Well, well, well look who's back! It's Mt. Abram High School! As the Grateful Dead once said, "The first days are the hardest days." The shift from summer to fall has been so sudden. I hope that you all had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to the fall days ahead. I just wanted to touch base in regards to what's been happening to start the year.
We had a great freshmen day on Wednesday the 29th. The day gave the incoming students a chance to become acquainted with the school and staff. I enjoyed meeting a lot of new faces, and there are a lot of them! During the day we hosted a freshmen parent meeting to discuss concerns, and answer questions. There was a nice turn out for the event and I appreciate all of the parents that could make it being there. In the evening we also hosted a freshmen BBQ which was great. Mr. Twitchell took on the grilling duties, while many staff members assisted serving food.
Thursday the 30th was our first day with all of our students. It was great to see everyone back in action, and it's always great to see how much everyone has changed over the summer. I spoke to the students about my experience over the past few summers of climbing Mt. Rainier in Washington State. The event is a fundraiser for the Gibson Pavilion, at Maine Medical Center. In the six years I've been associated with the Climb for Cancer Care we've raised over $100,000 for patients and their families battling cancer. The message I wanted the students to understand, was that we all have our "mountains" to climb. It may be getting up early, finishing a test, or working through a difficult conversation with a friend. We can be successful in these endeavors, or fail, but both are learning experiences that shape who we are.
We also hosted a senior Informational night headed up by Steve Mitman. The night featured information regarding graduation progress, financial aid, and post graduate planning. The night went very well, and there were a great many thanks for all who helped to organize the night. Again, many thanks to Mr. Mitman! Included is a link to a story from the Sun Journal that gives more information on the night. http://www.sunjournal.com/news/franklin/2012/08/30/mt-abram-seniors-told-persevere/1244858
I'd like to thank parents, staff, and students for making this week a good one. Enjoy the long weekend!