Principal Notes

October 27 - October 31, 2014 781-7429



Schedule for the Week:

Mon Oct 27 DAY A - Parent support Group @ 12p

Tues Oct 28 DAY B

Wed Oct 29 DAY C

Thur Oct 30 DAY D

Fri Oct 31 DAY E


Informational Items:

Dear Parents & Guardians,

This is the third highlight about best practices that Falmouth High School has engaged in over the past several years and continue to build and combine with one another. One week ago I wrote about practice (formative) and final (summative) assessments and how those allow students to not have to be perfect on every draft paper, quiz, and stage of a project.

From there I’d like to think for a moment about measuring student growth instead of averaging every step in the learning process. The simple example is learning how to ride a bicycle. If a young student were going through this process and climbed on the bike and fell off (assessment #1; grade=0), tried and fell off again (assessment #2; grade=0), rode ten feet then fell off (assessment #3; grade=50), rode fifty feet (assessment #4; grade=80), and then finally got on the bike and rode away (assessment #5; grade=100).

The question is, what is this student’s grade and do they have to repeat the bike riding class? If we average all the grades then the students gets a grade of 46, can ride the bike perfectly, and must retake the course (and have the 46 on their permanent transcript).

Another way of calculating would be to decay the grade, which means weighting each subsequent assessment heavier than the last, assuming that the student is heading toward her or his true level of achievement given more practice. Depending on the weighting, the student could get an 80, and 85, or higher.

Teachers are working on identifying what students know and are able to do at the end of a unit of learning and not penalize them for struggle on early practice. This idea, combined with the idea of being able to retake final assessments for a better score after some amount of reteaching, will be discussed in the next principal’s notes.


Gregg Palmer, Principal

Informational Items:

Check out Superintendent Bruno's blog that will be updated regularly and will include a variety of topics:


Parent Teacher Conferences:  Conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 10, 2014 from 8 am - 6pm.  You will need your original powerschool login information to schedule conferences.  The link to sign up for conferences will be up and running on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 and will be located on the high school webpage.  If you have any questions or need help with your log in information, contact Sue Smith @ 781-7429 ex 5.


Substitutes Needed:

The Falmouth Public Schools are currently looking for classroom substitutes K-12. Substitute position requirements are a four year degree and you must have (or be able to attain) a Maine Criminal History Records Check.  If you are interested in becoming a substitute, please visit the employment page of our website (or click here) for more information and to complete and application. 


Parent Support Group: Hello Parents! I will offer a Parent Support group meeting Monday October 27th at noon, at the Falmouth Memorial library. After I assess interest from the group and schedule needs I can go ahead and make arrangements for the library for the school year. Please attend if you can; this is a great opportunity to check in with other parents and talk in a confidential space about what's happening in your student's life. Hope to see many of you there. Contact me with any questions:


Families with seniors: check out the senior information page, which contains information, dates, and deadlines for both students and parents for the year, including information about graduation, guidance, and special senior requirements The url is Check back as deadlines get closer for more information. If you have a question, email


Music News:

2014 All National Honor Ensembles:

Congratulations to Alexandra Ertman and Ben Stimson for having been selected to participate in the National Association for Music Education's 2014 All-National Honor Ensembles. The students will be traveling to Nashville, Tennessee, on October 26for three days of rehearsals and a performance at the historic Grand Ole Opry House. Ben (bass) will sing with the mixed choir and Alexandra (flute) will play with the concert band. Paul Vella, who attended the festival last year, is a choir alternate. The students will be accompanied by Ms. Northrup.


Swimmer / Diver Mandatory Meeting with Coaches

Wednesday, October 29th at 7 PM in the FHS Cafeteria.  ALL of your registration packet paperwork should be turned in this evening. Please bring your apparel form along with a check. There will be bathing suits for try-on sizing before ordering. We have a very short window for ordering our suits and other apparel items. It is very important that this be done on the 29th. If your swimmer is unable to make this coaches meeting and try on evening, please contact Stephanie Reed at Stephanie.  

NORDIC INFORMATION NIGHT - Thursday, November 13 at 7:00p.m. in the High School library.  This meeting is necessary for all incoming and returning Nordic skiers.  Registration paperwork and waiver forms will be distributed, as well as discussions about team policy this year and the Christmas training trip.  Please plan on attending even if you are a fourth year skier - there will be new information shared about the upcoming season.

Please contact Karin Kurry ( or Merri Bernier ( if you have any questions.


Calling all racers.  There will be a mandatory informational meeting for all racers interested in skiing for the Falmouth High School Alpine Ski Team on Tuesday, November 18, from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. in the FHS library.  If you have questions prior to the meeting, please contact Patty Lesniak at, or by phone at 773-0901.


Falmouth BBall Boosters meeting is Nov 4th at 7pm in the HS Library.  All are welcome both boy and girl player's parents!  If you have any questions please email Stacey Ryan

From Student Services:

Hello Parents,

I will offer a Parent Support group meeting Monday October 27th at noon, at the Falmouth Memorial library. After I assess interest from the group and schedule needs I can go ahead and make arrangements for the library for the school year. Please attend if you can; this is a great opportunity to check in with other parents and talk in a confidential space about what's happening in your student's life. Hope to see many of you there. Contact me, Sarah Maloney, with any questions:

Also, don't forget to check our new Student Services Counseling Blog. To access the link Click here.

Thank you!

Casco Bay CAN will be hosting a Multi-Community Forum for parents on social hosting laws and liabilities on Wednesday, November 5th from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

at Falmouth High School. Our panel of presenters will provide information on:

- Maine Laws on Social Hosting

- Legal Issues/Liabilities

- Youth Violations

- Local Trends in Alcohol/Drug Use by Youth

Please find the flyer attached to this e-mail.

Robin Haley MSW LADC

Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator/Social Worker

Falmouth High School



Important Deadline

Please remind your seniors that if their first college application deadline is Nov. 15, the deadline to turn in their Guidance Transcript & Letter Request is Oct. 30.  



Financial Aid Night: Mon., Nov. 3

Andrea Cross, Associate Director of Financial Aid at Bowdoin College, will be the featured speaker at our annual Financial Aid Night on Monday, Nov 3rd, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the FHS music room.  This important program will clarify the process of applying for financial aid and review and discuss recent changes in the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  While primarily intended for senior parents, this program is open to all members of the FHS community.  Parents who have questions or concerns about financing their student’s college education are particularly encouraged to attend.



The Student Services/Guidance office has several application fee waivers for the following schools:

-Alfred University

-Suffolk University

-New England College

Please contact Karyn Krissoff if you are interested.  These are available on a first-come first-served basis.

The Theatre Company at Falmouth High School Announces Tartuffe

The Theatre Company at Falmouth’s fall season features Tartuffe by Moliere. Tartuffe is a romping, romantic, comedy that was first presented in 1664.  A wonderful play with lots of twists and turns, sure to engage all ages.

Shows for Tartuffe are Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 pm, Friday Oct. 31 & Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 pm and Sunday November 2 at 3:00 pm.  All shows are presented in the Theatre at Falmouth High School on 74 Woodville Road.  Ticket prices are $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, children and seniors, and are available 30 minutes before show time.  All are Welcome!  

We do not take reservations, but if you have special seating needs, or for more information, please contact us at, check out our Facebook page or visit our website:


5th Annual Falmouth Hockey 5K


WHEN:      November 15, 2014 9:00 AM

WHERE:        Falmouth Middle School - 52 Woodville Road, Falmouth, ME

HOW MUCH:   Pre-Register - $20 (included t-shirt)

                       Race-day      -  $25 (includes t-shirt)

              Pre-Register - $12 (under 18 & includes  t-shirt)

CONTACT:    Mary Sue Mainella / 207.233.4686 or



Presented by the Falmouth Ice Hockey Association






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