Update: November 19, 2018

Broadway Actor Visits GHS Many thanks to John Cariani, award-winning Broadway actor and playwright of Greely Drama's fall show, ALMOST, MAINE, for inspiring the GHS drama club in person last week.
"No Shave November" Join me in raising awareness for those battling cancer by observing national “No Shave November” or finding other ways to help, such as donating to charities like St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, which treats children with cancer at no cost to families. My beard is growing by the day and it reminds me every day about the struggles so many of our family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors must face in their battles with all forms of cancer.
GHS seniors admitted to Maine schools Congrats to 44 GHS seniors who were accepted to UMaine or USM after the GHS App Review Day before anyone in the U.S. or most other Maine students! All 35 students received scholarships ranging from $1,000 to full tuition/fees. Thanks to guidance director Melissa Fowler for or…

Update: November 5, 2018

Greely Center for the Arts in Final Stretch of ConstructionThe Center for the Arts project is in its last leg of construction, with substantial completion expected by early December and a tentative opening planned for sometime in January.  The 510 seats have been installed in the auditorium (pictured above).  The last phase to be completed includes interior flooring, trim work, audio visual systems, cabinetry, woodwork, etc.

Unity Day National Unity Day, which is meant to help bring awareness to the effects of bullying, was held in October at all four schools.  Various activities included a kindness assembly at MIW, police and fire department personnel greeting students at GMS 4-5, and the civil rights teams at GMS 6-8 and GHS planning awareness campaigns around the harmful impact of bullying.  The Congregational Church lit up its steeple the color of orange to help promote Unity Day in the schools and community.

Challenge Day  For the fourth year in a row, Greely High School is hosting …

Update: October 2, 2018

Thank You to our Athletic Advertisers! Over the course of the summer, our athletic advertisers renewed their commitment to MSAD #51's Athletics and we also added some new advertisers. Please check out our 3 sign boards located behind the press box, in the gym and the pool. This campaign raised $5,000 for our athletic programs.

The ongoing support of these advertisers, along with the direction of the Athletic Advisory Board, made the installation of a new sound system outside on the Glenn Hutchins Varsity game field possible in mid-September.  The new sound system provides better sound coverage for Greely's games with speakers directed and amplified directly to the crowd, with less "noise spillage" to our neighbors. Furthermore, in-game announcing will be more clear, and having wireless microphones and on-field communication will assist with all facets of contest management.

Thank you to these advertisers for their support of MSAD #51: Pray's Hardscapes, Terry Snow…

Update: September 18, 2018

Cow IslandAnother successful trip to our Rippleffect Program for our 7th graders is behind us.  On both trips, the students came home a little dirty, a little tired, a little sweaty and absolutely full of life.  

Although our students think of this trip as camping and adventure, there is a lot of learning that goes on during the Rippleffect program.  There are some basic themes that the Rippleffect guides (and GMS staff) try to incorporate into every aspect of daily living while on the island. These themes are designed to instill leadership abilities in each child. The themes encourage the students to take charge of their lives, plan ahead, and be a positive member of our community. The themes are packaged around "The 3 C's" (communication, collaboration, and compromise).

The days revolve around doing a series of experiential challenges (by choice), and then debriefing and reflecting upon the experience.  A reflective moment might sound like “You made it to the top of the…

Update: September 6, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!
New Strategic Plan
After a year of planning that involved 800 stakeholders participating, the Board of Directors approved a new three-year Strategic Plan in June that will define the direction of MSAD #51 schools through 2021.  This replaces the first-ever Strategic Plan, which was in effect from 2015 until its sunset in June. The new plan focuses the district’s energy and time on four major priorities:
Wellness: Foundation for Teaching and Learning. This priority will promote wellness initiatives that advance and sustain healthy, balanced, and well-rounded students and staff. A comprehensive Wellness Plan will provide guidance in these six areas: Homework, Mental Health, Substance Use, Digital Citizenship, Fitness, and Nutrition.Early Childhood Education, the Critical Building Block. This priority will review the district’s long-term elementary education (Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 5) program and structure, including options for three and four year ol…

Update: July 10, 2018

Update on the Center for the Arts Even though school's out for the summer, the work on the new Greely Center for the Arts continues in earnest.  Here are a few highlights:

All exterior brick work has been completed.The roof has been completed.All windows are scheduled to be installed soon.The concrete interior floor slab has been poured and many of the interior rooms have been drywalled.Connecting corridors between the arts center and GHS have been started.Exterior site work has begun, including rehabbing a water culvert, installing an access road to the arts center, and creating new parking spaces adjacent to the fence across the street from the arts center.
Brick & Seat Campaign Update We have officially raised over $25,000 through the Leave Your Legacy Brick & Seat Campaigns for the Greely Center for the Arts. This includes donations from nearly 100 individuals, families and businesses. Thank you to those who have already donated for your generous contributions and suppor…

Update: June 19, 2018

Budget UpdateOn behalf of the students and staff of MSAD #51, I would like to thank the voters of Cumberland and North Yarmouth for approving the district's budget. The budget has passed 2159-2023, with 52% in favor. Thank You!
French Students reading at l'École Française du Maine (The French School of Maine) During early-release Wednesdays this spring, French IV and French IV IB students have been reading to kindergarten and first graders at l'École Française du Maine in South Freeport. Students choose a book from a selection of books chosen by the French teachers at L'EFDM. Then prior to reading, they practice their pronunciation and intonation. On the date they chose, they go read to the students and then help in an after-reading discussion. The students have enjoyed the experience and the opportunity. Our hope is is that this relationship continues in the years to come.

History in Our Backyard

I joined Mrs. Entwistle's 2nd graders recently as they walked from Gre…