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4-14-15 Parent/Guardian Letter

posted Apr 15, 2015, 3:07 AM by Massabesic highschool

April 14th, 2015


Dear Parents and Guardians:


Spring may finally be here! Let me share the following with you:


Important Dates:

~   4/15 SAT Administration

~   4/16 Day of Silence

~   4/16 Project Grad mtg. 6:00pm MHS Library

~   4/17 No School ~ Teacher Workshop

~   4/20-4/24 No School ~ Spring Break

~   4/29 SAT Makeup Day

~   4/30 Grim Reaper Activity

~   4/30 Progress Reports to Students

~   5/1 Early Release Day

~   5/2 Prom


MHS OM Team Excels at State Competition

The Massabesic High School Odyssey of the Mind Team, comprised of Allie Duranceau, Thomas Gerry, Theresa Long, Cheyenne McLaskey, Noah Quinn, Christian Silva, and Tori Silva, placed 2nd at the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament.  The team’s problem was called Silent Movie. In this problem teams create and present a performance that depicts a Director Character that produces and presents a silent movie. The movie will feature a humorous Villain Character that commits three silly acts of “villainy.” There are no sound effects within the movie and none of the cast can speak as part of the movie. The MHS team’s solution included a Hercules type character who goes in search of a siren to retaliate against his mean father.  Their performance also includes mermaids, a flamboyant director and a self propelled boat. Great job! Now it is off to Worlds!


MHS Students compete at Maine Science Olympiad

Congratulations go to the following MHS Students for earning medals at the Maine Science Olympiad at the University of Southern Maine: Natalie Thayer and Jane Petit - Gold Medal in Fossils, Erin Leach  and Justin Leach - Silver Medal in Write-it-Do-it and Mitchell Thayer and  Kate Shubert - Bronze Medal in Technical Problem Solving! Our kids earned 7th place out of 15 school teams! We also want to thank all of our other participants: Nate Baert, Austin Donovan, Alison Dunlap, Kyra Lynch, Nicole Mercier, Anya Olsen, Christian Stalker, Cailin Steeves and Elijah Stitson! Thanks also goes to our volunteer coaches Lori Pennell and Katherine Carroll for the time each gave to the cause! Great job to each of you, who represented MHS!


Massabesic  NJROTC unit received a grade of “Outstanding”

In their recent annual inspection conducted by Commander (CDR) William Tower, III MHS Cadets again do well!  First-year cadet Zoe Pettit drew praise for her stirring rendition of our national anthem, while Administration Officer, Cadet Grady Connolly impressed the inspector with superb recordkeeping. Similarly, Cadet Michaela Callahan, supply officer, presented a shipshape supply storeroom. The Cadet Officer briefing engineered by Company Commander Jackie Murray and her staff received kudos for a professional presentation of NJROTC successes throughout the 2014-2015 School Year. In summary, Commander Tower “found the program to be well run, neat, clean and organized.” Bravo Zulu (well done) Cadets!



This SAT administration for Juniors will take place from 7:30-12:45 at our Massabesic East Building.  Students must be in their assigned locations by 7:30a.m. Locations will be posted at the main entrance and on room doors at the East.  Students should bring two #2 pencils, a bookbag, calculator. All electronic items are prohibited and Juniors may not use cell phones at school for the duration of the testing. Snacks will be provided during the test and lunch will be served in the cafeteria at 1:00p.m.



Important Safety Issue

To ensure proper safety for all when picking up your son or daughter during the school day PLEASE wait in your vehicle outside the main entrance of either building.  Thank you for your attention to this.


Project Graduation Spring Hanging Flower Sale

All orders need to be in by Friday, May 1st. Pick up dates are Friday, May 8th from 7-8 pm, and Saturday, May 9th from 9am to 12pm.  All orders must be paid when they are placed.  Order forms are in the main office and available online on the MHS Web Site under Project Graduation down the left hand side. Our meeting Schedule for the next two months:

-        Thursday April 30th – this meeting will be held at St. Joseph’s Alfond Center in Standish at 5:00pm.  For those who’d like to see the facility and understand how the event is executed, please meet at St. Joes’ at 5:00pm.

-        Thursdays May 7th, 14th , 21st and 28th – all 6:00pm at MHS Library


Pictures for Senior Slide Show

 Are coming in! Pictures can be sent by email to massabesic2015pictures@gmail.com or they can be dropped off in the MHS Library. The deadline to submit pictures is May 9th. Thanks very much for your assistance!


Waterboro Community Pantry Building Momentum

Cleo Smith wants community members that are interested in volunteering that the 1st meeting to discuss the  progress that has been made in regards to the Future Waterboro Community Pantry and the next stage in the planning & development of the pantry will be on Thursday, April 16th at 6:30 PM. Permission has been obtained to use space at Grace Family Church at 1180 Main Street on Route 202.


Odyssey of the Mind has many fund raising events planned

In order to help us get our team to the World Finals at Michigan State University funds need to be raised. Going to the World Finals is a great opportunity for our students and for many it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and interact with other kids from around the world. Upcoming events are as follows:

-        April 18th - Bottle Drive call 207-232-8220 for pickup.  Leave message if no answer.

-        April 25th - Car Wash at Waterboro NAPA from 10:00 - 2:00

-        May 2nd - Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at MMS Cafe.  Doors open at 5:30PM, dinner at 6:00PM.  Tickets are $15 and $12 for kids and senior citizens.  Call 207-653-9366 for reservations or more information.

-        May 9th - Yard Sale 9:00-2:00 on Main Street in Waterboro kitty corner from the Post Office. If you have items you would like to donate please email massabesic.om@gmail.com

-        May 16th - Mother/Son - Father/Daughter Dance at MHS East Gym.  Pictures 5:00-6:00 PM Dance from 6:00-8:00 PM. This dance is for grades K-6.  massabesic.om@gmail.com for more information.


Day of Silence

Across the country each year a special day, called “Day of Silence” was instituted to bring attention to the name calling, bullying, and harassment faced by students due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. Homophobic and transphobic slurs do also happen at MHS. The Day of Silence is meant to bring attention to this concern. Students show their concern for this topic by remaining silent for their day at their school. Students are allowed to participate in the “Day of Silence”, as long as it does not interfere with their learning or anyone else’s learning at MHS. They do NOT have the right to refuse to speak if a teacher requests it of them during class. It is each teacher’s discretion if they choose to allow students to remain silent. Students participating inform their teacher before class begins by showing them a card they receive if they sign up in advance to participate. Participation in this event; is sponsored by our schools Gay-Straight Alliance.


Grim Reaper Event at MHS

Life's lessons are best learned through experience. Unfortunately, when the target audiences are teens and the topic is drinking and/or texting while driving, experience is not the teacher of choice. The "Grim Reaper Project" offers’ students the opportunity to think about drinking and/or texting while driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved. According to www.every15minutes.com every 15 minutes a life is lost to drinking and/or texting while driving and so MHS will be participating in a daylong activity here at school.


During Project "Grim Reaper" a student member of the Massabesic Police Cadets Program, Drama Club or the National Honor Society will be removed from a class every 15 minutes by a student dressed as the Grim Reaper.. A York County Deputy will then immediately enter the classroom to read an obituary, which has been written by the "dead" student's parent(s) explaining the circumstances of their classmate's demise and the contributions the student has made to the school and the community. A few minutes later, the student will return to class as the "living dead" complete with white face make-up, a coroner's tag, and a T-shirt reading "Every 15 Minutes". From that point on "victims" will not speak or interact with other students for the remainder of the school day. There will also be a coffin, (that the students have built), set up in the cafeteria during lunch with a mirror in it so as students walk by they will see themselves in the coffin. We will also have tombstones on the front lawn of the school for the volunteers. This activity will take place on Thursday, April 30th.


Website School Calendar

On the main page of MHS website you will now see a calendar with monthly info listed for each month.  It will be updated as events and activities are made available.


March Honored Students

Congratulations go to the following students for their efforts at earning Honored Student Status: David Alexander, Matthew Aucoin, Devon Baert, Nate Baert, Paige Blaney, Amy Burke, Gauge Cantara, Eric Carroll, Whitney Cass, Jarred Chamberlain, Logan DeGiacomo, Will DeRosie, Jared Dion, Stephanie J. Donegan, Taylor Dorais, Lexi Ducharme, Kyle Duffy, Michael Dunham, Christian DuPaul, William Elwell, Evan Foglio, Rachel Ford, Remington Gaetjens, Noah Gallant, Todd Gallant, Samantha Gonneville, Cailey Hall, Jesse Hall, Devyn Heathcote. Chris Hill, Ethan Huff, Megan Ingle, Abby Johnson, Simon Kern, Eva Labbe, Anna Lane, Hailie Langille, Michael Laverriere, Ashley LePage, Emily Levesque, Theresa Long, Elizabeth Lord, Avery Mee, Collin Morris, Lindsey Muir, Dakota Murphy, Paul Newport, Samuel Pawlowski, Willow Peck, Kenny Po, Matthew Prokey, Karina Raymond, Leah Ridley, Corey Robinson, Ashley Rondeau, Alexis Roy, Nick Saltmarsh, Hope Saucier, Alex Scott, Bayleigh Simes, Rebecca Smith, Hunter Tarbox, Natalie Thayer, Brittney Thoits, Seth Wakefield, Jared Walberg, and Robert Wilson! Great job!


Thanks very much for taking the time to read this letter!


Very truly yours,



Christian M. Elkington