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Weekly Announcements 10/23

posted Oct 23, 2015, 1:02 PM by Massabesic highschool

MHS NEWS - October 23, 2015

Upcoming Dates

11-4-15  Massabesic Athletic Boosters @ 6:30pm in Library

11-5-15  SRTC Career & College Fair 9:00-11:00am

11-5-15  Project Graduation Meeting @ 6pm

11-10-15 Parent/Teacher Conferences 2:00 - 6:15pm

11-13-15 Picture Retakes

Updates for all MHS Parents/Guardians:

A new high school Leachfield system is being installed behind MHS.  Dearborn Construction  fencing off behind our school and will be bringing heavy equipment in. Students are asked to be cautious about vehicles as they go between buildings as well as not entering the fenced off construction area at any time.  

Back to the SAT -  the Maine DOE has decided.  This means that all third year high school students will again be taking the SAT as the state test in the spring.

Project Graduation is looking for volunteers to give a few hours of time and / or small food donations to  support one of our biggest fundraisers, our Annual Scrapbooking Event.  We are looking for a few adults  and students to help the day of the event, Saturday, November 14th.  We will sign forms for students to get  community service volunteer hours. Food donations will need to be delivered on Friday, November 13th.   Please contact Cindy Paradis via email atcindyparadis65@gmail.com, cell phone 423‐2452 or signup via this  link:  http://vols.pt/uNiYwU Spots are also still open if you would like to join us for the day. Cost is only $50  and includes food. Event runs from 8AM to 8PM.  

Picture Re-Takes for Students will be in the morning on Friday, November 13th in MHS Library.

Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up!  Please mark your calendars to meet individually with your son or daughter's teachers. Conferences are in the afternoon and early evening of Tuesday, November 10, from 2:00-6:15pm.  Conferences are a great opportunity for increasing communication in support of student achievement and motivation.  A new on-line signup system will be in place this year with information coming out next week!

What happens to our schedule when we have early am release day?  Please see the attachment for what our schedule is on those days.

The Winter Sports Registration window for MHS Winter Sports is NOW OPEN!  All students interested in participating in a Winter sport at MHS will need to go to rsu57.revtrak.net to register  for the Winter Season. The earlier registrations are completed the easier it is to process individual player eligibility. All  registrations should be completed by November 9th.

Meet the Coaches Night will be on Nov. 10th at 6:30pm in the MHS Gym.   All parents and  guardians of athletes registered to try out for a winter sport are expected to attend.   There will be a brief introduction from Mr. Brendan Scully our Activities Director, then all students and their parent or guardian will have the opportunity to meet their coach and receive schedule / tryout information along with other important messages.   All student athletes wishing to play a winter sport should attend.

Culture Club is hosting the Halloween Dance on Friday, October 30th from 7:00‐10:00pm. Come in your best costume for our costume contest as the winner receives a Shaker Pond gift card.  We are also selling delicious pies for our fall fundraiser! Orders are due on November 5th and can be picked up on the 17th of November. Thank you for supporting Culture Club!

The brand new MHS Outing Club will be holding an informational meeting on Oct. 28th at 2:10.

This club will offer opportunities for students to explore the outdoors through hiking, fishing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing etc. Any questions please contact Ms. Sirianni or Mr. Perks.

The Massabesic Athletic Boosters is a voluntary association of individuals, organized to support, promote, and encourage the student athletes and athletic programs for the RSU #57 Middle School and High School.  The Boosters Winter Carnival Committee will meet on November 4th at 6:30pm in the MHS Library and would love to see additional volunteers join us to make this a new fun community event for our district.  

Yearbook Senior pictures are due by November 8th. Please send pictures to yearbook1@rsu57.org. Yearbook order forms, senior Baby Ads, and other yearbook information can also be found on our website: https://sites.google.com/a/rsu57.org/massabesic-yearbook/.

Guidance Info

College visits this coming week at MHS:

Western New England University - Monday, October 26th @1:00

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Science - Tuesday, October 27th @ 8:30

University of Maine Farmington - Wednesday, October 28th @ 9:45

Wheaton College - Thursday, October 29th @ 8:00

St. Anselm College - Thursday, October 29th @ 10:00

MHS Juniors and Seniors!  This is not JUST a college fair, but your chance to visit with area employers, military branch representatives and local and regional college admission representatives!

The SRTC Career and College Fair will take place at Sanford High's Gym on Tuesday, November 5th at 9:00am.  We will be taking one busload of students. This is first-come first-served. Get your field trip permission form in Guidance and have it signed by Block 1, 2 and Advisory teachers along with your parents/guardian as soon as possible to get on the attending list!  Senior Voc. students will already be attending and do not need to sign up for the trip!  However, Junior Voc. students who want to attend need to get permission forms and ride the bus to be allowed to attend.

Highlights include:

  • Employers:  Pratt & Whitney, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Berlin City Auto Dealerships, the Baker Company, AVX Tantalum, Casco Bay Steel Structures, Hussey Seating and more!

  • Post-Secondary institutions:  trade, technical, 2-year and 4-year colleges.

  • Military representatives attending:  Army National Guard, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corp

You do not want to miss this opportunity to make contact with area employers and college representatives.   See the guidance office for more information!


Please ask your son or daughter if they have had their one-on-one post-secondary planning meeting. If not, please encourage him/her to do so as soon as possible. This meeting helps students think past June, 2016.

Student Spotlight

Our “new” Girls Volleyball team finished their last tournament pool 2-2, having beat Thorton Academy and Portland. Our girls left everything on the court. As the energy & grit they played with was inspiring. Many compliments were received from other coaches about our team. At the start of the tournament everyone was wondering who we were, but by the end of the day they all were talking about us!  They made Mustang Nation proud!!! Well done ladies!

Congratulations go to the NJROTC Special Teams for their superior performance in the greater New England all Navy Drill League this past Saturday at MHS.  Our Massabesic Cadets performed extremely well, with the following performances especially noteworthy:

Personnel Inspection - 2nd place led by Senior Mackenzie Croteau

Unarmed Regulation - 3rd place led by Junior Mikaela Callahan

Color Guard - 3rd place led by Junior Grady Connolly

Well done to ALL Cadets!!  Horrah!!!

MHS Department Highlights

Freshman Teams

Our Katahdin Team has had a smooth start to the year as we all get to know each other within our teams. Freshman teams are working on Restorative Justice circles in their history classes and hope to start implementing them across all content areas soon. Restorative Justice circles are designed to help students feel like they have a voice on team and that their voice is being heard. We will use them to continue to get to know each other as well as work out any team issues that arise. Several of our content areas are just starting to get to the first big assessments of the year, so keep an eye on Empower over the next couple of weeks. If you have any questions or concerns about what is showing up on Empower, feel free to email your child's teachers or sign up to meet with teachers during conferences on November 10th.

Sugarloaf team has a monthly meeting with their students to recognize academic and non-academic achievements such as recognition for community service, trophies for scholar/athletes, and other prizes for accomplishments made outside of school. We also have people from different MHS clubs come to talk about what they do. We also sometimes do team building exercises using Project Adventure activities. The Sugarloaf students nominated 4 team leaders for this year: Hayden Zielinski, Ethan Laverriere, Caitlyn Hall, and Dilan McEneaney. Our next meeting is Friday, October 30th.


Students enrolled in Spanish  4 are working on projects that focus on Pope Francis’ visit to

the US.  Students were expected to have their group discussion completely in Spanish.

Classes are raising awareness and celebrating the Day of the Dead on Nov 1st.  This is an old tradition

that focuses on the family and ancient customs with all levels of spanish and MHS participating.  


All French classes are off to a great start this year!!!  French I students have just

completed a COGNATES and CULTURE project.  Their end products are "magnifique"

and will be displayed at parent conferences in November.  French II classes are

learning all about food and will be writing and presenting AU RESTAURANT skits in

the near future.  French III and IV students are using all that they have learned in

levels I and II to read stories, plays and immerse themselves in the language.  Très

bien tout le monde!

Athletic Events 10/24‐10/31

Saturday 10/24 - Cross Country Regionals at Twin Brooks / Cumberland 10am Boys / 10:35am Girls

Saturday 10/31 - Cross Country States at Twin Brooks / Cumberland 12:30pm Boys / 1:15pm Girls

Open Gym will begin for all students on Monday 10/26 beginning at 2:15pm.  All students must  change and be participating to remain in the gym. Open gym will end at 4pm and will run Monday  through Thursday until 11/10.

The Captains Club is sponsoring a Volleyball Tournament on Friday November 6th and Monday the 9th after school in the gym.  Teams of six will be competing for bragging rights, T‐shirts  and the Captains Cup inaugural trophy.  Teams of teachers or students are welcome to participate.   Cost for Team entry is $10.00.   Proceeds will go to the Captains Council and be used to support MHS student attendance at the New England Leadership Conference. Sign up your team with Mr Scully in the Activities Office.

Thanks for reviewing the above informati