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Weekly Announcements 12/31/15

posted Dec 31, 2015, 6:34 AM by Massabesic highschool

MHS NEWS - December 31st, 2015

Upcoming Dates

1/7 - Project Graduation Meeting - 7pm

1/8 & 1/9 - Drama Performances - “Agatha Christie Never Took Trig” - 6pm, MHS Auditorium

Updates for all MHS Parents/Guardians:

The gift of giving was in full force here in "Mustang Nation." Well over 1000 holiday cards were created by MHS students and staff bringing some holiday cheer to veterans, along with patients at area nursing homes and hospitals.  Approximately $2500.00 was raised by MHS Staff for MHS students and staff in need this holiday season.  Lastly, our National Honor Society and Student Council joined forces and held a penny drive.  $750.00 was raised to help the Waterboro Food Pantry with re-location of their facility.  Way to go Mustangs!

Our annual Alumni Talk was held the Tuesday before break for Seniors.  We were fortunate to have the following panel members speak:  Levi Mee, Leighton Phinney, Alyssa Wardwell, Sarah Redman, Alison O'Brien, Shayna Davis, Remington Gaetjens, Olivia Bradley, Garrett LaFrance, Andrew Mongiat and Taylor Kirker.  It was great to see and hear these MHS Graduates share their experiences after MHS!

Fire drills were held last week in both the East and West Buildings with a couple of curve balls thrown into the mix as we had exit hallways blocked forcing students and staff to take a detour.  We are happy to say that our students and staff responded appropriately and these drills were a success!

Congratulations go to our schools Special Education Department, the recipient of 2016 Target Field Trip Grant in the amount of $600.00  This grant will be used to help fund a Casco Bay Lines cruise where students will learn the history of the forts in and around Casco Bay.  Super job!

Did you know?.....MHS Students have both the highest retention rate and largest number of students of any sending school at Sanford Regional Technical Center.  Our kids follow-through with their commitments and respect the opportunities they receive in the many offerings of SRTC! Great job!

The MHS Band held an excellent concert on the Tuesday night before Christmas.  If you would like to hear recordings of the songs they performed, please email Ms.Roy at audreeroy@rsu57.org and she will email them to you.

The United Health Foundation released America's Health Rankings last week.  Maine ranked 15th overall, up five spots from last year.  Highlights noted by the foundation include:
  • In the past year, immunizations among children aged 19 to 35 months increased 25% from 68.0% to 84.7%.
  • In the past year, physical inactivity decreased 15% from 23.3% to 19.7% of adults.
  • In the past five years, low birthweight increased 13% from 6.3% to 7.1% of live births.
  • In the past 20 years, infant mortality increased 13% from 6.2% to 7.0 deaths per 1,000 live births.
  • Since 1990, cardiovascular deaths decreased 46% from 408.0 to 218.7 per 100,000 population.

The importance of our school's Wellness Program courses and curriculum has never been so important.

Guidance Info

MHS Guidance has created a new one-stop web page for the sharing of summer enrichment programs and opportunities that could benefit many of our students. The first opportunity was just posted for a summer Investigative Journalism Workshop at Boston University. Many more will be added over the next several months, so be sure to bookmark your access to summer opportunities at http://bit.ly/1Yi2uFa.  Thanks!

Juniors & Seniors - Now is the time to see your guidance counselor if you are interested in a Dual Enrollment College Course for the Spring Semester (January-May).  Many MHS students take these classes at YCCC.  The Massabesic Center for Adult Learning will also be hosting two Dual Enrollment Classes on the MHS Campus this spring, sponsored by SMCC.  For more information, please see the attached information letter.  Thanks!

Senior Families-Get ready by getting your FSA ID now - The FSA ID is the user name and password students will use to access all Federal Student Aid websites, including FAFSA.gov.  All students need an FSA ID. Creating an FSA ID takes about 10 minutes so we recommend getting your FSA ID ahead of time. One parent of a dependent student will also need to create an FSA ID to sign the FAFSA.  For more information on creating an FSA ID, watch FAME's Creating an FSA ID video. FAME also shares the following information to assist you:

Go to fsaid.ed.gov to create an FSA ID. Use FAME's FSA ID Information Tracking Sheet to keep track of your FSA ID information.

Contact FAME With Questions

1. Contact a FAME expert:

2. Attend an In-Person FAFSA Help Session:

  • FAME's In-Person FAFSA Help sessions will be held statewide on Wednesday, January 13; Thursday, January 21; and Saturday, January 23.

  • Visit the FAME website for a list of locations, dates, and times.

3. Use FAME's Online Help:

Student Spotlight

Congratulations go to Brianna Adams and her sister Shelby Adams who were invited to twirl 

in Orlando Florida on New Year's Day at the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.  They will be twirling 

7 performances in front of 64,000 people.  Be sure to tune into ABC, tomorrow on New Year's

Day at about 2:30pm (Halftime of the Michigan game - Go Blue!), to watch our girls in action! 

Congratulations Shelby and Brianna!!

Levi Mee graduated from Navy Bootcamp on November 13, 2015 in Great Lakes, Illinois. 

At the graduation ceremony Levi was a flag holder.  Levi will be studying Advanced

Electronic Computers as Fire Control personnel. Way to go Levi!

Jolena Lampron, a 2014 MHS Graduate has been selected to play lacrosse for Team USA

in the United Kingdom this summer.  To meet the approximate cost of $4,000, a local

fundraiser has been established 0at JD's bottle redemption center in Waterboro.  If you

would like to donate bottles, please bring them to JD's from January 2nd through

January 9th and say they are for TEAM USA!  Thanks very much!

The winning door decoration was Mrs.Chamoff’s 9th grade advisory!  Way to go!


MHS Department Highlights

Social Studies

Team Cadillac just finished a project in conjunction with the Owls Head Transportation Museum. Using iPads, students live streamed with former MHS social studies teacher Toby Stinson and his colleagues as they gave us a tour. Students were shown original 19th century automobiles as well as model T's.

In Psychology, students are beginning their final unit on Abnormal Psychology. They will also be preparing for the final week of the semester where they will be presenting their APA projects. This is a semester long project where students research a topic, write a paper and create a final presentation, choosing from a branch of Psychology that interests them.

In 21st Century, students will be given their final assessment, which asks them to make a choice and a plan to respond to terrorism. Students will represent a country of their choice and must come up with a plan to respond to terrorist threats while considering the impact of their decision. Students must also choose whether to send troops and weapons to other countries in order to try and prevent terrorism and genocide and will see the impact of their decision.

Sophomore US History students have been studying social, political and economic reforms during various historical eras.  After the Christmas break students will be identifying a current problem and will be  creating a reform designed to fix this problem.

Massabesic Center for Adult Learning  

Massabesic  Center for Adult Learning is welcoming Luba McDonough to our team as our Marketing Coordinator. Luba comes to us with a rich background that includes elementary classroom teacher, grant manager, lead volunteer and Maine College Transitions Grant Coordinator.  With a master’s degree in Educational Technology and her vast experiences, Luba will market, recruit and coordinate the Maine College Transitions program here at MCAL and at the York County Jail along with marketing all of our diverse offerings. Welcome, Luba!

Watch for our winter/spring 2016 brochure in your mailbox soon! It includes more than 40 new classes! The MCAL staff has seen an increase in exercise and fitness participation during the

fall . . .  so we are offering some continuing classes along with many new ones. Discover Beginning Belly Dancing, Beginning Yoga for Seniors, Zumba, Tai Chi for 50+ or Gentle Yoga.

Are you looking for academic preparation? MCAL offers Maine College Transitions classes along with career exploration to navigate the preparation and application processes – at NO COST to you! Ease into the program step by step so you can be successful in your college experience. 

Do you need a flexible schedule? Consider taking one of the many online courses we offer. Ask us about personal enrichment, technology, or career and workforce training available through the following:  Ed2go (www.ed2go.com/mae), Condensed Curriculum International (www.healthedtoday.com/rsu57),The Learning Resource Network (www.yougotclass.org/catalog.cfm/MCAL).  The staff can explain how these classes work along with the advantages of learning online. We look forward to learning and growing with you, our community members. Warm up to lifelong learning with us in 2016!

Athletic Announcements

MHS is excited to announce that we will be fielding a Unified Basketball Team this winter. Unified Basketball is an effort by Project Unify to provide athletic opportunities for special education students.  Our team will be composed of non-special education students and special education students playing together on the same team.  MHS was awarded a grant from Project Unify to support this effort.   Our team will be coached by MHS Staff Members, Elizabeth Cote and Katherine Fournier.   We will be playing teams from across the SMAA, traveling to schools and hosting games here at MHS.  Games will begin in late January and will conclude with a state tournament in early March.  Our students are obviously very excited to start and we are hoping for a great turnout and support for these student-athletes. The MHS Activities Department is very proud to offer this opportunity to our students, enhancing our already rich tradition of inclusion at MHS. Yes!

Upcoming Athletic Events:

Saturday 1/2

-Boys Basketball travels to Sanford. Jv 11:30am, Varsity 1pm.

-Girls Basketball travels to Deering.  Jv 5:30pm, Varsity 7pm.

-MOB Ice Hockey travels to USM to take on Lake Region/Fryeburg at 6:10pm.

-Indoor Track with Biddeford/Portland/Windham at USM, 11:15am.

-Cheering competition against MCCA at Gorham, 11:00am.

Tuesday 1/5

-Boys Basketball hosts Marshwood. First Team 4:00, Jv 5:30pm, Varsity 7pm.

Wednesday 1/6

-Girls Basketball hosts Bonny Eagle. Jv 5:30pm, Varsity 7pm.

-MOB Ice Hockey vs. Noble/Wells at USM, 8:30pm.

-Wrestling travels to York competing against Biddeford/York at 5pm.

Happy New Year!!!
Massabesic highschool,
Dec 31, 2015, 6:34 AM