Scarborough High School

October 1, 2021

Dear Students, Families, and Staff,

This week we have come together for Spirit Week which includes an outdoor Pep Rally on Friday afternoon and a Homecoming Event on the turf field Saturday evening! It is so fun to be able to get back to doing some of these activities! Thank you to families that have donated food supplies for Homecoming, it is very much appreciated!

Spirit Week and Homecoming Event

Thank you to our Student Council for hosting the events for Spirit Week including our outdoor Pep Rally! Also, thank you our Junior Class (and their officers) for hosting our Homecoming Event! Their creative thinking has been appreciated. Thank you to Matt Townsend and Jen Adams who are the advisors for Student Council and the Junior Class respectively.

Flu Shot Clinics

Scarborough High School will be having an influenza vaccination clinic on Wednesday, October 27th at 7:30 a.m. We will be partnering with Northern Light Home Care & Hospice to provide this clinic for our students. Please click on the link below and complete the consent form by October 20th. You must type something into all highlighted fields, so please use NA if it doesn’t apply. Although the vaccine is provided at no charge, there is a cost to administer the vaccine. We appreciate it if you include accurate insurance information. Children presenting with an incomplete form will not receive their vaccine. There is no out of pocket cost and those without insurance will be vaccinated with the appropriate form completed.



You will be notified if there is a change in the planned dates of school flu clinics. The Vaccine Information Sheets are included in the link after the consent form. Please take a minute to read these.


If you need a translated form or are unable to complete an electronic form, please let the school nurse know and we will send a paper form home.


For information about flu and the vaccine go to www.maineflu.gov, or https://www.maine.gov/doe/vaccine/toolkit/sections/2.2%20SLVC%202014-2015FactSheet.pdf


For questions about the flu vaccine, call Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention (Maine CDC) at 1-800-867-4775, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.


For questions about the vaccine clinics at your school, please call your school nurse at (207) 730-5000.


Sincerely,

Diane Nadeau

Diane Nadeau, Ph.D.


Assistant Superintendent

New Pre-Screening Protocols

The Maine Department of Education has put out a new Pre-Screening Tool for School Attendance. It adds *new cough* to the list of symptoms to consider. If you'd like to print a copy for reference, click here.

Game Behavior

Attendance at the games has been wonderful, but some of the behaviors have not been in line with our school and the MPA (Maine Principals Association) rules. At games we count on all spectators to:


  • Cheer for your team and not against others
  • Be respectful in what is being said about referees or players from other teams
  • No lasers, bull horns, noisemakers (cow bells, air horns, sirens, etc.)
  • Have fun, but please be respectful!

October is a Big Testing Month

There will be a lot of testing going on at Scarborough High School throughout the month of October.


Wednesday, October 13

  • Freshman will be doing iReady testing in the morning
  • Sophomores and Juniors will be taking the PSATs that morning


Monday and Tuesday, October 18 and 19

  • Juniors will take the NWEA Reading Test during their English class period (either on the Red or White Day)


Thursday and Friday, October 21 and 22

  • Juniors will take the NWEA Math Test during their Math class period (either on the Red or White Day)


Monday and Tuesday, October 25 and 26

  • Juniors will take the NWEA English Language Usage Test during their English class period (either on the Red or White Day)


Wednesday, October 27

  • SHS will be taking the MIHYS (Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey) during their AEAST block


It is always recommended to get a good night's sleep and have a good breakfast prior to testing.

Junior Testing NWEA Informational Letters

For more information about NWEA test, please refer to this district communication from Monique Culbertson, Director of Curriculum and Assessment for Scarborough Public Schools.


If you would like to request that your child not participate in this testing, please email or call your child's School Counselor.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 14 (2:45-7:15) and on Thursday, October 28 (2:45-5:15pm). Conferences will be held virtually this fall. Scheduling has already opened up, and is accessible by clicking here.

Quarter One Parent Meeting

The first quarter Parent Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 20, from 6:00-7:00pm as a virtual meeting. The agenda and a meeting link will be sent out early in the week of October 18.

SAT Registration

Throughout the school day on October 4 and 5, Ms. Spaulding and Mr. Harris will be located in the Student Services Conference Room in order to assist any of our students in registering to take the SAT. If you need assistance getting registered on-line, please stop by to see them, they will be happy to help you.

Picture Retakes

Students that did not get their pictures taken for their SCHOOL ID or for family will have a second opportunity to get their pictures taken. Picture retake day will be on Friday, October 29, beginning at 8:00am. If you need your pictures taken, please mark your calendar!

Senior Finance Workshop Day

On Wednesday, October 13, when grades 9-11 are testing, we are very pleased to be offering to seniors a Finance Workshop in cooperation with Town & Country Federal Credit Union.


On Wednesday, October 13, from 8:00-11:15am, Scarborough High School seniors will have the opportunity to explore some of life's financial options when Town & Country Federal Credit Union hosts a live financial wellness fair at the school. The Credit Union and its staff understand it is hard for young people to get started in life. They must juggle student loans, housing costs, paying for their cell phone, and trying to save. This event will provide students with a hands-on, real-world look at planning, budgeting, credit, managing money and more. We hope every senior will be present for this important learning opportunity!


For more information about this workshop, click here and/or watch this informational video.


To read an editorial about the importance of financial literacy written by David Libby, the President and CEO of Town & Country FCU based in Scarborough and serving Cumberland and York Counties, please click here.

TikTok at SHS

The high school has been experimenting some negative impacts with TikTok challenges. In September, we have had quite a bit of bathroom damage. We are estimating damage to be around $1200 for damaged faucets, broken toilet paper dispensers, broken soap dispensers, lunch food dropped into toilets, and large rolls of toilet paper dropped into toilets so they had to be thrown away. This estimate doesn't include the labor costs for these repairs. It is our understanding that TikTok has these challenges posted for school all years. Please that individuals caught participating in these negative challenges will be handled through the Discipline Continuum (p 37-41 in the Student Handbook). We are taking this seriously. It is our hope that we can put this negativity behind us and focus on more positive things.

Athletics and Activities

It has been wonderful to have athletics enjoying a fall season! Also, many groups and activities at SHS are getting underway as well! Oak Hill Players is rehearsing, the Math Team, Speech and Debate Team, Interact Club, Art Club, Key Club, GATES Art, RSVP, Gender Sexuality Alliance Club, Civil Rights Club, Model UN, the Buddy System, SHS Sources of Strength, and VEX Robotics are getting organized -- there is lots of activity after school! It is great to see! We hope every student does something beyond the school day, it adds to their high school memories!

Upcoming Important Dates for October

  • Saturday, October 2: Outdoor Homecoming Event -- Turf Field, 7:00-10:00pm
  • Monday/Tuesday, October 4/5: Ms. Spaulding and Mr. Harris will be in the Student Services Conference Room to help students register to take the SATs
  • Monday, October 11: Holiday -- Indigenous Peoples Day -- No School
  • Wednesday, October 13: iReady testing (freshmen), PSAT testing (sophomores and juniors), Financial Workshop (seniors)
  • Thursday, October 14 and October 28: Parent-Teacher Conferences -- Virtual
  • Monday/Tuesday, October 18/19: Juniors NWEA English Reading Testing
  • Wednesday, October 20: Early Release Day (Students dismissed at 12:55pm
  • Wednesday, October 20: Parent Meeting - Virtual, 6:00pm
  • Thursday/Friday, October 21/22: Juniors NWEA Math Testing
  • Monday/Tuesday, October 25/26: Juniors NWEA English Language Usage Testing
  • Wednesday, October 27: MIYHS (Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey) given to students during AEAST
  • Friday, October 29: Picture Re-take Day
  • Tuesday, November 2: Election Day -- SHS classes will be virtual and synchronous during this school day
  • Friday, November 5: Last Day of First Quarter
As you can see, Scarborough High School is truly back in full swing! It has been so nice to be on duty in the morning and to see everyone coming in for the day! It's nice to see so many student faces every day!


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