Superintendent's Message

March in Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb


Dear Parents and Community Partners,

Cat in the HatMarch begins with the district’s annual celebration of reading as we participate in the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Week (RAA.)  Our schools strive to instill a love for reading in students and we look forward to spotlighting this all-important skill all week.  This year’s theme focuses on diversity in literature, NEA believes diverse literature enables students to see themselves as the heroes of the story, while also showing them that all kinds of people can be the heroes too,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “It is important that we emphasize books that are telling children of color that they belong in the world and the world belongs to them.”  An estimated 45 million educators, parents and students across the U.S. will participate in RAA events this year, which is the 22nd year of this program.  RAA also honors the March 2nd birthday of beloved children’s author Ted Geisel, better-known as Dr. Seuss.

Teen BookOn March 11th, MPHS will welcome motivational speaker Jeff Yeldon, an advocate for mental health in youth and adults, and a leading authority on teen motivation, mental health, and teen suicide prevention and crisis intervention. His programs for teen mental health awareness, suicide crisis intervention and suicide prevention are highly sought after in school communities across the country.  Yeldon is a New York Times bestselling co-author of A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and a four-time Amazon bestselling author, including his book, Teen Mental Health & Suicide Prevention: The “Why” Behind Today’s Teen Suicide Epidemic.  In addition to working with students during the day, Yeldon will provide an evening presentation for parents in MPHS’s Memorial Hall, 7-9 pm.  We hope you will join us for this important presentation on the health and well-being of our children

Beauty and the Beast As always, everyone wants to be in the audience for MPHS’s annual musical!  This year’s production is Beauty and the Beast, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.  We know you’ll be delighted to be our guest for this heartwarming production adapted from Walt Disney Pictures' Academy Award-winning 1991 animated musical film of the same name.   Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a cold-blooded prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways. To revert into his true human form, the Beast must first learn to love a bright, beautiful young woman whom he has imprisoned in his enchanted castle before it is too late. Be sure to mark your calendars for what promises to be another amazing MPHS production: March 29th, 30th, and 31st.


On behalf of all in our district, please accept my best wishes for a happy month.


Dr. Marie Cirasella

Dr. Marie Cirasella


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