Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,
As we turn the page on the month of September, there’s no coincidence that the leaves have also begun to turn as we look ahead to the month of October. It is important to note that we will reach the midpoint of the first quarter this week. evening, a progress report will be available on PowerSchool. Teachers have posted comments about your child’s work this year that can be accessed with the following link. Please take the time to review this information, as it is important to not only start off the school year on a positive note, but also to develop strong work habits for the rest of the year.
evening, we will be holding our monthly Coffee Chat at in the high school library. At last week’s open house, I mentioned the importance of collaborative leadership and shared decision making at Yarmouth High School. This first meeting will provide us with the chance to share ideas and concerns as we begin to discuss how the high school will continue its tradition of excellence. It will also help us consider how we will meet the goals of the district’s strategic plan. Perhaps most importantly, it will give us the opportunity to sit and chat.
The Columbus Day Weekend is quickly approaching, and I’d like to remind you that students will not have school on nor . , all staff in the district will be attending professional development workshops as we work to implement the new teacher and staff evaluation system required of all school across the state.
Another reminder that next week, we will NOT have a late arrival schedule for all students in grades 9-11. On , all 9th grade students will be participating in a Geology field trip to Portland Head Light and will report to the YPAC auditorium at . All 10th and 11th grade students will be participating in PSAT Exams, and will report to their testing rooms at . Please note that these students will be testing until .
There are two other major events during this month. First, October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. I have attached a letter from Casco Bay CAN (Create Awareness Now) with information regarding key steps families can take to help address this important issue. Finally, the high school will participate in its NEASC accreditation visit on . In order to maintain accreditation with colleges and universities, high schools must submit comprehensive reports and open up their doors to a team of educators every ten years. At the conclusion of this visit, the high school will be provided with a list of recommendations and commendations that will help us chart the course of the high school in years to come.
A busy month! As always, I am looking forward to working with students, staff, and parents to meet these challenges. Best regards,
Dear Parents and Guardians,
With the first month of school almost complete, I wanted to make you aware of several key events that highlight the end of September.
First, YHS will hold its annual Open House on Wednesday evening, September 30th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. You are also invited to an informal welcome of the new administration at YHS in the YPAC from 6:15-6:25. At 6:30, please report to your child’s advisory group to receive important information. Following advisory, you will then follow an abbreviated schedule which will provide you with the opportunity to meet your student’s teachers. This is a terrific event to celebrate the start of a new school year. The Advanced Art classes will be holding a bake sale to help raise funds for their annual trip to New York City. Students will have a table outside the cafeteria, selling both baked goods and water. Thank you for supporting our artists!
Athletic Director Susan Robbins and a dedicated group of our students have been steadfastly working together to plan a tremendous schedule of Homecoming events that will begin on October 1st. On Thursday, our field hockey team will host games against York followed by an evening bonfire at 7 pm at Winslow Field. The bonfire will be chaperoned by high school staff, but please note that this event is for high school students only; middle school students will not be allowed. On Friday October 2nd, after an alumni reception at 6 pm, our football team will host Wells under the lights. Festivities will culminate on Saturday as our soccer teams will highlight a double header event against nearby rival Falmouth, with matches beginning at 4 pm and 6 pm. These three days of events will conclude with a Homecoming dance in the cafeteria from 8 to 10 pm.
For the last four years, we instituted mandatory 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 type of breathalyzer that we use is one where the student does NOT have to put their mouth directly on it. Instead, the student blows into a funnel a few inches away. 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.
Finally, I’d like to rekindle another tradition of holding “Coffee Chat” parent meetings at the high school. Our first meeting will be held Thursday, October 8th from 6:00-6:45 pm in the high school library. Looking forward to seeing you soon at the many upcoming events here at the high school.
Dear Students and Parents,
With the first week under our belts, I’m pleased to announce that the HS Clipper ship will finally be sailing with a full crew. As our long-time physical education teacher Don Simms will be out until November, we have been fortunate to hire a long-term substitute to take his place. Kevin Eppler will join us on Monday after recently moving from Arizona where he has taught physical education for the last seventeen years,.
It is not too early to mark your calendars for Open House, on September 30th. This is an important evening that provides parents the opportunity to meet with teachers. Within the next few weeks, you will be receiving an email from your child's advisor with more details.
I would also like to make you aware of some changes regarding the End of the First Quarter. After the close of grades on Friday, November 6th, there are many important events the following week. On Monday, November 9th and Tuesday, November 10th we will hold our Learning Area Parent Teacher Conferences. These provide you with the opportunity to meet with your child’s teachers and discuss his or her progress during the first quarter.
Finally, I have attached information regarding YCAN - Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors. There are many important programs and resources that demonstrate our community’s commitment to helping others in need.
It has been a tremendous week at Yarmouth High School. I would like to thank the entire staff for their professionalism and support to maintain the focus on academics and learning that define Yarmouth High School. Many schools would not be able to hit the ground running when confronted with the transitions we have faced the past month. Mr. Strong and I have been able to visit many classrooms this week, and have been tremendously impressed by the level of instruction and student engagement throughout our school.
August 20, 2015
Dear Students and Parents,
Words alone cannot begin to express my excitement over the approaching school year. Across the district, there is a tremendous amount of effort during the summer months to ensure that our students will be able to hit the ground running, or as I am quickly learning, hit the seas sailing. I would like to thank maintenance director Bruce Bickford and his entire staff for working exceptionally hard to prepare the high school facilities for the start of the school year. I would also like to introduce Kristina O’Brien as our new guidance secretary who has done a tremendous job working with students throughout the summer. We will also be hiring a new technology/STEM teacher whom I hope to introduce to you soon.
In addition to welcoming these new staff members, our school and community will face another transition in leadership as Josh Ottow has recently taken a position as the principal of Mt. Ararat Middle School. Mr. Ottow has served as the assistant principal for four years at the high school, establishing many relationships with staff and students. Mr. Ottow furthermore implemented and developed Youth Court at YHS, which created a foundation for restorative justice not only in our community, but for many other Cumberland County schools as well. His presence will be missed, as we wish him luck on his next endeavors. The high school leadership team will begin the search process for candidates next week. I will be working closely with guidance and staff to help students and parents with this transition as we prepare for the upcoming school year. As always, we will seek the best candidates capable of leading Yarmouth in its commitment to excellence and its dedication to our students.
Classes begin on . I would ask that students and parents review the summer reading and assignments to make sure that students have fulfilled their academic responsibilities. All summer reading assignments are found listed at this link on our YHS home page (http://yhs.yarmouthschools.org/). Please note the following important information regarding the start of school:
In addition to the information above, there are a few more items on our website that I would like to highlight:
I am looking forward to seeing each of you in the coming weeks, and would love to hear from you if you have questions, comments, or concerns. Please feel free to call the school or send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear YHS Parents,
As we finish out this school year, I want to provide you with some information that might be of interest to you. I believe this will be my last "YHS Update" for you as I end my time at YHS.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful summer. I know I am looking forward to a great Maine summer!
Ted Hall, Principal
June 8, 2015
Dear Friend of the Yarmouth Schools:
I am pleased to share with you the following announcement regarding our search for the next principal of Yarmouth High School.
The Yarmouth School Committee on Monday morning announced the hiring of Mr. Eric P. Klein to the position of Principal at Yarmouth High School. Mr. Klein is currently the principal at Gray-NewGloucester High School, where he has been a member of the administrative team since 2010. The search committee spent considerable time vetting candidates from as far away as South Carolina before enthusiastically supporting Mr. Klein’s candidacy. Through several rounds of interviews and reference checks, along with a site visit, it became clear that Eric is the right person at the right time for Yarmouth High School. He is an intelligent, articulate, and passionate educator who loves teaching and has been active as a teacher-leader, an advisor, and a coach. His well-rounded background fits perfectly with the balance that we seek to provide through a diverse array of academic and co-curricular offerings at YHS.
Mr. Klein is a native of New York and a graduate of Hamilton College. While an undergraduate student at Hamilton, he also spent time studying at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Mr. Klein has a master’s degree in Teaching from the University of Rochester and is currently completing a second master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Saint Joseph’s College. Prior to moving to Gray-New Gloucester, Mr. Klein was a teacher of English at Scarborough High School for eight years and at Bonny Eagle High School for four years.
“I am very excited at the prospect of serving as the next principal of Yarmouth High School,” said Klein. “Having the opportunity to work in a community that demonstrates such an unwavering commitment to the education of its students will be rewarding and challenging at the same time. I’ve been impressed by Yarmouth High School's willingness to continually reflect and refine its educational practices to improve learning opportunities for students.”
Mr. Klein will replace Ted Hall, who has been Yarmouth’s high school principal for ten years and is retiring on . “Following Ted is an incredibly humbling experience,” said Klein. “In addition to serving as a mentor to many aspiring young administrators, including myself, he is recognized by many in the profession as one of the finest educational leaders of the past decade. The work he has done in Yarmouth to create a truly collaborative learning environment is something I will honor from my first day on the job.”
Yarmouth’s search committee was comprised of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and school committee members. Walter Conrad and Meredith Hawkins, both juniors at YHS, were two of ten students who served on the interview team. “Mr. Klein's passion showed through from the moment we met him,” said Walter. “He is obviously excited about his work, and he seems like the type of principal that would do anything to support his students.” Meredith echoed those sentiments, saying, “Mr. Klein is clearly passionate about his job as an administrator and has a high regard for high school students in general. I admire his dedication to both his work and his life philosophy that seems to revolve around helping students reach their maximum potential.”
Mr. Klein will begin his work in Yarmouth on. I am sure he will receive the same warm welcome I was provided upon my arrival in the district a year ago, and I look forward to introducing him throughout the district.
Andrew Dolloff, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Dear YHS Parents,
As we head toward the end of third quarter on April 3rd, I have a few items for you.
As always, if you have questions, concerns, or comments, please be in touch.
Dear YHS Parents,
The days are getting longer, we did have a little bit of warmer weather, and perhaps spring is coming? Spring is certainly coming to YHS with lots of updates for you today.
1. I am not sure how much you know about our latest sports offering, Unified Basketball, but it is our last winter sports team in the playoffs and the team will play against Lisbon High School at at this link.this afternoon in our gym. Unified Basketball partners students with developmental disabilities (Unified Student Athlete) with students without developmental disabilities (Unified Student Partners) to train, compete, and represent their school. Unified Sports impact all kinds of students and help promote physical activity, teamwork, sportsmanship, and social inclusion. A nice article was recently published in the Forecaster that you can find at
2., , is a Teacher Inservice Day, so students do not have school . Enjoy your long weekend.
3. As we wrap up winter sports with unified basketball, we are getting ready for spring sports with Spring Sports Information Night on. If your son or daughter is planning to participate in a spring sport, we ask you and your child to attend this session where you will hear from the coaches about the upcoming season. As you enter the school, there will be information available about where your sport will meet.
4. Onevening, , from , I invite you to attend the Parent-Principal Coffee in the high school library. This is an opportunity to talk with me and other parents about any aspect of high school. I hope you can join me that night.
5. Next week on ys. This is a great opportunity for our students to learn more about the "world of work." The following week, students will present their learning to the advisor groups and their parents. Advisors set up the schedules for these presentations., , and , all sophomores and juniors will be participating in their Career Exploration Projects, where they do a job shadow for three full da
6. Onevening, , Epic Proportions, our One-Act Play will be shown to the public at in the YPAC. Last weekend, the students in the One-Act won the regional competition and will be competing in the state competition next weekend in Millinocket. Admission is $5.00 to this performance. This will be a great opportunity to see their final tune up before the big competition.
7. With the cooperation of Casco Bay CAN, you and our students will have the opportunity to hear from Chris and Kathi Sullivan through a powerful presentation on healthy choices. Chris is a former
NFL player and his wife Kathi lost her daughter in tragic accident several years ago. They will emphasize how to effectively communicate with youth, the skills needed to live drug and alcohol free and their own life lessons. The parent presentation will be at Falmouth High School on . I have attached a flyer to this email. Yarmouth students will hear the presentation from the Sullivans on , followed by discussions in their advisor groups facilitated by BOLD members and advisors.
8. That same week, we are co-sponsoring an event with "Boys to Men," an organization based in Yarmouth (http://www.maineboystomen.org/) dedicated to support the development of happy, healthy, non-violent boys as they develop into young men as well as those who help raise them. We are going to show the film "The Mask We Live In," in the YPAC on . This film follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. To reserve a seat at this event, go to this link. If you would like more information about the film, including a link to the movie's trailer, go to this link. Because of the mature content and language in the film, it is recommended for those 17 and above.
I have seen the film and it is very powerful--I urge you to attend and bring your sons and daughters if you would like. I have attached a flyer on this event as well.
Please be in touch if you have questions, comments, or concerns.
Dear YHS Parents,
We had a successful Spirit Week last week and hopefully, things are getting back to normal in your home and at school! The seniors did a very good job in organizing the whole week and we had very high participation by all of the grades. We are almost done with our winter sports season--the only team left playing is our unified basketball team which has their last home game. I have a few items for you this morning.
1. Last week, I sent a note asking for feedback on the winter coaches (if your son or daughter participated in a winter sport). The survey will close at the end of the daythis link.( ). Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at
2.is the official mid-point of third quarter. At this time, all teachers will post a comment about each student in PowerSchool. Teachers are completing those comments today and , so I encourage you to log onto PowerSchool evening or later in the week with your son or daughter to look at current grades and the new comments.
3. Our Playmakers are getting ready to perform in the Regional One-Act Festival at Freeport HS this weekend. In preparation for that performance, they are presenting the playevening at in the YPAC. Tickets for this performance are $5.00. Prior to the performance, the Friends of Playmakers are having a FREE cake reception at in the cafeteria. Please come enjoy some cake and then enjoy the performance. I attached a poster.
4. Coming up next week are Registration Conferences for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. You will be getting a note from your child's advisor to schedule that conference onor 11th from . This is the time when students sign up for their classes for next year and we go over other pertinent information for your benefit.
5. Although this is a bit into the future, I would like you to know about an event we are co-sponsoring with "Boys to Men," an organization based in Yarmouth (http://www.maineboystomen.org/) dedicated to support the development of happy, healthy, non-violent boys as they develop into young men as well as those who help raise them. We are going to show the film "The Mask We Live In," in the YPAC on . This film follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. To reserve a seat at this event, go to this link. If you would like more information about the film, including a link to the movie's trailer, go to this link. Because of the mature content and language in the film, it is recommended for those 17 and above.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please be in touch.