Massabesic High School

A time of change and growth 2009 - 2013!

“The difficulty lies not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones.”

John Maynard Keynes

What does our data tell us?

MHS Data Part 1:

  • The increase in the rate of course failures has been reduced three years in a row!
  • The increase in course success rates continues to improve!
  • The % of the total number of failures has decreased by over 50% the last three years to below 06-07 numbers.

MHS Data Part 2:

  • Class of 2010 was our biggest class ever at 257!
  • Until the Class of 2011, which was 268!
  • 2011 MHS earns full NEASC Accreditation!
  • MHS students taking college courses:
    • 2008-2009 22 students enrolled in YCCC Courses
    • 2009-2010 37 students enrolled in YCCC Courses
    • 2010-2011 61 students enrolled in YCCC Courses
    • 2011-2012 73 students enrolled in YCCC Courses

(2009-2010 50, 90, 123 courses earned)

What comes next for MHS?

Why is our mission and new rubrics so important?

Maine’s Labor Market

Maine’s Aging Workforce in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Sector 2000 and 2010



Skills: The Currency of the Labor Market

Who has the responsibility to support this need?


The Maine Labor Market: Jobs, Skills and Certifications

What has MHS been doing about these concerns?

Program Success!

  • RISC Training begun in 2009-2010
  • Performance-Based Education (PBE) becomes the district philosophy in 2010-2011!
  • PBE takes on full implementation in 2011-2012!
  • Advisory Plan re-formatted in 2010-2011
  • Advisory Plan completely re-written & re-developed in 2011-2012
  • Freshman Teaming model redeveloped in 2010-2011 & 2011-2012:
    • Interdisciplinary opportunities increased
    • Team planning time increased
    • Increased control of their schedule

Program Success! Cont.

  • Dept Heads start “Peer” Observations in 2010-2011!
  • Staff starts mandatory “Peer” Observations in 2011-2012!
  • MHS Standards-Based Intervention Program developed and implemented in 2010-2011:
    • Standards/ skills not proficient documented for re-teaching and intervention
    • Intervention options offered:
      • During the day
      • After each Trimester
      • After school

Program Success! Cont.2

  • Trimester Schedule was successfully implemented in 2010-2011:
    • Six Blocks (including BLK 6)
    • Activity BLK
        • Extra help
        • Guided studies
        • Standards interventions
  • MHS Course changes:
    • Reducing course leveling
    • All courses are in ½ credit increments
    • Credit Recovery Courses implemented successfully in some content areas for Part A and B of courses

Program Success! Cont.3

  • SUCCESS Team developed and implemented in 2010-2011
    • SUCCESS Team has 8 seniors graduate in 2012!
  • 8th to 9th Grade Transition Program:
    • Freshman Planning Handbook created and implemented 2010
    • Communication between MMS and MHS re-established and improved each year
    • Activity & Dept Night added in 2012
    • Standards Recovery Courses developed and implemented for incoming 9th graders in math and English
  • Freshman Teaming model redeveloped:
    • Interdisciplinary opportunities increased
    • Team planning time increased
    • Increased control of their schedule

MHS Leadership Team (LT)!

  • Team redeveloped in 2009-2010
  • More inclusive team implemented in 2010-2011
  • Dept. Head “Peer” Observations begun in 2010-2011
  • Decision making process developed and established
  • LT SOPs created
  • Staff voice is now established across all departments
  • LT focuses on “educating and learning”
  • MHS develops long-term, measureable, school-wide goals in 2010-2011
  • MHS Goals are based around the four NEASC Teaching and Learning Standards along with School Culture and Leadership Support Standards
  • Students will be re-assigned a voice in 2012-2013
  • Agenda items and decisions are communicated through notes to staff and Department Heads

Celebrating MHS!

  • Communicating and celebrating student and staff success is now expected:

    • MHS Web Site
    • Massabesic’s Honored Students
    • “Have you Heard”
    • Instant Alert phone calls and emails home
    • “Noteworthy”
    • Monthly letters & memos to students and parents with focus on high expectations, transparency and student success

We have much to be PROUD of!

Next steps?

  • Continued successful implementation of NEASC Recs.
  • Cont. successful implementation of PBE “next steps”
  • Successful implementation of MHS Work Habits Rubric
  • Successful implementation of MHS Code of Coop.
  • Successful implementation of the MHS Coaching model
  • Successful implementation of the revised, school-wide MHS Intervention Program “time to meet standards”
  • Successful implementation of Maine’s Online HS
  • Successful implementation of multi-themed MHS Advisory Program


MHS Staff Opening Presentation 8-27-12.pptx - Google Slides