October 5th Principal's Message: The Month Ahead

posted Oct 5, 2015, 12:02 PM by Eric Klein   [ updated Oct 5, 2015, 12:03 PM ]

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

As we turn the page on the month of September, there’s no coincidence that the leaves have also begun to turn as we look ahead to the month of October.  It is important to note that we will reach the midpoint of the first quarter this week.  On Tuesday evening, a progress report will be available on PowerSchool.   Teachers have posted comments about your child’s work this year that can be accessed with the following link.  Please take the time to review this information, as it is important to not only start off the school year on a positive note, but also to develop strong work habits for the rest of the year.   

On Thursday evening, we will be holding our monthly Coffee Chat at 6 p.m. in the high school library.  At last week’s open house, I mentioned the importance of collaborative leadership and shared decision making at Yarmouth High School.  This first meeting will provide us with the chance to share ideas and concerns as we begin to discuss how the high school will continue its tradition of excellence.  It will also help us consider how we will meet the goals of the district’s strategic plan.  Perhaps most importantly, it will give us the opportunity to sit and chat.  

The Columbus Day Weekend is quickly approaching, and I’d like to remind you that students will not have school on Friday, October 9th nor Monday, October 12th.  On Friday, all staff in the district will be attending professional development workshops as we work to implement the new teacher and staff evaluation system required of all school across the state.  

Another reminder that next week, we will NOT have a late arrival schedule for all students in grades 9-11.  On Wednesday October 14th, all 9th grade students will be participating in a Geology field trip to Portland Head Light and will report to the YPAC auditorium at 7:40.   All 10th and 11th grade students will be participating in PSAT Exams, and will report to their testing rooms at 7:40.  Please note that these students will be testing until 11:10.  

There are two other major events during this month.  First, October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.  I have attached a letter from Casco Bay CAN (Create Awareness Now) with information regarding key steps families can take to help address this important issue.  Finally, the high school will participate in its NEASC accreditation visit on October 25th.  In order to maintain accreditation with colleges and universities, high schools must submit comprehensive reports and open up their doors to a team of educators every ten years.  At the conclusion of this visit, the high school will be provided with a list of recommendations and commendations that will help us chart the course of the high school in years to come.  

A busy month!  As always, I am looking forward to working with students, staff, and parents to meet these challenges.  Best regards,

Eric Klein,
Oct 5, 2015, 12:02 PM