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Turners Falls News
The Turners Falls students are always on the move. Whether it’s sporting events, academic competitions, or helping in the community, we want to spotlight some of the great ways we stay active. And parents will often find some helpful tips here on our News page as well. Stop by frequently to see what we’re up to!
Parent Invitation to DESE Meeting
We would like to invite a few parents from each school to attend a meeting with state education officials. A team of reviewers from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is visiting the district to provide us with feedback about how we are doing on a range of topics. The meeting will be Tuesday, January 23, 2018, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the middle/high school library. If you are interested, please view more details about the DESE review meeting.
National Honor Society Inductions
The George F. Wrightson chapter of the National Honor Society inducted eight new members on Monday, January 8, and we are extremely proud of them! It was a special honor to have former Turners Falls High School Principal Wrightson's grandson, Mr. John Mullaney, attend the ceremony and present a portrait of his grandfather to the school. Soon the portrait will hang in our halls. It was incredible for our current students to be able to connect their experiences and achievements with those of past students through Mr. Mullaney's remarks.
Hands-On Learning To Benefit Our Community
Students in Mr. Lamore's design/build classes work on a variety of projects based on their own interests and community needs. They learn safe use of hand and power tools as well as design thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. Right now, several students are making a set of 22 cedar board trail signs for the Gill Town Forest. Tech Ed teacher (and Turners Falls High School graduate) Mr. Brian Lamore collaborated with Amy Gordon of the Gill Town Conservation Committee to set up this project.
Come out in the spring to see them installed! We will post more information when the snow melts.
Native American Studies
Mr. Smith's Native American studies class has been out of the classroom and into the wood shop working on recreating artifacts of native peoples. Artifacts including hatchets, hoes, fishing hooks and nets, and a rattle were crafted by students in the shop. The students then presented and shared to classmates to help synthesize their learning about the significance of the artifacts for native economies and societies.
A Message from our School Counselor
The guidance department has been busy planning activities to help your child with their post-secondary planning. Please visit the news section of our Guidance page for a full list of these exciting events.