Calais High School

Quinn Sluzenski

The new year has begun and Calais High School jumped right into a full schedule of activities.  The second day back to school was eventful, to say the least.  Winter weather and mass cancellations in the area led to a lot of confusion over whether or not Calais had a snow day.  The uncertainty was compounded by the fact that Calais so recently formed its own school district that people were unsure whether the cancelation would be reported under the old AOS or the new Calais School District.  There was, in fact, school last Friday.  However, the later freezing rain and dangerous roads led to a delay and then a cancelation on Monday.

Despite the weather, this is a very busy week.  The filmmaking club submitted a short video about the dangers of energy drinks to the Bangor Daily News Maine Focus Film Festival.  Also, the Poetry Out Loud competition will be held on Wednesday, January 8th.  Any student may enter and perform two poems from a long list of pre-selected poems before a panel of judges.  The school winner will go on to represent Calais in the regional competition.

Last Saturday, the band held their annual bottle drive at Rick’s Cans and Bottles to raise money for the Boston Fine Arts Trip.  They had a successful drive and thank everyone who donated cans or money.  The music program also had an new development this week: jazz combo is now meeting after school as well as during its regularly scheduled class.  Since it is only offered during one period, it is difficult for interested musicians to fit it in their schedules.  However, just like the chorus started doing a few months ago, the jazz combo will now meet one day a week after school; this gives many additional students the opportunity to join.  They will be preparing for their upcoming competition in February.

The Calais School Department Facebook page, administrated by Lacey Phelps, has begun posting about the acceptances and scholarships seniors are receiving.  This year there are already many early acceptances, including Conor McCadden to Boston College, David Townsend to University of New England, Kate Cundiff to Mount Allison University, Quinn Sluzenski to Harvard University, and Matt Bridges to Colby College.  To see a full list of acceptances and scholarships updated as the information becomes available, as well as many other updates about Calais High School, check out the Calais School Department Facebook page.

It is truly exciting that such a small school can produce so many graduates going on to great colleges.  Thank you to the community members for their continued support of Calais High School and investment in our students’ futures.