June 5, 2017

MIW students cheer on senior class
Congrats to all of the 151 members of the Greely High School Class of 2017! Graduation festivities took place beginning on June 1 with Class Day, followed by the 2nd annual "Senior Walk" through all schools, Candlelight services on Friday evening, and then Graduation on Sunday, June 4.  Following the graduation program, students took part in Project Graduation after a parade through Cumberland and North Yarmouth.  Best wishes Class of 2017! 
    Parade route for Class of 2017 passes through North Yarmouth on June 4
Business Roundtable
The first-ever Business Roundtable was held on May 25 with 30 business representatives, administrators, teachers, and students to discuss the Strategic Plan's goal around STEM education.  The focus was on finding out what employers want in prospective employees and what we can do in schools to best prepare students for their future.  Many thanks to our participating businesses: Siemens, UNUM, IDEXX, Tyler Technologies, Fairpoint, and Kepware.

Trip to France
The Lycée Schuré in Barr, France played host to the American students that they visited last October. For two weeks in April, 14 Greely High School students accompanied by their two French teachers, Mesdames Thibault and MacDonald, and a parent, Heather Giandrea, lived with their host families and experienced France in an authentic setting after spending the Easter weekend in Paris. 

Among the highlights were a visit to Mont Sainte-Odile and the pagan wall, a vineyard owned by a host family, the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, the historic city of Strasbourg with its European Parliament, and an artisanal bakery/museum dedicated to the region’s cultural heritage. In addition, host parents provided many opportunities to visit points of interest in the Rhine River Valley. This was the second successful exchange between Lycée Schuré and Greely High School.

GHS Student Honored

Congratulations to Charlie Saffian for being recognized as the 2017 Momentum Honoree for the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness. The vice chairwoman of the Cromwell Center Board nominated Charlie for the award and shared:

"As a parent of a child who also has Down syndrome, I'm grateful that Charlie is such a great role model in our schools and community," she said. "He is relentless in his efforts to persevere and find his way. He never gives up and is a true trailblazer." 

Pony Up for Cancer
54 students and teachers participated in an event that literally "chopped off their hair" at an assembly that will help make wigs to benefit cancer patients.  Many students grew pony tails to be cut for this purpose.

PAC Update
The Performing Arts Center design phase has been completed by Steve Blatt Architects and the construction phase is set to begin.  Pre-qualification of suitable companies has occurred, and the next step is the selection of a company to make the design a reality.  The project is awaiting final Planning Board approval on June 20.  Ground-breaking is tentatively scheduled for mid-September.

Many thanks to the sunsetting PAC building committee, chaired by Gigi Sanchez.  Members of the committee included Karen Campbell, Mike Brown, Dan McKeone, Scott Poulin, Jen Segal, Kevin Rollins, Margo Harrington, Ryan Wallace, Edmund Paquin, Steve Blatt, Doug Breer, and Jeff Porter.

To get more information about the PAC, visit this link.
Architectural rendering of PAC house

PAC lobby rendering
3rd Year Teachers Celebrated
Teachers who are currently completing their third year in MSAD #51 go through a special rite of passage, transitioning from probationary to continuing contract status.  A third-year celebration at Prince Memorial Library marked this occasion for our third year cohort.  This event is connected to the Strategic Plan goal #3 "Investment in our Team."  Congrats to the 2017 third year cohort:  Rachel Adams, Michelle Bourget, Yana Davis, Jessica Foster, Peter Gillingham, Lori Gunn, Jacki Lyons, Joanne Matusko, Jennifer McCullum, Patrick Mulligan, Ericka Ouellette-Vigneault, Alyssa Robbins, Barry Saunders, and Karyn Thomas.

State Champions!

Congratulations to Greely Girls Track and Field Team for winning the Class B State Championship!  This is the first time since 2005 they have taken the state title.