DHS Newsletter 2/14
Deering High School Newsletter 2/14
Posted on 02/14/2022
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Earth science students practice measuring length, weight, and volume by making snowmen.As we approach our February Break, we want to take a moment to appreciate all the hard work that is being put in across Deering by students and staff. We’re seeing success in academics, co-curricular, and student well-being. Thank you to the whole Deering community for your support, and please join us in congratulating our students for their recent outstanding achievements. 

Co-Curricular Update:

Rocket League Team Win!
Our Rocket League esports team went to Bangor to participate in a LAN tournament last Saturday. We won! The students who participated were Connor Eide, Nathan Dooley, Kaelob Buonassisi, Ryan Mulligan, and Braden Lamb.


Congratulations to the Deering Debate Team for their fantastic success at this weekend’s past State Championship Tournament. Our freshmen debaters swept the novice bracket, taking fourth, second, and first place. Joining them were Balqies Mohamed and Emily Cheung, our seniors and co-captains who won first place in the varsity bracket. In addition to our students winning two events at the tournament, the Deering team as a whole won the sportsmanship award, and Balqies was awarded the Maine Forensics Association scholarship for graduating seniors.


We would like to Congratulate the following Indoor Track student athletes for ranking among the best as they were awarded recognition as Southern Maine Athletics Association (SMAA) All-Conference for Indoor Track for their top marks, times, and jumps on the season. This is truly a significant accomplishment and we wish them the best going forward to the South Western Maine Indoor Track Championship Meet this Saturday February 12th at USM Gorham.


Indoor Track SMAA ALL-CONFERENCE

1ST TEAM 

Jr. Triple Jump Avery Lawrence sophomore Deering (38-02.25) 

2ND TEAM

Sr. Triple Jump Denis Kevine Simost Sima Matha senior Deering (42-04.75)

600 Haythan Ramadan junior Deering (1:19.70)

3RD TEAM

Sr. High Jump Claire Dunn junior Deering (5-0)

Jr. Hurdles Saya Breiting-Brown sophomore Deering (9.95)

Guidance Update:

Grades are available and have been posted to the parent portal. If you need help accessing your student’s report card, please email [email protected]. As we move forward with the school year, we are preparing for the course selection process on March 7. At the end of this month, on February 28th, counselors will help students choose their 4 year plan for school so they will be prepared for success as they continue their careers here. 


The school counselors will also make a virtual presentation on the evening of February 16 (6:30 - 8:00) called “Understanding the American College Admissions Process.'' It is designed to help students and their parents/guardians understand and plan for the different college options after high school. They will discuss the college application process, financial aid, and other steps towards a successful application. It will be presented in several languages.  Here are posters in different languages. Please join us by Zoom: TINYURL.COM/PARENTU22


Announcements in Guidance:

Amid a national mental health crisis for kids, here’s how parents can help

Understanding Financial Aid Workshop from FAME: February 15 at 6pm

Understanding and Comparing Financial Aid Offers

DHS JUNIORS (CLASS OF 2023) ARE SLATED TO TAKE THE SAT ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13TH.  ARE YOU READY? Talk to your counselor for help.

Awesome Project:

We’ve also had a virtual ELO with Heidi Nottonson (from Keller Williams Realty) working with two students interested in the career field of real estate. Heidi is volunteering her time once a week for one hour to educate on the career pathways for becoming a licenced agent. She has also offered her services for internships with other agents, property investment information, networking tips and on site property tours. 

We had an amazing session with one of our rockstar PTO parents and our accountant volunteer, Cathy Jackson. She came in to help students with their taxes! 

Announcements: 

  • COME ENJOY DELICIOUS AREPAS FROM MAIZ AND ALSO SUPPORT DEERING’S CLASS of 2022 on THURSDAY 2-24-22.  A PORTION OF ALL SALES WILL BENEFIT PROJECT GRADUATION.  CARRYOUT ONLY. OPEN 11 AM - 9PM.  621 FOREST AVENUE. 
  • Maine Locker Project will be serving fresh foods outside of the main lobby at dismissal for students and staff every other Wednesday of the month (so the first and third wednesday every month). Here are the next few dates through April break:February 16th, March 2nd & 16th, April 6th
  • 4H has started their Health Science club, after school 3:30-4:30pm on Tuesdays and virtually on Mondays 3-4pm . Please sign up with Ms Williams. Club members can receive a 50$ stipend for participating. 
  • The parent survey will be on April 11-16.  Here is more info
  • Cooking Matters is coming to Deering! Come learn about kitchen safety, develop skills when shopping for and cooking healthy foods on a budget. Program will happen on early release Wednesdays, from 2pm-3:15pm. Start date TBA. Please sign up with Ms Williams in 214. 
  • PAID INTERNSHIP & STEM OPP for Juniors: The Maine Space Grant Consortium’s MERITS. The MERITS program supports a six-week paid summer internship for Maine high school students (current Juniors).  Please share with your students who might be interested in a paid, mentored internship experience working in a hands-on STEM project this summer. See Ms Williams for more info
  • Community Health Educator Student Training program: RADx-UP Project at the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation through MaineHealth offering a pilot Community Health Educator Program to high school juniors and seniors, who are interested in careers in the health professions, in the Greater Portland Area. This is a virtual training program offered by the Morehouse School of Medicine that aims to serve as a healthcare pipeline program for students from underserved communities in an effort to increase awareness of healthy behaviors and healthcare access in their communities. Still accepting applications!
  • CA$H Greater Portland, an initiative of United Way of Southern Maine in partnership with the Greater Portland community, will be launching its 2022 free tax preparation service this February with three options to prioritize the health and safety of our tax filers, IRS-certified volunteers, partners, and staff.
  • You can purchase your yearbook online for $60 at https://www.walsworthyearbooks.com/ or see Mr. Lawless in Room 113.  (Please Note that online purchase has a service fee that applies).  
  • Ramily Market is available for clothing and food every day during lunch