Superintendent's Message

  • 2019 MCAS Schedule

    Posted by John Vosburgh on 1/14/2019

    The link below will take you to the 2019 Adams-Cheshire Regional School District MCAS schedule.  It is very important that students are in attendance on these test dates.  If you anticipate any conflicts, please contact your school in order for your child to be placed in a make up session.  Should students be absent for illness on these days, they will automatically be scheduled to test on the make up dates.

     

    ACRSD 2019 MCAS Schedule

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  • Alternative Learning Days

    Posted by John Vosburgh on 12/26/2018

    The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District will be piloting the use of Alternative Learning Days in the 2018-19 school year in lieu of making up snow days in June.  The intent is to capitalize on the optimal learning time in the winter/spring, prior to high stakes testing, when students are more engaged in meaningful school work.  The link below will provide you with more information as well as frequently asked questions from other districts in Massachusetts who are currently implenting this concept.  I would like to thank the school districts at Gateway, Westfield, and Ralph Mahar Regional for their advice and support with our pilot.  

    Alternative Learning Days Link  

     

    This pilot will be implenteted pending a Memorandum of Agreement with the Adams-Cheshire Teachers Association.

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  • Hoosac Valley High School Football Banquet

    Posted by John Vosburgh on 12/17/2018

    This past Sunday I was honored to be a guest for the Western Mass Champion Hoosac Valley Football Team's end of the year banquet.  As I watched the festivities take place, I was completely taken back by the focus of the coaches and athletic director on the development of student-athletes into fine young men of great character.  Of course there was the mention of the successful season that brought home yet another Western Massachusetts Championship, but awards were presented for core values and characteristics that are developed both on and off the field. Coach Poirot and his coaching staff should be very proud of their accomplishments this year in every phase of their program!

    Fooball Photo

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  • Hoosac Definitely Has Talent!

    Posted by John Vosburgh on 12/17/2018

    This past Saturday night I had the pleasure of judging the annual Hoosac's Got Talent show.  Being a judge in this event, however, was quite difficult as each act demonstrated some amazing skills and talents.  I give a ton of credit to all the students who went up on stage to perform.  At that age, this is something I NEVER could have done.  While the winners certainly deserved their awards, each student should be extremely proud of their performance!!  

     

    Talent Show

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  • Where are some of our graduates?

    Posted by John Vosburgh on 12/13/2018

    This past year, our Hoosac Valley High School graduates were accepted into many institutions of higher education across the country.  Congratualtions to all of these graduates who are currently attending the following colleges or universities:

    Albany College of Pharmacy

    Alfred University

    Berkshire Community College

    Becker College

    Bunker Hill Community College                             

    Butler University

    Connecticut College

    Curry College

    Divers Academy International

    Florida State @ Jacksonville

    Kennesaw State University

    MA Maritime Academy

    Mass College of Liberal Arts                                                                                                                                        

    Plymouth State University

    Purdue University

    Roger Williams

    Salve Regina College

    Santa Monica College

    Siena College

    St. Michael's College

    UMASS Amherst

    UMASS Dartmouth

    UMASS Lowell

    UNC Charlotte

    University of South Florida

    VT Tech College

    Western New England University

    Wheaton College

    Worcester Polytechnical Insitute

    mcla

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  • No School Today, Tuesday, November 27, 2018

    Posted by John Vosburgh on 11/27/2018

    Due to the changing weather conditions, the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District has canceled school for today, Tuesday, November 27, 2018.  I apoligize if this causes any inconveniences.  Be safe.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Posted by John Vosburgh on 11/21/2018

    I hope all of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving with friends and family!

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  • 2-Hour Delay

    Posted by John Vosburgh on 11/16/2018

    The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District will be having a 2-hour delay today, Friday, November 16, 2018.

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  • Suggestions for Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Posted by John Vosburgh on 11/7/2018

    With Parent/Teacher conferences coming up, I want to provide some guidance for families to best prepare for this opportunity to engage with your student's teachers.  For me, the third bullet is one that I am always surprised about when speaking with my kids' teachers.  Are we talking about the same kid? is my typical response. 

    - Arrive on time. This sends the message that the parents care.

    - Bring a written list of questions. “A lot of parents get nervous because the teachers are the professionals and they get back into their car and think ‘Why didn’t I ask that?’”

    - Realize that your child may act differently in school than at home; be open to the teacher’s descriptions of your child’s behavior in school.

    - Don’t be defensive. It’s all about helping your child do better in school.

    - Ask the teacher for examples of your child’s work to back up the points the teacher is making.

    - Discuss specific strengths of your child as a learner; build on your child’s strengths.

    - Ask the teacher for specific ways you can help at home.

    - Set 2-4 specific goals for your child in the next grading period.

    - Share what the teacher reports with your child. Better yet, have your child be part of the conference.

    - Remember that, as a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life. Give your child a hug and reassurance after the conference. The bottom line it's a team approach to success.

     

    In addition, I encourage everyone to remain in contact with your student's school and teachers.  Ongoing communication is very key to student success.

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  • Yet another successful graduate reflects on high school

    Posted by John Vosburgh on 10/16/2018

    This quote arrived from another graduate of Hoosac Valley High School and the Adams-Cheshire School District. It is great to see our students challenging themselves and being successful with the foundation they received from our schools and our teachers!

     

    "My college classes have honestly been amazing this semester! The AP courses that I took at Hoosac prepared me in several ways that I wasn't expecting. I was taught time management skills and how to think critically through difficult problems. My AP science courses also taught me advanced lab techniques, test preparation skills, and the importance of working hard. 

     
    Having these advantages have made my first semester of college easier (academically) than I was initially anticipating, and getting that first test grade back and seeing an A is the most amazing feeling! "
     
    Allison Racela 
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major 
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