August 6, 2018

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to the start of the new school year!  For some of you, this will be the beginning of a new adventure.  For others you’ll be returning to familiar ground. Either way, I can’t wait for the first day of school to see you on campus.  This is going to be an exciting school year, with new challenges and opportunities. I’m looking forward to getting to know the new students, reconnecting with returnees, and immersing myself in the incredible group of individuals who make this school great.  I love talking with both students and those who love them so please, by all means come by the office and I’d love to say hello.

Since I have been the Principal at MDI High School, I have made the health and wellness of our students and staff one of my highest priorities.  This focus will continue as long as I’m in this position. I encourage every student to make decisions that promote staying healthy on a daily basis.  Adequate amounts of physical activity and sleep fueled by a balanced diet set the foundation for success in the classroom. Additionally, staying clear of drugs and alcohol and moderating screen time are very important.  If a student is struggling with any of these areas, we have a wide support network, which is best accessed through the guidance counselors or Ian Braun, our Dean of Students. That said, parents and students should feel welcome to reach out to any trusted adult at the school if they are in need.


New Staff I am excited to welcome Melissa Amuso (Special Services), Heather Carlisle (Special Services), Thea MacQuaid (Special Services), Sarah March (Special Services), Kirsten Richards (Infant/Toddler Room), Emily Rusiecki (Math), Susan Swift (Special Services) and Jackie Erwin (Secretary/Receptionist). I am very happy to have this group of educators joining us this year.   

Health Alerts

As you prepare for your upcoming academic years in high school please honor the fact that there are multiple individuals on campus for whom care and attention to allergens is a major concern and even a life threatening circumstance.  With your attention to details of “what you bring to school”, such as animal dander on your clothes, strongly scented colognes, perfumes, oils, deodorants, and lotions people will be spared the inconvenience of an allergic response.

Several people have peanut allergies and we have a peanut free table available for those individuals.  A friend may be allowed to sit with those identified students with allergies if cleared by the nurse or an administrator.

A reminder that we do not allow ANIMALS of any breed in the building and no LATEX balloons or office supplies.

It is of utmost importance that if your student is diagnosed with a Strep illness that the nurse is notified and the student remains home for at least 24 hours after the antibiotic has been started.

Thank you for your considerate response in helping keep our school community safe and healthy.

School Lunch - The school lunch program will again use the NutriKids software. Freshmen will receive a NEW pin number for his/her lunch account; returning students will use their number from last year. There will be no charging of meals. Parents may prepay a student’s lunch account by check or online.  Send checks made payable to “MDIHS” to Wendy Littlefield. Please indicate the student(s) name on check. Credit card payments are accepted online at www.myschoolbucks.com. Lunch is available for $3.00.  The lunch program has created a number of meal options that are available at this price.  These include hot lunch, salad bar, and sandwiches. MDIHS will be continuing our breakfast program through the Maine School Nutrition program.  We will offer a breakfast special each day for $1.75. Students who qualify for free or reduced priced meals will also qualify for a free or reduced price breakfast.  

Opening Days – All students begin school Thursday, August 30th.  In a new format this year, Freshmen will come in at 7:57 (normal start time) for an orientation and the rest of the students will join them for the remainder of the day at 10:00.

I look forward to the beginning of another great year at MDI High School.  I thoroughly enjoy being in classrooms and watching our students excel in extra and co-curricular activities.  This is a wonderful school and community to live in, and I thank you for being a part of it.


Matt Haney


MDI High School

MDIHS Administration

Matthew K. Haney

Ian Braun
Dean of Students

Julie Keblinsky
Dean of Curriculum

Alfred Dow, Jr.
Director of Athletics & Student Activities

Purpose of Student Handbook

The purpose of the MDIHS Student Handbook is to help keep parents and students informed and highlight the policies and procedures of Mount Desert Island High School. Since students are expected to understand their responsibilities as a student of our high school, I strongly encourage both students and parents to familiarize themselves with this website. Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me for further clarification. I can be reached at 288-5011 (extension 3350) or by email at ibraun@mdirss.org

Please note that school board policy supersedes any errors or changes made to our policies during the school year. If there is any inconsistency of a school rule or board policy the school board policy takes precedent. School board policies can be located in the Main Office or can be found linked in the MDIRSS - AOS 91 website.

Ian Braun, Dean of Students