February 27, 2017

Greely Rangers Winter Sports Roundup
  • Girls Indoor Track- Class B State Champions & Western Maine Conference Champions
  • Alpine Skiing-Girls and Boys Class A Sportsmanship Award Winners
  • Boys Hockey #4 Seed State Class B Playoffs: Quarter-final Tuesday 2-28  
  • Girls Basketball Class A South Region Runner-up
  • Boys Basketball Class A South Region Champions; State Championship game Saturday March 4 @ Augusta Civic Center v Messalonskee
  • Girls Ice Hockey- Southern Maine Region-Runner-Up
  • Boys Indoor Track  State Runner-Up
  • Swimming-3rd place in state
  • Track Coach John Folan 11th Girls State Title makes him the winningest coach in the history of Girls Indoor Track
A great winter season for Greely Rangers!  Great job to our student athletes and coaches!

2017-18 Budget Update
We received our preliminary state subsidy numbers (state aid to education).  These numbers could change throughout the legislative process this spring, but ultimately they signal challenging times for our district and many others in the state.  Initial numbers show MSAD #51 losing $896,000 in state aid next year, or 7.5% of the current year's subisdy allocation.  This loss in funding is the largest for our district since the recession.

The big reasons for this drop include a slight decline in students K-12; higher property values in both towns; changes in the way the state calculates class size ratios; changes in calculating staffing ratios for teachers and ed. techs; and the elimination of funding for system administration.  

This is a serious loss for our district and will require thoughtful and careful planning on how to manage this.  We will be working this through over the next several weeks and I will provide more updates as they become available.

Thank You
Many thanks to Kepware and Mr. Tony Paine for donating $2,500 to help transform the 4-5 technology lab into an integrated STEM lab, providing our students with hands-on STEM experiences.

Staff Dialogue Sessions

Martha Leggat, Board chair, and myself met with staff in all schools before vacation to present last year's Staff Check-in (survey) results as part of the Strategic Plan's Staff Dialogue component under Goal 3 (Invetsment in Our Team), Objective 3 (Connection to the District).  Staff were also asked to form groups and share one take-away from the staff survey results.  

Responses included things like: "Under Teaching & Learning, we discussed ways to improve and promote confidence in helping our most challenging students - new ways to communicate between classroom teachers, specialists, special education teachers, Ed Techs, & administrators."

National Merit Finalists
High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year.

Congrats to these GHS students who are finalists: 
Sam Bonnevie
Maggie Nolan
John (Jack) Saffian

Did You Know?
The Future of Jobs Report describes the urgency to prepare future workers for the not so distant future. “The talent to manage, shape and lead the changes underway will be in short supply unless we take action today to develop it. For a talent revolution to take place, governments and businesses will need to profoundly change their approach to education, skills and employment, and their approach to working with each other.”
According to the report, the workplace skills that will be in high demand by 2020 are:
  1. Complex Problem Solving
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People management
  5. Coordinating with Others
  6. Emotional Intelligence
  7. Judgement and Decision Making
  8. Service Orientation
  9. Negotiation
  10. Cognitive Flexibility
These are the skills that are embedded in the district's Strategic Plan:  Establish how 21st century learning skills are part of a K-12 proficiency-based learning system by emphasizing communication, collaboration, citizenship, creativity/innovation, and critical thinking.