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January 2014 Parent/Teacher Letter

posted Jan 8, 2014, 9:24 AM by Massabesic highschool

                                                                                             January 7, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians:                                                                 


As we start the new-year it is my hope that this letter finds you and your family in the best spirits possible after a long break. With the added snow and ice difficulties presented to us recently getting back on track is our main priority. On behalf of Massabesic High School we wish all of you a safe and rewarding 2014!


During the month of December we were our usual busy selves at Massabesic High School. The holidays along with the months of January and February are always a stressful time in high schools and this year appears to be no different. Along with our main goal of meeting student academic needs we also must work with students with social-emotional needs as well as those not making healthy choices. Social-emotional distress does get heightened during the holidays and winter, as it is not necessarily a wonderful time of the year for all of our students and families. If prevention is not possible then getting to concerns as early as possible is our next best option. Getting to concerns quickly can only happens with and through communication and so we ask you to please keep us, through your son’s or daughter’s guidance counselor, in the loop when a concern comes to your attention. By working together we may be able to reduce the severity of the problem or distress and make for a more supportive MHS. Thanks for your assistance!


Important dates:

-   1-09-14 Ethics Presentation to Juniors

-   1-09-14 Project Graduation Meeting, 6:00 PM in the MHS Library

-   1-14-14 Progress Reports & Parent/Guardian Conference info handed to students

-   1-20-14 Martin Luther King Jr. Day No School

-   1-23-14 Winter Trimester Parent-Teacher Conferences 2:15 – 6:00 PM

-   1-24/25-14 District 1 Music Festival at Noble HS

-   1-27-14 Last day to order yearbooks (SENIORS!!!!!)

-   2-05-14 College Goal Night Presentation

-   2-07-14 Early Release Day

-   2-08-14 Winter Ball

-   2-11-14 Progress Reports handed out in Advisory

-   2-17-14 to 2-21-14 February Break

Congratulations go to – Angel Waters, named MHS Honored Student Athlete for November! Angel was named the Most Improved Runner in the State of Maine for 2013, to the 2013 All State and All Conference Teams and was named to the SMAA All Academic Team! Well – done Angel!



Special thanks goes to – MHS Staff for their monetary gifts to the MHS Staff Holiday Fund. Over $1,400.00 was raised, which enabled us to share gift cards with more than 50 students at MHS! A BIG well-done goes to MHS Staff!


Congratulations go to - Madison Russell and Danielle Vigue for being selected to represent MHS at the 2014 Maine Youth Leadership Seminar at the University of Southern Maine this June. Madison is our delegate and Danielle will be our alternate.


Senior and junior parents and guardians – It is that time of the year to get involved! Our Project Graduation Team is again gearing up to offer the graduating class a wonderful experience this June. As an all-volunteer group MHS Project Graduation looks for parents and guardians of juniors and seniors to assist with planning and fundraising. This group is now ramping up their efforts as we enter January. By having the involvement of parents and guardians of juniors and seniors we have found that parents are not overwhelmed and that a supportive transition is able to secure a good start for the next class. This IS a good time for new parents and guardians to join! If you can’t come to this Thursday’s (Jan 9th) meeting, but want to join and help then please contact Mr. Scully at MHS so that he can pass your information along. Thanks!


The MHS Two-Year Progress Report – Has been sent to the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC). Most high schools in New England belong to NEASC, which serves in the role of accrediting all kinds of educational institutions. Many will recall we were visited in the spring of 2011 as part of the ten-year accreditation cycle. After their visit we were issued a report with commendations (58) and recommendations (54), with five years to act on the recommendations. We are happy to report that that we consider 32 of the 54 recommendations as COMPLETED, with 20 In-Progress and two with No-Action taken. The full report will be available on our web site shortly.


Ethics Presentation – Is being given to all juniors by the Better Business Association on Thursday, January 9th. This presentation will cover all aspects of ethics and the choices that we are faced with during our everyday lives. High School students are at the age where being independent is becoming more and more important to them and this discussion will help them think about the social, personal, school and professional situations they find themselves in every day. The presentation will also delve into social media and how the choices we make today don't just affect the here and now, but have the ability to affect our future endeavors as well.

Communication snafus – Will hopefully be worked out shortly. As I shared previously it was our goal before the holidays to increase both the speed and amount of info we share with parents, guardians and students through the use of email and weekly updates. It is now our hope that this will start by the end of January. My fingers are crossed!

Three cheers go to – The students and staff of MHS for their advisory work during the holidays. In conjunction with United Way of York County Advisories provided a number of items to local shelters, agencies and hospitals. Projects were as follows: 9th grade card writing, 10th grade blanket making, 11th grade stuffed animal collection, 12th grade hygiene products collection. Thanks to all for your assistance!

A “shout out” – Goes to our band and chorus students for their concerts at the end of the Fall Trimester and for the concerts and music that were shared at some of our district’s elementary schools before the break. Our kids have much to offer and be proud of!

MHS Sophomores and Juniors - Can get a head start on college this summer! The Early College Programs at the University of New England will take place on the UNE campus this July, and will award 3 college credits to participants who complete the course.  Early College students experience life on a college campus, earn college credit, and make friends from around the country. This program is first-come-first-serve, open to high school students (entering their Junior or Senior year in Fall 2014). Apply early or you may be left out!

Early College students immerse themselves in one of the following areas of study: Coastal Marine Ecology, Pre-Law/Trial Advocacy, Neuroscience, or Creative Writing (Poetry). UNE’s faculty teaches all classes. UNE staff also conducts special workshops on the college application process and financial aid advising. Students in Early College get a taste of college life, while enjoying activities such as a whale watch out of Kennebunkport, a visit to the historic Portland “Old Port,” and a Portland Sea Dogs baseball game. A limited number of merit scholarships are available for qualifying students. Please see your guidance counselor for more info ASAP!

Massabesic’s Honored Students for November: Miranda Anderson, Nate Baert, Briana Berube, Dylan Blackington, Joshua Boutin, Alyssa Bryan, Matthew Buck, Danielle Burbank, Acadia Byther, Jillian Cadman, Tyler Charlton, Jacqueline Christie, Troy Cloutier, Grady Connolly, Charity Constantine, Katie Darling, Shayna Davis, Abigail DeRosie, Casey Descoteau, Justin Dion, Christian DuPaul, Alyssa Elwell, Rachel Ford, Zack Furlong, Tyler Gagnon, Michala Geiger, Kathleen Goodrich, Devin Greenlaw, Ben Hamilton, Noah Ireland, Cody Johnstone, Trystin Killer, Jackson King, Jordan King, Anna Lane, Xavier Lundrigan, Danielle Mailhot, Shane Mansfield, Emily Marquis, Kaitlyn  McClurken, Tiffany McCoy, Jillian Miller, Isabella Moody, Alex Morin, Roshelle Morrison, Steel Muchemore-Allen, Meghan Neyer, Devon Pendleton, Karlie Pike, Michelle Potvin, Alexis Prescott, Peter Robbins, Koryssa Rogalski-Brown, Ashley Rondeau, Caleb Roy, Ashley Russell, Emily Scavoni, Rebecca Smith, Lauren Stetson, McKenzi Stevens, Evan Taylor, Andrew Wicklund, Erica Williams and Rose Wolfe! Congratulations to you all!


Please take a few moments – To review the academic accomplishments of many of our students during the past Fall Trimester on the back of this page. Thanks!


Thanks for taking the time to read this letter!


Very truly yours,


Christian M. Elkington, Principal