Scarborough Public Schools

Weekly Newsletter - May 21, 2021

Masking Updates

In regards to outdoor masking as it relates to our schools, here are the expectations:

K-5: Continued use of masks for less structured recess when maintaining distance is difficult to self regulate and elimination of the requirement of masking for structured outdoor classes/activities.

6-12: Elimination of the requirement for outdoor classes/activities.

Weekly SPS COVID-19 Update

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FREE Transportation to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

We have recently just learned that there is free transportation offered to all Mainers who need a ride to and from a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for people who do not have access to reliable transportation, are unable to drive, or are otherwise unable to travel to their appointment. Before you call to schedule your ride, you MUST have a confirmed appointment before you schedule your ride, therefore rides are not available to the walk-in clinics. To schedule your ride, please call Modivcare at 1-855-608-5172 at least 48 hours before your scheduled appointment. Please read this information sheet with the full details of obtaining your ride.

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.

Author Visits Our K-2 Schools - Virtually

Samara Cole Doyon's Visit to Pleasant Hill School

This year's Lupine Book Award winner, Samara Cole Doyon visited Pleasant Hill School this past Tuesday to meet with students, share how her book came to be, how she uses similes in her book, and also to answer questions from the students. Samara will be visiting all three schools ths spring.

This author visit is the culmination of true collaboration. The High School Civil Rights Club collaborated with teachers and leaders to plan and implement learning opportunities for teachers and their students. The teachers went on to develop instructional activities focusing on celebrating identity to enhance the author's visit. A gracious grant award from the Scarborough Education Foundation has allowed all students to have their own copy of the book, Magnificent Homespun Brown.
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Advice from Samara Cole Doyon: write, write, write...

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Upcoming SPS Events - Mark Your Calendar!

SPS Revised School Calendar

  • May 26 - Town Council Meeting & 2nd Reading of the FY22 Budget
  • 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:

Maureen Kirsch at Eight Corners:

Laurie Olore at Pleasant Hill:

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 and someone from Technology will be in touch to assist you.