It was a wonderful night for college aspirations at Black Mountain on the evening of January 28. Through a program sponsored by the Dead River Company and the Maine College Circle, twenty-six elementary students from RSU 10 schools received a $100 scholarship to support post-secondary plans. To qualify for the scholarships, students had to write an essay about the importance of college and what they hope to achieve by going to college. At the Black Mountain event, each recipient received a scholarship certificate, a tee shirt, and individualized recognition from the founder of the Maine College Circle, Bob Stewart. RSU 10 After School Programs Coordinator, Barb Radmore, organized the evening festivities, which included the awards ceremony and refreshments for parents, students, and teachers.
The RSU 10 Summer Technology Institute will be June 23 and 24. The Technology Committee will be developing a wide variety of options to support integrated technology. Teachers, administrators, and other staff who opt to participate will be able to learn new skills around iPads, library/media technology, teacher web presence, and other sessions to support teaching and learning. RSU 10 personnel and experts from other schools in Maine will facilitate sessions. More detailed plans will be sent to RSU staff soon after April break.
RSU 10 has a comprehensive nutrition program that provides breakfast and lunch for all our students. In addition to the regular nutrition program, RSU 10 schools offer special nutrition programs in coordination with the Maine Department of Education Child Nutrition and the United States Department of Agriculture. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program has increased fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in elementary schools. Students have the opportunity to have a healthy snack of fruits or vegetable every school day. This ensures that students are learning to develop healthy choices around snacking and make sure they are properly fueled during the school day. Breakfast in the Classroom is a program to ensure all students have the opportunity to get breakfast in the morning. Little teaching time is lost, as breakfast only takes 10 to 15 minutes for the students to eat. Many teachers use this time to take attendance, collect homework, deliver announcements or read to the class. Many teachers feel this is a valuable use of time and that their classes are more productive when students start their day with a healthy breakfast. Many teachers state that the time spent in Breakfast in the Classroom is more than made up in the quality of the instruction throughout the day. According to RSU 10 Nutrition Program Director, Jeanne LaPointe, “more students take breakfast when it is offered in the classroom. Research suggests that students who consume breakfast are more likely to have improved concentration and experience less discipline problems.”
The Steering Committee Task Force held a mid-school year meeting this week to discuss progress on district goals. The RSU 10 Steering Committee provides an important function of determining goals around curriculum, instruction, and assessment for all schools in the RSU. The committee meets regularly to monitor the implementation and outcomes of these goals. Led by Assistant Superintendent, Gloria Jenkins, the Steering Committee is comprised of teachers and administrators from all schools in RSU 10. Member of the Steering Committee provided reports on:
- Professional Development learning targets around the communication of learning objectives to students
- The development of a web presence for each teacher and administrator in the school district
- Progress on the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies in the various schools
- Utilization of The Art and Science of Teaching by Robert Marzano as a resource and reference for all teachers and administrators in the RSU
- Reviewing the status of Response to Intervention systems in each school and how each school responds to students who are not meeting learning objectives
Maine Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (MPCL) is a professional development model focusing on literacy education in grades K – 6. Each affiliated school has a full-time literacy coach who supports teachers as they continue to refine their literacy teaching. The support takes the form of on-site graduate-level courses, continued professional development sessions, one-on-one coaching with teachers, and demonstration lessons. MPCL schools enjoy a consolidated effort toward school improvement through a collaborative and ongoing relationship with the Literacy Area Programs and the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development. Several RSU 10 teachers are fully engaged in this partnership with the University of Maine. We are very pleased that our students can benefit from this high quality instruction. Through our partnership with the University of Maine, we will be able to improve teaching and learning in literacy to support all subject areas and ensure more of our students are successful in school through elementary school, middle school, high school, and beyond. Our literacy teachers who have received extensive, ongoing training through this partnership are:
|Jill Bartash||Dirigo Elementary School|
|Donna Bates||Hartford-Sumner Elementary School|
|Eileen Pew||Meroby Elementary School|
|Mary Buzzard||Rumford Elementary School|
|Karen McDonald||Mountain Valley Middle School|