Eastern Maine Community College Open House:

The MDI Guidance Department will be leading a field trip to Eastern Maine Community College’s Fall Open House, Friday, November 4th.  Students will be able to meet the President, check out the food on Campus and tour programs.  All interested Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Students are invited.  Seniors can also participate in a free same day admissions process that will take the place of the regular application process.  If you are interested in going, Contact Mary Wallace in the Guidance office.  All students must return a signed permission form, and students that will be participating in the on the spot admissions program will need to make an appointment and bring a completed application form as well.

Sophomore College Night Rescheduled (Formerly Oct. 26th)-We will be rescheduling Sophomore College Night to a later date.  More information will be shared as it becomes available.

University of Maine College Fair 

Sept. 26th 6:30-8:30 & Sept. 27th 9:00-12:00 UMaine Fieldhouse

Over 100 colleges and training programs will be represented at this year's college fair. Students are encouraged to visit the evening session with their parents, or join the guidance counselors on our field trip to attend the Fair on the morning of the 27th.  A complete list of colleges presenting can be found here, and students wishing to join us for the college fair field trip should come by guidance to pick up a permission slip to return after it is signed by their parents.

PSAT's for Sophomores and Juniors-

On Wednesday October 19th, all Sophomores and Juniors will be taking the free PSAT.  The Guidance Dept. has disseminated PSAT guides to advisors; students will be receiving them this week.  Please call 288-5046 if you have any questions

Still Exploring College Options?


COLLEGE     ADMISSIONS REP.                  DATE     TIME


NEW ENG. SCHOOL COMM.     LOUISE GRANT                                SEPT. 20     11:00

UNIV. OF NEW ENGLAND     RYAN KEITH                   SEPT. 20     12:00

BOWDOIN     MARGOT HAYNES                   SEPT. 26     8:30


BATES        MATTHEW WILLIAMS           OCT. 3             11:00

ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY     KAYLEE MOORE           OCT. 5             11:00

HUSSON UNIVERSITY             CARLENA BEAN           OCT. 17     11:00

UNITY COLLEGE             HEATHER SCHRAMM          OCT. 19     11:30

WHEATON     KELSEY CROMIE      OCT.  24     11:00

UNIV. OF ME. PRESQUE ISLE     BETHANY LORD                               OCT. 24     10:45

UNIV. ME. FARMINGTON     JOSEPH TONER      OCT. 26     10:45

ST. JOSEPH’S OF MAINE     PHOEBE CHAMBERLAIN          NOV. 2             11:00

UNIV. OF SOUTHERN ME.     RACHEL MORALES            NOV. 2             11:45

ENDICOTT     JAMEEL MOORE            NOV. 18     11:00

Make A Difference

The abuse of opioids and heroin addiction impacts the life of thousands of Main families and students.  To respond to this epidemic, the Maine Attorney General has created a summit to give our youth a forum to discuss the issues the see in their schools and communities and to solicit their ideas on solutions.  Information gathered at the summit will be shared with state and federal leaders, and school administrators and personnel to help inform future decisions about prevention efforts.  If your life has been impacted by opioid or heroin addiction, and you want to speak out and make a difference, contact your Guidance Counselor for more information on attending the conference and representing your classmates and your community as we work together to address this crisis.

Looking for Help Navigating the Online World?

Two movies that you might find helpful are Cyberbully, and A Girl Like Her.  Both are available through Netflix, and can also be found at other sites.  Over the past few years, I have found that most of the students that commit acts of cyberbullying or traditional bullying aren't fully aware of the impact of their acts and words.  "I was just kidding" or Everybody says that!" or "she/he doesn't mind" seem to be driving or enabling students to damage other students.  These movies touch on the gray areas of cyber and social behavior that can make a huge positive or negative difference in a student's school experience.  If you haven't had this talk, or need to freshen guidelines up for the new year.  A family viewing might be a great tool for getting the conversation going.

Host Families Wanted!

Several exchange students are interested in coming to the Mount Desert area for the 2016-2017 high school year and we need assistance in finding them good homes and families.   Exchange students come here to learn about life in America, and they enrich our learning environment with their cultural and global perspectives.   All kinds of families - kids, no kids, empty nesters, single parents, and so on. The main requirement is kindness and a willingness to learn about a foreign culture. Families who welcome a student will not only gain a new member, but will also learn about the world, its many values, traditions, languages, food, and more.

Our students have the appropriate visa, medical insurance and pay for all of their own expenses, with the exception of food and utilities. Students are between the ages of 15-18. They are arriving in August and are on a 10 month program. A family may act as a welcome family and bring the student into your community for a part of their experience as well.   If you are interested please contact Mark Carignan at mcarignan@mdirss.org, or Virgina Doss at CIEE VDoss@ciee.org.  For more information on CIEE you can read here https://www.ciee.org/who/

Next Year's Academic Calendar Available Here!

Quebec Trip Scheduled for March 6-9th 2017.  For more information, click here

Social Media Safety/Bullying Prevention Presentations-

April 12th's Presentation by Robert Hackenson, Jr. can be viewed by these links:

Questions about Advantage MDI?

MDIHS Guidance will be offering Advantage MDI on June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th from 8:30-11:30 for all registered Freshmen.  There will be three busy days of team building and orientation activities designed to create friendships and give students the skills and exposure to the school that will help them make a smooth transition.  Students must register to participate, and are expected to attend all three days.  If you have questions about why we offer this program please click here, or check the article at the bottom of this page.  Registration forms are available in the left column under the "Freshman" pull down menu, or here

Questions About Standards Based Grading?

If you would like to know more about standards based grading, but haven't been able to attend any of the information nights, you can see Mrs. Keblinsky's presentation here.

The Truth About Anxiety

Struggling with anxiety is a daily battle for many students, and almost all students and adults suffer from periods of anxiety during their lives.  Hannah Edgecomb, a talented Senior here at MDI recently made an insightful presentation for the MDIHS Faculty.  We have attached that presentation here for any students or parents that would like to know more on the topic.  Please contact a counselor if you would like to know more. 

Get Ready for Your SAT Test!
Here is a golden opportunity for you If you are wondering what the new reformulated SAT test will be like. Khan Academy is offering free lessons and practice tests for students that want to improve their scores.  Students need to set up an account, or can log in here using Facebook or Google information.   Success favors a prepared mind.

Junior Planning News-
If you missed Jr. College Planning Night, you can use the link below to kick start your own post secondary planning.  Here is the powerpoint that was presented.

Senior Financial Aid Night-
For parents that missed this years financial aid night 


Not Your Father's SAT-
The College Board's SAT test has been revised and students testing this Spring will be taking a test that has been modified to be more like the ACT test.  For a succinct look at how it has changed go here or here.

How Will Standards Impact MDI Graduates Applying to College?
To better answer a questions from last night's College 101 presentation we wanted to provide the following links for your use and edification. First we wanted to share the link to Julie Keblinski's Proficiency Based Education Pages.  These pages can be accessed thought the Academics Tab on the school's home page, and can provide answers on systems that we have created to teach, evaluate and report on our standards.  Two research summaries that address the issue of standards and how colleges are using them and other information in admissions decisions are here and here.

Why Advantage MDI?

Here is an article that nicely summarizes just why we run and orientation program for Freshmen coming to MDI. Why a students first year in high school can be the most important here, and three tips for parents here.

Looking for College Snap-Shots and Canadian Schools?  
Look in the side bar for older articles.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete twenty-three (23) credits in grades 9-12. These expectations are in compliance with the  Maine State Law, Chapter 207-A, Sub Chapter III and local requirements, which exceed these standards.   Students must earn at least the stated number of credits in the  following areas:

4 English 

3 Social Studies

3 Math 

3 Science

1 Physical Education

.5 Health (.5 required during 9th/10th)

1 Fine Arts

1 Life Skills (Business, Family Education or Technology)

    Students must demonstrate achievement of the Learning Results by  “ meeting standards” on portfolio tasks, which are part of their course work.  The portfolio tasks consist of essential knowledge and skills that all MDIHS graduates must have.

    Students must design and produce a Senior Exhibition to demonstrate depth and knowledge about a particular subject.

Students must complete 20 hours of Community Service.

School Code

MDIHS CEEB Code: 200683

The Mount Desert Island Guidance Department is open from 7:30- 3:00 everyday. If no one is available to answer your call, please feel free to leave a message or send an email. You call will be returned as soon as possible. If you have a student emergency and are unable to reach us, please contact the Dean of Students (Ian Braun) at 288-5011 ext. 3350.

Michele Gurtler, Director of Guidance A-K

Megan (Lane) Rowell, Guidance L-Z

Mark Carignan, Freshmen Guidance

Mary Wallace, Administrative Assistant