YHS Update 1/11/14

posted Jan 13, 2014, 7:33 AM by Josh_Ottow@yarmouthschools.org
Dear YHS Parents,

We have been back to school for a week following our holiday break.  I have a few items for your information today.

Snow Days and Delayed Openings:  On Monday, we had our first delayed opening since I have been in Yarmouth.  It turned out to be a good call because conditions did improve in the morning and driving was safe by the time students were coming to school that day.  For your information, you can find school closing information on the local TV stations and their websites.  In addition, you can sign up to have any of the three commercial TV stations send you a text message if we have a school closing.  

Career Exploration Project (CEP):  On Tuesday, all sophomores and juniors were introduced to this year's Career Exploration Project, a 3-day job shadow starting on Wednesday, March 19 and going through Friday, March 21.  Students will be working with you and their advisors to find a good placement for this job shadow opportunity.  There are no classes on those three days for sophomores and juniors.  We have all of the information about CEP on our website under the Student Handbook link.  You can go directly to the CEP site at this link.  You will find a specific link for parent information that we hope will be helpful to you and your child.  [sophomore and junior parents only]

Hunger Banquet (please keep this a secret from your child):  On Tuesday, January 14th, all ninth graders will participate in a Hunger Banquet in the gym as a kick off to the Power of One project they will be doing with their advisor.  The Hunger Banquet is designed to help students to understand the inequities across the world in terms of food availability.  Students will be randomly chosen to be a part of a group of people that will either receive plenty of food for lunch or limited food.  After the activity, there will be discussions in advisor groups about the experience and some brainstorming about ideas to address hunger in Maine, the United States and the world.  After the "banquet" part of the experience, will have food available so that your son or daughter won't be going without food for the whole day.  If you have any questions, please contact Catie Wooten (catie_wooten@yarmouthschools.org) or Julie Hutchinson (julie_hutchinson@yarmouthschools.org), the two teachers who are organizing the Power of One project.  This is the third year we have done this project and it has been very successful in the past. [freshman parents only]

Parent Coffee, Wednesday, January 29, 7:00-8:30 PM:  I would like to invite you to a Parent Coffee to learn about the results of last year's Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey.  All students were surveyed about a variety of factors contributing to youth health, including use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.  We recently received the results and I would like to share results and have a discussion with parents about ways we continue to help our students to make good choices. 

Junior Book Discussions:  Every year, the entire junior class participates in a book discussion project. We pick a theme, students select titles, then we invite members of the whole Yarmouth Community to join the discussions. If you can, I hope you'll consider joining us by reading a book and participating in a discussion. This year our theme is the art of nonfiction narrative. We've looked for nonfiction works that have a strong narrative or authorial voice that brings meaning to the information or stories the work describes. The students have made their choices, and we have 19 books on the list (included below).  The discussions will take place on either  Thursday and Friday, January 30 and 31 from 9:30-10:40. If you're interested in joining us, please let Anne Tommaso (anne_tommaso@yarmouthschools.org)  know which title and which day--Thursday or Friday--works best for you, and she will get back to you to confirm.  All you need to do is read and show up! All are invited to join, not just parents of juniors.   Here are the books for this year's discussions:

Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo
Bomb, by Steve Sheinkin
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher McDougall
Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, by Liz Murray
Eiger Dreams, by Jon Krakauer
Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho, by Jon Katz
Good Soldiers, by David Finkel
Hiroshima, by John Hersey
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Lolita in Tehran, by Azir Nafisi
A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah
Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder
The Other Wes Moore, by Wes Moore
A Streetcat Named Bob, by James Bowen
Stick Figure, by Lori Gottlieb
Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time, by Richard Conniff
A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson
Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers

If you have any questions, please be sure to be in touch.


Ted Hall, Principal