This past Saturday was “Meet the Mustangs Family Fun Day” at MHS from 2pm-5pm.
Homecoming week Activities!
This years Homecoming theme is Decades. Each class has selected a decade to highlight their activities for the week and each day there will be activities dedicated to each decade. The school dress up days are as follows:
Monday: Movies throughout the Decades (dress like a movie character)
: Sports throughout the Decades (dress in sports gear, bonus points for
: Waaaaaay Back or Waaaaaay Forward (dress like someone from
ancient history or the far future)
: Class Decade Day (Seniors: 60s, Juniors: 80s, Sophomores: 20s,
: Green and White
Homecoming week will be highlighted by the Homecoming Dance
Athletic Events 9/28 - 10/3
Varsity and JV Boys Soccer vs. Gorham V / Varsity
MHS Field Hockey vs. Cheverus Varsity / JV
First Team Football vs. Sacoppee Valley
MMS 8th grade Soccer vs Kennebunk
MMS 7th grade Soccer @ Acton
MMS Field Hockey @ Kennebunk
MHS Golf @ Marshwood
First Team Field Hockey @ Kennebunk
MHS Field Hockey @ Windham Varsity / JV
First Team Boys Soccer vs Thornton Academy
MHS Soccer @ McAuley Varsity
MMS Cross country @ York
MHS Boys Soccer @ Biddeford JV / Varsity
MHS Golf vs Sanford
MMS 7th grade Soccer @ Thornton Academy Middle School
MMS Field Hockey vs Kittery
MHS Girls Soccer Varsity vs Biddeford (Varsity Only)
MHS Football vs Oxford Hills
Cross Country at Belfast Invitational.
At a recent Collegeboard workshop our counselors attended, a Financial Aid representative from St. Joseph's College shared the following information:
For the 2016-2017 college year, FAFSA filing can begin on January 1, 2015.
For the 2017-2018 college year, FAFSA filing will begin after .
Starting this year, there will be NO MORE PIN number to sign the FAFSA. You will now have a FAFSA ID. Parents will have their own.
Both the student and at least one parent will use their individual FSA ID to electronically sign the student’s FAFSA.
The SAT is being Redesigned - the new test will roll out in March of 2016. This year's PSAT that will be taken this fall is designed to coordinate with the Redesigned SAT.
Our seniors who choose to retake the SAT this fall (through January) will take the current SAT test.
Juniors and subsequent classes will take the Redesigned SAT starting in March 2016.
Resources available online for educators from the Collegeboard:
Redesigned SAT Teacher Implementation Guide
Professional Development Modules for Educators
Using Scores and Reporting to Inform Instruction
Resources for School and District Leaders
(See attached SAT FLYER for the Five Key Changes to the NEW SAT)
College Visits at MHS this coming week
Monday, 9/28 Husson University @
Central Maine Community College @
Maine School of Science & Mathematics @
same - Mitchell College @
Emerson College @
University of Massachusetts - Boston @
University of Rhode Island @
- Seton Hall University @
UNH College Fair: !
There's still time to sign up, but permission forms are due today, 9.25.15! You will attend the NECAC College Fair, get a free lunch on the UNH Campus and get a quick tour of the campus! Have your son/daughter sign up .
Attention 9th and 11th Grade Families: It's Assessment Time again!
9th Grade: ACT/Aspire- , and
11th Grade: PSAT- .
Please watch for more information to follow!
Congratulations go to Massabesic High School 12th Grader Devin Adams who has been awarded a “Jack Kent Cooke Music Scholarship.” This $10,000 award confirms what many of us who have been fortunate to hear Devin play, already knew, that Devin Adams is one of the best high school musicians in the United States! Devin will appear on “From the Top”, a PBS and National Public Radio program, which features outstanding high school musicians. This program comes to Maine in October to tape at the University of Maine Collin's Center. From the Top is an NPR program that features some of the nation's best young musicians. From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation have awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to exceptional young musicians. Each year, From the Top chooses approximately 20 exceptional pre-collegiate musicians ages 8-18 to receive the Award.
Congratulations, Devin! WOW!
Taylor Dorais, a student in Mr. Magaw's Current Events class emailed Senator King in regard to the issues surrounding Iran's Nuclear Weapons. Taylor received a very lengthy and appreciative email from Senator King in return. Well done Taylor!!!
Class of 2016
Seniors are responsible for emailing their senior Write Up and sending in a picture for the yearbook by the set deadlines. Please click here to review the Senior Due Dates with your son/daughter and please encourage him/her to turn in the necessary items on time. Thanks very much!
For those parents interested in putting in a recognition ad, click here for the Baby ad information. You have two options: you can create/design the ad yourself online or send in the info to Mrs. Stephenson. Please email her with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 2019
We are anticipating a great Homecoming week, but are still in need of parent volunteers and donated items for our Hallway Decorating Contest. If you are interested in helping the Class of 2019 at any time this year, please email your son/daughter class advisors, Ms Gearinger or Mr. Hazen at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are working with the concept of Composition in Mrs. Tompkins class. Students took an image from popular media, such as a magazine, and re-composed, then painted, the image 3 times, focusing on strengthening, changing, and adapting the original Composition to now fit on one large piece of paper. They had the choice to work in acrylics, watercolors, gouache or tempera paint. Everyone approached the challenge in different ways and the results are varied and exciting! Please take a look at some of the examples attached.
Our Social Studies staff is busy improving their knowledge as follows:
On September 25, Mr. Magaw attended a conference at Yarmouth High School put on by Brown Universities Choices program. The topic was "Engaging Students in International Issues: The Choices Approach".
Next week, Mr. Ryan will be attending a training for Civil Rights Team facilitators.
On , Mr. Lavertu, Mr. Magaw and Mr.Poulin will be attending state wide curriculum meeting, looking at revisions to our present Social Studies standards.
On October 26 Mr. White and Mr. Lavertu will be taking AP Government students to the Maine ACLU workshop in Portland. Students participate in mock trials dealing with the Bill of Rights and Supreme Court cases. The event is put on by Maine lawyers who work voluntarily with our students for the day.
On Miss Hunter will be attending a Global Education conference hosted by the Maine Council for Social Studies. The information she gathers from this conference will enhance the teaching of our 21st Century course.
An Important Science FYI
Due to a recent adjustment in our science curriculum, you will notice in Empower under the topic “Earth and Space Composition & Structure of the Earth: Levels 4 and 6 that students will be marked as “Auto Promoted (AP)” when they are proficient as opposed to a 1-4 score. Current 7th, 8th and 9th grade students will be marked proficient in this manner for these learning targets so as not to impact their status in regards to the Latin grading system during their high school years, as we make the transition between shifting high school and the middle school targets. Please contact your son or daughter’s 9th grade teacher if you have any questions. Thanks!
Last year, I moved from Colorado to take the position of District and HS librarian for RSU57. I love working at MHS, and have been re-organizing our library so that our users can easily find and check out library materials for research or for pleasure reading. One of the new projects that I am very excited about is now ready to roll. I have been authorized to assign Portland Public Library cards to any current MHS students who request them. This card will give your child access to various excellent databases for research as well as digital and audio-books through the Portland Public Library! Since these items are digital, they will automatically return to the PPL system, unless the user renews before the due date.
If you are interested in volunteering in the HS library, even just once in awhile, please give me a call at extension 2282, or come and visit! I always have different projects going and and would appreciate assistance. Thank you,
Mrs. Lorna Stiefvater
National Honor Society News
This weekend you may see NHS members volunteering at the 6th Annual Shaker Hill Apple Festival held in Alfred, Maine to support York County Shelter Programs. from and Sunday shifts are . Please say Hi!
There is an important NHS Eligibility Meeting Monday, September 28, 2015 during Advisory in the Auditorium for students who recently received a notice inviting them to present themselves as a possible candidate for National Honor Society. We ask all who received the letter to attend this meeting so that you can be informed about the details of the NHS Application Process. Thanks!
York County Regional Fine Arts Program (RFA)
Regional Fine Arts (RFA) Applications for high ability students interested in Theater, Creative Writing, Vocal Music, Instrumental Jazz Improv, and Oil Painting have been available in the main offices of both of our buildings, the guidance office and from Ms. Haws in Mod 8. Deadline for returning completed RFA Applications to Ms. Haws in Mod 8 this .
There will be a Project Graduation Meeting this in the MHS Library. All MHS parents are welcome to attend to find out more about Project Graduation and find out how you can help!! The key to our past success is common efforts by parents and guardians of all classes helping out!
There will be a parent/guardian and student evening meeting in room 26 East for any and all students and staff who would like to be a part of the 2017 trip to Paris, Rome and the French Riviera sponsored by Culture Club. There will be a slide show and light refreshments.
Auditions for the Fall Production of “Agatha Christie Never Took Trig” were held and . Cast list should be posted by Monday, Sept 28th and the first read through will be on .
We are looking for a used Wii U to purchase or have donated for this upcoming year. If anyone in the community has one available for a fair price or would like to donate please contact Ms. Pennell at email@example.com. Thanks!