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 December 18, 2014

posted Dec 18, 2014, 2:00 PM by Ted Hall

Dear YHS Parents,

With one school day until we go out for our holiday break, I have a few items for you.

1.  In my last email to you, I invited you to a meeting on the evening of Tuesday, January 6th from 7:30-9:00 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 this link.

2.  I also mentioned in my last email that our Lost and Found table is growing!  During the break, we are going to donate any unclaimed items to charity.  Please encourage your son or daughter to look for lost items there.  I have attached a photo of the tables so that you can see how much is displayed.

3.  Junior Class Fundraiser:  Are you still looking for a holiday gift?  The Junior Class has got you covered! As previously communicated, the Junior Class will be selling Sunrise Guides from now until the Friday before Winter Break.  Profits from our sales will support the Junior Class.  There two ways to order a guide
  • Have your student deliver your payment to one of the Junior Class Officers or Anne Tommaso, and we will give him or her the book(s) to bring home to you. 
  • Come to the YHS office where Beth Lucien and Jenn Lainey will have books available to pick up. 
The cost of the print guide is $20.  There are also other purchase options and more information which you can find at this link.  Tomorrow (Friday, December 15th) is the last day of the sale.

4. I heard an interesting story on National Public Radio the other day about teenage drinking and parties.  I thought you might be interested in this as well as we head into a long break.  Here is the link to the story.

I hope you have a nice holiday season.  We start back to school on Monday, January 5th.

Sincerely,

Ted Hall, Principal

Invitation to January 6th Meeting

posted Dec 18, 2014, 1:33 PM by Ted Hall

December 12, 2014


Dear Parents and Students,


I would like to invite you to a meeting on Tuesday evening, January 6th from 7:30-9:00 in the Flex Room at the high school.  The purpose of this meeting is to review a proposal to modify the way we recognize students at graduation, to answer any questions you have about the proposal, and get your input.


In early September, after consulting with assistant principal Josh Ottow and guidance counselors Beth Doane and Brenda Michaelsen, I proposed to the faculty that we no longer recognize the valedictorian and salutatorian at graduation, but instead recognize the top achieving students (A+ average) as summa cum laude only.  There are several reasons for making this proposal:


  • Since 1999, we have not reported class rank of individuals.

  • Up until the class of 2012, we did recognize the top 10% of the class, but replaced that recognition with cum laude (A- average), magna cum laude (A average) and summa cum laude (A+ average) because we recognized that there is considerable variation among the classes and we wanted to recognize how well students meet a standard rather than how they compete against one another.  At that time, we also started recognizing students at graduation who completed more than 120 hours of community service (double the requirement).  Both of these changes were very well received by students and parents.

  • Over the last few years, we have also struggled with the best way to handle students with very high GPAs that transfer to YHS in their junior or senior year.  On one hand, we don’t want to leave them out of recognition just because their family moved to Yarmouth but we have also recognized that standards at other schools may not be the same as our own.


Before bringing this proposal to the faculty, I asked Beth Doane and Brenda Michaelsen for clarification about what is reported to colleges during the application process.  Since we have never formally announced the academic honors until after the first semester grades are in, what is reported to colleges in the confidential guidance counselor recommendation is how the students stand in terms of GPA within their class, so that a student who has the highest GPA at the time when he/she applies to college has that noted.


The proposal was brought to the faculty one week and discussed in a faculty meeting the following week.  The faculty voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposal (one faculty member opposed).  Then, the proposal was presented to the president, vice president and clerk of the Student Senate and they decided it would be good to present to the whole senate for deliberation and a vote. The Student Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor (two members opposed out of approximately 25 attending that day).  This proposal was then shared with the superintendent and school committee for their input.


At this point, we would like to be able to clarify the proposal for parents and students, answer any questions about the proposal and get input.  I hope that you can come to this information session on Tuesday evening, January 6th from 7:30-9:00 in the Flex Room.


Sincerely,


Ted Hall

Principal


Principal's Letter to Parents - 12/10/2014

posted Dec 11, 2014, 4:28 AM by Jennifer Lainey   [ updated Dec 18, 2014, 2:05 PM by Ted Hall ]

Dear YHS Parents,

Today is the middle of second quarter which means it is our official progress report date.  It is at this time that all teachers put a comment about each student in PowerSchool for you and your child.  Please take some time in the next couple of days to review both the grades and comments for each of your child's classes.  You can login on PowerSchool at this link.

I have several other items for you as well.

1.  Lost and Found--We have many items on our lost and found table outside of the main office.  If your child has lost an item, please make sure that the table is checked.  During the holiday break, we will donate any unclaimed items to charity.

2.  Advisor Breakfast--Next Wednesday, we do NOT have a late start because each advisor group will be doing a special breakfast together that day.  Your son or daughter's advisor will be in touch with you soon if you have not already heard about the plans.

3.  Computers Collected Over Break--We collect all of the student computers over break, with the exception of allowing seniors to keep their computers for college applications.  If, for some reason, your child is not in school on the last day before break, be sure to turn in the computer ahead of time.

4.  Planned Family Absences--We hope that you do not plan any family vacations during school time, but schedule them during our breaks.  If you do need to have your child out for a planned family absence of more than two days, please make sure the PFA form is completed well ahead of time.  It is especially important to let us know in advance if your child is not attending school the day before a break.  

5.  Mr. YHS is Thursday, December 11--This is a very fun night that is also a fundraiser for the Senior Class.  Come at 7:00 PM to the YPAC for some great laughs.

6.  Junior Class is selling the Sunrise Guide--If you are interested in purchasing a Sunrise Guide, please stay tuned for more information from the junior class about how to order one.  This year, you can buy the book, buy just the app, or both the book and the app together.

7.  Student/Parent Information Night, Tuesday, January 6th, 7:30 PM in the Flex Room--I would like to invite you to a meeting on Tuesday evening, January 6th from 7:30-9:00 in the Flex Room at the high school.  The purpose of this meeting is to review a proposal to modify the way we recognize students at graduation, to answer any questions you have about the proposal, and get your input.

In early September, after consulting with assistant principal Josh Ottow and guidance counselors Beth Doane and Brenda Michaelsen, I proposed to the faculty that we no longer recognize the valedictorian and salutatorian at graduation, but instead recognize the top achieving students (A+ average) as summa cum laude only.  There are several reasons for making this proposal:


  • Since 1999, we have not reported class rank of individuals.

  • Up until the class of 2012, we did recognize the top 10% of the class, but replaced that recognition with cum laude (A- average), magna cum laude (A average) and summa cum laude (A+ average) because we recognized that there is considerable variation among the classes and we wanted to recognize how well students meet a standard rather than how they compete against one another.  At that time, we also started recognizing students at graduation who completed more than 120 hours of community service (double the requirement).  Both of these changes were very well received by students and parents.

  • Over the last few years, we have also struggled with the best way to handle students with very high GPAs that transfer to YHS in their junior or senior year.  On one hand, we don’t want to leave them out of recognition just because their family moved to Yarmouth but we have also recognized that standards at other schools may not be the same as our own.


Before bringing this proposal to the faculty, I asked Beth Doane and Brenda Michaelsen for clarification about what is reported to colleges during the application process.  Since we have never formally announced the academic honors until after the first semester grades are in, what is reported to colleges in the confidential guidance counselor recommendation is how the students stand in terms of GPA within their class, so that a student who has the highest GPA at the time when he/she applies to college has that noted.


The proposal was brought to the faculty one week and discussed in a faculty meeting the following week.  The faculty voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposal (one faculty member opposed).  Then, the proposal was presented to the president, vice president and clerk of the Student Senate and they decided it would be good to present to the whole senate for deliberation and a vote. The Student Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor (two members opposed out of approximately 25 attending that day).  This proposal was then shared with the superintendent and school committee for their input.


At this point, we would like to be able to clarify the proposal for parents and students, answer any questions about the proposal and get input.  I hope that you can come to this information session on Tuesday evening, January 6th from 7:30-9:00 in the Flex Room.


Sincerely,


Ted Hall

Principal



Please be in touch if you have any questions.


Sincerely,

Ted Hall, Principal
Yarmouth High School
286 West Elm Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096

SENIOR PARENTS - 11/21/2014

posted Dec 2, 2014, 9:39 AM by Jennifer Lainey

Dear Senior Parents,

Yesterday, we had a brief assembly with all seniors to let them know about an opportunity available to them.  I want to make sure you are well informed as well.

For the second year, we are encouraging seniors to think about doing a Senior Independent Project.  Students can choose a topic that they are interested in learning, find an expert outside mentor to help them, and complete a project for credit in that subject.  Last year, some of the topics studied included climate change, yoga, lobstering, musical composition, nutrition, and writing.

We have created a website with more information that you can find at this link.  Last year, we offered this to seniors during second semester, but decided that this year, it will take place between now and mid-March.  Students who complete the project will earn .5 elective credits and it will be noted on their high school transcript as Sr. Independent Project-[topic of project].  A grade of "P" will be noted for the completed project.

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

Sincerely,

Ted Hall, Principal
Yarmouth High School
286 West Elm Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096
207-846-5535, Fax 207-846-2326
http://yhs.yarmouthschools.org/

YHS update 12/1/2014

posted Dec 2, 2014, 5:00 AM by Jennifer Lainey

Dear YHS Parents,

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving break and I also hope that if you lost your power, it is back on after that challenging early snowstorm.  As we head into the three weeks before our winter break, I have several items of interest to you.

1.  Public Policy Volunteers Needed:  Our CP US History classes are finishing up their public policy project and getting ready to present. Students have been researching issues for several weeks and will present their findings and recommendations to panels of students, faculty, 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 students, but will 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 scheduled for the following dates and times: Wed. December 10th 9:05-10:35 and 10:55-12:25, Fri. December 12th 8:55-9:25 and 10:55-12:25, and Tues. December 16th 8:55-9:25 and 10:55-12:25.  If you are interested in serving on a panel, please go to the following site for easy sign up:  https://doodle.com/vcdz9g4v7kpywggq .  If you have questions, please email them to  public_policy@yarmouthschools.org.

2.  Winter Concert Tuesday Night:  The band, chorus, advanced vocal ensemble and chamber choir will be performing on Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:00 PM in the YPAC.  This is a great opportunity for you to see and hear our wonderful music groups perform.

3.  Picture Retakes Wednesday:  If your son or daughter either did not like the original school picture or was absent on that day, there is another opportunity on Wednesday, December 3rd from 10:30-1:00 in the Flex Room.  I attached the order form to this email with more information.  If your child is a senior and you want a school picture, this will be the last opportunity.

4.  Financial Aid Night Wednesday:  One of the big challenges of post-secondary education is understanding the finances associated  with college.  On Wednesday, December 3rd, from 6:30-8:00 in the YPAC, we will be having Financial Aid Information Night.  In addition to our guidance counselors, Beth Doane and Brenda Michaelsen, we will have Andrea Cross, the Associate Director of Financial Aid at Bowdoin College as a guest presenter.  Although this presentation is primarily focused on current seniors and their parents, all are welcome.

5.  Semiformal Dance Friday:  This Friday, December 5th from 7:00-10:00 PM, the sophomore class will be hosting the whole school in our annual Semiformal Dance in the cafeteria.  Tickets will be sold all week during lunch and break.

6.  Music Boosters Hosts Portland Jazz Orchestra Sunday:  The Portland Jazz Orchestra (PJO) will be performing Duke Ellington's Jazz Nutcracker and other holiday favorites at the YPAC on Sunday, December 7th at 3pm.  Doors will open at 2:30pm.  Tickets are $10.00 at the door.  The concert will be approximately 2 hours with an intermission.  Refreshments will be available.  The Portland Jazz Orchestra is anchored by PJO Jazz Drummer and HMS music teacher extraordinaire Brad Ciechomski!  Students, parents, faculty, family and the public are invited. 

7.  Progress Reports next Tuesday:  The middle of the second quarter is next Tuesday, December 9th.  I encourage you to get together with your son or daughter to review the grades at that time if you haven't done so recently.  It is a good time to check in about any missing assignments.  Please be in touch with the teachers if you have any questions.

8.  Mr. YHS next Thursday:  The Senior Class will once again put on the very popular "pageant" called Mr. YHS at 7:00 PM in the YPAC.  This always promises to be a humorous and entertaining evening.

9.  Advisor Breakfasts, Wednesday, December 17:  Each year, the advisor group gets together for breakfast on the Wednesday morning before we leave for break.  Your child's advisor will be in touch soon with details about the breakfast plans as well as the plans for getting gifts for a needy child that each advisor is assigned.

10.  Lockdown Drill Upcoming:  As part of our increased awareness about school security, we have committed to doing one lockdown drill each year.  We do not announce the exact time and date, but do want you to know that we will be doing the lockdown drill sometime in the next three weeks.  If you have any questions, please ask.

Wow, that was a long list of upcoming events for you--it is going to be a busy three weeks at YHS!  Please be in touch if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Ted Hall, Principal
Yarmouth High School
286 West Elm Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096
207-846-5535, Fax 207-846-2326
http://yhs.yarmouthschools.org/

YHS Update - November 21, 2014

posted Nov 21, 2014, 10:23 AM by Alice Barr-YHS   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 10:27 AM ]

Dear YHS Parents,

As we finish off this week and head into Thanksgiving week, I have several items that may be of interest to you.  

1.  The fall musical, Urinetown:  There are still a few tickets left for the remaining shows this weekend.  Friday and Saturday nights are almost sold out, but there are still plenty of tickets for the Saturday matinee.  For information about tickets, please go to this link.  I am attending tonight, so can't vouch for the show first hand, but I have heard nothing but high praise for the show!

2.  Yarmouth Ski Swap on Saturday:  The Yarmouth Ski Club, an organization dedicated solely to supporting the high school and middle school ski teams, is holding its annual Ski Swap on Saturday from 9-12 at the Yarmouth Elementary School.  The flyer with more information is attached at the bottom of this message.  If you want to drop off items to sell, that happens this afternoon from 5-8 PM.

3.  Pies for the YHS Staff:  I sent an email earlier this week about Brenda Whitney's effort to have a pie for each YHS staff member as part of the staff appreciation efforts.  She still needs more volunteers to make pies. 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 their Thanksgiving.  For questions about the pie project, please contact Brenda at brendawhitney@rheritage.com.  

4.  Freshman Class Sale of Yarmouth Clothing:  The Class of 2018 is selling Yarmouth clothing (hooded and crew sweatshirts, open leg and closed leg sweatpants, long and short-sleeved t shirts) in blue, gray, and white, in various sizes as a fund raiser for our class and a school spirit endeavor (Go Clippers!).  This is especially nice for students who may not be receiving clothing through a sports team but want to show their Clipper pride. Clothing has a CLIPPER SHIP on the front pocket area and 'YARMOUTH' on the back.  Pants have 'YARMOUTH' down one leg.  Orders and money are due by MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24.  Class Council members will be at tables during both lunches and you can also drop off forms and payment at the YHS main office.  Goods will be delivered around the second week of December.  The order form is attached at the bottom of this message. 

5.  Winter Concert, Tuesday, December 2, 7:00 PM:  The band and choral groups will be performing in the YPAC for their annual winter concert. If you have never attended one of these concerts, you are in for a treat; the musicians and singers are very talented!

6.  Picture Retakes, Wednesday, December 3, 10:30-1:00:  For students who did not get their picture taken the first time or for those that just want to get a better picture, Lifetouch will be here for retakes on Wednesday, December 3rd in the Flex Room.  Only students who want a retake will go and should only go during lunch, break or study hall.  The order form is attached at the bottom of this message as well.

7.  Semiformal Dance, Friday, December 5, 7:00-10:00 PM  The sophomore class will be hosting the Winter Semiformal Dance in the cafeteria.  For the last three years, we instituted mandatory breathalyzer tests for all students as they come into school dances.  This was based on work that was done with students and teachers to create the conditions for safe and substance-free events at school.   We will once again use the breathalyzer for all students as they enter the dance. 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 from a few inches away.  The equipment is designed to determine whether there is any alcohol present in the breath.  Often students ask if chewing gum can have a bearing on the test and it does not.  The rest of the dance guidelines can be found at this link.  Please be in touch if you have any questions.

8.  Lions Club Tree Sale:  The Yarmouth Lions Club always gives several scholarships to deserving YHS seniors in the spring.  The fundraising for the scholarships comes from the Clam Festival and from the annual Tree Sale on the Yarmouth Green.  Please consider supporting the Lions Club by buying your tree there, starting on December 6th.  We appreciate how much they do to support our graduates.

Wow, that was a long list of items!  I hope that you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday break with your family.  We do have school on Monday and Tuesday next week and then students have the rest of the week off.

Sincerely,

Ted Hall, Principal
Yarmouth High School
286 West Elm Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096
207-846-5535, Fax 207-846-2326
http://yhs.yarmouthschools.org/

YHS Update - November 16, 2014

posted Nov 17, 2014, 12:30 PM by Josh Ottow   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 10:24 AM by Alice Barr-YHS ]

Dear YHS Parents,

Based on the last two days of low temperatures, it looks like we are headed into winter early. I have a few updates for you today about the coming two weeks.

1.  Winter Sports Season Begins.  Monday is the first day of practice for most of our winter sports.  Two exceptions are girls ice hockey who have already started and coed skiing who will start next Monday.  If your son or daughter is interested in a winter sport and was unable to attend the winter sports information night, please be in touch directly with the coach or with Susan Robbins, our athletic director.

2.  Parent-Principal Coffee Tuesday Evening.  On Tuesday, November 18, from 6:30-8:00 PM in the YHS Library, I will be hosting a Parent-Principal Coffee.  These are informal gatherings where we talk about any aspect of the high school experience.  If you can't make this one, here is the list of the Parent-Principal Coffees for the rest of the school year:
   Tuesday morning, January 13th, 8:00-9:30, YHS Flex Room
   Tuesday morning, February 10, 8:00-9:30, YHS Flex Room
   Tuesday evening, March 17th, 6:30-8:00, YHS Library
   Tuesday morning, April 28th, 8:00-9:30, YHS Flex Room

3.  Playmakers Performances of Urinetown This Week.  This is the week of the performances of Urinetown, a musical comedy that deals with the shortage of water.  An open dress rehearsal will take place Wednesday night and regular performances will take place Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.  For ticket information, go to this link.  It promises to be a great show!

4.  Thanksgiving Break Coming Up.  We have school on Monday and Tuesday, November 24 and 25, then are off for Thanksgiving break on Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30.  During Thanksgiving break, we do not collect student laptops, but ask you to follow our guidelines that the laptops should not travel out of state without prior permission.  Also, we have a school policy that homework is not given over vacations, so that families can have more time together.

5.  A Note About Family Vacations.  Throughout the year, we have scheduled school vacations and have created a school calendar that tries very hard to meet your family's needs for travel during vacations.  Please try to schedule all of your family trips during our scheduled vacations.  If this is not possible, please be sure to follow our Planned Family Absence protocol.

Sincerely,

Ted Hall, Principal

Casco Bay CAN Tip of the Month November 2014

posted Nov 3, 2014, 4:22 AM by Ted Hall

YHS Update November 2, 2014

posted Nov 3, 2014, 4:20 AM by Ted Hall   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 10:26 AM by Alice Barr-YHS ]

Dear YHS Parents,

I like snow as much as anyone, but November 2 is a little early for a snowstorm!  You will see in my updates, however, that it was fitting given that tomorrow night (Monday) is Winter Sports Information Night.  Here are a few items that may be of interest to you.

1.  Congratulations to all of our sports teams this fall.  The girls volleyball team won the state championship on Saturday, the girls cross country came in second in the state championship and qualified for the New England championships,  and boys football and boys soccer both advanced to the next round of the playoffs.  The final schedules for the next games have not been set, but will be posted on our athletic page on Monday.  Girls soccer and field hockey both had terrific seasons, but finished their seasons this week in the semifinal round of the playoffs.  Our golf team ended their season about two weeks ago and had a good season with a young team.

2.  With fall sports winding down, it is time for the Winter Sports Information Night tomorrow (Monday, 11/3) evening at 6:00 PM.  This is the time to learn about the upcoming season from the coaches as well as the parent boosters.  Room assignments will be posted as you come into the building at both entrances.

3.  Last Friday was the last day of the first quarter.  In the next few days, grades for the quarter will be finalized and on Friday, 11/7, the grades become official.  I urge you to review the grades with your son or daughter on PowerSchool over the weekend.

4.  Next week, we have no school on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11th.  The next two days are set aside for teacher-parent conferences.  If your son or daughter's last name begins with A-K, your conferences will be held from 3:30-6:30 on Wednesday, November 12.  Those with last names starting with L-Z have conferences on Thursday, November 13 from 3:30-6:30.  These conferences are quick updates (about 5 minutes) with the teachers.  Most teachers will be in either the gym or the cafeteria, with a few in their classroom.  Our Student Ambassadors will be there to help you find your way.

5.  Please look on our newly designed YHS homepage (http://yhs.yarmouthschools.org/) later this week for information on how to purchase tickets for the upcoming musical, Urinetown, that will be performed Wed (open dress rehearsal), Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday afternoon and evening (November 19-22).

6.  Casco Bay CAN (http://www.cascobaycan.org/) is a group of local individuals, schools, law enforcement agencies, organizations, and businesses who work together to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse in Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, North Yarmouth, Pownal and Yarmouth.  I have attached two items to this email, one a letter signed by many local school administrators supporting the work of this organization and the second one is the November "Tip of the Month."

Please be in touch if you have any questions, comments or concerns.  I welcome your input.

Sincerely,

Ted Hall, Principal

YHS Update -- October 17, 2014

posted Oct 19, 2014, 6:32 AM by Josh Ottow

Dear YHS Parents,

I have a few items for you as we start this fall weekend.  First of all, good luck to all of our teams as they end their regular seasons and begin the playoffs.  The next few weeks promise to be very exciting as our teams enter the post-season competitions. I also want to mention that we had a very successful visit from the Maine Supreme Court.  It was very interesting to see the court in action in front of the whole school community.  I attached a note I received from the chief justice that is very complimentary to the students and the school.

Here are a few things coming up in the near future.

1.  Picture Day--Tuesday, October 21.  This is the day we do school pictures for grades 9, 10 and 11.  Students received the order forms in their advisor groups this week, but just in case that form is lost, I have attached a scanned copy of the form to this email.  Students need to bring in the form with a check on Tuesday.  We do take pictures of all 9th, 10th and 11th graders that we use for their student IDs and for PowerSchool.  Any senior who wants to get a new picture for the ID can come in during first break/lunch.

2.  Girls Ice Hockey Information Night--Wednesday, October 22.  Because the girls ice hockey season starts earlier than other sports seasons, they have their information night a couple weeks before the rest of the winter sports.  Girls and their parents should come to the Flex Room at 6:00 to hear about the upcoming season.

3.  Quarter 1 Ends on Friday, October 31.  There are just two weeks left in the first quarter grading period.  If you have questions about your son or daughter's grades, I would encourage you to go over this together so that there are no surprises at the end of the quarter.  One week after the grades close, the first quarter grades become official.  If you have questions about any classes, be sure to be in touch with teachers.

4.  Winter Sports Information Night--Monday, November 3.  Before the fall season even finishes, we begin to think about our winter sports.  Please plan to come at6:00 PM if your son or daughter is planning to participate in a winter sport.  This is the time when you can hear from the coaches about the upcoming season.  Locations for each team are posted at both entrances to the school.

5.  Fall Musical is coming up soon!  This year's production, Urinetown, will be performed the week of November 17th with an open dress rehearsal on Wednesday and shows on Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening.  Tickets will be going on sale soon.  You might be wondering what this play could possibly be about with a title like Urinetown.  This is a very interesting story indeed.  For information about the play, you might want to check out this link.

I hope you have a nice weekend.

Sincerely,

Ted Hall, Principal

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