Ellsworth High School

~New Blog! See link under 'News' , also under 'about us' then 'principal's blog'  ~Community Forum on April 14th at 6:00 ~3rd quarter ends on April 11th  ~Grades mailed on Wednesday April 16th

Upcoming Events

SAT's for All Juniors
Date: 5/3/2014, 7:30 AM 1 PM
Date: 5/10/2014
Quarter 4 Progress Reports Mailed Home
Date: 5/16/2014
8th Grade Step-Up Day!
Date: 5/23/2014
Class Night
Date: 6/11/2014, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
Location: EHS Auditorium
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News and Announcements

EHS Sophomores Visit University of Maine at Machias!
On Friday April 18th, EHS sophomores visited the University of Maine at Machias. Students toured the campus, learned about course offerings and college life, and dined in the dining hall. This trip was funded through this year's MELMAC Grant which helps expose EHS students to post secondary educational experiences and opportunities in Maine and New England.
What's Next? Guidance Newsletter
Great source of information for Juniors and Seniors
COMMUNITY FORUM Monday at 6:00
EHS will be presenting our work thus far with Proficiency Based Learning towards preparing our incoming 8th graders, our class of 2018, for a Proficiency Based Diploma. All are invited for an informative evening in which we will explain and clarify a move to standards based grading. We will welcome input and questions from our audience. Any anticipated questions or concerns that we may know about in advance would be helpful as we plan and prepare this presentation to be relevant for all. email me at rthompson@rsu24.org Thank you, Renée
Good Start Newsletter - April Edition
Good Start Newsletter provided by guidance for Freshmen, Sophomores and their parents. Check it out :)
Baseball practice tryouts rescheduled
Due to the sudden flurry of snow activity, we will extend try outs to Tuesday afternoon. There will not be a penalty for not showing up today for tryouts. Thank you!
JAZZ CHOIR takes 2nd place!
Congratulations to our EHS Jazz Choir who took 2nd place in Division II for State Vocal competition. This is a first time ever for our JAZZ CHOIR!
A special recognition . . .
Thank You to the Visual/Performing Arts Boosters contribution to EHS in hosting this festival. For the last four years the festival has brought thousands of people through the doors of EHS and into our community. They work so hard and because of these festivals they have raised thousands of dollars which is given directly back to our students through scholarships and program support. Our booster volunteers are appreciated and valued. Thank you always for your continued support.
Show Choirs receives 3rd place in State Vocal Competition!
Congratulations to our Show Choir for their success at the State Vocal Festival. Their songs from the musical "Hair Spray" earned them a 3rd place title. Beaming with pride for these hard working and dedicated students, as well as director Mrs. Wright and choreographer, Ms. Ireland.
Class of 2014 Graduation Video Order Form
Graduation will soon be upon us. Are you looking to buy a copy of the EHS Class of 2014 Graduation DVD created by HCTC? Attached is the order form.
Congratulations to Mr. Beardsley!

A respected and valued icon for our students and our community.
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Principal's Corner

Welcome Ellsworth Eagles!
It is with great pleasure that I welcome each of you to the 2013-2014 school year.  Ellsworth High School is rooted in strong traditions and high academic standards and performance.  The academic offerings, athletic programs, and extra and co-curricular opportunities are broad and designed to meet the needs and interests of all students.  I challenge each of you to discover your passions early on and become involved in the culture and traditions EHS has to offer.  This year we will begin a targeted intervention designed to support students academically.  Focused Learning is built into every students' schedule during 2nd period.  Students that seek extra help will be able to access their teacher(s) during this time.  In addition, teachers will 'tag' their own students that they recognize as needing additional support.  Our goal is to increase student confidence while decreasing our failure rate and improving student achievement.
Project Based Learning continues to flourish at EHS and provides our students with relevant and unique hands on learning opportunities.
My personal goals this year include:
  • A strong focus on improving attendance in an effort to prepare our students for career readiness.
  • Establishing effective methods to communicate to parents, community members and staff.
  • Promote and enforce consistent expectations school-wide.
  • Develop a school climate that is positive, conducive to learning and creates a morale in which staff desire to work and build a career.
  • Honoring scheduled appointments while maintaining flexibility within my day.

How you can be successful at EHS
We will provide you with the resources, opportunities, knowledge and skills to become what you want to be. The choice is yours how you apply what you gain from EHS.

My best for a school year that exceeds your expectations,
Renée Thompson, Principal

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