Athletics info for Fall 2014

The fall is fast approaching and that means the first practices for fall sports are only a few weeks away.  Listed below are some important facts and dates for any student interested in playing on any of the High School teams next year.

To be eligible to play the first day of practice, all athletes must be registered on www.familyid.com.  Registration opens August 1, 2014 and closes August 18, 2014. In addition to registration, all athletes must have on file their current physical (there is a new policy regarding physicals on the athletics page) and the updated data verification form. All parents will have received an email from Judy Pizella requesting to verify/update their student’s information.  This must be returned via email by the August 18th deadline. All physicals must be returned to the nurse. This process will eliminate the “purple pass”.  Please register early to insure being eligible for the first day of practice.

Meet-the-Coaches Night is August 7th in the High School Cafe at 6:00 pm.

Football practice begins August 18th. All other fall sports begin August 21st. Practice schedules will be available at Meet-the-Coaches Night from the coaches.

Season schedules can be found on this website as well as on the MIAA website.

The MIAA has instituted a new chemical health policy that extends the time for compliance from the first day of practice to the last day of school. Any students found in violation of the policy within this timeframe (even if they are non “in season”) will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined by the policy. All MIAA policies and their handbook can be found at www.miaa.net

It has been a very hot and humid summer so please remember to bring plenty of water to the first practices.

Make sure to register at www.familyid.com, return your physical forms to the nurse, as well as your data verification form emailed back to jpizzella@mvyps.org as soon as possible so you won’t miss any practice time.

Go to the athletics page to get all information regarding eligibility for the fall sports season. All forms must be handed in prior to anyone being allowed on the field.

The Two-Week Electric Car

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This was an extremely fast project done almost entirely by students with almost no resources.
While at first glance, it may look inadequate as a car, consider the following:

In the beginning of April, a group of students began working on this car.
The deadline was the second Saturday of April Vacation, two school weeks away.

They worked mostly after school, from 2pm to 3:30
Most days, there were two to five students.
Mr. Connors and Mrs. Carlomagno supervised, and helped gather supplies.

No student had any experience making a car before.
Most students had little experience working with the tools we used.

All of the decisions were made by the students.
All of the tools were operated by the students.

There was no budget for the project, but out of pocket expenses for hardware came to about $30.
Two students went on their own to MIT, where they got advice and battery parts.

On Saturday, April 26, four students and their families went to Hyannis to finish the car and drive it at the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire.

At the Cape Cod Maker Faire, MVRHS students worked with an MIT instructor and student to build the batteries and electric drive circuit. They then took turns driving the car they had made themselves.

The car is now on display in the library.

Here’s a link to a survey about this project: http://goo.gl/gNhM4L

-Chris Connors