Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members,
It is with great excitement that I welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year! I am looking forward to returning as your superintendent for a second year as we continue to work together in our mutual pursuit of providing a quality education for our students.
I would like to thank the RSU5 community for your assistance in the passage of the 2017-2018 school budget. This budget will support our schools and district mission of “providing our students with a world-class education." This mission is the foundation for all of our work as we work towards continuous improvement of student achievement.
There is a lot of exciting work going on in RSU5. Here is a sampling:
- A Summer Institute for Teachers was offered at Durham Community School. Many of our educators participated in this professional development opportunity.
- This will be the first “official” year of implementing the new teacher evaluation system, which is based upon the Kim Marshall Model. This model provides frequent feedback to staff in order to assist in continuous professional growth. Last year staff identified the assessments that will be utilized for the student growth component. This will be the year to begin to track the data as part of teacher effectiveness.
- Proficiency-based learning continues to be implemented. Our incoming ninth graders will be the first class in RSU5 to graduate with a proficiency-based diploma. Policies and procedures have been created to ensure we are ready to fully implement this year. Proficiency based learning empowers students to develop the critical thinking and skills needed to succeed once they leave Freeport High School.
- This summer, multiple renovations have been taking place in many of our schools in order to ensure that we have quality facilities to educate our youth. The high school renovation will be completed when our students return and our hope is to have the track and field completed this fall.
As we move forward with our reform efforts, we value our community partnerships toward helping the students of RSU5 reach their potential. Through our combined efforts, I am confident that we will have a successful year!
Dr. Becky Foley
Superintendent of Schools