Deering Weekly Update 11-6-2017
Posted on 11/06/2017

Dalai Lama  

Here is a picture of the Dalai Lama in Philadelphia with the Liberty Bell. This has nothing to do with Deering, but I couldn't get a photo this week for this newsletter!

November 6, 2017 - edition XI, Vol 2

To our Deering School Community:

Quarter 2 has begun! We have a four day week this week because of Veterans Day. Always remember: if you have some news or notices (or just want to tell us what you think about this update), contact us at  Please write "NEWSLETTER" in the subject line. 


Events this week

Date: Monday, Nov 6

Maine Jewish Museum

257 Congress


Event: Gary Canter, College Placement Services

Extra Info: FREE Workshop on the College application & Financial Aid process


Freeport High School will hold its annual Summer, Semester and Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, November 14. Representatives from nineteen programs will will be in the lobby of the Freeport Performing Arts Center from 6 - 7:30pm. Below is the list of organizations planning to attend. We are very excited to have some new additions! All are welcome!

CIEE, API High School & Gap Year, Ocean Passages, The Alzar School, Rustic Pathways, Oxbow School, School Year Abroad, International Studies Abroad (ISA), AFS, Where There Be Dragons, Hellenic International Studies In The Arts, Expedition Education Institute, The Mountain School, Carpe Diem Education, NOLS, HMI, Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki, Experiment in International Living, School for Ethics and Global Leadership


Deering's annual Poetry Out Loud competition will be held Tuesday, December 5th, in the library. It will begin at 6:00. Students need to memorize two poems. Poetry selections must come from the Poetry Out Loud website. The winner of the competition will compete in the regional competition. Interested students should contact Ann Hall, Shana Genre, or Molly Callaghan. Encourage your student to participate!


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> PTO: The PTO meets the second Monday of every month (second Tuesday when there is a Monday holiday) in the library from 6:00-7:30. Email us at

Next meeting: Monday, NOVEMBER 13th

SPECIAL GUEST: Karen Shibles, Science Teacher

Ms Shibles will be speaking about STEM opportunities at Deering.

> DEERING BOOSTERS: Families of Freshmen and Sophomores we need you! Please come to our Winter Booster meetings. See what we are about and join us in our work supporting Deering athletes. Our next meeting is Wednesday, November 8 in room 219 at 6:30.

> PROJECT GRADUATION:  Are you a current senior, parent/ guardian or family member of a 2018 DHS senior interested in volunteering? The Project Graduation committee members seek your help on November 18th. The Maine State Football game is our biggest fundraiser. We are in need of volunteers. No experience needed. Please contact Mr. Cherry for more information.

> YEARBOOK ANNOUNCEMENT:  SENIOR PICTURES & QUOTES need to be submitted by Dec. 8th.  Senior pictures should be wallet size and emailed as a JPEG to  

Quotes and messages should be emailed to the same email; just make sure first and last name of your child is in the email.  

Please check in with your senior concerning these two items--picture and quote/message.  If you have any questions, please email Scott Lawless (


Two options for ordering your Deering Yearbook

1. Go to and enter the Yearbook Code  11227418

2. Pay in person: See Mr. Lawless in room 113. Make checks out to Deering High School (with "Yearbook" in the memo). We do have two installment plans; just ask Mr. Lawless.


November 13th is the DEERING Fall Blood Drive from 8am to 1pm

Please call 1-800-RED CROS (1-800-733-2767) or 

visit and enter: deering 

to schedule an appointment. 


Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior Students and their Families  

This will be a presentation by the guidance counselors about what to expect through the college process and what you can start chipping away at now.  

Tuesday, November 14th 6:00 – 7:30pm 

 In the Deering Library

 The Fall Sports Programs (Media Guides)  are here! This is the booklet with all DHS Fall team pictures and rosters as well as ads from our supporters and shout-outs to players from families and friends. They are available for $3.00 in athletic office as long as supplies last. Get one now in the Athletic Office.  

Breccia, Deering High School's award-winning literary magazine, is accepting submissions! Submission guidelines can be found here.


NURSE'S NEWS: Flu Shots and Eye Glasses

The Essilor Vision Foundation will be at Deering on January 18th, 2018.  Essilor will provide free eyeglasses to those children who qualify. The student must have a current eye glass prescription from his/her eyeglass specialist (an ophthalmologist or an optometrist) and a signed permission form. Please contact the school nurse for more information.

Flu shots will be offered to all DHS students thru our Student Based Health Center. Parents must complete the flu permission form.  You can access forms on the school nurse web site or pick up at the health center.  If your child is enrolled in the health center, complete the permission form for patients.  For students not enrolled, please complete the permission form for non-patients.


On Parenting

From our esteemed Social Workers:

Here is a link to an article from NPR's "Mind/Shift"  for parents about managing your teenager's negativity:

Parent Effectiveness in Resolving Conflict with your Teen (PERC) Classes: This is a seven-week series (open to new participants at any date) offering a chance to meet other parents of teens in a supportive environment. Meetings are on Tuesdays from 6 -- 8 pm. Facilitators offer helpful tips, info and resources in a safe space for parents to share their concerns, questions, and insights.  (Class is held in South Portland). For more information, please contact


GUIDANCE/Make It Happen (MIH)

Guidance counselors are in junior English classes this week to begin (and continue) teaching the basics of the post-secondary planning process (college, gap year, military, a world of work).  Many juniors are ready for this information, building on what was presented in their freshmen and sophomore years. Others are less interested. Some are already overwhelmed.  Our goal is to have everyone understand their options and what they can do to give themselves the best advantages regardless of whether they are heading to college, to work, or somewhere else.  

We will focus primarily on the college process because more than 75% of Deering students submit college applications, and it can be confusing.  We will explore what colleges are looking for in an application. We will share vocabulary, timelines, testing information and discuss questions common to the early stages of the process. Our goal is to allay anxiety.  Every student will be known and taken care of individually, but at the early stage of the process, it is helpful for the whole group to share a common understanding of the basics.  We will return to these classes in December to discuss what students should be looking for from colleges (shoe on the other foot, so to speak).  If your students don't have English this semester, no worries. We will run the same classes at the beginning of the second semester. By April, all juniors will have this foundational information and we can start meeting individually with each junior.  

Financial Aid for College:  File your FAFSA this month because some of the financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. So applying earlier is better.  Plan to file your FAFSA no later than January 15. Every student who is applying to college should complete a FAFSA.

Upcoming college visits:

(Students can sign up for any of these visits by logging into Naviance or by coming to the guidance office). 

Syracuse University on Nov 8 at 8:30

Rivier University on Nov 8 at 9:00

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Nov 9 at 9:15

Kenyon College on Nov 9 at 11:45

Champlain College on Nov 9 at 12:15

New England School of Communications on Nov 15 at 11:15

College Process & Timeline for 

Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior Students and their Families  

This will be a presentation by the guidance counselors about what to expect through the college process and what you can start chipping away at now.  

Tuesday, November 14th 6:00 – 7:30pm 

 In the Deering Library

Instant Admission Days

University of Southern Maine - November 13 at Deering High School

University of Maine - November 15 at Deering High School

University of New England - November 16 at Deering High School

Central Maine Community College - November 17 at Deering High School

Instant admission days are when students who have already applied through the Common Application to a university can receive an on-the-spot admission decision.  Students should plan to submit their admission materials through the Common Application two weeks before the instant admission day. Please see Mr. Cherry to sign up for a spot to have your application reviewed!


FACES of DEERING: Last year we kicked off the Faces of Deering project which is aimed to help us learn from one another's experiences and give authentic ways for community members to share.  In various presentations, we had students sharing their experience with mental health and the gender spectrum and teachers playing music and explaining how it has played a role in their lives. WE WOULD LOVE TO HOST PARENTS!  If you have a talent or an experience you'd like to share with Deering's students and faculty, please see more information below on ways to get involved. 

The Faces of Deering Project

Format:  A student, parent, or staff member volunteers to give a speech about their experience.  A staff member will act as an advisor to help the volunteer with their speech and assist in the presentation.  Volunteers will present during WINN time to an audience that chooses to sign up.  There will be a question and answer segment after a short speech or presentation.  


How To Get Involved:  There is a short application to fill out if you would like to be a volunteer presenter. To access the application:


Please contact Melissa McStay  if you are interested in participating.