Mobile Resource Page located on the OTHS website page is now live, see that attached picture for details on how to find it on the OTHS Website - https://www.rsu34.org/o/oths
Although RSU34 schools were closed indefinitely, many schools closed for two weeks. Here is what will be released today: The Governor’s State of Emergency announcement closed schools for 30 days, which would take us to April 13th. The Penquis Superintendents’ Association has recommended that all school districts in our region continue with remote learning days through April 17th, then break for the scheduled April Vacation (4/20-4/24). At this time, our hope is that we will reopen schools on Monday, April 27th. Have a good weekend and stay safe.
ATTENTION OLD TOWN HIGH SCHOOL Community - Yearbook pages will be added showing what our students are doing during this time at home. If your child/ children are doing school work, virtual tours, reading, or anything else school related please take a picture of them and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting Monday, March 23rd - RSU Food Service and Learning resources will be distributed via Cyr bus. Starting at 10:30 AM M-F, Food/Resource busses will start out on bus routes to dispense food/school resources to students in the RSU 34 learning community. Please be on the lookout for your bus in your community. We will also continue food distribution at OTHS campus as another distribution point.
Our Monday School Schedule will be as follows - this is to make sure that all students see every teacher for future planning: 8:30 – 9:10 Period A 9:14 – 9:54 Period B 9:58 – 10:38 Period C 10:42 – 11:22 Period D 11:26 – 12:30 block E with lunch (Normal Monday Classroom Locations) A Lunch – 11:26 – 11:46 – first floor & second floor B Lunch - 12:10 – 12:30 – PE, Science/Art, Business, Alt Ed 12:34 – 1:14 Period F 1:18 – 1:58 Period G 2:02 – 2:42 Period H 2:46 – 3:05 Focus
With the coming of school closure + to help the process of cleaning/disinfecting our buildings - We are requesting students to clean out lockers of personal belongings, we will limit access to our buildings starting Tue, Mar. 17th. All items not collected in lockers will be discarded for safety reasons.
RSU 34:: In an effort to proactively slow the spread of COVID-19, RSU #34 schools will be closed beginning Tuesday March 17th. We will continue to monitor conditions that would lead us to believe it is prudent to re-open schools and notify you immediately when we do re-open. No classes, clubs, or activities will be held, and our school buildings will be closed to the public. Again, this closure is subject to change as the situation develops and new information becomes available. More information available at rsu34.org
OTHS Athletics - We know that a lot of questions will come from this mornings statement from the MPA - We are working to find answers and will inform all when we have them. We will continue to be fluid, the PVC has plans and approaches, and will continue to operate in the best interest of student, staff, and families.
Juniors and Seniors - Want to save money on your prom tickets? Help us out with the Krispy Kreme Fundraiser. Juniors and seniors who sell 5 dozen doughnuts will save $5 off the price of a singles ticket (Normally $25). Doughnuts are $10 per dozen. Money and orders are due by 3/25 and Doughnuts will be delivered 4/1. See Mrs. Madden in the office for more information.
Class of 2024 - Open House is TONIGHT! Come see what OTHS has to offer and pick up your class t-shirt!! Students who are unable to make it tonight, please contact the guidance office if you would like to set up a tour of the building. 827-3910 x2114
Attention OTO hockey fans. The doors will open for spectators no earlier than 5:00pm Wednesday evening. Team members and coaches can arrive starting at 4:00pm. This is an MPA event. OTO fans will be on the team bench side of the arena and Presque Isle fans will be on the opposite side. NO STANDING ALONG THE RAILING WILL BE ALLOWED DURING THE GAME!!! Student sections will be located in the lower corner sections parallel to the goal nets. Full concessions will be provided by UMaine. OTO and Presque Isle bands will utilize the upper student section of their respective side at the far end of the rink. No artificial noise makers are allowed at the event. Looking forward to seeing a huge crowd to support the team Wednesday evening!! GO OTO Black Bears!!
Attention Senior parents/guardians - You have until Thursday, Feb. 13th to submit Senior Ads for this years yearbook - contact Christina.email@example.com at OTHS or login to Jostens.com to do so!
ATTENTION - Huge Changes to weekend events - Due to admin coverage, facility coverage, and event changes - the JV Coyote Classic is canceled, PVC Boys Swim has been moved to UMaine at 6 PM, OTO Hockey is 5:45 at UMaine, Boys Varsity Bball is 1 PM at Orono - bus 11:30 AM - sorry for all the changes and cancellations, but we have end dates for events that have to happen...
The Project Grad Parent meeting scheduled for Sunday, 2/2 has been rescheduled to Sunday, 2/9.
We're seeking OTHS alumni updates for our next issues of Community Connections! Our alumni are doing awesome things all around the world and we want to share, celebrate, and inspire our current students! To share an update please email Amy.McFalls@rsu34.org ('05 OTHS).
Jared Spencer is the first OTHS football player to have earned a $1000 scholarship from the Coach Ken Libbey Memorial Scholarship Program. This award has been in place for 5 years now and is open for application to players who attend the Northern Maine Football Academy in June. Applications are reviewed by a small committee, and the students who win these awards must complete a semester of post secondary schooling, earn a GPA of at least 2.0, and be enrolled in the second semester as well, before receiving their scholarship check. To date, this Scholarship has awarded $15,000, with an additional $2000 to, potentially be awarded this year. Congratulations Jared and thank you to the Libbey family!
Attention Parents/Guardians of Seniors! The deadline for Senior Ads for the yearbook is 2/13/20 - if you have any questions please email Christina.firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Wanted! This year OTHS is participating in Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation contest on December 20th . We are looking for 3-4 people to help judge, tabulate, and prompt students. The contest will begin around 8:45, and will likely run through the afternoon. If you are interested, please email Heather Webb at email@example.com for more information. Contest details and videos are available: https://www.poetryoutloud.org/
Swim at the Ram Invitational for the first meet of the year - OT Boys finished 4th, the OTO Girls Swim finished 4th - Coyotes home on Friday v Brunswick...
Great first swim for the OT Boys Swim and OTO Girls teams tonight v. Brunswick- Boys won 99-39 and girls won with a 115-48 score. Next meet is Fri 20th v. FA
Seven of our OTHS students participated in the water confidence training with UMaine Army ROTC on Thursday. They represented OTHS well and learned important tactics and training for future events.
They are famous to us during the day, now famous to others! Go Freshman Earth Science! https://www.wabi.tv/content/news/Freshman-at-local-high-school--564886032.html
The OTHS Band will be holding it's Annual Holiday Flower Fundraiser this week. If you would like to place an order, please contact your favorite band member for order information. Details are on the attached order form picture. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a reminder... We are using PTCFast.com again for signups for Parent-Teacher Conferences on 11/14/19 Conferences will be available from 3:30PM to 8:00PM. To sign up, go to: https://ptcfast.com/schools/Old_Town_High_School If you need assistance, please contact us at 827-3910 x2306.
We are using PTCFast.com again for signups for Parent-Teacher Conferences on Nov 14, 2019 Conferences will be available from 3:30PM to 8:00PM. To sign up, go to: https://ptcfast.com/schools/Old_Town_High_School If you need assistance, please contact us at 827-3910 x2306.
JMG would like to thank everyone that came out to support the JMG/NHS/GSA/Civil Rights Haunted High! We raised about $200 from our collections at the door and then added another $100 after a generous donation from Mahan’s Redemption, bringing us to $300 that will go towards maintaining our Memorial Garden. This would not have been possible without the unbelievable support that we received from Old Town students, staff, and our amazing community! Thank you all for your continuous support of JMG!
The November 2 SAT has been rescheduled to November 16. If you are unable to make this date, please see Mrs. Ketch on Monday. **Please Share to help us spread the information**
Here is the link for this week’s Earth Science episode! The 9th graders are getting their hands dirty in science class modeling the hydrology of the bus loop. Check out Episode 4 of the Earth Systems Science podcast. https://youtu.be/
Today’s JV Soccer games @ Hermon have been canceled - They will be made up on Friday, Oct. 25th - BJV 3 PM - GJV 4:30 PM
Science Weekly Review - Hear from students about their work in this week’s episode of the ESS podcast. Mr. Lindsey and Mr. Akiha talked with Natalie and Jordan about the jobs they have started doing as a part of the larger hydrology project. http://bit.ly/OTHSESS2
JMG students had a great opportunity to learn about the world wide operations that are taking place right here in OT! In the past year, ND has put about 50 million dollars into reviving the mill and have been successful in bringing 131 jobs back to our town. This tour hopefully sparked some appreciation and interest in what was once the backbone of Old Town’s economy!
Freshman Science Info - Want to see what 9th grade Earth Systems Science is up to? Check out Mr. Lindsey and Mr. Akiha's most recent podcast. Now with video! https://youtu.be/YXCNwxZthGo
Today OTHS had an amazing opportunity to host the Maine Supreme as they sat for 3 court hearings. We had the pleasure of Zachary Brandmeir, class of 1999 to moderate the cases to our student body. Thank you to Senator James Dill for coordinating this opportunity, Thank you to Chief Justice Saufley for the learning opportunity.
Upcoming Dates: 10/9 - Maine Supreme Court Visits OTHS 10/16 - PSATs for all students in grades 9 - 11 11/1 - End of 1st Quarter 11/8 - Picture Retakes Mr. Gordon sent out an email today re:the Court Visit, PSATs and a few other items click https://tinyurl.com/yxdvo5az to view.
Want to catch up on the happenings in 9th grade Earth Systems Science? Check out Mr. Akiha and Mr. Lindsey’s most recent podcast! http://bit.ly/OTHSESS
OT XC competed today at the 18th Festival of Champions Invitational in Belfast against over 70 schools from all over Maine, as well as Rhode Island, Vermont and Canada. Leading the way for the boys team was sophomore Philip Alyokhin, while the top finisher for the girls team was freshman Annie Roach.
Tough conditions, a lot of holes played, and great attitudes landed the OT Golf team in second today with a combined 358 score - this qualifies the Coyotes to states as a team - B. Richards, T. Evans, A. Rand shot 90, and D. Street with an 88 to qualify as individuals at states.... Onto Saturday boys!
Upcoming Dates & Reminders 10/1 - FAFSA opens. Please contact the guidance office if you would like to work 1 on 1 with a financial aid specialist - no cost. 10/4- SAT registration Deadline & 1st yearbook deadline (senior info & baby pict) 10/15 - Senior Packet Due to Guidance 10/18 - 2nd yearbook deadline - senior picture due
Class of 2020 - Last day to register for the November 2nd SAT is Friday, October 5. If you need help please see your school counselor, Ms. Dow or Mrs. A.Ketch. https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat
The outreach and influence OTHS has on our community and surrounding communities makes me smile everyday! Way to go OTHS Marching Band and JROTC on representing us proudly! https://www.wabi.tv/content/news/Residents-at-Orono-Commons-enjoy-Homecoming-Parade--561455581.html
Senior Parent/Financial Aid Night is Wednesday, September 11 at 6 PM. We will have 2 parts to our evening. The first will be to explain the College Application Process at OTHS and the second, Mila Tappan from FAME will explain the FAFSA and financial aid process.
Just as a reminder - in addition to all the first day of school paperwork - Parents need to complete the laptop paperwork. It can be completed electronically at tinyurl.com/yxqhm38d or paper copies are available in the main office and guidance office. In addition, there is a $25 which needs to be paid before laptops will be handed out.
It doesn’t get recognized enough. The time and effort that it takes to make sure our student athletes are healthy and happy. This man tracks our athletes health, sets up required appointments, schedules recovery plans and sometimes just simply sits and listens to our athletes needs, thank you Scott Audet for your time and dedication!
Just posted to web and facebook – please post something similar from your school web and facebook pages Thanks! Jon New Opportunities for Students, New School Start and End Times, New Bus Routes! The back-to-school issue of Community Connections is off to the printers, and will arrive in mailboxes in about a week! Much thanks to staff and community members who contributed pictures and articles. As we shared in the May issue, this school year will see a big shift in schedule and bus routes to yield new opportunities for students at no extra cost to taxpayers. In total this will yield up to 1,700 extra hours of opportunity to each child over the course of their K-12 journey, and also brings school start/end times to the time recommended by expert groups such as the American Association of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association. The digital issue of Community Connections can be reached here: https://5il.co/9hnk School start and end times are on page 3, and September bus routes are on pages 20-23. Bus routes will be adjusted on October 1st as new enrollments are finalized and as Cyr Bus and RSU #34 identify any unanticipated changes in traffic patterns. Please carefully check your school start and end times, and September bus routes! Thank you in advance for your patience and support as many in the community adjust to the new times and routes. Please don’t hesitate to contact school and district staff with any questions as we roll out the changes and iron out the wrinkles. Contact info can be found at www.rsu34.org
Due to space and programming going on at OTHS, we are going to change the first-year/freshman parent meeting & individual team meetings to Wednesday, August 14th. The format for the day will be as follows. 8 am - Noon - NLAT Athletic Physicals, 6 pm - Parent Meeting, 6:30 pm - Individual team meetings.
OT/Orono Kiwanis leftover athletic clothing from UMaine & W.S. Emerson. Nike & Adidas football cleats in many sizes (new ones are going for $5), basketball, track, football, softball, swimming & diving, plain moisture wicking t-shirts, hockey socks in a variety of colors, and youth sized baseball and football pants. 6 PM Thursday at the Kiwanis Building in Orono! Priced to sell or make an offer!
New Products, New Year - back-to-school shopping should start with your Coyote Gear! Show your school pride or personalized a piece for your favorite Coyote member! visit - https://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/maine/oldtown/old-town-high-school
Class of 2020 - Registration deadline for the August 24 SAT is Friday, July 26. To sign up visit: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat All students should already have an account. Please call the guidance office if you've forgotten your log in information - do not create a new account. 207-827-3910 x114
Live Feed link for 2019 OTHS Commencement! https://livestream.com/accounts/7600464/events/8700007 view image
OTHS Scholarship and Awards Night (Live Feed) This event can be viewed online at: https://livestream.com/accounts/7600464/events/8700002
An evening to remember as Annabelle Muscatell delivered her speech and received the Lawrence Alan Spiegel Remembrance Scholarship for her essay on the importance of Holocaust education at the Annual Meeting of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine. Longfellow Books matched the scholarship as they where so moved by the speech and topic presented. Congratulations Annabelle Muscatell - Class of 2019
Class of 2019... Welcome to Marching Practice week!! Please be at the high school before 930 tomorrow with your graduation shoes. We have many updates to go over and we will set the line up. We will not start until everyone is there...so please be on time!
Great article on the PVC Large School meet - Many OT athletes broke records, some dating as far back at 30 yrs. https://www.wabi.tv/content/news/Records-fall-at-PVC-Large-School-Track-Championships-510437781.html
OTHS had the pleasure of hosting the Large School PVC Meet today. For OT T&F many records set, many medals won, many PR’s had. Girls team placed 3rd, Boys team placed 3rd - OT wants to thank all the fans, athletes, and officials for a great meet. Special thanks to Mr. Utterback for his assistance today and representing the PVC Athletic Directors!
May 23rd - Currently the OTHS phone system is down - we are working with our provider to see when they will be back up -
Old Town senior is one of 161 students in the nation to earn prestigious award https://bangordailynews.com/2019/05/16/news/bangor/old-town-senior-is-one-of-161-students-in-the-nation-to-earn-prestigious-award/
Correction - Due to weather coming in for the weekend, we will attempt to play Varsity Softball v. Hermon on Friday, April 26th at 3:30 PM start. JV will be made up on another date.
Reminder - We are hosting a make up registration session for 8th grade students and parents who were not able to come in March. Tonight at 6:00 PM in the cafe.
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019 DR. HERBERT L. RACKLIFF, JR. MEMORIAL ATHLETIC AWARD ARE NOW AVAILABLE This is an annual award to be given to a senior athlete, male or female, who has displayed outstanding determination and achievement in athletics at Old Town High School. The recipient need not be pursuing a post-secondary education. Competition shall be encouraged in the winning of this annual award, and maximum publicity shall be accorded each winner of the award. APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 10, 2019 Please see Mrs. Shorey in the Main Office for an application
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 is a normal day of school for students in grades 9, 10, & 12. There is no change due to testing. Students in Grade 11 will take the SAT from 8:00 until approximately 1:00. Students will be dismissed after testing and lunch. Juniors need to be on time as no students will be admitted to testing rooms after testing has started. If there is a delay due to weather, please check back for more information.
Seniors!!! We have 2 fundraisers this weekend. 1. Lottery Frame Raffle/Bake Sale Saturday 4/6 at Sam's in Bangor. 2. Bottle drive on Sunday 4/7. Meet at Mahan's at 10. Need trucks and seniors to count and collect! See Mrs A. Ketch in the guidance office to sign up for both. We are close to our goal to give you an amazing Project Grad!
April 2nd is going to be a different day for most students at OTHS. Grade 9 – Normal Day – No changes. Grade 10 – Sophomores will be touring United Technologies Center during blocks 1 and 2. Students will leave around 8:15 and return by approximately 10:30. Grade 11 – All juniors will take the Science Augmentation during blocks 1 and 2.This is part I of the state mandated testing for all juniors in the State of Maine. Please make sure that students are on time to school on Tuesday. Grade 12 – Will report to school at 10:45. Senior UTC students can attend AM as usual.
Attention senior parents!!!! Pictures for the senior video are due by April 12 to Mrs. Woodard. They can be turned in hard copy (w/name on the back) or email to email@example.com . Pictures submitted after this date may not be included in the video.
High School is not just about athletics, clubs, and activities, it is also about academics. Combining stellar academics and being an involved community based citizen is a challenge, being all those traits and a regionally and national recognized for it - that exceptional. Welcome all PVC Academic team and the NISCA All-American scholar athlete team members. Congratulations - Coyote Nation is Proud!
Congratulations to the OTHS Jazz Ensemble for earning the highest award at the UNH Jazz Festival and only Maine school to win an award! More band stuff: All of our soloists were recognized with Outstanding Soloist Awards. Levi Trefts on Trombone, Annabelle Muscatell on Alto Saxophon, Mercedes Creighton on piano, Dee Porter on Bass, Adam Reagan on Baritone Sax, and Nate Reagan on Drums! Making Coyote Nation Proud!
If you can't make the OTO State Hockey Game - here is the livestream of the game at 1 PM on Saturday. https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/championships/winter/state/maine?sport=Ice%20Hockey
Very Proud of this lady and all her accomplishments! Congratulations Emma on earning News Center Maine Varsity Club! https://www.newscentermaine.com/mobile/video/news/local/varsity-club-emma-hargreaves/97-814519fd-b174-4e4b-a1e1-afcc1d9b68b1
Great story on OT’s own Dylan Street - from hospital bed to come back game.... never give up #dylanstrong https://www.foxbangor.com/bangor-local-sports/item/47230-street-s-journey-serving-as-inspiration-for-old-town-orono-hockey
Boys basketball - This afternoon's team meeting is postponed.Rm 114 Thursday February 14th at 3:00 pm. Please bring all your basketball uniforms.There will be a meeting, after uniform collection, for all returning (2019-2020) players. We will be finished by 4:00 pm.
Great story of adversity, Great read for your inspiring student, and a great student! https://mainedoenews.net/2019/02/12/from-early-reading-struggles-to-bowdoin-college-one-students-story-in-rsu34/
We will just leave this here! High hopes for our lady Coyotes! http://bangordailynews.com/2019/02/02/sports/high-school-sports/old-town-girls-overcome-inexperience-to-earn-1st-basketball-tourney-berth-in-5-years/
There are three ways to get to the menus on our web site: If you haven’t already done so, download the app. - Pick your school (a drop down list will appear when you choose the building in the top right corner). - Go to “Dining” and scroll down through the days. You can also get a printable menu when you choose the “RSU 34” site and click on “Food Service”, or You can go to “Sites” - choose RSU #34, - click on “Menu” and - choose “Documents”. - In the “Food Service Folder” you will find “Menus” and you can see all current lunch menus in there.
Schools are closed today Wednesday January 30, 2019 in RSU #34 Alton, Bradley and Old Town.
Dear Mom and Dad: Cool it Contributed • January 14, 2019 To the editor: If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Maine, this message is primarily for you. When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or daughter, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it comes to verbally criticizing game officials or coaches, cool it. Make no mistake about it. Your passion is admired, and your support of the hometown team is needed. But so is your self-control. Yelling, screaming and berating the officials humiliates your child, annoys those sitting around you, embarrasses your child’s school and is the primary reason Maine has an alarming shortage of high school officials. It’s true. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Sports Officials, more than 75 percent of all high school officials say “adult behavior” is the primary reason they quit. And 80 percent of all young officials hang up their stripes after just two years of whistle blowing. Why? They don’t need your abuse. Plus, there’s a ripple effect. There are more officials over 60 than under 30 in many areas. And as older, experienced officials retire, there aren’t enough younger ones to replace them. If there are no officials, there are no games. The shortage of licensed high school officials is severe enough in some areas that athletic events are being postponed or cancelled — especially at the freshmen and junior varsity levels. Research confirms that participation in high school sports and activities instills a sense of pride in school and community, teaches lifelong lessons like the value of teamwork and self-discipline, and facilitates the physical and emotional development of those who participate. So, if the games go away because there aren’t enough men and women to officiate them, the loss will be infinitely greater than just an “L” on the scoreboard. It will be putting a dent in your community’s future. If you would like to be a part of the solution to the shortage of high school officials, you can sign up to become a licensed official at HighSchoolOfficials.com. Otherwise, adult role models at high school athletic events here in Maine are always welcome. Karissa Niehoff Executive Director National Federation of State High School Associations
Boys basketball action at ELL last night - Varsity lost 72-65 JV lost 68-59 - puts the Coyotes a couple spots back from the bubble on heal points - Coyotes host FA on Thursday 5:30/7 PM
Positive Post Tuesday! The bond between coaches and student-athlete is a strong one, some could say it’s as strong as family. This was proven today when Coach Goody, Thurlow, Thibodeau traveled to Boston to check up on OT student-athlete D. Street as he recovers from emergency surgury at Boston Children’s Hospital.... OT and Orono communities are pulling for your fast recovery Dylan!
Good Morning – Last night, OTHS received information about a statement made by a student threatening the well-being of our students and our school. The statement was reported to the OTPD and we worked in conjunction with them to determine the credibility of the threat. The OTPD put a lot of time and effort into their investigation and has determined that there is no credible threat. OTHS is open for the school day and all activities as normal. The safety of our students and our school is of the utmost important.
Congratulations # 82 Andre Miller on your full scholarship! https://www.facebook.com/MaineBlackBears/videos/272533740103562/
Class of 2019 - Project Grad needs your help! We have 2 fundraisers going on. The Calendar Raffle & A Shopping Spree @ Bell's IGA. We need seniors to sell tickets at the upcoming home basketball games. Please click the link below and sign up to help. https://goo.gl/n9S1hU