Parent Advisory Meeting Tonight!

Our monthly parent-advisory meeting was moved to this Monday night (12/15) at 5:30 in the MHS Library.  We hope to see you there!

For those that are not familiar with the parent-advisory and what the group does I wanted to share a bit about the group and the format of the meetings.

Every MHS parent-advisory meeting follows the same general format:

1 – Introductions

2 – Review of questions / topics from the last meeting

3 – Presentation of new information, discussion & feedback

4 – Questions & discussion (those not answered saved for next time)

 

We find the parent-advisory group to be one of the more important meetings of our month, as it allows us to get ideas and feedback on the work we are doing at MHS.  Nearly every facet of our effort toward implementing a proficiency-based approach at Messalonskee has been directly or indirectly influenced by this group.

At tonight’s meeting we will be discussing MHS’s focus on learning experiences as students move toward proficiency.  We have done a lot of work in this area and believe our approach is balanced and takes into account the feedback this group has given us over the last two years.  We hope you will consider attending if you are free and able to make it!

Upcoming parent-advisory meeting dates (note that all meetings run from 5:30 – 6:30 in the library):

January 13
February 10
March 10
April 14
May 12
June 9

 

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MHS Moves to Add Community Service to Graduation Requirements

We have worked very hard at Messalonskee to increase students awareness of the tremendous positive impact that they can have on our community through service.

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Over the last few years you may be aware of the work our students have done in and out of our school (paint the school, community projects, stocking food pantry, trail & bridge work, humane society,  etc.) as well as student council’s move to make our Spring Fling (traditionally only a day of fun) into a Day of Caring.  Currently we are working to modify our graduation requirements to include a service credit requirement for all students at MHS.  We are tremendously excited at formalizing the volunteerism and service work that has been growing over the last few years at MHS.

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Look for more information on our updated graduation requirement including the introduction of a service requirement for all our graduates in the near future!

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October & November Students of the Month

Thank goodness for student input!…  I manage this blog and generally do a decent job of keeping up to speed with the happenings at MHS.  Earlier this week a student alerted me to the fact that I’d neglected to post both the October and November Students of the Month.  Thank goodness she let me know, as both had been left in “drafts” waiting for pictures to be uploaded.  Thank you to Brittany for setting me straight!

There are so many amazing students at MHS that the Student of the Month (SOM) awards, where we recognize one student from each of the four classes, have come to symbolize much of what is great about Messalonskee.

November SOM

Our November Students of the Month:  Chelsea Robbins (Senior), Sawyer Michaud (Junior), Breana Megivern (Freshmen), and Annie Dobos (Sophomore)

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SOM Oct 2014

Our October Students of the Month:  Josh Boucher (Senior), Chase Borssen (Sophomore), Lily Webb (Junior), Billy Bean (Freshmen)

More pictures from the October 31st SOM Assembly which included a presentation to Laura Benedict from the Red Barn for their tremendous generosity on behalf of our students.

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For more articles and information on happenings at MHS check out the regular posts on the bottom of the MHS website!

Articles on both SOM assemblies were posted earlier in the year:  October SOM, November SOM

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Guest Post: Messalonskee Alumnae Come Together

This past Saturday, 31 Messalonskee athletes from the classes of 2008 to 2018, laced up for the first annual Cassidy Charette Memorial Alumni Soccer Game.

MHS Alum play for Cassidy
With the support of All Pro and Laura Benedict (owner of The Red Barn), Saturday’s game raised $900 for the Cassidy Charette Scholarship.

While the amount of money we raised is reason enough to consider this event a success, I think my favorite part was seeing the smiles on every person’s face, both players and fans alike.

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It did not matter that the current team beat the alumnae 10-6 or that many of us were gasping for air 5 minutes into the game. Every touch of the ball brought smiles and laughter to everyone’s face; smiles that were a true testimony to the love and laughter that Cassidy has always and will always bring us.

We definitely plan on making this event a yearly occurrence and even hope to have the boys team join us next year in remembering our beautiful eagle. As past coach Mike Guarino reminded us, as we came together for one last huddle following the game, Messalonskee Soccer has been and always will be a family.

I am extremely proud to be a Messalonskee Eagle and look forward to lacing up again next year to honor Cassidy in the best way that we know how.
-Chelsey Oliver, Class of 2013

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Fiddler on the Roof (Nov. 21-23)

In an ever changing world, some traditions can be a welcome change of pace. Join the Messalonskee High School Players for a celebration of tradition and change in the time-honored musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Making its debut 50 years ago this year on Broadway, Fiddler on the Roof won the hearts of audiences with such favorites as “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker,” Sunrise, Sunset,” and of course, “To Life.” Placed in Imperial Russia, it is the story of a poor milkman, Tevya, with five daughters whose marriages he must arrange but who have minds of their own. Tevya walks a fine line balancing between tradition and the changing world in this powerful, joyous, and bittersweet musical. Showtimes are Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7:00 pm, with a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2:00 pm. All shows are in the Messalonskee High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults.

 

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In keeping with tradition, on Saturday, Nov. 22, the MHS Players are pleased to join forces with the Annual Holiday Handmade Market, a gathering of over 75 local craftspeople, artists, and exhibitors. You don’t have to be a rich man to get an early start on your holiday shopping! Admission and parking are free! Food, drink, and other refreshments are also available. Come for the shopping, stay for the show. It’s a perfect match.

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All-Sports Boosters Craft Fair: MHS Nov. 22 (9am-5pm)

Come and join us for the Messalonskee All Sports Boosters Annual Craft Fair at Messalonskee High School, located at 131 Messalonskee High Drive, Oakland, Maine. The event will be free to the public and open Saturday, November 22nd from 9am to 5pm. This event features over 75  local artists and crafters who will be selling their handmade goods just in time for the holidays! Delicious food and drinks courtesy of the Messalonskee Student Organizations and Classes  will be available for purchase as well. One hundred percent of the funds collected from table fees and raffle proceeds will be donated to the Messalonskee All Sports Boosters to help with coaches’ expenses. Admission and parking are FREE!  (Jessica Garten, Messalonskee All-Sports Boosters President)

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Messalonskee Students Soar

Literally and figuratively – Sr. Nick Mayo and Jr. Garrett Main have taken their talents to new heights.

We have so many gifted young men and women who do so many amazing things that we rarely have a chance to recognize them on the blog.  These two young men achieved some pretty remarkable feats over the past month and I wanted to highlight both as examples of the tremendous achievements made by our Messalonskee students.

Mayo

Last Tuesday evening Mr. Mayo sealed the deal, signing his official paperwork to commit to attending Eastern Kentucky University on a full basketball scholarship.  EKU finished 24-10 last winter, winning the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship and advancing to the NCAA Division I Tournament before being eliminated in the second round by perennial champion Kansas, 80-69.

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Main

Last Sunday we found out that Mr. Main was selected to represent Messalonskee High School as a member of the American Choral Director’s Association All National Honor Choir. This was a tremendously rigorous audition process; over three thousand students competed for a place in the two hundred voice choir that will be performing in Salt Lake City, Utah in February. Garrett will have an opportunity to sing with the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir as well as working with some of the nation’s finest young musicians.

These are but two of many examples of our students who shine both in and out of the walls of our school; we couldn’t be more proud of their efforts!

(thanks to Mr. Peter McLaughlin and Mr. Kevin Rhein for assisting on this blog post!)

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