RSU 57 Community Newsletter

January 9, 2023

Message from the Superintendent

Dear RSU 57 Community,

I hope this newsletter finds all of you having enjoyed a healthy, happy and restful holiday season. The often hectic times of the holidays are now behind us and winter is now in full swing. As I’ve mentioned in previous newsletters, with the occurrence of inclement weather, we do our best to balance the goal of keeping to our school calendar while always having the safety of students and staff as our first priority. I’m hopeful that our relatively mild winter to date can continue through January, however, when weather conditions do call for either a delayed start or a snow day we will communicate that information with families and staff in as timely a manner as possible.

As we approach the middle of January, we are closing in on the half-way mark of the academic school year. It seems that with each passing year, the days go by faster and faster. With the coming of the mid-year point, our high school students are preparing to reach the end of their first semester courses. At MHS this semester student overall academic performance and course passing rates are at the highest levels they’ve been in recent years. The work of the MHS administration, teachers and staff should be commended for working to increase the level of academic focus and urgency in the building, while also working equally hard to create a school culture that is welcoming and supportive. There is much work left to be done, but I am particularly proud of the progress that has been made thus far.

There is much to celebrate across RSU 57 and I hope you enjoy seeing some of the highlights of happenings in our district in this week’s newsletter.

Wishing you all a productive and healthy week ahead.

Dr. Stephen Marquis

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The Massabesic Middle School Student Council collected linens, blankets, and

pillows for York County Shelter Programs before the start of the holiday season.

Thank you to the MMS community for their generous support!

Move More Challenge

Join the “Move More Challenge” through Maine Health and win a ticket to a 2023 Portland Sea Dogs Game! Participation is easy:

1. Download the Move More Challenge participation form using the link below.

2. Complete 1 hour or more of physical activity every day. Check off each week you complete 7 hours of physical activity on the form. Complete as many weeks as possible to earn a free ticket.

3. Submit your completed form by mail or email by March 31, 2023.

4. Challenge participants can join in the pre-game parade around Hadlock Field on the day of the game. You can also enter for a chance to throw the first pitch at the Sea Dogs Game you attend!

We encourage all family members to join in and move more with your children! When children see their caregivers being active, they are more likely to move more themselves.

Click HERE to start moving!

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Miss Chu's 3rd grade class at Shapleigh Memorial participated in a STEM challenge right before Holiday Break. Students were challenged to build a tree that could stand by itself using only straws, pipe cleaners, beads, and dot stickers. Way to go, Mustangs!

From the Office of the Asst. Superintendent

Dear RSU 57 Community,

Wishing all of you a belated Happy New Year. I hope that 2023 proves to be one of health and good fortune for all of you.

In this week’s newsletter, I’d like to share some resources for families who are navigating the many challenges of children, teenagers and young-adults utilizing various forms of social media. As a dad of three teenagers, I see first hand these challenges in my own home. After watching a recent 60 Minutes episode that featured a story related to a lawsuit being brought forth by over 1,200 families against various social media companies, I felt some resources for families on how to have a conversation with their child about social media, its potential dangers and some of the ways to mitigate those might be helpful to some of our RSU 57 parents and caregivers.

I have linked a brief article below from the University of Utah that discusses some of the research that has been done regarding young people and the use of social media, along with some tips for parents/caregivers on how to support their child’s healthy use of social media. For families seeking additional resources, our school counselors can help families identify additional resources to navigate an often challenging conversation with teenagers.

Wishing you all a healthy and happy week ahead.

Kyle Keenan

Dates to Remember...

January 11: Early Release Day

January 11: School Board Meeting - East Training Center @ 7pm

January 16: Martin Luther King Jr Day (District Closed)

January 20: End of Quarter 2 Reporting