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Weekly Announcements 10/20

posted Oct 20, 2015, 8:35 AM by Massabesic highschool

MHS NEWS - October 20, 2015

Updates for all MHS Parents/Guardians

The window for signing up for iPad device insurance has been extended through October 23.  Please take the time to sign up for coverage through Safeware, Inc, an insurance company that we are aligning with to reduce the repair cost for families. The premium cost is $25.11 for the year.  Please use the directions on the attached document. During the signup period, the process is completed online in the Safeware signup portal.  You will need a way to pay and the device's serial number.  

There are two ways to find the serial number.  You can turn on the iPad and retrieve the number through the settings app. To do this, turn on the iPad and open the settings app. Click on “General” and then “About”. The serial number is listed on the “About” page and consists of numbers and letters.  Please do NOT submit the 7 digit number on the front of the iPad. If you do not have access to the iPad, please email Kevin Perkins, Technology Director, with your child's name and he will share the serial number with you.

You may also sign up after the window closes.  If you would like to sign up after October 23, please contact Kevin Perkins (kevinperkins@rsu57.org) and he will lead you through the process.  Thank you and please sign up today!

Project Graduation is in need of volunteers to support its ongoing mission for MHS.  Efforts are nearly year round and benefit every student at MHS. The project rolls funds year to year in order to make sure every student has a safe, fun experience upon graduation.  

Many people think that Project Grad is for Seniors. The reality is that Seniors and their parents have a very full plate Senior year and have less time to give organizing and setting up our event. Junior parents are needed to set up the event the night of graduation so Senior parents can attend graduation.  Most of the expenses occur early in our year, so funds need to be in place to start making deposits for the event. After the Class of 2016 our group of ladies will be retiring as they all have Junior students currently. We need either Freshmen or Sophomore parents to start now learning the process to prepare for when their son/daughter graduates.


If you are a parent of an underclassman and want to know how you can become involved without a major commitment... Please reach out to us! We would love to have you on our planning committee! Our next meeting is on Nov 5th!  Hope to see you there!


Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MassHSProjGrad?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Our website (available from HS main website):  https://sites.google.com/site/massabesichsprojectgraduation

The deadline for submitting completed National Honor Society application packets to the NHS Advisor, Ms. Dorothy Haws, is Friday, October 23 by 2:00 p.m. NHS Candidates can access the NHS Application Packet on the MHS website under Student Forms or by clicking here. Late or Incomplete packets will immediately disqualify NHS candidates for consideration as a member of NHS.

(attached NHS application)

Massabesic Chorus will be hosting a Coffee House Fundraiser this Thursday, October 22nd in the New Café at 6pm.  Come and have some warm drinks and snacks and listen to some good music and poetry!

The Culture Club will be hosting the annual Halloween Dance on Friday October 30th from 7-10pm.   

For more information contact any Culture Club member or Mrs. Norrie Chamoff.

Testing at MHS

9th Grade:

Act/Aspire:  This assessment is given to determine benchmarks for each incoming Freshman to see where they are in reference to college readiness in Core Subjects.  English, Reading, Writing, Math and Science were tested.  Results will be shared in the early winter.

11th Grade:

PSAT:  The SAT is changing it's format this spring. Our Juniors took the PSAT this past Wednesday to help with their readiness. The PSAT assessment will measure how our students rank with their peers nationally in Reading, Writing and Math skills.  CollegeBoard (who provides the PSAT and SAT) will be providing an extensive online analysis in December or January of your son or daughter's skill levels in these areas and specific suggestions for preparing for the SAT in May.

Class of 2016

Do you have a high school senior who will be going to college during the 2016-2017 school year?  If so, have you applied for your FSA ID?  The FSA ID is the new identification ID needed to file a student’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).   Both the student and one parent need a FSA ID.   Applying early for the FSA ID is advised and can be done at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm.  The attached form is a good tool to use when applying for the FSA ID; it is designed to help you keep track of this information.

This week's Advisory Lesson Topics

The purpose of Advisory lessons are  to provide students with information that supports their academic success that is not ordinarily provided in the classroom.  Advisory lesson topics include social skill development, career and college preparation, tips on taking care of one's own emotional needs.  Lessons for next couple week include:

-All Students- Progress Reports: Reflection activity and individual discussions with Advisors to discuss next steps for academic success for this semester

-Seniors:  Continue working on Common App and gaining employment after high school

-Juniors:  Exploring the post-graduation job market

-Sophomores:  Be an Innovator! Developing and recording goal statements in Family Connections

-Freshmen:  Getting Organized-creating "To Do" lists in Family Connections

Department Highlights

Math Department

In Concentrated Math 1 a project-based learning approach is being implemented.  In one class the students are building 3-D houses with the help of the technology department while working on the learning targets of converting measurements, finding percent, finding area of polygons and finding the area of circles and scale drawings.  In other classes students will be designing a miniature golf course, creating a scale drawing, and then calculating the perimeter and area of their course in order to determine how much it will cost to construct the course with materials then being priced out.

Most Geometry, Algebra 2, and Pre-Calculus students will be taking their unit 1 summative assessments in the next few classes and getting started on their next unit of study.

Special Education Department

The Life Skills class has been busy tending to the raised beds outside of the East building as well as the landscaping around the entrance of the East Building.   Planting, watering and harvesting mixed greens also weeding, and planting mums at the East Building.  The students harvested mixed greens this past week, washed, weighed and bagged them for sale to school staff.  We also had a wonderful trip to the Fryeburg Fair on 10/7.  Students enjoyed exploring the livestock barns, Old MacDonald's Farm and sampling some great fair foods.  One of our students had the pleasure of holding a bunny!  Upcoming events include pumpkin picking, bowling and making apple crisp.  

On November 17 at 2:15 there will be a vocational rehab Parent Informational Meeting after school for any juniors or seniors currently receiving Special Education services that will need support upon graduation.  Ms. Anne-Marie Riley from Vocational Rehabilitation Services will present information on what services are available and how to apply.  Ms. Riley will also be available to answer questions you may have and support you in filling out the application.  If you have any questions please contact Shelley Morse (School Social Worker) or Laurel Richards (Special Education Teacher) and we will be glad to help.  Our students hard at work….

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Student Spotlight

Class of 2015 Graduate, Mitchell Thayer became an Eagle Scout!  Mitchell is an outstanding young person who is a credit to himself, his family and our communities.

Ski Bus Registration

The MHS Ski Bus will be heading up to Sunday River again this winter.  Whether first-time or expert, the Ski Bus is the best deal going with prices even lower than last year.  Packages include four roundtrips to Sunday River from MHS aboard Custom Coaches on Saturdays; January 9, 23, 30 & February 6, 2016.  First-time skiers and riders are eligible for an introductory package which includes bus, lift, rentals and lessons.  Experienced skiers and riders will get a lift ticket and roundtrip transportation for less than the cost of a daily lift ticket!   

$180 – First-time skiers/riders only, includes bus, lift, rental and lessons

$180 – Bus & lift

$230 – Bus & lift & rentals

$230 – Bus & lift & lessons

$280 – Bus & lift & lessons & rentals

$  80 – Bus only for season pass holders

Ski Bus registration will take place before school beginning at 6:45 a.m. on November 3 & 4 in the MHS cafeteria.  Ski bus eligibility follows the same guidelines as other sports at MHS.  For a registration packet and more information, please email Mrs. Larned, larned@roadrunner.com

Winter Sports Registration

The registration window for MHS / MMS Winter Sports is now open!   All students interested in participating in a Winter sport at MHS or MMS will need to go to rsu57.revtrak.net to register for the Winter Season.  All registrations should be completed by November 9th.

Meet the Coaches Night

The Winter Meet the Coaches Night will be on Nov. 10th at 6pm in the MHS Gym.   All parents and guardians of athletes registered to play a winter sport are expected to attend.  There will be a brief introduction from Brendan Scully our Activities Director, then all teams and their parent/guardian will have the opportunity to meet their coach and receive schedule / tryout information and other important messages.   All playing a winter sport are expected to attend.

Athletic Events 10/20-10/24

Tuesday 10/20

MHS Jv and Varsity Soccer @ Bonny Eagle   4pm JV / 6pm Varsity

MHS Jv and Varsity Girls Soccer vs Bonny Eagle  Senior Night  4pm JV / 6pm V

Varsity Field Hockey Qtr Final playoff Game vs Sanford  4pm Goodall Park

Thursday 10/22

First Team Football  @ Kennebunk  4pm

Friday 10/23

Varsity Football @  Sanford  7pm

Saturday 10/24

Cross Country Regionals @ Twinbrooks, Cumberland   10am