Dear Staff, Parents, and Community Members,
As the school year comes to an end, I wanted to reach out to each of you and thank you for your part in educating and advocating for our children/students this year.
We have so much to celebrate. A newly renovated high school will await the return of our students in the fall as well as a new track and field. We will be implementing a new math program at the middle and high school levels with the hope that our students will become even stronger in their math understanding and achievement. The U.S. World and News Report ranked Freeport High School fifth in the State this year, giving us one more reason to celebrate. Our students excelled as they performed in plays, choral and band concerts, and competed in numerous sporting events. Strong student centered teaching and learning took place in our classrooms every day, helping each of our students reach their potential. There were so many moments when I beamed with pride to be part of RSU5.
We also had our challenges. There were times when I questioned whether I had always made the right decision regarding a staff, student, parent or community issue. I learned many lessons. No matter how much we strive to have everyone feel their input is valued, with any given issue, whether it is busing, brown-tail moths, renaming the high school, lighting the track and field, or passing a budget, there are members of our community that sometimes feel they are not heard. However, one thing I know for sure is that every member of our community, whether it is a volunteer, staff member, or community member, advocates from a position that they feel will make us a better and stronger RSU. So even when we disagree, I respect the individual’s perspective and what they are trying to achieve for our students. As we move forward, the administrative team will encourage the development of high-functioning, collaborative environments in our schools, departments, and at the district level, where constructive dissent is valued, new ideas and innovations are pursued, and solutions are sought collectively. To achieve this goal, we must support one another through our shortcomings and failures as well as celebrate our strengths and successes. We will always be stronger together.
May the summer bring you rest, time with family, and rejuvenation. There is no better place than Maine to enjoy the summer! As I reflect on the lessons learned from this year, I look forward to facing the challenges and opportunities with you that next year will bring. Because this is a community supportive of education, there is no limit on what we can and will achieve! Thank you for allowing me to join you in this journey. Have a great summer!
Dr. Becky J. Foley
Superintendent of RSU5