Principal's Office

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

Ted Hall
Principal
ted_hall@yarmouthschools.org

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

Beth Lucien
Secretary
beth_lucien@yarmouthschools.org

YHS Update - March 24, 2015

posted Mar 25, 2015, 9:46 AM by Jennifer Lainey

Dear YHS Parents,

As we head toward the end of third quarter on April 3rd, I have a few items for you.
  • Once again, our Lost and Found table is overflowing!  If you stop in at the school over the next few days, be sure to take a look on the table for items your son or daughter may have lost.  We will be donating unclaimed items at the end of March.
  • For 10th and 11th grade parents, tomorrow evening is set aside for CEP presentations in advisor groups.  By now, I am sure you have a schedule so that you know when and  where your son or daughter is presenting.  If you have questions, it is best to contact the advisor directly.
  • For 9th grade parents, tomorrow evening from 5:30-7:30 is the time when presentations for the Power of One project are taking place.  There have been some very interesting approaches that advisor groups have taken to raise awareness about the topic of hunger. All parents from all grades are invited to attend this event.
  • We have school physicals scheduled for April 9th that are provided free of charge by medical students from New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, under the supervision of Dr. James Donahue, our school physician.  In order to be scheduled for a physical, we need to have the permission form (attached) returned by Monday, March 30th.  This allows us time to plan a schedule for the day. If you have questions, please contact Margi Moran, our school nurse.
  • 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 the skills needed to live drug and alcohol free and their own life lessons.  The parent presentation will be at Falmouth High School next Monday, March 30th from 6:30-7:30 PM.  I have attached a flyer to this email.  Yarmouth students will hear the presentation from the Sullivans on Tuesday, March 31, followed by discussions in their advisor groups facilitated by BOLD members and advisors.
  • 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 April 2nd at 6:30 PM. 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. 
As always, if you have questions, concerns, or comments, please 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/

March 12, 2015

posted Mar 12, 2015, 1:01 PM by Alice Barr-YHS   [ updated Mar 12, 2015, 1:06 PM ]

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 3:30 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 this link.

2.  TomorrowFriday, March 13th, is a Teacher Inservice Day, so students do not have school tomorrow.  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 Monday, March 16th at 6:00 PM. 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.  On Tuesday evening, March 17th,  from 6:30-8:00 PM, 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 WednesdayThursday, and Friday, all sophomores and juniors will be participating in their Career Exploration Projects, where they do a job shadow for three full days.  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. 

6.  On Wednesday evening, March 18th at 7:30 PM, Epic Proportions, our One-Act Play will be shown to the public at 7:30 PM 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 w
ill 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 Monday, March 30th from 6:30-7:30 PM.  I have attached a flyer to this email.  Yarmouth students will hear the presentation from the Sullivans on Tuesday, March 31, 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 April 2nd at 6:30 PM.  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.
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/

March 2, 2015

posted Mar 3, 2015, 6:30 PM by Jennifer Lainey   [ updated Mar 12, 2015, 1:03 PM by Alice Barr-YHS ]

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 on Wednesday at 4:00.  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 daytomorrow (Tuesday). Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at this link.

2.  Tuesday 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 tomorrow, so I encourage you to log onto PowerSchool tomorrow 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 play on Wednesday evening at 8:00 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 7:00 PM 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 onMarch 10th or 11th from 4-8 PM.  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 April 2nd at 7:00 PM.  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.

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 - 1/15/2015

posted Jan 15, 2015, 10:42 AM by Jennifer Lainey

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.

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 - 1/12/2015

posted Jan 12, 2015, 7:24 AM by Jennifer Lainey

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.

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 -- January 4, 2015

posted Jan 5, 2015, 4:39 AM by Josh Ottow

Dear YHS Parents,

Happy New Year!  With school starting back tomorrow morning, 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 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.  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 Monday, January 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Yarmouth High School cafeteria.  The attached invitation will provide a few more details. 

3.  Next 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. 

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 on Tuesday with a short assembly.  The three-day job shadow program will take place March 18-20.  For information about the CEP, please visit this link.  As the program unfolds, you will be hearing more from your son or daughter's advisor.

I hope you had a nice holiday season. 

Sincerely,

Ted Hall, Principal

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/

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