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September 2017

posted Aug 25, 2017, 4:31 PM by Richard Barden

Dear Methuen High School Community:


Welcome to Methuen High School! This school year is my third as principal and it is an honor and a privilege to lead the MHS community. We have a proud history of providing the best learning experiences for students and our goal is to once again raise the bar.  


In 2017-2018, students will continue to learn with an emphasis on 21st century learning expectations. Our 1-to-1 iPad program is entering its fifth year, and high-quality instruction and student engagement will be a priority in every classroom. Lessons will be designed and delivered to stimulate collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. All students will be challenged. College and career readiness is the priority, and it is our mission for all students to be prepared to access any desired post-secondary opportunity.


Methuen High School is a large, comprehensive high school with a diverse student population. To meet the needs of all students, we foster an inclusive learning environment - enabling learners of all types to access course content, participate in learning activities, and demonstrate understanding. Our implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) along with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) began last year and will continue this year. A focus this year will be familiarizing our faculty with Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Through the principles of UDL, learning experiences are designed to meet the needs of the widest range of learners. The principles of PBIS, SEL, and UDL combine to provide the framework necessary to cultivate an inclusive school environment that is safe, supportive, and conducive to teaching and learning for all. We aim to educate the whole student.


A successful high school experience requires committed partnering between community members, parents and guardians, and high school staff. This “village of caregivers” working together will provide the support network necessary for student success. Methuen is a community built on pride, and this pride will inspire and empower students to take advantage of all that MHS has to offer.   


It is with great enthusiasm that I enter the 2017-2018 school year as principal of Methuen High School. I look forward to working together to provide our students with a rich learning experience. I wish everyone the very best this school year.  


Sincerely,


Richard Barden

Principal

Methuen High School

August 2017

posted Aug 17, 2017, 7:35 AM by Richard Barden   [ updated Aug 17, 2017, 9:21 AM ]

Dear Methuen High School Community:


I hope your summer has been restful and refreshing. While the hallways are empty, our custodial staff is hard at work cleaning and preparing our building for the upcoming school year. Administration continues to design activities and events that our students will experience and remember for years to come. Below is a list of events to plan for as we look forward to students returning to school.


Events planned for August:


  • MHS Marching Band Camp - Monday, August 14, 2017, through Friday, August 18, 2017

  • Grade 9 Open House - Thursday, August 17, 2017

  • MHS Football Begins - Friday, August 18, 2017

  • New Teacher Orientation - Wednesday, August 23, 2017, & Thursday, August 24, 2017

  • MHS Fall Athletics Begin - Thursday, August 24, 2017

  • First Day for Faculty and Staff - Monday, August 28, 2017

  • First Day for Students - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

  • Fall Athletics Information Night - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

  • Early Release - Faculty Professional Development - Thursday, August 31, 2017


Events planned for September:


  • Labor Day Weekend - Schools Closed - Friday, September 1, 2017, & Monday, September 4, 2017

  • Picture Day - Monday, September 11, 2017

  • Connections - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

  • NESBA Band Competition - Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • Connections - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

  • MHS Annual Open House - Thursday, September 28, 2017

  • Early Release - Faculty Professional Development - Friday, September 29, 2017

  • The Edwards Twins - Friday, September 29, 2017


Events planned for early October:


  • MEFA College Financing Seminar - Tuesday, October 3, 2017

  • Homecoming Football Game - Friday, October 6, 2017

  • Community Open House for Grades 5 through 8 - Saturday, October 7, 2017

  • Homecoming Dance - Saturday, October 7, 2017

  • MHS 5k Run/Walk - Sunday, October 8, 2017

  • Columbus Day - Schools Closed - Monday, October 9, 2017

  • Connections - Thursday, October 12, 2017

  • Senior Class Photo - Thursday, October 12, 2017


A complete list of MHS athletic events can be viewed by selecting the Athletics Calendar link on the MHS webpage.


Sincerely,


Richard Barden

June 2017

posted Jun 9, 2017, 12:45 PM by Richard Barden   [ updated Aug 17, 2017, 7:36 AM ]

Dear Methuen High School Community:


The end of the year is near and we are all excited about the rest and relaxation that comes during the warm summer months. In early June, grade nine students are administered the MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) test. Our ninth graders are scheduled to take the Biology exam, the first of three high-stakes tests. It is important that students focus on putting forth the necessary effort to score proficient and advanced.   

 

Also in early June, we celebrate our accomplished Class of 2017. 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. As always, there is much joy in sending graduates off to their next adventure, but there is also a feeling of sadness that goes with saying goodbye.

 

To the Class of 2017: You will be missed.

 

Events planned for June:

 

  • Commencement Practice and Senior Class Cookout - Thursday, June 1, 2017

  • Connections - Friday, June 2, 2017

  • MHS Class of 2017 Commencement - Friday, June 2, 2017

  • SAT Administration - Saturday, June 3, 2017

  • Faculty Meeting - Monday, June 5, 2017

  • MCAS STE Grade 9 Test, Session 1 - Monday, June 5, 2017

  • MCAS STE Grade 9 Test, Session 2 - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

  • Methuen Fun Field Day - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

  • Move Up to MHS - Timony & Tenney Grade 8 Students - Thursday, June 8, 2017

  • Move Up to MHS - CGS & Marsh Grade 8 Students - Friday, June 9, 2017

  • Final Exam Review Days - Monday, June 12, 2017 & Tuesday, June 13, 2017

  • Spring Athletic Awards Night - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

  • Final Exams - Wednesday, June 14, 2017, through Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  • Early Release - Last Day for Students and Faculty - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  • Summer Reading - Throughout the summer

 

A complete list of MHS athletic events can be viewed by selecting the Athletics Calendar link on the MHS webpage.

 

Sincerely,

 

Richard Barden


May 2017

posted May 3, 2017, 1:12 PM by Richard Barden

Dear Methuen High School Community:


As we welcome the nice weather in May, we also plan for and participate in our next round of very important testing. During the  first two weeks of May, over six-hundred Advanced Placement exams will be administered. In mid-May, our Grade 10 students will participate in two days of MCAS Mathematics testing. I am appreciative of the commitment and effort of our students and faculty in preparing for AP and MCAS exams.


Also in May, we celebrate the ninth annual Relay for Life of Methuen. This wonderful community event will be held outside at Nicholson Track beginning on Saturday, May 20, at noon and continue through the night until Sunday morning. Each year, a special part of Relay for Life is the luminaria ceremony where personalized luminaria bags and candles are dedicated in honor, memory, or support of those who have battled or are currently battling cancer. This touching ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. Thank you to those who have contributed to the planning and continued success of our Relay for Life.


Events planned for May:


  • AP Exams - Monday, May 1, 2017, through Friday, May 12, 2017

  • Faculty Meeting - Monday, May 1, 2017

  • Lawrence Bar Association’s Law Day Speech Contest - Thursday, May 4, 2017

  • Connections - Friday, May 5, 2017

  • SAT Administration - Saturday, May 6, 2017

  • Boston National College Fair - Monday, May 8, 2017

  • District Jazz Concert - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

  • JROTC Pass in Review - Friday, May 12, 2017

  • Senior Class Trip to Six Flags - Friday, May 12, 2017

  • Department Meetings - Monday, May 15, 2017

  • MCAS Mathematics Grade 10 Test, Session 1 - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

  • MCAS Mathematics Grade 10 Test, Session 2 - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

  • JROTC Blood Drive - Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Methuen High School - Searles - Tenney Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony at DiBurro’s in Haverhill - Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Relay for Life of Methuen - Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Senior Class Trip to Red Sox - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

  • Senior Class Breakfast - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  • Honors & Awards Night - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  • Connections - Thursday, May 25, 2017

  • Senior Prom at Atkinson Country Club in Atkinson, NH - Thursday, May 25, 2017

  • Early Release - Faculty Professional Development - Friday, May 26, 2017

  • Memorial Day - School Closed - Monday, May 29, 2017

  • Senior Class Trip to Loon Mountain - Wednesday, May 31, 2017

  • Choral Spring Concert - Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Events to plan for coming up in June:


  • Commencement Practice and Senior Class Cookout - Thursday, June 1, 2017

  • Connections - Friday, June 2, 2017

  • MHS Class of 2017 Commencement - Friday, June 2, 2017

  • SAT Administration - Saturday, June 3, 2017

  • Faculty Meeting - Monday, June 5, 2017

  • MCAS STE Grade 9 Test, Session 1 - Monday, June 5, 2017

  • MCAS STE Grade 9 Test, Session 2 - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

  • Move up to MHS - Timony & Tenney Grade 8 Students - Thursday, June 8, 2017

  • Move up to MHS - CGS & Marsh Grade 8 Students - Friday, June 9, 2017

  • Final Exam Review Days - Monday, June 12, 2017 & Tuesday, June 13, 2017

  • Final Exams - Wednesday, June 14, 2017, through Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  • Early Release - Last Day for Students and Faculty - Tuesday, June 20, 2017


A complete list of MHS athletic events can be viewed by selecting the Athletics Calendar link on the MHS webpage.


Sincerely,



Richard Barden

April 2017

posted Mar 31, 2017, 4:03 AM by Richard Barden   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 9:55 AM ]

Dear Methuen High School Community:


The snow is melting and spring is here (No more snow please!). April brings the start to fourth quarter, the spring sports season, and a continued focus on students’ academic goals. I am proud of the effort grade ten students exhibited when recently completing the MCAS ELA test. Grade ten students continue to prepare for the MCAS Mathematics test scheduled for mid-May. Also in May, over six hundred AP exams will be administered to students in grades ten through twelve. Teachers at MHS continue to provide high-quality instruction in every discipline with the goal of preparing all students for postsecondary success.


Please take a moment to view our upcoming events listed below and know that your support is greatly appreciated.


Events planned for April:


  • Fourth Quarter Begins - Monday, April 3, 2017

  • Faculty Meeting - Monday, April 3, 2017

  • Adopt-A-Grandparent “Senior” Prom - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

  • Student Government Day - Friday, April 7, 2017

  • Junior Prom at DiBurro’s in Haverhill - Friday, April 7, 2017

  • MHS Coffee House Performance - Saturday, April 8, 2017

  • Connections - Monday, April 10, 2017

  • Report Cards Issued for Third Quarter - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

  • District Band Jamboree - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

  • Good Friday - Schools Closed - Friday, April 14, 2017

  • Spring Recess - Schools Closed - Monday, April 17, 2017, through Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Methuen Rail Trail Earth Day Cleanup - Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey - Monday, April 24, 2017

  • Department Meetings - Monday, April 24, 2017

  • On The Spot College Admissions Day - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

  • JROTC Raider Competition - Saturday, April 29, 2017

  • MHS Spring Band Concert Featuring Dirty Hands Ink - Saturday, April 29, 2017


Events to plan for coming up in May and early June:


  • AP Exams - Monday, May 1, 2017, through Friday, May 12, 2017

  • Faculty Meeting - Monday, May 1, 2017

  • Lawrence Bar Association's Law Day Speech Contest - Thursday, May 4, 2017

  • Connections - Friday, May 5, 2017

  • SAT Administration - Saturday, May 6, 2017

  • District Jazz Concert - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

  • JROTC Pass in Review - Friday, May 12, 2017

  • Senior Class Trip to Six Flags - Friday, May 12, 2017

  • Department Meetings - Monday, May 15, 2017

  • MCAS Mathematics Grade 10 Test, Session 1 - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

  • MCAS Mathematics Grade 10 Test, Session 2 - Tuesday, May 17, 2017

  • JROTC Blood Drive - Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Relay for Life of Methuen - Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Senior Class Trip to Red Sox - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

  • Choral Spring Concert - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

  • Senior Class Breakfast - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  • Honors & Awards Night - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  • Connections - Thursday, May 25, 2017

  • Senior Prom at Atkinson Country Club in Atkinson, NH - Thursday, May 25, 2017

  • Early Release - Faculty Professional Development - Friday, May 26, 2017

  • Memorial Day - School Closed - Monday, May 29, 2017

  • Senior Class Trip to Loon Mountain - Wednesday, May 31, 2017

  • Commencement Practice and Senior Class Cookout - Thursday, June 1, 2017

  • Connections - Friday, June 2, 2017

  • Class of 2017 Commencement - Friday, June 2, 2017

  • SAT Administration - Saturday, June 3, 2017

  • Faculty Meeting - Monday, June 5, 2017

  • MCAS STE Grade 9 Test, Session 1 - Monday, June 5, 2017

  • MCAS STE Grade 9 Test, Session 2 - Tuesday, June 6, 2017


A complete list of MHS athletic events can be viewed by selecting the Athletics Calendar link on the MHS webpage.


Sincerely,



Richard Barden

March 2017

posted Feb 28, 2017, 11:05 AM by Richard Barden   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 7:34 PM ]

Dear Methuen High School Community:


The month of March is very busy at Methuen High School. The building buzzes with energy throughout the school day and into the evening as students showcase their academic, athletic, and artistic talents. Several winter teams and student-athletes continue to compete in state tournaments and three performances of “Almost, Maine”, our second theater production of the year, will be held in the auditorium. We certainly have a lot to cheer about.


Toward the end of the month grade ten students will participate in the MCAS ELA test.  In May, these students will also take the MCAS Math test. These tests, along with the MCAS STE test taken in grade nine, are graduation requirements and an integral component of our accountability data. Our students are prepared. We are confident that the hard work of students, teachers, and families will be reflected in the scores.

 

Please take a moment to view our upcoming events listed below and know that your support is greatly appreciated.


Events planned for March:


  • MCAS ELA Retest, Composition Sessions A and B - Wednesday, March 1, 2017

  • MCAS ELA Retest, Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 and 2 - Thursday, March 2, 2017

  • MCAS ELA Retest, Reading Comprehension Session 3 - Friday, March 3, 2017

  • MHS Theater Presents “Almost, Maine” - Thursday, March 2, 2017, through Saturday, March 4, 2017

  • Faculty Meeting - Monday, March 6, 2017

  • MHS 2nd Annual Lip Sync Battle - Monday, March 6, 2017

  • MCAS Mathematics Retest, Session 1 - Monday, March 6, 2017

  • MCAS Mathematics Retest, Session 2 - Tuesday, March 7, 2017

  • Methuen Scholarship Foundation Telethon - Wednesday, March 8, 2017, through Thursday, March 9, 2017

  • Connections - Thursday, March 9, 2017

  • MEFA Seminar: Paying the College Bill - Thursday, March 9, 2017

  • DECA State Career Development Conference - Thursday, March 9, 2017, through Saturday, March 11, 2017

  • JROTC Military Ball - Friday, March 10, 2017

  • JROTC Marksmanship, Academic, and Physical Training Competition - Saturday, March 11, 2017

  • Best Buddies Fashion & Talent Show - Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • Department Meetings - Monday, March 20, 2017

  • MCAS ELA Grade 10 Test, Composition Sessions A and B - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • MCAS ELA Grade 10 Test, Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 and 2 - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • MCAS ELA Grade 10 Test, Reading Comprehension Session 3 - Thursday, March 23, 2017

  • Winter Athletic Awards Night - Thursday, March 23, 2017

  • Connections - Thursday, March 30, 2017

  • Third Term Ends - Friday, March 31, 2017


Coming up in April and early May:


  • Faculty Meeting - Monday, April 3, 2017

  • Adopt-A-Grandparent “Senior” Prom - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

  • Junior Prom at DiBurro’s in Haverhill - Friday, April 7, 2017

  • MHS Coffee House Performance - Saturday, April 8, 2017

  • Connections - Monday, April 10, 2017

  • District Band Jamboree - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

  • Good Friday - Schools Closed - Friday, April 14, 2017

  • Spring Recess - Schools Closed - Monday, April 17, 2017, through Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Department Meetings - Monday, April 24, 2017

  • MHS Spring Band Concert Featuring Dirty Hands Ink - Saturday, April 29, 2017

  • AP Exams - Monday, May 1, 2017, through Friday, May 12, 2017

  • Faculty Meeting - Monday, May 1, 2017

  • Connections - Friday, May 5, 2017

  • District Jazz Concert - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

  • JROTC Pass in Review - Friday, May 12, 2017


A complete list of MHS athletic events can be viewed by selecting the Athletics Calendar link on the MHS webpage.


Sincerely,


Richard Barden

February 2017

posted Feb 3, 2017, 5:17 AM by Richard Barden   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 7:35 PM ]

Dear Methuen High School Community:


I am pleased that we have avoided school cancellation for winter weather thus far, allowing students to maintain a consistent, academic approach to each school day. Established routines are essential for academic, social, and emotional growth. While we enjoy and focus on our February school events, we also begin to look ahead as students in grades 9-11 engage in the course selection process for the 2017-2018 school year. During the month of February teachers and counselors will advise each student on his or her plan of study which parents will be encouraged to review with their child.


Please take a moment to view our upcoming events.


Events planned for February:


  • Connections - Friday, February 3, 2017

  • JROTC Marksmanship, Academic, and Physical Training Competition - Saturday, February 4, 2017

  • Faculty Meeting - Monday, February 6, 2017

  • MCAS Biology Retest, Session 1 - Monday, February 6, 2017

  • MCAS Biology Retest, Session 2 - Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • JROTC Academic Team Semifinal at M.I.T. - Monday, February 6, 2017, and Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • Early Release - Faculty Professional Development - Friday, February 10, 2017

  • Connections - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • Guest Speaker Dr. Potee - Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • Winter Recess - Schools Closed - Monday, February 20, 2017, through Friday, February 24, 2017

  • School Resumes - Monday, February 27, 2016

  • Department Meetings - Monday, February 27, 2017


Coming up in early March:


  • MCAS ELA Retest, Composition Sessions A and B - Wednesday, March 1, 2017

  • MCAS ELA Retest, Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 and 2 - Thursday, March 2, 2017

  • MCAS ELA Retest, Reading Comprehension Session 3 - Friday, March 3, 2017

  • MHS Theater Presents “Almost Maine” - Thursday, March 2, 2017, through Saturday, March 4, 2017

  • Faculty Meeting - Monday, March 6, 2017

  • MHS 2nd Annual Lip Sync Battle - Monday, March 6, 2017

  • MCAS Mathematics Retest, Session 1 - Monday, March 6, 2017

  • MCAS Mathematics Retest, Session 2 - Tuesday, March 7, 2017

  • Methuen Scholarship Foundation Telethon - Wednesday, March 8, 2017, through Thursday, March 9, 2017

  • Connections - Thursday, March 9, 2017

  • JROTC Military Ball - Friday, March 10, 2017

  • JROTC Marksmanship, Academic, and Physical Training Competition - Saturday, March 11, 2017


A complete list of MHS athletic events can be viewed by selecting the Athletics Calendar link on the MHS webpage.


Sincerely,


Richard Barden

January 2017

posted Jan 6, 2017, 11:10 AM by Richard Barden   [ updated Jan 11, 2017, 4:46 AM ]

Dear Methuen High School Community:


Welcome back from winter break and happy New Year! As we enter the unofficial second half of the school year, we continue to focus on our rollout of Infinite Campus. We are hopeful that very soon we will be able to provide families with access to the Infinite Campus Portal.


On Friday, January 20, 2017, our second term ends. On the term two  report card, in addition to sharing grades,  teachers will add comments reporting on each student’s progress toward reaching our six, 21st Century Learning Expectations. For more detailed information, please view the MHS website.


A highlight for the month of January is our student trip to Washington, D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration. On Thursday, January 19, 2016, thirty-eight MHS juniors and seniors will travel to our nation’s capital to witness Donald Trump’s inauguration. Making the experience even more exciting, our Superintendent, Mrs. Judith Scannell,  will serve as a special chaperone. This trip is sure to be an unforgettable educational experience for our students.


Please take a moment to view our upcoming events.


Events planned for January:


  • School Resumes - Tuesday, January 3, 2017

  • Connections - Thursday, January 5, 2017

  • Faculty Meeting - Monday, January 9, 2017

  • ACCESS Testing - Wednesday, January 11, 2017, through Friday, January 20, 2017

  • Early Release - Faculty Professional Development - Friday, January 13, 2017

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Schools Closed - Monday, January 16, 2017

  • Connections - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

  • Poetry Out Loud - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

  • Senior Scholarship Presentation - Thursday, January 19, 2017

  • Junior College Planning Presentation - Thursday, January 19, 2017

  • Trip to Washington, D.C. for Presidential Inauguration - Thursday, January 19, 2017, through Sunday, January 22, 2017

  • Second Term Ends - Friday, January 20, 2017

  • Department Meetings - Monday, January 23, 2017

  • Vocational/Technical Fair - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

  • Relay for Life Kickoff - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

  • Winter Band Concert - Thursday, January 26, 2017

  • Science Fair - Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Coming up in February and Early March:


  • Connections - Friday, February 3, 2017

  • Faculty Meeting - Monday, February 6, 2017

  • MCAS Biology Retest, Session 1 - Monday, February 6, 2017

  • MCAS Biology Retest, Session 2 - Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • Early Release - Faculty Professional Development - Friday, February 10, 2017

  • Connections - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • Winter Recess - Schools Closed - Monday, February 20, 2017, through Friday, February 24, 2017

  • School Resumes - Monday, February 27, 2016

  • Department Meetings - Monday, February 27, 2017

  • MCAS ELA Retest, Composition Sessions A and B - Wednesday, March 1, 2017

  • MCAS ELA Retest, Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 and 2 - Thursday, March 2, 2017

  • MCAS ELA Retest, Reading Comprehension Session 3 - Friday, March 3, 2017

  • MHS Theater Presents “Almost Maine” - Thursday, March 2, 2017, through Saturday, March 4, 2017

  • Faculty Meeting - Monday, March 6, 2017

  • MCAS Mathematics Retest, Session 1 - Monday, March 6, 2017

  • MCAS Mathematics Retest, Session 2 - Tuesday, March 7, 2017

  • Connections - Thursday, March 9, 2017

  • JROTC Military Ball - Friday, March 10, 2017


A complete list of MHS athletic events can be viewed by selecting the Athletics Calendar link on the MHS webpage.


Sincerely,


Richard Barden

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