Focus on RSU 10 Library/Media Services

Each school in RSU 10 has a library that provides a wide range of services for our students and teachers. Gone are the days of the silent, oppressive rule-ridden library. I am happy to say RSU 10 libraries are very vibrant places staffed by energetic and creative Library/Media Specialists who are on the cutting edge of teaching and learning.  RSU 10 Library/Media Specialists play a critical role in supporting student learning. They are focused on teaching our students specific skills that will help them learn, study, research and inform themselves throughout their lives. Specifically, our Library/Media Specialists are engaged in supporting:

  1. Student Inquiry: Academic learning is no longer simply about students being able to learn what they are taught in class. Student learning in the 21st Century means that students are able to pose intelligent questions and respond to challenging problems. Library/Media Specialists play a vital role in helping students identify a multitude of electronic and print resources to be able to answer questions and solve problems.
  2. Guided Inquiry: Students need considerable guidance and support throughout the learning process to ensure that they are not simply “cutting and pasting” existing knowledge or text.   Library/Media Specialists and teachers educate students on how to create new knowledge from the analysis of a variety of informational resources.
  3. Literacy Competence: The amount of print information in the world has doubled, tripled, and quadrupled at an ever-increasing pace. How do students and professional educators discern high quality information from low quality information? Library/Media Specialists play a crucial role in encouraging our students to read more, read better, develop vocabulary, and develop a discerning eye for the information they read; they partner with teachers to support high levels of literacy for all our students.

Library BlogThis blog entry offers some descriptors and photos that should depict for you the role our Library/Media Specialists play in creating libraries that are geared towards Student Inquiry, Guided Inquiry, and Literacy Competence. Our libraries are providing an excellent service for our students and teachers.

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Buckfield High Theater


The Buckfield High School Drama Club presented a courtroom drama titled, “The Night of January 16.”  This thrilling production written by legendary author and Hollywood screenwriter, Ayn Rand was filled with twists and turns and included audience participation to determine the verdict.

ST Math Instruction


Created by MIND Research Institute, ST Math is game-based instructional software for K-12 and is designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning. ST Math incorporates the latest research in learning and the brain and promotes mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding. The ST Math software games use interactive, graphically-rich animations that visually represent mathematical concepts to improve conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. Rumford Elementary School teacher, Ms. Blank discusses a mathematical concept with one of her students utilizing this mathematics program.

Region 9 Culinary Program


Region 9 has a new culinary arts program.  The program will prepare students for the food and beverage industry in restaurants, resorts, and other public and private settings.  Instructor, Debbie Nokes and her students recently hosted a dinner for the Annual Region 9 Annual Board meeting serving dinner to over 50 people.  Students from Mountain Valley High School and Dirigo High School participate in the new program.

Mr. Long Welcomes School Board


Jason Long, Assistant Principal at Dirigo Middle School (DMS) and Dirigo High School (DHS) recently welcomed the RSU No. 10 School Board to DMS for their most recent meeting.  Mr. Long is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Maine at Farmington.  He was a teacher at Oxford Hills for ten years before he began his duties here in July.

Civil Rights Teams

The Maine Attorney General administers the Civil Rights Team Project, a school-based preventative program. The mission of the Civil Rights Team Project (CRTP) is to increase the safety of elementary, middle level, and high school students by reducing bias-motivated behaviors and harassment in our schools.  Students from Buckfield JR-SR High School and Mountain Valley Middle and High School recently attended a student workshop at the University of Maine at Farmington to support their teams.



Children’s Author Visits DES


Dirigo Elementary School hosted Josh Alves, a Maine author/illustrator from the Bangor area.  Josh shared his journey to becoming an author with pre-K to grade 5 students.  Josh also did a session with our after-school program and an evening session with parents and students.  Josh is a very talented artist and writer and he did a great job of inspiring our students to not only persevere in the writing/creating process, but to take risks and enjoy the journey of being a writer.

Veterans Day Celebration


Dirigo Elementary School hosted a Veterans Day celebration on November 10, 2015.  More than 35 veterans were treated to both a patriotically decorated school and a light breakfast.  The veterans were then the honored guests at the school’s monthly award assembly.  During the assembly, students from grade three recited the Pledge of Allegiance.   Grade four students shared the history of the national anthem.  Student essays and poems were read and special recognition was presented to area veterans.