Message September 19, 2016

Upcoming informational sessions that are open to the public to learn more about the Performing Arts Center project are as follows:

Monday, September 26 @ 6:30 pm: Public Presentation (NYMS gymnasium)
Thursday, October 6 @ 6:30 pm: Public Presentation (Cumberland Town Office)
Monday, October 17 @ 7pm; Public Hearing, Board meeting (GHS library)

Below is an architectural rendering of the proposed Performing Arts Center addition at GHS.  For more information on the PAC, please click here.

Greely Girls Volleyball team won the Bruce Churchill Classic for ALS tournament, congrats girls & Coach Don Legere.

The district office received a first draft and presentation of the long-term enrollment projections report that we commissioned through Planning Decisions.  We had additional questions and areas for further study that we have asked Planning Decisions to continue researching.  After we receive more information, a representative from Planning Decisions will present the enrollment study to the Board in a workshop later this fall.

Congrats 2017 GHS National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists: Samuel Bonnevie, Sarah Johnson, Patrick Lyden, Maggie Nolan & John Saffian.

66% of our juniors and seniors are currently taking at least one IB or AP course this year. About one-third of our juniors and seniors are taking 3 or more IB or AP courses.

This Friday, we are holding a K-12 campus-wide event where everyone will "Drop Everything and Read".  All students and staff will stop what they are doing at the same time for 30 minutes and read to themselves, to a buddy, with their class, with other classes, etc.  The district is trying to promote more campus-wide connections now that everyone is on the same parcel of land.

The new Bring Your Own Learning Device is moving along.  Our technology dept. is working to solidify plans for the 70 or so GHS students who are using school-issued laptops.  These plans will include a permanent sign out to these students for the year.

We have two full-time students involved in our regional STRIVE program.  This program is shared by 6 districts as part of our Instructional Support offerings.  Students may attend STRIVE post-graduate until age 20.  Last year, the first year, we had a student attend half-time.  The goal is to grow this program for students who qualify and could benefit.

Passed in 2012, Maine law now requires school districts to adjust systems of instruction, assessment, and reporting to reflect the knowledge and skills that students have learned, learning standards. Our plan to transition to a proficiency based system (learning standards) was approved by the state; our first class to graduate with a proficiency based diploma is in 2021 (current 8th grade class). We have been working on this transition for the past two years and this year we will be piloting proficiency based grading practices (in addition to our traditional grades).

Starting this fall, teachers in grades 6-12 will be assessing student progress by assessing the learning standards in each course. Teachers will share feedback on the learning standards and habits of work directly with students through conferencing. Parents and students will have continued access to the traditional grade reporting through the Powerschool portal.

The proficiency-based approach is relatively new to all Maine schools and districts. MSAD #51 will continue to maintain our current systems as we study and refine practices to align with a proficiency-based system.

Click here for more information about our district's move towards proficiency.