Principal's Office

Address:  286 West Elm Street  Yarmouth, ME 04096
Phone:    (207) 846-5535    Fax: (207) 846-2326
Hours:     7:15 AM - 4:00 PM

Ted Hall
Principal
ted_hall@yarmouthschools.org

Jennifer Lainey
Secretary
jennifer_lainey@yarmouthschools.org
 
Josh Ottow
Assistant Principal
josh_ottow@yarmouthschools.org

Beth Lucien
Secretary
beth_lucien@yarmouthschools.org

YHS Update March 30 2014

posted Mar 31, 2014, 8:03 AM by Josh Ottow

Dear YHS Parents,

I have information about a number of items in this email.  We are beginning the very busy season of spring at YHS (even though the ground doesn't look like spring just yet) as you will see from the long list below.  I hope this is helpful to you.

  • Congratulations to the Playmakers for winning the Class B One Act Play State Championship last Saturday night.  They will travel to St. Johnsbury, VT April 15-17 to represent Maine at the New England One Act Festival.
  • Pizza Regatta, Tomorrow, March 29 from 11:30-2:30:  Come to the YHS Cafeteria and support Yarmouth Crew at the Pizza Regatta where you can spend $8.00 for an all you can eat lunch.
  • Opening Day of Spring Sports, Monday, March 31:  If your son or daughter has not yet signed up for a spring sport or if you have any questions about the athletic program, be sure to contact Susan Robbins.
  • "Science Augmentation" Test, Wednesday, April 2:  This is the day that all juniors take the "Science Augmentation" test as part of the Maine state tests.  This will take place starting at 8:40 AM and will go through until approximately 10:45 AM.  Most of the Maine state test is done through students taking the SAT in May, but since there is no science tested on the SAT, this assessment will give us information about how our students are doing in science.
  • College Information Night, Wednesday, April 2, 6:30-8:00:  This is an opportunity primarily for sophomores, juniors and their parents to hear first hand from college admissions professionals about the college admission process, including information about course selection, types of admission (early, rolling, regular, etc.), the value of a campus visit, and the role of the interview.  We will have admissions staff from Bates, University of Maine and Wheaton.
  • Power of One Exhibition, Thursday, April 3, 6:30-8:00 This is the night that the ninth graders share their learning from the Power of One project that focused on addressing hunger.
  • Senior Talent Show, Friday, April 4, 7:00 PM, Yarmouth Performing Arts Center:  This is a great opportunity to be entertained by lots of different seniors with music, dance, performance, and film.  Tickets are $5.00 and all proceeds go to Project Graduation.
  • School Physicals, Thursday, April 10, 8:00-11:00 AM:  If you would like to have a free physical so that your son or daughter can remain eligible for athletics, please complete the attached form and return it to Margi Moran, School Nurse, no later than Friday, April 4.  If you have questions, please call (846-5535) or email Margi at margi_moran@yarmouthschools.org.
  • Reminder about Driving to School:   With many students recently getting licenses, please remember that if you want your son or daughter to drive to school, we ask all student drivers to drop off a copy of their car registration to the main office to keep on file.  This information will be kept in a confidential database that can be accessed by school personnel.  This is helpful if a car's lights are left on or if there is a minor "fender bender" in the parking lot.
Sincerely,

Ted Hall, Principal

Multitasking Workshop

posted Mar 20, 2014, 7:40 AM by Josh Ottow   [ updated Mar 20, 2014, 8:03 AM ]

Today, I led a workshop on teenagers and their ability to multitask.  As a warm up, I asked students to play this online game that tests their multi-tasking ability:

This workshop is part of our "Digital Citizenship" sessions that all 9th graders do throughout the year.

YHS Update - 1/27/14

posted Jan 28, 2014, 1:22 PM by Josh Ottow

Dear YHS Parents,

Our second quarter (and first semester) ended last Friday.  Today, all of our second semester classes began.  Although the marking period has ended, there may still be a few changes to grades in PowerSchool over the next few days.  The grades for second quarter and first semester become official at the end of the day on Friday.  That would be a great time to get together with your son or daughter to look at PowerSchool together to review the grades.  You can get to the PowerSchool parent/student portal at this link.

I have a couple of upcoming events that you may be interested in attending.

On Wednesday evening, January 29th from 7:00-8:30 PM in the YHS Library, I will be hosting any interested parents who would like to view the results from the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey that was administered last winter to our students.  The survey asked lots of questions about a variety of youth health topics.  At this evening event, I will focus our discussion on the results concerning student alcohol, tobacco, and drug use.  I will share some of the key data with you at this time and be available for any questions you might have.

On Thursday evening, February 13th, from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Yarmouth Performing Arts Center, the first public showing of the student-made film titled, "Keeping out the Bad Guys," will be held.  This film explores the current state of school safety and security from a variety of perspectives of Yarmouth residents, including students, teachers, parents, community members and administrators.  The film project is supported by the Yarmouth Alumni Association.  Seniors Amelia French and Ihila Lesnikova worked with juniors Mary Coyne and Nate Gallagher on this film.  They were assisted by local filmmaker and YHS parent Kendall Harnett.  I hope you can join us to see the film and engage in a discussion of this important issue.

Sincerely,

Ted Hall, Principal

YHS Update 1/11/14

posted Jan 13, 2014, 7:33 AM by Josh Ottow

Dear YHS Parents,

We have been back to school for a week following our holiday break.  I have a few items for your information today.

Snow Days and Delayed Openings:  On Monday, we had our first delayed opening since I have been in Yarmouth.  It turned out to be a good call because conditions did improve in the morning and driving was safe by the time students were coming to school that day.  For your information, you can find school closing information on the local TV stations and their websites.  In addition, you can sign up to have any of the three commercial TV stations send you a text message if we have a school closing.  

Career Exploration Project (CEP):  On Tuesday, all sophomores and juniors were introduced to this year's Career Exploration Project, a 3-day job shadow starting on Wednesday, March 19 and going through Friday, March 21.  Students will be working with you and their advisors to find a good placement for this job shadow opportunity.  There are no classes on those three days for sophomores and juniors.  We have all of the information about CEP on our website under the Student Handbook link.  You can go directly to the CEP site at this link.  You will find a specific link for parent information that we hope will be helpful to you and your child.  [sophomore and junior parents only]

Hunger Banquet (please keep this a secret from your child):  On Tuesday, January 14th, all ninth graders will participate in a Hunger Banquet in the gym as a kick off to the Power of One project they will be doing with their advisor.  The Hunger Banquet is designed to help students to understand the inequities across the world in terms of food availability.  Students will be randomly chosen to be a part of a group of people that will either receive plenty of food for lunch or limited food.  After the activity, there will be discussions in advisor groups about the experience and some brainstorming about ideas to address hunger in Maine, the United States and the world.  After the "banquet" part of the experience, will have food available so that your son or daughter won't be going without food for the whole day.  If you have any questions, please contact Catie Wooten (catie_wooten@yarmouthschools.org) or Julie Hutchinson (julie_hutchinson@yarmouthschools.org), the two teachers who are organizing the Power of One project.  This is the third year we have done this project and it has been very successful in the past. [freshman parents only]


Parent Coffee, Wednesday, January 29, 7:00-8:30 PM:  I would like to invite you to a Parent Coffee to learn about the results of last year's Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey.  All students were surveyed about a variety of factors contributing to youth health, including use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.  We recently received the results and I would like to share results and have a discussion with parents about ways we continue to help our students to make good choices. 

Junior Book Discussions:  Every year, the entire junior class participates in a book discussion project. We pick a theme, students select titles, then we invite members of the whole Yarmouth Community to join the discussions. If you can, I hope you'll consider joining us by reading a book and participating in a discussion. This year our theme is the art of nonfiction narrative. We've looked for nonfiction works that have a strong narrative or authorial voice that brings meaning to the information or stories the work describes. The students have made their choices, and we have 19 books on the list (included below).  The discussions will take place on either  Thursday and Friday, January 30 and 31 from 9:30-10:40. If you're interested in joining us, please let Anne Tommaso (anne_tommaso@yarmouthschools.org)  know which title and which day--Thursday or Friday--works best for you, and she will get back to you to confirm.  All you need to do is read and show up! All are invited to join, not just parents of juniors.   Here are the books for this year's discussions:

Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo
Bomb, by Steve Sheinkin
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher McDougall
Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, by Liz Murray
Eiger Dreams, by Jon Krakauer
Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho, by Jon Katz
Good Soldiers, by David Finkel
Hiroshima, by John Hersey
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Lolita in Tehran, by Azir Nafisi
A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah
Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder
The Other Wes Moore, by Wes Moore
A Streetcat Named Bob, by James Bowen
Stick Figure, by Lori Gottlieb
Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time, by Richard Conniff
A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson
Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers

If you have any questions, please be sure to be in touch.

Sincerely,

Ted Hall, Principal

YHS Update 12/11/13

posted Dec 11, 2013, 11:35 AM by Josh Ottow

Dear YHS Parents,

I have two items for you today--second quarter progress reports and Public Policy volunteers.

1.  Second Quarter Progress Reports:  It is the middle of the second quarter so today is our official progress report day. Since grades are continuously updated on PowerSchool, this simply serves as a reminder that it is a good time to check your child's grades.  This year, we made a change in teacher comments so that you have an update at the mid-point of the quarter.  When you sign into PowerSchool, you will see a link for Teacher Comments on the left side.  You will be able to see both first and second quarter comments.  To access PowerSchool, go to this link.

2.  Public Policy Volunteers:   It is time for YHS students in College Prep sections of U.S. History to present their Public Policy Projects. Students have been researching their chosen issues for several weeks and will be presenting their findings and recommendations to panels of students, teachers and community members. We still are in need of a number of volunteers from the community to serve on these panels. Panelists are not asked to grade the student presentations but will have an opportunity to ask probing questions and provide feedback. The presence and participation of community members are key elements that help make this a rich and authentic learning experience for our students.The presentations are scheduled for the following dates and times:
  • THURSDAY, DEC. 12: Period 3 9:28-10:38
  • MONDAYDEC. 16: Period 3 9:28-10:38, Period 4W 10:54-12:24, Period 5W12:55-2:25
  • TUESDAYDEC. 17: Period 3 9:28-10:38
  • WEDNESDAYDEC. 18: Period 4W 10:54-12:24, Period 5W 12:55-2:25
If you are interested in serving on a panel, please go to the following link to sign up: www.ptcfast.com/reg1  At that link, you will be asked for your Entry Code, where you should  enter 5AR149566.    When you sign up for a time slot it will ask for a student name- please just enter X in that field.  If you have questions please contact Caitlin Ruthman, Social Studies Learning Area Leader,  via email:caitlin_ruthman@yarmouthschools.org.

Sincerely,

Ted Hall, Principal

YHS Update 12/5/13

posted Dec 5, 2013, 8:00 AM by Josh Ottow

Dear YHS Parents,

I have several items for you to keep you updated on what is going on at YHS. 

1.  Accreditation Survey--One More Request:  Thank you so much for those of you who have completed the parent survey that is part of our accreditation process.  For those who have not completed the survey, I am going to ask you just this one more time to take 5-10 minutes to complete it.  I would love to get at least 50 more responses from parents to the survey.  When you go to the survey, you will need to put in this code to start the survey:  P2016494
Here is the link to the survey:
www.endicottresearchcenter.net  If you would like to learn more about the survey, you can read my earlier email by going to this link

2.  Public Policy Project--Volunteers Needed:  It is time for YHS students in College Prep sections of U.S. History to present their Public Policy Projects. Students have been researching their chosen issues for several weeks and will be presenting their findings and recommendations to panels of students, teachers and community members. We are in need of a number of volunteers from the community to serve on these panels. Panelists are not asked to grade the student presentations but will have an opportunity to ask probing questions and provide feedback. The presence and participation of community members are key elements that help make this a rich and authentic learning experience for our students.The presentations are scheduled for the following dates and times:
  • THURSDAY, DEC. 12: Period 3 9:28-10:38
  • MONDAYDEC. 16: Period 3 9:28-10:38, Period 4W 10:54-12:24, Period 5W 12:55-2:25
  • TUESDAYDEC. 17: Period 3 9:28-10:38
  • WEDNESDAYDEC. 18: Period 4W 10:54-12:24, Period 5W 12:55-2:25
If you are interested in serving on a panel, please go to the following link to sign up: www.ptcfast.com/reg1  At that link, you will be asked for your Entry Code, where you should  enter 5AR149566    When you sign up for a time slot it will ask for a student name- please just enter X in that field.  If you have questions please contact Caitlin Ruthman, Social Studies Learning Area Leader,  via email: caitlin_ruthman@yarmouthschools.org.

3.  Hour of Code Information:  Next week on Tuesday and Wednesday, all of our students will be participating in a nationwide program called "Hour of Code" where students are introduced to computer programming.  We have lots of options for students and many volunteers coming in to help.  Students will be doing this during their regular math instructional period on those days.  For more information about the project, go to http://code.org/.

4.  Semiformal Dance Friday:  We are having our annual Semiformal Dance this Friday in the cafeteria from 7:00-10:00 PM.  Especially for ninth grade parents, but a good reminder for other parents, I would like you to know our guidelines for school dances.  You can get all of the details from this link to our student handbook online. 

5.  Lions Club Tree Sale:  The Lions Club gives several scholarships every year to our seniors, recognizing excellence in community service.  Their primary fundraiser for these scholarships is through the sale of holiday trees.  Please consider buying your tree from the Lions Club to support their scholarships.  Their trees are sold on the town green at the site of the town hall and police station.

Please be in touch if you have questions, comments, or concerns.

Sincerely,

Ted Hall, Principal

YHS Update 11/19/13

posted Nov 19, 2013, 7:07 AM by Josh Ottow

Dear YHS Parents,

I have a few items for you today as we head toward the Thanksgiving holiday next week.

1.  Brenda Whitney, a parent of a ninth grader, has graciously volunteered to be the teacher appreciation coordinator for Yarmouth High School.  She is organizing an effort to bring a pie for every staff member at YHS.  I have attached a flyer that Brenda put together for this effort.  Here is an excerpt:  "So if you could either make or buy 1 or more pies & drop it/them off at YHS TUESDAY November 26th between 7:30 and 1:00 pm that would be wonderful. Please do not contact the school, go to the following web site link at volunteer spot to sign up:  http://vols.pt/KdnD7W  ALSO CALLING ALL YHS Students. Any student who brings a pie will get community service! If you buy one you get ½ hour of credit and if you make a homemade one you get 1hour of credit."  Thank you very much for bringing in pies for our staff.

2.  I sent out an email to you last week about an important survey that we would like all parents to complete before Thanksgiving break.  If you have not done the survey yet, please consider completing it.  It takes about 10 minutes or less to complete. When you go to the survey, you will need to put in this code to start the survey:  P2016494.     Here is the link to the survey:   www.endicottresearchcenter.net
If you would like more information about the survey, you can see my original email at this link.  

3.  This is the week of our fall musical, "Seussical."  Tickets are going fast, with some of the shows already sold out.  Here is the link to ticket information. I have heard that it is a terrific show (as usual).  Many of our students are involved in the production, either performing on stage or part of the backstage and support crew.

4.  Please join us for our 1st Annual Yarmouth School District Shopping Event which will be held on Monday, November 25th from 2:30-4:30 in the Yarmouth High School Cafeteria.  The majority of our vendors are Yarmouth School District teachers and staff who are excited to share their impressive talents of crafstmanship and entrepreneurship. We have a great variety of products, including jewelry, clothing, handbags, holiday items, note cards, pet toys, reusable bags, and home goods!  Some vendors will be accepting credit cards and others will be cash or check only.  For questions, please contact Jill Frame at:jill_frame@yarmouthschools.org.

Please be in touch if you have any questions or concerns about Yarmouth High School. 

Sincerely,

Ted Hall, Principal

NEASC Survey

posted Nov 15, 2013, 10:16 AM by Josh Ottow

Dear YHS Parents,

Yarmouth High School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  As part of our ongoing accreditation, we complete an extensive self-study followed by a three-day intensive visit by a group of colleagues from other schools in New England.  The visiting team will come in the fall of 2015.

We have recently begun our self-study by forming committees for each of the seven standards for accreditation.  The self-study involves a great deal of data collection, including an analysis of surveys conducted by Endicott College for NEASC that are  sent to faculty, students, and parents.  On Wednesday, both the faculty and the students completed this survey during our late start and extended advisor time.  We will have close to 100% of the students and faculty complete this survey which is very helpful.

The final survey is of our parents.  It is VERY important that we have as many parents as possible complete this brief survey. I have posted the link at the bottom of this email.  I have a few points about the survey and who should complete it:
  • This is a relatively short survey.  It should take you about 10 minutes or less to complete it.
  • In homes with two parents, it would be great if each parent completed the survey independently.  Often, parents may have had different experiences and therefore have different opinions about the effectiveness of the school. 
  • Some of our parents are also faculty members.  We encourage faculty members to complete the parent survey based on their experience as parents in the school. 
  • If you are the parent of a ninth grader or a recently transferred student, you may not feel you have enough information to be able to answer adequately.  I encourage you to complete the survey based on your experiences so far.
  • The survey contains some educational language (jargon) that may not be familiar to you.  Please answer the questions to the best of your ability.  The survey requires that you answer every question.

This survey will be open until the close of school on November 26th.  

When you go to the survey, you will need to put in this code to start the survey:

P2016494

Here is the link to the survey:


Below my signature, you will see a  letter from Endicott College and NEASC with a little more information about the survey.

Thanks in advance for your willingness to complete the survey.


Ted Hall, Principal

YHS Update - November 8, 2013

posted Nov 15, 2013, 10:10 AM by Josh Ottow

Dear YHS Parents,

As we head into a long weekend with no school on Veterans' Day, I want to provide you with a few updates.

1.  Today is the day when first quarter grades are official.  Please take some time to review first quarter grades on Power School (at this link) with your son or daughter.

2.  Almost all of our fall sports are over. Congratulations to all of the teams for their hard work this fall season.  This weekend, the Yarmouth Sailing Team will travel to Annapolis, Maryland as one of four teams representing New England in the Atlantic Coast Championships.   In addition, senior Braden Becker will be running in the New England Cross Country Championships in Manchester, NH on Saturday.  Good luck to the sailors and Braden.

3.  A reminder that the new Cumberland Farms on Route 1 is doing a four-week fundraiser where 20% of the sale of their coffee and fountain drinks are being donated to YHS.  I received an email today saying we have already reached $1400 in the first two weeks.  Please spread the word.

4.  Tickets for the fall musical Seussical will go on sale on Tuesday.  For more information, go to this link.  

5.  Freeport High School is presenting its 13th Annual Summer/Semester/Year & Gap Year Program Forum on Tuesday, November 12th from 6 - 7:30 in the Freeport High School Performing Arts Center. This is an event where representatives of semester, yearlong, gap year or summer programs for high school students come together to provide information on the enriching opportunities they offer. Participating programs have included these and more: American Field Service, The Island School, Experiment in International Living, CIEE: Council on Int'l Educational Exchange,  Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, Coastal Studies for Girls, The Mountain School, Université Ste-Anne, High Mountain Institute, and Chewonki.  For more information, contact Dana Clark, FHS Guidance, 865-4706, x304 or clarkd@rsu5.org.

6.  Please remember that on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11th, the towns will honor almost 60 Korean War veterans from Yarmouth, Cumberland and North Yarmouth. Perhaps you had a grandfather, aunt or uncle who served in that war from 1950-53, known as "The Forgotten War." After similar ceremonies in Cumberland and North Yarmouth, the convoy of buses and emergency vehicles will drive down Main St. from North Yarmouth at about 11:00 AM headed to the final ceremony shortly after 11 AM on the Yarmouth Town Green. This is your chance to yell and wave flags and honor these brave men and women. Both living and deceased Korean War veterans will be honored at the Yarmouth ceremony, with WCSH-TV's Bill Green as featured speaker. Please help us convince these veterans that they are no longer forgotten.

7.  Thanks to all of the parents who came out for parent conferences Wednesday and Thursday.  I hope you were able to learn about the progress of your son or daughter through this time with the teachers.

Enjoy your weekend.

Sincerely,


Ted Hall, Principal

FEMA Blog Post

posted Nov 6, 2013, 10:44 AM by Josh Ottow   [ updated Nov 6, 2013, 10:44 AM ]

This fall, the Federal Emergency Management Administration asked me to write a blog entry describing YHS' recent emergency management efforts.  This blog entry, which can be found on FEMA's website, is linked here  http://www.fema.gov/blog/2013-11-06/implementing-high-school-emergency-preparedness-while-staying-true-your-culture

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