Principal Notes

June 23 - 27, 2014

gpalmer@falmouthschools.org 781-7429


 

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Now that summer has arrived I wanted to thank you for supporting your students and the school throughout the year. Every school season produces a lot of numbers that we look at to judge how we did and where we can improve, and there are some statistics that will be difficult to beat this time around.


Students took more Advanced Placement exams than ever before in our history. With slightly fewer students in the coming years, this could be the high water mark for the raw number of exams though more students, as a percentage, take more Advanced Placement courses every year.


We had fewer disciplinary incidents than ever before, fewer students missing classes than ever in our history, less recidivism for even small infractions and, coupled with the many benefit fundraisers and service learning hours that our students participated in, I can't imagine a high school that had a more positive year.


Goals for the 2014-2015 school year include continue to improve our student support network here at FHS. In recent years we've added Wednesday and Friday morning open study time (AFT) where all students and teachers are available to one another, guided study halls for students who need organizational support, and maintained our tutoring center and lab time for students who need help in particular courses. Over the course of the next year the staff has voted to look at extended AFT study support time during our early release days. Currently we run a shortened set of class periods during those early release mornings but will be developing extended support time under the theory that it will be a better use of time to have extended support versus shortened classes. There are four of these early release days during the year, the first being on October 8th. We'll test the extended support during our second early release day on January 14th. This day, as will be the case with most of of our early release days except for that October date, will fall near the end of a ranking period and so will be a good time to support our students academically.


The high school office will be open all summer, with the exceptions of a few short breaks that I'll take (one in July and one in early August). We'll staff the office three days a week, though this summer we'll be upstairs in the student services suit because the main office will be painted during the second week in July.


Please let us know if your student needs any help before the start of the school year. We'll do our best to take care of any needs prior to September.


Thank you for all your help and support during 2013-2014. I hope you have a relaxing and fun summer.


Sincerely,


Gregg Palmer, Principal


INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:


Main office summer hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 7:00-3:00 beginning July 7th.  The guidance office is closed June 30th until August 18.  


Grades are finalized and will be available to view in powerschool until June 27th.  If you would like a hard copy of your student’s grades, contact Sue Smith at ssmith@falmouthschools.org.


LOST & FOUND: Four Alex & Ani bracelets. Please give us a call if you think they may be yours.  


Still want to buy a yearbook?


2014 Yearbooks

We have 2104 yearbooks for sale for $65.00. Please contact Sue Morse over the summer at smorse@falmouthschools.org to arrange to purchase and pick up a book for your son or daughter.


2013 Yearbooks

We have a few 2013 yearbooks for sale at a reduced price of $30.00. Please contact Sue Morse over the summer at smorse@falmouthschools.org to arrange to purchase and pick up a book for your son or daughter.

 

 

Community Information:


Maine Ultimate, a 501(c)(3) promoting the sport of Ultimate in Maine, is offering programs this summer for high school and middle school students!  See below, or visit www.maineultimate.org.

Youth Summer League Open to high school and middle school girls and boys of all ability levels. The league runs Wednesday evenings, 6 - 7:30 PM, June 18 - July 30, with a final tournament on August 3. Students who sign up will be assigned to a team and will play games each week at the Cumberland Fairgrounds.  Click here for more information and to sign up!

Youth Summer Camp – Open to girls and boys, ages 9-14. Instructors will lead a fun-filled week of games, drills, strategy, conditioning and instruction for players of all ability levels who want to learn how to play Ultimate and work hard to become better players.  Focus is on having fun, improving throws and catches, learning the rules and becoming an impact player.  July 7 - 11, 2014, M-F, 9 AM – 3 PM.  Cumberland Fairgrounds.  $200 per camper (includes Maine Ultimate disc). Limited enrollment; please register early!  Click here for more information and to sign up!


 

LIBRARY SUNDAE AND COMMUNITY PICNIC----It's summertime! And in Falmouth, that means ice cream and fun at the Falmouth Memorial Library!  Bring the family to the library on Sunday, July 13 for the annual Library Sundae.  This year, the Friends of the Library are kicking off the Sundae with a community picnic starting at 12:30.  There will be lawn bowling and other fun activities.  The Library Sundae begins immediately after the picnic with ice cream, valve cover car races, antique car rides, face painting and music.  Plan to be there from until 3!  FMI the Falmouth Memorial Library at 781-2351 or Chantal Walker at 781-3637


 

Dates to Remember:

August 18 Fall Sports Begins

September 2 Freshman Orientation

September 3 First day of classes (DAY C, DAY D, DAY E)

September 2-3 School Pictures

September 16 FHS Open House @ 6p

 

 

 

 

 






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