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Deering's Outdoor Club took seven students to Mt. Blue State Park and up Tumbledown Mountain October 4th and 5th. Pictured here at Webb Lake are intrepid explorers Jacob McKay, Tristan Macdonald, Abigaela Boyilimpo, Madalena Tela, Catarina Salianga, Paulina Nsuele, co-advisor Sarah Shmitt, and Will Jordan. Not pictured: The most intrepid adventurer of all, Jeff Borland.  As the students will assert, IT WAS COLD!

Catarina, Paulina, Abigail, and Madalena pose in front of the tarn at the top of Tumbledown.




Vol. 4, October 7, 2019.  If you have news you'd like to share or questions about something you read here, please contact Sarah Shmitt at shmits@portlandschools.org

HERE is our new DEERING COMPREHENSIVE CALENDAR. This online calendar will be updated frequently and will be linked to the DHS website and the DHS facebook page.


Date

Event and Info

Time 

Location

Notes

Friday, October 11 & Monday October 14

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY WEEKEND

NO SCHOOL



Wed., October 9

EARLY EARLY Release

Students released at 11:35



Wed., October 9

Deadline to register for Seal of Biliteracy

Oct 16 after school; Sat. am, Oct. 19

See Ms Lunt in room 210 during WINN, Tues 10.8

For info and practice test join the google classroom using this code: m3lmh2r

NEXT WEEK'S IMPORTANT DATES

Wednesday, October 16

PSATS

8 am-11:30


ALL students except seniors will take the PSATs this year. Seniors will participate in valuable workshops to prepare them for life after high school.


Tuesday Oct 15, Thursday Oct 17, Friday Oct 18

Parent Teacher Conferences

Tues: 5 - 8 pm

Thurs: 11:30-1:30 & 4:30-7:30

Fri: 11:30-3:00

TO SCHEDULE A CONFERENCE:  https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/DHSMaine2019

Students will be released from school at 11 on Thursday and Friday.

OCTOBER 18

HOMECOMING!

PARADE  at 5:30

GAME at 6:00

Deering Center and Memorial Field

This year, we want to offer our Deering community a "Welcome home!" party.  We hope you come out to see the parade, bring the kids to Memorial Field to get free popcorn, enjoy face painting, and take part in other fun events!


For Deering's Sport Schedules, visit www.deeringathletics.com

 

 

 

DHS Social Workers Honored by Board

 

This is the image for the news article titled DHS Social Workers Honored by Board

Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Xavier Botana; Deering social workers Melissa McStay and Bob Carroll; and Portland Board of Public Education Chair Roberto Rodriguez.

Deering High School social workers Melissa McStay and Bob Carroll were recently honored by the Portland Board of Public Education and Superintendent Xavier Botana during September, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. McStay and Carroll recently received a Caring About Lives in Maine Suicide Prevention award.

The recognition took place at the Board’s Sept. 24 meeting.

Botana said that, in addition to their work at Deering, McStay and Carroll also serve as department chairs for social work at the district level.  

“We are fortunate to have Melissa and Bob in the Portland Public Schools,” Botana said. “Melissa has been with us since 2002 and Bob since 2006 and they are a great example of how a team can be so much more than the sum of its members. Their partnership is a value add for Deering, our social work team and even the State of Maine.

Botana said that the two social workers organized an awareness training for the staff of Deering High School “and personally delivered suicide prevention lessons to all high school seniors. They then took their expertise to assist the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program in creating lessons that are now available to all schools in Maine. 

For their work, they received the state award."

An Important Message from Nurse Nalli

Fall is definitely here and with the cooler weather and changing leaves comes the start of flu season.   Deering High School has flu shots available at Student Based Health Center (SBHC).  Students (under 18 years) must have a signed parent/guardian consent form to receive the flu shot.  Copies of this consent form are available in the nurse's office and at the School Health Center. Once the consent form is completed, an appointment can be made for the flu shot.  These are available regardless of ability to pay. Please let me know if you have any questions.  

~Nurse Nalli~

DEERING PARENTS' GROUP (PAG) NEWS!

(The Deering PTO has joined forces with a newly formed a "rapid response" parent subcommittee convened by Superintendent Botana; the combined group will be called PAG--the Parents' Advisory Group) 

The PTO has a new facebook page!  LIKE Deering High School PTO!

NEXT PTO MEETING: TUESDAY, November 12 , 6:00-7:30 in the DHS library. SPECIAL GUEST: Karen Shibles will share information on the STEM Endorsement program at Deering.

Program TBA.

 

JUST CLEANED OUT YOUR GARAGE? DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THAT PAINTING BY BOB ROSS? HAVE A SPECIAL SKILL OR TALENT? 

DHS' Student Senate is planning a big, great SILENT AUCTION on Sat. Nov. 16  and is seeking donations of many kinds!  Please check this out and see how many ways there are to help out!  gift certificates, gift baskets, services, whatever - 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UQVn3GaFUnYxPmafDE156butsE77c5EjwMW9Bhku4LY/edit 

 

The idea is to have a big fundraiser to cover many important activities and lessen the need for the many little fundraisers that happen throughout the year.  See the flyer included in this newsletter!

 

Currently scheduled PTO meetings for the year are Tuesday, Nov. 12, Monday, Jan. 27, Monday, March 16, Monday, May 11, all 6-7:30 in the DHS library.  Hope to see you there! Questions, contact DeeringHSPTO@gmail.com  PLEASE GET INVOLVED and SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL! Contact us at DeeringhsPTO@gmail.com  

 

**CLYNK bags are helping us raise money for our projects like books for teachers and the DHS community.    If you want any CLYNK bags, let us know and we’ll drop some off at your house.

Deering Consolidated Boosters Purple & White Club

Are you a parent or guardian of a Deering Student Athlete? 

Come see what Deering Consolidated Boosters is all about! Please join us on Wednesday, October 9th at 6pm in Room 219.  

Can’t make the meeting? Email us at deeringboosters@gmail.com to find out how you can help.

 

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES in GUIDANCE:

Have your student sign up with Ms Adams or with their Counselor

 

Monday, October 7 Johnson & Wales University

Wednesday October 9 U-Maine Farmington

Thursday October 10 University of Connecticut

Thursday October 10 Wheaton College

Simao D Piula has been volunteering as a Language Buddy at Longfellow, helping newly arrived Portugeuse speakers.  A Longfellow teacher noted, "He is absolutely fantastic with the kids!"


Importance Notice for Parents of Seniors from the SCHOOL NURSE: 

Please note that important changes in Maine law went into effect last fall for all Maine students entering senior year. The following is now required for all students attending a public or private school in the State of Maine:

 

Two doses of meningococcal vaccine MCV4 (serogroups A, C, W, and Y) are required for students entering 12th grade, with a minimum interval of 8 weeks between dose one and dose two. If the first dose of meningococcal vaccine was administered on or after the 16th birthday, a second dose is not required.


A letter was sent home with your student on 9/25/19 (through their DC block) if we do not have a record of them having this vaccine.  Please check with your student to see if they received a letter.   


Please provide proof of MCV4 immunization for your senior student to the school nurse by October 31, 2019.   

Hello Winter Silent Auction


WHO: Deering High School’s 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade senates are joining forces for the biggest fundraiser you’ve ever seen


WHEN:  Saturday, November 16th. Time and place to be determined.


WHY: This fundraiser will help cover the cost of special events hosted by student government such as; Homecoming, Spirit Week, Intercultural Day, Junior and Senior Prom, and so much more.


WHAT CAN YOU DO: We are calling on our families, friends, and local businesses to donate to the auction. Below are some ways that you can help:


  • Donate a gift certificate or items from a business


  • Donate tickets to an event 

(Red Sox, Red Claws, Portland Stage, etc)


  • Donate an experience 

(A Yoga Class, Couples Massage, Hot Air Balloon Ride, Weekend 

Getaway)


  • Put together a themed basket or donate an item that could go with a themed basket:

Baking-themed, sports-themed, xmas wrapping themed, or even a wreath made of scratch tickets


  • Donate a one-of-a-kind handmade item:

Artwork, Quilt, Your famous chocolate cake





  • Donate items to help make our auction a success:

    • Food for that evening

    • Cellophane Wrap

    • Ribbon

    • Tags

    • Baskets 

To Donate Simply Fill Out the Following Form: Donation Form 

Or you can choose from our Basket Wish  List

Welcome to Hannaford Helps Schools 2019!


Deering High School’s assigned store is the Forest Avenue Hannaford. Last year we received over $300.00 for our students…


Between 8/25 and 11/30, with the purchase of 4 participating Hannaford Helps Schools items, a customer will receive a printout for 3 School Dollars at the register. The customer can place that printout into your school's slot in the Hannaford Helps Schools collection tower which is located at the front of the store that your school is registered with.

Customers who shop with Hannaford To Go can give their School Dollar printouts to the associate handling their groceries and let them know which school slot to put them in.

This year, Hannaford will also donate $1,000 to the highest earning school per store.

NEW this year – your school may have a chance to earn DOUBLE School Dollars! The Hannaford store that has the highest increase of School Dollars turned in will DOUBLE the payouts to all its registered schools. Help your school earn double School Dollars by reminding parents to deposit their School Dollar printouts in the tower at the front of the store.

2019-20 Seal of Biliteracy Testing

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is OCTOBER 9

Deering High School holds the distinction of having had the most students earn the Seal of Biliteracy award at graduation (13 students in 2018 and 26 students in 2019). In addition to the recognition, the Seal means that students are eligible for college credits for their language assets. Testing dates:

 

Wed, Oct 16 (after school, location TBD)

Sat. Oct 20 (morning, location TBD)

 

We encourage Juniors and Seniors who have spoken and written proficiency in both English and another language to pursue this opportunity. 

 

DHS and CIEE are hosting a PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT!

OCTOBER 29th, 6:30-7:30 in the DHS library

To see their 52 programs, check out their website!


More than 50 Deering students have had their lives changed through a CIEE Global Navigator adventure

Your child can, too!


Senior Jesse Kamalandua before his day at Maine Med shadowing a physician. 


2020 YEARBOOK: Purchase Today! 


The 2020 yearbook can be ordered online at YBPAY.com and the id number is 11227420.  The yearbooks are on sale for $60 and the sale will end by November 1st.  The original price is $70.   

 

The 2019 yearbook can be purchased for $40.  See Mr. Lawless in Room 113 if interested.


 


Week of 10/7/2019


STEM Newsletter Items


Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. 

Look for STEM ELOs & STEM Scholarship opportunities to be posted here each week.


If your student is new to Deering or new to the STEM Endorsement work, encourage them to join the Google Classroom for program requirements, ELO trackers and general announcements. Google Code: xa03aiv


STEM ELOs:


  • The 2020 MERITS is now open! The MERITS (Maine Research Internships for Teachers and Students) Program provides summer research opportunities for highly motivated high school juniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers to experience “real-time” applications of STEM in a research-focused work world at host institutions conducting research and technology development.  This program seeks to expose students to career opportunities in Maine and to provide a direct way by which Maine businesses and research communities can attract young people with high potential for possible future employment. A limited number of research internships for the summer of 2020 are available. MERITS interns are paid a stipend for their six week summer research experience. Applications due by January 15, 2020. Application info, forms and details can be found at the MERITS link provided above. Deering is proud of Sarah Wriggins who was a MERITS intern this past summer.


  • UNE is continuing its Health Science Leadership Program and is looking for students in grade 9 who identify as, or have family that identify as immigrants or refugees to the United States. This 4 year program requires participation in learning & career exploration activities on the early, early release Wednesdays from approx. 12:00 pm-2:00 pm. The first session is on Wednesday, October 9th at Deering. To learn more about the program and how to apply see Mrs. Williams ASAP in room 214.


STEM Scholarships:


STEM Scholarships:


  • University of Maine’s Pulp & Paper Scholarship for those studying engineering or engineering technology. DEADLINE December 31, 2019. This merit-based engineering scholarship is valued at $36,000. Application details and requirements can be found at the provided link.


  • SENIORS who are working on their STEM Endorsement must plan to meet with Mrs. Shibles regarding their Endorsement status as well as their STEM capstone gameplan. 



⇨ Please check descriptions/deadlines from prior posts.


October 7, 2019

DHS Guidance News


The four school counselors went into 9th grade English classes the past week showing freshmen how to register for their own Naviance account (This is an important College & Career software tool that all students utilize at Deering throughout their 4 years).   Counselors had students complete an MI Advantage survey in their newly made Naviance account.  The MI Advantage Survey (MI stands for Multiple Intelligences) gives 9th graders valuable information about their unique strengths as a learner in the classroom as well as specific talents and personality preferences that they can use to their advantage in the larger world.  Freshmen in these classes now have a recorded survey in Naviance that they can refer to throughout their 4 years of  high school to assist them in the future with post-secondary goals around potential careers and/or college majors of study.  

 

 

ADMISSIONS REPRESENTATIVES  FROM NUMEROUS COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ARE COMING TO DEERING HIGH THIS FALL TO MEET WITH PROSPECTIVE COLLEGE BOUND JUNIORS AND SENIORS. 

 

If your child is interested in attending any of these information sessions, they can sign up on the home page of Naviance.

 

All upcoming college visits to Deering High are listed in Naviance.   For more info or for assistance on getting into Naviance, students should see Ms. Adams, Guidance Secretary (874-8264).

 

 

OCTOBER COLLEGE VISITS

 

 Palm Beach Atlantic University (FL) on Monday, Oct 7th at 12:00 pm 

Johnson & Wales University (RI) on Monday, Oct 7th at 1:00 pm

University of New Hampshire (NH) Wednesday, Oct 9th at 8:30am

University of Maine at Farmington (ME) Wednesday, Oct 9th at 10am

University of Connecticut (CT) Thursday, Oct 10th at 8am

Wheaton College (MA) Thursday, Oct. 10th at 1pm

Western New England University (MA) Tuesday, Oct. 15th at 10am

St. Michael’s College (VT) Wednesday, Oct. 16th at 9am

St. Lawrence University (NY) Thursday, Oct. 17th at 10:15am

Endicott College (MA) Thursday, Oct. 17th at 10:45am

St. Joseph’s College (ME) Thursday, Oct. 17th at 11:00am

Curry College (MA) Monday, Oct. 21st at 10:00am

University of Massachusetts/Amherst (MA), Wednesday, Oct. 23rd at 9:00am

Lasell University (MA) Tuesday, Oct 29th at 11:00 am

University of New Brunswick (Canada) Wednesday, Oct 30th at 11:00am 

Colby College (ME) Thursday, Oct 31st, at 10:00 am 

 

UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENING AT DEERING HIGH THIS WEEK!

Deering Parents: Want to get a clearer understanding of how colleges award financial aid?  Are you unable to sleep at night worrying about how to pay for your child’s college education?  THIS PRESENTATION IS FOR YOU!!!!!

 

LOCAL FINANCIAL AID EXPERT, BILL SMITH 

will present

UNDERSTANDING COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID AND PAYING FOR COLLEGE

Tuesday, October 8th 

At Deering High School in the Library

6:00-8:00pm

 (This evening is especially for Seniors and their parents as they finalize their college lists but it is also helpful for parents & students of all grades! Parents of underclassmen can get a heads up to how college financial aid works so they are better prepared to assist their teens with the college process when they are seniors!)

This presentation will take the mystery out of financial aid and how to choose a college you can afford.  Topics will include types of aid such as grants, scholarships, work/study, loans; need and merit-based aid; financial aid applications including FAFSA and CSS Profile; estimating how much aid you’ll get before you apply; and tips to help you manage the cost of college.

 

 

 

INTERESTED IN HELPING YOUR CHILD WRITE EFFECTIVE ESSAYS FOR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS APPLICATIONS?  OF COURSE YOU ARE!

Wow Writing Workshop is giving away FREE electronic copies of their college essay book for parents. Kim Lifton and Susan Knoppow have written a brief, easy-to-read guide to help you better understand the sometimes confusing college admissions industry and how to (appropriately) help your child write effective application essays. Instead of pushing parents away, Susan and Kim believe you can play an important role in this process. Get a free copy! https://wowwritingworkshop.com/free-parent-book/

 

 


Important Upcoming PSAT and SAT Testing Dates


Click below for all 2019-20 SAT/SUBJECT TEST  dates, deadlines and registration info:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines


12th graders  interested in taking an SAT should use the above link to register for either the October 5, November 2, or December 7 test dates.   Taking the SAT/Subject Tests after the December test date may jeopardize making college application deadlines.  11th Graders will be taking the SAT at Deering in April, however any Junior can register for an SAT or Subject Test prior to that April date.  A number of Juniors choose to take the SAT one, two, sometimes even three times in order to get comfortable with the test. As they become more familiar with the actual test, they learn where their strengths and weaknesses are and can utilize Khan Academy for FREE practice in order to improve their test scores for college admission and heightened opportunities to get more merit scholarships.


Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration (additional fee) NOV 2, 2019 OCT. 3 , 2019 OCT. 22, 2019

DEC 7, 2019 NOV 8, 2019 NOV 19, 2019

MAR 14, 2019 FEB 14, 2019 FEB 25, 2020




The PSATS ARE COMING!  THE PSATS ARE COMING!

Students in 10th and 11th grade will be getting information about taking the PSAT during the school day here at Deering on Wednesday, October 16th.  



Where Can Your Child Get In With Their SAT Scores?  Students and Parents Can Search Colleges by Admission Test Score

College Simply

College Simply parsed admissions data from over 4,000 U.S. colleges and analyzed what SAT and ACT test scores get in where. Select your test score to find out where you may fit in best and estimate how likely you are to get accepted. The guide is organized by SAT and ACT score and presents the best colleges which have historically accepted students for each score





 ATTENTION: PARENTS OF COLLEGE-BOUND SENIORS:


The 2020-2021 FAFSA is now available- FAME has tools to help you file!


The FAFSA became available on October 1. Now is the time to get the FAFSA completed for the 2020-2021 academic year! There is no downside to filing early, and it is one of the best ways to maximize financial aid eligibility. 


The 2020-2021 FAFSA requires 2018 income information. We strongly recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA to transfer 2018 income information directly from the IRS to the FAFSA. To make the process easier, be sure you have 2018 federal tax returns, including Schedules and W2s, in front of you when completing the FAFSA.


At least one school needs to be listed on the FAFSA, but additional schools can be added after the FAFSA has been submitted -- just return to FAFSA.gov. 





Need help filing the FAFSA? Free help is available from FAME anytime:

1. Attend an In-Person FAFSA Help Session:

FAME will be offering 14 In-Person FAFSA Help Sessions statewide starting on Thursday, October 10.

Find and register for an event near you:

https://www.famemaine.com/education/topics/filing-the-fafsa/in-person-help-sessions/



2. Use FAME's Online Help:

Prepare to file by reviewing FAME's Get Ready to File the 2020-2021 FAFSA checklist. 

View our Filing the FAFSA video.

Follow our 3-step guide: What You Need to File, Filling Out the Form and After You File

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions.


3. Contact a FAME expert:

 Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

Phone: 1-800-228-3734; TTY 207-626-2717

Email: Education@FAMEmaine.com 






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Scholarships,  and Resources for Finding Them

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Here are some reputable resources for scholarship searches:

FAME (the Financial Authority of Maine) lists many scholarship and financial aid resources on their website (famemaine.com).  Look through the Maine Scholarships list and have your student apply to several.  This is the best site we have found for advice on paying for college.  MES is another scholarship resource, as in the Maine Community Foundation.


We found a good resource for scholarship information from Reviews.com.  This is a website “dedicated to conducting data driven and unbiased research about topics that can help make an impact in people's lives.”  Below is a link that covers the best scholarship search sites, what you should know about scholarships, and how best to apply, etc: Reviews.com scholarship search  


 LendEdU for scholarships and search tips: http://lendedu.com/blog/scholarships






LOCAL PORTLAND AREA  AND MAINE STATE SCHOLARSHIPS


More and more Local and State Scholarships are being added all the time on your senior child’s Home Page of their  Naviance Account this time of year! If you want to see that comprehensive list, ask your child to show you their Naviance Account.  The Scholarship List is on the Naviance Home Page in the left, bottom corner of the page.  (Students who may have forgotten their Username & Password for Naviance can always see Ms. Adams in Guidance to get refreshed on that information.)


SUMMER 2020 STUDY OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS


CLICK HERE FOR A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES IN EVERY STATE THAT HAVE  PRE-COLLEGE COURSE OFFERINGS IN THE SUMMER FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

https://blog.prepscholar.com/pre-college-summer-programs-for-high-school-students

 


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN MAINE 


DESTINATION OCCUPATIONS HAS UPDATED THEIR SITE WITH MANY EXCITING, WELL-PAYING JOB OPPORTUNITIES RIGHT HERE IN MAINE FOR BOTH TEENS AND ADULTS .


   


So. . . What do you want to do?  Destination Occupation is the place to go for an insider’s look at Maine’s best careers with some of the state’s most dynamic employers, from entrepreneurial ventures to Maine’s largest organizations!  This is a great site for teenagers wanting to know more about specific career fields as well as what job opportunities are available in Maine today. The site is also superb for adults as well.  Click here for more information: https://destinationoccupation.com/


October is Manufacturing Month - Check out these Manufacturing Companies!


IIt is NOT our grandfathers' (or grandmothers') manufacturing landscape anymore.  It is all about technology, bio-tech, robots, and more! 

Eight of our 17 career exploration video partners are manufacturing companies! They range from employers you know like General Dynamics/Bath Iron Works, Hancock Lumber and Procter and Gamble to ones you may not know like Modula, Enercon Technologies and ImmuCell.  Then there's the whole world of glass manufacturing represented by Paradigm Windows and SIGCO.