A Word From Principal Meyer

October, 2013

Dear Parent/Guardian:

As we enter October you should be receiving your student’s mid-quarter progress report. These progress reports were distributed to the students on October 1st.  If you have any concerns or would like to discuss anything with your student’s teachers, please feel free to schedule a parent-teacher conference. We are having a parent-teacher conference night on October 3rd from 6:00-7:30 p.m. You can contact my office at 978-249-2435, to schedule an appointment.

On a lighter note, homecoming is this weekend. The homecoming football game will be on Friday, October 4th, followed by the homecoming parade and dance on Saturday, October 5th. This year the dance is a semi-formal with the theme “All that Glitters”.  I hope that you will get a chance to come out and support our sports teams. Our volleyball team is off to a great start. They recently beat Mahar for the first time in a long, long time. Our boys’ and girls’ soccer teams have been putting together some wins, our football team got its first victory of the season last Friday and our field hockey team keeps working hard to crack into the win column. Overall, all of our student-athletes have been working hard and they all deserve our support.

Our October schedule also has some professional development time built into it for teachers. Please make note that there is no school on Friday, October 11th for professional development, and no school on Monday, October 14th for Columbus Day. Also, October 30th is a half day for students.

Much of our September professional development time was spent approving school-wide rubrics. These are scoring guides used to define performance levels to the students and to guide teachers as they assess your student’s progress in the school-wide learning expectations. These expectations are: reading, writing, technology, collaboration, critical thinking/problem solving, and civic/social. These rubrics will be posted on the website and will soon be posted in each classroom.

Remember, with our block schedule classes move quickly. Please take a moment to review your student’s progress report with them and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.


Steven C. Meyer
Athol High School

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