned that we hope every senior student will enjoy. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our senior class advisor,  Mr. Symmes, or our senior class associate principal, Ms. Thomas.  

Mr. Symmes - jnsymmes@methuen.k12.ma.us
Ms. Thomas - knthomas@methuen.k12.ma.us

"A Safe Prom and Graduation is a Community Responsibility" - A Message From District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett

posted May 17, 2017, 6:38 AM by Richard Barden   [ updated May 17, 2017, 6:39 AM ]

As the end of the school year approaches, many celebratory events are scheduled. It is important that at all events, whether school affiliated or not, students are safe and making healthy choices. Please view this letter from Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, Methuen Public Schools Superintendent Judith Scannell, Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon, and Methuen High School Principal Richard Barden. It is the goal of the aforementioned parties to work with parents and guardians to make this prom and graduation season a safe one for our children. 

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