Scarborough Public Schools

Weekly Newsletter - May 28, 2021

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Friends,


This week it was good news to hear that Maine recorded the lowest number of COVID-19 cases since last fall. In addition, over seventy percent of Maine residents of twelve years old or older have had at least one dose. We continue to be eager to have all our students return to their classrooms full time in the fall.


The other positive news is we are progressing along well with our proposed FY22 school budget. At the recent Town Council special meeting the council members unanimously approved the FY22 Municipal Budget. The school portion of the budget is unchanged from the proposal adopted by the Board of Education at their second reading on May 20, 2021. As a reminder the School Budget requires a referendum election. Please note the voting of this will take place on June 15, 2021 at Scarborough High School - we need and appreciate your support to ensure that we have the resources to serve our students in the coming school year. Absentee ballots and early voting options are already available. For more information visit School Budget Election Details on the Town website.


As we approach Memorial Day please be reminded this is a time to commemorate those who gave their lives in service to our country. Have a safe, relaxing and enjoyable weekend.



Sincerely,

Sanford Prince IV


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Weekly SPS COVID-19 Update

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Spring Assessment Information

This year, we made several appeals to Maine's Department of Education seeking a waiver from the state testing requirement. The third and final appeal was made directly to the Commissioner of Education in March and was denied.


As the assessments themselves are new and the accountability and reporting will look different (they will not be used or reported publicly as they have been in the past, per DOE communication as they currently are seeking a federal waiver for accountability). Please know that in any case, we will not be using the state assessment data to make instructional or program decisions. In fact, the MEA Science assessment is an operational field test with no items available from which students can practice other than to learn how to navigate the online assessment.


We will continue to use the i-Ready Diagnostic data this spring to assess growth from fall to spring and identify areas for curriculum improvements for reading and math. As there is overlap with both the state test and i-Ready, we will analyze and compare data from both to determine assessment planning for next year. We are quite concerned about over testing our students both this spring and next year.


Click here for additional information on the spring assessments as well as opting out of state testing.

Upcoming SPS Events - Mark Your Calendar!

SPS Revised School Calendar


  • May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 3 - School Board Meeting
  • June 15 - School Budget Validation Referendum Vote
  • June 17 - School Board Meeting
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Final Week of 2020-2021 School Year

The last day of the 2020-2021 is currently slated for Friday, June 18, 2021.


  • Cohort A will turn in devices on their last day on June 15. There will not be remote instruction June 16- 18.

  • Cohort B will turn in devices on their last in person day(s) June 18.

  • Cohort C will be complete on June 18. Families should return devices to their respective school.

  • Cohort D students may follow their individualized schedules through June 18.

  • ESY or summer academy students will keep their current device.

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2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration Packets are Available


Kindergarten registration packets are now to be ready to downloaded! You will need to print the packet before dropping it off at your school; unfortunately we do not have online registration at this time. Download the 2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration packet by clicking here.



If you need a packet mailed to you, please contact:


LyndaLee Landry at Blue Point:

llandry@scarboroughschools.org


Maureen Kirsch at Eight Corners:

mkirsch@scarboroughschools.org


Laurie Olore at Pleasant Hill:

lolore@scarboroughschools.org


Families will be able to drop off completed paperwork beginning Wednesday, May 5th at the school their child will attend. Due to physical distancing requirements we will ask families to sign up for a Wednesday afternoon time slot (1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.). The sign up link will be in the same email notification with the registration paperwork but just in case you are planning ahead, the dates will be May 5th, May 12th, May 19th and May 26th.


2021-2022 Pre-Registration Form

Fully Remote Preparedness Plans

Linked here, you will find an overview to Scarborough Public Schools Fully Remote Preparedness Plan, which was shared with the School Board at their December 3, 2020 meeting. Although our goal is to maintain in person learning to the greatest extent possible, there needs to be adequate staffing to facilitate in person learning.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you review the UPDATED Student Health Self Assessment questions EVERY DAY before sending your child off to school.


TOGETHER, we can make our schools as safe as possible!

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Links to Our Schools

Tech Support

For technology assistance with SPS student laptops, please send a message to techsupport@scarboroughschools.org and someone from Technology will be in touch to assist you.