Message June 6, 2016

Graduation week came and went.  What an exciting week of senior projects, Class day, Candlelight Service, Graduation, and Project Graduation.

Photo courtesy WGME

One event that was added this year was the 1st Annual Senior Walk.  Most of the seniors participated, marching through Greely Middle School and Mabel I. Wilson School with their caps and gowns, being cheered by all of the students in the district as they waited in the halls for the seniors. Lots of high-fives, fist bumps, hugs, and tears accompanied this wonderful event, as the seniors re-connected with former teachers, saw their siblings, and enjoyed the magical moment.

Below are two media stories covered on the Senior Walk:

WGME Channel 13
WCSH Channel 6

The Class of 2016 is accomplished in so many areas and has a huge list of awards to showcase.  But I would be remiss if I did not mention that a member of this class, Matt Pisini, was awarded the highest academic honor this country has to offer, the U. SPresidential Scholar award.  Only 160 students in the nation received this honor this year out of a possible 3.3 million students, and he was one of only two students in Maine.  Congrats, Matt!

I also wish to congratulate the students who placed in the Top 10%:

Katherine Bacall (salutatorian), Charlotte Benoit, Andrea Bryant, Josh Coyle, Madelyn Day, Elizabeth George, Abigail Israel, Wyatt Kilburn, Caroline Maker, Rylee Michaud, Claire Nicholson, Harrison Pershing, Matt Pisini, Connor Rog, Jacob Small (valedictorian), Calvin Soule, and Brad Spoerri.

Congratulations to all of our 174 graduating seniors!  We will miss you and wish you a lifetime of happiness and good fortune.


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Congrats Class of 2016!

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A subcommittee of the facilities committee, including Gigi Sanchez, Martha Leggat, Vickie Bell, John Simpson, Mike Brown, Scott Poulin, and Don Foster have completed interviews with selected architectural firms in preparation for the Performing Arts Center.  This committee hopes to make a final selection within the next week or so.

Meanwhile, determining the membership of an 18-member building committee for the PAC is nearing completion, with stakeholder voices being represented from the Board of Directors, administration, faculty, parents, students, performing arts community, and theater community. The building committee will begin its work by the end of the school year and will meet several times over the summer months to begin planning for a concept design for the PAC in conjunction with the selected architect.

The FY 17 Budget is set to go to the voters on Tuesday, June 14.  Polling places are North Yarmouth Memorial School and Cumberland Town Office.  Both polling places are open from 7am-8 pm. Contact your town office for information on absentee ballots.  This year, voters will also be asked if they wish to continue the validation referendum process.
  • Total Budget: $34,959,382
  • Increase: Up 1,182,543 over the current budget, or 3.5% 
  • Tax Impact: 1.1% in both towns
  • On $350,000 home, $70 more a year in Cumberland and $66.50 more a year in North Yarmouth
  • 5th lowest budget increase since 1993
  • For more information, visit www.msad51.org/ School Budget 16-17
The spring athletic post-season is upon us.
  • Baseball and Softball teams start playoffs on Thursday.
  • Girls lacrosse has playoff game Wednesday.
  • Girls Track Team finished 3rd in state track meet.
  • Erin Holmes will be playing in New England High School championship golf tournament.


The Board of Directors approved the Teacher and Administrator evaluation system.  Many thanks to all participants who served on the Initial Stakeholder group and the Steering Committee in developing these new systems.  Also thanks to the 40 or so teachers who agreed to pilot the teacher evaluation system this year. Special thanks to Curriculum Director Sally Loughlin for her skillful leadership of both groups.  Our evaluation system is now ready for full implementation.