Welcome to the official website of The Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District

Please click the following link to view a recording of the 2020 Graduation Commencement Activities

Click the following link for access to 2020 Graduation Cap and Gown Photos

Events & Notices

July 23, 2020 - Notice From Student Services

The Mahar Regional School Student Services Office has issued a notice that anyone who withdrew from Mahar in 2012 may pick up their student information folders. Please contact Aaryn Aiken in the Student Services office at 978-544-2542 ext. 250 or by e-mail aaiken@rcmahar.org to make arrangements. Requests must be made no later than August 4, 2020. Any records remaining will be destroyed.

July 21, 2020 - Student Learning Model Preference Survey

The Ralph C. Mahar Regional School is seeking input from families to finalize its reopening plan for the fall. Please take a few minutes to answer the survey located on the front page of the RC Mahar website. We will use the information from this survey to tailor our reopening plans to best meet the needs of our students, families, and the community. Thank you.

July 9, 2020 - Parent Survey

Parents and Guardians, please take a moment to complete the following survey on the reopening of school for the upcoming Fall semester

Click here to take the survey

June 16th, 2020 - 7th Grade Orientation VideoPlease click the following link to watch our 6th grade orientation!!! Hope you enjoy!

June 3rd, 2020 - Virtual Summer School Applications are Live

Please use the following link to access a copy of the 2020 Summer School Application for Mahar. You will have to either print and mail to Mahar, or "Make a Copy" through Google Docs and fill it out digitally and email it to Marie Cole, Curriculum Coordinator at mcole@rcmahar.org

Application Link

June 1st, 2020 - RC Mahar Remote Learning Survey

Parents, please take our Remote Learning Survey by clicking the following link.

April 6th, 2020 - Stay Updated on COVID-19

Stay Informed about COVID-19

  • Get information from trusted sources. Visit https://www.mass.gov/covid19 for the latest news, case counts, and lab testing results.

  • Call 2-1-1 with questions

  • Text the keyword COVIDMA to 888-777 to receive notifications to your phone

  • Take care of your emotional health and help others do the same. If you need emotional support during these stressful times:

  • Call 2-1-1 and choose the “CALL2TALK” option.

  • Samaritans is continuing operations 24/7, as always. During this unprecedented time, it can feel overwhelming to receive constant messages about COVID-19. Call or text their 24/7 helpline any time at 877-870-4673.

  • The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.

April 1st, 2020 - Letter to Families

Dear Families,
Please know that our thoughts are with you during these uncertain times. We hope that you and your families remain healthy and safe. Your child’s teachers will be providing enrichment and review activities on a regular basis. We strongly encourage your child to develop a daily routine and complete the activities as are appropriate for your individual, family situation. These routines and activities will provide a degree of normalcy for many students regarding their education.
While the activities and reviews provided by your child’s teachers will never replace a day of school, these activities will mitigate the gap in your child’s educational experiences. By the time students return to school on May 4th, seven weeks will have passed. Seven weeks! These seven weeks are prime learning time in the typical school year. Students have been introduced to new concepts and content and are now grappling with internalizing and mastering their new learning.
Educators could never hope to replicate what happens in the classroom, however, we can ensure that students are ready and able to proceed with their classes once school resumes by providing the enrichment and review activities throughout this period. However, this will not happen unless students actively engage in these activities.
Yes, schools are currently not “grading” these review and enrichment activities, but teachers are reviewing the work and providing feedback for students in order to ensure all students' learning continues. Please, check in regularly with your child and ask about the activities and review the activities provided. This is a good time for students to practice skills or review materials with which they have previously struggled. View this time as an opportunity to get additional tutoring on areas of need and explore the enrichment activities that the regular curriculum often doesn’t have time to explore.
Educators are looking for innovative ways for your child to engage in learning, both online and outside the traditional setting of the classroom. Some activities may encourage your child to explore nature in their backyard and other activities may encourage their creative and artistic side; and others may involve journaling -- not all learning will be, nor should be, online.
The Commissioner of Education, Jeffrey Riley, has recommended that students remain engaged for approximately half of a regular school day. Again, this does not mean, sitting in front of a computer or completing a batch of worksheets for hours on end; rather it means engaged in learning. Please take this time to learn a new activity, read a great book, invest time in a hobby, cook with family, and yes, engage in the activities your teachers have provided.
So we respectfully ask that you check in with your child’s teacher and review the activities and encourage your child to participate in these activities because even though schools are closed-- learning never stops. In times like these we need to hold close to our family and friends and remember that things will eventually return to normal and we need to be ready. How we view and use this time away from school will have an impact on how we move forward when we return.
Sincerely, Marie A. Cole Director of Curriculum

March 30th 2020 - Scheduling Night

Our scheduling night (formerly scheduled for April 9th) has been moved to a new date, April 16th, at 6 pm. The Mahar guidance counselors will be "virtually" presenting an evening full of information about:
  • the high-school curriculum

  • graduation requirements,

  • credits, promotion

  • scheduling

  • post-secondary planning.

We encourage all parents/guardians as well as their children to take an active role in learning about the scheduling opportunities and new courses being offered. Please join us for this important event. We will send email invitations to 8th grade parents and guardians, if we have your updated email address in Power School.
Others can attend by linking to https://meet.google.com/uqh-ezgx-xus?hs=122

March 30th, 2020 - Post-Secondary Meeting

PLEASE JOIN US (for our first remote)
Post Secondary Planning Evening for parents, guardians and students of the Junior Class This Coming Thursday (April 2nd) at 6 pm !(Mahar parents and guardians from all other classes are welcome to join to get a preview of things to come)We will be presenting about the following:● What are the options for after graduating from Mahar?● How does Student Services support your student in making decisions and takingnecessary actions?● What opportunities does Mahar offer to prepare for college, technical school and themilitary● How to navigate the complex processes to help students choose and apply tocolleges and technical schools!
I will be sending a Google Hangout invitation to all junior parents and guardians for whom we have email addresses. For all parents and guardians for whom we don't have email addresses on file, or from other grades, please join us at:
Join Hangouts Meetmeet.google.com/aho-wwer-abe
Watch live streamstream.meet.google.com/stream/e1f1a8f9-1c43-4dd9-b5a8-3fb88e0213e7
Join by phone+1 475-549-0499 PIN: 978 817 198#

March 26, 2020 - School Closure Update

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:
Yesterday, Governor Baker announced that schools across the Commonwealth will not open any sooner than May 4, 2020. As you know, with this extended closure, students continue to miss a significant amount of class time. To help lessen the impact of this missed time, all teachers have been working very hard to provide students with enrichment activities through our E-learning/Google Classroom platform so they can maintain continuity in their education. I strongly encourage parents and guardians to work with their children to access and complete these enrichment activities. By not accessing and completing the enrichment activities, students are running the risk of having an even greater gap in their education when classes resume. At some point in time, hopefully on May 4th, school will reopen and we will continue to educate your child as we have in the past. As educators, we want to do our best to minimize this gap and to make sure your child is ready to return when school does reopen.
In addition, we need to begin preparing for next year's classes and we need your help. In order to schedule incoming high school students in the appropriate classes, we are asking that parents/guardians and students contact their child's respective guidance counselor through email to schedule a virtual meeting so you can discuss next year's classes. Virtual appointments with guidance counselors will be conducted between Monday, March 30th through Friday, April 17th. If your child is going to be in high school next year, it is extremely important that you contact their guidance counselor through email to set up a virtual scheduling meeting. Incoming high school students who do not set up virtual scheduling meeting with their guidance counselor during the next three weeks, will have their schedules determined by their guidance counselor. You can visit our school's website a www.rcmahar.org for a list of email addresses.
Finally, within the next week, you will be receiving a phone call from your child's advisory teachers so the school can conduct a brief survey relative to technology access. Please be aware that the phone number may appear as an unknown number on your caller ID. We ask that you take a few minutes to speak with your child's advisory teacher so we can collect some important information.
Thank you.Scott A. HemlinHigh School Principal

(3/12/2020) - Game Supper Cancelled

Emergency Posting! Please Read!!Message from The Fish and Game Club:Per the Orange Board of Health and Superintendent Tari Thomas, the Game Supper tonight has been cancelled. Please notify anyone you sold a ticket to. We may reschedule at a later date.

(3/10/2020) - Have Questions About COVID-19?

Have any questions regarding the Coronavirus? Please check the CDC website for accurate and up-to-date information. Click here to visit the site.

(3/10/2020) - Children's Clothing Drive

Mahar is participating in the statewide service project to support Cradles to Crayons (C2C). C2Cs is an organization that helps families across Mass. who have serious needs for children’s clothing, shoes, and books. Please consider donating slightly used Newborn to Adult Medium clothes and shoes. Collection bins will be in both school offices from March 23 through April 2.

(03/06/2020) - Annual Asbestos Notification

AHERA is the federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act. This act requires all schools to maintain an asbestos management plan and have this plan available for public inspection.The plan for the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District is available upon request at the High School or Middle School offices located at 507 South Main Street in Orange.We are able to report that there are NO Asbestos Containing Building Materials at Mahar.Our management plan contains documentation to this effect.

(12/10/2019) - Tech/Vocational School Applications

Franklin Tech and Monty Tech are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Interested 8th or 9th grade students can obtain application forms in Student Services. Franklin Tech also has their application on their school website for online submissions. Interviews will be scheduled at the end of Jan/beg of Feb for students who have turned in completed applications to Mahar's Office of Student Services.

(11/19/2019) - GCC Undergraduate Course @ Mahar!

We are excited to announce that Greenfield Community College is planning to offer an evening course, Principles of Psychology, in the spring semester 2020, to be held on the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School campus for the convenience of the North Quabbin community! This 3 credit course is open to high school juniors and seniors, as well as community members. Tuition and fees apply and prospective students must meet Accuplacer requirements. If you are interested, please contact the GCC email: gcc.mass.edu or call 413-775-1808, for more information!

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