Message November 7, 2016

Voters Approve Performing Arts Center
Voters in Cumberland and North Yarmouth approved the proposed Performing Arts Center on Election Day with 4,149 in favor, or 51.2% of the total votes cast. This $9.5 million facility should be ready for ground-breaking in early summer 2017.  Many thanks to the building committee for their hard work on this project: Gigi Sanchez (chair), Sarah Bailey, Peter Bingham Sr., Steve Blatt, Doug Breer, Mike Brown, Mary Charlesworth, Harper Lee Collins, Heather Giandria, Nick Kurlanski, Sally Loughlin, Martha Leggat, Dan McKeone, Mike Perfetti, Jeff Porter, Scott Poulin, Kevin Rollins, Liz Rollins, and Jen Segal.   

School Spirit Challenge Inaugural Event
Greely finishes in 3rd Place!


School Spirit Challenge is a program that helps raise needed food for area food pantries by creating friendly competition between high schools as to who can raise the most goods.

We received high praise from WGME's Jeff Peterson and Adam Epstein as well as the Good Shepherd Food Bank's representative, Courtney Kennedy. They agreed that Greely displayed some of the best spirit, energy, and musical talent they had seen in the four years of this competition.  BE PROUD GREELY RANGERS! 3rd Place winners!

WGME presented 3rd place trophy to Greely HS
Public Pre-Kindergarten? 
As part of the district's Strategic Plan, the Pre-K ad hoc task force has completed its work after meeting six times between April and October 2016.  The task force examined the current status of preschool offerings in the community, the feasability and scope of offering a public program, and identified the various logistical considerations that would require planning for a public program.  A full presentation of the committee's recommendations will be made to the Board on January 3.

The new regional STRIVE program aired on Maine Public Radio recently.   This novelty program helps devlopmentally disabled students from several area districts (including MSAD #51) connect with the greater community.   Click here for the full story.

Fall Sports Season Wrap-Up
The fall seasonhas ended with all of our fall teams making it to the post-season. Congrats to the girls volleyball team and both boys and girls cross country teams for earning their respective state title wins.  Also congrats to Erin Holmes for co-champ for the state golf title. GO RANGERS!
Boys & Girls X-country teams both win Class B state title

Greely Girls Volleyball beat Scarborough 3-1 for the Class A state title

New iReady Assessment helps screen for interventions
This fall, all students in grades 2-8 and Algebra I students at GHS took part in a universal screener called i-Ready to assess individual progress in math and reading. This assessment replaces the STAR screener that has been used in the past. The assessment, which is computer adaptive and aligned with standards, provides information on student progress toward grade level expectations. We are using this data to make informed instructional decisions tailored to the learning needs of each student.

GHS hosts 1st UMaine Senior Application Review Day

Interested students at GHS had an opportunity to have on-site applications and interviews with UMaine admissions officers. Thanks to GHS Guidance Director Melissa Fowler for working with UMaine to offer this terrific service for our seniors.
  1. 20 students interviewed
  2. 19 students were admitted
  3. 1 student received a full ride (room & board not included) for being a National Merit Semi-Finalist
  4. 1 student received a $8,000 Presidential Scholarship
  5. 6 students received a $6,000 per year Flagship Scholarship
  6. 2 students received a $4,000 per year Dean's Scholarship
  7. 4 students received a $2,000 per year Black Bear Scholarship 
  8. 5 students received a $500 Maine Matters per year Scholarship 
  9. 16 students were accepted into their 1st choice major:  International Affairs, Natural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Political Science, Electrical Engineering, Elementary Education, Environmental Science, Mechanical Engineering, Ecology, Finance, Business, Social Work, Business Administration, Mathematics. 
  10. 3 students were accepted into their 2nd choice major:  Pre-Business, Pre-Engineering, and Undecided in the explorations program.
Ranger Report Launched
A new news program has been launched at GHS to help keep students informed and feature various aspects of school life.  The program was created by Mr. Hasch's Video Production class and so far has examined topics such as the PAC, sports, interviews with various people including Officer Dalbec, and the School Spirit Challenge, among many others.

Water Testing Completed
Due to recent concerns in another local district, MSAD #51 had the water tested at all schools for both lead and copper.  Portland Water District test results showed that all indicators for lead and copper are below the EPA's required action levels.