Dear Students and Parents,
There is no question that the school year is well underway, evidenced by the many events and activities as we head past the midpoint of September.
Homecoming, the Spirit Challenge, and the Dance - In addition to our Homecoming athletic contests (Please refer to this link for a complete list of events and times), we will be participating in the WGME School Spirit Challenge on Friday September 23rd from 6 to 8 am. The school spirit challenge is a friendly competition between schools to show school pride and spirit while helping the community. The program is designed to promote the community and stewardship with high schools in central and southern Maine through an on-going food drive to benefit the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Please see this link for more information on the Spirit Challenge pep rally.
For the last five years, we have instituted mandatory breathalyzer tests for all students as they arrived into school dances. The school committee policy for breathalyzer use can be found at this link, which outlines the procedures that administration must follow. Should students be tested, this would occur in a private area not in sight of other students coming into the dance. The type of breathalyzer that we use is one where students do NOT have to put their mouths directly on the device. Instead, students blow into a funnel a few inches away. Please be in touch if you have any questions. Should students wish to bring a guest from another district, a guest permission form must be filled out and turned into the main office by the end of the week.
YAAP Presentations - Next Tuesday, all 12th graders will be participating in an assembly with YAAPP (Young Adult Abuse Prevention Program). You may remember that last year's 9th graders participated in this workshop; this year 11th graders will attend on October 4th and 9th graders on November 8th. Last year we began a series of presentations aimed at raising awareness of gender bias and behaviors to reinforce our beliefs of learning, specifically that the best learning occurs when students and staff are physically and emotionally safe. Another goal of these workshops is to establish a common language and understanding of our expectations related to healthy, respectful relationships. These goals reinforce a cultural shift for all students regarding respectful relationships, particularly taking a look at how gender stereotypes and socialization have taught us to act and the impact these issues have on how we treat each other.
“Coffee Chat” parent meetings will restart at the high school with our first meeting on Thursday, September 22nd. The first session will be held in the Flex Room at 8:30 for morning folks, with an evening session held in the library at 6 pm.
YHS will hold its annual Open House on Wednesday evening, September 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. You are also invited to an informal welcome of our new assistant principal in the YPAC from 6:15-6:25. At 6:30, please report to your child’s advisory group to receive important information. Following advisory, you will then follow an abbreviated schedule which will provide you with the opportunity to meet your student’s teachers. This is a terrific event to celebrate the start of a new school year. The Advanced Art classes will be holding a bake sale to help raise funds for their annual trip to New York City. Students will have a table outside the cafeteria, selling both baked goods and water. Thank you for supporting our artists!
During the month of October, the PSAT exam - a practice test for upcoming SAT’s in the spring - is offered to sophomores and juniors. Please review the following information, as there are always many details surrounding standardized testing events.
PSAT's - *New for Sophomores and Juniors*
Juniors and Sophomores are scheduled to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 19th. Please note that although this test is on a Wednesday, this is not a late start day for sophomores and juniors. Following the exam, students will report to periods 4 and 5 with a break for lunch. This year the State of Maine is not paying for the exam. The cost of the PSAT is $20. Please see registration information below from guidance.
Registration Process for PSAT's
Beginning Monday, September 19th, juniors and sophomores can register for the PSAT in guidance. Please bring $20 in cash or check made payable to Yarmouth High School. Fee waivers are available in guidance. At the time of registration, students will receive a study guide to help prepare for the PSAT. By taking the PSAT, Juniors are automatically screened for the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. For sophomores, this is an opportunity to practice taking a college entrance exam and receive feedback to help prepare for future standardized tests.
A few quick notes to end this message:
Class Pictures will be taken this Thursday, and I’ve attached an order form for your convenience. (Your student’s advisor should also be handing these out on Monday).
Upcoming Fundraisers - Once a month, we take time to provide information regarding fundraisers for the many organizations that support our students:
Looking forward to seeing you soon at the many upcoming events here at the high school. Quite a bit of information! In summary:
Homecoming: Many athletic events all week, Friday morning pep rally, Saturday dance.
Class Pictures: This Thursday
Principal’s Coffee Chats: This Thursday (8:30 am and 6 pm)
Open House: Wednesday September 28th
YAAP workshops: This fall
PSAT’s (sophomores and juniors only) - registration starts this Monday September 19th, exam date October 19th.
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