RSU 57 Community Newsletter

January 23, 2023

Message from the Superintendent

Dear RSU 57 Community,

I hope this newsletter finds each of you safe and healthy after we’ve experienced multiple winter storms in the matter of four days. Mother Nature certainly has a way of finding a balance in all things. With a relatively quiet and uneventful December, followed by a first half of January with very little snowfall, these past few days have brought us back to a typical Maine January. It would appear that there is more severe weather heading our way later this week. I hope that all of you stay safe and that if you have lost power during this last storm that it is restored to you quickly.

Currently in our RSU 57 schools students in grades 3-12 are participating in our Youth Truth survey that seeks to gather student feedback on their educational experience in our schools. This feedback is something the RSU 57 leadership, teachers and staff value as we continually seek to find ways to improve. Additionally, once the results of the surveys have been returned to us by the Youth Truth organization, our district’s Strategic Planning Committee will utilize those results in its efforts to create a plan that will guide the work of RSU 57 for the next 3-5 years and beyond.

I wish all of you a safe and healthy week ahead.

Dr. Stephen Marquis

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After 22 rounds and an hour and a half of spelling, Julia Bryant emerged as the Massabesic Middle School Spelling Bee winner with the word “poppet”. An exciting tie breaking round for second place took place between Benjamin Stevens and Lydia Paul which lasted another three rounds until Ben spelled both “Angola” and “geopolitics” correctly. Julia and Ben will advance to the York County Bee on Tuesday February 7, 2023 and Lydia will be the alternate. Way to go, Mustangs! (pictured above)

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The Massabesic Center for Adult Learning is proud to partner with Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine to offer this free informational session. Whether you are a grandparent that has been raising your grandchild since birth, or a cousin that was granted guardianship last week, this is the opportunity to learn what is available to support you as you care for a relative's child. Families from Alfred, Lyman and Waterboro are invited to session one at Lyman Elementary on 1/25, and families from Limerick, Newfield, and Shapleigh are invited to our session at Line Elementary on 2/1. Childcare is provided. Click the button below to register.

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The RSU 57 School Board recognized student athletes on January 11th for their achievements as part of the SMAA All-Academic and All-Conference Teams for the Fall of 2022. The students pictured above represent a small portion of the over thirty students who received SMAA recognition. Congratulations, all! (pictured above)

From the Office of the Asst. Superintendent

Dear RSU 57 Families,

I hope you are all safe and well as we make our way through a batch of Maine winter weather. As I look out my office window on the Massabesic High School campus where once there was a clear view of our athletic facilities, now stands a 20 foot mountain of snow. Winter has most certainly made a comeback after our mild start to this winter season. With some extended time with my family this past weekend, my daughter, who is a junior in high school, had a bit of time to talk with me about her plans for college. College planning, the application process and considerations of affordability can be extremely stressful activities for families. With this being our first time as a family going through this process, I’ve been on the hunt for resources to provide us with some guidance and tips on how to make this process work best for my daughter and for us as a family.

One of those resources that I’ve found to be extremely helpful is the Finance Authority of Maine or FAME. The Finance Authority provides a number of resources for families looking for suggestions on how to make the college going experience as affordable as possible. One area to highlight is information on FREE Community College opportunities for the graduates of 2023. To access these resources please click HERE.

Have a safe and warm week ahead.

Kyle Keenan

Dates to Remember...

January 25 : School Board Meeting @ 7pm - East Training Center

February 8: Early Release Day

February 8 : School Board Meeting @ 7pm - East Training Center

February 20: President's Day (District Closed)

February 20-24: Winter Recess