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: email@example.com.
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.
Dear YHS Parents,
Here is some information for you about things that are going on at Yarmouth High School this week and next.
1. Today, during 3rd period, the whole school gathered for the Poetry Out Loud competition. All students memorized and recited a poem in their English classes and from each class, a top poetry reader was determined. Then, eight finalists (two per grade) were chosen for the school-wide competition. Congratulations to Ella Werner who won the competition, 1st runner up Amanda Dettmann, 2nd runner up Isabelle Murray, and Sam Potter, Jacob Sperber, Sage Watterson, Grace Fortin, and Meredith Coolidge, the other finalists. During today's competition, each student read two poems and were judged on physical presence, voice & articulation, dramatic appropriateness, level of complexity, and evidence of understanding.
2. Tomorrow (Friday, January 16th) is "Wear Purple Day" for the staff and students at YHS. Each year, a group of sophomores are part of the "Be the Change" team that promotes a school community free of meanness, rumors, harmful cliques, bullying, and harassment. The team's name comes from the Mahatma Gandhi inspired quote, "be the change you wish to see in the world." The students have distributed posters and magnets with three questions we ask students to consider before saying something. Is it true? Is it kind? Is it helpful? If the answer to the any of these questions is "no" then the team asks their fellow students to pause and not do it.
3. On Friday, January 23, 2015, the Yarmouth Basketball will hold its annual fundraiser for the Tim White Memorial Scholarship Fund. Tim was a dedicated and fearless community leader who, as President of the Yarmouth Basketball Boosters, was a driving force in the planning and construction of the Yarmouth High School outdoor basketball courts. Basketball players across Cumberland County have spent countless hours honing their skills on these courts. Yarmouth was fortunate to have worked and played with such a remarkably compassionate and generous gentleman. Tim lost his battle with ALS in December of 2010. Tim White Night is our way of honoring Tim and raising money for scholarships awarded to one graduating senior boy and girl from the basketball teams. We will have a girls game at 5:30 and a boys game at 7:00, both against Freeport High School.
4. Our second quarter also ends next Friday, January 23rd. Hopefully, your son or daughter is on top of school work, but thought it would be a good time to remind you of the end of the quarter. It is also the end of the first semester, so students enrolled in semester classes will finish those next Friday.
5. You will receive a letter in the mail from me very soon about the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey that we will be administering on Wednesday, February 4th during an extended advisor time. I have attached the letter to this email as well. You might wonder why we sent this via US Mail as well as through the email communication. This is a requirement that the Maine Department of Education has in order for us to participate as a school in the survey.
Please be in touch if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
Dear YHS Parents,
I want to remind you of two upcoming events this week:
1. As you may be aware, the Yarmouth School Department is in the midst of developing a five-year strategic plan. As part of that process, our new superintendent, Andrew Dolloff would like to invite you to participate in a Community Forum to share your ideas and thoughts about our schools. The Forum will be held tomorrow night, Monday, January 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Yarmouth High School cafeteria. The attached invitation will provide a few more details.
2. On Tuesday morning, January 13th, from 8:00-9:15 AM in the YHS Flex Room, I will be hosting a Parent-Principal Coffee. This is an opportunity to meet with me and other parents to talk informally about any aspect of high school.
I hope that you consider attending one or both of these meetings.
Dear YHS Parents,
Happy New Year! With school starting backmorning, I thought I would update you on a few upcoming events at YHS over the next two weeks.
1. In my last email to you, I invited you to a meeting on the evening of this link.in the YHS Flex Room to hear about a proposal to change how we recognize academic distinction at graduation. I would again like to invite you to this meeting if you are interested in hearing more about the proposal. The full information can be found at
2. As you may be aware, the Yarmouth School Department is in the midst of developing a five-year strategic plan. As part of that process, our new superintendent, Andrew Dolloff would like to invite you to participate in a Community Forum to share your ideas and thoughts about our schools. The Forum will be held on, beginning at in the Yarmouth High School cafeteria. The attached invitation will provide a few more details.
3. Nextmorning, , from in the YHS Flex Room, I will be hosting a Parent-Principal Coffee. This is an opportunity to meet with me and other parents to talk informally about any aspect of high school.
4. For those of you with 10th or 11th graders, we will be kicking off our preparations for this year's Career Exploration Program with the students this link. As the program unfolds, you will be hearing more from your son or daughter's advisor.with a short assembly. The three-day job shadow program will take place - . For information about the CEP, please visit
I hope you had a nice holiday season.
Ted Hall, Principal