Scarborough High School

April 1, 2022

Dear Students, Families, and Staff,

Recently, I was walking down the hallway with Student Services to my left and I noticed to my right in our interior courtyard some crocus in bloom, white and purple and they were just perfect. In my mind, that is the first sign of spring!

With spring in mind, April starts the busy season! It is so wonderful to be planning things to celebrate the end of another school year!

April Dates:

  • Friday, April 1: Third Quarter Ends

  • Wednesday, April 6: Early Release at 12:55 PM

  • Wednesday, April 6: BUDGET - Town Council, 7:00 PM, 1st Reading of the Budget

  • Monday, April 11: Quarter Three Grades available on PowerSchool

  • Friday, April 15: Friday, April 22: Spring School Vacation, No School

  • Monday, April 25: Back to School

  • Monday, May 2: Friday, May 13: AP Exams (schedule later in this letter)

  • Wednesday, May 4: Fourth Quarter Parent Night, 6:00 PM - Agenda and Link will be sent early that week

  • Wednesday, May 4: BUDGET - Town Council, 7:00 PM, Public Hearing on the budget

  • Thursday, May 5: BUDGET - School Board, 7:00 PM, Public Hearing on the budget

Course Registration and Timeline

Eighth grade registration runs from March 23 through April 4.

High School registration:

  • April 4 - 8: Academic counseling - teachers offer their recommendation to students

  • April 25 - 29: Online course registration in English classes

  • April 29: HS Online Course Registration Closes

  • May 2: SHS determines course and section needs

  • May 3 - 6: Teachers review student course registrations and flag concerns

  • May 9 - 13: Principal meets with Dept. Heads to review course & section numbers

  • May 16 - 26: Develop the Master Schedule

  • May 27: Master Schedule is completed

  • June 1 - 3: Counselors work with students to make any needed schedule changes

  • June 6: Distribute student schedules without teacher names

  • June 17: Course Reconsideration Forms due to the Principal

Model UN Antique Show Fundraiser

Scarborough High School’s Model UN Team is hosting a fundraising event ANTIQUE SHOW. This event is held to raise money for Model UN college scholarships for graduating seniors. The show will feature over 50 dealers of antiques and vintage goods offering an eclectic mix of antiques, vintage items, jewelry, and collectibles.

WHEN: Saturday, April 2, 2022

WHERE: SHS Cafeteria

TIME: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

ADMISSION: $6.00 per person

Spring Sports

Spring sports have started and tryouts are underway!!

First HOME Varsity Contests:

  • Tennis: Thursday, April 14th @ 4:00pm

  • Girls Lacrosse: Thursday, April 14th @ 4:30pm

  • Boys Lacrosse: Thursday, April 14th @ 6:30pm

  • Softball: Friday, April 22nd @ 10:00am

  • Baseball: Monday, April 25th @ 4:30pm

  • Girls Tennis: Tuesday, April 26th @ 4:00pm

  • Outdoor Track: Friday, April 29th @ 4:00pm

Upcoming practice & game schedules:

May Awards Night

This year, May Awards Night will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 6:00 PM in the high school auditorium. May Awards NIght is for students in grades 9 - 12 and features Department Awards, Activity/Club Awards, and Junior Book Awards. If your child is receiving an award, you will receive an informational letter in the mail inviting your family. Invitations will be mailed immediately following April vacation!

Senior Placement - College Application Process Timeline for Students

On Tuesday, March 29, Mr. Harris in the Senior Placement Office, held a Junior Family Information Night officially kicking off an informational meeting to get the process started. If you were not able to attend in person or watch the livestream option that night, here is the link to watch the video: If you have any questions, or would like more information please contact:

Canadian College Fair Night

SHS is hosting a Canadian College Fair Night on Monday, April 4, 2022, from 5:30 - 8:00 PM in the High School Learning Commons (Library). This fair will feature 11 Colleges on the Consider Canada Tour. This is a great chance to see what our northern colleges offer students. Please come and visit with the college admission representatives that will be here that evening. This is a great opportunity for students to meet in person with these colleges. We are the only stop in Maine as they go to Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont!

The eleven institutions representing four provinces are:

  • Bishop’s University

  • Carleton University

  • Concordia University

  • Dalhousie University

  • McMaster University

  • Mont St. Vincent University

  • Saint Mary’s University

  • St. Francis Xavier University

  • St. Thomas University

  • University of King’s College

  • University of New Brunswick

Career Pathways News

Congratulations to the following students on completing the ACE Mentor Program! Phoebe Travis, Evelyn Winslow, Katherine Gross, Ethan Clough, Ella Carlson will be presenting their projects in architectural, construction and design at the final exhibition at South Portland High School on Wednesday, April 13th. For more information about enrolling in this program, please contact Christy Zavasnik, Career Pathways Coordinator,

Leadership Opportunity for Sophomores and Juniors: Friends of Scarborough Marsh

For sophomore and junior students, there is a leadership opportunity with a local non-profit. The Friends of Scarborough Marsh is an organization dedicated to preserving the marsh through education, outreach, preservation, and conservation efforts. They are looking for two student members for their Board of Directors, one sophomore and one junior. A student member will serve for two years on the board. They will participate in discussions and decisions on projects that are supervised by the board. The focus is on projects that deal with the health of the marsh, such as preserving tracts of land from development, restoring the marsh to its previous state before man’s intrusion, testing the health of the marsh to monitor any changes or aberrations, and educating the public about threats to the marsh and what can be done. This is a great opportunity for students to get involved! The deadline will be at the end of April vacation, and applications can be found in the guidance department at the high school.

Planned Absence Forms

In the weeks prior to April vacation, it seems like the right time to remind families that if students are going to miss school for a planned reason, they need to complete this process. First, students need to bring a parent note to Admin II where Ms. Newcomb will set them up with a Planned Absence Form. Students will take this form around to their teachers (study halls exempt) and get them to sign the form. Students then return the form to Admin II before they go. We also encourage students to take a picture of the notes that teachers write so they know about any assignments or assessments that they may be missing while they are out. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they get things made up when they return to school. Planned absence forms are only required for students missing one full day of school or more. Less than that, you may just send an old-fashioned tardy/dismissal note to the main office with your child.!

Summer School at Scarborough High School

Again this summer, SHS is planning on running a summer school opportunity for students that need to pass a course and receive credit. Students must have received at least a grade of 55 to be eligible to take summer school. This year, we are offering credit recovery for some (but not all) of our English, Math, and Social Studies courses. The online program we are using is called Edgenuity and our teachers will be supporting students as they work to complete their course credit. Students may opt to take one or two semester options. Summer School will be offered Monday through Thursday mornings the weeks of July 11, 18, and 25. More information will be coming out soon from Student Services.

2022 AP Exam Schedule

For students who have signed up and paid for an AP Exam, here is the master schedule:

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Planning for Spring

Save the dates! This is for the planners out there!

The Building Leadership Team is very hopeful that each of these events will be fully back to pre-Covid happenings for students and families, it is just a little too early to make final decisions yet. We are hopeful that current numbers stay in place and our planning can continue as hoped. We will get the final word on events out as soon as we feel confident that final plans are set.

Wednesday, April 6: Early Release Day, 12:55 dismissal

Friday, April 15 - 22: Spring Break (there is no school on Friday, April 15)

Saturday, May 14: Prom at the Italian Heritage Center, 7:00 - 11:00 PM

Wednesday, May 18: Early Release Day, 12:55 dismissal

Wednesday, May 18: May Awards Night, 6:00 PM, Auditorium

Tuesday, May 24: Music Department Pops Concert, 7:00 PM, Auditorium

Wednesday, May 25: AM Band Parade Practice

Thursday, May 26: AM Band Parade Practice

Monday, May 30: No School, Memorial Day Holiday

Thursday, June 2: Last Day of Classes for Seniors!

Friday, June 3: Senior Class Trip to Point Sebago

Monday, June 6: Senior Final Exams and Marching Practice

Tuesday, June 7: Senior Final Exams and Marching Practice

Tuesday, June 7: 5:00 PM, Senior Class Picture in Alumni Gym

Tuesday, June 7: 6:00 PM, Senior Awards Night, Auditorium

Wednesday, June 8: Senior Final Exams and Marching Practice

Wednesday, June 8: Baccalaureate, 7:30 PM, St. Maximilian Kolbe

Thursday, June 9: 9:00 AM, Final Assembly, SHS Students and our Rising Freshmen!

Thursday, June 9: 9:45 AM, Senior Stroll with K-8 Students and Senior Families, Memorial Park

Thursday, June 9: Final Marching Practice following the Stroll

Sunday, June 12: SHS Commencement, Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, 7:00 PM

Monday - Thursday, June 13 - 16: Final Exams for Grades 9 - 11

Tuesday, June 14: Elections at SHS, School Budget Referendum

Friday, June 17: Make Up Exams if needed, Last Day of School

Pool Testing

Scarborough High School continues with its pool testing program. This testing occurs weekly on Monday mornings (excepting the week of Memorial Day, when we will test on Tuesday).

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

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

We wish everyone a great month of April. Enjoy the spring break! Be safe and well!

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