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August 5, 2020 RSU5 Board of Directors Meeting Rescheduled to August 6, 2020

The RSU5 Board of Directors of Wednesday, August 5, 2020 to discuss the Reopening of Schools Plan has been postponed due to numerous power outages in the area. It has been rescheduled for August 6 at 6:30 pm. 

Agenda for the August 6, 2020 meeting

As always, the meeting will be livestreamed on the RSU5 website under the top menu bard "Board and Policies" - Board Meeting Video (Youtube)  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC97VXXLhRFRjSPv1wfo1ACA/

In addition, you will have the opportunity to join the meeting live online remotely and provide comments during public comment.  Use the following Zoom link in the address bar of your web browser. 

https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/83773882441

Meeting ID: 837 7388 2441.

You can also join by telephone at 1 646 876 9923 Meeting ID: 837 7388 2441

 

7-31-20 Reopening of Schools Update from Superintendent Foley

Please click HERE to read the letter.

7-15-20 Board of Directors Meeting - Zoom Link

July 15, 2020  Agenda
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Meeting ID: 885 8448 0714

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Meals Are On Us

FREE MEALS FOR ALL KIDS ALL SUMMER LONG!

Durham Community School Tues. & Thurs. from 8:30 - 11:00
Pownal Elementary School Wed. & Fri from 7:00 - 11:00
Freeport Middle School Tues. & Thurs from 7:00 - 11:00

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7-5-20 Reopening Update from Superintendent Foley

July 5, 2020

Dear RSU 5 Families,

Hope you found a way to celebrate the 4th in a safe, but fun way!

Thank you for filling out the recent survey where we sought to gather some information from you in case we need to be in a “hybrid” model at any point next year. I want to stress that no decisions about the beginning of school have been made, and it will be unlikely that anything will be decided before August 1. We are planning for three scenarios (full remote, partial remote, full return).

Summer Reading

Dear Parents and Students,

 

Summer has started and I hope everyone is enjoying the great weather.  At some point in the summer, we will all have to start thinking about September and coming back to school. We feel it is very important for students to continue to read throughout the summer.   There is a different summer reading assignment for each grade.  If you have questions about the assignments or books, please reach out directly to the teacher listed on the assignment.  There are books for grades 6-8 at the middle school to borrow.  The public library has curbside pickup now if you request a book and is hopefully scheduled to open soon.


 

 

Laptop and book returns

The school is open daily from 8-3pm.  Please return any materials, books, uniforms or laptops to the school. The front doors are open, and you can just leave your returned items in the plastic crates in the hallway by the office.

6/15/2020 - Parent Email

Dear Freeport Middle School Families,

We at Freeport Middle School are saddened by the death of George Floyd. His death has had a profound impact on discussions about race and injustice in our country. It has sparked a deep and broad reaction in our nation and the world. As demonstrators across the country protest social injustice, it is important that we at Freeport Middle School also reflect on how George Floyd’s death has affected our community and our students.  Although we believe that Freeport Middle School offers a safe and welcoming environment for all children, it is time that we examine the extent to which we foster a sense of respect and belonging for all students.  This summer our staff will be looking to assess and implement practices that support equality and inclusion. Our plan is to review Freeport Middle School’s curriculum, activities, and events and make substantive changes that will support inclusive practices for all students.  If you have feedback on this, please feel free to share your experiences and ideas.

Superintendent's Community Newsletter

Please click HERE to read the Superintendent's Community Newsletter.

Zoom Link for the June 10, 2020 Board Meeting

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Meeting ID: 861 6598 7073
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Zoom Link for the May 27th Board of Directors Meeting


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Meeting ID: 881 5709 9305


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May 13, 2020 Board of Directors Meeting - Agenda and Zoom Link

May 13, 2020 Agenda 

Additional information for Agenda Item #9.A. Solar Presentation Updated Purchase Agreement  - Board Vote  - Summary

Additional information for Agenda Item #12.B. - Budget Reductions
 

Below is the link to join the Wednesday, May 13, 2020 meeting remotely:

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Meeting ID: 890 6778 0269

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4-29-20 Board Meeting Zoom Link


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Meeting ID: 858 0420 5618

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Text of Dr. Foley's letter 4/24/2020

Text of Dr. Foley's letter 4/24/2020

IMPORTANT BUDGET INFORMATION - REMOTE PUBLIC HEARING INFORMATION AND ZOOM LINK TO PARTICIPATE

Due to COVID-19 and a recent executive order from Governor Mills, RSU5 will not have their annual budget meeting on June 17th as previously communicated.  Instead, on June 24th at 6:30 p.m., there will be a remote public hearing via Zoom to solicit public comment and questions on the FY21 budget.

June 24, 2020 - Public Hearing (remote hearing via Zoom)
To access the remote public hearing or to participate (provide comment/input) use the following link in the address bar of your web browser:  https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/83478837253  Meeting ID: 834 7883 7253
You can also Join by Telephone:  1 646 876 9923    Meeting ID: 834 7883 7253

July 14, 2020 - Budget Validation Referendum in each Town

Documents for the Public Hearing and Budget Referendum are below:
Regional School Unit No. 5 School Budget Public Hearing Guide
Regional School Unit No. 5 Notice of Public Hearing
Regional School Unit No. 5 Warrant and Notice of Election Calling Regional School Unit No. 5 Budget Referendum

4/10/2020 Update

This week we got the news we really did not want to hear.  We were all holding out hope that we would get to return to school in May or June.  I understand why the commissioner of education made the decision she did, but it is still not what we wanted to hear.  So with the new reality in Maine to finish the school year online, we will continue to focus on improving our instruction for our students.  

 

 

Text of Dr. Foley's letter 4/8/2020 - Continued Remote Learning
Text of Dr. Foley's letter 4/5/2020 - April Update

Text of Dr. Foley's letter 4/5/2020 - April Update

April 1, 2020 Board of Directors Meeting Access

The RSU 5 Board of Directors will meet remotely using Zoom. To join this meeting please follow the following instructions:

Copy and paste the following link into the address bar of your web browser:

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https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/707823794

Meeting ID: 707 823 794

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Meeting ID: 707 823 794

 

Online Update!!

Education has never seen a more drastic change in such a short period of time in our country.  Freeport Middle School is working very hard to adjust our teaching and learning to fit the new reality.  We have now completed one week of online learning. We are always reflecting on our practice and trying to get better.  Please feel free to reach out to us to give feedback.  We have created the following website to help put our online learning information in one place. (https://sites.google.com/a/rsu5.org/fms-remote-learning-website/home)


 

RSU 5 Board of Directors Meeting 3/25/20

The RSU 5 Board of Directors will meet remotely using Zoom. To join this meeting please follow the following instructions:

Copying and paste the following link into the address bar of your web browser
https://networkmaine.zoom.us/s/287866880

Meeting ID:    287 866 880

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Meeting ID:    287 866 880

3/25/20 Budget Documents
2020-2021 Superintendent's Recommended Budget Overview (Revised)
2020-2021 Superintendent's Recommended Budget Handbook (Revised)
2020-2021 Revised Page 11 of Budget Handbook
2020-2021 Potential Cuts/Savings

Text of Dr. Foley's letter 3/20/2020 - Continued Closing of Schools till 4/27/2020

Text of Dr. Foley's letter 3/20/2020 - Continued Closing of Schools till 4/27/2020

3/18/20 Board Meeting Has Been Cancelled
Text of Dr. Foley's letter 3/14/2020 - closing of schools till 3/30/2020

Text of Dr. Foley's letter 3/14/2020  - Closing of Schools till 3/30/2020

Coronavirus 19 Update from Superintendent Foley
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Maine CDC Info and Parent/Caregiver Guide

Coronavirus Letter from Superintendent Foley

March 1, 2020

Dear RSU5 Families & Staff,  

March is here, and our students and staff are still grappling with the flu. With the outbreak of Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) worldwide, this has added to the concerns about the safety of our students’ health. Thus far, there are currently no reported cases in Maine and the chance of an outbreak is low. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is responding by working with the Maine Department of Education (MDOE) to provide frequent guidance and updates to all districts throughout Maine. Additionally, we have a District Safety Committee that meets regularly to ensure the safety and health of all our students and staff.

Meetings with the Superintendent

Superintendent Foley and Assistant Superintendent Alexander will be "hanging out" at three upcoming events. This is just a time to stop by and chat about whatever topics are of interest to you regarding our schools and educating our students! Dates/times are below!

Mugs & Muffins: February 27 at PES 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Dessert Discussion: March 10 at FHS 6:00-7:00 p.m. 

Afternoon Tea: April 9 at DCS from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Vaccines Clarifications for Staff Vaccine Follow Up

Please read the following letter from Dr. Foley regarding clarification of vaccines by clicking HERE for a PDF version.

Charlotte's Web Charlotte's Web

DRAMA~

Charlotte's Web

We are in the home stretch! 

These actors, actresses, lighting and backstage specialists are ready to give you a spectacular performance.  

Join us on Friday, January 31 at 7:00 pm 

and

February 1 at 3:30pm

Freeport High School Performance Art Center (FPAC)

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!!

 

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Fund Raising

Freeport Middle School is currently doing our one major fundraiser for the school year.  100% of the profits from the Magazine/Cookie drive go to fund field trips, experiential learning and hands-on learning opportunities for our kids.  We receive 40-60% of the sales from the magazine/cookie drive.  If you are not needing to renew your magazine subscriptions or want cookies and just want to make a donation, you can send a check into FMS or just make a donation on this link to Freeport Middle School.  We would greatly appreciate it.

 

Here is the link:

https://www.paypal.com/cgibin/webscrcmd=_sxclick&hosted_button_id=CY6PPSLKE9HW8&source=url

 

Thank you very much, 

 

Ray

 

2019-2020 Bus Routes
Summer News

It is now the middle of August and all too fast it will be the end of summer and time to return to school.  I would like to welcome back all of our returning students and all of our new students and families to Freeport Middle School.  We are very excited about our upcoming school year.   

Students will receive a paper copy of an updated schedule on their first day of school.  On the first day of school all 6th-grade students will go to the cafeteria when they arrive at school and their teachers will meet them there.  The 7th-grade students will all start in the 7th-grade pod. The 8th-grade students will all start in the gym. If you log into PowerSchool you can also see an updated draft of your schedule (there may still be some changes prior to day 1).  Sixth-grade parents can use their 5th-grade login for PowerSchool to see their middle school schedule. If you have forgotten your password, please call the middle school office. If you have any questions regarding your child’s schedule, please contact Phyllis Latham, our guidance counselor at lathamp@rsu5.org.   If you have forgot your PowerSchool username or password, please contact Mrs. Decker at 865-6051, she will return to the office on Monday August 19th.

Student Schedules

We are currently working on finishing up all of the student schedules in PowerSchool.  We will send out an email in early August to let you know when you can check your schedule.  We will hand you a paper copy on the first day of school.  All 6th grades will start the first day of school in the cafeteria to meet their advisory teacher and get their schedule.  7th-grade students will start in the 7th-grade locker area to get their schedules.  All 8th-grade students will start in the gym.

2019-20 Supply List

Click here for a 5th-grade transition website to help parents and students.

Thanks,

 

Ray

Trimester 1 Honor Roll

Freeport Middle School is very proud of these students' outstanding academic accomplishments by earning a spot on the honor roll.
 

Indoor Track starts Monday 2/11

FMS INDOOR TRACK

FMS Writers recognized

On January 12th The Freeport Historical Society hosted the Second Annual Writing Contest.

The Freeport Middle School winning writers are: 

1st Place ~ Mia Horschild-Bear

2nd Place ~ Lillie Parent

3rd Place ~ Caroline Stasinowsky

Honorable Mention ~ Phoebe Keliher

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU!

Congratulations 7/8th Grade Math Team Math Team

The 7th grade Freeport team won second place overall at the December Southern Maine Math League meet.  The members on the team from left to right are Abigail Caouette, Yilin Wang, Connor Mills-Dudding, Teo Steverlynck-Horne, and Ian Smith

Email Notices

RSU5 recently transitioned to a new parent email communication system.

Honor Roll and Curriculum

 FMS Honor Roll and curriculum information

FMS Space Camp!

Please follow this link to learn more about FMS Space Camp.

Summer Reading Lists
Freeport Middle School Newsletter
Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for November 10, November 17, December 1 and December 8 (2:30-6:00 pm).

Scheduling will begin on Tuesday 11/1 at 9:00am.

Mongolian Music Dance at FHS

Freeport High School is honored to be visited by a performance troop from Mongolia on Friday, October 21st.

September 30, 2016 Newsletter
PowerSchool Grading

We are always looking to get better in what we do in the classroom and as a building.  We continuously improve our lessons, units, instruction and curriculum.  Over the past six years we have all been working hard to improve student learning. 

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