Greetings from Principal Case

Hello MMHS Community ~

As Mr. Porter recently announced, I’ve been hired as principal at Machias Memorial High School.  Having spent my entire career in the Machias School System, you can imagine how excited I am to begin this new role.

We are living in uncertain times, and as a school community, we have an unprecedented amount of work ahead of us.  We are all wondering and worrying about what the fall will bring, and I wish I had answers for you.  What I can say is that the staff at MMHS is working incredibly hard to put together a plan for each scenario.  Our hope is that by the end of July, we will be able to give you a more concrete view of what the 2020-2021 opening of Machias Memorial High School will look like.

I would love to hear from students, parents, guardians, and community members alike.  Every shared perspective gives us an increased ability to best meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students in the safest possible manner. My email address is ncase@mmhsbulldogs.org, and the phone number at school is (207) 255-3812.  If you’d like to stop by for a chat, we’ll arrange a time for that.

Regards ~ Nicole Case

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Nicole Case Hired as New Principal

The Machias School Committee and Superintendent Scott Porter are pleased to announce that Nicole Case has been hired as principal for Machias Memorial High School. Case succeeds Brian Leavitt, who will serve as the CTE director for Tri-County Technical Center in Dexter.

Case has been involved in the Machias School System since 1988. She has been a full-time faculty member since beginning her teaching career in 1993. During her tenure in education, Case has coached, taught middle grades at Rose M. Gaffney, and taught English and mathematics at Machias Memorial High School. She will begin her duties immediately.

Case resides in Whiting with her husband, Bill, and their youngest child, Webster. Her adult children, AJ and Tate Dolley, are both MMHS alumni.

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School Communications

To the parents and community of Machias Memorial High School,

Recent events have stressed the importance of efficient, effective communication between the school and community.  Whether it is a school cancellation or early release, lockdown, or an event at the school, Machias Memorial High School has a variety of ways this is accomplished.

Machias Memorial High School Facebook page – this is the main mode of communication for the high school.  The Facebook software application is easy and efficient to use and post information.  The Facebook page links to our website and Twitter account, so one post goes to three spots for the community to access.

SchoolMessenger – this software application allows the school to send out text messages, emails, and phone messages using information provided by parents (emails and phone numbers).  Parents who receive “robocalls” are familiar with this form of communication.

Phone or Email – calling or sending an email to talk with parents and school is still an effective means of communication.  This is usually not used when a social media solution makes more sense and an emergency message needs to get out quickly.  Parents and community members may call or email the school anytime they feel it is important to communicate with the school.  Teachers and staff use this method to communicate individual student needs and concerns with parents.

Machias Memorial High School is committed to keeping students physically and emotionally safe.  It is our most important priority.  When threats to our school happen it is important for us to communicate in an effective and efficient way with the communities we serve.

Thank you for choosing Machias Memorial High School and for allowing us to educate your student.

Sincerely,

Mr. Leavitt

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Greeting from Principal Case

Hello MMHS Community ~

As Mr. Porter recently announced, I’ve been hired as principal at Machias Memorial High School.  Having spent my entire career in the Machias School System, you can imagine how excited I am to begin this new role.

We are living in uncertain times, and as a school community, we have an unprecedented amount of work ahead of us.  We are all wondering and worrying about what the fall will bring, and I wish I had answers for you.  What I can say is that the staff at MMHS is working incredibly hard to put together a plan for each scenario.  Our hope is that by the end of July, we will be able to give you a more concrete view of what the 2020-2021 opening of Machias Memorial High School will look like.

I would love to hear from students, parents, guardians, and community members alike.  Every shared perspective gives us an increased ability to best meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students in the safest possible manner. My email address is ncase@mmhsbulldogs.org, and the phone number at school is (207) 255-3812.  If you’d like to stop by for a chat, we’ll arrange a time for that.

Regards ~ Nicole Case

 

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Proficiency-Based Education: What it is and Why it is Important

What is PBE?

The Maine Department of Education has mandated that the class of 2021 will earn a diploma based on the demonstration of proficiency on a set of recognized standards.  This is called a proficiency-based diploma.  Some schools in Maine and around the nation call this a competency-based or standards-based diploma.  At Machias Memorial High School we will use the term proficiency-based diploma.

In English Language Arts and mathematics the standards used are the national Common Core Standards.  In all other areas – science, social studies, visual and performing arts, career preparation, physical education and health, and foreign language – the Maine State Learning Results will remain the framework of standards.

In addition to the standards students must be proficient in literacy standards across each content area and demonstrate they have gained the skills and knowledge in Maine’s Guiding Principles.  The Guiding Principles include being a clear and effective communicator, a self-directed and lifelong learner, a creative and practical problem solver, a responsible and involved citizen, and an integrative and informed thinker.

Proficiency-based education and traditional education are very different.  In a proficiency-based educational system students are measured on their progress towards showing proficiency on the standards.  Students who don’t show proficiency on a standard, after receiving appropriate instruction, will receive supports and interventions to help them meet the standards.  This contrasts with the traditional system where the class continues moving forward whether a student demonstrates understanding of the content or not.

Another way proficiency-based education differs from traditional education is that the focus is on meeting the standard at the level of proficiency and not on works of habit.  Works of habit are things that traditionally are calculated into a grade like class participation or passing in homework on time.  In a proficiency-based education system the habits of work are still measured and reported, but separately from the demonstration of meeting the standard.

Why is PBE Important?

Although the change to a proficiency-based educational system is being mandated by Augusta it is the right thing to do.  It will change the lives of many students in a positive way.  No longer will students be able to move through high school barely passing their classes and graduate unprepared for college, career, or the military.  A proficiency-based diploma will guarantee that students have met the standards needed to ensure their success after high school.

The transformation to proficiency-based education will be a huge shift for many in education as well as the students, parents, and community.  At Machias Memorial High School we are going to move towards a proficiency-based diploma with caution, seek out the best proven practices, and use what makes sense for our students and community.  Schools have a moral imperative to provide high quality teaching and learning for all students.  Proficiency-based education will help us achieve that goal and do the right thing for students.

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