Superintendent's Message

Happy Thanksgiving


This month is an active one in our district; here’s a look ahead at a few highlights:

conferencesElementary Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held at Godwin & Highland Schools this month.  Research indicates that parent/family involvement is a critical factor in student success and our teachers look forward to this annual collaborative opportunity with parents.  For more information on making the most of this valuable meeting with your child’s teacher, access this link from the National Education Association (NEA) website:

Drama MasksBecause of overwhelming interest in the fall drama this year, MPHS scholar-thespians will present two shows, with the evening being billed as, “A Tribute to The Breakfast Club.”  The first production is “Homeschooled.”  When the town of Smorgasbord blows their entire budget on a Cheese Festival, they're forced to close the public school system and rely on a group of parents to teach the classes. Realizing that none of them are remotely qualified to teach a full course load, the parents decide to divide and conquer the subjects, resulting in a lecture on eighteenth-century European society delivered by a clown, a drill sergeant baking pies in Home Economics, and a lady who's had way, way too much caffeine zooming through 200 years of US History.  The second production is “Detention Tension.”  A motley crew of high school students and one disgruntled, but brilliant teacher find themselves thrown together in detention. Teacher and students tussle, but the teacher ultimately turns them into a rag-tag group of underdog Academic Decathlon competitors.  This tale is a Breakfast Club-ian story that explores and breaks down stereotypes and reminds us that face-to-face human connection is important for our development regardless of age.  Performances are Friday, November 16th (closed caption,) Saturday, November 17th at 7 pm, and Sunday, November 18th at noon in the beautiful Memorial Hall at MPHS.  For advanced tickets, please email with the number of tickets desired and specify the performance.  Tickets will also be sold during lunch periods in MPHS and at the door.  Ticket prices are $10 per adult and $5 for students/children.

trophy The MPHS Marching Band took third place honors at the culminating band competition in Syracuse…congratulations to Mr. Marks, his team, and our amazing student musicians!  We’re also entering the playoff season for fall sports, always an exciting time for our scholar-athletes.  We wish all our teams the best of luck as they move ahead in a variety of challenging contests.  Please be sure to check the district website for playoff game schedules. 

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!


Dr. Marie Cirasella

Dr. Marie Cirasella


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