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Class of 2016 Welcome Letter from the Principal

posted Feb 20, 2012, 5:24 AM by Massabesic highschool   [ updated Feb 20, 2012, 5:30 AM ]

Principal’s Memo


To: 8th Grade Parents, Guardians and Students

From:  Christian M. Elkington, Principal MHS

Re:  Course Selection Night and next steps!

Date: 2/20/12

As Principal of Massabesic High School, it is my pleasure to write to you as you start to focus some of your energies and thoughts on becoming a part of MHS. We look forward to the Class of 2016 joining us and appreciate your wanting the best possible start for your son or daughter.  Please know, that it is also our goal as we strive to work closely with each of you in support of your son or daughter’s needs at MHS!

Our Freshman Teams are staffed with very supportive educators. They make sure to emphasize continuous communication, which pays off in improved success amongst a larger and larger number of our 9th grade students each year. I share this not because it sounds good but because it is fact! Over the last two years I have both read many important email communications between parents and our freshman staff or have received positive communications from parents and guardians about the efforts being made to support their sons and daughters. You have my word that each year we strive to improve upon our past success or difficulties, as we know we can always improve what we do for our students. 

The reason I am sharing the above is for two reasons.  First, I want all students, parents/ guardians who have had some difficulties in middle school not to start to think that the worst is yet to come. Please know that we will work with each and every student to help him or her find the success that they need and deserve. I believe that you have to truly try to fail in order to not have success at MHS. During the 2011-2012 school year we have continued to work hard to reduce failure through the continued “tweaking” of our academic interventions. I know that through these continued efforts the best is yet to come! Secondly, I want to tell those students that have had success at Massabesic Middle School to keep their schedule full at MHS. It is most important that you continue to strive to be the best that you can be in your first year at MHS! Please get involved in school activities as you join us so that you can reap the benefits of being a student at MHS.

Eighth to ninth grade transition efforts have been redeveloped over the last two years to increase communication between the staff of both schools so that each student’s academic needs are more clearly understood. The commitment that Mr. Fisher and I made to work more closely together on a variety of instructional areas is better supporting students’ strengths and weaknesses. We look forward to our two schools working together over the next four months.

In preparation for your son/daughter’s entrance into Massabesic High School this coming fall, we are offering the following two events:

-       On Tuesday, March 6th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, you and your son or daughter are invited to attend the Freshman Course Selection Night at MHS.  You will learn about course offerings, the course registration process, and have your questions answered by MHS Staff.

-       On Tuesday, March 13th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, you and your son or daughter are also invited to attend Curriculum & Activity Night. During this evening booths will be set up in our gymnasium for you to walk around and speak with dept. heads about courses and/or to talk with activity advisors and/or students involved with activities at MHS.

The agenda for March 6th will be as follows:

6:30 - WELCOME and introductions (MHS Gymnasium)

6:40 - Communication is KEY!

6:45 - Review of Freshman Schedule

6:55 - Interscholastic Activities offered/ eligibility

7:05 - iPads in 2012-2013

7:10 - Course Selection Process 101

7:25 - Counselor breakouts with parents & guardians on the selection of courses.

Three other items I need to briefly review with you:

1.)   MHS Freshman Planning Handbook – Will be available on line for your review early next week under the guidance web page. It includes freshman course information.

2.)   9th Grade Course Selection Sheets - will also be available to download from our school’s web site early next week.

3.)   Please take a look at the MHS Web Site – As you will find many publications including: Honored Students, letters to parents, and many other items of interest. Thanks for taking part in celebrating student success at MHS!

We look forward to starting our work with you on Tuesday, March 6th, at 6:30 PM!