Principal Notes

April 20th - May 1st, 2015

gpalmer@falmouthschools.org   781-7429


********************Enjoy Spring Break!!************************



Schedule for the Week:

Mon Apr  27 DAY A

Tues Apr  28 DAY B

Wed Apr  29 DAY C- Poetry Slam @ 6:30 pm

Thur Apr  30 DAY D

Fri May   1 DAY E


Dear Parents & Guardians,

I hope that you and your family enjoy the coming week while school is out of session. Many families of juniors are traveling to college visits, so I hope those all go well. I wanted to update everyone on a few items as we head into break. This is a follow up to an earlier letter discussing both spring testing and revising our honors system for recognition of academic achievement in the senior year. Below is the complete testing schedule for our juniors:

AP Exams             May 4 – May 8 (week 1)  

                             May 11 – May 14 (week 2)

Science MEA        May 14        

Smarter Balanced      May 18 – May 21

Our planned schedule for Smarter Balanced MEA testing is below:

8:00 a.m.                                  12:00 p.m.

Monday, May 18           Students A-K Students L-Z

Tuesday, May 19             Students A-K Students L-Z

Wednesday, May 20           Students L-Z Students A-K

Thursday, May 21            Students L-Z Students A-K

Because of our capacity around laptops, we can only test 100 students at a time, meaning we’ll run two testing sessions per day. Juniors taking the test will not be required to be at school outside of their testing window.

 

Informational Items:


**Be sure to  check out Superintendent Bruno's blog that will be updated regularly and will include a variety of topics:  http://brunosnotes.blogspot.com/


Parent Support Group Info:

Hello all,

Our next Parent Support Group will be April 29th, at noon, at Falmouth Library. In May, we will have a meeting scheduled on the 20th.  Hope you can join us!

Sarah Maloney, LCSW

 

JEWISH COMMUNITY ALLIANCE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED: It is not too late to submit your scholarship application to the JCA.  The deadline has been extended to May 1.  For complete information and applications, please visit their website at www.mainejewish.org


Falmouth High School  would like everyone to have a safe and fun prom or graduation. This is special time to celebrate and below Casco Bay CAN (Create Awareness Now) has provided a few tips to make sure teens and young adults are safely celebrating:

  • Talk to your teen about your expectations for before, during and after prom/graduation.

  • Talk to the parents of your teens’ friends to confirm plans for the evening and exchange cell phone numbers.

  • Have your teen check in at different times.

  • Make sure that you know the address where your teen will be going.

  • Remind your teen that cameras are everywhere and they should be cautious about their actions, it could end up on a social media site.

  • Let your teen know that colleges can take away what they have offered. Illegal behavior could lead to a loss in scholarship funds or acceptance to a college.

  • Consider hosting an after prom party that is substance-free and ask other responsible adults to help host the party.  

  • Stay up and check in with your teen when they get home.

If using a limo driver:

    • Review expectations and ask the driver to refrain from stops

    • Inspect the limo yourself before they leave

    • Provide cell phone numbers from each parent to the driver

    • Ask the driver for their cell phone number and/or business card

If you would like more information on safety tips during prom and graduation season please visit www.cascobaycan.org.

A Teacher/Staff Appreciation lunch will be taking place next month, MAY 13th and we need you!   We are seeking helpers, donations, decorators, cooks & more... If you are willing and can help I need you! The Teacher Luncheon date is set for May 13th on the Half day of school. Set up is from 10:45-11:30am lunch from 11:30-12:30 pm and clean up right after.  I am looking for: Helpers to Set up, Take Down, Donate a Dish, Donate Drinks, Donate a gift card for a raffle for the teachers (wouldn't it be wonderful if we could have one for each teacher and/or staff, if you can't help this is a great way to help by donating a gift card of your choice in any amount!), donate decorations etc. The Luncheon Theme is: SPRING/MAY BASKET/GARDEN - Be creative, have fun w/the Theme Please visit this direct google doc:  https://docs.google.com/a/falmouthschools.org/spreadsheets/d/1YSdsooVK3zruktb5-Jso71TvzkqiYfeUvd5J2tEfxhk/edit?pli=1#gid=0  to go on line and sign up for whatever item(s) and/or task you can help with. We thank you in advance for your support.  Please contact Carrie Aube at caube74400@aol.com if you have any questions.  We greatly appreciate any and all efforts to make this luncheon a huge success to say thank you to the teachers & staff for all they do!



YOU ARE INVITED TO COME DANCE WITH US and SUPPORT?THECOLLEGE CLUB OF PORTLAND’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND

April 25th 2015 7-11 PM at the Avant Dance & Event Center,  865 Spring Street, Westbrook, Maine.  ?Music by the Bluezberry Jam Band.  $25 per person and you may request a tax deductible donation form.  For reservations ?Call:?Shirley Pyles? 207– 781-2321; Elizabeth Bodner Cumiskey 207-967-1228 ?or Joyce Bailey 207-449-3500

The College Club of Portland, is a non-profit organization, that has given 444 college scholarships totaling $195,500 over the last 34 Years.  A Falmouth high school senior girl receives a scholarship from them each year. This year’s award is $1,200!

FALMOUTH LIONS 60TH ANNUAL AUCTION!!

The Falmouth Lions Club is accepting donations of furniture, boats, cars, playground equipment, snow blowers, generators, household items, appliances in good working order, tractors, lawn mowers and more for their annual auction.  The Lions Club is a 501c3 Corporation so your donations are tax deductible.  Help the Lions Club to continue their great work in our community! The Lions Club is happy to pick up your donations.  Call Donna Lee at 774-5696.  *Please, no donations of clothing, guns, hazardous materials, tube tvs or computer monitors!  Visit the website at

www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/falmouthme. The auction will be held Saturday, June 6 at 101 Woods Road.  White Elephant sale starts at 8 a.m. and the auction begins at 9 a.m.

 

Community Information:


Falmouth Rotary's Electronics Recycling Collection Day,  Saturday, May 9, 9AM-1PM, Falmouth Shopping Center parking lot, U.S. Route 1.  Recycle your unwanted or broken electronics and make a donation to Falmouth Rotary, who supports numerous local and international charities, including the Falmouth Food Pantry, and Falmouth high school student community service trips for Safe Passage and Habitat for Humanity. Items accepted include TV's, computers, laptops, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, DVD players, VCR's, radios, stereos, microwave ovens, game systems, digital picture frames projectors, telephones, answering machines, fax machines, cell phones.  NO appliances (ovens, washer/dryers, stoves, refrigerators, air conditioners), fluorescent light bulbs, mercury devices, batteries. For more information call Anne Payson 781-2501.

Dates to Remember:

April 29th Poetry Slam! @ 6:30pm - Theater Lobby

May 2nd Prom @ Port City Music Hall 8-11pm

May 13th Early Release @ 11:15

May 25th No School

May 26th NHS Induction Ceremony @ 6pm

 

 






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