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Weekly Announcements 11/20/15

posted Nov 20, 2015, 12:16 PM by Massabesic highschool

MHS NEWS, November 20th

Upcoming Dates

11-16 to 11-24  Student Council Canned Food Drive

11-23-15  Annual PowderPuff Football Game

11-25-15 to 11-27-15 - Thanksgiving Break

12-02-15  Financial Aid Presentation @ 6pm, MHS Auditorium

12-4-15  Progress Reports distributed

Updates for all MHS Parents/Guardians:

The MHS Zero Waste Club is working hard to get our school-wide recycling program up and going. They will be presenting to the Waterboro Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, November 24th for some needed support.  Special thanks goes to this group for all of their efforts!

The Student Council is holding a food drive in conjunction with our annual Powderpuff Football game to tackle hunger. This year’s food drive will serve as a competition between Advisories. The winning Advisory will win a nice, healthy Subway (eat fresh!) party provided by the Student Council. Our Food Drive runs until November 24th.

If your child becomes sick at school it is very important that they see the school nurse first for proper review and then possible dismissal.  Students texting or calling a parent/guardian to excuse them instead of first seeing the nurse is backwards, not acceptable and not helpful in trying to run our school successfully and efficiently.  Your future help with this expectation is very much appreciated.

Annual Jr/Sr. Girls PowderPuff Football game is on Tuesday night, November 23rd at 6pm on the Football Field.  $5 donation for admittance, with all proceeds being donated to the York County Food Rescue in Alfred.

Community Service Opportunities

MHS Students are needed to volunteer at the Waterboro Elementary PTO Annual Holiday Fair on

Saturday, December 5th from 9:00am -2:00pm.  MHS students have been a great help in years past and  are needed again this year!  Please have your son/daughter sign up to help online at http://vols.pt/bnueYu.  Thanks!

Class of 2016

If your senior did not attend Monday’s meeting regarding graduation cap and gown orders, they can pick up information from our main office or from Mrs. Stephenson in room 6. Seniors must have their cap and gown information in, one last chance, no later than Monday, November 23rd.  

Class of 2018

Poinsettia Fundraiser orders are due by Monday, Nov. 30th. They will be delivered on Sat. Dec 5th.

For more information or an order forms see Mrs. Pellegrino in Room 19.   Choices are Red, White or Pink.  4 ½ “ for $8 or 6” for $12.

Guidance Info

MHS Guidance is hosting a college Financial Aid Information evening on Wed, December 2nd from 6:00-7:30p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. Our presenter will be Jessica Whittier, College Access Counselor,  from the Financial Authority of Maine (FAME).  She will provide important insight and tips on the following topics:

  • Uncovering resources that provide the best opportunities for scholarships

  • How to recognize scholarship scams

  • Navigating through the student loan process

  • Strategies for communicating with college financial aid offers

  • Answering your questions about the financial aid process

You may also visit the FAME website at www.famemaine.com

MHS Guidance will also be providing valuable handouts to help you get the best financial aid package possible!  Please contact your guidance counselor with any questions!

Are you interested in applying to UMaine Orono??? Massabesic High School will be hosting a Senior Application Review Day on Tuesday, December 15 for the University of Maine, Orono. This is a great opportunity to meet with admissions counselors, and complete your application process right here at our school. Your application fees will be waived if your documents are submitted in advance. Please sign up in Guidance for your meeting time and to pick up application materials.

Student Spotlight

Trystin Killer was part of the RSU 57 State of Technology presentation this past Wednesday night at our School Board Meeting.  Trystan did an absolutely amazing job and was an outstanding representative of Massabesic High School and our new Student Help Desk!.  Way to go Trystin!!

MHS Department Highlights


Our special teams will be visiting the campus of Mass Maritime Academy in Cape Cod and will stay overnight aboard the training ship SS John F. Kennedy this weekend.  On Saturday, our cadets will compete in drill, physical fitness, and academic competition. GOOD LUCK CADETS!

NJROTC ran our Annual Veterans Day Assembly last week honoring our service members and remembering the sacrifices they have made and the courage it takes to Defend Honor, Duty and Country.  Local Veterans were present along with 7 of our own MHS Staff Veterans. Our ceremony started with Veterans making their entrance through a Sword Arch followed by the presentation of the Colors by the Navy Junior ROTC Color Guard and the National Anthem sung by the MHS Choir.  As a tradition at this assembly, the MHS Band played the Armed Forces Medley, which included all the service hymns for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines. An hour full of video clips, music and stories from 3 guest speakers highlighted the events.

We were fortunate to have the following guests share their stories with us.  Ray Fertier, who was recruited into the Merchant Marines after the US entered WWII. Leon Jules Tanguay who after landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy, was captured by the Germans and became a POW.  Donald Littlefield concluded our assembly sharing how he was on board a Mine Sweeper off the coast of Saipan, and watched as the Enola Gay flew to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima.  Thank you to all NJROTC students and staff members who made the assembly possible in paying tribute to our servicemen and women!!  


Our own MHS Staff Veterans (from left to right), Steve Stiefvater, Andre Van Coesant, Christopher Jandreau, Michael Dalton, Sr.Chief Peter Jordan, CDR Michael Donlon, William Gifford.

English Language Arts

Students in Freshman English have finished the Of Mice and Men unit and are moving on to a creative writing unit. They will start with the works of Edgar Allen Poe to inspire a scary story, followed by a personal narrative.

Students in Sophomore English have finished essay writing and have started their Civil War novels. Because of the number of informational text targets this semester, our curriculum is aligned with and reinforcing what students are learning in their Sophomore History classes regarding the Civil War.

Students in Nonfiction class are listening to the podcast Seriel. It is a hard-hitting journalism piece about investigating a potential weakness of the court system. Students will analyze for bias, connotation, point of view and write an opinion argument paper as to whether Adnan Syed was wrongfully convicted.

Athletic Announcements

The Girls Cross Country Team placed 28th overall at the New England Championships in Thetford  Vermont last Saturday. The MHS Girls were 5th out of the Maine teams in attendance.  Emily Wasina was our top finisher at 129th place.  Our girls did an excellent job and represented Maine and “Mustang Nation”.  This was our 7th consecutive trip to the New England Championships.

The Winter Sports Seasons begin this Saturday!  

11/21 - Varsity Girls Basketball Team will travel to Freeport and will play Morse at 11am and Kennebunk    at 12:30pm.   

11/24 - Girls Basketball travels to Old Orchard for a Scrimmage at 3:30pm.

11/25 - Ice Hockey Team will travel to USM for a tournament playing at 11:30 and 12:50.

11/27 - Boys Varsity Basketball Team will host Freeport at 5:30pm.  JV at 5:30pm with Varsity to follow at 7pm.

11/28 - Wrestling Team travels to Oxford Hills to compete in the Viking Duals.  Wrestling  begins at 9am.

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 round trip  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 For a registration packet and more information, please email Mrs. Larned, larned@roadrunner.com.

Massabesic Center for Adult Learning

Adult Ed has signed a contract with the Department of Corrections to provide  HiSET Official testing at the Women’s Re‐entry Center in Alfred. This makes three locations for official testing – MCAL, York County Jail and the Women’s Re‐entry Center.

We are welcoming Mareesa Miles to our staff. She was introduced to adult education  with her first class in Poetry. Now she is teaching American Short Stories and loving it!  Mareesa is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a B.A. in English. She is  participating in our professional development on the Career and College Standards for  Adult Education. We’re glad to have Mareesa on our team!  

Marty Roberts has been kept busy with career counseling. She offered two workshops  this fall entitled Finding Your Passion after You Retire and Career Crossroads: How to  Figure out Your Next Steps. Pass the word if you know community members who want  to discuss career options at no charge!  

We hope you have a wonderful break with family and friends!

Thanks for reviewing the above information!