Message September 14, 2015

The first couple of weeks of school are behind us and so are a number of well-attended events so far, including the MIW annual welcome back picnic and the GHS open house. School has started on a smooth note as students and staff settle in for the year ahead.

Strategic Plan Update:
  • The pathways program has identified most of the students who will be served.
  • 6-12 grading and reporting committee membership has been identified.
  • Implementation of the new version of Everyday Math K-5 has begun.
  • New tech program for 504 plans (Acuity) has been rolled out to track and monitor all 504 plans in the district.
  • Membership for the 6-12 late start ad hoc work group is almost complete.
  • New ed. tech. protocol in place to better assess whether or not a student requires ed. tech. support before making this decision.
  • Facilities committee has begun developing 5-year plan.
  • Evaluation initial stakeholder group continues to meet to define how student assessment will interface with the evaluation instrument.
  • Prep work for building Alumni connections has been completed.
  • Strategic Plan was presented to all staff at opening day.

We received our ACT scores with the percentage of ACT-tested students ready for college-level coursework.  

College English Composition:  100% readiness for college-level work (state 85%)
College Algebra:  86% readiness (state 66%)
College Social Science:  86% (state 68%)
College Biology:  75% (state 59%)
Readiness in all 4 content areas:  68% (state 47%)

Students in Denise Allen's IB Sports, Medicine & Health Services Class had their resting metabolic rates and other biometric data measured with CardioCoach Technology on loan from Central Maine Conditioning Clinic. This equipment and testing is typically reserved for elite athletes. Robert Brainerd, owner of CMCC in Auburn, has provided our students access to the equipment, testing, and supplies on site at GHS at no cost. Students came in early before school starts on an empty stomach for this testing. Students were given personalized reports of physiologic data to use as we study related curriculum content. Below, GHS student Alex Wetmore sits for testing.

We have 35 students who are enrolled in vocational programs at PATHS and WRVC this year.  The experiences offered by our vocational providers is critical in helping some of our students achieve their aspirations.

Over the last month, the district has been the recipient of the generosity of 26 organizations in the community that have donated collectively $2,800 in athletic advertising.  Many of these organizations have given to the district in the past and are renewing their donation, while others are new donors.  Thank you to all of these supporters!

The GHS Madrigal singers, under the direction of teacher Sarah Bailey, opened up the Sea Dogs game recently with a rendition of the national anthem.  The Madrigals represented Greely well as they graced the stadium with their talented voices.