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Deering News Letter Sept. 4th, 2017

Look for a postcard from the Portland Public Schools announcing the roll-out of the district's new Comprehensive Plan and outreach initiative called Portland Promise . Coming soon!

September 4, 2017 - edition II, Vol 2 To our Deering School Community:

This is edition II, Vol 2. After a very smooth start to the school year, we will be adjusting to full weeks of school and all the blood, sweat, and tears that entails--as well as the joy and accomplishment! If you have some news or notices (or just want to tell us what you think about this update), contact us at shmits@portlandschools.org . Please write "NEWSLETTER" in the subject line.

NEW POLICIES AT DEERING:

In-School
Restriction: Instead of after school detentions, students who have accumulated

three unexcused tardies or who have an unexcused absence will serve one block of in-school restriction. See the new policy at the end of this newsletter for an explanation of how it will work.

WINN: To ensure that students use the WINN block as it was intended, WINN will now fall between block 3 and 4. Students will go to their DC coach for attendance and then will go to meet with teachers for extra help, attend Extended Learning Opportunities, participate in a study group in the cafeteria, or mentor other students. Students who are not scheduled for any activity during WINN will stay in the room with the DC coach and do homework, read, or other academic activity.

DC: Because of the change to WINN, the weekly Wednesday DC will be only about 30 minutes long. Its focus will now be on developing relationships between staff and students, assisting students with college applications, developing study skills, and other academic pursuits. Attendance will be taken.

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Events this week

Date

Event

Extra Info

Tuesday--Friday, various times

Chromebooks will be distributed during school to students who have not yet gotten theirs.

To get their Chromebooks, students must have a signed copy of the tech permission form that was sent to parents/guardians over the summer New Metro passes will also be distributed to those who do not have them.

Friday, August 17th--Sept. CITY HALL

"Being Muslim and Female in Maine" Photo Exhibit

Photographs of some of Deering's Muslim young women by photographer Catherine Frost. Short narratives written by the girls accompany the photos.

Tuesday, Sept 5 2:30, Room 225

Drama Club Welcome for students who are new to theater

See Ms Harris for more information

Tuesday, Sept 5 6:00
DHS
Gym

VOLLEYBALL HOME OPENER

Deering vs the Bulldogs!

Tuesday, September 5th Room 225
2:30-3:30

Welcome Freshmen to Deering Players (Drama)

An afternoon of improv games and an intro to Deering's drama club.

Thursday & Friday, September 6 & 7 Room 225 2:30-4:30

Auditions for "A Christmas Carol"

Lots of parts for this play that will run the first two weekends in December. See Ms. Harris, Livi Vail or Cameron Wood for more information.

September 7th, 5:30-7:00 SPACE GALLERY

Panel Discussion: "Being Muslim & Female in Maine"

Four of the Deering students featured in the photo exhibit described above will answer questions posed by a moderator and by the audience.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
PTO MEETING: Monday September 11, 6:00-7:30, DHS Library.

SPECIAL GUEST: New Principal Mr. Gregg Palmer.

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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 DeeringPTO@gmail.com

Deering Boosters Meeting: Wednesday September 13 , 6:30 in room 219. Facebook Page: Deering Consolidated Boosters
Email:
deeringboosters@gmail.com

To see DHS' informative and u seful schedule of guidance events, go here IMPORTANT BEGINNING OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCEMENTS/REMINDERS:

Chorus Independent Study: D eering' s new music teacher, Mr. Peter Stickley, would like parents to know that because not all students can fit chorus into their regular schedule, it will be offered as an independent study twice a week. Students should see their guidance counselor if interested.

Change in Guidance Department: Guidance Counselors will now work with students on their caseload for ALL FOUR YEARS of the student's time at Deering. Assignments have been made according to first letter of the student's last name, as follows:

A-E Ms. Tracey Moore F-I Ms. Marisa Polk J-N Mr. Farausi Cherry M-Z Ms. Libby Heselton


In-School
Restriction is described below:

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Having Everyone in Class & Learning, 2017-2018

Goal: Classes
begin with students present and on time.

 


Tardy Unexcused: 

Step 1:
Once a
student has been tardy unexcused 3 times, the person will be assigned in-school restriction. Students will leave their phone and bring work to do. Teachers can send work to the in-school restriction room. Other than using a laptop for work, no electronics are allowed. The student will not be eligible to participate or be a spectator at any school-sponsored activities until 8:00 a.m. the following morning. They should leave school at the end of the regular day and not return to campus until the next morning. 

Step 2: 

After the next (4th) tardy unexcused, everything from Step 1 will apply. In addition, the student and an administrator will call home together to speak with a parent/guardian to describe the problem, possible solutions, and what the ensuing consequences will be if classroom tardies continue. The planned solution will be on file in the administrator’s office.

Step 3:

After the next (5th) tardy unexcused, everything from Step 1 & 2 will apply. In addition, a live meeting will be set up with a parent/ guardian to have the student, administrator, and teacher(s) discuss the problem, possible solutions, and what the ensuing consequences will be if classroom tardies continue. The planned solution, developed at this meeting, will be on file in the administrator’s office. The solution cannot be identical to the one developed at step 2.


Absent Unexcused:


Step 1:

When
a student has been absent unexcused and/or skipped a class, the person will be assigned two in-school restrictions (or the equivalent of half a school day). The student and an administrator will call home together to speak with a parent/guardian to describe the problem, possible solutions, and what the consequences will be if being absent unexcused or skipping classes continues. Students will leave their phone on the in-school restriction monitor’s desk and bring work to do. Teachers can send work to the in-school restriction room. Other than using a laptop for work, no electronics are allowed. The student will not be eligible to participate or be a spectator at any school-sponsored activities until 8:00 a.m. the following morning. They should leave school at the end of the regular day and not return to campus until the next morning. 

Step 2: 

After the next (2nd) absent unexcused and/or skipped class, everything from Step 1 will apply. In addition, a live meeting will be set up with a parent/guardian to have the student, administrator, and teacher(s) discuss the problem, possible solutions, and what the ensuing consequences will be if classroom tardies continue. The planned solution will be on file in the administrator’s office. 

Step 3:

After the next (3rd) absent unexcused and/or skipped class, everything from Step 1 & 2 will apply. In addition, a live meeting will be set up with the student, parents/guardians, administration, teacher(s), and other professionals and constituents to discuss the problem and related issues, possible solutions, whether or not consideration of moving the student up on the discipline ladder is appropriate (to potentially include out of school suspension), or if the student is in need of greater help and support.