Good wintry weather day, MAVA families and staff!

Outings News

Last Friday, two outings with a science focus were held. One was at the Boston Museum of Science and the other at the Worcester Ecotarium. Students, Learning Coaches, and staff had a great day of investigating science concepts and extending the learning outside the classroom.

The outings for February will have a history focus. In celebration of Black History Month, families and staff members will have their choice of two sites on Friday, February 17th. One will be at the Springfield Museum of History and the other at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. If you’d like to learn more about the details, check out our Facebook page:

Other Upcoming Events/Dates to note

The second quarter closes this Friday, January 20th. Report cards are scheduled to be issued on February 1st. Families, be sure to check in with your teachers about any outstanding work/assignments that you may have questions about.
Monday, January 23rd, is a teacher workday and there will be no classes for students. All of our teachers will be coming to Greenfield for some professional development and time to work on grades.
Biology MCAS retests will take place in February. Those of you who are impacted by this should have received a Kmail from Ms. Powers with the details.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be in Greenfield to conduct a review of MAVA on Tuesday, February 14th. There will be an opportunity for parents to participate in focus group interviews with the site visit team. Be on the lookout for more details in an upcoming Kmail.
February vacation week is scheduled for February 20-24th. I hope everyone enjoys the break!

Update on the Executive Director Search

The deadline for applications is this Friday, January 20th. The Screening Committee will meet to review applications and set up interviews on Monday, January 23rd. As allowed by the Open Meeting Law, this portion of the interview process will be held in Executive Session. Once the Screening Committee forwards finalists to the Board of Trustees, the process will become public. More details will be forthcoming as the process unfolds.

Congratulations to MAVA John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Recipients!

Five of our students have been selected as John and Abigail Adams Scholarship recipients! Philicia Henderson of East Sandwich (2017), Brenna Linnane of North Reading (2017), Natalie Ritz of Norton (2017), Caitlin Schmalenberger of Medway (2017) and Miles Rowe of Reading (2018) have been selected for the merit-based scholarship by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship is awarded to Massachusetts students who score Advanced on one of the three state assessment tests, Proficient or higher in the remaining two and have a combined score on all three placing them in the top 25 percent in their school district. The scholarship provides an undergraduate tuition waiver for up to eight semesters at a Massachusetts state college or university.

We are extremely proud of these students and what they have accomplished. They truly represent the potential for academic growth and excellence a virtual education can provide and we couldn’t be more pleased to have these five fine young people servings as ambassadors for our ongoing educational goals.

These students have been invited to be recognized by the MAVA Board of Trustees at their February 13th meeting either in person or, of course, virtually!

If you have any questions or comments about this blog post, please feel free to send me a Kmail, email to, or call the office at 413.475.3879, ext. 12.