Message October 3, 2016

Congrats!!  Greely Middle School 6-8 wins top award by MSN, named #1 middle school in Maine. Click here for more information.  We are very proud of our students, staff, and parents!
Greely Middle School is #1 in Maine
The criteria used to assess middle schools for this award is below:
Exam Passing Rates: This includes math proficiency rates and reading and language arts proficiency rates over the last three years.
School Environment: The school environment score consists of factors such as the student-teacher ratio, teacher experience and teacher absence rate.
Disciplinary Actions: This takes into account the school's retention rate, in-school suspension rate and out-of-school suspension rate.

We held our first-ever K-12 all-campus reading event  "Drop Everything & Read!"  This was a fun hour-hour event where students and staff literally dropped what they were doing and picked up a book.  There were many guest readers in classes, cross-school partnerships between classes, and a general enthusiasm for the joy of reading.

K-12 students and staff Drop Everything And Read (DEAR)!
On October 3, the Board of Directors voted 7-2 to send the Performing Arts Center ballot question to voters on the November 8 election referendum.  An informational session on the proposed Performing Arts Center was held on September 26 in North Yarmouth, with about 40 people attending.  The next session will be held this Thursday, October 6 @ 6:30pm at the Cumberland Town Office.
Proposed Performing Arts Center
We received our new bond ratings from Moody's Investors Service.  The district received the high rating of Aa3, which is considered to be "healthy credit position".  The factors most indicated include a solid tax base, small debt burden, low pension liability, and sound financial management.  The district's debt burden has been dropping steadily since 2012.

The annual Post-Secondary Fair was held at GHS last week and was organized by Melissa Fowler, guidance director.  A great turnout of over 400 students and parents from six area high schools. Many thanks to the participating organizations and to the many GHS staff members who helped make the event a big success.  There were 94 colleges, 4 military branches, and a gap year program represented.
GHS Staff members proudly display college alumni gear
MIW students had a chance to enjoy a locally-grown Harvest lunch last week.  Corn, potatoes, and apples were some of the fresh agriculture items on the menu.  Our second graders also went to the annual "Ag" Day at the Cumberland Fair to learn more about Maine agriculture last week.

MIW students enjoy a locally-grown Harvest lunch
The district's 10-year enrollment study, prepared by Planning Decisions, is now completed after a few more questions were answered.  This report reviewed demographics, migration patterns, new housing models, and a housing market analysis, among other data. The major summary of the report indicates a flat enrollment for the next several years, followed by a steady increase after this. The Board will be sent an electronic copy on Tuesday of the entire report.  We will work on a workshop date where a rep. from Planning Decisions will present the report to the Board and answer questions.