Messalonskee Robotics Opens at Home: “Mainely Spirit”

Come check out the Messalonskee High School Robotics team this Saturday! Team 2648, Infinite Loop is hosting a robotics event right here at our High School! The event starts at 8:30 A.M. and admission is free! There will be food and drinks sold in the cafeteria. The event lasts until 5 P.M. come and sop by at anytime!  (By: Michael Viens, Team Member)

The RobotThis event Kick’s off MHS’s Homecoming week.  We hope to see you on Monday for the Parade and Bonfire (6:00), as well as at the many events during the week!

 

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All Sports Boosters

As many are aware our All-Sports Boosters program has had some challenges this fall, and I wanted to address them as well as the steps we, at MHS, are going to take to ensure that the program continues to positively serve our students as it has consistently done during the many years its been in existence.

A key point: Messalonskee will have an All-Sports Boosters program, not separate boosters programs. This is an important point as it is one that is grounded both in terms of what is best for kids, as well as what makes sense legally, ethically and pragmatically.

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It is import to state at the outset that it isn’t anyone’s fault that Boosters is at this place that it is at. It’s certainly not the fault of the officers and volunteers who have given their time on behalf of the program. The current issues are the result of a lack of involvement.

 

How do we get back on the right track?

When a student brings a problem to me I ask some questions:

  1. Ask the student questions like: What role did you play in the situation and what could you have done differently?
  2. And then I ask: What are you going to do differently now to ensure the outcome you are looking for comes to fruition?

As I answer these questions for myself I think – “What should I be doing to help ensure our Boosters program is successful?”, “How could I have better communicated the importance of this being an all-sports Boosters – one that unites our programs under our school slogan… EAGLE PRIDE?”, “How will our school better help to facilitate this great work that benefits our students?”

 

Next Steps?

We are holding a Boosters meeting on Monday, September 29, at 6:00 in our Library. We will begin by talking a little about the history and impact of the All-Sports Boosters as well as the school’s perspective on why the group must remain an all-sports program. From here it is my hope that we can talk about what we need to do to make the program successful and sustainable. We will discuss the challenges that the group has faced and work to begin to establish a plan to address them.  We believe that this collaborative approach is the best way to ensure that our All-Sports Boosters Program is here to benefit all Messalonskee athletes for years to come.

 

I hope to see you on the night of the 29th!

 

Thank you,

Jon Moody

Principal

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MHS September Students of the Month

MHS began honoring a student of the month starting in 2012 and has grown the program to include a monthly student honoree from each class.  On Friday, September 12th, we were pleased to announce our first SOM recipients of the 2014-15 school year.

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As has become the tradition at MHS – Marissa, Jarrod, Jack and Hannah were welcomed to the stage with raucous applause from the entire school as their families joined them on stage for this honor.   In addition to fast-break cafe certificates, T-shirts, and SOM awards certificates, recipients receive donations from local businesses as well as being awarded special parking privileges at school (yes, applies only to those who drive…).  We encourage anyone (business or individual) who is interested in supporting the school’s effort to honor students through the SOM process to contact the school directly to talk about how they could help.

 

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MMS Joins an Olympic Athlete in the Ice Bucket Challenge!

Jon Moody:

Messalonskee Middle School appears to have taken the Ice Bucket Challenge to a whole new level!

Originally posted on Messalonskee Middle Principal's Blog:

Today we recognized the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 Terrorist attacks on our country.  One of the things that I mentioned to our students today is that there were many courageous citizens on 9/11 who did small and big things to help others.  Since that time many men and women have served our country and been involved in actions intended to keep us safe.  It is amazing to me the dedication these individuals and their families demonstrate as they make sacrifices for the benefit of other people they do not even know.  We said thank you today at MMS for that dedication and courage.

Each year we have a theme at Messalonskee Middle School (MMS) to help us keep a common message to your learners throughout the year.  In the past we have focused on Reading, Writing, Anti-Bullying and although those are still areas that are important and we continue…

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Eagle Talon Yearbook Info is Out!

The Eagle Talon Yearbook staff is gearing up for a great year and fantastic 2015 Yearbook!!!
Yearbook information is posted on the MHS website, including downloads of all senior packet information, yearbook ordering, a place to upload photos, and business ad information.

See Mrs. Fenlason or any of the yearbook staff for details!
(As always, if you or others are interested in working on the yearbook contact Mrs. Fenlason, nfenlason@rsu18.org)
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RSU 18 Administrative Team Accepts The Challenge!

Jon Moody:

Mr. Smith took the challenge to a new level taking the Oakland Police Department’s challenge and including all of us (even those who have already been ice’d). Go to the ALS Association website to join in and donate: http://www.alsa.org/ .

Originally posted on rsu18supt:

Yesterday the Oakland Police Department challenged the RSU 18 Administrative Team to do the Ice Bucket Challenge in Support of ALS research.  This morning we met the challenge and in turn challenged the AOS92, SAD54 & Sad49 Administrative Teams to do the same.  Guys you have 24 hours!  :>)

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Ice Bucket Challenge

“Why would anyone video themselves dumping a bucket of ice over their heads” – this was my comment to my wife who showed me a video of someone a few weeks back doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  As a baseball fan and lover of history, Lou Gherig’s earnest and heart warming speech in 1939 was fresh enough in my memory that I recognized what ALS was and understood the cause – but still, a bucket of ice & water?

Then, upon being nominated, I thought of the speeches I’ve given to our students (some not so interesting I recognize…) about stepping up and making a difference one person at a time, and what seemed an important cause but not personal, became personal.

So… Below is my ice bucket challenge.  I encourage anyone who reads this post to step up and give of themselves to help others.  Whether it be donating to the ALS foundation as I did as part of this challenge, or mowing a lawn for someone in need, giving is good and I encourage you to follow suit as it is part of what makes our community so special.

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Note: I look forward to seeing Ms. Callan, Mr. Bowers, Mr. Smith, and Mrs. McCarthy’s post.  Check out SRO Frost’s video as he joined the Oakland Police Department in doing the challenge yesterday.

Go to the ALS Association website to donate and join in!  http://www.alsa.org/ 

I look forward to seeing everyone next week as we start another amazing school year – Go Eagles!

 

 

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