Welcome Class of 2022! Below you will find a treasure trove of information that will help you be successful in your time here at YHS. Each year will bring with it new adventures and challenges. As a group, we will get through each obstacle and celebrate each achievement together. Four years will go by faster than you think, so make the most of them!
10 Guidelines for All Members of the Yarmouth High School Community
- Treat all members of our community with courtesy and respect. Whether it’s someone driving you to school or fixing a ceiling tile, one of your teachers, or Mr. Klein, everyone who works here wants you to have a positive educational experience. Be sure to thank those who do things for you.
- Greet people when encountering them in and around the building - even those you don’t know. You don’t have to shake hands, but making eye contact and smiling or saying “Hi!” makes people feel good.
- Know that email is the official method of communication at YHS and should be checked daily. Advisors, faculty, and staff use it to relay important information. Use courtesy when responding, particularly when you are writing to people you don’t know. You are always making an impression when you communicate and email is no exception. When emailing a faculty member remember to start with an opening such as, “Dear Mr. Borda” and end with a closure such as, “Thank you, (your name)”. Respect the sender by reading email and responding appropriately.
- Turn off your cell phone, take out your earbuds, and be fully present when in class or at an event. Paying attention signals respect and earns it.
- Be aware of the impact of your language. Words have the power to lift people up or drag people down. You can make someone’s day by giving them a compliment. Conversely, words you use casually or as a joke may have a more harmful impact than you intend on either those with whom you’re talking or others within earshot. Open, thoughtful conversation is a key part of your education. Just be mindful that respect is also an expectation at YHS.
- Honor the commitments you make. Keep the appointments you make. If you say you are going to do something, do it; if you say you are going to be somewhere, be there. If something comes up that prevents you from keeping a commitment, let others know.
- If you experience a problem or challenge at YHS it’s important to resolve issues quickly and appropriately. If you are not sure how to approach a problem or challenge you encounter, there are plenty of resources (advisor, guidance counselor, teachers, coaches, etc.) to help guide you. The most successful people ask for help.
- Pick up trash and dispose of it properly. We are all part of a community here. Taking time to pick up cups, cans, paper, etc., especially in the cafeteria, conveys the right message about who we are and what we value--a beautiful facility that should be well cared for.
- Hold the door for anyone and everyone.
- Avoid making assumptions about the people you meet. Assume you don’t know anything about people: ask questions, engage, and be open to what you hear. Don’t stereotype or assume you know somebody and their life experience. If you don’t seek out and engage those who are different than you, you are short-changing your education.