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MSAD #51 District Newsletter - October 21, 2021

posted Oct 21, 2021, 1:37 PM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Oct 21, 2021, 1:38 PM ]


Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog 

To view Superintendent Porter's most recent Blog Post, click here.

Greely Goes GREEN Plan Update

At the Board meeting on October 18, Superintendent Porter provided an update regarding the Greely Goes GREEN Plan.  The plan adjustments were approved unanimously by the Board. A copy of his presentation can be viewed by clicking HERE.  
 

Stay Connected

Subscribe to our District's weekly newsletter by clicking here.
Follow us on Twitter @SuperMSAD51
Like us on Facebook at MSAD #51
Find us Instagram @msad_51
YouTube Channel MSAD #51
 

COVID-19 Cases

Below is a snapshot of the current positive COVID-19 cases.  For more information, including updated information regarding COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Information Center at: https://sites.google.com/msad51.org/covid-19-information-center

Current COVID-19 Cases

 

MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Meetings start at 6:30 pm in the Greely Center for the Arts at GHS unless otherwise noted.


October 27 - TENTATIVE Special Meeting via Google Meet
November 1 - Regular Meeting

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (http://bit.ly/msad51livevideo).

Ways to participate in a Virtual School Board meeting
Important: Be sure to include your name and town of residence if you are a MSAD #51 resident, or position if you are an employee.

Links
Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors Meeting Videos

 

Useful Links


Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule

 

If you would like something included in our weekly newsletter, please send a brief write up with title along with a JPEG or PNG image of your flyer (if applicable) to Fran Prentice for approval. The deadline each week is Sunday. Any requests received after Sunday will be reviewed for possible submission in the following week's newsletter. All approved submissions will be posted on the district's website.

Not all items in this email are MSAD #51 sponsored programs. If you need more information, please contact the group or organization that is sponsoring the event.

Maine School Administrative District #51
357 Tuttle Road, PO Box 6A, Cumberland, ME 04021
info@msad51.org   |    207.829.4800

MSAD #51 District Newsletter - October 14, 2021

posted Oct 14, 2021, 2:23 PM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Oct 14, 2021, 2:23 PM ]

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog

To view Superintendent Porter's most recent Blog Post, click here.

FREE Bus Driving Class

COVID-19 Update

Over the last week, there has been a slight increase in COVID cases in the district, including multiple cases from one cohort at GMS 4-5. This is a reminder to remain vigilant with regards to COVID safety such as daily symptom screening before leaving home. At school, we continue to emphasize best practices for hygiene, such as handwashing and use of sanitizer, weekly pooled testing for 55% of our students who are enrolled in this program to date, face masking while indoors, and social distancing when it is feasible to do so. 

We need continued help when our school nurses request a doctor's note and/or negative COVID test when your child is out with COVID-related symptoms. The school's efforts in making these requests are to ensure that our school community remains a safe environment for all students and staff. We recognize that this may be a hassle and inconvenience at times, and want nothing more than to have your child return to school as quickly as possible, but we also must uphold our commitment to keeping our schools as least disrupted by COVID as possible.  

Finally, please regularly check our FAQ document for the latest information about COVID issues in MSAD #51.

 

Stay Connected

Subscribe to our District's weekly newsletter by clicking here.
Follow us on Twitter @SuperMSAD51
Like us on Facebook at MSAD #51
Find us Instagram @msad_51
YouTube Channel MSAD #51
 

COVID-19 Cases

Below is a snapshot of the current positive COVID-19 cases.  For more information, including updated information regarding COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Information Center at: https://sites.google.com/msad51.org/covid-19-information-center

Current COVID-19 Cases


 

MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Meetings start at 6:30 pm in the Greely Center for the Arts at GHS unless otherwise noted.


October 18 - Regular Meeting

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (http://bit.ly/msad51livevideo).

Links
Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors Meeting Videos

 

Community Partners

Our Community Partners are strong supporters of various areas of the school.  Without them, our students would not have many of the wonderful opportunities and experiences that they receive.

Fall Greely Gear Sale

It's that time of year again, the Fall Greely Gear Sale is available!  The store will close on 10/24.  If you have any questions please email greelyPTO51@gmail.comhttps://greelyptosale.itemorder.com/shop/sale/ 

 

Community Notices

Community Notices are not affiliated with MSAD #51.  Please contact the organization directly with any questions.  For a full listing of Community Notices, please click HERE.

Cumberland/North Yarmouth Recreation - Early Release Wednesday Information

 

Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule

 

If you would like something included in our weekly newsletter, please send a brief write up with title along with a JPEG or PNG image of your flyer (if applicable) to Fran Prentice for approval. The deadline each week is Sunday. Any requests received after Sunday will be reviewed for possible submission in the following week's newsletter. All approved submissions will be posted on the district's website.

Not all items in this email are MSAD #51 sponsored programs. If you need more information, please contact the group or organization that is sponsoring the event.

Maine School Administrative District #51
357 Tuttle Road, PO Box 6A, Cumberland, ME 04021
info@msad51.org   |    207.829.4800

FREE Bus Driving Class

posted Oct 8, 2021, 10:33 AM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Oct 8, 2021, 10:33 AM ]


Fall Greely Gear Sale

posted Oct 8, 2021, 7:40 AM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Oct 8, 2021, 7:40 AM ]


It's that time of year again, the Fall Greely Gear Sale is available! The store will close on 10/24. If you have any questions please email greelyPTO51@gmail.com.
https://greelyptosale.itemorder.com/shop/sale/

MSAD #51 District Newsletter - October 7, 2021

posted Oct 7, 2021, 1:19 PM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Oct 7, 2021, 1:20 PM ]

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog

To view Superintendent Porter's most recent Blog Post, click here.

We Are Hiring!   

MSAD #51 is seeking candidates to join one of Maine’s premier school districts in the following immediate openings:

FULL-TIME SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS - Positions available at all education levels; prefer 5 day per week commitment - $150 per full day

DAILY SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS - $100 per full day

LONG TERM SUBSTITUTE GIFTED & TALENTED TEACHER - K-8 for Language Arts and Social Studies

K-12 EDUCATIONAL TECHNICIAN III - SPECIAL EDUCATION  
Multiple positions available working with functional life skills and behavior classrooms

EDUCATIONAL TECHNICIAN II - SPECIAL EDUCATION 
Multiple positions available working with functional life skills and behavior classrooms

EDUCATIONAL TECHNICIAN III - RTI BEHAVIOR
Mabel I. Wilson School (PK-3) and Greely Middle School 4-5; these are regular education positions

CUSTODIAN - Full time, year round, 2nd shift

FOOD SERVICE WORKERS - Positions available for 3-5.5 hours per day

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Full-time, district wide position; the Technology Support Specialist’s duties include resolving technical issues, maintaining hardware and software installations, and improving those systems.
 

To apply, go to https://msad51.tedk12.com/hire

MSAD #51 includes the towns of Cumberland and North Yarmouth. The district educates 2,129 students.

MSAD #51 is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Phase II of Equity Work in MSAD #51

We want all of our students to feel welcomed and as fully prepared as possible when they graduate from our schools, values that MSAD 51's mission statement, Strategic Plan, and the Maine Learning Results echo.  See this link for more information on how equity is tied to citizenship in a global society.  To learn more about Maine’s commitment to teaching equity in all its schools, read the DOE Joint Statement of Commitment and Support for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Maine Schools

As you know, Phase I of the district’s focus on equity work began in 2019 after a series of race-related issues surfaced in our schools. Since then, equity work has largely entailed awareness and educational opportunities, along with seeking direction on how our schools become more equitable places for all students to learn and grow in an increasingly interdependent global society.

As we enter Phase II of the district’s equity work, with outcomes clearly established, I am recommending direct facilitated support for the district’s equity steering committee in 2021-22 in order to support the strategic priority of equity and the Board’s corresponding annual goals that include the items below: 

  1. Adopt policy ACA: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education
  2. Review and implement a long-term District equity plan along with goals and target dates of accomplishments through recommendations from the Equity LSC and community engagement opportunities.
  3. Professional development for all Board members, completed by the end of the 21/22 school year.

On October 18, I will be recommending that the Board approve hiring Lawrence Alexander, Search Consultant and Practice Leader for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Carney-Sandoe & Associates, an educational leadership consulting firm located in Boston: https://www.carneysandoe.com. Given the intensity of equity work in this community over the last couple of years, I feel strongly that operationalized support is critical in achieving the district’s strategic focus and the Board’s equity goals for the year. 

Mr. Alexander has worked with other area school districts, including Yarmouth, Windham-Raymond, and RSU 21 (Kennebunk) all within the last couple of years in the area of equity. Additionally, he has done work for the Maine Superintendents’ Association and was their keynote speaker at the Winter Convocation in January 2021. He is recognized as an expert on equity practices in school settings.

Lawrence will be joining the Board meeting virtually on October 18 to provide an introduction, overview, and answer any questions the Board may have about his work. If you have questions that you would like him to address at the Board meeting, please share them HERE no later than Thursday, October 14. 

Smash the Stigma! Hope Garden Planting Event

We are partnering with the Yellow Tulip Project to bring our next event to the community.  The Yellow Tulip Project is fiercely dedicated to helping people know that there are ways to get help, people there for them and that circumstances can and will change.  The yellow tulip represents happiness and hope. The Yellow Tulip Project wants to help other realize that even in the darkest places, hope is always there and suicide should never be an option. https://theyellowtulipproject.org/

Stay Connected

Subscribe to our District's weekly newsletter by clicking here.
Follow us on Twitter @SuperMSAD51
Like us on Facebook at MSAD #51
Find us Instagram @msad_51
YouTube Channel MSAD #51
 

COVID-19 Cases

Below is a snapshot of the current positive COVID-19 cases.  For more information, including updated information regarding COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Information Center at: https://sites.google.com/msad51.org/covid-19-information-center

Current COVID-19 Cases


 

MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Meetings start at 6:30 pm in the Greely Center for the Arts at GHS unless otherwise noted.


October 18 - Regular Meeting

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (http://bit.ly/msad51livevideo).

Links
Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors Meeting Videos
 

Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule

 

If you would like something included in our weekly newsletter, please send a brief write up with title along with a JPEG or PNG image of your flyer (if applicable) to Fran Prentice for approval. The deadline each week is Sunday. Any requests received after Sunday will be reviewed for possible submission in the following week's newsletter. All approved submissions will be posted on the district's website.

Not all items in this email are MSAD #51 sponsored programs. If you need more information, please contact the group or organization that is sponsoring the event.

Maine School Administrative District #51
357 Tuttle Road, PO Box 6A, Cumberland, ME 04021
info@msad51.org   |    207.829.4800

Smash the Stigma! Hope Garden Planting Event

posted Oct 7, 2021, 9:14 AM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Oct 7, 2021, 9:15 AM ]

We are partnering with the Yellow Tulip Project to bring our next event to the community.  The Yellow Tulip Project is fiercely dedicated to helping people know that there are ways to get help, people there for them and that circumstances can and will change.  The yellow tulip represents happiness and hope. The Yellow Tulip Project wants to help other realize that even in the darkest places, hope is always there and suicide should never be an option.

MSAD #51 District Newsletter - September 30, 2021

posted Oct 1, 2021, 5:17 AM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Oct 1, 2021, 5:17 AM ]

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog

To view Superintendent Porter's most recent Blog Post, click here.

Pooled Testing Results

Pooled testing has begun in each building and takes place on Mondays and Tuesdays, depending on the grade level.  For the first two week so pooled testing, there were no positive tests.  Test results are typically received by the nurse by Thursday each week.  In the event that a pool tests positive, the nurse will BINAXNow test each person in the pool and continue with contact tracing at that point, if necessary.  If you do not hear anything regarding your student's test results each week, that simply means that their pool tested negative and no further action is needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Frequently Asked Questions document on the Greely Goes GREEN page is continually updated.  You can check this document for answer to your questions regarding the Greely Goes GREEN Plan.

Updated Daily Symptom Screener

The State of Maine has updated the daily sympton screener. Please begin using this screener effective immediately.  Please remember, students and staff ARE NOT PERMITTED to come to school/work despite vaccination status if they are feeling sick and experiencing symptoms.
 

Stay Connected

Subscribe to our District's weekly newsletter by clicking here.
Follow us on Twitter @SuperMSAD51
Like us on Facebook at MSAD #51
Find us Instagram @msad_51
YouTube Channel MSAD #51
 

COVID-19 Cases

Below is a snapshot of the current positive COVID-19 cases.  For more information, including updated information regarding COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Information Center at: https://sites.google.com/msad51.org/covid-19-information-center

Current COVID-19 Cases


 

MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Meetings start at 6:30 pm in the Greely Center for the Arts at GHS unless otherwise noted.


October 18 - Regular Meeting

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (http://bit.ly/msad51livevideo).

Links
Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors Meeting Videos

 

Community Partners

Our Community Partners are strong supporters of various areas of the school.  Without them, our students would not have many of the wonderful opportunities and experiences that they receive.

The Greely PTO Needs Your Help!

Parent University is a program of Greely PTO that was launched in 2015 to provide free, expert-led sessions on key topics for parents and families--often in collaboration with MSAD #51, Foundation 51 and other community partners. As we plan upcoming sessions, we want to hear from you to ensure that topics are meeting needs and are as relevant, timely and engaging as possible. Past topics include: parenting through uncertain times, youth sports, managing social media and screen time, coping with anxiety, racism, and financial literacy. Please take one minute to fill out a quick survey here.
 

Community Notices

Community Notices are not affiliated with MSAD #51.  Please contact the organization directly with any questions.  For a full listing of Community Notices, please click HERE.

Girl Scout Registration (K-Grade 3)

 

Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule

 

If you would like something included in our weekly newsletter, please send a brief write up with title along with a JPEG or PNG image of your flyer (if applicable) to Fran Prentice for approval. The deadline each week is Sunday. Any requests received after Sunday will be reviewed for possible submission in the following week's newsletter. All approved submissions will be posted on the district's website.

Not all items in this email are MSAD #51 sponsored programs. If you need more information, please contact the group or organization that is sponsoring the event.

Maine School Administrative District #51
357 Tuttle Road, PO Box 6A, Cumberland, ME 04021
info@msad51.org   |    207.829.4800

The Greely PTO needs your help!

posted Sep 30, 2021, 6:48 AM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Sep 30, 2021, 6:49 AM ]


The Greely PTO needs your help! 
Parent University is a program of Greely PTO that was launched in 2015 to provide free, expert-led sessions on key topics for parents and families--often in collaboration with MSAD #51, Foundation 51 and other community partners. As we plan upcoming sessions, we want to hear from you to ensure that topics are meeting needs and are as relevant, timely and engaging as possible. Past topics include: parenting through uncertain times, youth sports, managing social media and screen time, coping with anxiety, racism, and financial literacy. Please take one minute to fill out a quick survey HERE.

Smash the Stigma! - Create Awareness Now

posted Sep 24, 2021, 5:49 AM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Sep 24, 2021, 5:49 AM ]

September 28, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
GHS Library

MSAD #51 District Newsletter - September 23, 2021

posted Sep 24, 2021, 5:43 AM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Sep 24, 2021, 5:45 AM ]

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog 

To view Superintendent Porter's most recent Blog Post, click here.

Greely Goes Green Update

At the Board of Director's meeting on September 20, Superintendent provided a Greely Goes Green Update.  You can view his presentation by clicking HERE.  In addition, the FAQ's on the Getting to Green page are continually updated.

Student Flu Clinic

Greely HIgh School Gymnasium
Tuesday, October 5 from 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  

We will be partnering with Northern Light Home Care & Hospice to provide this clinic to our students.  Please click on the link below and complete the consent form by Monday, October 4, 2021.  You must type something into all highlighted fields, so please use NA if it doesn’t apply. Although the vaccine is provided at no charge, there is a cost to administer the vaccine. We appreciate it if you include accurate insurance information. Children presenting with an incomplete form will not receive their vaccine. There is no out of pocket cost and those without insurance will be vaccinated with the appropriate form completed.

MSAD #51 Online Influenza Consent Form

  • You will be notified if there is a change in the planned dates of school flu clinics.
  • Please take a moment to read the Vaccine Information Sheet are included. Please take a minute to read these. 
  • If you need a translated form or are unable to complete an electronic form, please let the school nurse know and we will send a paper form home. Or you can print with this link.
  • You do NOT need to print the form after completing it online.

All clinics will have injectable vaccines. In addition, FluMist (nasal spray) may be available at some clinics.  We cannot guarantee it for all clinics. Unless you clearly mark which type of vaccine you prefer, and there is no contraindication to either type of vaccine, the nurse at the clinic will determine which type of vaccine to use for your child

For information about flu and the vaccine go to www.maineflu.gov

For questions about the flu vaccine, call Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention (Maine CDC) at 1-800-867-4775, Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

For questions about the vaccine clinics at our school, please email your school nurse.  Please be sure to complete and return the Health Screen & Permission form! 

Sincerely,
MSAD #51 School Nurses

MSAD #51 Needs Your Help!

MSAD #51 seeks several people to supervise children in grades K-5 during lunch/recess (typically 11:00am-1:00pm). These are paid positions ($15 per hour). We also need daily substitutes all grades - $100/day. These positions will require the individual to obtain a Criminal History Record Check (CHRC) from the Maine Department of Education prior to beginning work.  If interested, please contact Fran Prentice fprentice@msad51.org or go to https://msad51.tedk12.com/hire to apply.

Stay Connected

Subscribe to our District's weekly newsletter by clicking here.
Follow us on Twitter @SuperMSAD51
Like us on Facebook at MSAD #51
Find us Instagram @msad_51
YouTube Channel MSAD #51
 

COVID-19 Cases

Below is a snapshot of the current positive COVID-19 cases.  For more information, including updated information regarding COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Information Center at: https://sites.google.com/msad51.org/covid-19-information-center

Current COVID-19 Cases

 

MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Meetings start at 6:30 pm in the Greely Center for the Arts at GHS unless otherwise noted.


October 4 - Special Meeting/Executive Session

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (http://bit.ly/msad51livevideo).

Links
Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors Meeting Videos

 

Primary School Building Project Information

For comprehensive information regarding the Primary School Building Project, please visit the project page at: http://www.msad51.org/home/primary-school-building-project

As many of you know, the district has been working on a plan for responding to enrollment increases at the elementary level and projections over the next decade. So far, two concept designs for two different schools have been developed; one in North Yarmouth behind the community center and another one on the district campus with the purchase of additional abutting property. The North Yarmouth site was abandoned a year ago after several issues arose with the property and the on-campus design was developed as a result. 

Over the summer, a new proposal was unexpectedly brought forward that the Board is reviewing at this time. Given the district's due diligence in reviewing this new proposal, the Board has decided to postpone an anticipated referendum in November as all options are weighed. More information will be forthcoming in the coming weeks as to the district's next steps in ensuring that a viable plan that meets the needs of students is placed before the community for consideration.

 

Community Partners

Our Community Partners are strong supporters of various areas of the school.  Without them, our students would not have many of the wonderful opportunities and experiences that they receive.

Smash the Stigma - September 28

 

Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule

 

If you would like something included in our weekly newsletter, please send a brief write up with title along with a JPEG or PNG image of your flyer (if applicable) to Fran Prentice for approval. The deadline each week is Sunday. Any requests received after Sunday will be reviewed for possible submission in the following week's newsletter. All approved submissions will be posted on the district's website.

Not all items in this email are MSAD #51 sponsored programs. If you need more information, please contact the group or organization that is sponsoring the event.

Maine School Administrative District #51
357 Tuttle Road, PO Box 6A, Cumberland, ME 04021
info@msad51.org   |    207.829.4800

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