April 24, 2017

Naturalization Ceremony Held at GMS
Immigration officials held a Naturalization ceremony on April 7 at Greely Middle School that saw 31 people become American citizens.  All students in grades 6-8 attended this special event, learning in advance about the process of naturalization and watching as America's newest citizens were sworn in.  Many thanks to GMS teacher Andrea Levinsky and Community Relations manager Ashley Caswell for coordinating this event.

 Naturalization ceremony Keynote speaker Ekhlas Ahmed speaks to the audience April 7 at GMS

Newest Americans sworn in by U.S. Immigration officials

National History Day
Congrats to all of our National History Day students contestants for their outstanding performances at the state NHD competition at UMaine on April 8.  

Maddie Albert (grade 8) -first place for Junior Individual Exhibit.

Devin Gifford (grade 6) - first place for Junior Individual Performance.

Matthew Gilbert (grade 7) - second place for Junior Individual Exhibit.

Don Strawbridge (grade 7) - second place for Junior Individual Website.

Teddy Conway (grade 6) - third place for Junior Individual Documentary.

Connor Albert (grade 6) - third place for Junior Individual Performance.

David Reed (grade 12) - third place for Senior Individual Exhibit.

Teacher Kathi Kearney with National History Day students

Thank You, Siemens Industry!
Siemens Industry recently presented $10,000 to MSAD #51 to help support STEM education in our schools.  The funds will be used to purchase materials and equipment to enhance and start-up programming at GMS and GHS.  Siemens has also partnered with the district by working with science students to conduct energy audits of our buildings and bring STEM training into the classroom.  

STEM Teacher Becky Keith, GMS Principal Mar-E Trebilcock, Siemens rep. Tom Seekins & Supt. Jeff Porter

UNUM Tech Day
For the second year in a row, about 20 GMS students attended UNUM's annual "Tech Day" to learn more about innovative STEM activities and equipment that are used by this company.  Many thanks Community Development & Public Relations manager Ashley Caswell for partnering with UNUM on this project.

UNUM Tech Day
Math Team News
The "Greely Mathletes" attended the Maine State Math Meet in early April.  There were about 100 teams totalling about 100 students from all over the state.  Many thanks to math team advisors Vanessa Sylvester and Farrah Alley.  

Greely placed 7th in our division.
Gregory Pershing had a perfect score today and won first place for juniors.
Gregory Pershing was recognized for finishing 1st in the state overall during the regular season.  
Peter Theodores finished 20th in the state overall.
Gregory and Peter were invited to attend our regional meet at Penn State in June.
Our team was invited to attend the New England meet at the end of April.

The state math meet team members are:
Maggie Nolan, Peter Theodores, Greta Van Curan, Kallee Gallant, Izzy Evans, Gregory Pershing, Colony Santana, James Brouder, Connor Bray & Justin Hobart.

GHS Math Team

All-Eastern Music Festival
Congrats to our two All-Eastern musicians who represented Maine well at their festival in Atlantic City: Brian Sidders, senior, sang in the mixed chorus. Caroline Isasi, junior, played in the band. 

MSAD #51 Annual Staff Recognition Finalists

MSAD #51's Employee Recognition Program encourages any MSAD #51 employee to nominate another MSAD #51 employee that they felt exemplified the district's strategic vision of Engage - Empower - Inspire

In the second year of the program, 49 nominations were received from staff across the district. A nomination review committee met and struggled to narrow that number down to 5. Each of the 5 finalists were notified in person, balloons and all. The following are the finalists for MSAD #51's 2017 Employee of the Year: 

Brendan Bernard - Educational Technician III - MIW
Jeff Brookes - 5th Grade Teacher - GMS 4-5
Yana Davis - Science Teacher - GMS 6-8
Bobbi Goodwin - School Counselor - GMS 6-8
Barry Saunders - Music Teacher - GMS 4-8

MPA Student Award Winner
Congrats Jacqueline Perlmuter - The Greely High School Maine Principal's Association Award Winner for excellence and outstanding school citizenship and leadership.

Jacqueline Perlmuter with GHS Principal Dan McKeone

Special Olympics 
Congrats Charlie Saffian for 1st place win in the 25 Butterfly and 50 Freestyle at the state Special Olympics Swim Meet at Bates College.