Showing posts from 2017

Update: December 19, 2017

Niche once again ranks MSAD #51 the 5th best school district in Maine for 2018, the second year in a row. GMS 6-8 ranked 6th best middle school in Maine and GHS ranked 6th best high school in state.
Anti-Defamation League Peer Trainers Congratulations to our Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Peer Trainers!
This year Greely Middle School 6-8 trained 17 new students in the Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Peer Trainer Program. We are so proud of this group of students for taking time out of their busy lives to take up this important work. The students learned about the importance of diversity, cultural sensitivity, and anti-discrimination. They delved deeply into the subjects of bullying and harassment, and plan to share this learning with 6th graders in their health classes. Way to go!

Assistant Principal of the Year for the State of MaineCongratulations to Greely High School's Assistant Principal, Jayme Jones for being named State of Maine's Assistant…

Update: December 5, 2017

Math Team NewsThe Greely High School Math Team has been doing great this season! They are currently in 1st place in both their division (Pi-Cone South) and in the Medium School Division. Below are some current standings: 
Pi-Cone Division:      Madison Albert is in 1st place for freshman      Matthew Smith-Erb and James Brouder are in 16th and 18th place for juniors, respectively      Gregory Pershing and Peter Theodores are in 1st and 3rd place for seniors, respectively      Gregory, Peter, and Madison are in 1st, 4th, and 10th place overall, respectively
For the entire state MAML (Maine Association of Math Leagues):      Greely is in 5th place overall      Madison Albert is the highest scoring freshman in the state, and 39th overall      Gregory Pershing is in 2nd place overall      Peter Theodores is in 17th place overall

Project Sticker Shock Collaboration with GHS and Casco Bay CAN
Project Sticker Shock is a project that brings community members, youth, law enforcement and local businesses …

Update: November 27, 2017

PAC Construction Update The construction for the PAC has continued on schedule.

Masons are on site and have completed the firesafe wall that connects the two buildings together.    The site work is ongoing, however the storm drains have been installed and substantial loads of dirt has been brought in to shore up the site. The foundation walls are almost finished and the digging has been completed for the elevator and orchestra pits.

A safety concern was raised regarding the sidewalk on campus near the construction site. We have extended a temporary sidewalk to ensure student safety around the construction gates.

Over the next few weeks, steel beams will arrive on site and the structure will start being framed. This will provide a visual of the size and scope of the building.

Community Dialogue Event
On the evening of November 9, 100 community members comprised of students, parents, citizens and staff came together to dialogue about MSAD #51's next Strategic Plan.

Participants lea…

Update: October 17, 2017

Performing Arts Center Construction UpdateTrenches are being dug for the foundation of the Performing Arts Center along with the laying of rebar to support the foundation. Concrete has started to be poured and should take approximately 6 weeks for completion. Truck loads of fill are being brought in to shore up the base where the building will be. 

School Resource Officer UpdateWe have been aware of several Facebook posts that were written regarding the SRO (School Resource Officer) position.  Some parents and community members had posted that the district was eliminating the position. Please know this is not accurate. The district has no plans to eliminate the School Resource Officer position. 

Parents & community members should always feel comfortable reaching out to school and district administration around topics that arise. 

Falmouth Cumberland Chamber of Commerce MeetingOn Thursday, October 12, Ashley Caswell, community development & resource manager and Mark Bay, pathway…

Update: October 3, 2017

PAC Construction Update Yesterday we had the Official Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Performing Arts Center! It was a wonderful ceremony with nearly 200 MSAD #51 students in grades 1-12 performing and approximately 200 parents, staff and community members in attendance. This Performing Arts Center will truly be a community asset.

Construction has continued on schedule. Safety fencing has been erected around the whole site, loam is being scraped up and the base pavement has been laid. AH Grover is diligently moving through all of the site work. Site work will continue into the winter months.

Over the next two weeks, you should begin to see concrete being poured for the building's foundation.

ACT Scores We received our ACT scores and again they are above-average for predicting our students' readiness for college-level coursework. 65% of our tested high school students are ready for the rigor of college courses (compared to 46% in Maine). 100% of our students are ready for Engl…

Update: September 19, 2017

Groundbreaking Ceremony You're Invited! I'm excited to announce that the official groundbreaking for the Performing Arts Center is scheduled for Monday, October 2. Please join us as we celebrate this milestone.

Out and About on Campus This time of year I try to get around to all the schools to see the students and staff. I was able to make it to each of the schools food service program where I helped serve food to the students and some staff.

I'm always amazed as I watch our food service employees manage to serve several hundred meals at each school in a timely fashion with a smile on their face as they greet each student who comes through the line.  Our food service employees really are the best!

I was also able to visit Mrs. Fluet's 1st grade class as their VIP Guest. It's great to get into the classrooms, especially to meet some of our youngest learners. This visit was a Q & A with me. See their write up click here.

Open House/Parent Information Nights
Open H…

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year!

It was a busy summer at MSAD #51 as we completed a number of improvements to our facilities...

At GHS we reconfigured several spaces to better accommodate our student population and programs. A few major changes include revamping the previous Industrial Arts workshop into a STEM space which has added a Robotics, Technology, Science and Woodworking classrooms to align with the district's STEM initiatives. Additionally we converted the cardio room into an alternative education space and reconfigured our life skills area to increase space for those students. Finally, we repaired the concrete walls and rebar in the mechanical room of the pool.

At GMS some tile work was completed in the bathrooms.

At Mabel I. Wilson School there was a significant energy project which installed heat/AC pumps in classrooms as well as revamping the ventilation system, new heat controls and valves and electrical upgrades all proving an enhanced space for teaching & l…

July 24, 2017

Curriculum Mapping Workshop
In late June, MSAD #51 hosted, with sponsorship by the New England School Development Corp. (NESDEC), a regional curriculum mapping workshop that drew about 30 teachers from the area. Teachers spent the day understanding the importance of curriculum mapping and its impact on the classroom, while having time to work on developing maps with the technical assistance of Curriculum Director Sally Loughlin and Technology Specialist Dawna Green. Many thanks to NESDEC for granting the district $5,000 for this event.

Thank You
Thanks Stephen Blatt Architects for donating $1500 to Greely athletic advertising.

Bond Rating Upgrade
Standard & Poor's Global rating agency bumped up the district's bond rating from AA to AA+.  This is the second upgrade to our bond rating this year, with Moody's Investors also upgrading the district.

Boys & Girls State

2017 delegates at Girls State and Boys State
BOYS STATE: Peter Theodores was elected as his town moderator a…