LOCKERS… “Why no #’s on our Schedules?”

Lockers

“My schedule always had my locker combination on it – why doesn’t it now???”

This, an excerpt from a student email I received recently, has been a common question from students and parents following our summer mailing last week.

My response (abridged) – “We decided to let you choose your locker this year!”

Answer “Really???  I like it!  Thank you!!!”

I share this not only because of the wonderful use of punctuation, something I’m known for, but also because it is a change in practice at MHS that was brought on by student feedback.

Last year several students approached me about lockers and the challenges they presented for students as they never seemed to meet the two key criteria students felt were most important:  1) In a location near their classes, 2) In a location near their friends.  When talking to a group of 8th graders this spring they had the same concern about lockers.   Additionally, the parent advisory group shared the concern that student backpacks were far too heavy and questioned why students didn’t use their lockers…

MHS has made a change to “Choose your locker”.

Process for selecting a locker:  Mr. Bouchard will be taking requests and assigning lockers for students.  Individual lockers will be honored when possible, but the priority will be to provide students a locker in the area they select (third floor hallway, athletic wing, etc.).  Starting with the freshmen orientation, students will be encouraged to sign-up for a locker.

As always, give us your feedback and we will do our best to listen, respond, and when it makes sense – make changes.

School starts in two weeks; see you on the 27th!

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PreSeason Sports start Monday 8/17!

The High School preseason begins next week.  If you are interested in playing sports at Messalonskee and haven’t been in contact with your coach or the athletic director, please contact Mrs. Fisher in the athletic office asap at bfisher@rsu18.org  or directly at 465-4990.

Notice to all Fall Athletes:

Fall Sports

We encourage all student-athletes and their parents to attend the fall Sports Information Night at MHS, August 26th at 6:30 in the Performing Arts Center.  Mr. Hill will be presenting to parents and athletes on the expectations for the season.

We also encourage all parents to consider taking part in the MHS All-sports Boosters.  Information on the boosters can be found at: http://www.rsu18.org/index.php?id=2&sub_id=5479 and on the new website (under development): http://www.allsportsboosters.com/

Information on MHS Athletics can be found on the school website at: http://www.rsu18.org/index.php?id=2&sub_id=3920

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2015-16 Important Upcoming Dates

EAGLE

We hope your summer has been filled with fun and family!

This post is meant to inform you of some important upcoming dates that may or may not apply to you.

August

10 All-Sports Boosters Meeting (6:00, MHS Library)

17 MHS Athletics: Preseason Sports Begin (contact 465-7381 with questions/info)

26 Freshmen BBQ & Gathering 5:00-6:30 p.m. MHS

26 Fall Sports Parent Night 6:30 p.m. PAC

27 First Day of School – Grade 9 Only

28 First Day of School – All Students

Look for our summer mailing that will be coming out the first week in August.  Included are student schedules, an overview of expectations our new tagging software for guided study & support (now during the middle of the day), items the school leadership team asked us to focus on with students, staff and parents, and revised student handbooks information.  As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to call or swing into MHS.

Enjoy the last month of summer!

~ Mr. Moody

More information can be found on our school website at: http://www.rsu18.org/index.php?id=389&sub_id=3008

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Eagles Soar: MHS Softball State Champs!

On Saturday, June 20th, the Messalonskee Eagles Softball team brought home the gold glove, defeating Scarborough High School 1-0 in the state championship softball game!

States, Eastern Maine, KVAC Champs 2384 2

The Eagles capped a magical season in which they solidified the #1 seed and rode solid pitching and defense with timely hitting and aggressive calls to take home the championship.  Below are photos sent in from parents from the championship run.

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Check out Kristy Prelgovisk’s Home Run in the first inning in the state championship game! 

In addition to our success in softball, our Lady LAX team also played in the state championship game on Saturday, coming up short to Marshwood 12-5 in their first trip to the state game.  It was a magical season for both teams and we are equally proud of their efforts.

In addition to our State Championship runs each of our spring sports continued the success from the fall and winter seasons!  Messalonskee Track & Field had a tremendous season with many competing in the KVAC and State meets and ultimately 8 athletes lacing it up for New England’s!  Girls and boys tennis also had individuals shine over the course of the season.  In addition, our boys LAX and baseball teams had tremendous seasons that were cut short sooner than they would have liked, but were also impressive!   Messalonskee athletics shined across the board and below are a few of the pictures (Thank you Mr. David Emery!) that have been sent in from those amazing seasons!

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Get out the Vote! Budget Cut to 1.9%…

This has been a trying budget season for all.  With “cut the fat” comments, as well as misleading and made-up information being circulated by some, I wanted to make a post in support of the budget prior to the June 30th vote.

I believe we have great schools, with strong teachers, good and just leaders, and amazing students.  I also believe we need to balance spending and be responsible to our constituencies.  This is why I will vote to approve the school budget on Tuesday, June 30th.

Is RSU18 really responsible with money?  Yes.  A 1.88% overall increase IS responsible and far below the historical inflation rate.  Our district has less than a .5% (yes – less than 1/2 of 1 percent) increase over the last six years – five times less than the rate of inflation over that period.  RSU18 spends less per student than any neighboring district and far less than comparably sized school units.  Our schools are frugal and responsible.

Now is the time to support our leaders, our teachers, and our students.  Now is the time to support our schools.

How?  Either by absentee ballot (deadline this Friday for most towns, call your town office or swing by) or in person – Vote June 30th!

The best posts I’ve read on the budget have come from Principal Jenny McGee and from Board Member Bob Bennett.  I have included both below and encourage you to read them and share with others the need to vote on June 30th!

Atwood Principal’s Blog by Jenny McGee

Open Letter on the RSU18 Budget by Board Member Bob Bennett

The Principal’s blog budget post from May highlights some other metrics on the original school budget.

Thank you,

Go Eagles!

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MHS’s Final Students of the Month

Messalonskee’s final group of students of the month for the 2014-15 school year!

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Senior (now Alumni) Damon Bickford, Junior Nathalie St. Pierre, Sophomore Gabrielle Thompson, Freshmen Abbey Prescott joined their families and mentors on stage to celebrate the award.

An amazing group of students closed out our school year as we awarded the June Students of the Month at our Underclassmen Assembly.  Unfortunately for Damon, (and fortunately for Nathalie ), the fabled SOM parking spot will be carried through the end of the year and summer through the awarding of the 2015 September SOM.

If you, your business, or other group are interested in supporting our efforts to recognize students please do reach out to us at jmoody@rsu18.org.

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Volunteer Scientists: Take the Show on the Road!

When offered an opportunity to put together a  chemistry “magic show” AP chemistry students jumped at the chance to share their passion for science. Since taking the AP chemistry exam early in May, these students have been working hard to put together meaningful science activities for younger students that were educational, engaging, and fun.

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The MHS Scientists took their show on the road, presenting to 9 elementary school classrooms with students ranging from primary grades at the Atwood school to upper elementary at the Williams school.  Students topics range from the simple and hands-on “How to make Flubber” to the more complicated, but visually surprising “Iodine Clock Reaction,” all designed to engage the interest of their audience and to inspire some future scientists.”

Thank you to Mrs. Tupper (science teacher extraordinaire) and her students for taking the time to share their talents and time with some of our younger learners in the district!

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