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Weekly Announcements 2/1/16

posted Feb 1, 2016, 11:33 AM by Massabesic highschool   [ updated Feb 1, 2016, 11:45 AM ]

MHS NEWS - February 1st, 2016

Upcoming Dates

2/1 - 2/5  No Name calling week

2/4 - Project Graduation Meeting, 6pm (MHS Library)

2/4 - Freshman Film Festival, 6pm (Auditorium)

2/4 - Credit Recovery School begins, 2:00-4:00pm

2/5 - 1st Semester Report cards distributed

2/9 - PSAT Interpretation & SAT Prep Evening, 6:00-7:30pm (Auditorium)

2/25 - Last day for Yearbook Orders

2/27 - Winter Ball, 7:00-10:00pm (MHS Gym)

Updates for all MHS Parents/Guardians:

The last chance to order a 2016 yearbook is February 25, 2016. Extra yearbooks are no 

longer ordered. If you are working on a payment plan, remaining balances must be paid in full 

by February 25th. You can order online at www.jostens.com or your son/daughter can

pick up an order form outside room 6 in the west building. Checks should be made out to 

MHS Yearbook. 

We are fortunate to have many fine educators who go above and beyond when it comes to

working with our students and families. Attached to this email is an opportunity for you to 

recognize one of them.  Please take a moment to review the attachment.  Thanks very much!

An Admin adjustment and change with our Assistant Principal assignments has been made 

for Semester 2.  Mr. Hand will now be overseeing conduct questions and concerns for both 9th 

and 10th graders.  Mrs. Poulin will now oversee any and all questions in regards to Empower 

and iPads along with curriculum at MHS.

MHS CRS program (Credit Recovery School) will begin on Thursday, Feb. 4th.  This 

program is a 10 day program that is held after school and is offered to students free of charge 

 to assist them in completing work necessary to earn credit in a class from Semester 1. 


Students will receive a letter handed to them and parents & guardians will receive an 

information letter in the mail. We urge you to support your son/daughter in taking advantage of 

this FREE support!  Thanks!

The week of February 1st- 5th is "No Name Calling Week," at Massabesic High School. Our 

Civil Rights Team has organized events, which includes a guest presentation by Brandon 

Baldwin, a representative from the Office of the Attorney General. The mission for the week is 

to recognize and eliminate bias based insults in our community. We are looking forward to 

seeing our student body put their best feet forward!

Attention Sophomores: Class dues for Sophomores are due.  If you have already paid your 

child’s full balance of $60 you are all set.  We are collecting $20 a year for the first three years. 

 This will pay their class dues in full, as long as it is paid off completely by the end of their 

Junior year.  If there is a balance remaining during their senior year, they will owe another $20, 

making the total $80 as we will be forced to schedule more fundraisers not knowing if we have

the funds expected. Students can bring their dues to either Mrs. Gallo in room 16 or Mrs. 

Pellegrino in room 19.  Please write all checks out to “MHS class of 2018.”

The Sophomore Class will be hosting our Winter Ball on February 27th.  We are in need of 

parent volunteers! If anyone is willing to chaperone or help run the concession stand please let 

us know.  We are also going to have a bake sale at the dance, any donations of food or water 

would be greatly appreciated.  Please avoid any recipes that have nuts.  Please contact Mrs. 

Gallo at saragallo@rsu57.org or Mrs. Pellegrino at hattiepellegrino@rsu57.org for more 


Guidance Info

11th Grade PSAT Interpretation and SAT Preparation evening is Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

MHS Guidance will host an evening to share your son/daughter's PSAT results, explain what they mean, go over online access to PSAT analysis and recommended SAT Preparation materials (The SAT will be given to all Juniors on Tues. 4.12 at MHS during the school day).  This informative session will be held in the Auditorium from 6:00-7:30 p.m and will include: Copy of your son/daughter's PSAT Score Report, presentation on how to interpret the Score Report, how to use the Score Report to study for the SAT, how to access online analyses of the PSAT Score Report, how to access online preparation materials for the upcoming SAT, Q and A Session.

Rising 10th-12th grade Registration Forms Are Coming Your Way!

Hey present 9th-11th grade parents! Counselors are visiting your son's/daughter's English classes this week.  They will be given the forms they need for registration for the 2016-17 school year. Please sign these forms as soon as possible. They are due back to Advisors by next Thursday, February 11th.  Students who wait until after the break to turn in their registration forms may find their choice for elective courses already filled.  The new 2016/2017 Course Guide will be available on-line tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2nd. Guidance will also be sending a copy of the registration form to you through a mass email this week. Please contact your son/daughter's counselor if you have any questions. Thank you!

College Planning Advice on Twitter - The next #CollegeSuccess chat will take place on Tuesday, February 9th at 8 pm ET. Education Finance Council members from across the country will offer their expert advice and insights on what to do after you've received your college decision letters. To participate, all you need to do is jump on Twitter and follow #collegesuccess. Then spend the following hour learning helpful tips about the college decision process.   For a listing of other upcoming chat topics, click here.

HEY MHS Families. See below for information on how to access valuable online information sure to help our son/daughter get ready to continue their academic pursuits after high school!  TeenLife has partnered with CollegeWeekLive to offer a free, "virtual" (100% online) fair called *TeenLife LIVE* on Sunday, January 31 from 12-6pm (EST). This inaugural event, for pre-college middle and high school students (age 13+), parents and educators, features 12 presentations on topics such as:

10 Skills Teens Need to Succeed, The Value of Serving in the Community & Online Test Prep.

Visitors can also chat in real time with more than 30 exhibitors representing a wide range of summer programs, gap programs, high school programs, colleges and college admission services. Go to http://teenlifelive.collegeweeklive.com to pre-register and access the list of presenters and exhibitors.

New England Press Association Scholarship - NENPA awards up to 10 scholarships each year to aspiring journalists through its Journalism Education Foundation of New England. Scholarships open to high school seniors and current college students who plan to pursue a career in journalism. Application deadline is March 11, 2016. More info here.

Tax season is upon us….Taking advantage of education tax credits can help ease your college costs. Information about valuable state and federal tax credits and deductions such as the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit, the American Opportunity Credit, the Lifetime Learning Credit and more can be found in this blog post.  Many Mainers may not be aware they could be eligible for a substantial tax credit. The Educational Opportunity Tax Credit (EOTC) can help provide significant benefits to Maine residents who have earned a college degree in Maine and continue to live and work in the state.  How much is the credit worth? Individuals could be eligible for a maximum annual state income tax credit of over $4,000 for student loan payments made for a bachelor's degree and nearly $800 in yearly tax credits for an associate's.  Don't let this valuable tax credit opportunity pass you by. A complete, detailed list of eligibility requirements and FAQ's can be found at www.opportunitymaine.org.

TRIO Upward Bound Program is a federally funded college access program which assists high school students in graduating from high school, preparing for college, and ultimately graduating from college within six years of enrolling. Upward Bound still has openings in our program for freshmen and sophomore students. If you have any students that come to mind, please have students come to Guidance to fill out an application.  We are happy to meet with any students who have questions or are unsure if they would like to apply. Upward Bound Counselors are at MHS on Thursdays from 9:00-1:30 for any interested students to meet with us. Criteria include:  Students must be income eligible and/or their parents have not graduated from a four year college. For more information, please take a look at our brochure at http://usm.maine.edu/trioprograms/trio-upward-bound

✭Applications for the program as well as paper copies of the brochure may be found in the Guidance office. There is no hard deadline for the applications, but slots will be filled with qualified candidates as they come to us, so please encourage your students to apply.

Student Spotlight

MHS Graduate Kaitlyn Simonds is studying for a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology! She is planning to either get her doctorate in child psychology and become a counselor or become a psychiatrist.  This semester she is studying abroad in Costa Rica exploring some native tribes to learn about their culture!  Way to go Kaitlyn!

MHS Department Highlights

English Language Arts

Our freshmen just finished up their film projects with teachers evaluating the submitted films and determining which will be selected for the 4th Annual Freshman Film Festival on February, 4th at 6pm in the MHS Auditorium.

Sophomore ELA students are using iPads to create iMovie Trailers for To Kill a Mockingbird. The assignment gives them an opportunity to communicate their understanding of the relationships among characters, plot, and theme in a literary work, while expanding their use of the iPad as a creative tool.

Our Juniors recently finished a literary unit dealing with the importance of family, while the Seniors in World Lit just finished the Shakespeare play, Macbeth. Seniors in the Nonfiction class finished listening to the 12-episode podcast, Serial, and have been investigating wrongfully convicted prisoners. AP Literature students just started reading John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath as well as ramping up preparation for the exam in May.

Fluency students are reading a novel aloud and working on expanding their sight word vocabulary.  Comprehension students are finishing up our "Teen Topics" unit as well as expanding their sight word vocabulary.


Massabesic High School’s NJROTC unit conducted their annual Area Manager’s Inspection on 14 January 2016.  The inspection is an annual requirement with a formal report sent to the Naval Service Training Command, Pensacola, FL with a copy to the Superintendent of RSU#57.  The inspection looks at all areas of the Unit to include school support, administration of the program, academic program, reports and records, cadet performance, and student mentorship.  During the visit the cadets form up for a uniform inspection with awards for outstanding personal appearance, perform a formal parade and drill demonstration, present supply and admin programs, and brief the Area Manager on the state of the program.  The ceremonial phase was open to the public and was well attended by staff, parents and school board members.  The inspecting official this year was CDR Jimmie Miller the Area 04 Manager from Philadelphia, PA.

Members in the NJROTC unit at Massabesic have been practicing and preparing for this moment all year, making sure every shoe was shined, movement mastered, and knowledge of the maritime heritage of the Navy learned, all for inspection day.  NJROTC curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development among its cadets, through the teachings of structured courses and extracurricular activities, all done to teach our future leaders of the community.  The curriculum lived up to its purpose at the inspection when cadets were able to demonstrate the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.


World Language

Spanish Level III classes researched popular Hispanic festivals in order to create promotional posters using informal commands in Spanish. They worked hard in making  colorful posters and writing commands to invite people to their festival. They presented to the class and shared the origins and traditions of each festival.

Spanish Level I students ended Semester 1 feeling proud of all the vocabulary they now know after a semester in Spanish. They can introduce themselves, talk about the weather, describe things in simple sentences, read short stories and more! Ask your student what this means: ¡Me gusta hablar español!


Activities Announcements 2-1-16 to 2-6-16

Monday 2-1

MOB Ice Hockey @ Marshwood / Traip   Dover Ice Arena  7:30pm

Tuesday 2-2

Boys Basketball @ Noble   JV 5pm / Varsity 6:30pm   No First Team

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

Wednesday 2-3

MOB Ice Hockey home vs Windham / Westbrook   @ USM  8pm

Thursday 2-4

Boys Basketball Home vs Sanford   5:30pm JV / 7pm Varsity  NO FT

Girls Basketball @ Sanford  5:30pm JV / 7pm Varsity  NO FT

Friday 2-5

Boys Swim Southwesterns @ South Portland Community Center 5pm

Unified Basketball vs Marshwood 4:30pm

Saturday 2-6

Wrestling Regionals @ Marshwood High School 9am

Indoor Track Southwesterns @ USM  9am

Girls Swim Southwesterns @ Cape Elizabeth High School  5:30pm


Online Sign ups through RevTrak will begin on Monday February 15th and will run through the first week of April.   Spring Sports begin Monday 3/28 at MHS with Pitchers and Catchers for baseball and softball begins on 3/21.   

Thanks for reviewing the above information!


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Feb 1, 2016, 11:45 AM