Scarborough High School

December 3, 2021

Dear Students, Families, and Staff,

We've made it to December and all the activity involved with the winter solstice, and the year end. It seems like everyone is extra busy this time of year!


Here are some December dates you might need to know about:

  • Friday, December 3: Girls Ice Hockey Season Opener at USM, 8:10PM
  • Tuesday, December 7 & Friday, December 10: RSVP Training for Students
  • Wednesday, December 8: Parent Meeting on Zoom at 6:00PM, agenda and invite will be coming out early next week
  • Friday, December 10: Winter Season Opener
  • Monday, December 13: Pool testing starts at the High School level
  • Wednesday, December 15: Early Release Day (school ends at 12:55)
  • Wednesday, December 15: Band and Chorus Holiday Concert, 7:00PM
  • Thursday, December 23 - Sunday, January 2, 2022: Winter Vacation (No school)

Pool Testing to Start

Monday, December 13, 2021, will be the starting date for weekly pool testing at the High School. Scarborough Public Schools has very successfully integrated pool testing into the buildings in grades K-8, and the High School will join in beginning on December 13. We will be testing in the mornings. there are two Monday holidays for the rest fo the school year -- Martin Luther King, Jr Day and Memorial Day -- we will test on Tuesdays in these two weeks since there will not be school on Monday. If you like to register for pool testing, click here.


As a reminder, this weekly testing will only take place for those who choose to be part of the program and is another mitigation measure that is being put in place to identify any positive cases at the earliest time possible. Although enrollment will remain open indefinitely, if you are interested in the testing that starts the week of Sept 29, you will need to finalize your enrollment and complete consent no later than Thursday, Sept 23. You are welcome to register after that time, but active status in the program will be based on the enrollment on the Concentric site each Thursday.


Below you will find a link to the consent form. This sign-up process should take no more than 5 minutes for you to complete using a computer or a smartphone. We also have paper copies available if you would prefer that, as well as consents available in multiple languages. Please note that if your child is already 18, they should fill out their own form using the link for adults. If you need to provide consent for more than one child, please complete the process separately for each child. Click on the appropriate link below to access the online consent form.



Here is the access code that you will need to input for high school students:


  • Scarborough High School Access Code: RED-STORM

Yearbook

The 2022 yearbook is now for sale! Books can be purchased online at ybpay.com. (Enter the customer ID number 12872322 OR forms are available in the Main Office and outside Room E112 for purchasing with cash or check. Please make checks payable to Scarborough Yearbook.)


Orders are open until January 31, 2022.


Personalized book orders are open until January 23, 2022. Please forward questions to:



Thank you!

VEX Robotics

In a recent competition at York High School, two SHS VEX Robotic teams competed in a day-long competition that included 26 teams representing school throughout the state of Maine. Team 344R (Sriram Munnangi, Krishna Mattaparthi, and Mobean Mohabbati), with outstanding driving and design techniques, placed 3rd in the semifinals. A strong showing in the skills competition combined with the semifinals finish allowed the team to qualify for the state championships. Throughout the day's competition the team proved worthy by improving and adapting strategies for driving, coding, and design.


Team 344X (Emma Milholland, Ethan Rasquina, Ethan DiBiase, and Ethan Shulz -- the E Team) had an equally strong showing throughout the day's events. The team combined their counterpart and played a significant role in pacing the 2 teams to a third place finish. The team came up only 10 points short of qualifying for states during the skills competition, but the team expressed a positive attitude that the next meet will be different.


Both teams started the day in the bottom of the pack, but with quick insight a flexible attitude and perseverance, both teams moved up the ladder with their eventual finish of 3rd place.


A special thank you to Mr. Chalmers, an engineer from Texas Instruments and a volunteer for VEX Robotics) for helping guide the teams to an outstanding finish.


Both teams meet and practice every Monday and Tuesday during the week where team member scode, design, and build their bots. The next competition has the two teams travelling to Fryeburg Academy on December 4 to participate in a highly contested invitational that will draw many teams from across the state.

New Dates for Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences

To avoid a conflict in our district schedule, we have moved the Parent-Teacher Conference dates. The new dates are:


  • Thursday, March 3: 2:45-7:15pm
  • Thursday, March 17: 2:45-5:15pm

Mid Term Exams

Mid Term Exams will be held from Tuesday, January 18, through Friday, January 21, 2022. Here is additional information about exam week.

Winter Sports Guidelines and Information

Below is a link to spectator information for Scarborough High School's winter athletic games: Scarborough High School Spectator Information


Please carefully read these guidelines.

Music Department: District I Festival and All State Music Festival Auditions

Congratulations to the following student musicians on their District/All State Music Festival acceptances! Students had to successfully complete a music audition to be in these groups!


DISTRICT I HONORS BAND

Matthew Fagerlund

Zoe Cogan

Hannah Bristol-Watson

Theodore Fellows


DISTRICT I TREBLE CHOIR

Lilith Perry

Yashaswini Derisala

Allison Paradis

Anna Kelly


DISTRICT I MIXED CHOIR

Adriana Ramirez

Sarah Malayev

Camden Zsiga

Max Chalmers

Wyatt Zsiga


ALL STATE BAND

Theordore Fellows


ALL STATE ORCHESTRA

Brennan Fravert


ALL STATE MIXED CHOIR

Sarah Malayev

Adriana Ramirez

Max Chalmers

Olivia Richard

Sources of Strength

This week, the SOURCES OF STRENGTH group is running a Thankfulness Challenge. Did you know that thinking about things we are thankful for or grateful for is one of the easiest ways to improve your health? Greater feelings of happiness, more positive emotions, better physical health and stronger relationships are just some of the benefits of expressing gratitude. The members of Scarborough’s Sources of Strength group want to continue the spirit of Thankfulness for the rest of 2021. The group is doing a THANKFULNESS CHALLENGE during all lunches this current week. This is an opportunity for students and staff alike to write three things for which they are grateful and those cards will be displayed in the cafeteria to spread feelings of gratitude throughout our school. If you are visiting SHS, please check out the windows in the cafeteria for some positive reading!

Field Trip to the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)/Adventures in Art

On November 9th, SHS Advanced Art students participated in Adventures in Art, a program sponsored by the Maine College of Art & Design. Students began their day at the Institute of Contemporary Art to visit the current exhibition Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic. The exhibition explores the ways our lives are influenced and determined by surveillance and technology. After viewing the exhibition, the group engaged in an art-making activity at the SPACE gallery, where students were tasked with creating prototypes of objects with hidden cameras. The experience was a fun and eye-opening look at the systems that monitor our everyday lives.

Civil Rights Club (CRC) Celebration

In early November, Scarborough’s Civil Rights Club, which devotes its weekly work to advocating for equitable education for all students, took time to focus on the joy of its own community. Our CRC students came together in fellowship, fun, and fancy dress as they shared the foods of their families with each other. Students also presented artifacts, such as clothing, photo albums, or other representations of their ancestors, to one another. Some of the cultures celebrated were China, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Italy, Zambia, Scotland, and the Ukraine. Students left this celebration with full stomachs and hearts!

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Pre-Screening Tool for School Attendance

As we enter the cold and flu season, please make sure you are considering this pre-screening tool daily before sending your child to school.

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We hope everyone has a wonderful December and ending of 2021! We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!


Be safe and be well!


Our best,


Building Leadership Team

Jacob Brown, Assistant Principal Gr 10 & 12

Susan Ketch, Principal

Michael LeGage, Director of Athletics and Activities

Nathan Theriault, Assistant Principal Gr 9 & 11