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 

Peter Theodores was elected as his town moderator and then as a state senator.

Ethan Brouder was the captain of his Quiz Bowl Team and also elected to the senate. He was also his party's nominee for president of the senate.

Braden Megathlin (class of 2017) was on staff as a junior counselor

Lily Black was elected to the senate.

Safa Saleh was elected to the senate and then elected as president of the senate.

Sarah Bailey (GHS faculty) is in her 12th year on staff.

Congrats GMS science teacher Jacey Morrill for participating in 52 hours of work during school vacations on behalf of the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center), assisting in ongoing research efforts at UMaine in STEM.  

Mid-Summer Facilities Update
1.  The Performing Arts Center project design plans are complete and ready to go to bid next week. The project estimates are within budget and alternates been placed in the bid process as possibilities if there are funds available. Bids are tentatively due on August 29, which will also be the day the bids are opened. The contractor will be selected with in a couple days after the bid opening and groundbreaking will take place in September. 

2.  As discussed by the finance and facilities committees in the spring, the district is using capital reserve funds to complete renovations at Mabel I. Wilson and Greely High School this summer. These alterations include remodeling the existing industrial arts area at the high school into a multifaceted, modern STEM and robotics lab; transitioning the current elliptical room over the pool into an alternative education space at GHS; expanding the life skills area at the high school; renovating additional classroom space at Mabel I. Wilson; and adding a technology work room at MIW. 

3. A modular classroom has been ordered and will be installed on the backside of the MIW gym later this summer after utility hook ups and ground preparations are completed. This will be a double-wide building with two full-size classrooms available with bathrooms.

4. The MIW energy project is separate from the other summer renovation work as it was approved as a lease-purchase. This project is being conducted by Siemens Industry and is slightly ahead of schedule right now, with the piping and heating/ cooling units mostly installed, along with new valves. This will be a significant improvement to the climate control at MIW.

Global Citizenship Project
Two Greely High School students, Josh Herreid and Jared Merrifield, worked on a project in their Global Citizenship class to spread awareness about the issue of littering. They picked up trash around town and in doing so decided to make a public service announcement about the issue. The goal of their video is to highlight the bad effects of littering and to decrease the amount of litter in our community. Thanks to Josh and Jared for their community activism.  

IB Diploma Results
CONGRATS to all six IB diploma candidates earned their diplomas with scores ranging from 29 to 38 (min score to earn a diploma is 24 and max possible score is 45).  World average score is around 28-29.