November 29th Principal's Message

posted Nov 29, 2015, 5:53 PM by Eric Klein

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that you were able to find time to relax and enjoy time with family during the Thanksgiving Break, with a quick note of appreciation to the parents and students who baked pies for the entire Yarmouth faculty.  It has been a wonderful time of giving, as our advisory groups put together nineteen holiday dinners for families last week under the direction of Margi Moran.  
 

With less than four weeks until the December Break, it is also a busy time of year, and I would like to share the many important upcoming events as we return to school:    


  • Winter Concerts:  This year, we will celebrate the holiday with two evenings of musical performances.  The YHS Instrumental concert will be held on Tuesday December 1st at 7:00 PM in the YPAC, and the YHS Choral Concert featuring our chorus, advanced vocal ensemble and chamber choir will be performing on Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:00 PM in the YPAC.  


  • Financial Aid Night - Thursday December 3rd:  One of the big challenges of preparing for college is understanding the finances associated with post-secondary education.  On Thursday, December 3rd, from 6:30-8:00 in the YPAC, we will hold a 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.


  • Winter Lockdown Drill - The cooler temperatures and signs of snow not only indicate that winter is quickly approaching, it also means that we need to practice our indoor emergency procedures.  Instead of the traditional fire drill evacuations, we will be practicing an indoor lockdown exercise in the coming week.  Upon completion of this drill, I will be sending out a school message indicating that this was a planned exercise.    


The following week is just as busy!  Here is a list of events for the week of December 7th.


  • Senior yearbook photos  - due 12/7


  • Principal’s Parent Mtg - December 8th.   It is hard to believe that two months ago, I held my first principal’s parent meeting and met many of you for the first time.  Whereas last time we met in the evening, we will hold this meeting in the morning for a true “coffee chat” at 8 am in the Flex room.  


  • Hour of Code - December 8th.  Hour of Code is a initiative that began several years ago that has since swept across the globe, and this year our technology integrator Alice Barr has put together an exciting workshop for our students. Students will meet in their advisory groups during third period to participate in this introduction to computer technology.  Please refer to the following link for more information Here.


  • Mr. YHS - December 10th.   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.


On a final note, many of our students recently attended the Body Worlds exhibit at the Portland Science Center, thanks to funding from the Yarmouth Educational Foundation.  120 sophomore biology students explored the human bodies and anatomical structures on display.  As they walked through the different parts of the exhibit, many students were able to make connections to their own lives in what they saw.  “Something I found really interesting was the whole bodies that were put in interesting positions...My favorite body was the soccer player. It was cool to see what my body is doing when I kick a soccer ball and how all the muscles work.”   Still others saw the beauty in the human form stripped down for us to see in many different ways.  “The exhibit was the perfect mix between art and science! I was able to see all the important organs, skeletal structure, muscles, ligaments, and blood vesicles while staying interested in the art of it all.”  


Not only did our own student’s comments demonstrate the importance of learning outside the classroom, it was nice to get feedback from another educator at Foxcroft Academy, who sent me the following in an email:Earlier today I went through the Body World exhibit at the same time as a group of students from Yarmouth High School. I was impressed with their respectful manners, inquisitive conversations and level of maturity.  This group was a positive representation of their school and community.”

 

I couldn’t agree more. Best regards,


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