Registration Conferences ⇒ How wonderful it has been to have parents online and in the building for this year’s Registration Conferences! It’s such a hopeful time as we consider school for 2022-2023 and dream a bit about what that might look like!
Speech and Debate ⇒ For the 2nd year in a row, the YHS Speech and Debate Team are the 2022 Congressional Champions for the Maine District, which means they have essentially won the state championship in Speech and Debate. Sebastien Martínez, Tyler Lucca, and Georgia Herr are 5th, 4th, and 3rd alternates respectively to the National Speech and Debate Tournament, which will be held in mid-June in Louisville, Kentucky.
Maddy Corson, meanwhile, is the Maine District Congressional champion! Thus, she now has earned the top honor in BOTH of this year’s Congressional championships and has nabbed a spot at this national tournament in addition to the one she earned last month at the National Catholic Forensic League's National Tournament that will be held in DC in May!
Robotics ⇒ The Robotics Club, Infinite Improbability Robotics, had a strong showing at the state robotics championship on March 5. Team members included: Celina Belleville, Ean Canfield, Andi Cobaj, Ian Gilbertson, Liam Hannah, Camden Hayes, Nicholas Krah, Elena Miller, Abd Muayad, Hannelore Sanokklis, Milo Sanokklis, Adam Strobel, and Mason Tercsak. The excitement and engineering on display made up for two years of missed state championships due to CoViD. At the end of the qualifying portion of the day we had teams ranked 2nd and 3rd. All four of our teams made it to the elimination rounds where probability wasn't in our favor. Two teams made it to the quarterfinals but that is where the tournament ended for our teams. Still such a successful season for the whole group – they have already begun to debrief this year’s performance and prepare for next year’s challenge!
How to Create Gender Inclusive Communities ⇒ Alex Myers, an award-winning author and transgender advocate, will be giving a virtual talk for Yarmouth families on Wednesday, March 23, at 7:00 pm. Mr. Myers currently teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy and works with schools to help educate staff, students, and families on gender identity and how to support gender inclusive communities.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/93251790000?pwd=cGtOcm9UWTdGa01aUEZUTXMzZXJqUT09
Find the flyer for Alex’s presentation HERE.
Maine Boys to Men ⇒ We will continue our work on healthy relationships and respect by partnering with Maine Boys to Men over the next month to provide training for coaches, staff, and students in an effort to foster a school community “where people of all genders are equally valued, respected, and safe.” Maine Boys to Men will offer two-day workshops for students in early April, and we are looking forward to this work having a positive ripple effect on the culture at YHS. Learn more at the Maine Boys to Men website.
YHS Spirit Week ⇒ The Class of 2022 is proud to present this year’s Spirit Week from March 21 - March 25. From Dress of the Day to scooter races and tug-of-war, Spirit Week activities inject fun and excitement into the school. See this schedule of Spirit Week events for more information.
Yarmouth’s Got Talent! ⇒ This year's Yarmouth's Got Talent will take place on Friday, April 1 and will highlight some of Yarmouth's remarkably talented students from grades K-12. Auditions will be held on Monday, March 28. If you would like to try out, fill out a YGT entry form at YarmouthsGotTalent.org. Entry forms are due by Thursday, March 17.
Project Graduation Fundraiser ⇒ Please support Project Graduation 2022 by eating out or dining in at Brickyard Hollow on Wednesday, March 23 from 4-9pm. Brickyard Hollow will donate 5% of all sales to Yarmouth Project Graduation, Class of 2022. If you would like more information about PG22 or to get involved please contact Shawna Chigro-Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yarmouth Education Foundation (YEF) Board of Directors ⇒ YEF is a community member-led nonprofit dedicated to enriching the overall educational experience of students in the Yarmouth School Department. YEF awards grants so that educators and students across all grade levels and schools can bring their innovative ideas to life. Recent YEF grants include: Black Student Alliance Learning Trip to Boston (YHS), Microscopic Engineering (HMS), Life Cycle of Frogs and Amaryllis Plants (YES), and Math Manipulatives for Remote Learners (Rowe & YES). Through emergency COVID grants, YEF provided KN95 face masks and covered the cost of background checks for up to 70 new volunteers and substitute teachers. Read more here.
- Are you inspired by the opportunity to share Yarmouth schools’ innovation through compelling words and images? Join the YEF Board and put your social media and marketing interests to work.
- Do you have creative fundraising ideas to engage community members through events, individual giving, and corporate donations? Join the YEF Board to sustain and build donor outreach.
In addition to specific board opportunities for those with an interest in marketing and fundraising, YEF is always excited to hear from any and all community members who are interested in volunteering. Please email email@example.com to express your interest and to learn more.
Winter Sports ⇒ Last but certainly not least, we have just finished up an amazing winter sports season with so many championships and accolades earned by our teams and individual athletes. Be on the lookout for a season recap from Athletic Director Sarah Holmes this week!
Amy Bongard, Scott Tombleson, and Sarah Holmes, YHS Administrative Team