Supports Today at MHS

Good morning,

We wanted to make our students, parents, and community aware of supports that are in place at MHS today and through the evening (Through 7:00 PM).

Mental Health professionals from Maine General (Health Reach) and the American Red Cross will be on hand in our Library through 7:00PM this evening for those in need of support.  We have volunteers from our business office staffing our school phones in the main office and our counselors and administrators are on call to provide assistance.  Please encourage anyone you know who feels like they want to talk to someone, or just wants a safe place to be, to reach out to us at the High School.


Thank you to the area schools and mental health agencies who have provided tremendous assistance to us over the past three weeks.  Thank you to the community for their outpouring of support.  Together we have been their for our kids (and they have been there for us…).

Please reach out to the High School should you need anything:  207-465-7381.

Jon Moody


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News Media: Help Us Help Our Students

MEDIA:  We are aware that students and staff members have been contacted personally in an attempt to gain interviews.  We respectfully ask that all members of the media conduct any interviews off school property as the school must be a safe place for our students and staff as we go through this difficult time.  The school must be a place where they feel supported and are able to be provided counseling as appropriate.

We do hope that the media will continue to be respectful of our students, staff and of our families as we work to provide support for those in need.

Thank you,

Jon Moody




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Support For Students & Community Members

We will be opening up the High School tomorrow, Monday October 13th, to provide support for our students following the recent tragedies to our school community.

School administrators and personnel from our Messalonskee and China schools will be on site from 8:00 Am – 6:00 PM answering phones and assisting those in need.  Mental health professionals have been arranged to support students from 9:00AM – 12:00PM and again from 3:00PM – 6:00PM.

Reverend Effie McClean, of the Oakland-Sidney United Methodist Church, with the support of local churches, has arranged to provide non-denominational community assistance at the church (14 West School Street, Oakland) for adults and community members who wish to access support during this difficult time.  Reverend McClean can be reached at 465-5259 with questions.

In consultation with mental health professionals, we have decided to, as much as possible, have students continue their regular routine upon returning to school on Tuesday.  We have reached out to area schools and agencies and will have additional personnel on site to support our students and staff.  If you have any information about any students in need, please reach out to us at school tomorrow.    Should you need immediate assistance or want someone to talk to outside of our school hours, the Maine Crisis Hotline (1-888-568-1112) is a great resource.

Thank you,

Jon Moody



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Homecoming Update (Thursday Edition)

Our Homecoming week dominance continues as the Field Hockey team chalked up a win last night to continue our undefeated streak on the week.  We hope to see everyone out at tonight’s Homecoming Football game as our boys look to continue the success with a huge group of fans cheering them on.

Some Homecoming Highlights:

Students: If you have video footage of any of the other events please do send them to Mrs. George or Myself.

Points Update: (thank you to Ryan McCarthy for catching a one point mistake between the sophomores and freshmen!)

Homecoming Points Thursday

We hope to see everyone out in force in their Red, White, and Blue today!

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Homecoming Points Update

First off, congratulations to our Golf, and Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams, who each secured victories in their homecoming games so far this week.  Today is Field Hockey at 4:00 right at MHS!

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The Battle of the Classes:

This Year’s events have been wonderful to see, from yesterday’s tug-of-war to the school color days, to the human chain etc.  Wow!  You would be impressed with the level of school pride shown by our students.  Yesterday over 80 percent of the students and staff dressed up for the “Black-Out” and we are hoping that today – a day where every student and staff member was asked to bring in food items to kick-off our food drive early – will end up being the highest participation rate yet!

The Seniors hold the top spot, but as you can see from the daily totals there is quite a battle going on between the classes for points.  Here are the results for the competition so far:

Homecoming Points

A special “THANK YOU”! goes out to our Student Council, our staff, and Ms. Colby (SC Advisor) who have worked so hard to organize the events for the week.

Please do support our efforts by sending in non-perishable food items (all for local food banks) this week and through the months of October and November.  And of course…  We hope to see you at MHS for our events and at Colby, where our cross country teams will be competing this weekend.  At MHS our Field Hockey team will be competing today at 4:00 and at our Homecoming Football Game is this Friday Night at 7:00.  GO EAGLES!

Final Color Day Events:  Thursday – Food items,   Friday – School Colors

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Messalonskee HS Greenhouse Under Construction

Jon Moody:

Our greenhouse will likely become an integral part of many facets of our school including nutrition!

Originally posted on Nutrition Services:


Messalonskee HS Greenhouse Under Construction.

I am incredibly excited about this project and what it can mean for our learners at MHS and the food that we’ll be offering to our learners in their cafeteria.

I’ve been working closely with Beth and Patty in the kitcchen to coordinate what will be grown in the green house, and how that can be offered to students as part of a meal.

I’m really excited for this opportunity for students observe in the whole system of food from how it is grown, where it comes from, and eventually how it is served to them.  I anticipate that many great things will come from this.  Stay tuned!

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MHS Homecoming 2014

Homecoming is a special time of year at MHS and this year has started off as one of our best.  From the hallways to the pep-rally, parade and bonfire, our MHS community has really stepped up!

Some thank you’s…  To our parents and community members who were out in force helping decorate and support our students.  Even though we know you do a lot, I don’t think we can really conceptualize how much you do during weeks like this.  Thank you!  To our young athletes and their coaches and parents from across the district.  Thank you!  To our local police and fire departments – thank you for your continued support of the schools whenever we ask or need it!  To our local businesses who help support MHS – like Hammond Lumber who donated the trucks and drivers for our parade, we can’t say enough!   To our faculty, ed-tech’s, coaches, custodians, kitchen staff…  the spirit you have shown already this week is a real motivator for our students.  And finally, to our students – You are what it is for, and when we see you step up as you have done this year, with higher numbers of students participating in our homecoming activities than ever…  That’s what EAGLE PRIDE is about.

Here’s an example of a little bit of the Spirit that has swept across MHS so far this week!

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So – For the week’s events!

Saturday 9-20-2014: For those of you fortunate enough to have attended our Home Robotics event (unfortunately I missed it for the first time) you would have been wow’d by one of the most impressive competitive environments you’ll ever see.  I would encourage you to check out the Pine Tree Event later this year.

Monday:  Varsity Golf home to Cony, JV Football home to Mt. Blue.  Check out their schedules as these athletes will be competing again in the future and would love your support!

Tuesday: Boys Soccer Home to Brewer (Varsity 3:30, JV 5:00), JV Golf Home to Cony (3:30), Field Hockey Home to Brunswick at Thomas College (Varsity 6:30, JV 7:45)

Wednesday:  Girls Soccer Home to Oxford Hills (Varsity 3:30, JV 5:00)

Thursday:  Field Hockey Home to Edward Little (Varsity 4:00, JV 5:30)

Friday:  Homecoming Football Game – Varsity Football Home to Brewer (7:00)

Saturday:  Women & Men’s Cross-Country at Colby (10:00 men, 10:30 women), Homecoming Dance (Chaperones welcome!) 8:00 – 11:00.


Thank you to everyone for a great start to our Homecoming week.  We hope to see you out at all our events, especially the Homecoming Football Game where we can really see our community support on display as our classes fundraise and show their pride while we all cheer on our Eagles to victory!


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