Fiddler on the Roof: tonight 7:00, tomorrow 2:00

If you’ve not been – come out and see this amazing performance put on by the Messalonskee Players!

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Where?  Messalonskee Performing Arts Center

When? Saturday night(11/22) 7:00, and Sunday afternoon(11/23) at 2:00.

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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.

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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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ALL SPORTS BOOSTERS – FALL TEAM ELECTIONS

ALL SPORTS BOOSTERS:  FALL TEAM ELECTIONS will take place at the awards banquet, this THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6.

The fall sports will elect their Board member and an alternate at the awards banquet this Thursday, November 6th. In order to provide consistency as the new Boosters takes shape, the elected representative will serve for the remainder of this year and all of next year. We recognize this may exclude parents of current seniors who do not have another child on the team. Nominations (by others or self-nomination) will be accepted on Thursday followed by voting. Parents of athletes in the classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018 will be asked to vote for their representative and alternate for the remainder of this academic year and the 2015-16 academic year during the individual team awards presentations on Thursday.

See below for details about eligibility and the role and responsibilities of team representative.

Eligibility

Must have a child or ward on the official roster of the sport he/she is representing. Should the athlete be removed from or quit the team, the alternate team representative will become the team representative.

Role

The role of the team representative is to serve as liaison for the All Sports Boosters with the coaching staff and parents of team regarding support and business of the All Sports Boosters. Representatives shall uphold the by-laws of the Messalonskee All Sports Boosters and adhere to the policies of the Messalonskee Public Schools.

Responsibilities

  • Attend monthly meetings (11 per year)
  • Responsible for conducting (via attendance and voting privileges) the daily business and operations of the All Sports Boosters
  • Active participation in one or more of the All Sports Boosters sub-committees

Should the team representative have to step down the alternate will become the team representative.

We hope you will consider putting your name forward to be a part of our All-Sports Boosters!

The next Boosters meeting will be held on December 8th, at 6:00 in the MHS Library.  (Boosters meetings are held the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:00).

10-27-14-Adopted MHS ASB Bylaws.

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All-Sports Boosters moving to expand its reach.

Last month I shared with you that a core group of parents, alumni and members of the administration had come together to discuss the future of the All Sports Boosters (Boosters). Much has happened since my first update.

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The group has spent many hours discussing the opportunities and challenges that the Boosters has recently faced, reviewing best practices among high schools throughout that state, and how to expand the reach of the Boosters to the broader parent, alumni and the communities in our district.

To that end, the group has identified:

  • Short-term plan for covering the upcoming winter season fundraising activities
  • Developed a governance model that is follows the best practices of other school districts across the state
  • Expanded the structure of the Boosters to include Messalonskee Middle School.

 

Administrative Commitment

One of the areas identified as a challenge was the unclear role that the coaches and administration played or wanted to play in Boosters. To that end, the administration has

 

  • Dedicated resources to assist the Boosters with its fundraising programs for the winter season
  • Committed administrative support via attendance of the Athletic Director at all Boosters meetings as well as a partnering with Boosters to leverage support from the coaching staff

 

Expanding Governance

To ensure that all sports are represented equally as well as to ensure the Boosters are managed in accordance with best practices, the Boosters will have a Board of Directors, each varsity sport will elect a parent representative who will serve a one-year term on the Board. In addition to these representative, there will also be 6 board representatives from the Middle School (1 girls team, 1 boys team representative from each season). Team representatives may only represent a single sport (i.e. a parent may not represent boys soccer and girls basketball), the intent is to offer opportunity for many parents to get involved.

 

Role

The role of the team representative is to serve as liaison for the All Sports Boosters with the coaching staff and parents of team regarding support and business of the All Sports Boosters. Representatives shall uphold the by-laws of the Messalonskee All Sports Boosters and adhere to the policies of the Messalonskee Public Schools.

 

Responsibilities

  • Attend monthly meetings (11 per year)
  • Responsible for conducting (via attendance and voting privileges) the daily business and operations of the All Sports Boosters
  • Active participation in one or more of the All Sports Boosters sub-committees

Should the team representative have to step down the alternate will become the team representative.

 

Eligibility

Must have a child or ward on the official roster of the sport he/she is representing. Should the athlete be removed from or quit the team, the alternate team representative will become the team representative.

 

I am tremendously excited about the positive cooperative approach the group took in creating and adopting the new bylaws (to be shared soon) and am optimistic about its future with this new structure in place.  More news to come soon!

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Girl Up! New Club at MHS.

Spurned from interest and advocacy from our students, Ms. DeWan has agreed to be the advisor of a new club at MHS; Girl Up.

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More than 600 million smart, talented girls are living in developing countries, full of dreams. However, they are often not able to reach their full potential. They are often unable to do things that seem simple to us, such as to go to school, or see a doctor. Many girls face these struggles, which has consequences that include girls marrying at very young ages, and early motherhood (which also causes health risks). GirlUp is an organization that unites girls to change the world. Messalonskee’s chapter of GirlUp will work to raise awareness and fundraise for these issues, and stress the importance of education both here in the United States, and in other countries.

Additional information can be found at: http://clubs.girlup.org/about , and http://clubs.girlup.org/clubs .

By MHS Junior, Lily Webb

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