August 21, 2018
Dear Parents, Students and Community Members,
It is with great excitement that I welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year! I hope your summer has been relaxing, and you have discovered ways to stay cool in Maine’s record summer heat. The heat is one means of forcing us to take some well needed downtime as it requires us to take things a bit easier.
Our work this year will continue to focus on district and building goals. Our district strategic planning committee will continue the work begun last year and concentrate on creating a new strategic plan to be Board adopted by the end of the year. Much work was done districtwide last year in creating assessments for teacher evaluation. We will continue to revise and refine the assessments as needed, but our overarching objective is to continue to implement best practices that will lead to improved student achievement at all levels.
One change that we feel will have a positive impact on student learning is the new teacher contract that was settled in late May which extends the student learning day by ten minutes. This equates to approximately an additional week of learning time and is more aligned to the length of the student learning day in surrounding districts. This additional time may impact your child’s bus schedule. The bus schedule is posted on the district website and can be accessed HERE.
I hope you enjoy the remaining days of August! I look forward to our year together as we continue our work towards providing a world class education for all of our students.
Superintendent of RSU 5 Schools