May 30th Principal's Message

posted May 30, 2016, 1:00 PM by Eric Klein

Dear Parents and Guardians,


It is unquestionably a busy time of year when there are so many significant events to share with you as we face the final weeks of school.  Please take a few minutes to review the following important pieces of information:


Robert Boyd Award -  Since 1968, a YHS senior has been recognized for outstanding accomplishments inside and outside of the classroom, as well as abiding by the “Golden Rule” in life - standards that Bobby Boyd established many years ago as a graduate of Yarmouth High School in 1962.  We would like to congratulate Cody Cook as the 2016 recipient of the Robert Boyd Award.    


School Budget -   The Yarmouth School Budget is being considered by voters June 7 and June 14th.  Citizens are first invited to attend the Town Meeting on Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Harrison Middle School to vote on each of the articles of the budget.  Voters are then provided the opportunity to cast a ballot in a town-wide referendum to approve the budget as set by the Town Meeting. The referendum will be held on June 14, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Robert W. Boyd AmVets Hall.  Please refer to the district website for more budget information.  


School Start Time Change - Last Thursday, the Yarmouth School Committee approved the change of school day start and end times beginning with the  2016-17 school year.  At the high school, classes will begin at 8 am, and end at 2:45.  Please refer to the following link for more information.


Graduation - To celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2016, we will hold our graduation ceremonies this Sunday, June 5th at 1 pm.  


Final Assessment Schedule - It may be hard to believe, but in two weeks, our students will begin their final exams.  Please refer to the following schedule for more information Link here.


Public Policy Presentations--Volunteers Needed:  It is time for the AP U.S. History students to present their public policy projects. 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 helps make this a rich, authentic learning experience for our students. The presentations are scheduled for  Friday June 3, Monday June 6, Tuesday June 7, Wednesday June 8, Thursday June 9, and Friday June 10. If you are willing and able to participate please sign up at this link.  If you have questions, please contact public_policy@yarmouthschools.org


Summer Programs - As we prepare for the end of the school year, it’s not too early to plan for summer.  As you can imagine, there are many wonderful learning opportunities for students during the summer months.  Our guidance department keeps an ongoing list of various programs - please refer to this link for more information.  The University of New England runs one such program called Ixplore, which provides students with a wide range of experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math.  The Ixplore link can be found here


YCS “Lunch Crunch” - This summer, Yarmouth Community Services will be offering a lunch program for any children aged 2-18.  Not only is this an opportunity to eat a nutritious meal, the Lunch Crunch program is also seeking students who are interested in community service.  Please refer to this link for more information.  


Will Play For Food - This summer, make sure to check out a new program at the Yarmouth Farmers' Market.  The purpose of the program is to provide a free option for people who need financial assistance to shop at the farmers' market. Each week, 317 students hope to set up at the farmers' market to play music.  A donation collection will be set up near the musicians so that shoppers at the market can donate to the Will Play For Food cause.  This gives 317 musicians a chance to earn community service hours, a chance for live music to be enjoyed at the market, and a great reason for people to donate.  Donations will go to Amy Sinclair, the market manager, and she will keep the money in a bank account.  Vouchers will be available at the Food Pantry and 317 Main, and will come in $5 and $10 increments.  At the end of every Thursday, farmers will return the vouchers that people cashed to Amy Sinclair, and she will reimburse the farmers for the full value of the produce that was purchased.  Please see this link for more information.  


Best regards,



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