Message February 6, 2017


A WORD ABOUT SNOW DAYS

Dear MSAD #51 Families,
In case you may have been wondering why MSAD #51 schools were closed all day Wednesday, February 8 (as opposed to a more preferable 2-hour delay for morning ice conditions), this was due to the scheduled early release.

When there is a scheduled early release, the district cannot delay the start time for the schools (not even a one hour delay would work).  A delay and an early release both held on the same day would not meet the required number of hours to be considered a full school day.  Additionally, it would cause a fair amount of unnecessary confusion around child care schedules for many of our families.

This explanation applies to any future weather-related closings on scheduled early release days.  Please feel free to contact me if you have further questions regarding this procedure.
       
ROBOTICS
GHS hosted a regional VEX Robotics competition last weekend.  Great team robotics projects were on display. Many thanks to GHS science teacher Kelly Welch for organizing this event.


     STEM PARTNERSHIP WITH SIEMENS
Siemens Industry has expanded its partnership with MSAD #51.  Siemens has previously worked with the district on an energy conservation project, but now is bringing their knowledge of STEM to our 8th grade students during their science classes.  Students in Yana Davis, Jason Larriviere, and Jacey Morrill's classes have been learning the components of an energy project through field work. They have also built replica wind turbines from kits donated by Siemens.   Thank you, Siemens!

               Siemens Industry works with Yana Davis's 8th grade students on school Energy Audit

Siemens STEM educator works with Jason Larriviere's 8th Graders

     GMS GEOGRAPHY BEE
                                                Teddy Conway, Geo Bee winner at GMS

Teddy Conway, Megan Lawrence, Owen Hinsman, Alex Collins, Orion Guibord, Jameson Smith, Chris Martucci, Turner Gamache, and Jonathon Piesik all competed for the GMS school Geography Bee title last week.  Congrats to 6th grader Teddy Conway for being the school Geo champ.

CONGRATS NEW NHS MEMBERS
Seniors:
Molly Chapin, Natalie Fritzson, Victoria Lattanzi, Braden Megathlin, Kathryn Pare, Ben Wilson, Caroline Zambernardi.
Juniors:
Laura Arsenault, Brooke Bickford, Lillian Black, Ethan Brouder, Kelsey Currier, Rachel Ferris, Kallee Gallant, Lauren Gervais, Kathryn Hall, Caroline Isasi, Gretchen Manley, Nicole Morse, Ella Novick, Erin O’Donovan, Gregory Pershing, Madison Rawnsley, Bridget Roberts, Peter Theodores, Greta Van Curan, Chloe Waldrep, Rebecca Hamlen, Jen Spencer, Quinn Molloy, Safa Saleh, Courtney Sullivan.

PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP 
Congrats to Maggie Nolan and Sam Bonnevie, candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, the highest academic honor in the United States.

     ATHLETIC UPDATE
Boys and Girls Basketball teams continue their winning streak with the new title "Maine's Basketball School".  Great job with wins over Marshwood, Gray-NG, and Cape during the last two weeks.  

Congrats to Anna DeWolfe on being named Northeast Girls Recruiting Player of the Week.

The Girls hockey team has had impressive wins against Yarmouth and Edward Little.

Congrats to Kayley Cimino on being named Maine's Gatorade Player of the Year.

Jeannette Cunninghlam and Axel Lindsay both win Western Maine Ski Slalom at Shawnee Peak.

Katherine Leggat-Barr has been nominated for the Maine Sports Hall of Fame 2017 Scholar Athlete Scholarship Award.

Jackie Perlmutter is the MSAD #51 Maine Principals Association Award winner.

Molly Chapin and Ryan Megathlin are both Western Maine Conference Citizenship Award winners.


                                                      Maine's "Basketball High School"



     THANK YOU
A parent wrote this email to Greely swimming coach Rob Hale.  It exemplifies the kind of sportsmanship seen all around with our Greely student athletes.

"At each swim meet, I always see examples of camaraderie, sportsmanship and genuine caring amongst the swimmers.  When, at the end of this meet, Greely swimmers stood alongside Massabesic swimmers to cheer on the opposing team's last swimmers,  I couldn't stop grinning and cheering myself, for not only the awesome swimming but even more so for the amazing display of sportsmanship on view that night.  We'd all do well to take a few lessons from you and your team."

     CANDY FOR POLICE
Cumberland Police Lieutenant Milt Calder gladly accepted this "Cumberland Police Candy Survival Kit" from our FLS (Functional Life Skills) friends at Greely Middle School. The students created these treats for the police department in recognition of their hard work protecting the community.




SCHOOL BOARD APPRECIATION
January was School Board appreciation month.  Many thanks to our wonderful and dedicated MSAD #51 Board of Directors for their service to our children and community. Please say thank you to a Board member!