Fri 5/31 Deadline for Senior SWEs, Senior X, and Community Service
Wed 6/5 Last day of senior classes.
Thu 6/6 Senior Final Exams, Blocks 2 & 4
Fri 6/7: Senior Final Exams, Blocks 1 & 3
→ Senior Final Exam Schedule
Mon 6/10: 9th-11th grade regular class
12th grade marching practice (time TBD)
Tue 6/11: 9th-11th grade awards ceremony (10:15am)
9th-11th grade Final Exam, Block 4
12th grade marching practice (time TBD)
Wed 6/12: 9th-11th grade Final Exams, Block 1 & 3
12th grade marching practice (time TBD)
Thu 6/13: 9th-11th grade Final Exam, Block 2
Seniors Last Assembly (12:45pm)
Fri 6/14: Make up exams for 9th-11th grade student
Class of 2013 Class Night (time TBD)
→ 9th-11th Grade Final Exam Schedule
Sat 6/15: Baccalaureate (time TBD), at Deer Isle Congregational Church
Sun 6/16: Graduation (1:00pm), DISHS Gym
Project Graduation (8:30pm departure)
Mon 6/17: Project Graduation (11:00pm return)
The regular May meeting of the CSD#13 School Committee will be Tuesday, 5/7 at 5:30pm in the high school cafeteria. This is in addition to the community forum on school report cards, which will be help on Monday, 5/6 at 6:00pm in the high school cafeteria. The agenda for the regular board meeting, high school principal's report, and a link to more information about school report cards is below.
On May 1st, the Maine Department of Education released report cards for each school in the state. Deer Isle-Stonington High School received a "C" grade. We have been committed for several years to ensuring that every student who enters our school graduates on time with a diploma that will prepare him or her for college and fulfilling, modern careers. Regardless of our grade, we will continue to work towards that goal.
School performance is a complex idea to quantify and boil down to a single letter grade. This grade represents one effort to do that using a certain set of criteria, but there are also other factors not included in the grade.
The grade confirms our own conclusions of our school's performance: our graduation rate is very impressive and demonstrates tremendous growth and our SAT scores, while improving, have considerable room for further improvement.
Our commitment to preparing all students can be seen in our efforts to:
- strengthen core instruction,
- support struggling learners,
- engage and inspire all students through innovative new programs like the Marine Studies Pathway.
There will be a Community Forum on Monday, May 6th at 6:00pm in the DISHS Cafeteria share information about the school grading system with parents and the community. Learn more about the school report cards, see DISHS's report card, and Superintendent Mark Jenkin's response here.
--> Bell Schedule for Wednesday, 4/10
Have you ever wanted to:
Forge hot metal?
Build a mousetrap car?
Compete against the math team?
Our students do some incredible work in their classes and co-curricular activities at Deer Isle-Stonington High School. Whether it is a beautiful piece of furniture in industrial arts, a conics project in pre-calculus, a mosaic from art, or a lab in chemistry, our students do work every day that demonstrates both their learning and their individual interests. We are incredibly proud of the work our students produce, and would like the opportunity to share it with you as their parents.
To showcase all of the great work that our students do, we are introducing the first annual “Discovery Night: A Festival of Learning,” to be held Wednesday, April 10th from 5:30-7:00pm. We will be opening our classrooms to parents and the community, where you can watch our students in action- and even participate yourself!
In order to make sure all students can participate in this exciting opportunity to show off their skills and interests, we are going to modify the school day. School will start at 11:50am and end at 7:00pm. We will add a second, high school only bus run that will pick up students and drop them off. We will also be serving students lunch at 11:50 and dinner before Discovery Night. We will have shortened classes in the afternoon, and then all students will participate in Discovery Night. We will provide more information on our website and Facebook page about the bell schedule and bus runs for Discovery Night prior to the event.
The most important part of making Discovery Night a success is the involvement of parents and relatives. Please come and see all of the great things your child is doing at DISHS. Both food and childcare will be provided, and activities will be exciting and engaging to family members of all ages. We'd welcome your participation and encourage you to bring other interested family members.If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you on April 10th!
UPDATED 4/24/13: The lockdown drill has been rescheduled to the week of 4/29/13. Please see the story below for more details.
UPDATED 3/11/13: The lockdown drill that had been planned this week has been postponed at the request of the Hancock Country Sheriff's Department. We will provide more information about a rescheduled drill as it becomes available.
Ensuring the safety of all of our students has always been the top priority of Deer Isle-Stonington High School. We regularly evaluate and update our school safety policies and procedures. The tragic events which occurred in Newtown, Connecticut in December have caused us to once again reevaluate how we manage and ensure student safety.
As part of this process, we will be holding a lockdown drill in conjunction with the Hancock County Sheriff's Department during the week of
3/11-3/15 4/29/-5/3. Unlike past lockdown drills, this one will be done with students present. Please note that this is not a mock event- we will simply be practicing our lockdown procedure with students in the building. The lock down drill will be debriefed with emergency responders and school staff following the drill.
We understand that each family may want to discuss the topic of school violence with their children in a different way. We encourage you to talk about school safety with your children in a way that makes sense for your family. If you would like some tips or resources, please visit the “Parent Tab” on the school website (www.dishs.org) or call Sandy Robinson or Roberta Johnson in the Guidance Office (348-2288).
Deer Isle-Stonington High School will continue to make every effort to ensure the safety of our students while trying to maintain an inviting and welcoming school atmosphere. If you have any questions about the lockdown drill, please do not hesitate to contact me, either before or after the drill.
Sincerely- Todd West, Principal
The CSD#13 School Committee will hold its regular March meeting on Wednesday, March 6th at 5:30pm in the high school cafeteria. Please note the meeting is on a Wednesday and not the regular Tuesday date to allow new school board members a little extra time to get up to speed. District administration will be presenting an overview of the proposed 2013-14 budget at this meeting.
Deer Isle-Stonington High School is revamping its parent orientation process. Instead of offering a single incoming parent night in May connected with Step Up Day, we are now offering parents of incoming 9th grade two opportunities to learn about DISHS.
The first will be an 8th grade parent night this Tuesday, 3/5 at 7:00pm in the DISHS Cafeteria. The focus of this meeting will be to help parents understand the course registration sign up process and to help parents and students understand how to develop a high school course of study that will prepare the student for their post-secondary plans after graduation.
The second opportunity will be Wednesday, April 10th, when DISHS holds its first "Discovery Night: A Festival of Learning." This event will showcase the great learning opportunities available to DISHS students and is open to the entire community. More information will be coming soon!
The 2013-14 Program of Studies has been released. The Program of Studies contains descriptions of all of the courses DISHS will offer next year, including the exciting new Marine Studies Pathway. Ms. Robinson will begin signing students up for next year's courses after February vacation. New this year, students will pre-register for courses on PowerSchool. Once students have preregistered for courses, both students and parents can use PowerSchool to view next year's course selections at any time.
Maine Commissioner of Education Stephen Bowen will be visiting Deer Isle-Stonington High School on Monday, 2/25 to kick off his 2013 tour of Maine schools. Commissioner Bowen will also use the occasion to release Maine's graduation rate and dropout data for the 2011-12 school year. According to Commissioner Bowen, "the first stop on my tour of schools will be at Deer Isle-Stonington High School next Monday, the 25th. Graduation rates there have increased – significantly – for three years in a row through a combination of culture change, professional learning communities, and Student Assistance Teams. In addition to meeting with teachers and others at the school, we’ll use the occasion and the location to release the 2012 graduation rates in Maine."
Read more about increasing graduation rates at DISHS here
Read the Commissioner's Update on Monday's visit here