RSU 57 Community Newsletter

October 31, 2022

Message from the Superintendent

Dear RSU 57 Families,

A Happy Halloween to all our RSU 57 students and families! I hope this newsletter finds each of you healthy and having enjoyed yet another gorgeous Fall weekend. With this evening being Halloween I share just a friendly reminder to our students to be safe when participating in Trick or Treating festivities this evening. Be sure to wear some item that is reflective, stay together with friends and family and never enter a stranger's home. To those who will be driving this evening, please be sure to be alert, drive slow and be on the lookout for children walking on roadways, curbs and sidewalks. I hope for those who are planning on participating in Trick or Treat activities that you enjoy the evening!

We are entering the month of November. This month is certainly a busy one in our RSU 57 schools. Teacher-Family Conferences will begin soon. I hope that parents and caregivers take this opportunity to connect with their student's teacher(s) as a strong school-to-home partnership goes a long way in ensuring a successful educational experience for students. Additionally, the month of November is packed with various important happenings, a remote learning day on November 8th's voting day, Veteran's Day and the Thanksgiving Holiday. The month of November always seems to fly by and I have a suspicion this year will be no different.

Lastly, at our most recent RSU 57 School Board meeting, our School Board has approved the creation of a Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee as we look to create a vision for the future of our RSU 57 schools. The School Board is seeking participation from Community Members on several levels. The Strategic Planning Committee will include the following members:

  • Three community members representing 3 different communities
  • Three School Board members representing 3 different communities
  • Three municipal government officials representing 3 different communities
  • Three teachers representing elementary, middle and high school levels
  • Three administrators including the Superintendent, Grades PreK-6 and Grades 6-12

In addition to the opportunity for three community members to participate on the Committee, we will be holding a number of Community Forums and Round Table meetings to solicit feedback and input from as many members of our RSU 57 community as possible. This is important work and we will seek feedback from all stakeholders in RSU 57 throughout this year-long process. If you are interested in being considered as one of the three Community Member representatives on the Strategic Planning Committee please click HERE for more information and to submit an application.

Wishing you all a healthy week ahead.

Dr. Stephen Marquis

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Massabesic Middle School Halloween Festival!

This past Saturday, Massabesic Middle School hosted a community Halloween Carnival. It was attended by over 1,150 attendees! Wow! What a great night of bringing our RSU 57 community together. Thank you to Principal Grantham for her leadership and for the amazing planning and organizing by middle school staff members Cyrena Nielsen and Bailey Daigle! It was a fantastic event.

RSU 57 IS Hiring!

RSU 57 is actively seeking candidates for a variety of teaching and support positions. RSU 57 offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits packages and a supportive and fulfilling work experience. For information on current openings please visit our employment page found HERE.

Good Sportsmanship Award Winners!

The Maine Principals' Association has recognized our Massabesic High School Golf Team and Volleyball Team as recipients of the MPA Southern Maine Good Sportsmanship Award. This award is only given to one team per sport per classification each season. This is a tremendous honor and speaks to the way in which these Massabesic High School Student-Athletes conduct themselves in their competitions. Congratulations to both teams!

Remote Learning Day Reminder

Tuesday November 8th will be a Remote Learning Day for all students in RSU 57. Staff will be reporting to their schools and departments as usual. Each school has shared specifics with families regarding the plans for students and the expectations for their engagement in learning on that day. If you have any questions please reach out to your child's school directly.

From The Office of the Assistant Superintendent

I hope this newsletter finds all of you healthy and well. One comment I'll hear from both parents/guardians and educators is that our youngest students struggle more with unstructured play than students from 10 to 20 years ago. There may be a number of contributing factors to this, but certainly for many of our students, the pandemic has resulted in less interaction with friends and playmates during some key developmental years. Despite that barrier, there are a number of ways caregivers can promote play, engagement with others and enriching experiences that can lead to more positive developmental outcomes for their child.

Below is linked a brief article from that provides some concrete strategies that caregivers can utilize to help promote healthy brain development and the strengthening of a child's social-emotional intelligence. Enjoy the read.

Brain Development - Ages 2 through 7

Have a great week!

Kyle Keenan

Assistant Superintendent

More Happenings Around RSU 57!

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That was some good ice cream!

Waterboro 2nd grader Liam pauses for a picture at the Waterboro Elementary School evening Book Fair and Family Math Game Night. The event was extremely well attended and the ice cream was a big hit!

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 4: End of 1st Quarter Scoring Period at Middle and High School
  • November 8: Election Day - Full Remote Learning Day for All Students
  • November 11: Veterans' Day - No School
  • November 16: Early Release Day
  • November 23-25: Thanksgiving Holiday Break - Happy Thanksgiving!