Principal Notes

September 22 - 26, 2014

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Schedule for the Week:

Mon Sept 22 DAY A - Senior Parent Night @ 6p

Tue Sept 23 DAY B

Wed Sept 24 DAY C

Thur Sept 25 DAY D

Fri Sept 26 DAY E


Informational Items:

 

Pictures are in! Students will be receiving their picture packages with in the next day or so.  If you did not order a package and wish to do so, you may order online.  If your student missed having his/her picture taken, or you are unhappy with the photos you received, we are offering picture retakes on October 9, 2014.

 

JUNIORS

All juniors are scheduled to take the PSAT at FHS on Wednesday, October 15th.  This is a nationally scheduled test date, so there is no make-up opportunity should a student be absent on this morning. Juniors are required to submit a test fee of $14 since the Maine Department of Education no longer covers this test fee for juniors.  A check payable to Falmouth High School, or cash, should be sent to Martha James, Student Services Secretary, no later than Friday, October 10th.  If this test fee presents a financial hardship to your family, please do not hesitate to contact Danielle Calhoun, Guidance Director, for a fee waiver.  More information about the PSAT can be found at the College Board website: https://www.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt . Please contact Guidance if you have questions or concerns.


SOPHOMORES

All sophomores are scheduled to take the PSAT at FHS on Wednesday, October 15th.  This is a nationally scheduled test date, so there is no make-up opportunity should a student be absent on this morning.   The Maine Department of Education pays the test fee for sophomores.  More information about the PSAT can be found at the College Board website: https://www.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt .  Please contact Guidance if you have questions or concerns.


COLLEGE PLANNING NOTES

Senior Parent Night: On Course For College: Mon., Sept 22

Parents who are new to the college planning process and/or who did not attend the spring Junior Parent Night may want to attend our Senior Parent Night: On Course For College, on Monday evening, September 22nd from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the FHS music room.  This highly informal session will address senior parents’ questions and concerns about all aspects of the college search process, with an emphasis upon Q&A.


College Fair at USM: Sun., Sept. 28

The University of Southern Maine hosts the annual NEACAC College Fair on Sunday, September 28th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine.  Students should bring a supply of peel-and-stick labels with their name, mailing address and email address; the time they save completing college inquiry cards can be used to visit with more college representatives and to ask more questions.  A complete list of schools that will be in attendance is available at www.neacac.org.

Financial Aid Night: Mon., Nov. 3

Parents who have concerns about financing their students’ college education may want to attend our Financial Aid Night on Monday, November 3rd, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the FHS music room.


COLLEGE APPLICATION FEE WAIVERS AVAILABLE

The Student Services/Guidance office has several application fee waivers for the following schools: Franklin Pierce University and New England College

 

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


NOT TOO EARLY TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

While January through April are the heavy scholarship months, there are scholarships available now and in the coming months.  Seniors tend to focus more on applying to scholarships in the late winter and spring, so many of the fall scholarships have a lower rate of applications.  Some of these fall scholarships, such as the Coca Cola scholarship, offers a very substantial award.  Please check our website for a complete list.  The list will be updated weekly as new scholarship opportunities present themselves. Scholarships are listed in order of the date they expire.  

Also, keep in mind that scholarships are not just for seniors.  There are a number of scholarships available for underclassmen as well.  Keep checking the website!


Questions?  Please contact Karyn Krissoff in Guidance/Student Services.

 

SPEECH AND DEBATE PRACTICE---Tuesday, September 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Meet in the library.  No debate experience necessary. New students welcome.  Any questions, see Mr. Lent in room 104.


Falmouth High School Service Trips- Applications are available in the service learning office at FHS for the 2015

service trips to Mississippi with Habitat for Humanity and to Guatemala with Safe Passage. Completed applications are due in the service office by Monday, October 6 at 2:30 pm

 

Habitat for Humanity Service Trip to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Ten students and two chaperones will be doing construction work with Habitat for the revitalization of the community. Students will also have the opportunity to engage with community members, and spend time at an area preschool program.


Safe Passage Service Trip to Guatemala

Each year, 10 students and 3 chaperones travel to Safe Passage, an organization in Guatemala committed to breaking the longstanding cycle of poverty in the Guatemala City garbage dump community by providing educational, medical and social services for over 600 children.



FALMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK INFORMATION:


1
. TO PURCHASE A 2015 YEARBOOK.We are selling the FHS 2015 yearbook online ONLY. You can purchase the book at jostens.com for $60.00 untilOctober 10, 2014. Beginning October 11, 2014, the books will be $65.00 online. GO TO: www.jostens.com

2. 2014 YEARBOOKS -- HALF PRICE

We have some 2014 FHS yearbooks left. If interested in purchasing a 2014 yearbook, please contact, Sue Morse at smorse@falmouthschools.org. Books are $30.00 and checks can be made payable to Falmouth High School.

 

3. 2013 YEARBOOKS -- HALF PRICE

We have some 2013 FHS yearbooks left. If interested in purchasing a 2013 yearbook, please contact, Sue Morse at smorse@falmouthschools.org. Books are $30.00 and checks can be made payable to Falmouth High School.

Thank you,

The Visual Communications Class and the Yearbook Staff


Community Information:


STUDENT FLU VACCINE CLINICS

Student Flu Vaccine Clinics for all Falmouth School Department students will be held at Falmouth

Elementary School on the following dates:

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 5-7 pm for students with last names beginning with A-L.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 5-7 pm for students with last names beginning with M-Z.

If you cannot attend on the assigned night, you may bring your child the other night, but it is preferable to come on your assigned night to keep the clinic numbers manageable.

Forms will be available on-line prior to the clinic. Vaccine is free of charge.

 

Falmouth School Nurses,

MaryBeth Bachman , Jean Barbour, Sue Raatikainen, Kellie Schimelman


Project Graduation Fundraiser!!! Falmouth's first trunk or treat is being held at the end of October! A Trunk or Treat is a safe, secular approach to costumes and candy in the autumn season.  Local businesses, non-profit organizations, and families enter a decorated car trunk (ghoulish themes are discouraged) in a contest for the most creative or most elaborate, and each trunk is a treat site for children to visit and judge in the contest.  For more info, click on the link: Trunk or Treat

 

Swim / Dive Booster Meeting - All Parents Welcome To Attend Please join us Wednesday, September 24th at 6:30 PM in the FHS Library. We are here to help answer any questions that you might have if your student is interested in swimming and/or diving for FHS. Our agenda includes our parent information night, fundraising, apparel, the registration process and other misc. business. We welcome you to come and be a part of our discussions and planning. If you cannot make the meeting and would like to get involved, please feel free to contact Stephanie Reed at  jreediii@hotmail.com.  We hope to see you there!

 

Falmouth Historical Society presents the Falmouth Fall Festival on Saturday, September 27 from 10 am-2 pm at the Falmouth Heritage Museum, 60 Woods Road.

Featuring pumpkin carving, vintage baseball and historical fashion demonstrations, jewelry and antiques appraisals by Foreside Antiques, Inc. (small fee per appraisal applies), a yard sale, 50/50 raffle and lunch featuring hot dogs and homemade bean hole beans.  FMI or to volunteer, please contact Diane at ditoo@maine.rr.com or 797-2489. The Fall Festival will be held rain or shine.  Fun for the whole family. New Members always welcome.

To celebrate Teen Read Week at Falmouth Memorial Library we will watch and discuss the popular film, DIVERGENT based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling book of the same title.

Take the faction quiz to find out where you belong and enjoy some faction snacks including chocolate cake (of course).  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14 at 6:30 PM  FMI: Will Brown at wbrown@falmouth.lib.me.us


Falmouth Football and Cheer Team 5th Annual Mattress Fundraiser Sale

Sunday, Sept. 28th at the Elementary School Gym – 10am to 4pm

Do you need a mattress for home, camp, condo?

Do you know anyone looking for a mattress?

Brand name products at discount pricing

Please spread the word and help support Falmouth Football and Cheer

Dates to Remember:

Oct 8 Early Release @ 11:10

Oct 9 Picture Retakes

Oct 15 PSATS

 

 

 

 






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