MCAS Testing Continues Next Week

MCAS math testing for our 10th graders is scheduled for next Tuesday, May 16th, and Wednesday, May 17th. Students and Learning Coaches have been notified by Kmail of locations for testing. Please be sure to check your Kmails for more details.
Some make-ups for students in grades 3-8 have also been scheduled for next week. Those who have been scheduled have been notified of the dates, times, and locations for those make-ups. If your child is in need of a make-up and you haven’t heard from us, expect that testing will be scheduled for the week of May 22nd. As soon as the schedule has been finalized, you will be notified with regard to your particular testing site.

High School Dance held on May 12th

MAVA Staff pose for a group photo at the dance.

MAVA Staff pose for a group photo at the dance.

MAVA students and their guests pose for a group picture at the dance.

MAVA students and their guests pose for a group picture at the dance.

A lively group attended our high school dance at the LaQuinta Inn in Springfield and enjoyed a yummy dinner consisting of a pasta station and a taco station with sweet cupcakes for dessert. Music was provided by a DJ and I even got out on the dance floor with staff and students for a couple line dances! A fun time was had by all.

Thank you to our Teachers, Nurse, and Learning Coaches!

Today marks the end of National Teacher Appreciation Week and last Saturday was National Nurses’ Day. I am so grateful to Ms. Booth, our School Nurse, and to our teachers for the amazing work they do with our students every day. I am privileged to work with such a caring group of individuals who work tirelessly to ensure that all our students receive the best education possible.
I also want to thank all of our Parents/Guardians/Learning Coaches for your partnership with us. You also engage with our students as their teachers at home, helping to guide them through their classes and assignments. We understand that your commitment to partner with us is greater than it might be in a brick-and-mortar school and we are grateful and want to also celebrate you as teachers this week!

MAVA’s Arcade Outing on May 18th for grades K-5

Inspired by “Caine’s Arcade,” we are hosting our own MAVA Arcade to spark imagination and creativity by using cardboard and recycled materials (including parts of old toys) to create games. We look forward to seeing our K-5 students at the Charlton Public Library, 40 Main Street, Charlton, MA, for an interactive session that helps build critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance, and team work skills.
Families are encouraged to bring recyclable materials to this event and we will provide some supplies and tools to help build these games. If you’d like to learn more about the concept behind this outing, you can check out this web site:

MAVA Graduation is June 9th at 6:00 pm!

The Class of 2017 will be gathering for a celebration of their graduation at Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA at 6:00 pm on June 9th! The location and time of this event is different from past years to enable more people to participate in this event. Graduates will have unlimited seating for their guests and the later time will allow for families to be able to travel to celebrated with our students! I am pleased to announce that I will be the graduation speaker, as I share some thoughts with my first graduating class!

End of the School Year Activities

The last day of school for the 2016-17 school year will be on Wednesday, June 14th. The last day of live classes will be Tuesday, June 13th, and students will have to the end of the day on June 14th to submit all their assignments.
We will be having an all-school picnic on Wednesday, June 14th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Dean Park, 805 Main Street, Shrewsbury in the South Grove area. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch for your family and join the fun! The park has the following rules we must abide by while there:
  • The permit is for this assigned area of the park only.
  • No alcohol is allowed in the park.
  • Please do not plan to arrive any earlier than the start time and we must be prepared to leave by 2:00 pm.

Thank you for your attention to these restrictions to our permit to use the park. We are planning some fun activities that everyone can enjoy – more details will be forthcoming!

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As always, if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, please call my office at 413.475.3879, Kmail me, or send an email to
Enjoy the rest of the weekend! Dr. Judith Houle, Executive Director