February 13, 2017

This week is the final week before February Break.  The mid-winter break brings lots of excitement to MDI with the basketball tournament and state championship meets in both swimming & diving and track & field.  Good luck to all the teams (hopefully it stops snowing and we get all the meets and games in on time).


Unified Basketball Season

The team has been practicing hard and is ready to begin the second season of Unified Basketball. Please come and see these amazing students/athletes give it their all on and off the court.  No admission to the game, but we will be accepting cash donations for Local Solutions at the door.  Hope to see everyone there!! This year there are 48 Unified Teams with 23 teams in the North and 25 in the South. Here are the schedules for MDI, Ellsworth and Bucksport as well as the Unified Basketball rules. Read more at the WDEA News Site.


Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey

Message to Parents

This school year, students at Mt. Desert Island High School will be asked to take an anonymous health survey on February 15, 2017.  The data from this survey is used at school, county, and state levels.  It supports grant funding, assessment of student needs, and the design and evaluation of programs.  You have the choice of asking that your child not take this survey.  Your child will also have the option of not taking the survey.


Careers in Your Backyard

New Ventures Maine will be offering "Careers in Your Backyard." They are looking for any 9th grade girls interested in HCTC and the Jackson lab. The students will have an opportunity to explore the careers at Jackson Lab and the programs offered at HCTC.  It will take place on Friday, Feb 17th. We will be offering a bus and space is limited. Please see Guidance for a permission slip and to sign up.


Ski Trips

REMINDER: The last two MDI Sugarloaf Ski Day trips will be on March 5 and April 2 (Sundays).  For the March trip lift tickets will be $44/adults and $40/students.  In April the lift tickets will be $37/adults and $32/students.  Sugarloaf also offers a Learn to Ride/Ski package for $59, the package includes a learning area lift ticket, equipment for the day, and a 2-hour lesson.


Please contact David Blaney at dblaney@mdirss.org for more information for space availability.  


Driver’s Education Classes 2016-17

Registration forms with class start dates and further details are available at the MDIHS Main Office. Total cost is $460. Return completed registration form and a check for $100 payable to Bair’s Driving School to the MDIHS Main Office. Class size is limited. [February 2017 class is filled.] Sign up early! The first 20 pre-paid students will be enrolled.  Please note that the course is run by the Bair’s Driving School through the MDI Adult Education office and not by MDI High School.


Important Information for Seniors

Specific deadlines and information as we approach Graduation 2017!


  • Graduation announcements and specialty items are now available to order through Jostens. Seniors should have received an informational packet during this week’s advisory.

  • Caps and gowns will be ordered by the school. Students need to provide the Main Office with sizing information by February 28, 2017.


If you need another Josten’s packet or have any questions, see Jenny or Wendy in the Main Office.


Junior/Senior Prom

Beginning this year, MDIHS’ prom will be a Junior/Senior prom. Every junior and senior may purchase two prom tickets (the tickets are $40 each). If you purchase a ticket, you must attend (no selling your tickets to underclassmen). Prom will be held May 20, 2017, at the Bar Harbor Club. Doors will open at 7:00 for pictures and mingling. The dance will begin at 8:00 and end at 11:00. Doors will close at 9:00 (so please arrive prior to that).  If you would like to bring a guest who does not attend MDIHS, you will sign that guest up with Mr. Braun (in May).  The prom committee, which will be comprised only of seniors, will begin meeting after finals, so listen for the announcement! If you have questions, please see Ms. Meyer in person during locker break in room 109.


AOS #91 Annual Report to Communities

The 2015-2016 MDIRSS - AOS #91 Annual Report to Communities will be available soon in each school, town office, and in the superintendent's office. For digital viewing, please visit the district website.


Weather Cancellations & Delays

Message from our Superintendent of Schools - Dr. Marc Gousse

The safety of our students and staff is an important responsibility and we take this into consideration when making the decision to cancel school, dismiss students early or delay the start of school.


After conferring with the town public works departments, local police departments, surrounding area schools and the latest weather forecast, a decision is made on whether to hold or cancel school.


Not everyone agrees with each storm day decision.  As a parent, you have the ultimate decision.  If we hold school and you are concerned with your youngster traveling, by all means keep her/him home.  (Please call the high school at 288-5011 to excuse your child).  


We will report cancellations, delays, and early releases with a School Messenger text/e-mail (parents/guardians must opt-in for this) and post cancellations on the main page of the district website (www.mdirss.org).  Cancellations will also be reported on local television stations (WLBZ and WABI), several local radio stations, the MDIslander website (www.mdislander.com) and the Ellsworth American website (www.ellsworthamerican.com).  (Note - MDI High School will also post all cancellations, delays, and early releases on our website (www.mdihs.net), our High School Facebook pages, and by Twitter (@MDIDeanBraun).


A 2-hour delay to the start of school will be used on stormy days when travel is expected to improve during the morning commute.  If the 2-hour delay procedure is used, parents should plan on bus transportation picking up approximately 2 hours after their regular pick-up time.  Breakfast will be available to students even with the 2-hour delay.  The high school will begin classes at 10am.


MDIRSS/AOS 91 tries to limit early dismissals due to inclement weather or unique circumstances.  With careful planning and the student’s welfare in mind, we will make every attempt to not dismiss school early.  As the weather can be unpredictable, there may be exceptions where the weather will warrant early dismissal.  Early dismissal times may be amended by the Superintendent of Schools on a case-by-case basis dependent upon the nature of the unanticipated event.  (Note - the standard dismissal time for the high school is 11:30am)


For detailed information on our bell schedules, click here.


Advisory Activities this week


February Lunch Menu

Click here for the February lunch menu


Important Dates

  • February 15: High School Board Meeting, 7pm Agenda

  • February 15:   MIYHS Survey

  • February 20-24:   Mid-Winter Break

  • February 27:   Island Jazz Night, 6:00 pm

  • March 1: Jazz Festival/Early Release Day

  • March 3: Progress Reports

  • March 4: One-Act Public Performance of The Insanity of Mary Girard, 7pm

  • March 6-8: Parent Teacher Conferences - Sign up information forthcoming

  • March 7: Incoming Freshmen “Step Up Night”, 6:00 pm


2016-2017 School Calendar

2016-2017 Calendar.


This Week @ MDIHS


Monday, February 13, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

  • Freshmen Boys’ Basketball Semi-Finals Brewer @ MDI, 4:00

  • Varsity Girls’ Basketball Preliminary Game vs.  MCI @ MDI, 600

  • Varsity Boys’ Basketball @ Medomak Valley, 5:30 (exhibition)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • School Committee Meeting, 7:00. Agenda

Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • Unified Basketball @ Ellsworth, 3:30

Friday, February 17

  • Varsity Boys’ Basketball Quarter-Finals @ Cross Insurance Center, MDI vs Belfast or Houlton, 6:30


Saturday, February 18

  • Possible Varsity Girls’ Basketball Quarter-Finals @ Cross Insurance Center vs Houlton TBA

  • Robotic State Meet @ Hampden Academy, 9:00

  • Indoor Track State Championship @ Bates College, 12:00

  • State Boys’ Swimming & Diving Championships @ UMO, 12:30

Sunday, February 19


For more information you can go to our website at www.mdihs.net, you can friend our school or student Facebook pages, or on our Google+ Community page.  You can also follow me on Twitter @MDIDeanBraun.