April 3, 2017

Furniture Friends
The GHS Community service club featured in WCSH story on "Furniture Friends", a volunteer effort to furnish those in need with furniture for their homes.  Many thanks all of the service club members and advisor Holly Susla for their many efforts this year in helping homeless veterans with blankets and coats, senior citizens with snow shoveling, and the furniture friends project. Check out this link below:

Our Staff Gives Back
Thanks MSAD #51 staff for contributing $2,053 to the United Way of Greater Portland's annual campaign, helping that organization realize $8.12 million this year.

Maine State Science Fair
Congratulations to these students who received awards at the Maine State Science Fair:
GHS students attend the Maine State Science Fair
Sam Bonnevie and Patrick Lyden: 1st Place Physics and Astronomy
Maggie Nolan: 1st Place Chemistry, Special Award from US Air Force
Corrigan Farnham: 1st Place Microbiology
Ibrahim Saleh: 3rd Place Plant Science and $500 from the Institute of Food Technology

New National Honor Society Inductees
Congrats to the 33 new NHS inductees, who were installed into the organization recently at an evening ceremony in front of their families.  NHS members must demonstrate attributes in the areas of Scholarship, Service, leadership, and Character.

Molly Chapin
Natalie Fritzson
Victoria Lattanzi
Ian Grant
Braden Megathlin
Kathryn Pare
Benjamin Wilson
Caroline Zambernardi

Laura Arsenault
Brooke Bickford
Lillian Black
Ethan Brouder
Kelsey Currier
Rachel Ferris
Kallee Gallant
Lauren Gervai
Kathryn Hall
Rebecca Hamlen
Caroline Isasi
Gretchen Manley

Quinn Molloy
Nicole Morse
Ella Novick
Erin O’Donovan
Gregory Pershing
Madison Rawnsley
Bridget Roberts
Safa Saleh
Jenifer Spencer
Sullivan, Courtney
Peter Theodores
Greta Van Curan
Chloe Waldrep

Performing Arts Center Update
 The Performing Arts Center building committee is fast-approaching the conclusion of its work.  The architects have now completed the design phase of the plans for the project and is sending its designs to an independent firm for a financial analysis to ensure concurrence with proposed costs.  The Planning Board reviewed the PAC project proposal last week and it is currently on track for approval without any major issues. Issues that were raised included parking, scheduling, and traffic flow, which were completely expected for a project of this scope.

Below is an internal rendering of the PAC:

Why does the district have a "Budget Freeze"?
The district is freezing some expenditures in the current year that are not absolutely necessary in order to best handle next year's budget shortfall.  If there is a direct tie to the curriculum, expenditures have been approved.  However, when a direct link is not there, the expenditure has been strategically not approved in order to ensure a savings recovery.  This is to help us pay off leases early that will end up reducing FY 18 expenses.  

K-12 Parent Learning Opportunity on PROFICIENCY- BASED LEARNING

Wednesday, April 26 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Greely High School Library Presented by: Jeff Porter, Superintendent & Sally Loughlin, Curriculum Director 

Starting with the class of 2021, MSAD #51 will be issuing proficiency-based diplomas at Greely High School, but the topic of Proficiency is really a K-12 conversation that impacts all students in MSAD #51. Please join us to learn more about proficiency-based learning and how it is being implemented in our district. There will also be a Q & A, so please bring any questions you might have. 

RSVP for this Learning Opportunity Contact Fran Prentice at fprentice@msad51.org or by phone at 207.829.4800.