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2-23-2015 Parent-Guardian Letter

posted Feb 23, 2015, 7:26 PM by Massabesic highschool
2-23-2015 Parent-Guardian Letter

Dear Parents, Guardians & Students:

It is my hope that this letter finds you and your family well as we hopefully start to move

away from a winter to remember. I don’t know about you, but my snow blower and

shovels are close to going on strike as they are complaining to me about over-use. As our

students and staff return from their February break, I hope you take some time to review

this letter as I have many differing items and news about MHS Student accomplishments

to share with you.

Important Dates:

2-24 & 2-25-15 Lions Club Speak Out Contest

2-25-15 Student Pictures for new students 10:00 – 11:30 AM

2-25-15 SRTC Open House 6:30 PM (snow date 2-26-15)

2-26-15 Spring Sports Information Night “Meet Our Coaches” 6:00 PM

2-27-15 Progress Reports handed out in Advisory

3-2-15 Class of 2019 Information Night, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

3-4-15 SMCC On the Spot Interviews and Admissions

3-7-15 Winter Ball 7:00 – 10:00 PM

3-9-15 Rescheduled Junior College Kickoff Night 6:30 PM

3-10-15 Winter Band Concert 7:00 PM

3-11-15 MHS Hosts a Math Meet

3-11-15 Winter Chorus Concert 7:00 PM

3-12-15 Early Release Day

3-18-15 Winter Trimester Ends (That is if we don’t get any more snow days!)

3-19 & 3-20-15 “Redo & Retake Days”

“Mustang Nation” students reach high and earn congratulations! Our students have

been very busy representing themselves, their families and our school with distinction! It

gives me great pleasure to share the following with you:

- Senior Morgan Heavel earned Commended Student recognition from the National

Merit Scholarship Program! Super job Morgan!

- Senior Shayna Davis was elected the DAR Good Citizen for our school, earning

the top entry of the Rebecca Emery Chapter of DAR! Nice job Shayna!

- Mitchell Thayer represented the York County & MHS at the American Legion

District Level Oratorical Contest and was declared the winner of the competition!

Super JOB Mitchell!

- Junior Elaine Dudley set several new MHS records in girls swimming! Well-
Done Elaine!

- MHS Chorus and Chamber Singers joined the UNH Choir to sing Beethoven’s

Requiem. Super job!

- Our hockey team tied Class B power York 5-5, coming back from a two goal

deficit, demonstrating much better sportsmanship than their opponent!

- Olivia Whitehouse, Devin Adams, Justin Leach and Mitchell Thayer represented

MHS at an Honor Band Festival in MA. Great job!

- Sophomore Mariah Hammond was selected for the Coastal Studies for Girls

Science & Leadership Program. Well done Mariah!

- Sophomore Riley Gaetjens is this year's MHS Maine Youth Leadership nominee.

Way to go Riley!

- At the Southern Maine Track Championships we had three student athletes earn

Athlete of the Meet honors: Jarrod Hooper, Karisa Lambertson and Moriah

Biener. Well done!

- Our Cheerleaders won the 2015 Class A West Sportsmanship Award! Super job


- Our Boys Swimmers won the Class A South-Westerns! Way to go gentlemen!

- Our Girls Swimmers came in 2nd at the South-Westerns! Excellent job ladies!

- Our Wrestlers came in 3rd at the State Class A West Meet and 4th at the State

Championships! Nice job gentlemen!

- Congratulations go to “Mustang Nations” newest STATE CHAMPIONS:

o Wrestling Mike Risti, Zach Richard & Trevor Walton (individual

weight classes)

o Swimming Elaine Dudley (200 Meter Freestyle)

o Track Moriah Biener (High Jump)


I was fortunate to attend several of these events and/or read the many specific details of

our students’ efforts at them. We are not only proud of their efforts, but I for one am

especially proud of the class, dignity and/or sportsmanship demonstrated on behalf of our

school by each of these students!

Students are being told – By our staff that there will be less use of paper at MHS. We

are increasing our expectations on students to be using their iPads and completing more

of their learning online. If a student has a learning need either organizational or per an

IEP/504 then of course paper copies will be made available to them.

Our friends at Sanford Regional Technical Center – Have an Open House for

interested students and parents on Wednesday, February 25th (snow date of Thursday,

February 26th) from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. If you want to learn about the programs offered

at SRTC, tour the facility and meet our staff I urge you to attend!

MHS Seniors – Are you planning to attend SMCC, but have not yet applied? If so, our

Guidance Dept. has made it easy for you! SMCC admissions will hold “On-The-Spot”

Admissions Interviews on Wed., March 4th from 8:00-2:00. Please sign in at Guidance!

Waterboro Residents – Are working on establishing a new Food Pantry in a building to

be built near the Waterboro Town Hall pending town approval. Before the town approves

such project the selectman want to ensure there will be enough volunteers to keep the

project operational. Cleo Smith, Program Director, is attempting to recruit at least 30

volunteers. Tasks include picking up foods, setting up and distributing, checking folks in

and out, kitchen clean up, and also the opportunity to pick fresh produce & fruits

at orchards and farms as they donate to the food pantry in the summer fall seasons. Please

call Cleo Smith at 247-5967 if you would like to donate TIME to this important cause.

The Notification of a Planned Absence Form – Is also attached to this email home. We

know that not all parents and guardians can plan their vacations following the school year

schedule. When you need to request permission to have your son or daughter miss school

this form needs to be completed two weeks ahead of time. You can find information

about the form online on our Web Page in the MHS Student Handbook. The form is also

available in the Student Form Section on our Web Page.

10th and 11th Graders – Were given their PSAT results several few weeks back. Please

ask to see them if you haven’t already. There is a tutorial available that provides the key

to getting the most out of the information presented in the PSAT Score Sheet by using

online resources. This tutorial leads students through the process of reviewing each

answer for what they did right and being able to review and learn from the questions they

missed. One of the most effective ways to study for the SAT, especially now for our

juniors who will be taking the SAT in April is for students to research their incorrect

answers, identify the correct answers and make sure they understand why they are

correct! The tutorial can make this process easy and even fun while also sharing the

following resources:

- SAT Preparation practice test and study materials

- Career and College Major assessments and research tools

- Identifies any potential AP courses students should consider based on their scores

Please contact your 10th or 11th Grader's Guidance Counselor if you want a copy of the

Score Report, need the codes for gaining access to the online information, or just want to

go over the PSAT results in general. Thanks!

A healthy-food vending machine – Will be up and running sometime this coming week

in the East Building. Students will be able to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables etc.,

prepared by our food service staff each day. We look forward to our students taking

advantage of this service.

“Mustang Nation”, thanks for reading the above!

Very truly yours,

Christian M. Elkington