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A Message from Mr. Matthew Peterson, MHS Principal

The Year in Review Preview

As I write this, I am sitting in my office on New Year’s Eve and it dawned on me that within schools, the symbolic end to the previous year as the calendar flips from December to January seems out of place. After all, our year begins in early September and ends in late June which gives the New Year’s celebration in January a different “feel.” Rather than looking back upon a year-in-review we find ourselves at the halfway point of a journey looking forward at what lies ahead. 


By the time you read this, our counselors will have visited classrooms and discussed courses and electives with our students thus beginning the process of scheduling for next year. As part of our effort to partner with families in the education of their children, parents will also receive a letter inviting them to take part in that scheduling. Those meetings will take place in February and March and after that we start to run course request numbers and make decisions about what classes will run and which ones will not. 

January is also the start of budget season. Currently I am organizing staff requests and meeting with department chairs to plan for next year’s budgetary needs. Decisions about textbooks, classroom supplies, and technology needs are all being made now in anticipation of next year. The public budget vote will take place on May 19th.. 

By the time you receive this, the winter sports seasons at OA will be winding down with senior recognition nights, and the start of sectionals will be right around the corner. Soon it’ll be the start of spring sports as we eagerly await the weather to cooperate and the end of winter. Spring sports will begin on March 9th for Varsity and JV and modified sports for 7th/8th graders begins on March 30th (Sports physicals are tentatively set for the morning of March 9th but more information will be available regarding physicals as it becomes available). Sign up sheets for all spring sports are already hanging by the nurses office.

By the time the spring sports season comes and goes, it will be time to think about the last day of school and Regents exams. The last day of classes is scheduled for Monday June 15th and the last day of school (on Tuesday the 16th) will include the awards assembly and field days. Regents exams will run from Wednesday June 17th through Thursday June 25th. 

So...even though its January, we’ll save the “looking back” nostalgia for Graduation day, which is slated for Saturday June 20th at 11am. That will be our true time to celebrate a “year-in-review.”