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
Visit our Coyote Store and save - great Christmas list items for your Coyote Fan or School Community Member! https://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/maine/oldtown/old-town-high-school
Attention Seniors - Important Reminders: *Deadlines to sign up for the UMaine and Husson Application Reviews are this week. *Project Graduation Lottery Frame tickets due by Friday 11/30. Winner will be drawn on Saturday, December 1st. Tickets can be picked up and returned to the main office at the high school. *We need more recipes for the Friends of the Class of 2019 cook book. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org .
EXCLUSIVE OFFER STARTING TODAY Order a yearbook online, and as a holiday bonus, you’re automatically entered for a chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card. https://www.jostens.com - search Old Town High School
Attention Seniors - Representatives from UMaine and Husson will be in the Guidance Office in December to do Application Reviews. This is a great opportunity to put a face to your application and possibly get a decision. Stop by the guidance office for more information.
Today, Friday November 16th - there is no school in RSU34 due to weather - stay safe
Just a reminder - Parent/Teacher Conferences are Thursday 11/15 from 3 PM to 8 PM. If you haven't signed up yet, please go to www.ptcfast.com/schools/Old_Town_High_School Need help? Call the main office at 827-3019 and they will assist you.
Just a reminder - there is a Project Graduation meeting on Sunday at 4pm at the Old Town Elks Club. Please join the effort - all are welcome!
It is time to schedule parent-teacher conferences. They will be held Thursday, November 15th from 3PM to 8 PM. To sign up go to: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Old_Town_High_School
OTHS Sideline store - November deals - great time to start holiday shopping! Visit https://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/maine/oldtown/old-town-high-school for the latest gear!
Can’t make it to PI today to watch the boys soccer team play? We have you covered, go to WHOU 100.1 FM site to watch the live stream or click the link.... https://whoufm.com/
For a feel good story that features one of our own OTHS Alumni- Officer Gastia has received national recognition, is the police offer pictured with the little boy toward the end. He is doing awesome things in the community!! https://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/boy-lift-friends-chemo-treatment-58494366
Congratulations to Mr. Stan Peterson on winning the Those Who Care award - we thank him for his efforts in our community and time with our students at OTHS! https://www.newscentermaine.com/mobile/article/news/outreach/2-those-who-care/2018-2-those-who-care-award-winner-stan-peterson/97-602953960
Just a reminder that permission slips for the Thomas College Field trip are due Friday 10/12 and permission slips for the UMFK field trip are due Friday 10/19. This is open to juniors and seniors.
In case you have not heard, RSU 34 and associated schools have a new website - this modern, easy to use website is full of information regarding our district and schools - please start to move to use our new site - https://www.rsu34.org/o/oths
Interested in ordering a 2019 Old Town High School yearbook? Here is the order form: http://5il.co/58c7
Calling all OTHS friends and family!!! We had our first project graduation meeting tonight and have our first fundraiser to accomplish!! We are putting together a cookbook of recipes from friends and family to be sold to help raise money for the class of 2019 project graduation. We need to have this put together by the beginning of November so please find an awesome recipe for a main dish, dessert, sides, soups, salads,etc. Please email- email@example.com THANK YOU!!!
Juniors & Seniors - We are visiting 2 Colleges in the Month of October. Thomas College on 10/17 and Univ. of Maine at Farmington on 10/23. See Ms. Dow in Rm 103 for permission slips and more information.
Due to the lack of officials and the MPA next playable date rule, OT Field Hockey will now play Friday, Oct 5th at 4 PM at Hermon, Bus 2:20 PM
Shop Now and SAVE with your Official Online Sideline Store. Students, athletes, parents, alumni, and fans can now purchase their favorite SCHOOL custom Nike, Under Armor logo’ d apparel products at a great price. It is as easy as 1, 2, and 3: Pick your product, Pick your color, Add your favorite logo, and it ships directly to your front door. Don’t forget you can customize many apparel items with your name, number, or year to celebrate your athlete’s journey.
Athletic Update: OT Field Hockey is canceled today, 10/2, they are rescheduled for tomorrow, 10/3 at 4 PM at Hermon. Bus 2:20 PM
Athletic Update: Girls Soccer is canceled today, 10/2 - Varsity is rescheduled for Wed. 10/3 at 4 PM - JV is rescheduled for Fri. 10/5 at 4 PM
Class of 2019 - Here is a great resource for applying to College Early Action. Please stop in the Guidance office if you have questions! https://goo.gl/niUj1G
Beginning on Monday morning, September 24th - all parent pick up and drop off traffic between the hours of 7am to 8am and 2pm to 3pm - will need to drive to the back of the building. Only bus traffic will be allowed in the front loop from 7am to 8am and 2pm to 3pm. Drop offs or pick ups that happen outside those two hours - may happen in the front of the building.
The College Fair at UMaine is Monday, 9/24 from 6:30PM - 8:30PM and Tuesday, 9/25 from 9AM - 11AM. Juniors and seniors who wish to attend the college fair on the 25th need to turn in permission slips by the end of the day Friday 9/21. Lunch is included.
Laptops are ready to go day one for all student who turn in their paperwork and fee. Laptop permission can be done using the standard papers or using our on-line form. Payments by either check or cash will need to be turned into the guidance office. (made out to RSU#34) Paper forms: goo.gl/wPAERL or at the high school, electronic form: goo.gl/icZPbM