Come to this year's Science Festival on April 21-- children of all ages and adults are welcome! There will be dynamic STEM presentations and interactive exhibits.
Marlborough Public Schools is looking for nurses!
The Citywide Art Show is an incredible tradition in the Marlborough Public Schools that has continued for over 30 years. The celebration will take place this Thursday, March 29th from 6-8 pm at the Whitcomb School (back entrance foyer).
This art show is an annual art exhibition that celebrates the artistic accomplishments of students across the district, representing Kindergarten through 12th grade, with over 800 pieces of student work on display. The collection of work demonstrates a progression of skills over time. Visitors can see how the stages of artistic development evolve from elementary school to middle and high school. It truly is evidence of the substantial arts program we have in the Marlborough Public Schools. There will also be cultural events including Capoeira (type of martial arts that is practiced in Brazil) as well as Karate demonstrations. Don't miss this fun and colorful school and community event!
MPS now has an Instagram account! Follow us at mpsdistrict to see all the great activities and learning that are happening throughout the district!
The GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club is sponsoring a writing contest to recognize teachers as part of Teacher Appreciation Day on May 8, 2018.
Encourage students to vote for a teacher who has inspired them to grow and learn. Click here for the entry form and contest details. Entries must be received by May 2, 2018.
Flu On the Rise in the MetroWest Area
Due to the increase of influenza (“flu”) type illness in our schools, MPS is providing families a helpful prevention flu guide. Be proactive by reminding your children to thoroughly wash their hands and use cough etiquette (cover their mouths). Be aware of flu signs, and have your child(ren) avoid close contact with others if they are exhibiting flu symptoms. Click on the following Flu Guide for Parents link (English, Portuguese, Spanish) to become more educated about flu symptoms and prevention measures.
Download the MPS Mobile App today!
MPS is excited to provide our community tutorial videos on how to use the new MPS mobile app. If you haven't already downloaded the app, what are you waiting for? It's very easy! Watch the training video in your language, and in less than 10 minutes you'll have the MPS mobile app downloaded!
Join the Marlborough Public Schools' Music Department at their upcoming “All City Concert Series.” This is a series of concerts that highlight various performing groups.
- All City Band is February 7th at 7 PM (Grades 5-12) High School Field House
- All-City Chorus is February 14th at 7PM (Grades 4-12) Whitcomb Auditorium
- All-City Jazz is May 4th at 7 PM (Grades 7-12) Whitcomb Auditorium
- All-City Strings is May 10th at 7 pm (Grades 5-12) Whitcomb Auditorium
Check it out:
Exploring Biodiversity on Campus:
Authentic Learning Flourishes at the Hildreth Campus
Collecting dirt. Examining leaves. Studying birds. Exploring the biodiversity of the Hildreth campus (Marlborough High School’s alternative high school) is how students of Matt McGrail, Environmental Science teacher, determined the health of the school’s outdoor property, or greater ecosystem this fall.
For approximately two months, a team of five students, Amanda Ayer (Project Leader), Tylor Dumais (Project Leader), Lauren Donovan, Angie Lumbra, and Gabe Ribeiro, spent hundreds of hours investigating and calculating the biodiversity of Hildreth’s campus. Accomplishing this challenge involved using an in-depth Field Ecology protocol calculation called, “Simpson’s Biodiversity index,” which integrates math, science and field studies data. By applying scientific methods, the group of students learned which plants could be planted and which ones could not be planted. Colorful displays of “Biodiversity at Hildreth” work provided strong evidence of the students’ scientific findings.
“This hands-on project gave us an overall picture what species would be attracted to the campus and flourish in the surrounding environment,” stated Taylor Dumais, one of the two project leaders. “This group experience required that each member focus on different aspects and then come together to share our findings. My role was to conduct soil science, which meant I got pretty dirty digging up different samples from across the campus to determine the Ph levels.”
Dumais further added, “Mr. McGrail helped bring all of us together to accomplish a significant project which we’re really proud of.” After graduating in spring 2018, Dumais plans to enter the air force where he will get to apply his passion for math. According to Dumais, “Math is like my wife.”
“I couldn’t be prouder of my students,” smiled McGrail. “When students come together by tackling and solving problems using their inquiry skills, great discoveries are made.”
Come on Down and Join the Horribles Parade and Downtown Trick or Treat
This year's Horribles Parade and downtown trick-or-treat will take place Thursday, October 26. Downtown trick-or-treat is 4:30-5:30 with the Horiibles Parade starting at 5:30. See the invitation in English or Portuguese and Spanish for more information.
Drug Awareness Workshop at Hildreth
Kathy Leonard & Keith Duplisea speak to students at Hildreth about the dangers of drugs, the importance of communicating with people who care about you, and making positive choices.
On Friday, June 2, Kathy and Keith visited students at the Hildreth School to share their poignant stories of loss and hope. They are connected through Jonathan, Kathy's son, who died of a heroine overdose at the age of 27 in 2015. Since the death of Kathy's son, she has made it her mission to educate others about the dangers of drugs. As the chair of the Marlborough Substance Use Prevention Coalition and a co-chair of the local chapter of the national organization GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing), Kathy is dedicated to battling the opioid epidemic and reducing the stigma surrounding addiction.
Click here to hear Kathy's powerful message of hope, compassion, and moving forward
Click here to hear Keith's powerful story of drug addiction
Click here to hear Keith's inspirational story of recovery