YHS Update 2/7/13

posted Mar 25, 2013, 5:41 AM by Ted Hall
Dear YHS Parents,

I have several items that may be of interest to you today:

1.  Information about the search for a new superintendent
2.  Hector Hebert Award winner
3.  Congratulations to the Swim Team
4.  Student project to collect books
5.  Laptop collection next Friday
6.  Reminder about comments in PowerSchool

1.  Yarmouth Superintendent Search Process Underway--Parents and Community Invited to Participate:  The Yarmouth School Committee has engaged Future Management Systems, Inc. to assist in the search process for a new Superintendent of Schools.  An integral part of the process involves parent and community participation in focus groups.  The groups are designed to obtain participant input about the attributes, experience and knowledge that the new superintendent should possess.  The groups also provide an opportunity for participants to identify immediate tasks, which the new superintendent should address.

Municipal/Business Officials
Monday, February 11, 2013 – 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
YHS Performing Arts Center

Community Members
Monday, February 11, 2013 – 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
YHS Performing Arts Center

PTO/Booster Groups/Yarmouth Education Foundation
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 – 8:00 to 9:15 a.m.
YHS Performing Arts Center

Parents/Community Members
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 – 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
YHS Performing Arts Center

For those of you who cannot attend but want to provide input, a Leadership Profile Assessment will soon be available on the Yarmouth school district website.  We invite everyone to avail themselves of this opportunity to provide input into this most important process.  All Yarmouth residents are welcome to attend any of the sessions listed above.  There will also be focus groups held for school personnel and students.

2. Congratulations to senior Nicole Hoehle, the winner of the Hector Hebert Award.  Mr. Hebert was an exceptional teacher whose high standards and passion for learning touched the lives of hundreds of Yarmouth students from the opening of the school in 1961 until his retirement in 1980.  The award is for a senior who is academically well rounded, genuinely enthusiastic about learning, and self-motivated in the spirit of a true life long learner.  The Hector Hebert plaque is right outside of the library.

3.  Congratulations to the Swim Team.  Our dedicated boys and girls swim team members often fly under the radar as they train and compete at pools around the region.  Last weekend, both teams had outstanding performances in the Southwesterns, the big swim meet that precedes the state meet.  The boys team came in second and the girls team came in third, with many of the team members getting their personal best times.  Congratulations!

4.  Junior Arie Potter is organizing a book collection.  This is directly from Arie's message to students:  "I've been volunteering teaching English to recent immigrants in Portland, and would like to collect children's/ easy reader books to donate to these students.  What I've noticed most through volunteering is that these students take a lot of pride in their mastery of reading aloud.  Many of these students have very limited reading material and no books of their own.  Providing them with some of our extra books we have lying around the house would be very beneficial to them.  I am hoping that YHS students (and parents) will contribute gently used children's/ easy reader books from home that can be distributed to these students.  If you would like to help, please drop the books off at the YHS main office."  

5.  Laptop Collection:  Next Friday, we will be collecting laptops from ALL students at the end of the day as we start our February vacation.  If, for some reason, your son or daughter is not going to be in school that day, please make arrangements to drop off the laptop prior to the close of school on Friday, February 15th.

6.  Reminder About PowerSchool Comments:  If you have not already done so, I encourage you to go to PowerSchool to see the comments that teachers made about your son or daughter.  Each quarter, the teachers put an individual comment about each of their students into PowerSchool that can help you to better understand your son or daughter's progress.  You can get to PowerSchool at this link

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please be in touch.


Ted Hall, Principal