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Weekly Announcements 1/8/16

posted Jan 11, 2016, 6:58 AM by Massabesic highschool   [ updated Jan 11, 2016, 7:03 AM ]

MHS NEWS - January 8th, 2016

Upcoming Dates

1/11 - Two weeks to go before end of Semester

1/18 - Martin Luther King Day, No School

1/18 - Athletic Boosters Meeting, 6:30pm

Updates for all MHS Parents/Guardians:

As we shared, over 1000 holiday cards were created by MHS students before the break.  I wanted to share one that our students created to give you an example of the kindness many shared:  "Brave, strong, honorable, selfless, admirable, Hero.  Thank you for fighting for our 

beautiful country, and allowing me to live every day the way I do, freely.  With Christmas just around the corner, I want to recognize your great sacrifice, and I hope you find comfort in knowing that thousands are safe because of people like you that keep it that way.  Thank you

and happy holidays from the bottom of my heart.  You truly are a hero." 

~ Anonymous MHS Student

The initial re-deployment of 9th grade iPads went smoothly this past Monday.  Some devices were not connecting to our management system, resulting in us having to take more time to work on them.  This has been resolved and devices are getting out to students.  This 

process may involve students coming to the tech shop to share a passcode or enter a passcode, which won't be a problem.

Once students have their iPads, there may be apps that are not on them.  All of the apps that we have been asked to place on devices are in the self service app.  If a student does not have an app, have them go to self service and download it from there.

Points to remember:

-It is very important to only download one app at a time.  Please wait for one app to completely finish before beginning another.

-If an app is not in self service, please have your son or daughter contact the Technology Department.

-If self service is not responding, please have your son or daughter contact the Technology Department.  Thanks!

Senior Slide Show -  Every year a group of seniors volunteer their time to put together a slideshow to be presented on Senior Awards Night (June 8, 2016). To make the slideshow a success, we need pictures from kindergarten through senior year. Our goal is to have pictures of every student represented 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!

Student Spotlight

Congratulations go to the following Fall, 2015 MHS Honored Student Athletes:  Troy Cloutier (Cross Country), Matt Prokey (Golf), Dawson Renaud (Soccer), Neva Stevens (Soccer), Emily Wasina (Cross Country), Kelley Wescott (Field Hockey).  Super job!!

Guidance Info

Sophomores – Are you a leader?  Are you committed to helping others?  If so, the Maine Youth Leadership Seminar, June 25, 2016, might be for your son or daughter.  Since 1980, this free event for one sophomore from each Maine high school, supported some of Maine’s future leaders and created a network of civic-minded students who will better their communities through volunteering. If interested in applying, please pick up nomination papers in the MHS Guidance office.  Deadline for nominations is January 27, 2016.

Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step to applying for federal financial aid and is required for students who plan to pay for college with the help of federal, state, or institutional aid like grants, scholarships, work-study and loans.  Now is the time to file the FAFSA for the 2016-2017 college year!

Have questions? The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) has three ways for Maine students to get help.

  1. Contact a FAME expert:

  1. In-person help sessions:

FAME’s free help sessions will be held statewide between early January and mid-February. Visit FAMEmaine.com for a searchable event list.

  1. Online help: FAMEmaine.com

  • Follow our “3 Steps to Fill Out the FAFSA.”

  • Read our FAFSA FAQs.

  • Watch our video overview.

Don’t forget, seniors must file their FAFSA by May 1 to be considered for a $1,500 state of Maine grant.

US Naval Academy Summer Opportunity applications open soon for two summer programs at the US Naval Academy. The sooner a student applies, the better. The Naval Academy Summer Seminar is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed 11th grade. Summer Seminar teaches students about life at the Naval Academy. Naval Academy Summer STEM is designed to spark and cultivate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The hands-on, design-based program will challenge students to think scientifically, problem-solve creatively, and work cooperatively in teams. Open to rising 9th, 10th and 11th graders. More information about both programs can be found here.  

MHS Department Highlights


The Fall performance of Agatha Christie Never Took Trig has been canceled due to illness in the cast. We are now moving on to working on the Spring, One Act entitled "Murder Box" by Reid Conrad. This play will be performed at a

Regional One Act Competition the first weekend in March. Performances at MHS will follow the second weekend in March. Break a leg!


Accelerated Integrated Science IIA students are presenting their final projects over the next two weeks.  Our students have worked hard on individual topics, which required independent research and laboratory investigation.  Topics range from greenhouse design, food preservations methods, and food analysis.  Most work is done outside of class time and many students have put in multiple hours in the laboratory before or after school.  If you know a student that is in this course, please ask them about their final project!  Thanks!

This is a busy time of year for Science Workshop!  Students are visiting Lauri Randall's class at Alfred Elementary School to teach a lesson on the water cycle.  This entire lesson will be designed and taught by Science Workshop students. Students are looking forward to the opportunity to work with elementary students!  Science Workshop students will also be presenting their Science Fair projects at the end of the semester.  Each student picked a topic to perform an experiment to collect and analyze data.  Some sample topics are "The effects of age on heart rate and blood pressure during exercise", "Which works better; soap or hand sanitizer?" and "Which metal is the best conductor of electricity?".   


Mrs. Tompkins' students have just finished a unit of Self Portrait drawing.  This Skill building learning focused on getting correct proportions and using value.  Our students followed in the footsteps of the old masters and created likenesses of themselves using graphite paper. 
As you can see below they did a nice job!



World Language

Students in Spanish III applied new vocabulary learning on commands to make a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments along with advice for a good holiday, from "Se amable con Santa close" (be kind to Santa claus) to "Come buñuelos y bebe rompope" (Eat traditional pastries and drink eggnog).

Spanish I students made a Snowman and a Gingerbread man, placing vocabulary decorations on them, telling what they like the most about winter and the holidays such as: "Me gusta la nieve" and  "Me gustan los regalos".  Afterwards we celebrated a traditional "Posada" (A holiday party).


Upcoming Athletic Events:

Saturday 1-9

MHS Wrestling @ John Stark Duals, NH  9am

Tuesday 1-12

Boys Basketball Home vs. Windham FT 4pm / JV 5:30pm / V 7pm

Wednesday 1-13

Wrestling Home vs. Noble 6pm

Thursday 1-14

Boys Basketball @ Thornton Academy FT 4pm / JV 5:30pm / V 7pm

Girls Basketball Home vs. Biddeford JV 5:30 / Varsity 7pm

Boys and Girls Swim @ Yarmouth  (Freeport YMCA)  6:30pm

Friday 1-15

MHS Wrestling @ Essex Junction VT. Tournament

Saturday 1-16

MHS Competition Cheering @ SMAA Championship Noble High School 11am

Girls Basketball Home vs Sanford 11:30am JV / 1pm Varsity

Indoor Track @ USM vs. SP, BE and Scarborough 2pm

Boys Basketball @ Deering  FT 4pm / JV 5:30pm / V 7pm

SMAA Diving Competition @ Biddeford YMCA  4pm

MOB Ice Hockey @ Gardiner  Kennebec Ice Vault  7:15pm

Thanks for reviewing the above information!