Message June 20, 2016

1.  The school year ended on a great note.  Here's a few of the highlights:
  • MIW staff dance the kids away...for the summer, that is.  On the last day, all students were invited to an assembly where they watched a video of their teachers and staff dancing the school year away in a funny video on YouTube titled "Can't Stop This feeling, Wilson."  The kids were laughing and obviously very impressed that their teachers and principal could actually dance.  Oh, yea, and the superintendent had a good move or two, too!
          The video is linked here: Can't Stop the Feeling Wilson, Starring MIW Staff.  Check it out!
  • GMS 4-5 students showed off their talent at their annual talent show.  Lots of laughter, jokes, musical numbers, skits, and fun accompanied this final assembly.
  • GMS 8th graders presented their science projects, including topics such as Orbital Maneuvers, Compression Forces, Lightning, Concussions, Dry Ice, and Potato Batter, among many other topics.
  • GMS 6-8 also sent off their 8th graders in a big way.  All of the 6th and 7th graders lined the walkway behind the school and high-fived and fist-bumped all the 8th graders on their grand finale exit from GMS.
2.  Many thanks to the Board of Directors, the Finance Committee, and Leadership Team for all their work to successfully pass the district budget.  A great turnout this year and a strongly supported budget with 69% voter approval.  

3.  Work on minor renovations and space reconfigurations to MIW began today and will last about 6 weeks.  We have moved all summer programs to GMS so that the work can be completed on time.  Dotens Construction was awarded the bid and will follow a time-and-materials protocol that most likely will save the district money on this project.

4.  The district leadership team finished a two-day retreat June 20-21.  Even though the school year is over for students and staff, our administrators are busy planning for the upcoming year, which takes much of the summer.  The DLT also has several subcommittees scheduled over the summer months to continue work aligned to the Strategic Plan.

5.  I wish to thank the Policy committee for their hard work this year.  They reviewed 22 policies and made a number of changes to most of them in order to keep all of our policies current.  

2015-16 Policy Update Summary

6.   The state has released an anticipated timeline for communicating out the results of the ELA and math portions of the state assessment (otherwise known as the Maine Educational Assessment or MEA).  Unfortunately, as this is a new test, many steps must be put into place such as benchmarks and quality control.  We will not receive results until October at this point.  This should improve a year from now as the state assessment will be the same in 16-17.  

7. Thanks Greely PTO for generously giving $15,997 to the schools for field trips K-8, playground equipment, the GMS 4-5 bike program, and the ACES program. Many thanks departing chair Stephanie Desmond and continuing chair Ingrid Vanni and the PTO Board for their leadership of our very active PTO.

8. Thanks also to Foundation 51 for their spring grants donations totaling $6,670 for robotics, anthology, STEM, Screenagers movie showing, and Parent University. Many thanks departing president Ann Robbins and the Foundation Board for their leadership.

9. On June 20, the Board of directors approved a long-range Facilities Framework, or plan, that will guide the district for the next several years:

Introduction to Framework

Facilities Framework (Plan)

9. I am pleased to announce the new assistant principal of Mabel I. Wilson School. Mr. Cory Munsey was one of five candidates interviewed for the position and comes to MSAD #51 with experience as the assistant principal at Lisbon Community School. I am confident that Mr. Munsey will be a great addition to the school and district.