CHS Report

Carrabec High School

Principalś Report 

4/3/2024


The March Student of the Month was Dillon Nelson.  Dillon is the son of Sarah Nelson of Anson and Nick Nelson of Princeton, Illinois.  Dillon is a big part of the Willpower program at CHS and is a hard worker, always willing to help where needed.


Carrabec High School’s Theatre students took home the trophy from the One Act Drama Festival in Skowhegan.  These students have worked hard and performed amazingly to get them to move on to the State Competition.  The State Competition took place in Millinocket and our students did great.  A couple of the students won awards and the group was recognized as well.  


Outdoor Skills and Leadership students, five in total, took a three day trip to Moosehead Lake on March 13, 14, and 15. Ms. Long and Mr. Dostie chaperoned.  The group stayed at The Birches. The group fished from sunrise until long after sunset (caught lake trout and cusk) and hiked Mt. Kineo (a total of six miles).


Ms. Long has acquired a $40K DOE Maine Outdoor Learning Initiative grant which is going to provide the district with outdoor equipment for such adventures as paddling, fishing, camping, snowshoeing, and learning supplies which will transform the new outdoor program for years to come.


Congratulations to the Math Team on winning the East West Conference.  The State Math Meet will be held on April 2 at the Augusta Civic Center.  I will report the results in person at the board meeting.


Part of CHS Spring Festivities was a trip to Sugarloaf for those students that wanted to go downhill skiing or cross country skiing.  Students that signed up, returned their permission slips, were passing all classes, and paid, were able to go.  11 students went on the trip.  Other activities included a spirit week where each day was a themed dress day and you could earn points for your class and also a door decorating contest by class.  The rest of the spring festivities will take place on Friday, March 29, in the afternoon in the gym.  


Sophomores will be attending the Craft Championship on April 5. This event is set up by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Maine to allow students to learn more about what contractors do. Last year over 1400 students and instructors participated in the event that have booths set up for interactive learning. Students can learn how to hang drywall or run heavy equipment and booths are manned with tradesmen and tradeswomen to answer any questions and show students how it’s done. The event will be held at the Augusta Civic Center.


The overnight Boston Trip will be happening on April 11th and 12th.  We will be holding a parent informational meeting on April 4th at 5 PM.  Parents will be provided with an itinerary packet as well as a permission slip that will need to be signed and returned by Monday April 8th.  The general itinerary is that on Friday students will be doing Boston Duck Tours during the early afternoon.  Students will have dinner at Faneuil Hall then the students have signed up to either go to The Boston Opera House to watch a performance or go to Fenway to watch the Red Sox play the Orioles.  We are staying at the Home 2 Suites in Boston where they provide a continental breakfast.  The students will be going to the Boston Aquarium on the morning of April 12th.  The students will have lunch at the aquarium.  The bus will depart Boston in time to be back at CHS by 5PM.  Students have been told that they only need money if they want to buy snacks or souvenirs as meals will be paid for.   I recognize that some students will not have spending money and we will quietly support them.


I attended a professional development workshop titled ¨Restorative Practices: Achieving Accountability Beyond Suspensions¨.  The overarching message was that traditional consequences try to punish students into meeting the social norms of schools.  The training examined methods to educate students as to the why and how their inappropriate behaviors impact others.  Let there be no misunderstanding, traditional consequences are still considered as necessary but we will be implementing strategies to educate students into compliance.  This training is the same one to which I sent five staff members including Mr  Dostie this past fall.  That group has met and is in the process of developing a mentor program where all next yearś freshmen will meet with all the juniors.  The purpose will be to build individual relationships within the classes so that freshmen that need support have someone with whom they can talk.