November 15, 2021
Parent Email Issue
There has been an issue with some parents receiving updates from previous weeks. We believe this was due to a Gmail setting and shortened links. We have removed the links we believe have been causing the issue. Here is the link for the update sent 11/1/2021:
We did not send an email last week while this issue was being resolved, but we believe we have uncovered the issue and we will make sure it does not happen again. If for some reason you do not receive an email from us each Monday afternoon - please let us know.
Just a reminder that when you call your student as absent, we do need a reason to excuse that absence. There are 5 approved reasons
Observance of Religious holiday
Planned absences with prior approval (ie family trip)
Messages that are left without a reason will be counted as unexcused. Extended illness may require a doctor’s note to excuse.
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be on Wednesday, December 1st from 3:30pm to 8pm. They will be done virtually. To sign up for conferences with your child’s teachers - click the link below. If you need help signing up for conferences, please contact the main office. 827-3910.
Early College Classes
The area colleges have started their enrollment process for HS students to take classes. Please reach out to your school counselor for more information.
Winter Weather Alert
As the weather turns a bit cooler, RSU 34 Superintendent David Walker has posted his annual Winter Weather reminder. It has been posted on our social media platforms, but here is a link to the document. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E58ewz4rFRQzGDl2cc_fh7i5KaLrU0Jy/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=104885765665245537503&rtpof=true&sd=true
Sports Physicals, Paperwork & Pooled Testing -Updated
A student-athlete is required to have one physical on file per the 4 years in high school. This is a requirement to participate in sports at OTHS. If your student-athlete did not participate in fall, they will need to fill out Form A or green form located on our website or at the main office.
All students who wish to play a winter sport will need to be involved in pooled testing, this is going to be a requirement to participate in athletics at OTHS.
More Winter Sports protocol information to follow shortly.
To sign up for Pooled Testing:
To sign-up a minor child - here is the link: https://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com/minor-consent/start
If you are 18 or older and sign up yourself:
Access Code: X67ZUZ (This is a code for OTHS only - each of the schools in RSU34 have their own code)
End of Quarter
Report Cards will go out starting Friday 11/12/2021. Report cards can also be viewed on Infinite Campus(IC). Don’t have an account to access IC? Mrs. Ketch and she will get you started on the process. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Attendance/Automated Attendance Phone Calls - updated
We have started sending out automated calls for any student who has an unexcused absence during periods 1 or 2 that day. It serves as a reminder for students who are homesick, for parents to call in to excuse their absence but also notifies parents if a student has missed a class during periods 1 and/or period 2. The call will go out around 10:45 each morning. If you have any questions or need to excuse a student's absence, please contact Carrie Madden, at email@example.com or 827-3910 ext 2306.
Math help is back! - Updated
We have had several students ask about getting math help outside of school again. We will be running the Math Lab again on Wednesdays from 4 to 7. Students who would like help on their homework should send an email to MathHelp@hs.rsu34.k12.me.us . Help is available in person or virtually. Students should arrange a time before 3 PM on Wednesdays.
The 2022 OTHS Yearbook is now on sale!
The cost is $60.
To purchase: http://jostensyearbooks.com?ref=A03269000
Eligibility for Winter Sports
For the fall sports season, the RSU 34 School Board waived the academic eligibility policy in light of how difficult last school year was for all involved. Students who wish to play a winter sport this year, WILL have to be eligible by virtue of the RSU 34 eligibility policy. If you have questions, please reach out to Mr. Bousquet.
Financial Aid Help for Senior families
Help is available for students and families completing the FAFSA. Meredith Lee can help walk you through all the parts of the FAFSA.
Before setting up an appointment make sure that you:
Have set up your FSA-ID. Students and parents need to have their own FSA-ID (https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm?appid=HRSA_BMISS_PRD)
Have access to tax return from 2020. (Meredith can assist if needed)
To set up an appointment with Meredith - reach out to the guidance office at the high school. 827-3910 x2114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Meredith has evening appointments available as well as some day time ones.
To sign up for Pool Testing:
To sign-up a minor child - here is the link:
If you are 18 or older and signing up yourself:
Access Code: X67ZUZ (This is a code for OTHS only - each of the schools in RSU34 have their own code.
Masking Update and Expectations
The RSU 34 School Board is requiring all staff and students to wear a mask while in school until further notice. To maintain the safety of all school personnel, students, and our community, we ask that students wear masks to school, wear masks appropriately (over the mouth and nose) while attending school, and respect the expectation that has been asked of us as a school community. OTHS administration has put in place a three-strike system to support the expectation of proper mask-wearing: 1 - conversation and a reminder to the student 2 - conversation and call home to the parent/guardian to reinforce the expectation 3 - Administration Dismissal for improper mask-wearing. We are in this together and the best way to move in a direction that does not require masks or whole-school shut down is to practice responsible mask-wearing.
Update - our students are doing an incredible job with this request! Thank you so much for your support!
If you have any questions, please reach out to us.
Thank you for all of your support.
We are doing the best that we can for our kids!