Hartford-Sumner Teachers Review Writing Prompts

Writing prompts or essay prompts are school assignments that direct students to write about a particular topic in a particular way. With today’s great focus on writing education, writing prompts have become sophisticated teaching tools, designed to elicit specific writing responses from students. Because writing prompts are so integral to how writing is taught and tested, all RSU 10 schools engage in writing prompts as part of the instructional program.

Native American Perspectives

Ms. Buck’s students are studying Native American Perspectives.   This is an educational program about the land, the animals, and the people of North America; our continent, our land, our home.  The goal is to promote an appreciation and a better understanding of America’s natural environment, native wildlife, and historic past.

March 24 Budget Presentation

Social Studies Curriculum

RSU 10 Schools have been seeking the development of the vertical alignment of specific social studies process skills needed by every student from kindergarten through grade 12.  A group of social studies teachers has been meeting regularly to identify what skills and content students need to learn and at what grade level they should learn them.  This “vertical alignment” team of teachers has developed content standards around Geography, History, Economics, Government as well as how students should be able to apply their knowledge in these areas.

Read Across America

Students from Dirigo Elementary School and Meroby Elementary School spoke at a recent RSU 10 School Board Meeting about their work with Read Across America.  Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.  Hartford-Sumner Elementary School and Rumford Elementary School also participated in Read Across America.

Community Forum


The National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group hosted a public forum March 25, to discuss suicide prevention and awareness with parents, school staff, businesses and organizations.  About a dozen RSU 10 personnel attended this event at Dirigo High School.  Participants in the forum learned about warning signs, community resources, and basic intervention skills.

March Workshop 2014

RSU 10 held a district-wide professional development day on March 21.  A dozen different workshop sessions linked to school and RSU 10 goals were offered, including topics in childhood literacy, instructional web development, challenge-based learning, and student engagement.  These sessions were designed to enhance teaching and learning, improve the knowledge base of the professional staff, and support the success of our students.


District-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

February 12, 2014

PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school wide, classroom, non-classroom, and children-specific discipline plans. There are more than 10,000 schools in at least 44 states across the U.S. implementing universal school wide PBIS.  Recently, Professor Brian Cavanaugh of the University of Maine at Farmington facilitated a professional development session for RSU 10 personnel to support this program in district schools.