Hello all! The temperatures are warming and the days are getting longer. It is a great time of year for students to get back outside and enjoy some sun. I hope that you all enjoyed some time with your children during the recent vacation.
Samantha Smith Challenge
This year MMS took on the Samantha Smith Challenge. This challenge is designed to help middle school students see how they can identify issues in their world and that they can play a part in solving them regardless of their age. Through this event we have had many groups of students tackle different issues like homelessness, abuse, sustainability and literacy. They then try to implement solutions to those issues. The results have been amazing including one of our students who won a contest for designing a healthy meal for a family of 4 for $10. We had students support the homeless shelters, domestic abuse shelters and address multiple environmental issues in our area. These students have made contacts with outside organizations and come up with unique ways to solve a local problem. It is a great approach that has students learn many things, not the lease of which is that they can each make a difference starting right now.
Each year it seems more and more difficult to fund our schools as the state continues to cut back on the funding for our district. The RSU 18 school board has put together a budget that attempts to balance being fiscally responsible and supporting the needs of the students we work with. I would encourage you all to take opportunities to vote on the school budget. The District Budget hearing occurs on May 7 at the Messalonskee High School Performing Arts Center starting at 6:00PM. This is the meeting where community members who attend will be able to vote on each article of the school budget and can make motions to change the amounts of the articles. By the end of the evening a budget will be passed and then all residents of the RSU 18 school district will have the opportunity to vote yes or no on approving that budget. This validation referendum is on May 19 and you can vote in your town. You can vote by absentee ballot if you are not able to get to the polls on that day. I appreciate your willingness to take the time to support our school budget
Celebration of Excellence
We are conducting our Celebration of Excellence this month. In past years we have had honors receptions, and have given awards at the 8th grade recognition night. This year we will be giving the awards out during our Celebration of Excellence. The 8th grade recognition night will then focus more on the student presentations and the transition ceremony to high school. We sent a letter to each student’s parents if they are receiving an award at the celebration. This event focuses on recognizing students for their work ethic, determination, dedication to learning and academic excellence. Each team selected two students in each content area who demonstrated these attributes. We will be celebrating with those students on May 18 at the MHS PAC with an awards ceremony followed by a reception.
May 1 – Relay for Life – This event is a combined effort to raise money for cancer research. Our students will join the students from Williams Elementary School and the students from Atwood Primary School to complete a one mile walk around Oakland. All money raised goes to the American Cancer Society. We will start around 1:00 and be back to MMS before dismissal.
May 4 – Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7 – District Budget Hearing (6PM at MHS PAC)- This is the town meeting style hearing where the school budget for the 2015-16 school year will be set by the community members in attendance. It is a very important meeting as it will have direct effects on how we program for our students at RSU 18. I hope that you will be able to attend.
May 13 – Cocoa with the Counselor (7:45AM in MMS Guidance Conference Room) – This is a periodic meeting where parents can come in who have questions about their children. Adolescence is a difficult time for children and their parents and it can be a difficult time to know what is “normal” or how to react to different situations. Come in and chant with our school counselors.
May 13 – Drama Production (10AM at MHS PAC) – Our Drama club will be performing Dr. Seuss’ Romeo and Juliet Restaurant Wars for the students. Parents are welcome to attend as well.
May 15 – MMS Fun Night (6PM-9PM)
May 15 – MMS Parent Informational Night (6PM-7PM at the MMS Library) – This event will focus on next year’s teaming configurations and 5th grade parents from the district have been invited to attend to learn about the transition to MMS.
May 18 – Team Highlands & Pemiquid Grade 8 Student Trip to UMO – This event occurs during the school day and gives 8th grade students an experience of what college can offer students. The trip and tour is fully funded from an outside grant.
May 18 – MMS Celebration of Excellence (6:30 at the MHS PAC)
May 19 – Budget Validation Referendum – This day is the time to vote on the budget that was passed on May 7. Voting can happen at your local town locations.
May 20 – Team Acadia, Boothbay and Popham Grade 8 Student Trip to UMO – This event occurs during the school day and gives 8th grade students an experience of what college can offer students. The trip and tour is fully funded from an outside grant.
May 21 – Early Release Day (Students dismissed at noon) – Our teaching staff will be working on different approaches to increase student engagement in the classroom through planning, feedback and tapping into thinking processes.
May 22 – No School – Teacher Workshop – Our teaching staff will be focusing on using their learning from the previous day to plan for the remainder of the year. In addition staff will work on Reasoning processes, and Instructional strategies.
May 25 – No School – Memorial Day
May 27 – Parent Informational Night (MMS Cafeteria at 6PM) – This is a transition meeting for parents of current 5th grade students who will be attending MMS next year.
May 28 – Beginning Band and Grade 6 Chorus Concert (7pm at the MHS PAC) – Our beginning band and grade 6 chorus will perform the music they have been working on this year. Come and check them out. They have made tremendous progress throughout the year.
May 29 – MMS Mad Skills Talent Show (MMS Gym 1PM-2:30) – This event occurs each year and students try our and perform their skill in front of their peers.