History has shown that March is a very busy month for the Reading Public Schools. This year is certainly no different. Listed below are some of the events that have been going on in our school district.
- MCAS-Currently our Grade 3-8 and 10 students are taking the ELA and reading portions of the MCAS. Last Tuesday, students in Grades 4, 7, and 10 took the ELA Long Composition. Our teachers and students work diligently throughout the school year in preparing our students for the skills that they need to take this rigorous assessment. One example of this effort is that several of the questions in last week’s MCAS involved books from the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (MCBA) list, which are regularly offered in our curriculum through our teachers and library media specialists.
- Massachusetts Science Olympiad State Tournament-Last weekend, both Coolidge Middle School and Reading Memorial High School participated in the Massachusetts State Science Olympiad Competitions for their respective levels. Both did very well. The Coolidge Science Olympiad team won the State Competition and will now compete in the National Science Olympiad Competition which will be held at the University of Wisconsin in mid-May. The RMHS Science Olympiad team also did very well, coming in the top 10 in 8 different events. What is also important to note is that several high school students coach the middle school students in their events, which is a main reason for the success of both teams. Kudos goes to the coaches, parents, and students of both teams for all of their hard work and instilling the love of science.
- Record Number of Students Participating in Music Festival- After January auditions from more than 90 public and private schools, 32 Reading students were selected to participate in the Northeast Massachusetts District Junior Music Festival, a prestigious Massachusetts Music Educators Association Event. The program, for students in grades six through nine, is offered by the M.M.E.A. as an enrichment opportunity providing a musical experience to talented young people. The students were selected to perform in the Junior District Concert Band, Orchestra, Boys’ Chorus, and Girls’ Chorus. They rehearsed with guest conductors and then performed in a concert at Lowell High School in Lowell, MA. on March 16-18. It was a great experience for all of those who participated. Kudos to the teachers who supported these students throughout the process.
- Jazz Band Medals at MAJE States-Congratulations to the RMHS Jazz Ensemble for their outing at the Massachusetts Association of Jazz Education (MAJE) State Competition held in Framingham last weekend. The group, which has performed well all season, earned a silver medal at the competition. Kudos to the students and teachers Dave Bunten and Joe Mulligan for their efforts this year.
- Noises Off!-A few weeks ago, the RMHS Drama Club peformed two nights of hilarious comedy with Noises Off!, their third show of the season. Kudos goes to Director Bill Endslow, the staff, and the students for a great production.
- Athletics-Our athletic teams have been very successful this season, both on and off the playing field. The RMHS hockey team received the James F. Mulloy award for the team that best exemplified sportsmanship throughout the season. At the end of each athletic season, our teams typically come together to celebrate the camaraderie, dedication, and achievements of their members. Family, coaches, and friends attend and take pride in these nights of recognition. At several of the banquets recently held, the recognition also attested to the effort of our student groups to look beyond themselves and give back. At the boys’ basketball banquet, many of the young men walked in with gift bags and placed them on their tables. These bags contained food to be donated to the Reading Food Pantry. The girls’ basketball banquet featured a presentation of over $3000 to Dana Farber for cancer research and prevention. These funds were raised from the Shootathons held by both the boys and girls teams during the season. Lastly, at the boys wrestling banquet, former coach Tom Darrin was in attendance and recognized for the naming of the RMHS Wrestling Room in honor of his exemplary service as long time coach. It a pleasure to see the teams include such special aspects to their seasonal celebrations.
As you can see, March has been a very busy month, but we are certainly not slowing down as the spring is just as busy. For example in this upcoming week, the National Spanish Honor Society will be having their first ever induction ceremony of students on March 29th, the Fine and Performing Arts Department will be hosting a New Orleans Night on April 1st at 7:00 p.m., Coolidge Middle School will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a gala on April 2nd, and our RMHS Winter Color Guard will be competing in the state finals on April 3rd.
These efforts would not be possible if it were not for the countless teachers, staff, administrators, and parents who go above and beyond the regular school day to provide these positive educational experiences for our students. Kudos to all of you!