Since coming to MHS in 2001 the annual food drive has held special importance for me, not simply because it benefits so many needy people in our community, but because it is a charitable event organized and conducted primarily by students. Once again this year’s effort was a tremendous success. Although students were organizing the vent, adults in our school and community jumped in this year and helped make the event even bigger! Many businesses and individuals helped the drive, from a $2000 monetary match by the McAvoy family to Central Maine Motors bringing in truckloads of food (literally!), MHS was busting at the seams with food.
Once again the Messalonskee High School Food Drive was a huge success!
In addition to the food drive, the community once again came together to serve meals on Thanksgiving day at MHS (over 1000!); talk about setting an example for our young people to emulate!
CLICK HERE To see WABI TV5′s Coverage of the annual Thanksgiving dinners served at MHS!
Thank you to everyone who have helped show the importance of giving during these two amazing events. There is no greater gift we can give our young people than the gift of a great example. Our community has certainly done that!
On Tuesday night (6:00) MHS offering a Post-secondary information night focused on financial aid and other information related to paying for college. Admission is free and we encourage anyone interested in attending a post-secondary institution to attend!
Additional information can be found on our Guidance Website. We look forward to seeing you Tuesday at 6:00 in the PAC!
FREE ADMISSION & PARKING!
The Messalonskee All Sports Boosters Annual Craft Fair will be held at Messalonskee High School November 23 & 24th.
This event will feature over 75 talented local crafters, artists, and vendors who will be selling their handmade goods just in time for the holiday season. Shop local this holiday season to buy some amazingly, unique gifts from some incredibly talented local artisans! Please be sure to invite all your friends and family!
Food and other refreshments will be available for purchase and there will be a large raffle as well.
We often ask our youth to consider the positive impact they can have in our school and community if they apply themselves; our Messalonskee Students have certainly done that and more…
MHS students came together to give their time to make SMILE BAGS for homeless youth in the area.
Earlier this fall Jake Smith and Mikayla Turner helped organize the event earlier this fall where 31 student-athletes turned out to make 42 no-sew fleece blankets for Smile Bags*. The students worked on the blankets for several hours in an attempt to expand the effort started by Jake four years ago, when he decided to take it upon himself to help out homeless teens in the area. Since the Smile Bag effort began, Jake and his supporters have distributed 260 bags to the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter and Messalonskee, Nokomis and Waterville High Schools.
40 blankets made by MHS students for their homeless peers across the state.
* Smile Bags: include toiletries, books, stuffed animal, blankets, hats, mittens, etc. Bags are age & interest appropriate and designed to provide homeless youth with something they can keep in a situation where their home is temporary.
If you are interested in supporting this cause please email Jake at firstname.lastname@example.org !
We talk about making learning real and transparent for our students, our civics classes certainly did that on Wednesday at UMF!
Several Civics classes at Messalonskee High School attended workshops at the University of Maine at Farmington hosted by the ACLU of Maine. The students learned about the 4th Amendment rights of students through a mock trial of the Supreme Court case of New Jersey v. TLO, where a student is searched after smelling of smoke while exiting the bathroom at her high school. Should the school have the right to search the student based upon these circumstances? The students had a blast arguing both sides of this case after being prepped by professional attorneys.
Incidentally, the team with mostly MHS students won the case, though their decision is not what the Supreme Court actually ruled. (TLO could be searched)
Other workshops included talks by attorneys on the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 14th
Amendments to the Constitution and how it applies to their every day lives. Through explaining case studies and past experiences in court, kids were directly exposed with real life situations that will inform them on their rights and how those rights may be exercised in a professional and appropriate way.
Our students represented Messalonskee with class and professionalism and should be applauded for the enthusiasm they exhibited throughout the day long conference.
J. DeMott (MHS Social Studies)
H. Karagiannes (MHS Social Studies)