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February 25th Parent Note
Eric Klein
Monday, February 25, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Hopefully, you were able to rest and relax with family over the winter vacation.  We once again hit the ground running as we return to school with our inaugural Spirit Week at YHS - a weeklong celebration of activities.  With March right around the corner, we would also like to provide you a week-by-week preview of several important upcoming dates.

In the first week of March, Our Playmakers will be performing The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wildby Paul Zindel.   This year’s One Act Play will take place on March 6 in the YPAC at 8:00 pm. A free cake reception will be held before the show.  In the tiny living quarters behind the Greenwich Village candy store which she operates with her husband, crowded with her collection of movie magazines and beloved television set, Mildred Wild has escaped from reality into a dream world conjured up by the 3,000 movies she has eagerly devoured. And when the outside world does not intrude via her husband, his meddling sister, their quirky landlady, the friendly butcher from next door or the foreman of the wrecking crew set to tear down the building - Mildred meets each crisis with a hilarious fantasy-scene drawn from her precious lode of old movies. As the action moves swiftly ahead to its delightfully unpredictable climax, Mildred’s life is further complicated by such unlikely visitors as a nun, King Kong, and a highly efficient TV camera crew - all adding to the merriment and ultimately to the poignancy which infuses the play and the touching escapades if its kooky, loveable and totally enchanting heroine. Please join us for this performance as the Playmakers will be traveling to Mount Desert Island High School for their Regional Competition on March 8 and 9.

There are two significant events during the second week of March.  First, as we wrap up the winter season, our athletic director Susan Robbins would appreciate your feedback by taking the following Parent Survey.   It’s also time to prepare for the spring sports season, and Spring Sports Information Nightwill be held Monday, March 11th at 6:00 pm. Please join your child in learning more about the upcoming season from our spring coaching staff. 

Next, will also hold our Registration Conferenceson March 12th and March 13th.  These conferences provide you and your student with the opportunity to meet individually with your student’s advisor to sign up for next year’s classes.  You should be hearing from your student’s advisor with more information. Prior to the registration conferences, please take time to discuss the course selection information with your son or daughter, as the Course of Studies (link here)contains valuable academic information about Yarmouth High School and provides you with information to make decisions based on your student’s interests, strengths, and needs.

The third full week of March is an exciting time at Yarmouth High School, as each grade level participates in several unique learning experiences:

  • Freshmenwill participate in workshops and activities related to their Power of OneProjects, while also traveling to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to study artwork related to their humanities studies on Friday March 22nd.  

  • Sophomores and juniorswill spending time at their job sites on March 20, 21, and 22 as part of their Career Exploration Program.  

  • Seniorswill attend a day-long series of workshopsgeared to help them with real world life-skills after graduation on Friday March 22nd.  We will be offering students an array of choices, ranging from tips on cooking to financial experts taking students through the essentials of financial literacy.  

Additionally, The Yarmouth Parent/School Alliancewill be holding another workshop on Technology Use on Tuesday, March 19, 2019  from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the School Cafeteria at Yarmouth High School.   Led by Erica Marcus, families will learn more about this modern phenomenon and how it impacts frequent and dependent users.  She draws upon her expertise as a certified Mindful Schools Instructor and yoga teacher to help young people cultivate healthy relationships with themselves, one another, and technology.  At the end of this interactive workshop, participants will leave with an understanding of how to manage their technology use within their families. We hope that you will be able to join us!  Please pre-register for the event by filling out thisform.

Finally, we will end the month with another Yarmouth hallmark event.  It's time to get ready for the 9th Annual Yarmouth's Got Talent: A K-12 Student Competition- Show Date Friday, March 29. All talent is welcome to audition – music, dance, arts, magic, comedy or any creative endeavor that will win over the audience!  Entry forms for individual performers or group leaders can be found as this link http://bit.ly/ygtentry-leader.  Entry forms for additional group members can be found here http://bit.ly/ygtentry-group.  Entry forms must be submitted by Thursday, March 21.  Cash prizes will be based on audience vote, and a first and second prize will be awarded for each age group. View official rules and links to the entry forms at YarmouthsGotTalent.org.

That’s quite a bit of info (which is yet another reason why we refer to the upcoming month as “March Madness” at YHS).  We will provide more updates on each of these events, and here’s a quick summary for easy reference:

  • One Act Play Performance - March 6 in the YPAC at 8:00 pm

  • Winter Sports Athletic Survey link here

  • Spring Sports Registration Night - Monday, March 11th at 6:00 pm.

  • Registration Conferences on March 12th and March 13th - more information forthcoming

  • Erica Marcus Technology Presentation -  Tuesday, March 19, 2019  6:30 p.m  Please pre-register for the event by filling out thisform.

  • 9th Grade Museum of Fine Arts field trip  - Friday, March 22nd.

  • 10th and 11th Grade CEP dates - March 20, 21, and 22

  • 12th Grade Senior Workshop Day - Friday, March 22nd

  • Yarmouth’s Got Talent - Friday,  March 29