July 24, 2017

Curriculum Mapping Workshop
In late June, MSAD #51 hosted, with sponsorship by the New England School Development Corp. (NESDEC), a regional curriculum mapping workshop that drew about 30 teachers from the area. Teachers spent the day understanding the importance of curriculum mapping and its impact on the classroom, while having time to work on developing maps with the technical assistance of Curriculum Director Sally Loughlin and Technology Specialist Dawna Green. Many thanks to NESDEC for granting the district $5,000 for this event.

Thank You
Thanks Stephen Blatt Architects for donating $1500 to Greely athletic advertising.

Bond Rating Upgrade
Standard & Poor's Global rating agency bumped up the district's bond rating from AA to AA+.  This is the second upgrade to our bond rating this year, with Moody's Investors also upgrading the district.

Boys & Girls State

2017 delegates at Girls State and Boys State
BOYS STATE: Peter Theodores was elected as his town moderator a…

June 19, 2017

Thank you
I am grateful to the MSAD #51 community for its continued support of the district budget and the 2,000 students who benefit directly from this support. Schools are the backbone of our community and the community is the backbone of our schools. Neither can be successful without the other. Thank you to our community for funding a high quality educational system for its youngest citizens.
Employee of the Year
Last year, the district implemented a new employee recognition program where any MSAD #51 employee could nominate another MSAD #51 employee. In its second year, 49 nominations were received. A panel narrowed the field to 5 finalists before deciding on the 2017 Employee of the Year:

Brendan Bernard: Special Education Ed Tech, MIW Jeff Brookes, Grade 5 Teacher, GMS 4-5 Yana Davis, Science Teacher, GMS 6-8 Bobbi Goodman, School Counselor, GMS 6-8 Barry Saunders, Music Teacher, GMS 4-8
The following was written by a student about the 2017 MSAD #51 Employee of the Year, Barry Sa…

June 5, 2017

Congrats to all of the 151 members of the Greely High School Class of 2017! Graduation festivities took place beginning on June 1 with Class Day, followed by the 2nd annual "Senior Walk" through all schools, Candlelight services on Friday evening, and then Graduation on Sunday, June 4.  Following the graduation program, students took part in Project Graduation after a parade through Cumberland and North Yarmouth.  Best wishes Class of 2017! Business Roundtable
The first-ever Business Roundtable was held on May 25 with 30 business representatives, administrators, teachers, and students to discuss the Strategic Plan's goal around STEM education.  The focus was on finding out what employers want in prospective employees and what we can do in schools to best prepare students for their future.  Many thanks to our participating businesses: Siemens, UNUM, IDEXX, Tyler Technologies, Fairpoint, and Kepware.

Trip to France
The Lycée Schuré in Barr, France played host to the American s…

May 14, 2017

NASA Astronaut Visits GMS & GHS

On Thursday, May 4, Dr. Jessica Meir joined students and staff at GMS and GHS to recognize Maine Space Day. Dr. Meir hails from Caribou, ME and is a scientist and astronaut with NASA. In an engaging and informative assembly for grades 4-8, Dr. Meir shared with students her path to NASA from a small town in Maine. Her message was all about following your passion, not being afraid to make mistakes, and never giving up on your goals.

MIW Art Show

Many families and community members came out to enjoy the work of our students at MIW as they displayed their art work. So many creative pieces were on display, from fish to owls to a large Maine moose! Many thanks to MIW art teachers Joanne Matusko and Linda McCann-Olson for their skillful facilitation of such wonderful student art work.

New GHS Latin Honors System
This year, the student government has proposed that the ceremony be altered by the implementation of the Latin Honors System of Recognition. The L…

May 1, 2017

Greely High School Recognized
U.S. News & World Report ranked 22,000 U.S. high schools using the criteria below.  Greely High School was ranked #4 in Maine and #963 in the United States (top 4% nationally).  
Criteria used to review high schools for state and national rankings:
STEP 1 | Students perform better than expected in their state.We looked at reading and math results for students on each state's proficiency tests and then factored in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students, who tend to score lower. STEP 2 | Disadvantaged students perform better than state average.We compared each school's math and reading proficiency rates for disadvantaged students - black, Hispanic and low-income - with the statewide results for these student groups and then selected schools that were performing better than their state averages. STEP 3 | Student graduation rates meet or exceed a national standard.We excluded schools from consideration if their graduation rates were lowe…