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Weekly Announcements 12/11/15

posted Dec 11, 2015, 2:59 PM by Massabesic highschool   [ updated Dec 11, 2015, 3:06 PM ]

MHS NEWS - December 11th, 2015

Upcoming Dates

12-14 & 12-17 - Willard/Maurais Advisory gift wrapping fundraiser

12-15 -  University of Maine, Orono - Senior Application Review Day at MHS

12-17 -  Chorus Concert - 7pm

12-22 -  Band Concert - 7pm

Updates for all MHS Parents/Guardians:

Did you know?  RSU 57 nurses are authorized by the district’s school physician “standing orders” to

administer the following over the counter medications to students:

Bacitracin ointment (antibiotic cream), Hydrocortisone Cream 0.5-1%, Benadryl Cream, Caladryl or Calagel (treats rash/itching); Anbesol, Oil of Cloves, Orajel (mouth sores, gum/toothache); Blistex (chapped lips), and Chloraseptic Spray (Sore throat Spray), Camphophenique (cold sores) and Zinc oxide (skin protectant).  Our nurse can also treat first time suspected severe allergic reactions with Benadryl and an Epipen.

Parents/guardians who would prefer that their son/daughter not receive any of the listed over the counter medications must contact our School Nurse, Mrs. Nancy Sobanik, and put their request in writing. Please know that emergency medications are given at the School Nurse’s discretion and will not be withheld. We welcome any and all communications from parents/guardians to ensure the wellbeing of your son/daughter at MHS.

Are there 4-Level opportunities in every course? At the beginning of our school year a number of questions and a few concerns were shared with me by students and parents & guardians around 4-Level Opportunities being available and offered to our students. As a school we discussed and reiterated the need for these to be offered and available in all courses. Our teachers have been working hard in their teams, what we call PLCs, looking at the assessments we have, making improvements and/or creating new ones if needed. If you, or your son/daughter has a question about 4-Level opportunities please contact their teacher immediately so that any confusion can be cleared-up. Thanks very much!

Waterboro Elementary School held their holiday fair this past weekend here at MHS.  We had over 40 MHS students volunteer from Friday afternoon to all day Saturday earning community service hours.  It was shared with me that these students were “wonderful” and “hard working” and that this year the fair  had the most volunteers in memory, and happily put them well to work.  PTO President Heather Silva stated that “in the 11 years she has been running the fair that this may have been the most hard working, wonderful group of MHS students we have ever had.”

Our Project Graduation Committee operates practically year-round. With this level of organization we don't expect to have 50 people at every meeting.  Our mission is to share the details and info of Project Graduation so that parents with students at all levels at Massabesic High School are "in the loop" with our purpose and try and help when available.  Please understand the LARGER need of this group is DONATIONS and HELP when requested. In order to fulfill our mission we need donations and help pulling off our events when asked.  To those that have donated in the past, a heartfelt THANK YOU for your generosity and continued support. In the future we will send out more information, specifically about needs.  Our next meeting with be January 7th at 6pm.

Mrs. Willard & Mrs. Maurais Advisory Classes are holding a gift wrapping fundraiser to benefit the York County Shelter Program.  Bring your unwrapped gifts to the West Library on Monday, 12/14 or to the East Training room on Thursday, 12/17 from 2:10-3:45 and they will wrap for free hoping you donate! Leave with wrapped gifts and a warm feeling that comes from donating!

Class of 2016

Senior Slide Show: Every year a group of seniors volunteer their time to put together a slideshow to be presented at the Senior Awards Night (June 8, 2016). To make the slideshow a success, they need pictures from kindergarten through senior year. Their goal is to have pictures of every student in the slideshow. We are looking for group photos, sports pictures, school activities and outings etc. (Pictures do not have to be school related). If you have pictures you’d like to share, you can drop them off in the main office or email them to: seniorslideshow@rsu57.org by February 12, 2016.  Thanks very much!

Club News

The Fall Performance of "Agatha Christie Never Took Trig" has been postponed until January 8th & 9th at 6pm.  Auditions for the 2016 One Act Competition will be held on Tuesday, December 15th at 2pm.  Students interested in auditioning for an acting role or being on the tech crew must attend from 2 to 4pm.  Thanks!

24 members of the Culture Club, along with staff and parents are embarking for the Big Apple (New York City) this weekend.  They will be touring Rockefeller Center, seeing every decorated store window possible, visiting the Apple Store, ESPN Zone, and Macy's Department store to name a few.  After experiencing Times Square the tired travelers will stay overnight and then look at options to go to the TODAY Show, 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street, The Met, Carnegie Hall or Central Park (or extra shopping experiences) before returning to Maine. The weekend will be short and sweet, but definitely worth it with funding raised primarily through pie sales! Have a safe trip!

Guidance Info

Juniors and Seniors - Are you interested in earning college credit while still in high school?  Dual Enrollment may be for you.  If you are interested, in taking a college class for the spring semester, now is the time to look into this.  Please see your guidance counselor ASAP for more information.

Scholarship opportunity for Seniors interested in Nursing...

Nursing Schools Almanac has just launched its second annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. The Almanac will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:

- A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics

- A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare

This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue a college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2016.  Interested students should visit www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage.

Now is also the time to consider how you will be paying for college and other post-secondary advanced training options! Please see the attached document with this email on five tips from the Financial Authority of Maine (FAME).

Student Spotlight

Sanford Regional Technical Center recently held its quarterly assembly to recognize Students of the Quarter.  We are very proud to share with you students from “Mustang Nation” who earned these honors. AM Session: Katelynn Rosa (Health Occupations), Calvin Lehman (Emergency Medical Services), Jack Cavanaugh (Computer & Network Systems), Joe Parker (Precision Manufacturing), Justin Crowley (Landscaping & Horticulture), Matthew Garland (Automotive Technology).  PM Session: Justin Forrester (Fire Science), Chase Stearns (Residential Wiring), Tyler Hall (Building Trades), Joshua Marquis (Automotive Technology).  Congratulations to all!!!  Mustang Proud!  

Congratulations go to Devin Adams, Aaron Brown, Michael Gimenez, Aaron Leach and Justin Leach on earning acceptance into Maine's All State Honors Ensembles! Students from the entire state of Maine audition for these ensembles, and Massabesic is well represented in this incredibly competitive event. Special recognition goes to Aaron Leach who earned first place in our state on the flute!  Super job!

MHS Department Highlights

World Language

French 1 and Spanish 1 students are finishing their likes and dislikes unit which allows them to practice sharing their preferences with other students.  Overall, students are doing well at introductions and short

conversations.  Presently, students are researching the holidays and customs in French-speaking countries around the world.  

French 2 students have completed their food unit and shared terrific skits either through Apple TV or live in class.  Everyone is ready to go to Paris and order French delicacies!  

French 3 and 4 memorized and acted out the poem Déjeuner du Matin by Jacques Prévert.  This class will be watching and doing exercises around THE CHORUS in French before the holiday break.

Spanish 2 students will be working on the "Mi autobiografia" project starting this week. This project’s objective is to give students the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned so far this semester. Students will be having peers help them edit their first draft.

Spanish 3 students have just taken their assessment on Presentational and Interpersonal Speaking. The assessment included a collage of pictures to prompt them to talk about events in their childhood. Students had to use the past tense in its two forms: Preterit and Imperfect.

Freshman Teams

Our Katahdin Team has been working hard on their Service Learning Projects, making cards for Service Men and Women, Hospitalized Children, and many other groups in need of holiday support. We also have a gift wrapping fundraiser going on to raise money for the Homeless Shelter Programs in Alfred.  We are enjoying working together to help others and have seen a lot of strong leadership skills and creativity from our students.

Sugarloaf Team students are decorating the doors of their advisories and working on their Service Learning Projects. Projects include cards going to members of the Armed Services and children who are hospitalized along with putting together care packages for schoolchildren in Africa. Any items related to hygiene or school can be given to Mr. Dalton to be included in the care packages! Thanks!

Cadillac Team’s Service Learning Projects include a holiday card writing campaign along with a couple of groups sending care packages to children at local hospitals. The holiday cards are being written for soldiers, local fire and rescue workers, patients at a local children's hospital, and area rest home patients. Some groups also chose to write cards to a little girl named Safyre, a burn victim who lost her entire family in a fire, whose holiday wish is simply to receive holiday cards from all over the world. Our students are producing some very thoughtful and creative pieces, with all enjoying this time together.

Athletic Announcements

Friday 12/11

-MHS Wrestling will compete in the Jarvis Wildcat Invitational Tournament in Athens, Pennsylvania this weekend.  Good luck to all of the wrestlers attending as they take on some of the best competition on the east coast!

-Girls Basketball travels to Thornton Academy.  Jv 5:30pm Varsity 7pm.

-Swim takes on Thornton Academy at Biddeford beginning at 7:30pm.

Saturday 12/12

-Indoor Track takes on Gorham, Marshwood and McAuley at USM at 11am.

-Boys Ice Hockey takes on Cony @ USM at 4:10pm.

-Girls Hockey who compete with Gorham High Girls Hockey play at 6:10pm. 

Monday 12/14

-Girls Basketball Teams take on Gorham.  Jv at 5:30pm with Varsity at 7pm.

Tuesday 12/15

-Boys Basketball hosts Gorham.  First Team 4pm, JV 5:30pm and Varsity at 7pm.

-Swim travels to St. Joe’s to take on Windham at 4pm.

Wednesday 12/16

-Wrestling hosts Windham beginning at 6pm.

-Boys Hockey travels to the Norway Savings Bank Arena to take on Gray-New Gloucester at 5pm.

Thursday 12/17

-Winter Chorus Concert will be held in the MHS Auditorium at 7pm.

Friday 12/18

-Girls Basketball hosts South Portland.  JV at 5:30pm with Varsity at 7pm.

Saturday 12/20

-Indoor Track takes on Noble, Thornton Academy and Deering at 11am at USM.

-Wrestling travels to Concord HS (NH) for the Concord Duals tournament beginning at 9am.

Good Luck Mustangs!

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