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Proficiency Meeting

posted Nov 8, 2017, 5:40 AM by Massabesic highschool

Next Monday, November 13, 2017, you are invited to the East Training Center at 5:30 p.m. to hear about some current thinking regarding proficiency scoring, conversion scales, and for you to provide feedback for us to bring to the Curriculum Committee. We all want decisions to be made soon while ensuring that people feel heard. We also will be meeting with a group of students to gather their feedback as well.

Curriculum Committee Update

posted Oct 4, 2017, 11:33 AM by Massabesic highschool   [ updated Oct 4, 2017, 11:34 AM ]

Good afternoon Parents/Guardians and Students,

The Curriculum Committee met Monday evening to discuss recent parental concerns regarding Advance Placement, S.R.T.C., Dual Enrollment, and transfer students grades. The Curriculum Committee decided to adopt a conversion scale at that time. Next Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the East Building, we will be presenting a conversion chart that we believe will reflect all types of student learning while staying true to our proficiency scoring, the UMaine Latin System, and our Latin Honor System. This will allow all scores and grades to calculate into the GPA. I will continue to update you with future decisions.

Sincerely,

Jim Hand

Principal Memo for Class of 2019

posted May 2, 2017, 5:47 AM by Massabesic highschool


17/18 Room Changes

posted Apr 28, 2017, 12:15 PM by Massabesic highschool

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

I am excited to inform you of some positive changes we will be making in the upcoming school year.  Over the past several years we have noticed an increase in the number of incidents involving students during transition time, more specifically, the transition between buildings.  A majority of these behavioral incidents have involved freshmen.

In an effort to reduce transition between buildings, we will be moving Freshmen Teams to the West building for the 2017-2018 school year and creating Sophomore Teams who will also be house in the West as well.  This will mean Juniors and Seniors will attend English, Math, and Social Studies in the East Building.  Given that there are a significant amount of Juniors and Seniors that have late Arrival and Early Dismissal, that attend SRTC, or take college classes, we believe this will reduce the number of students during these transition times.

This change will not interfere with the normal, day to day operation of the school.  Students and staff will continue to park in their designated areas.  The entire East Building will continue to have their lunch at the same time.  Our efforts are to improve upon the overall educational experience for all of our students.

False Alarm

posted Nov 9, 2016, 10:44 AM by Massabesic highschool

Dear Parents & Guardians! Today our security system called for a lockdown. This was a false lockdown. We are looking into the cause of this false lockdown. Please know that the staff and students reacted as they should have. They all did a great job and rest assured everyone is safe and back to work!
~Mr. James Hand

Passing of an MHS Staff Member

posted Nov 8, 2016, 7:19 AM by Massabesic highschool   [ updated Nov 8, 2016, 7:20 AM ]

We are saddened to say that we learned yesterday that Ms. Lavallee, a Science teacher at MHS, passed away unexpectedly in her home.  Details are unavailable at this time.  This was her fourth year here at the high school and she will be deeply missed.  Today the class schedule will go on as usual.  There will be a support room available for students in the auditorium to meet with Social Workers and Guidance Counselors.  We are saddened to share this news.

edYOUsched

posted Sep 22, 2016, 8:52 AM by Massabesic highschool

Dear Parents,

I am writing to inform you that starting today, teachers will tag students when they need to see them during advisory or after school. You and your child will both receive an email when this happens so that you are aware of what is going on. 

Sincerely,

Jim Hand

Class of 2020 Graduation Requirements

posted Sep 20, 2016, 9:47 AM by Massabesic highschool


Technology Error Today!

posted Jun 2, 2016, 12:48 PM by Massabesic highschool

Hi! As part of our end of year collection of iPads, a senior collection day was scheduled for today. However, due to a breakdown in communication the District Tech Dept. started some procedures, which resulted in some students losing materials, projects and/or assessments that had not been submitted for scoring by our teachers.

District technology staff immediately made themselves available in our school library throughout today and will be available through the time of graduation to help recover lost work by restoring a senior's iPad to their latest backup. Generally, iPads backup to iCloud daily when the device is signed into iCloud, plugged in, powered on, and on a wireless network. What this means is that anything a student completed or worked-on before their last update should be able to be found by district tech staff. One example I can share is a student whose machine backed-up on May 31st. We are not happy as the student still lost work from yesterday, but fortunately the student will have only lost work from yesterday, not work completed from three days ago or a week etc...

MHS Staff is working with our students to ensure that this mishap does not impact final student grades in the following ways:

- If an assignment can't be found after the backup is located then the teacher will meet with the student and get information from the student verbally to check for understanding. Our teachers will err on the side of our students in their checking for student understanding and completion.

- If a student needed an excellent final grade to get over the minimum expectations for earning course credit in a class and the teacher feels that the student has met the bar then the student will be given a "P" for Pass for their final grade and not a 70 etc... The earning of a "P" will not negatively impact or damage a student's transcript.

- If a parent/guardian or student has a concern around the final grade the student receives on a project that has lost some material then they are to come to me to review their concerns and for a final decision to be made by me.

The District Tech Dept. feels terrible about this error and apologizes for a situation like this happening at such an unfortunate time of the year. They know this has had an impact on many students and will are doing all they can to rectify the current situation. They will be working with MHS Administration this summer to develop a protocol to avoid anything like this ever happening again.

Please know that our staff also feels badly that this has happened to some of our seniors. You have my word that we will support all seniors involved in this difficulty.

My best,

Christian M. Elkington, Principal

2 Special Announcements

posted May 27, 2016, 10:13 AM by Massabesic highschool

Hi All! Hope this note finds you well!

- As you know construction is going on at MHS for our new fields project. The work is taking shape and progress appears to be being made swiftly. I need to take a moment to thank our student body for following our new safety pattern in regards to this work. Immediate student follow-through in only using the crosswalk to travel between the East and West Buildings is much appreciated!

- Massabesic Special Olympics is having a Bottle Drive this Sunday at the Blast From The Past Restaurant in Waterboro from 9 to 3. If you have bottles and cans please drop some off as your donation will be much appreciated!

Thanks!

My best,

Christian M. Elkington, Principal

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