Scarborough High School

November 5, 2021

Dear Students, Families, and Staff,

Today marks the end of the first quarter and the successful transition back to in-person learning five days a week. This has been a remarkable effort for everyone. As a school, we are staying focused on SEL (Social Emotional Learning) in our Advisory groups, Tuesday Tutorials for staff, weekly Staff Memos, and Community Dialogues. A new addition last week is the offering of a student Mindfulness Session every Tuesday during AEAST (Academic Enrichment And Support Time). We hope that all of these strategies are helping smooth out the reentry work.

Other than some make-up work for our NWEA testing, SHS has successfully completed our October testing month, including:

  • iReady testing for 9th Grade

  • PSAT testing for 10th and 11th Grades

  • NWEA testing for 11th grade

  • MIYHS (Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey) for all grades

This data gives us good information on how our students are doing and how we can use this information to help us improve teaching and learning.

We are currently wrapping up our fall season of athletics. Congratulations to all of our fall athletes and coaches for a fine season! Also, congratulations to our varsity Volleyball Team and Coach Stoddard, who won the state championship last Saturday. What a stupendous competition that was! Oak Hill Players opens, “HONK!” tonight! More information about show dates and times and how to purchase tickets in this letter! Good luck to our thespians! ECOS has restarted recycling in the building and has done some clean up projects on our campus! Sources of Strength and the Interact Club have left encouraging messages in chalk at our main entrance to encourage students and staff. The Math Team and VEX Robotics Team are gearing up to begin their competition season! At Scarborough High School we have an amazingly high percentage of students that get involved beyond their school academics!

November Dates

  • Wednesday, November 3: Math Team competes in their 2nd meet of the year!

  • Friday, November 5: Quarter 1 Ends, report cards should be accessible through Power School on Tuesday, November 16, 2021

  • Friday, November 5: Oak Hill Players presents HONK! at 7:00 PM

  • Saturday, November 6: Oak HIll Players presents HONK! at 2:00 and 7:00 PM

  • Sunday, November 7: Time Change! Fall Back!

  • Monday, November 8: Quarter 2 Newsletter goes out

  • Monday, November 8: Winter Season, Girls Ice Hockey only, begins

  • Thursday, November 11: No School - Veterans Day

  • Friday, November 12: Oak Hill Players presents HONK! at 7:00 PM

  • Saturday, November 13: Oak Hill Players presents HONK! at 2:00 and 7:00 PM

  • Saturday, November 13: VEX Robotics has its first competition at York High School

  • Saturday, November 13: Speech & Debate Meet

  • Wednesday, November 17: Early Release Day, school is dismissed at 12:55 PM

  • Saturday, November 20: Speech & Debate Meet

  • Monday, November 22: Winter Season Athletics begins

  • Wednesday through Friday, November 24, 25, 26: No School - Thanksgiving Break

  • Tuesday, November 30: Band & Chorus Concert, 7:00 PM in the Auditorium

Quarter 2 Newsletter

The Quarter Two SHS newsletter will be coming out electronically on Monday, November 8, 2021. Be on the lookout for it in your inbox!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

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

  • Thursday, March 3: 2:45 - 7:15 PM

  • Thursday, March 17: 2:45 - 5:15 PM

Please mark your calendars with these new dates!

Student Immunizations

Scarborough High School still has about 30 students who have not had all of their vaccines. (This law does not include COVID vaccinations). Families will be receiving a certified letter if they are not yet compliant with this law. Monday, November 29, 2021, will be the first day that these students will not be able to attend school if they are not fully vaccinated. Please check in with our Clinic if you have any questions, concerns, or proof of vaccinations! It is very important that you meet this deadline. The Clinic numbers are: 730-5015 and 730-5016, or you may email them at and

Oak Hill Players Presents "HONK!"

Scarborough High School’s Fall Musical this year is “HONK!” This musical is the adaptation of the 1843 Hans Christian Anderson story of The Ugly Duckling incorporating a message of tolerance. The shows will run on the following days and times:

  • Friday, November 5 at 7:00 PM

  • Saturday, November 6 at 2:00 and 7:00 PM

  • Friday, November 12 at 7:00 PM

  • Saturday, November 13 at 2:00 and 7:00 PM

There is ALSO an opportunity to see the show through streaming directly to you on Thanksgiving Weekend! To buy tickets or to sign up for the streaming option, please go to Masks must be worn when inside SHS.

Scarborough Athletics

For families that will be involved with winter season sports, you may sign up today for winter season sports. Go to and click on Online Registration.

AP Exam Payments

Thank you to everyone who has paid for their AP Exam. If you haven't paid for your AP Exam the deadline was November 1st and online payment is now closed. Please bring a check made out to Scarborough High School as soon as possible to the guidance office. Fee waivers are available to those who need financial assistance. All exams ordered after November 12th will incur a late fee from CollegeBoard. Please see your school counselor with any questions.

Our First Live In-Person Concert!

Band and Chorus will join forces on November 30 in a shared performance. Audience members will have the choice of attending in person, or via livestream. You may share the livestream link with family and friends near and far. The Music Department is very excited about their first live performance this year and hope that you can join them.

Seating for attending in person will be set up in 4-seat family “pods” with single seats also available. Pods will be separated by one empty seat in between the groups. Masks are required for everyone while in the high school building. The concert is set for Tuesday, November 30, at 7:00 PM. The LIVESTREAM LINK information will come out in the days prior to the performance. Be on the lookout for that notice.

Career Exploration Opportunities

SHS students are encouraged to join the Career Exploration Opportunities Google Classroom where they will find opportunities for job shadows, workshops, field visits, internships, employment opportunities and more. G-Classroom code: gnfdlvx Turn on notifications to stay informed.

To learn more about these and other opportunities for career exploration, contact Christy Zavasnik, Career Pathways Coordinator,, or call 730-5061.

Natural Helpers to Sources of Strength

Scarborough High School has been a part of the Natural Helpers program for decades. As this program is ending, Molly Montgomery researched similar programming for our school. She found Sources of Strength and we have transitioned to this new opportunity. Molly Montgomery, Tim Coombs, Mary Record, and Jen Adams are the adults advising this program. They are a group whose mission is to spread hope, help, and strength within the Scarborough High School community. They help each other and all students to identify and turn to their individual strengths and their support network. Their exciting new work will be featured in the Quarter 2 Newsletter!

Cyberstart Competition

We're happy to announce that the annual CyberStart Competition is here! CyberStart is a free national program for high school students to master cybersecurity as a gateway to the industry, up their digital skills, and compete for college scholarships. It is open to any student and you do not need prior knowledge in cybersecurity or computer science to get started. To learn more about the competition, check out this video (What is the CyberStart game?)

If interested you can then register using this link. You can use Mr. McCormack as the teacher contact when registering. It's a ton of fun and a great time to get started! Please reach out with any questions!

Teacher Contact:
Albert McCormack (

Can You Help?

Scarborough Public Schools is partnering with the Kiwanis to collect socks, gloves/mittens, and hats for donation to Preble Street for distribution to persons experiencing homelessness. These clothing items can be used in good condition or purchased new. Collection bins will be available at the high school in the Main Lobby and can be donated by students, families, and staff during the month of November. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Student Absence Reporting

Families should report their high school student’s absence from school by calling the SHS main office at 730-5000 or by email at A reason for the absence must be stated, otherwise SHS office staff will reach out to determine the reason for the absence.

Excusable reasons for an absence include:

  • Illness

  • Appointment

  • Religious holiday

  • Family Emergency

  • Planned absence

For planned absences (A full day or more out of school which is not illness or medical appointment related), students should report to Admin II with a note regarding the planned absences (please include the date(s) and reason) and Mrs. Newcomb will fill out a form which the student will bring around to the teachers to review and sign and then the student returns the form to Mrs. Newcomb for final approval and to record the dates in Power School.

For question about attendance, please contact the SHS main office at 730-5000 or 730-5005. or email us at

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 that everyone is doing well and enjoys their Thanksgiving holiday, and we hope we can all find things to be thankful for this month. Happy Thanksgiving.

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