Calais High School

Quinn Sluzenski


The end of the first week of May means one very important fact- the SATs are now over.  After spending five hours at the school on Saturday taking the exams, the juniors were very happy to take Monday off and relax.  Now they just have to wait a few weeks to receive their scores.

It was back to business for every student on Tuesday.  However, the teachers received a special treat- May 7th was Teacher Appreciation Day, and the Student Council celebrated it by serving ice cream sundaes to them during their lunch periods.  It was just a small gesture in response to all that our teachers do for us every day!  Thank you to every one of you.

The Student Council is also extremely busy in preparation for upcoming events.  On May 22nd and 23rd the Maine Association of Student Councils will be holding its annual state conference at MMA in Castine, Maine.  Calais Middle and High School will be sending thirty-one students to this outstanding leadership conference that teaches about responsibility, service activities, and community involvement.  This year, Calais has several notable students at the conference.  Conor McCadden, the current Maine Student Council President elect, will be participating and learning as he will be presiding over the 2014 conference.  John LaPointe, recently elected Eastern Maine Regional President, will be assisting him and planning the eastern regional conference for next year.  Koby Gillespie, the current middle school state representative, will be helping Kendra Parks in her quest to be elected to this position for the 2014 academic year.  Finally, Dominic Gayton, the high school state representative, will be campaigning for president-elect.  If he wins, he will succeed Conor as Maine Student Council President in 2015.  Calais is lucky to have so many dedicated student government members that are making important decisions in Maine.

To prepare for the conference, the CHS Student Council will have an overnight at the school on May 10th.  They will develop a banner, name-tags, and t-shirts to represent this year’s theme, which is “Leadership Paradise.”  They will also create their honor council portfolio, a showcase of their activities and service projects from this year.

Besides all of the activity for the upcoming conference, they are undertaking a very important charitable project.  The Middle and High School Student Councils will be collecting money for the Make a Wish Foundation on May 4th-18th.  Members have placed cans at local businesses to raise funds for this worthy organization.  Also, the students will be canvassing local businesses on Saturday, May 11th, from 9-1.  This is just the latest in a series of charitable work that the Student Council has done- in the past, they have raised money for the Ronald McDonald House, Camp Sunshine, the Shriner’s of Maine, and the Children’s Miracle Network.  Please support them in their mission to raise money for children afflicted with cancer and other terminal illnesses.

On the lighter side of things, the Calais Middle and High School’s Chorus, Jazz Combo, and Concert Band are holding their annual spring concert on May 8th at 7 p.m.  The concert is expected to run for about an hour.  Every group has an outstanding selection of great songs to entertain you, so be sure to stop by for a fantastic evening.

The Yearbook club is holding a spaghetti supper on May 16th from 4-6 p.m.  Take-out is available and they are also having a raffle full of great items.  With delicious spaghetti and a chance to win something cool, why wouldn’t you come to this event?

They are also doing a unique and useful raffle.  Yearbook is selling tickets for a dorm chest that will include a plethora of essential college supplies, such as a microwave, desk lamp, ramen noodles, staples, deodorant, and much much more.  Two chests will be raffled off, one for a girl and one for a guy.   At the same time, they are raffling a mini fridge. The drawings will be held on June 7th.

SkillsUSA is also holding a few fundraisers.  They will be selling tickets for a homemade quilt until June 1st.  If your ticket isn’t chosen for the quilt, don’t give up hope- there is a baby afghan as a second prize.   They are also planning on having a car wash on May 25th from 9-12 in the EBS parking lot.  Come on down as get your car scrubbed clean- there’s no set price, but donations are welcome!

Senior Prom is approaching rapidly.  The students chose a Hollywood theme and are thrilled to be walking in on a fabulous red carpet.  The dance will be held on May 18th.  It’s hard to say whether seniors are more excited for prom or graduation- but either way, it’s a clear sign that the school year is soon coming to a close.