Despite the brief layer of snow on the ground this morning, one of the most notable signs of spring occurs this Friday, April 8th which marks the end of the third quarter. It is hard to believe that this school year has so quickly flown by. As always, the end of the quarter is an important time to check your child’s academic progress. As the fourth quarter approaches, I'd also like to remind you that any and all cornerstone assessments must be completed by the end of the year. Students need to earn a minimum grade of an 80 on their cornerstone assessments in order to receive credit for the course. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions.
On Wednesday April 6th at 6:30, YHS guidance counselors Beth Doane and Brenda Michaelsen will hold a College Information Night. Open to all, this evening is designed to help provide more information about the college application process and financial aid.
This Friday April 8th at 7 pm, Project Graduation will hold its annual Senior Variety Show. Please see the attached flyer for more information, as this event helps raise funds for the evening of activities for seniors after the graduation ceremonies.
A reminder that next week, all juniors will be taking SATS on Tuesday April 12th. Once juniors complete these exams, they will be dismissed from school. Students will be getting an admissions ticket in the mail and should bring this ticket with them on April 12th. More information will be provided to students and parents in the week ahead.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
There is little question March is a busy month. Not only do we celebrate the conclusion of the winter season, but we also look ahead to spring and the many events before us. What a winter it was! Our Girls’ Nordic skiing earned their tenth state championship in a row, while Emma Egan took the state high jump title for the second year in a row. Many of our teams participated in playoffs, and I would be remiss if I did not mention the Herculean effort of our boys’ hockey team who valiantly battled the Waterville Panthers in an epic match. This was also our second season of Unified Basketball, and our team represented the the very best of Yarmouth athletics every time they took the floor. I would also like to commend our Playmakers for another spellbinding performance. Although the winter season may be over, the Playmakers will be putting on a special presentation of These Shining Moments on March 24th.
As we prepare for Spring, there are two key pieces of information I’d like to share. First, we will hold our Spring Sports Information Night on March 14th at 6 pm. For any student who is in need of a physical, physical exams are offered at YHS every spring. If your son/daughter plans to participate in a sport during the coming year, he/she will need a physical in order to be permitted to join the activity. This school physical will meet the requirements of our athletic participation policy (physical exam every two years) at no cost to you. If you choose to have your child participate in this exam, please complete the physical exam permission form which your student can pick up in the main office at YHS (they are also attached to this message for your convenience). Please return these completed forms to Mrs. Moran by Monday, March 21. Physical exams will take place on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Contact Mrs. Moran if you have any questions.
Finally, I would like to ask for you participation in the Bright Bytes Survey. As part of our agreement to use the MLTI laptops, student, teachers - and parents - are all asked to take a few minutes to provide some information on how access to technology fosters access to learning. To help us continue and support policies that support improved access to technology and learning for teachers and students, we ask for your feedback on this survey.
All the best,
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I think it would be fitting to add a new twist to an old expression regarding this February vacation: it “came in” like a bitterly cold winter day but “went out” like a warm and unseasonably warm day of spring. No matter the weather, I hope that you and your family have been able to enjoy some time away from school as we now prepare for the end of winter and start of spring.
I would be remiss, however, if I failed to mention the accomplishments of our winter sports programs over the break. Our boys and girls basketball programs, track, swimming, and alpine teams featured many successful team and individual performances, highlighted by our girls’ Nordic ski team, which won its ninth state championship. Congratulations to our girls and coaches on this impressive accomplishment. I’d also like to wish our boys’ ice hockey team good luck as they prepare for their playoffs which begin on February 26th.
As we prepare to return to school, I’d like to mention the following request from the yearbook for Senior Photos. The yearbook committee is in need of high resolution jpeg photos "remember when" group photos (some examples would be younger sports teams, group birthday parties, school concerts. etc. Please send digital group photos to email@example.com, or photos can be dropped off in the main office in Betsy Puelle's mailbox. Please be sure to put your name on the back so that the picture can be returned to you.
A reminder that our spring registration conferences are around the corner. These will occur on Tuesday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 9 from 4 to 8 pm. In the near future, you will be invited by your student’s advisor to meet and sign up for next year’s classes. Please take a few minutes to review the 16-17 course of studies (link here) which features several new course additions in social studies, technology, computer science, and visual performing arts.
Wishing you the best,
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Not only were we hit by some unfamiliar white stuff on Friday, we face another flurry of events the week before the February vacation.
District 2 Honors Concerts - The accolades continue to accumulate for our students involved in the visual and performing arts! We would like to offer our congratulations to the District Two Honors Jazz Choir Singers: Eli Anderson, Wyatt Bates, Aaron Dustin, Karl Munroe, Ben Palmer, Nick Prato, and Vicky Williams. These students will be participating in the MMEA District 2 Honors Jazz Choir April 11 and 12 at Fryeburg Academy. The concert will be at Fryeburg Academy on April 12 at 7:00 pm.
Coffee Chat - Thursday February 11 at 6 pm. I look forward to hearing from you regarding not only the second half of the school year, but also your thoughts on the upcoming school year.
Laptop Collection - A reminder to parents and students that we will collect laptops from all students over the February vacation. As no homework is assigned over break, this is a good time to “unplug,” relax, and possibly enjoy some winter conditions. All computers will be collected on Friday, February 12th at the end of the day. If a student is leaving early for vacation, they need to let the office and the computer lab know. If students have work to make up, guidance will be open on Tuesday (2/16) and Wednesday (2/17) from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Students should sign up here or in the computer lab prior to vacation if they would like to
Playoffs - It’s that time of year to support our athletic teams who are starting their playoff runs this week. The WMC Indoor Track Championships were moved to Monday February 8th at 5:30 pm at USM. Our Alpine teams will be hitting the slopes for the WMC Championships at Shawnee Peak on Monday as well. Boys’ basketball will hold their playoff game on Saturday, February 13th at 10:30 am in the EXPO, and after an eleven-year drought, girls’ basketball will be heading to playoffs, also playing in the EXPO on Tuesday, February 16th at 10:30 am. Athletic Director Susan Robbins will be posting more information regarding all of our winter teams’ championship events later this week for our swim, and hockey fans.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
During the first half of the year, there have been many moments where I have been incredibly amazed and proud of our students and staff. Friday afternoon’s Unified Basketball game was yet another one of those times, and I’d like to share the words of one of our community members who wrote, “it was one of the best sporting events I have ever attended.” To watch our students work together was truly inspiring, and I would encourage you to attend these games which define the very best of sportsmanship.
As we now begin the second half of the year, it should come as no surprise that there are many upcoming events during the month of February. This Friday at 7pm, the Outing Club is hosting the Maine Outdoor Film Festival in the YPAC - A fun-filled night full of outdoor films and prizes. Doors will open at 6:30, with a cost of $8 for students and $10 for adults. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Our juniors will also begin their Public Policy Presentations this week. Volunteers are needed! These students have been researching issues for several weeks and will present their findings and recommendations to panels of students, faculty, and community members. Panelists are not asked to grade students, but have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. The presence and participation of community members help make this a rich, authentic learning experience for our students. The presentations are happening during the following dates/times:
If you are willing and able to participate please sign up at this link. If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be another opportunity for community members to volunteer to listen to public policy presentations this May.
Next week, we will hold another parent meeting/coffee chat on Thursday February 11 at 6 pm. I very much look forward to hearing from you regarding not only the second half of the school year, but also your thoughts on the upcoming school year. With February vacation two weeks away, parents are reminded that all students will be turning in their laptops on Friday, February 12th.
Finally, in February we will embark on our search for the next assistant principal at Yarmouth High School. I would like to invite parents to participate in this search process, as we plan to hold interviews the week of March 14th. Please let me know if you would be interested in serving on the search committee.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The week back from vacation provided yet another illustration of our incredible students and experiences at YHS. On Thursday, we were held spellbound listening to the inspiring performances of Natalie Bourassa, Hannah Grant, Nick Prato, Sage Watterson, Isabelle Murray, Ella Werner, Amanda Dettman, and Lucy Alexander during the Poetry Out Loud competition. This year’s competition was judged by several renowned poets from the Telling Room, and I would like to thank Anne Tommaso and Marita O’Neill for their work to create this event, now in its fifth year. Ella Werner and Isabelle Murray took first and second runner-up awards respectively, and I’d like to recognize Amanda Dettman who won this year’s competition. Amanda certainly demonstrates our district’s values of perseverance, who finally took top honors after finishing as a runner-up for the past two years.
This weekend provided another example of perseverance by our girls’ varsity basketball team, who beat the 7-1 Falcons with great passing and a tenacious defense that held off a last minute surge by Freeport. I’d like to congratulate all of our teams who, in typical Clipper fashion, played with great heart and character. We also had a noteworthy individual performance, as Anneka Murrin set the new school record in the 800 meter race at this weekend’s WMC track meet. Finally, our very own Franz-Peter Jerosch will compete in the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships to be held January 15-24, 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
I’d like to end this note with a few reminders. First, there is no school next Monday, 1/18 as we will enjoy a three day weekend to honor Dr. Martin Luther King. Finally, a reminder to parents of sophomores and juniors to start planning for the upcoming Career Exploration Program. This link provides some helpful information and can also be found on our website. Our students will also be working extensively with their advisors to prepare for this program.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Greetings and Happy New Year! With snow finally on the ground, there is no question that another busy and exciting winter is upon us. January is an important time at Yarmouth High School for several reasons. First, the end of semester is close at hand, as grades close on Friday, January 29th. Second, we begin to prepare for many important traditions that make Yarmouth such a special place. Our freshman will soon participate in the Power of One project, our sophomores and juniors will partake in the Career Exploration Program in March, and it’s not too early to begin preparations for our seniors’ graduation this June. Graduation coordinator Julie Hutchinson will be sending out information to parents of seniors very soon.
In February, we will also begin the hiring process for an assistant principal, and I would like to extend my gratitude to Bob Strong who has done a wonderful job serving our staff and students. I will be sharing more information at the end of this month as I hope to include parents as part of our search committee. Please take the time to review the following information regarding our Career Exploration Program that pertains to upcoming events for your son or daughter.
Grades 10-11 Career Exploration Program - For those of you with 10th or 11th graders, we will be kicking off our preparations for this year's Career Exploration Program at an upcoming assembly. On Tuesday, January 5th, all sophomores and juniors will be introduced to this year's Career Exploration Program, a three-day job shadow experience that occurs in the spring (on Wednesday, March 16 through Friday, March 18, there are no classes for sophomores and juniors as students will be provided time to visit various businesses or workplaces). Students will be working with you and their advisors to find a good placement for this job shadow opportunity.
As the program unfolds, you will be hearing more from your son or daughter's advisor. We have all of the information about CEP on our website under the Student Handbook link, or you can go directly to the CEP site at this link. We hope you will find this information helpful to you and your child.
All the best,
Dear Parents and Guardians,
With another weekend of fifty degree temperatures, it seems strange to write about snow days, but I would like to remind everyone that parents will receive a district-wide notice from Superintendent Dolloff for school cancellations or delays. I would also encourage families to utilize a “back-up plan” through the local news stations. Details and more information can be found here: information for Storm closings.
There are some important events this week, but also several celebrations as we prepare for the upcoming December vacation. As we are now midway through the second quarter, Progress Reports will be completed by the end of the day on December 15th. I encourage you to get together with your son or daughter to review grades and check for any missing assignments. Please be in touch with the teachers if you have any questions.
A reminder that there is no late start this Wednesday as we will hold our Advisor Holiday Breakfasts on December 16. Each year, many advisory groups get together for breakfast on the Wednesday morning before the December break. Your student’s advisor will provide you with details regarding the time and location of breakfast.
We will end the week with our Semi-Formal Winter Dance, on December 18th, from 7 to 10 pm. Tickets are $10, and a reminder that we will be administering breathalyzer tests for all students as they come into school dances. Our school committee worked with us to create a policy for breathalyzer use, which you can find at this link. Students will be tested in a private area not in sight of other students coming into the dance. The rest of the dance guidelines can be found at this link. Please be in touch if you have any questions. Should students wish to bring a guest from another district, a guest permission form must be filled out and turned into the main office by the end of the week.
As we prepare for the December vacation, I’d also like to share some important information. First, there is no homework or laptops over break. For several years, Yarmouth High School has followed a practice of not assigning homework over vacations, as students deserve a break from the rich and challenging coursework they experience during the school year. Vacations also represent precious time for families, which is another reason why we collect laptops from students over the breaks. Students will be turning in their laptops on Tuesday, December 22nd.
Senior Laptop privileges - During the winter holiday break, however, some seniors often need to use their computers for college and financial aid applications. As we have done in the past, seniors will be allowed to keep their laptops for the December vacation, and as expected, will be responsible for the care of their computer (seniors, of course, may also choose to leave their laptop at YHS where they will be secured in our computer lab)
We will be offering two days over vacation for students in grades 9-11 to use laptops for make-up work. The office will be open on Wednesday, December 23rd from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, and Wednesday December 30th from 9 am - 2 pm. Students must sign up and plan on staying in the office.
On a final note, over vacation the Lost & Found will be donated to charity. Please ask your students to check, and double check, the lost the found table located outside the main office. After classes on Tuesday the 22nd, we will be collecting any unclaimed items and donating them to a local organization.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope that you were able to find time to relax and enjoy time with family during the Thanksgiving Break, with a quick note of appreciation to the parents and students who baked pies for the entire Yarmouth faculty. It has been a wonderful time of giving, as our advisory groups put together nineteen holiday dinners for families last week under the direction of Margi Moran.
With less than four weeks until the December Break, it is also a busy time of year, and I would like to share the many important upcoming events as we return to school:
The following week is just as busy! Here is a list of events for the week of December 7th.
On a final note, many of our students recently attended the Body Worlds exhibit at the Portland Science Center, thanks to funding from the Yarmouth Educational Foundation. 120 sophomore biology students explored the human bodies and anatomical structures on display. As they walked through the different parts of the exhibit, many students were able to make connections to their own lives in what they saw. “Something I found really interesting was the whole bodies that were put in interesting positions...My favorite body was the soccer player. It was cool to see what my body is doing when I kick a soccer ball and how all the muscles work.” Still others saw the beauty in the human form stripped down for us to see in many different ways. “The exhibit was the perfect mix between art and science! I was able to see all the important organs, skeletal structure, muscles, ligaments, and blood vesicles while staying interested in the art of it all.”
Not only did our own student’s comments demonstrate the importance of learning outside the classroom, it was nice to get feedback from another educator at Foxcroft Academy, who sent me the following in an email: “Earlier today I went through the Body World exhibit at the same time as a group of students from Yarmouth High School. I was impressed with their respectful manners, inquisitive conversations and level of maturity. This group was a positive representation of their school and community.”
I couldn’t agree more. Best regards,
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Members of the Yarmouth Community,
I would like to begin by expressing how proud I am of Yarmouth. We faced a difficult scenario this weekend, but in true Clipper fashion, found a way to overcome any obstacles set in our way.
There is an incredible diversity of excellence in Yarmouth. Our students excel not just in the classroom, but in every aspect of their lives. This weekend was no exception. As a first time ticket holder to a YPAC performance, my family was blown away to see a Broadway-esque performance by our Playmakers. It was breath-taking to see our students shine on the stage in what could only be described as a simply outstanding performance of Shrek.
Our community is fortunate to have such an incredible venue that fosters the arts, and I would like to thank Betsy Puelle and the Friends of Playmakers for their tremendous efforts to put together yet another exceptional performance, but also for their assistance to work through the additional hurdles of this weekend.
What makes this weekend even more noteworthy is that we were also hosting a regional football championship at the same time. Very few communities are able to so successfully and amazingly support education, the arts, athletics, and a host of other co-curricular activities. After yet another successful weekend, our football team hopes to follow the footsteps of our girls’ cross country program and boys’ soccer with another state championship this Saturday.
Anyone in theater can attest to the monumental amount of work that goes on behind the scenes. Susan Robbins, Bruce Bickford, Friends of Playmakers, the Yarmouth Police Department, Yarmouth Community Services, Yarmouth Football Boosters, and Yarmouth Public Works need to be recognized for their work and efforts to put together and safely coordinate the events of this weekend.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who went the extra mile (hopefully not literally) to support our students on Saturday. This doesn’t just happen on a busy weekend in November, this happens every day in our classrooms and in our community. As I spend more and more time with the students and staff at YHS, I am amazed to learn more and more about our incredible students.
As I conclude this note, there are - as always - some important notes regarding upcoming events. First, school picture retakes are scheduled for this Thursday, November 19th. Next, for the third year in a row, parent Brenda Whitney has volunteered to organize a staff appreciation event entitled "Saying Thanks with Pies." On Tuesday, November 24th, we would like to be able to give every YHS staff member a pie to take home for the Thanksgiving vacation. Parents and students may sign up at this link (http://vols.pt/KdnD7W) called "Volunteer Spot" to help reach the goal of 70+ pies which translates into one pie for each person working at YHS to take home for Thanksgiving.
This also provides students with an opportunity to earn community service for up to 2 pies for a maximum of 2 hours/per pie. Students must take the initiative to sign up themselves, make and deliver the pie, as well as have a note on their pie(s) and personally sign in as they deliver it to get credit. Parents should feel free to either purchase or make a pie. If you are busy, but would still like to help, you may donate money and Brenda will do the shopping for you. Thank you for helping make this a successful staff appreciation event. If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Whitney at email@example.com or 847-4120.