Week of June 10, 2024


The final week of school is upon us.  

The last day of HCTC will be Wednesday, June 12.  Students will only need to attend their MDIHS classes on those final two days of the school year. Students who need to be here the entire day should report to the library.

The final day of classes for all is Friday, June 14.  We will be using a modified early release schedule.  After their Block D class students will report to their Advisory to return their laptops, charger, and case.  Students will be dismissed at 11:20 a.m., there will be an optional lunch from 11:20 to 11:35 a.m., and buses will depart at 11:40 a.m.

Senior families can come pick up their students' graduation signs along the fence by the baseball field


After 2 semesters the Boatbuilding students finally launched the Oolichan 13! It performed better than expected. Instructor, Steve Keblinsky, couldn't be more proud of the crew that worked so hard to make this happen. 

Click on the picture to watch them launch their project!


Students have been having loads of fun in Ms. Gatz's Yoga & Mindfulness last week! Here is some evidence.



Kate Meyer (Mt. Desert Island High School, DOE Distinguished Educator)

Jonathan R. Werner (DOE MLTI Ambassador Facilitator)

If you missed the previous sessions, here are the links:
Session One:   Raising Healthy Kids in a Digital World  Click here for a link to this session’s recording
Session Two:   Dealing with Digital Drama Click here for a link to this session’s recording

Session Three:  Who You're Talking to Online Click here for a link to this session’s recording.

SENIOR ENGLISH with Ms. Cullens

Issues they care about...

Seniors in Ms. Cullens's English class finish out their semester with group projects looking for changes about issues they care about!

Students read novels, conducted interviews and gathered sources to critically think, strategize and ask hard questions about:

*how religion can play a pivotal role in government

*how poetry affords voice to those who don't always have one

*how art informs cultural values and activism

*how war veterans are treated upon coming home from different wars

*how specific circumstances can allow people to visit atrocity upon each other

Students are sending out their questions and findings to individuals and institutions that can either act on their behalf or further their lines of inquiry.

Help us celebrate these voices as they head out into the world - Go Trojans!


Unified Art Display

Please enjoy the art installation in the red tile area from Unified Art, and the Chia Pet experiment in the red tile area next to the Superintendent's Office! (the current photo is a bit horrifying... note Kanye West, a giant cat, a volcano, a biblically accurate angel, and many more!....)  

Special thanks to our adult partners: Kelley, Peter K, Nicole, and Maria for your work in art; Molly for your work with the butterfly release; Maria (and Jen C) for your work on the sunflowers in the garden... and anyone else I've missed. Big thanks to graduating student partners Feleke, Caleb L, Tyler R, and Roger. 


New courses have been scheduled for the 2024-25 school year. If your student is interested in registering for any of them, please have them see their Guidance Counselor.



👏 2024 Instructional Coach of the Year

👏 Students of the Month

Congratulations Jacob & Robert!





Parents/Guardians: Please contact the school at 288-5011 to report an absence on the ‘Attendance Line’--Option 1 It is very important that parents/guardians contact the school, using the above method, when your child is out of school.  It is vital that we know when someone is out due to illness, so that our school nurse, Tammy Underwood, can reach out to the family and ensure a safe return to school that will keep us all healthy. Approved list of excused absences according to Maine State Law. MDIHS also accepts legal appointments.

All students must check-in at the Main Office upon arrival, even if tardiness is excused.

Calling or sending a note in the morning allows us to give your student a pass to get out of class at the appropriate time.  If a student feels sick once they arrive, they need to be dismissed by our nurse, Tammy Underwood. Students cannot leave the building without permission from a parent/guardian AND checking out at the Main Office.

A parent may drop off items at the main office, and the student will be called down between classes. 

All Extracurricular Information can be found on the Athletics tab on our homepage, www.mdihs.netCancellations and changes will be posted by 1pm, or as soon as possible. Want to find out if school is canceled or delayed? Call 288-5011, ext 7, or check our webpage,

It is important to notify the school when your student is going to miss 3 days or more of school. The Extended Absence Form should be completed ahead of time by your student and their teachers. Completed forms are turned in to Mr. Braun’s office.


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Happy May MDI,

It's hard to believe we are winding down and summer break is right around the corner.  As we finish up the year a couple of reminders:

All incoming Freshman and juniors will need a recent physical as well as all those students who plan to participate in a fall sport. Please fill out History portion of this form and bring it the day of your student's physical.  If it is not filled out, we will not be able to complete your physical. Remember that sports begin August 12 and in order to participate you MUST have a current physical.  As usual we will be offering free physicals here at the high school August 5-8 from 9a-3p. To make an appointment please call the main office here at the high school. If your student is going to see their provider make your appointments now as the clinics can get busy and it can be difficult to get an appointment in a timely manner.  Convenient MD in Ellsworth offers sports physicals for 25.00, if you are unable to pay the 25.00 fee please reach out to me.  September is a busy time with sports as well as getting back in the swing of things so please request that your student's updated physical is faxed to me here at the high school at your appointment as they do NOT automatically fax it. The fax number is: 207.288.0692  

We remain a shellfish free campus so please refrain from bringing seafood on campus.

I will be checking my email all summer so if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to  reach out and I will get right back to you.  

Enjoy some well deserved sunshine, laughter and relaxation during this upcoming summer!


Tammy Underwood RN

MDIHS School Nurse


Phone: 207-288-5011 ext. 3305


Follow these links for more information: 

Pharmacy Summer Camp Application Link:

Health Professions Day Camp Application Link:

Who We Are:

Anne Patterson, Director,

Michelle Brzezowski, academic teacher and coordinator,

Rebeccah Brann, part time workforce and enrichment program coordinator

MDI Adult Ed Programming:

We are actively looking for anyone interested in teaching or presenting a class for our enrichment program. We may also be looking for volunteers to work with our quickly growing English Language Learner program. 

Have a community event that you want high school students or parents to be aware of, or
a community service opportunity for MDI students? 
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