Kennebunk High School News

September 9, 2022

Have an Amazing Weekend!

Dear Kennebunk High School Families:


I hope that you all had a fantastic week. Today marks the last of our 4 day weeks to begin the school year. Next week we are back to 5 days. The students are settling into a routine and we've really liked how well they've taken to some adjustments in how we do things. I hope the energy and excitement of all at KHS continues.


Picture Day:

Picture day is Tuesday. Advisors handed out forms to your students this week. You can use the form or order online (mylifetouch.com) with the picture day ID (EVT96P7PR). To order or pay after picture day - you will need to find your Portrait ID and Access Code which is unique to each student. These will be on your proofs or order sheet.


Student Planners:

Student planners came in this week (they were delayed a bit) and handed out as well. All students should have both of these at this point. Picture retakes will be October 26th.


Safety Protocols:

This week we started practicing our safety protocols. Students may have come home and told you that we had a couple of fire drills and a lockdown drill recently. It is important for the school to prepare in the event that there is a situation which results in us needing to use our safety procedures. If we ever have to evacuate, lockdown, hold in place, or any other type of protocol you will receive notification from my office as to what took place.


Financial Aid:

Please click on the KHS Daily Bulletin button above. There is information with regard to applying for financial aid that will be important for all Seniors.


Reminders:

Note: We understand that Fletcher Street is very busy in the morning. Our in lot procedures are being evaluated daily with the SRO and we like how things are going at this point.


School begins at 7:45 AM

  • Please use the Fletcher Street parking lot when dropping off in the morning. Please use both lanes for drop off.

School ends at 2:11 PM

  • Please use the Fletcher Street parking lot when picking up your student in the afternoon. Please make sure that you pull into the parking lot so that buses can easily enter and go to the back of the school. We ask that you pull all the way in to the lot - park or use both lanes.

NOTE: This lot is now ONE WAY. The entrance will be by the main Kennebunk High School sign.


Each Wednesday is a Late Start so that staff can have some time for professional development. Classes start promptly at 9:00 AM. Please plan ahead for additional traffic to the high school at this time of day.


Twitter:

Twitter is something that I have tended to use throughout my career. If you would like to follow for updates please go to @principalkhs. Additionally, each week families will receive a newsletter from KHS to your email inboxes (typically by 3 PM on Friday). The newsletter that is featured is from the website Smore. Be on the lookout!


PowerSchool Updating:

Many families currently have not re-registered in PowerSchool. Please check your email (a few notices have gone out at this point). It's important that permissions, addresses, phone numbers, etc are all accurate.

Cell Phone Service

I wanted to take a moment to address some information that was recently brought to my attention concerning cell phone service being blocked at the high school. RSU 21 and Kennebunk High School have not blocked cell phone service at KHS.


Cell phone service (at least in the 2+ years that I have been here) has been spotty. It's not uncommon to have 0-2 bars of service. We do not have anything setup at the high school that would be able to block cell service and we have no plans of doing so. We have a device policy that we follow and nowhere in that policy does it say we will block cell service.


School WiFi at times may be slow for students and staff. As I understand it, WiFi in the building gives priority to district level devices first - which are registered on the network. Those who are on a device that is not a district device may experience slower service and lag times.

Get Your Yearbook

It's that time of year again to start purchasing your yearbook. The Lifetouch portal will be open starting September 12th. The early bird special starts that same day for $55.00. The special will end on December 31st. At which time the cost will become $65.00.


Please use this link to order online.... 11227323


Any questions please contact Ms. Griffin @ khsyearbook@rsu21.net

New Staff Introduction: Lauren Besanko

Role:
  • French Teacher


College:

  • University of Southern Maine (BA) Psychology & Criminology
  • Oregon State University - Post Bacc French
  • L'universite de Sainte-Anne Nova Scotia - French Immersion Program


Prior Positions:

  • Gorham Schools - ESOL Educational Technician
  • Bonny Eagle Middle School French Teacher
  • Thornton Academy French Teacher


Favorite Food:

  • Orange Chicken


Hobbies:

  • Gardening
  • Singing
  • Playing Guitar
  • Painting
  • Graphic Design
  • Keto Baking
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Camping


Why did you choose to come to Kennebunk High School?

  • The school not only has high academic standards for its students, but also fosters an environment for students to grow in their character as a whole person. I am beyond excited to be working with high school students, who are at a stage in their life where they are defining who they are as well as what is most important to them as they enter young adulthood.


What excites you most about being at Kennebunk High School?

  • I am excited to dive deeper into the French language and facilitate a learning environment for students to move up in their proficiency. I am also excited to get to know these young adults and what motivates them not only in French, but in academics and in life outside of the classroom.

Class of 2023 Information

PROJECT GRAD

We will meet on Tuesday, September 13th at 5:30pm in KHS’s library. All parents/guardians interested in helping fundraise for and plan this year's Project Grad are encouraged to attend. For those who cannot attend in person but would like to attend virtually, please use the Google Meet link. If you would like to be involved and added to our email list, please contact Margaux DePue at mdepue@rsu21.net and Susan Thombs at sthombs@rsu21.net.


HOMECOMING DANCE REFRESHMENTS

The Class of 2023 has been asked to supply refreshments for KHS's Homecoming Dance on September 23rd. We need your help! Please sign up using this SignUp Genius link. Thank you for your assistance!!


RAMMING!

It's that time of year again! The senior class is once again holding this popular Ram-pride fundraiser. If you would like to volunteer to help move the herd around town, please sign up using this SignUp Genius link.

Consent for Rapid Antigen Testing in School and Test Kits for Families

This year RSU 21 will conduct rapid antigen tests for students who present with symptoms at school. To make this process simpler for families we are offering the opportunity to provide

consent for students to be rapid antigen tested by their school nurse. Please complete the form below if you would like to participate.

2022-2023 Parent/Guardian Consent for Rapid Antigen Testing in Schools


We are pleased to announce that Verséa Holdings, Inc. has donated rapid antigen testing kits for all students and staff RSU21. Kits will be sent home later in the month of September. If your family does not wish to receive antigen test kits please opt out by completing the following Opt Out of Antigen Test Kits Google Form by September 9, 2022. Distribution plans will be shared by your school Principal.


Covid-19 Home Test Kit Opt Out Form

Homecoming

The homecoming dance will be Friday, September 23rd from 7:00-10:00 PM in the Gymnasium.


Homecoming Field Hockey Game: Saturday, September 24th @ 10:00 AM

Homecoming Football Game: Saturday, September 24th at 4:00 PM v Thornton (Waterhouse)


Homecomng Week Theme Days:

Monday: Super Hero

Tuesday: Tie Dye

Wednesday: Wild West (country theme) - no weapons (toy, pictures, etc)

Thursday: Game Jersey Day

Friday: Blue & White & Crazy Socks for Staff

Parent Teacher Conferences

Save the Dates:


November 10, 3:00-7:30 PM

November 15, 3:30-6:30 PM


More information to come.

School Nutrition Forms - Important to Complete by All

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KHS Rams Fan Gear

Looking for some KHS RAMS gear?

You can now order and pay online! You can pick up your purchases at upcoming games!

Your purchase helps support the KHS athletes.


Here is the link:

https://www.khsramsfangear.com/

Visiting Colleges & Universities


In order to attend, you must sign-up through Naviance and also talk with your teacher about missing some of your academic class on the day of the visit(you will need a pass from them to attend). Most teachers will be flexible if it is discussed in advance but you may not be able to attend due to a test or other special circumstances. No worries, if you let guidance know you are interested in the school but can't attend the information session, we are happy to collect materials from the meeting and pass along contact information for the representative. Believe it or not, colleges keep track of how many times you connect with the college either through a college fair, campus visit or school information session, so use this opportunity to your benefit. It displays your interest in the college and could impact your admission decision.


A few of the visits are actually virtual and you will still need to sign-up for these meetings through Naviance. If you are in school at the time and will need a place to take part in the meeting, let the guidance office know in advance and we will do what we can to find you a place to sit while the meeting is in session.


Below is the current list of schools scheduled to visit but the list is constantly changing and if you don't see the name of a school you are interested in, please stop by guidance and let us know.


Please let me know if you have any questions.


Mrs. Wiewel


9/12:

U of Miami - 9:30 AM


9/13:

Dean College - 10:30 AM

U of Southern Maine - 11:00 AM


9/14:

Thomas College - 9:00 AM

College of the Atlantic - 1:30 PM

Clarkson University - 2:00 PM


9/15:

U of New Haven 8:30 AM

U of Maine Farmington - 11:30 AM


9/16:

Roger Williams - 8:00 AM

Skidmore College - 10:00 AM


9/19:

St. Joseph's College (Maine) - 10:30 AM


9/21:

Colorado College - 9:00 AM

Goucher College - 10:00 AM

Muhlenberg College - 10:15 AM

Lesley University - 11:30 AM

Roanoke College - 12:00 PM

U of Tampa - 1:30 PM


9/22:

Fairfield University - 10:30 AM

St. Thomas University - Canada - 1:00 PM

Pace University - 1:30 PM


9/23:

Emmanuel College - 8:00 AM

Elon University - 8:30 AM

High Point University - 9:00 AM

Bates College - 9:30 AM

US Coast Guard Academy - 10:30 AM

St. Lawrence University - 2:00 PM

KHS VPA Meeting

Do You Have a Child in the Visual or Performing Arts?


KHS VPA BOOSTERS MEETING


When: Wed, 9/28 at 7pm


Where: KHS Library


Please join us at our first meeting of the year to learn about how you can help us support our talented students.

Hannaford Helps Schools

Hannaford Helps Schools is one of the many ways that Hannaford gives back to the community. The program helps raise funds and support for our schools. Please click HERE to find out how you can help.

KHS Backpacks

Here is the link to order a KHS backpack! The online order form will close on September 6th! Order yours TODAY! $55.00 All information on ordering in the link listed below. Backpacks will be delivered to KHS athletics.


https://kennebunkathleticsfall2022.itemorder.com/

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Rams in the News & Other Information

Please Note the information below are simply articles from the local papers. Each morning we try to find all articles, but there could be times when some are missed.


With the stadium under construction please note new locations for games this fall in (). Field Hockey will play on their normal field, while Soccer and Football have been adjusted.


Cross Country:

8/24 @ SMAA Relays - Boys 7 of 13 (T. Williams 20th place), Girls 3 of 5 (J. Francis 8th place)

9/2 v BE, Gorham, Marshwood, Windham

  • Boys 1 of 5 (F. Crean 2nd Place), Girls 3 of 5 (J. Francis 7th place)

9/9 @ Biddeford, Gorham, SP, Portland 4:00 PM (Rotary Park Biddeford)

9/17 @ Gorham TBA

9/22 @ Windham 4:00 PM

9/24 @ Manchester TBA

10/1 @ Festival of Champions TBA

10/6 @ BE, Biddeford, TA 4:00 PM (BEHS)

10/14 @ Gorham 4:00 PM


Field Hockey:

9/1 @ Sanford - LOSS

9/3 @ Falmouth - LOSS

9/7 v South Portland 4:00 PM - TIE

9/9 @ Westbrook 4:00 PM

9/13 v Biddeford 4:00 PM

9/15 @ Cheverus 4:00 PM

9/19 v Gorham 4:00 PM

9/21 @ Massabesic 4:00 PM

9/24 v Noble 10:00 AM

9/27 @ Scarborough 6:00 PM

9/29 v Thornton Academy 4:00 PM

10/3 @ Windham 4:00 PM

10/6 v Bonny Eagle 4:00 PM

10/8 @ Falmouth 5:00 PM

10/13 v Marshwood 4:00 PM


Football: (All HOME games will be played at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford, 1 Godbout Way)

Note: Parking at Waterhouse Field is limited to game personnel and handicap parking. Please continue down West Street and park at the John F. Kennedy School. Parking on area streets during events at Waterhouse Field is prohibited wherever marked. The Biddeford Police Department patrols the area and ticket cars that are parked on the street.


9/3 v Portland 7:00 PM - LOSS

9/9 @ Brunswick 6:00 PM

9/16 @ Noble 7:00 PM

9/24 v Thornton Academy 4:00 PM (Waterhouse Field Biddeford)

9/30 @ Gorham 7:00 PM

10/8 v Deering 6:00 PM (Waterhouse Field Biddeford)

10/14 @ Wells 7:00 PM

10/22 v Marshwood 6:00 PM (Waterhouse Field Biddeford)


Golf:

8/30 v Sanford WIN

9/1 @ Marshwood WIN

9/6 v Massabesic 3:30 PM

9/8 @ Noble 3:30 PM WIN

9/13 @ Biddeford 3:30 PM (Dutch Elm)

9/15 @ Sanford 3:30 PM (Sanford CC)

9/20 v Marshwood 3:30 PM

9/22 @ Massabesic 3:30 PM (Dutch Elm)

9/27 v Noble 3:30 PM


Soccer (M):

9/1 @ Noble 6:00 PM - WIN

9/9 v Thornton Academy 4:00 PM (Back Soccer Field)

9/14 @ Scarborough 5:00 PM

9/16 v Cheverus 4:00 PM (Back Soccer Field)

9/20 @ South Portland 6:15 PM

9/22 v Deering 4:00 PM (Back Soccer Field)

9/27 v Marshwood 4:00 PM (Back Soccer Field)

9/30 @ Westbrook 4:00 PM

10/3 @ Portland 5:00 PM (Fitzpatrick Stadium)

10/6 v Bonny Eagle 4:00 PM (Back Soccer Field)

10/11 v Gorham 4:00 PM (Back Soccer Field)

10/15 @ Biddeford 12:00 PM

10/17 v Falmouth 3:30 PM (Back Soccer Field)

10/19 @ Sanford 6:30 PM


Soccer (W):

9/2 v Noble 4:00 PM - LOSS

9/8 @ Thornton Academy - LOSS

9/14 v Scarborough 4:00 PM (Back Soccer Field)

9/16 @ Cheverus 4:00 PM

9/20 v South Portland 4:00 PM (Back Soccer Field)

9/22 @ Deering 5:00 PM

9/27 @ Marshwood 4:00 PM

9/30 v Westbrook 4:00 PM (Back Soccer Field)

10/3 v Portland 4:00 PM (Back Soccer Field)

10/6 @ Bonny Eagle 6:00 PM

10/8 @ Falmouth 1:00 PM

10/11 @ Gorham 6:00 PM

10/14 v Biddeford 4:00 PM (Back Soccer Field)

10/19 v Sanford 4:00 PM (Back Soccer Field)


Volleyball:

9/1 @ Gorham - LOSS

9/8 @ Wells 6:00 PM - WIN

9/10 @ Massabesic 11:30 AM (Massabesic MS)

9/12 @ Marshwood 5:30 PM

9/16 v Thornton Academy 6:00 PM

9/19 v Deering 6:00 PM

9/21 v York 6:00 PM

9/27 v Portland 6:00 PM

9/30 @ Cheverus 6:00 PM

10/3 v Scarborough 6:00 PM

10/6 v Lake Region 6:00 PM

10/8 v Sanford 11:30 AM

10/11 @ Cape 6:00 PM

10/17 @ South Portland 6:00 PM

About Kennebunk High School

Kennebunk High School is a public high school nestled on the coast of Southern Maine. It is part of Maine Regional School Unit #21 and serves the towns of Arundel, Kennebunk, and Kennebunkport. The school currently has 762 students enrolled.

In 2008-2009 KHS became an International Baccalaureate school and currently offers the IB diploma program. Recently, the school was recognized as the #2 ranked school in the State of Maine.

The school features 24 varsity athletic programs and a unified basketball program. Additionally, the school has 31 clubs and activities (and growing) in order to serve the well rounded student who is looking to become involved.