Monday - Friday
*except EARLY RELEASE WEDS.
Early Release Wednesday
The fundamental purpose of MRHS is to ensure all students learn at high levels. Jawsome Hour has been designed to provide students with additional time and support for learning when they struggle, and extend and enrich learning when they have mastered expected outcomes. Jawsome Hour is a 54-minute block of time carved out of the school day wherein all students have their lunch and are free to wisely choose how to spend the remainder of the 54 minutes. It is our belief that students given time during the school day to focus on individual improvement, and the ability to work with teachers eager to support them, will result in improved academic performance for all students. Available Jawsome Hour choices are: club activities, class meetings, enrichment, student-led initiatives, open gym, study groups, guidance meetings, extra help, academic boot camps, homework help, work on a project, peer tutoring, and more (current Jawsome Hour opportunities are posted on MyFlexLearning. Once every seven-day cycle, students will sign up for specific offerings. Faculty will also schedule various students based on need for Academic Overtime (AOT) and periodic mandatory assemblies. Students are required to attend AOT when assigned by a teacher until they no longer need support. Students may be assigned AOT when they:
- Have a zero on any assignment
- Need to make up work
- Have an incomplete in any course
Students who have a grade below 70% will be assigned AOT.
Students who do not meet behavioral expectations as described in our student handbook will lose their “choice” privilege and may serve detentions during Jawsome Hour.
In summary, the Goals of Jawsome Hour are to:
- Increase opportunities to support ALL learners.
- Allow time for student involvement in enrichment/extracurricular activities.
- Allow more efficient use of staff and student time during the lunch block.
- Allow for personalization of education.
- Decrease number of overall students with a grade below 70% in any course.
- Increase overall class averages for all students.
Aspen - Online Grade/Student Information System
Aspen is a web-based application that allows parents access to the Monomoy Regional School District student information system. In a secure manner, it allows parents/guardians read-only access to their child’s attendance, schedule, discipline record, and grades. Once a parent/guardian has registered, this information is accessible at any time from any computer/device that is connected to the Internet. The Aspen system is designed to provide an additional option for the sharing of information between parents, teachers, students, and administrators. It is NOT meant to replace or serve as a substitute for telephone conversations, parent/teacher meetings, or any other direct interaction with the school system.
Progress reports and report cards will be issued electronically via the Aspen system, with paper copies of report cards and progress reports only being issued upon request. Requests should be made to the Guidance office. An email reminder message will be sent prior to delivering the e-report card and e-progress report. Additional information about navigation of the Aspen system can be found here.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Massachusetts Student Records Regulations (“Regulations”) together provide parents and eligible students (those who have reached the age of 14 or who have entered ninth grade) certain rights with respect to the student's education records. Parents and students may obtain a complete copy of their rights under the Massachusetts Student Records Regulations by contacting the Principal.
The student record shall consist of the transcript and the temporary record, including all information recording and computer tapes, microfilm, microfiche, or any other materials regardless of physical form or characteristics concerning a student that is organized on the basis of the student's name or in a way that such student may be individually identified, and that is kept by the public schools of the Commonwealth. The term as used in 603 CMR 23.00 shall mean all such information and materials regardless of where they are located, except for the information and materials specifically exempted by 603 CMR 23.04.
The temporary record shall consist of all the information in the student record which is not contained in the transcript. This information clearly shall be of importance to the educational process. Such information may include standardized test results, class rank (when applicable), extracurricular activities, and evaluations by teachers, counselors, and other school staff.
The transcript shall contain administrative records that constitute the minimum data necessary to reflect the student's educational progress and to operate the educational system. These data shall be limited to the name, address, and phone number of the student; his/ her birth date; name, address, and phone number of the parent or guardian; course titles, grades (or the equivalent when grades are not applicable), course credit, grade level completed, and the year completed.
The right to access a student's education records. Parents or eligible students should submit their request for access to the Principal. Access is generally provided within ten days of a request. However, Massachusetts General Laws c. 71, §34H (“Section 34H”) provides specific procedures that must be followed prior to release of records to a parent who does not have physical custody of a child. These procedures include submitting a written request and other documentation to the principal on an annual basis. Information about these procedures can be obtained from the Principal.
The right to request amendment of the student record. Parents or eligible students should direct their request to the principal, clearly identifying the part of the record they wish to have amended, and why.
The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student record, except to the extent that FERPA and the Massachusetts regulations authorize disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests in the records. Such school officials include professional, administrative and clerical staff who are employed by or under agreement with the Monomoy Regional School District and who need access to a record in order to fulfill their duties. The Monomoy Regional School District also discloses student records without parent/eligible student consent to officials of other elementary or secondary schools in which a student enrolls, or seeks, intends, or is instructed to enroll upon receipt of a request from such school officials.
In addition, the Monomoy Regional School District has a practice of releasing directory information without consent, including to military recruiters in accordance with the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Directory information consists of the following: the student's name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, weight and height of athletic teams, class, participation in recognized activities and sports, honors and awards, and post-high school plans. In the event a parent or eligible student objects to the release of any of the above information, the parent/eligible student may state that objection in writing to the Principal. Absent receipt of a written objection by October 1, 2018, the directory information will be released without further notice or consent.
The right to file a complaint concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the regulations and laws governing student records: Complaints may be filed at the Massachusetts Department of Education, 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148. In addition, complaints relative to federal statutes and regulations governing student records may be filed with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington DC.
Non-custodial Parent Access to Student Records
The Student Record Regulations concerning access to records by non-custodial parents (a parent who does not have physical custody of a student) can be found at 603 CMR 23.07(5). A non-custodial parent may have access to the student record unless the school has been given documentation that:
- The parent has been denied legal custody or has been ordered to supervised visitation, based on a threat to the safety of the student and the threat is specifically noted in the order pertaining to custody or supervised visitation, or
- the parent has been denied visitation, or
- the parent's access to the student has been restricted by a temporary or permanent protective order, unless the protective order (or any subsequent order modifying the protective order) specifically allows access to the information contained in the student record, or
- there is an order of a probate and family court judge which prohibits the distribution of student records to the parent. A time period of 21 days may be implemented before records are released.
Maintenance and Destruction of School Records
The student’s transcript shall be maintained by the school department and may only be destroyed 60 years following his/her graduation, transfer, or withdrawal from the school system. The student’s temporary record shall be destroyed no later than seven years after the student transfers, graduates, or withdraws from the school system. If a parent wishes to collect the temporary record or any part thereof, he/she must do so within the timeframe.
Homework is designed to have a positive impact on student learning and is defined as the assigned learning activities that students work on outside of the classroom. The purpose of homework is to provide students an opportunity to practice, reinforce, and apply previously taught skills and acquired knowledge and prepare for future lessons, and is directly tied to classroom instruction. Assignments will have a clear purpose and be designed for completion within a reasonable time frame. Completing homework is the responsibility of the student. Parents/ guardians can play a supportive role through monitoring, encouraging students’ efforts and providing a conducive learning environment. Therefore, Monomoy Regional High School believes that homework serves the following purposes:
- To practice and reinforce skills
- To support the curriculum
- To prepare for class
And that homework assignments will be:
Specific: clear stated objective that is tied to the learning goal, answering the question “why this assignment?”
Measurable: Criteria based (ex: rubric, checklist, etc.) assessable by teacher/student/study group with informative feedback
Relevant: Meaningful assignment
Timely: Immediate feedback
While homework policies differ slightly by academic department, homework will count for no more than 20% of a student’s total grade.
Students will have access to individual teachers’ Grading Policies. Students are responsible for understanding and following those policies. Homework will not exceed 20% of a student’s total grade. Students are expected to track their own progress, missing assignments, etc., on a regular basis.
Parents will receive an electronic report card each quarter.
F 59 and below
Incomplete grades may be issued due to unforeseen extended absences. The need for incomplete grades will be assessed on a case by case basis in consultation with school counselors and teachers. Grades of Incomplete must be made up according to an approved timeline. All grades of Incomplete must receive preapproval by the Director of Guidance.
Students will subscribe to the following honor code:
“I understand that academic honesty is absolutely necessary for my teachers to be able to evaluate my learning and help me learn better. I pledge that all of the work I hand in will be my own, completed without unauthorized help, except in the case of group projects or assignments on which my teacher allows collaboration. When using other people’s words or ideas in my papers, I will give credit to the source by citing the author. I also pledge not to assist others in violating this honor code, and to do all I can to promote and uphold academic honesty at Monomoy Regional High School.”
Examples of cheating are (list is not all inclusive):
- Looking at another student’s work during a test.
- Copying test answers from another student or teacher.
- Possessing cheating sheets with answers on them.
- Talking during a test/quiz.
- Removing or obtaining an exam from a classroom without the teacher’s permission.
- Computer fraud, cheating using other people’s disks and inappropriate behavior relative to the use of computers, software, and related media.
- Plagiarism is a serious error for a writer to make; all students should be aware of the consequences. Any paper that contains even a small portion that has been plagiarized will be a violation of the honor code.
Plagiarism is the copying or use of the phrases and ideas of another person as if they were the writer’s own. Whether one is publishing a paper, writing an essay for class, or composing music, it is considered academically dishonest, as well as morally and legally wrong, not to give clear credit to the author.
Specifically, there is nothing wrong with using the opinions, words, or phrases of others to support your ideas in an essay, but the exact words must be put in quotation marks and the names, titles, dates, and pages must be acknowledged in footnotes. In cases where the ideas of another person are used rather than the exact words, those ideas must also be acknowledged in the body of the paper or in a footnote.
Students who violate this code will be subject to the following consequences:
- Student will be given a zero for any assignment in which this code is violated. This zero cannot be made up. On tests or other assignments where there are multiple sections, teachers may isolate which part of the assignment is compromised by the violation and assign a zero for that section, or teachers may impose a zero for the entire assignment, at their discretion. Teacher will contact the parent(s).
- Student in violation of this code will be placed on academic probation for a period of two weeks for each offense resulting in ineligibility for all extracurricular activities including sports, club activities, and social events.
- Repeat violations of this Honor Code may result in Saturday School, suspension and/or increased academic sanctions.
Any student accused of a violation may appeal by requesting:
First: A review by the department chairperson. The chairperson shall have the authority to overturn or alter the decision of the teacher, including recommending an alternate assignment for the student. See time limit for appeal notification.
Second: A hearing before a committee chaired by the Principal, an Assistant Principal, or another designated chair, and consisting of one faculty member and one student appointed by the Chair. Such hearing will be held in a timely manner. The committee shall have the authority to overturn or alter the decision of the teacher, including recommending an alternate assignment for the student. See time limit for appeal notification (p.45). If multiple students are involved in the same incident, the same committee will hear all appeals.
* Letters of Appeal must be presented to an Assistant Principal within two (2) days of issuance of the penalty. Appeals will not be accepted if a student admits to the violation and states that (s)he is only appealing due to displeasure with the consequences.
Progress Reports and Report Cards
Progress Reports and Report Cards will be available to access via the Aspen Family Portal. Hard copy Report Cards/ Progress Reports are NOT mailed home unless specifically requested by a parent/guardian.
*All debts to the school, including lost books and uniforms, must be resolved (returned or school reimbursed for replacement cost) before final exam grades are released, and in the case of seniors, before a diploma is issued.
Report cards will be available 7 days after the last day of school via the ASPEN parent portal.
Test Dates: Grades 10/11 Oct. 12, 2022, and Oct. 15, 2022 / alternate test day Oct. 25, 2022
Test Dates: Oct. 1, 2022; Nov. 5, 2022, Dec. 3, 2022; Mar. 11, 2023; May 6, 2023; June 3, 2023
For further information access: www.collegeboard.com
All students absent from school must make up their tests and quizzes. The teacher will designate a deadline to the student. Under normal circumstances, this deadline will be two weeks from the time the student returns to school from the absence. However, in the case where the absence is due to a suspension, the test must be made up when the student returns to school. If the test or quiz is not made up before the deadline, a grade of zero will be given for that test or quiz.
The following schedule is subject to change due to snow and/or emergency days.
Exams are to be taken as scheduled. Make-up exams are to be taken after the date originally scheduled for that specific exam. Make up exams are only available for students with an excused absence on the date of the original exam (or via administrator approval), and are to be scheduled between student and specific teacher. Emergency situations which necessitate an exam being administered prior to its scheduled date will require advance approval from the teacher, department head, and principal or an assistant principal.
Final Exams Grades 8-11
June 15, June 16, and June 20, 2023
3 half days
2 exams each half day
8:45-10:15 AM and 10:25-11:55 AM
June 21, 2023
last half day
1 exam @ 8:45-10:15 AM
followed by make-ups
Buses depart at noon on first 3 half days
Buses depart at 10:30 AM on last half day
Senior Final Exams Schedule
May 22, 2023
Senior Beach Day
May 23, 2023 - May 26, 2023
4 half days
2 exams each half day
8:45-10:15 AM and 10:25-11:55 AM
*All debts to the school including lost books, and uniforms, must be resolved (returned or school reimbursed for replacement cost) before final exam grades are released, and in the case of seniors, before a diploma is issued.
Final Exam Exemption Policy
Criteria for Final Exam Exemptions:
• Applicable to full year courses only.
• Maintenance of a year-long unweighted course average of 90.
• Two or less 4th Quarter unexcused absences in the course.
• Eight or less unexcused absences from the course for the entire year.
• Students must not have had behavioral consequences on file with an assistant principal of a severity level resulting in Saturday School(s) and/or Suspension(s). The principal will make a final decision on an individual’s appeal regarding disciplinary ineligibility.
• A signed Final Exam Exemption Approval Letter from each individual teacher must be in place authorizing the exemption.
• Exemption privilege may be over-ruled by a specific teacher for their specific course(s).
Monomoy Regional High School offers a rich and varied curriculum in a state of the art facility for students in grades eight through twelve. Our students build upon a strong foundation for learning in grade eight, and have the opportunity to follow a variety of accelerated pathways in the Humanities and the STEM related subjects. Advanced Placement courses are available in all core academic subjects and the Arts, and we offer a diverse selection of courses to match every student’s interest. Our Experiential Learning allows students the option to engage in independent study, internships, and international learning experiences.
Graduation Credit Requirements
Wellness (Health, Culinary & PE)
Fine and/or Performing Arts
Additional course in Social Science,
Science, English or Math
~ Students must earn a total of 96 credits ~
All graduation requirements exceed MASSCORE standards.
All students must pass the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests (MCAS) and demonstrate proficiency in English Language Arts, Mathematics and STE in order to receive a diploma.
All debts to the school including lost books and uniforms must be paid before a diploma will be issued.
GPA and Class Rank
Monomoy Regional High School is committed to developing and maintaining an assessment and reporting system that establishes universally high standards and supports and recognizes academic achievement and excellence. At the same time, Monomoy Regional High School is also committed to establishing and maintaining an equitable grading system that neither falsely rewards nor hinders any student by virtue of the courses they might take during their high school career.
Weighted Class Rank
All honors courses will receive a weight of 1.1. Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses will receive a weight of 1.2. Many colleges and universities will select specific courses to ascertain their own institutional GPA. Students are encouraged to check with their counselor with regard to individual college or university GPA systems.
Weighted GPA/ Class Rank Calculation Example
Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Valedictorian (ranked 1st in class) and Salutatorian (ranked 2nd in class) will be determined at the end of the final marking period of grade 12. In the case of a tie for Valedictorian, MRHS will calculate the GPA up to three decimal points to determine ranking. If the tie still remains, Co-Valedictorians will be named.
Transfer students must attend Monomoy Regional High School for both semesters of their junior and senior years to qualify for Valedictorian or Salutatorian status. Any transfer student who has not met the above criterion will receive an equivalent rank for college application purposes. He or she will be ineligible for Valedictorian or Salutatorian.
Honor Roll Requirements
High Honors – Grades of 90 or higher in all subjects
Honors – Grades of 80 or higher in all subjects
Course Withdrawal Guidelines
Students who wish to drop a course must do so within the first two (2) weeks of that course. After this period, students must submit an Add/Drop form for formal approval. If the change involves dropping a level in the course, e.g. honors to college prep, the grade will be passed along to the next teacher to be melded with the grades in the new course. This combined grade in the new course will affect a student’s eligibility for playing sports and participating in other extracurricular activities.
Modified Grading Procedures
Modified grades are available for all students across the district that may have special circumstances that require their grades to be modified. Modified grades are offered based on the unique needs of the student and will be signified on the report card with an asterisk.
Chapter 71, Section 32A. Parents/guardians may exempt their children from any portion of a course curriculum dealing with human sexual education or issues by written notification to the Principal. Parents/guardians have a right to inspect and review program instruction materials.
Pursuant to 603 CMR 28.03(3)(c): “Upon receipt of a physician's written order verifying that [a student] must remain at home or in a hospital on a day or overnight basis, or any combination of both, for medical reasons and for a period of not less than fourteen school days in any school year, the principal shall arrange for provision of educational services in the home or hospital.” In those circumstances, please contact the Office of the Director of Pupil Personnel Services to coordinate tutoring. If a student is absent for fewer than 14 school days or otherwise does not qualify for tutoring under 603 CMR 28.03(3)(c), the student/parent can email individual teachers and/or check the teachers’ websites in order to find out about assignments/work missed and/or due.
A student may be eligible for home/hospital tutoring upon receiving written order verifying that said student has had a cumulative 14-day or more absence due to a related medical condition; and a team has determined the absence has had a substantial impact on said student’s learning.
In order for tutoring to commence:
- A Physician’s Affirmation of Need for Temporary Home or Hospital Education for Medically Necessary Reasons-must be fully completed on behalf of the student by his/her caregiver (form available on the Monomoy Regional School District’s website under Student Services/Special Education).
- At a minimum, the physician's signed notice must include information regarding:
- the date the student was admitted to a hospital or was confined to home;
- the medical reason(s) for the confinement;
- the expected duration of the confinement; and
- what medical needs of the student should be considered in planning the home or hospital education services.
- If the student has an IEP and is likely to remain at home or in the hospital for a period of 60 days, the Team will reconvene within 10 days once notified that the student will most likely remain at home/hospital for more than 60 school days. An updated Physician’s Statement will be required for continued tutoring.
- Parents must verify a phone number where the tutor may make contact with the student to arrange a mutual meeting time and place, preferably at a public venue-not in the student’s house. (Library, Community Center). If instruction is to take place in the home, a mutually convenient time will be scheduled where an adult will be present in the home.
- Any parent or student concerns should be communicated immediately to the Principal, such as work not being provided/ picked up or done correctly. This will avoid issues related to report cards and progress reports.
- If the student has had 2 no-shows or last minute cancels or is not doing the assigned work, a warning letter will be sent out from the Special Education Office, followed by a meeting with parent/guardian to discuss further actions.
When staff recommends that a student repeat a school year, the parent/guardian will be notified no later than the end of the second term. Factors such as number of years retained, chronological age, scholastic achievement, cognitive ability, and developmental and social maturity will be considered in collaboration with the family.
In order to receive Monomoy Regional High School credit, Summer School courses taken must match those courses taken and failed at Monomoy Regional High School. Permission from the student’s Monomoy Regional High School Guidance Counselor must be obtained prior to admittance. Summer courses required for Monomoy Regional High School graduation credit must receive preapproval prior to registration.
English Language Learners
The English Language Learners program is designed to create an educational experience where students are taught strategies to help master English as quickly as possible, provide experiences where they can learn to develop appropriate academic and social skills, and progress in content areas with achievement that is not impacted due to English proficiency. Our program integrates skills and concepts of the Monomoy curriculum in a way that fosters language learning that is meaningful and useful to students. The program responds to a variety of learning styles and incorporates cultural backgrounds and considerations of language levels.