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RSU 34 Community Connections         Regional School Unit No. 34, 156 Oak Street, Old Town, ME 04468   Volume 3, No. 1   August 2011




        Kindergarten and second graders
        with one of the two Pin Oak trees
        planted recently on the playground
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First floor layout of the new Science-Art-Technology Wing
at Old Town High School shows two science classrooms on
the east side of the wing, two art classrooms on the west
side, and the applied technology lab on the north side. The
second floor has four science labs.




Nickerson & O’Day is apparent low bidder for
new Science-Art-Technology Wing at OTHS
   Nickerson & O’Day of Brewer is             ted a base bid of $3,969,540 for the          the site work, Norris Preble Co. of          Schools David Walker says he was
the apparent low bidder for construc-         two-story addition, along with eight          Madison, ME, for the mechanical              pleased by the bid results. He said
tion of the new Science-Art-Technol-          alternate bids totaling $284,105.             work, and ABL Electric of Topsham            the Nickerson & O’Day bid was
ogy Wing at Old Town High School.             The principal subcontractors are              for the electrical work.                     very close to the budget amount
   The Brewer contractor submit-              Sargent Corp. of Stillwater for                  RSU 34 Superintendent of                  projected by the architect, WBRC
                                                                                                                                         Architects and Engineers of Bangor.
                                                                                                                                            The bid opening was held at 2 p.m.
                                                                                                                                         on August 18 at the Leonard Middle
                                                                                                                                         School library, with a total of six bids
                                                                                                                                         submitted. The difference between
                                                                                                                                         the high and low bids, including
                                                                                                                                         alternates, was less than $200,000.
                                                                                                                                            The successful bid must be ap-
                                                                                                                                         proved by the RSU 34 Board of
                                                                                                                                         Directors, which was scheduled to
                                                                                                                                         take up the matter at its regular
                                                                                                                                         meeting on Wednesday, August 24.
                                                                                                                                            Mr. Walker said work on the
                                                                                                                                         project will begin as soon as the
                                                                                                                                         contractor and subcontractors can
                                                                                                                                         get set up, which could be as early
                                                                                                                                         as the last week of August or the
                                                                                                                                         first week of September.
                                                                                                                                            The construction site—the area
                                                                                                                                         formerly occupied by the old “shop”
                                                                                                                                         building—will be fenced off. Stu-
                                                                                                                                         dents will get to and from the por-
                                                                                                                                         table classrooms by walking through
                                                                                                                                         the gym. The roadway between the
                                                                                                                                         gym and the portables will be closed
                                                                                                                                         off, and all the construction traffic
                                                                                                                                         will be directed behind the portables.
                                                                                                                                            The new addition will house six
Drawings of the west elevation (above) and the north elevation of the new Science-Art-Technology Wing at Old Town High School.
                                                                                                                                         new science labs, two art classrooms,
                                                                                                                                         and an applied technology labora-
                                                                                                                                         tory, which will be ready for students
                                                                                                                                         when school starts in the fall of 2012.
                                                                                                                                            The existing science classrooms
                                                                                                                                         will be renovated for use as regular
                                                                                                                                         classrooms during the summer of
                                                                                                                                         2012.
                                                                                                                                            After students left school for the
                                                                                                                                         summer, efforts began quickly to
                                                                                                                                         move affected classrooms to their
                                                                                                                                         temporary homes for the construc-
                                                                                                                                         tion year, and the district auctioned
                                                                                                                                         off equipment that was too old to
                                                                                                                                         reuse in the new building. The
                                                                                                                                         existing garage was relocated to a
                                                                                                                                         new concrete pad, and crews from
                                                                                                                                         Thorton Construction of Milford
                                                                                                                                         completed the demolition/salvage of
                                                                                                                                         the old “shop” building.
                                                                                                                                            A webcam has been set up to
A crew from Thornton Construction of Milford removes the final steel posts and girders from the old shop building behind Old Town High   provide a “window” on construction
School and loads them on to a lowbed trailer to be hauled away. The shop building was demolished to make room for the new Science-       activities. The video is available on
Art-Technology Wing at the high school. The garage was moved to a new pad.                                                               the RSU 34 website, www.rsu34.org.
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  Superintendent’s Message
     As we start a new year, thanks for your continued support—and don’t forget
     that education is the key to our ability to compete in the global economy
                                         By David Walker, Superintendent of Schools, Regional School Unit 34
     Again, it is with excitement         portunities for our children and to   provide all students with engaging                       Please join me in taking a mo-
  and pride that I present to you         deliver those opportunities in the    and empowering learning experi-                       ment to celebrate and take pride in
  the annual “Back To School” issue       most cost-efficient manner. Your      ences. We want to develop inquisi-                    the good work of our students and
  of Community Connections. This                                   support of   tive, creative, resourceful think-                    staff represented in these pages.
  issue contains end of the year                                   our school   ers; informed citizens; effective                     You will read about initiatives
  highlights from this past school                                 budget       problem-solvers; groundbreaking                       developed in response to, and in
  year, along with valuable infor-                                 referendum   pioneers; and visionary leaders.                      full recognition of, the need to con-
  mation regarding the upcoming                                    at the polls    To accomplish this, we need                        stantly improve how we deliver the
  school year. I hope you share in                                 this past    your support as we transition from                    very best possible educational op-
  my pride and excitement as you                                   June is a    schools as information factories                      portunities. Initiatives to improve
  read about the accomplishments of                                reflection   to schools that are incubators of                     teacher and student performance,
  our students and staff highlighted                               of your      exploration and invention. We,                        initiatives to lower our drop-out
  in this edition. I also hope you                                 continued    as educators, must be more than                       rate, and initiatives to provide up-
  find the information about the new                               dedication   information experts. We must be                       dated facilities necessary to deliver
  school year helpful. As always,                                  to the chil- collaborators in learning, seeking                    educational programs in the 21st
  do not hesitate to call any of the           David Walker        dren and     new knowledge and constantly                          century. Please join with and sup-
  school offices, or my office, if you                            future of     acquiring new skills alongside our                    port your schools as they work to
  have questions.                         our communities, and is very much     students. Students must be fully                      meet the challenges and best serve
                  * * *                   appreciated.                          engaged in school—physically,                         the needs of the children of our
     As we begin another school              Education is the key to econom-    intellectually, socially, and emo-                    communities.
  year, I wish to thank the citizens      ic growth and prosperity and to       tionally. Your support in making                         We look forward with anticipa-
  of RSU #34 for your continued           our ability to compete in the global  sure your student is at school, on                    tion to the 2011-2012 school year
  support. The adopted budget             economy. It is the path to good       time, ready to learn is critical to                   and, with your assistance, provid-
  represented our effort to offer the     jobs and higher earning power.        our success.                                          ing the best possible educational
  very best possible educational op-      With this in mind, we strive to                       * * *                                 opportunities to our students.



Technology report: Lenovo X120e’s for OTHS freshmen; new managed
wireless network at OTES; upgrades at Viola Rand, Alton Elementary, LMS
    By Jef Hamlin, IT Director                                                                                                         figures don’t even take into consid-
   Once again, the summer has been                                                                                                     eration things like carbon footprint
busy for the IT Department, getting                                                                                                    and space savings as well as a more
ready for a new year. We continue                                                                                                      durable display (no “burn-in” like
to improve the infrastructure of our                                                                                                   the old CRT monitors).
networks and have consolidated sev-                                                                                                                    * * *
eral servers and server functions to                                                                                                      Viola Rand Elementary in Brad-
reduce the number of servers needed                                                                                                    ley will get a Library/Tech Center
to run the district, thus eliminating                                                                                                  makeover with an upgrade to some
the need to purchase new servers                                                                                                       of the computers and a new projec-
this year. There is also an ongoing                                                                                                    tor (a larger projector screen was
effort to upgrade in-district connec-                                                                                                  put in last year).
tivity as well as internet connectiv-                                                                                                                  * * *
ity. Future upgrades should bring                                                                                                         Alton Elementary has been build-
over 90% of the district to Gigabit                                                                                                    ing a pretty solid technology base,
fiber connectivity both within our lo-                                                                                                 and we hope to add another “calf”
cal area network (connecting the six                                                                                                   (mini-COW – Computer On Wheels)
schools) as well as to the internet.                                                                                                   as well as upgrading their wireless.
                * * *                                                                                                                                  * * *
   We are now in our second year                                                                                                          The middle school has achieved
of the high school one-to-one pro-                                                                                                     true one-to-one, at least in number
gram, and this year’s freshmen will                                                                                                    of computers to number of kids, and
receive new Lenovo X120e’s. These                                                                                                      is now in a maintenance mode where
machines are somewhat of a hybrid                                                                                                      things like the Mac minis at the
between a netbook and a laptop.                                                                                                        sixth grade level are concerned. We
They are compact and light, but sport    Old Town High School freshmen will receive Lenovo X120e computers this fall. They’ll          are replacing machines that have
                                         use the same computers during the school year throughout their OTHS career, and
a 12-inch screen and slightly larger                                                                                                   failed and upgrading aging equip-
                                         they’ll be able to take the computers with them when they graduate.
keyboard. Like the Dells last year,                                                                                                    ment. New projectors are on the
they come with Windows 7 Pro, 2GB        managed wireless network at Old              various estimates and studies, this              plate as well as a portable polling
of memory, a suite of software chosen    Town Elementary School. The new              translates to anywhere from $20 per              system that can help make class-
by the Freshman and Sophomore            system should give better coverage           monitor per year to $35 per monitor              rooms even more interactive. Google
Teaching Teams, and a four-year          and additional capabilities. The             per year, meaning that the monitors              Apps is coming to LMS as well to
warranty. They also have the larger      system was purchased with input              will pay for themselves within 3 to              help make the student/teacher envi-
320GB hard drives. The cost for          from our parent volunteer group,             4 years on electricity alone. These              ronment even more collaborative.
these machines was on a par with         which has been helping out with

                                                                                                RSU
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last year and still a significant sav-   things like computer updates and
ings over the state’s MLTI offering.     network cabling in the building.
   The freshmen will continue to         The new system is cloud-based and
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use the same computer during the         does not require the purchase of a
school year throughout their career      physical controller used to manage
at Old Town High School. When            the system. This has allowed us to
they graduate from OTHS, they will       save a little money and replace the
be allowed to keep their computer.       computer lab in the library with new            is published by Regional School Unit 34 for the citizens of Alton, Bradley, and Old Town.
   In future years, RSU 34 plans         Mac minis. In association with the
to provide all incoming freshmen         library lab project, the district is                   David Walker, Superintendent of Schools
at Old Town High School with             making an effort to replace all of the                    Jon Doty, Director of Curriculum,
individual netbooks or laptops, so       old, CRT type monitors with LED
that by the 2013-14 school year,         monitors. These new monitors are
                                                                                                      Instruction, and Assessment
all students at OTHS will have 1:1       brighter, have bigger screens, and                 David C. Wollstadt (www.schoolnewsletters.net) volunteer editor
netbooks or laptops that they will       actually take up less space! Even                  Many thanks to the teachers, administrators, students, and parents who contrib-
be able to keep after graduation.        better, we will save approximately              uted to the successful publication of this issue with articles and photos. To persons
                * * *                    80% on electricity. Translating this            unidentified we apologize. Each contribution is greatly appreciated.
   We have invested in a new             to dollars is a bit tricky, but based on
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                                                                 OLD TOWN HIGH SCHOOL
                                                                                     Scott Gordon, Principal
                                                                                     827-3910




  Principal’s Message
               Old Town High School: ‘Where students are
               challenged to learn and supported to succeed’
                                                     By Scott Gordon, Principal, Old Town High School
     I hope you all had an opportu-       will have their first day of school.                    * * *                         students who have a history of strug-
  nity to enjoy some of the wonderful                     * * *                     Beginning last year, and continu-           gling at OTHS. We are very excited
  Maine weather that we experienced          During the month of September,      ing through this school year, our              about both facets of the program
  this summer. The faculty, staff,                                   Old Town    faculty and staff will participate in          as they have been needs here for a
  and administration at Old Town                                     High        the self-study phase of our accredita-         while. Postcards were mailed home
  High School are very excited about                                 School      tion process with the New England              with more details and parents and
  the upcoming school year for all of                                will break  Association of Schools and Col-                students who are interested in get-
  our students.                                                      ground      leges. The self-study typically takes          ting more information can email Kim
     We have some exciting devel-                                    on what     12-18 months and is a process for              Saucier at kim.saucier@rsu34.org.
  opments, which we believe will                                     will be a   schools to take an in-depth look at                            * * *
  continue to help us strive to meet                                 new Art/    their current practices to draw and               This year is the final year of the
  our new mission statement:                                         Science/    substantiate conclusions about how             MELMAC grant. We will continue
  “Old Town High School – where                                      Technol-    well they meet each standard for ac-           to offer the programs that have
  students are challenged to learn                                   ogy Educa-  creditation. We will ask parents and           been put in place by that grant
  and supported to succeed.”                                         tion wing   some members of the community to               - Brown Bag Lunch, Sophomore
                  * * *                                              located on  assist us along the way as well. All           College Trips, Honor Roll/On a Roll
     Our first school day is on Tues-                                the back-   of our efforts are pointing us toward          celebrations, Passport to Your Fu-
                                                Scott Gordon
  day, September 6th and will be for                                 side of the October of 2012, when NEASC will               ture Day (September 21st), as well
  Freshmen only.                          school. This addition will provide     return to Old Town High School for             as other activities that encourage
     This day gives a chance for our      a tremendous improvement to our        the next decennial visit.                      students to consider college or post-
  newest high school students to          space and facilities for teaching and                   * * *                         secondary schooling as an option
  become acquainted with the build-       learning to occur in art and science.     Old Town High School has re-                for life after Old Town High School.
  ing, the teachers, and many of the      It will also mean the end of por-      ceived a grant to run an after-school                          * * *
  nuances of high school life.            table classrooms at Old Town High      program three days per week from                  We are very excited for the
     They will have planned activities    School beginning in the fall of 2012.  2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, starting this           2011-2012 school year and all of
  designed by their Freshmen team            You can keep track of updates       fall. The program contains two                 the new and exciting ways that we
  teachers, and this day should give      to this project on our web site at     major elements: first, a place in the          can engage and connect with our
  them a chance to feel very comfort-     www.rsu34.org. We have a con-          library for students to get help and/          students, encourage them to be the
  able in their new surroundings.         struction camera in place that will    or have a quiet place to study after           best students that they can, and
     On Wednesday, September 7th,         provide you with a live look at the    school, and second, mentoring as-              support them in their learning.
  students in grades 10 through 12        progress!!!                            sistance designed to connect with



OTHS JMG Students Find JOY in Giving
          By Bryan Murphy
      JMG Coordinator, OTHS
   April 8th marked the end of a proj-
ect that Jobs for Maine’s Graduates
(JMG) students started back in the
fall. Students from the JMG program
presented a check of $1000 to Jim
Christie of Make-A-Wish to go toward
a local boy’s wish of going to Disney
World. A month prior to the presen-
tation, Mr. Christie had been in to
speak with students about Make-A-
Wish and what sorts of wishes they
have granted in the past.
   The project that the JMG students
participated in is called Jumpstart
Our Youth (JOY). It is designed to
introduce the students to the concept
of philanthropy and to also identify
non-profits and needs in the commu-
nity. The students were given $1000
from the Unity Foundation and            OTHS Jobs for Maine Graduates students raised $1,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help a local youngster go to Disney World.
were tasked with identifying youth-
serving non-profits that they felt       vote, the students decided to give the      thanked the students for the check.         and Ashley Burgess presented the
could most benefit from the $1000.       money to Make-A-Wish. Once the              Marccus Sapiel, Cristine Smith, and         check to Mr. Christie. Homemade
After many discussions, research in      presentation was made, Mr. Christie         Dustin Walker all spoke during the          baked goods, chips, and beverages
the library, guest speakers, and a       spoke on behalf of the family and           presentation, while Cortland Loring         were served after the presentation.
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Mountain climber Edward Webster chats with Old Town High School student Danielle Harrington after his   Edward Webster with one of his climbing boots.
presentation.


Everest Mountaineer Inspires Students at Old Town High School
        By Rebecca Stitham                   ences, while waiting for a chance to         	 “His	presentation	reinforced	               Later that evening, Mr. Webster
   On May 4, 2011 Edward Webster             touch the lucky ice axe, Webster’s           my	own	beliefs.		For	that	I	thank	         conducted a public presentation and
visited Old Town High School and             own, which was the only ice axe to           him,	and	hope	that	he	has	helped	          book signing of his autobiography,
shared his presentation, “Everest            survive the expedition. Webster’s            other	students	want	to	achieve	their	      Snow	in	the	Kingdom, at Old Town
The Really Hard Way,” which il-              compelling story is rare, in that it is      goals.”                                    High School. Students, teachers,
lustrated to students how one may            one of the few stories of triumph on         	 “This	was	an	example	to	help	me	         parents, and community members
achieve and survive the impossible.          Everest.                                     get	through	basic	training	in	the	         witnessed a uniquely inspiring
   In 1988 Mr. Webster pioneered                After his visit, I asked students         army.”                                     event, which they have yet to stop
a new route up Mount Everest. He             to reflect on the following question:        	 “He	made	me	aware	of	how	deter-          discussing.
accomplished this feat with a team           “Has your life, or your life goals,          mination	pays	off	in	the	end.”                I would like to thank Jon and
of four climbers—and no oxygen               changed because of hearing Mr.               	 “Well,	I	was	considering	changing	       Kristen Doty for graciously host-
bottles, no Sherpas, and no radios.          Webster’s presentation and person-           my	plans	after	high	school,	because	       ing Ed; Steve Dexter and Melanie
   Every member of the Old Town              al story? If so, how?”                       what	I	want	to	do	will	be	difficult	to	    Ruark, without whom the evening
High School community was riveted               Students responded with the fol-          achieve,	but	now	I’ve	decided	to	stick	    presentation would not have been
by the breathtaking photographs              lowing:                                      with	it.”                                  a success; and LTC Lauria, SGT
taken during his three Everest               	 “	It	was	more	motivation	for	me	to	           Students were greatly affected          Peasley, the JROTC cadets, Doug
expeditions. Students listened with          pursue	what	I	want	in	my	life,	and	          by the words and images that Mr.           Shorey and Tom Nadeau for all of
keen ears, to hear of his experi-            to	stay	determined	and	confident.”           Webster shared.                            their support.


Old Town High School Army JROTC brings home
Raider Challenge Commander’s Cup!
                                         By LTC Amedeo J. Lauria, Senior Army Instructor, Old Town High School
   The Old Town High School Army
JROTC “Coyote Battalion” Raider
Challenge Team had a tremendous
day at the competition recently held at
Sacopee Valley High School, in Hiram,
Maine. This competition was the final
event of the season held by the North-
ern New England League.
   Raider Challenge consists of five
events: a regulation Army Physical Fit-
ness Test, the construction and crossing
of a one-rope bridge, land navigation
with lensatic compass, written test of
cadet knowledge, and the culminating
event: a five kilometer road march. It
is the most physically demanding com-
petition in the JROTC program.
   During tough competition, the cadets
won and brought home the following
trophies: Commander’s Cup – Overall
Winner (1st Time in 9 years!), Northern
New England League Overall Winner
Trophy for 2011 (1st Time in 9 years!).
1ST Place Trophy – 5 Kilometer Road
March, 1st Place Trophy – Land Navi-
gation, 2nd Place Trophy – Army Phys-
ical Fitness Test, 2nd Place Trophy
– One Rope Bridge, 2nd Place Trophy –
Written Test of JROTC Knowledge/Map
Reading and Top Female – Army Physi-
cal Fitness Test; Cadet Captain Sarah
Willard. The cadets brought home 1st      Back Row: 1SG Peaslee (JROTC Army Instructor), Josh Harriman, Lee Jackson, Alex Bickford, Andrew Brothers, Chris Shelly,
and 2nd Place trophies in every compe-    Marcius Noyes and Justin Libby Front Row: William Keessler, Trevor Neal, Sarah Willard, Kim Huston and Tim Wildanger (Not
tition category!                          pictured): Dacie Manion, Mike Malo, Cody Beal, Erica Ogden and Cody Cronk
   The cadet members of the Com-
mander’s Cup Winning OTHS Raider Challenge            Libby, Mike Malo, Dacie Manion (Team Captain),           ote Battalion” Raider Challenge team is coached
Team were: Cody Beal, Alex Bickford, Andrew           Chris Shelly, Marcius Noyes, Trevor Neal, Erica          by 1SG Joel Peaslee, Army Instructor. This is
Brothers, Cody Cronk, Josh Harriman, Kim              Ogden, Tim Wildanger and Sarah Willard,                  1SG Peaslee’s first year teaching JROTC at Old
Huston, Lee Jackson, William Keesler, Justin            The Old Town High School Army JROTC “Coy-              Town High School.
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JROTC students travel to Augusta for Legislative Awareness Day
 By LTC Amedeo J. Lauria
  Senior Army Instructor
   Old Town High School
   Students from RSU #34
participated in a Legislative
Awareness Day at the State
Capitol building on April 6th.
The Maine Commission for
Community Service organized
the event, held in the Hall of
Flags. Twenty-six students
from both the Old Town High
School Army JROTC program
and Mr. Paul Smith’s Civ-
ics class travelled down to
Augusta to participate in the
event as well as tour the capi-
tol, meet with their legisla-
tors, and tour the Maine State
Museum.                             JROTC table display with Cadet Captain Reba Howell.
   The OTHS JROTC cadets
set-up a display of Service Learn-        Maine State Museum, attend Legis-
ing projects that were completed by       lative hearings that interested them
schools located in RSU #34 which          and then, after lunch, departed back
includes Old Town, Alton and Brad-        to the OTHS campus. It was an ex-
ley. The projects and participation       tremely fun and positive experience
included: The American Cancer             for the students and allowed them to
Society Relay for Life, OTHS              showcase their various service learn-
Medal of Honor Project, “Bullying in      ing and community projects.
Schools” Video produced at Leonard           According to Mr. Michael Ash-
Middle School and the “Old Town           more, Grant Programs Officer of the
at its Best” video produced at Old        Maine Commission for Community
Town Elementary School as well as         Service, the purpose of the event
OTES’s Veteran’s Recognition Day          was to introduce Maine’s legislators
project. They attended a Legisla-         to the broad range and the positive
tive Session and received a briefing      impact of National Service Pro-
from a legislative assistant on her       grams in Maine. Representatives
responsibilities.                         of AmeriCorps, VISTA, Service-
   Representative David R. Burns,         Learning sites, and Senior Corps
who served on active duty with LTC        programs such as Foster Grand-
Lauria, Senior Army Instructor at         parents, RSVP, and Senior Com-                OTHS JROTC Cadets in front of the Capitol building in Augusta.
Old Town High School, co-hosted           panions displayed
the visit. The students and faculty       and shared infor-
advisor also met with Senator Sch-        mation about their
neider, their state senator, in the       programs and the
Hall of Flags and with Representa-        impact they have on
tive Dill in a corridor of the Cross      their communities.
Building as he was rushing between           For more infor-
hearings.                                 mation about Com-
   The students also met with Major       munity Service and
General Libby, Maine State Adju-          Service Learning in
tant General, who talked briefly          the state of Maine,
with them about the benefits of           visit www.Maine-
attending college and serving in          ServiceCommission.
Maine Army National Guard.                gov.
   The students were able to tour the



ExCEL after school at
Old Town High School
             Scott Gordon, Principal, OTHS
   Old Town High School will pilot a new after school
program called ExCEL. The purpose of this program is
to help students achieve success here at OTHS by offer-
ing the opportunity to regain class credit, receive tutoring
or mentoring, as well as provide a place for students to
complete homework prior to any after school or sporting
activities. Some school supplies will also be available for
those who need them. The program will be funded by a
grant for $50,000.00 over the next two years. There will
be transportation offered following the ExCEL program.
The program will run from 2:30pm to 4:30pm on Monday,
Wednesday, and Thursday in the OTHS Library.
   The Old Town High School Library will also be open
for community use during the ExCEL hours. For more
program information contact kim.saucier@rsu34.org or                     OTHS Students explore an exhibit at the Maine College of Art Open House.
827-3910 ext. 131.
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                                Old Town High School
                               Fall 2011 Sports Schedules
                      Varsity Football                                                                            Boys/Girls Golf
  Mon       Aug. 22    at Dexter (scrimmage)............................. 11:00 AM              Tue     Aug. 30   John Bapst ................................................ 4:00 PM
  Fri            26    Orono (scrimmage) .................................7:00 PM               Thurs    Sep. 1   at Hermon ................................................. 4:00 PM
  Fri       Sept. 2    Madison....................................................7:00 PM       Tue           6   Dover-Foxcroft .......................................... 4:00 PM
  Fri             9    at Brewer ................................................... 7:00 PM    Tue          13   at John Bapst ............................................ 4:00 PM
  Fri            16    at Hampden............................................... 7:00 PM        Thurs        15   Hermon ..................................................... 4:00 PM
  Fri            23    Nokomis ...................................................6:00 PM       Tue          20   at Div. Play Date (Dover-Foxcroft,
  Sat        Oct. 1    at Camden Hills ......................................... 1:30 PM                          Hermon, John Bapst) ................................ 4:00 PM
  Sat             8    at Morse H.S. ............................................ 1:00 PM       Tue         27    at Dover-Foxcroft ...................................... 4:00 PM
  Fri            14    Belfast ......................................................7:00 PM
  Fri            21    MDI............................................................7:00 PM
  Fri            28    PTC B Qtr Finals ..............................................TBA               Boys Varsity/JV Soccer
  Fri        Nov. 4    PTC B Semis....................................................TBA                                                                                   VAR/JV
  Fri            11    PTC B Finals ....................................................TBA     Mon     Aug. 29   at Bangor (scrimmage).........................JV/3:30 PM
                                                                                                Sat      Sep. 3   at Presque Isle .........................................Var/3 PM
                          JV Football                                                           Wed
                                                                                                Fri
                                                                                                              7
                                                                                                              9
                                                                                                                  John Bapst.......................................4:00/5:15 PM
                                                                                                                  Dover-Foxcroft ................................4:00/5:15 PM
  Mon       Sept. 5    Ellsworth ..................................................5:00 PM      Mon          12   Ellsworth ..........................................4:00/5:15 PM
  Mon           12     Belfast ......................................................5:00 PM    Wed          14   at MDI................................................ 4:00/5:15 PM
  Mon           19     at Hampden............................................... 5:00 PM        Sat          17   at Hermon ......................................... 4:30 PM/TBA
  Mon        Oct. 3    Bangor......................................................5:00 PM      Wed          21   Washington Acad. ............................ Var/5:15 PM
  Mon           10     Madison....................................................5:00 PM       Sat          24   at Caribou.................................................Var/3 PM
  Mon           17     at Brewer ................................................... 5:00 PM    Mon          26   at Orono ............................................ 4:00/4:00 PM
  Mon           24     MDI............................................................5:00 PM   Sat      Oct. 1   at Dover-Foxcroft .............................11:00 AM/TBA
                                                                                                Sat           8   Presque Isle ...................................... Var/2:00 PM
           Varsity/JV Field Hockey                                                              Mon          10   Bangor................................................ JV/1:30 PM
                                                                                  VAR/JV        Wed          12   Hermon............................................ 4:00/5:15 PM
  Wed       Aug. 31    at Dexter............................................ 4:00/5:00 PM       Sat          15   at John Bapst .................................... 1:00/1:00 PM
  Fri        Sep. 2    Mattanawcook .................................4:00/5:00 PM               Mon          17   Orono ...............................................3:30/4:45 PM
  Tue             6    John Bapst.......................................4:00/5:00 PM
  Thur
  Sat
                  8
                 10
                       Piscataquis ......................................4:00/5:00 PM
                       Orono ...............................................4:00/5:30 PM
                                                                                                        Girls Varsity/JV Soccer
                                                                                                                                                                            VAR/JV
  Tue            13    at Central........................................... 4:00/5:00 PM       Sat     Aug. 20   at Orono/Play Day ..................................... 9:00 AM
  Sat            17    at Piscataquis ....................................Var/10:00 AM          Mon               at Bangor..............................................JV/3:30 PM
  Wed            21    at Hermon ......................................... 4:00/5:00 PM         Sat      Sep. 3   at Presque Isle ....................................Var/1:00 PM
  Mon            26    at Stearns .......................................... 4:00/5:00 PM       Tue           6   Elsworth ............................................ 4:00/5:15 PM
  Wed            28    at Orono ............................................ 3:30/5:00 PM       Thur          8   John Bapst ........................................ 4:00/5:15 PM
  Mon        Oct. 3    Hermon.............................................4:00/5:00 PM          Sat         10    Dover-Foxcroft .............................. 10:00/11:45 AM
  Wed             5    Dover-Foxcroft ................................4:00/5:00 PM              Tue         13    at MDI................................................ 6:00 PM/TBA
  Fri             7    Stearns .............................................4:00/5:00 PM        Sat         17    at Hermon ......................................... 1:00 PM/TBA
  Tue            11    at Mattanawcook ............................... 4:00/5:00 PM             Tue         21    Washington Acad. ...............................Var/4:00 PM
                                                                                                Sat         24    at Caribou.................................................Var/1 PM
         Boys/Girls Cross Country                                                               Tue
                                                                                                Thur
                                                                                                            27
                                                                                                            29
                                                                                                                  Orono ................................................ 4:00/5:15 PM
                                                                                                                  Hermon ............................................. 4:00/5:15 PM
  Sat       Aug. 27    at MDI Relay ........................................... 11:00 AM
                                                                                                Sat      Oct. 1   at Dover-Foxcroft .....................................TBA/TBA
  Sat        Sep. 3    at Ellsworth.............................................. 11:00 AM
                                                                                                Sat           8   Presque Isle ............................................ 12:00 PM
  Sat            10    at Presque Isle .......................................... 1:00 PM
                                                                                                Mon         10    Bangor..................................................JV/1:30 PM
  Fri            16    at Orono .................................................... 4:00 PM
                                                                                                Thurs       13    at Orono ............................................ 4:00/5:15 PM
  Sat            24    OT Invitationals ......................................2:00 PM
                                                                                                Sat         15    at John Bapst* ................................11:00/11:00 AM
  Sat        Oct. 1    at Festival of Champions......................12:30/11:30
  Fri             7    at Pendales ............................................... 3:30 PM                  Superintendant of Schools: David Walker
  Sat            15    at Caribou PVC ....................................... 12:00 PM                               Principal: Scott Gordon
  Sat            22    at Eastern Maine ..................................... 11:00 AM                            Asst. Principal: Brett Hoogterp
  Sat            29    at State .................................................... 11:00 AM               Asst. Principal for Academics: Amy Ketch
  Sat       Nov. 12    at New Englands ..............................................TBA                       Athletic Director: Greg Thibodeau


SOUTHERN PENOBSCOT REGIONAL PROGRAM NEWS                                                                            Summer day camp held
         By Barbara Gunn, Director                         will return after a year away to teach in our            for autistic children
   As we approach the beginning of a new year              Middle/High School Autism Program. Ellen                                 By Renee Perron, SPRP
at the Southern Penobscot Regional Program                 Brochu will join us as the teacher in the Ele-              Thanks to the collaboration between Children’s Be-
(SPRP), staff members and I would like to                  mentary Autism Program. Jayson Adams will                havioral Health Services and the Southern Penobscot
welcome students back to our school. We look               leave his position as a High School Teacher to           Regional Program, children in our area with the diag-
forward to another year where each and every               fill our new PE/Health/Vocational position. He           nosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder were able to take
student experiences success and pride in their             will be replaced by Danielle Young who has               part in the first Summer Community Autism Program.
accomplishments.                                           worked with us as an Educational Technician                 The Summer Community Autism Program was made
   We expect an enrollment of at least 40 stu-             for the past two years. Three new Educational            available to children, ages 7-12, for a summer day camp
dents on the first day of school. There are 16             Technicians have been hired for the upcoming             experience. The goal of the program was to provide safe
school districts that can tuition to the SPRP.             year. Rudie Cyr, Randy Allen, and Andrew                 and supported recreational opportunities to youth with
These include the Bangor, Brewer, Dedham,                  Doak will work with our High School team.                Autism. The four week program focused on life skills, so-
Greenbush, Hermon, Milford, and Orrington                      Our first student day will be Wednesday,             cial interactions, and skill-building activities in the areas
school departments, RSU 19, RSU 22, RSU                    September 7th. Staff members and I look for-             of communication and behavior management/regulation.
26, RSU 34, RSU 63, RSU 64, RSU 87, Airline                ward to another exciting and rewarding school               During the four week program, the youth partici-
CSD 8, and the Indian Island School.                       year! It is my pleasure to welcome students              pated in such activities as arts/crafts, games, water
   There are a few changes in staff at the                 and staff back to the SPRP!                              play, gardening, read aloud/story time, Brain Gym
SPRP for the upcoming year. Dana Andrews                                                                            and many more activities.
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 LEONARD MIDDLE SCHOOL
 John Keane, Principal
 827-3900




 Learning standards are at the center of what we do at
 Leonard Middle School; differentiation is how we do it.
     By John Keane, Principal          Campus, the report card will look         would like to be more informed or          We at LMS believe that the
      Leonard Middle School            very similar to the K-5 reports.          more involved with the standards-       fundamental difference that a
    The 2011-2012 school year is       The major difference will be in           based initiative for LMS, please        teacher can make in assuring that
 fast approaching and preparations                                the listed     give us a call.                         your child is engaged at school is
 indicate that it should be a great                               learning                        * * *                  to differentiate their instruction
 year. Having the extra week in                                   targets for        Having clear standards and          to include your child’s learning
 the summer to get things ready                                   each sub-      expectations of learning is certainly   styles, interests, and academic
 has been wonderful, and starting                                 ject for the   the foundation upon which to de-        strengths and challenges.
 the day after Labor Day seems                                    trimester.     liver a great education, but making                     * * *
 to be well-liked by students and                                 How your       sure ALL students are involved,            In closing, I wanted to remind
 parents alike.                                                   child per-     engaged, and accountable is really      our school community that we will
    Opening Day for students is                                   forms with     making the delivery count.              use the One Call Now system this
 September 6th.                                                   respect            Over the last five years we         year to try and keep you informed
                * * *                                             to these       have dedicated a great deal of our      about the things that are going on
    The upcoming school year                                      listed         professional development time,          at school. Not only we will make
 should be an exciting one. We                                    standards      committee work and resources to         the phone calls for various rea-
                                              John Keane
 will focus much of our energy on                                will be         implementing a world-class ap-          sons, but this year, we are also
 making the move to a fully stan-      recorded accordingly. Although            proach to Differentiation of In-        sending home things like sports
 dards-based teaching and learning     it may take some getting used to,         struction.                              schedules and newsletters via the
 environment. We feel that this        this system will be more informa-             We reject the idea that one size    One Call email system.
 approach to teaching, learning and    tive than the simple number grade         fits all as far as classroom instruc-      Please make sure you complete
 reporting of learning is much more    that we have been issuing on              tion is concerned, and we have          the Student Update Form that we
 authentic and more informative        report cards.                             been gradually adopting method-         send home on opening day. The
 for all involved.                                     * * *                     ologies and strategies to ensure        Student Update Form will be filled
    Our plan is to start the 2012-        We convened a committee last           that we reach and challenge each        out already with the info from the
 2013 school year, in Unified Arts     year to talk about how an honor           and every student. We know and          system; all you need to do is make
 classes and Core subjects alike,      roll would be generated within            believe that each student is unique     corrections and send it in ASAP.
 working entirely under a stan-        a standards-based environment.            in the way they learn, the time it      If your demographic information
 dards-based system. For teach-        This committee was comprised of           takes to master skills, the talents     changes during the year, all you
 ers, this means that the old way      students, parents, and staff. We          that they bring to the table, and       need to do is change your informa-
 of assessment and grading is out,     met three times from January to           the interests that allow them to        tion in the parent portal on your
 and they will be adopting a more      May. After some wonderful discus-         apply their knowledge best. We          own. If you do not have access to
 authentic, detailed, and accurate     sions, the committee recommended          then take this knowledge and use        the portal, you just need to let
 system of assessment and report-      that we indeed put forth an Honor         it to develop more personalized         one of our secretaries know of any
 ing on specific learning targets.     Roll, based on students meeting the       educational experiences for stu-        changes. Having the correct infor-
    Our teachers are involved in a     standards. More work will be done         dents at LMS.                           mation in our student information
 year long workshop on this topic.     throughout the year to refine this            Our lofty goal is to meet the       database will be critical to staying
 Students should see no change,        piece of the standards-based change.      needs of each child every day           in touch.
 as we have been working towards          That work, along with all other        within the classroom. However, if                       * * *
 this for some time and have been      pieces of this big project, will be       a child requires something differ-         I certainly look forward to the
 implementing these new classroom      showcased at our Spring Open              ent than what is happening in the       school year. In many ways I guess
 practices over a period of time.      House in March. This open house           classroom, then we will provide         I am like the kids—nervous about
    For parents, the big change        will feature a detailed presenta-         programming outside of the class-       how it will all go, but wicked
 will be with the report card. It      tion about what parents and stu-          room. Given this comprehensive          excited about seeing everyone and
 will be considerably different than   dents can expect in a standards-          approach, we should never have          how they have changed.
 our present format. Since we use      based learning environment.               our students saying that school is         Hope to see all parents at Open
 the same computer system as              If you have any concerns that          boring or that the teacher doesn’t      House (info below), and until then,
 the elementary schools, Infinite      can’t wait until March or you             know me or care about me.               have a great rest of the summer.



 Leonard Middle School Fall Open House
 September 14, 2011
 6 p.m. in the Leonard Middle School Gymnasium
   Come and celebrate the start of the school year, get some general information about middle school, and meet your child’s
 teachers. Staff will be available to help get you signed up for the Parent Portal on Infinite Campus!!!!!

 Leonard Middle School Laptop Orientation Night
 September 26, 2011
 6 p.m. in the Leonard Middle School Gymnasium
   Required for Seventh Grade Parents who wish to have the laptop go home. (Also required for any Eighth Grade parent who
 has not attended before and wishes to have the laptop go home)
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Want your                                Fawn born behind Leonard Middle School
child to                                        By Izzy Larsen and Drew St.Jean
                                              6th Grade Fox Team Students at LMS
                                            On the morning of Monday the 6th of June,
read more?                               a fawn was born outside of the Leonard Middle
                                         School. It was an instant pop star with all of the
           By Bailey Means               teachers and students there, but one janitor that
         Literacy Specialist,            works there, Mr. David Fortier, saw it being born.
      Leonard Middle School              “I was going in to clean the office when I saw it. It
   Oftentimes, kids who feel they’re     was at about 6:20. I was not surprised because I
not good readers hate to read. Who       had seen it happen before,” he said in an exclusive
can blame them? I am horrible at         interview.
skiing, so when my husband sug-             He told us that the first person he told was
gests a day at the mountain I smile      one of the librarians, Mrs.Roberts, while she was
and request another outdoor activ-       walking around the building. When we inter-
ity. Ski slopes scare me with their      viewed her she said, “it is a beautiful sight. Not
steep declines and my inability to       cute, not nice, just beautiful. She dropped that
do anything other than the snow-         baby and it just stayed right there looking at us.”
plow. What could I do to get over           One thing that struck all of us as kind of odd,
my fear of skiing? Naturally, prac-      was that the mother was nowhere to be found
tice. It’s the same with reading.        after a bit! We did some research on http://www.
Your child needs to actually read to                                                            The newest member of the Leonard Middle School community shortly
                                         bds.org and found out that the mother was prob-
                                                                                                after being born May 6 on the school grounds.
get better at it. Students who don’t     ably feeding, but she would still stay close to her
read become weaker and weaker            fawn.                                                            the principal, said that if the mother hadn’t returned by
readers each year, which only puts          At around 10:50, after our social studies class with          11:00, we would have to call animal control.
them further behind. To catch up,        Mrs. Townsend, when we looked out the window to                    We have seen the fawn and its mother out roaming
all they need to do is pick up a book    check on the fawn, it was gone! We looked into the for-          around behind the school several times this week. Our
and read.                                est a bit and we saw the fawn and her mother feeding             hope is that the fawn will grow up and maybe one day it
   What can you do? Help put great       on some shrubs. We were relieved because Mr. Keane,              will have a family of its own behind the school!
books into their hands. Children
aren’t going to read in their free
time unless they’re reading some-
thing that interests them. Read-
ing needs to be fun, not a chore.
Bring them to the Old Town Public
                                                                Leonard Middle School
Library or a local bookstore and
help them find something great
                                                                  2011 Fall Sports Schedules
(even if it doesn’t suit your tastes                           Leonard Middle School Football Schedule 2011
like the recent vampire, guts, and        Day      Date        Team                          Home/Away                        Order                  Game Time                         Return Time
gore craze). Another thing to con-        Tues.    Sep.    6   MDI ........................... Home ....................................................... 4:00 PM
sider—when I start skiing again           Tues.    Sep.   13   Ellsworth ................... Away ......................................................... 4:30 PM...........9:00 PM (food stop)
it would be counter productive for        Tues.    Sep.   20   Millinocket................. Home ....................................................... 4:00 PM
me to choose a black diamond trail.       Tues.    Sep.   27   Lincoln ...................... Home ....................................................... 4:00 PM
Similarly, make sure your students        Wed.     Oct.    5   Orono ....................... Away ......................................................... 4:30 PM............................. 6:30 PM
are picking books that aren’t too dif-    Wed.     Oct.   12   Ridge View (Dexter) . Away ......................................................... 4:00 PM...........8:30 PM (food stop)
ficult for them. A good way to tell is    Tues.    Oct.   18   Pittsfield .................... Home ....................................................... 4:00 PM
to open the book up to any random         Tues.    Oct.   25   Bucksport ................. Away ......................................................... 4:30 PM...........9:00 PM (food stop)
page. If your child doesn’t know
five or more words on that page, it                       Leonard Middle School Field Hockey Schedule 2011
might be too hard for them.               Day      Date        Team                          Home/Away                        Order                  Game Time                         Return Time
   If you’re worried your child           Tues.    Sep.   13   Hampden                       Home                               A/B                       3:30 PM
doesn’t want your help in the read-       Wed.     Sep.   14   Brewer ...................... Away ............................. A/B ..................... 3:30 PM............................. 6:30 PM
ing department, think again. An           Fri.     Sep.   16   Hampden .................. Away ............................. A/B ..................... 3:30 PM............................. 6:40 PM
international study was done on the       Tues.    Sep.   20   Doughty .................... Away ............................. A/B ..................... 3:30 PM............................. 6:30 PM
top 100 factors that determined a         Thurs.   Sep.   22   Mattanawcook .......... Away ............................. A/B ..................... 3:30 PM...........8:00 PM (food stop)
successful reader, and they found         Fri.     Sep.   23   Cohen ....................... Away ............................. A/B ..................... 3:30 PM............................. 6:30 PM
the number one factor is parental         Mon.     Sep.   26   Doughty .................... Home ............................ A/B ..................... 3:30 PM
involvement. The second factor is         Tues.    Sep.   27   Cohen ....................... Home ........................... A/B ..................... 3:30 PM
time spent at home reading. Your          Fri.     Sep.   30   Mattanawcook .......... Home ............................ A/B ..................... 3:30 PM
children need your help and sup-          Thurs.   Oct.    6   Brewer ...................... Home ............................ A/B ..................... 3:00 PM
port. While they’re reading, ask
them questions, such as: What is                  Leonard Middle School Boys and Girls Soccer Schedule 2011
happening in your book? Who is            Day      Date        Team                          Home/Away                        Order                  Game Time                         Return Time
your favorite character? What do          Wed.     Sep.   14   Brewer ...................... A Teams Away .............. Girls/Boys .......... 3:30 PM............................. 6:30 PM
you like about him/her? Do any of         Thurs.   Sep.   15   Bucksport ................. A Teams Away .............. Boys/Girls .......... 3:30 PM...........7:30 PM (food stop)
the events in the book remind you         Fri.     Sep.   16   Ellsworth ................... B Teams Away .............. Boys/Girls .......... 3:30 PM...........8:30 PM (food stop)
of your life? Which ones? Do you          Mon.     Sep.   19   Cohen ....................... Boys Home .................. B/A ..................... 3:30 PM
have any guesses about how the                                                               Girls Away ..................... B/A ..................... 3:30 PM............................. 6:30 PM
book is going to end? What ques-          Wed.     Sep. 21     Hampden .................. Boys Away .................... A/B ..................... 3:30 PM............................. 6:30 PM
tions do you have about what is                                                              Girls Home .................... A/B ..................... 3:30 PM
going on? Does this book bring up         Thurs.   Sep.   22   Mattanawcook .......... A Teams Home ............ Girls/Boys .......... 3:30 PM
topics that you’d like to talk to me      Fri.     Sep.   30   Mattanawcook .......... A Teams Away .............. Boys/Girls .......... 3:30 PM...........8:00 PM (food stop)
about? And after your child finishes      Mon.     Oct.    3   Brewer ...................... A Teams Home ............. Boys/Girls .......... 3:00 PM
the book, follow up with questions:       Wed.     Oct.    5   Doughty .................... B Teams Away .............. Girls/Boys .......... 3:00 PM............................. 6:00 PM
What was your favorite part of            Thurs.   Oct.    6   Ellsworth ................... B Teams Home ............. Boys/Girls .......... 3:00 PM
the book? What problems do the            Wed.     Oct.   12   Bucksport ................. A Teams Home ............ Girls/Boys .......... 3:00 PM
main characters face? If you could        Fri.     Oct.   14   Cohen ....................... Boys Away .................... A/B ..................... 3:00 PM............................. 6:00 PM
change the ending, how would you                                                             Girls Home .................... A/B ..................... 3:00 PM
change it? If you could describe this     Wed.     Oct. 19     Hampden .................. Boys Home .................. B/A ..................... 3:00 PM
book in one word, what word would                                                            Girls Away ..................... B/A ..................... 3:00 PM............................. 6:15 PM
you use?
   Throughout school, and espe-                           Leonard Middle School Cross Country Schedule 2011
cially in the higher grades, every        Day      Date        Host Team                                     Home/Away           Order               Meet Time                         Return Time
subject area requires reading. Help       Thurs.   Sep.   15   Lewis Libby School, Milford ......... Away ..............Boys/Girls ....... 4:15 PM............................. 5:15 PM
your students get the practice they       Thurs.   Sep.   22   Leonard Middle School .............. Home ............Girls/Boys ....... 4:15 PM
need by making reading fun. If you        Thurs.   Sep.   29   Veazie Community School ......... Away ..............Boys/Girls ....... 4:15 PM............................. 5:45 PM
can get your child reading some-          Thurs.   Oct.    6   Reeds Brook MS, Hampden ....... Away ..............Girls/Boys ....... 4:15 PM............................. 6:15 PM
thing they’re excited about every         Thurs.   Oct.   13   Medway ....................................... Away ..............Boys/Girls ....... 4:15 PM...........8:30 PM (food stop)
night for twenty minutes, you’ll see      Wed.     Oct.   19   Mattanawcook MS, Lincoln ......... Away ..............Girls/Boys ....... 4:15 PM...........9:00 PM (food stop)
a big difference.
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  VIOLA RAND SCHOOL,
  BRADLEY
  Cheryl Leonard, Principal
  827-2508




  Principal’s Message
                   Welcome Back to the Viola Rand School
                                                     By Cheryl Leonard, Principal, Viola Rand School
     The staff at the Viola Rand          our students’ literacy skills.      RSU 34. In addition to serving              August 29 to September 2 for new
  School is ready to welcome our                         * * *                the school counseling needs in              registrations. If any parents would
  students to another school year.           We have two staffing changes     Bradley and Alton, she will become          prefer to make contact before then,
                 * * *                    this year. Jennifer Stone will      the Chapter 104 teacher for those           please send me an email to Cheryl.
     A team from our school, Mrs.         leave us to become the new high     elementary schools and also the             Leonard@rsu34.org.
  Henry, Mrs. Dalessandro, and            school librarian, as Mrs. Cannon    high school. We are happy to have                          * * *
  Ms. Leonard, attended a literacy        has retired. We appreciate the      her around a little more in this               We would like to invite any
  conference at the university for        wonderful job Mrs. Stone did last   new capacity! This change came              and all parents to our first PRIDE
  several days this summer. That          year; we will miss her but wish her about as a result of the retirement         (Parents and Residents Involved
  prompted a plan to incorporate          the best in this new endeavor!      of Judy Pusey and the subsequent            in Developing Excellence) meeting
  the use of poems, traditional              Amy Peabody will be the new li-  hiring of Jon Doty, former Chapter          on September 8th at 6 p.m. We
  rhymes, and songs into our school       brary Ed Tech in Bradley on Mon-    104 coordinator, to be Dr. Pusey’s          will make plans for Riverfest and
  days. Repeated reading of these         days and Wednesdays. In addition    successor as Director of Curricu-           map out a number of events for
  fun pieces has been shown to            to sharing read-alouds and library  lum, Instruction, and Assessment.           the year. Fresh faces, ideas and
  increase fluency, prosody (expres-      skills with students, Mrs. Peabody  In addition to Mrs. Ketch, an Ed            volunteers would be most welcome!
  sion), and vocabulary. It turns out     will also help students master the  Tech III will assist in the Chapter                        * * *
  Mother Goose rhymes do play an          technology requirements at each     104 opportunities throughout the               Enjoy these last weeks of sum-
  important role in the development       grade level. We are very pleased    district.                                   mer break and we look forward
  of reading skills! We hope this will    to have her join our staff!                        * * *                        to greeting our students back to
  be fun for everyone, and have the          Kim Ketch has agreed to take        The school office will be open           school on September 6th!
  additional benefit of strengthening     on additional responsibilities in   from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from



100 attend
Author’s Tea
at Viola Rand
School
   On June 14th Viola Rand School
had over 100 parents, grandpar-
ents, students, and siblings cel-
ebrating students’ writing. Each
student was able to choose a piece
of ‘fine writing’ and share it in
front of their class. Poems, stories,
journals, autobiographies, and All
About Me books were shared. What
an amazing turnout! Our school
is proud of all the authors at Viola
Rand School.
                                         Kilee Bradeen reads “Baby Kilee” (her
                                         autobiography).                         Gage Smith reads “December & July.”          Gage Griffin reads “My Best Song Book.”




Kindergarten audience.                                                                    Hannah Richards reads “Mixed-Up.”
                                                                                          August 2011 RSU 34 Community Connections Page 11
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Mary-Hollie Whitmore (K), Hannah Richards (2), and MacKenzie Gomm (2) digging in         Kindergarten students Dylan Thibodeau and Mary-Hillary Whitmore watch as Gabriel
                                                                                         Gifford explores honey comb from Dave Bartlett’s beehives


Kindergarten, 2nd grade students complete service learning project at Viola Rand
                                                   By Stacy Henry, Kindergarten Teacher, Viola Rand School
   Kindergarten and second grade             box with beautiful flowers. Second   station, where they were treated to                     several staff worked in the hot sun
students at the Viola Rand School            grade decided it would be nice to    snacks by Town Manager Melissa                          to dig three large holes and planted
recently completed their service             build some flower boxes for Brad-    Doane. Finally, they walked to Dave                     a Weeping Willow tree and 2 Pin
learning project. As students in             ley’s new fire station. Students in  Bartlett’s house to see his beehives                    Oak trees that will give shade and
Stacy Henry’s kindergarten com-              both classes worked with Dave and    and learn about pollination.                            boundaries to our playground for
pleted their unit on plants and              Lucas Bartlett of Bradley to build      Ms. Fox and Mrs. Henry also                          years to come. Viola Rand’s stu-
Cathy Fox’s second graders learned           two boxes to be housed at the fire   applied for a grant through Maine’s                     dents are excited to see the trees
about recycling/earth preservation,          station.                             Project Canopy so that trees could                      thriving on the playground.
they decided to work together to do             The student’s ventured out to     be planted on the back playground.                         Ms. Fox, Mrs. Henry, and their
some neighborhood “beautification.”          Sprague’s Nursery where they took    We received enough money to                             students would like to thank all
   Last year the kindergarten                a tour, planted nasturtiums, learned purchase three trees and sup-                           of the volunteers and community
class worked to build a planter for          how greenhouses work and picked      plies for planting. With the help                       members mentioned above. You
underneath the school sign. This             out flowers for their boxes. They    of Mark Gifford, Dale Beal, and                         helped to make our project a huge
year’s class saw the need to fill the        walked together to plant at the fire Kevin Sirois, second graders and                        success!




Kindergarten and second grade students at the Bradley Fire Station.                           Kindergartners pose in front of their finished planter box.


‘Rosetta Stone’ lets Viola Rand students choose                                                                              Six Word Stories
Latin, Mandarin, Spanish, French, and Arabic                                                                            By Melissa Gasaway, 4th Grade Teacher
           By Annabelle Muscatell                         always excited to share what they learn. When                               Viola Rand School
         (4th grade student at VRS)                       two people are learning the same language,                  A six word story is exactly what it sounds like- a
   In the fourth grade classroom, at the Viola            they can speak to each other in that language.           story told in six words. Students in fourth grade
Rand Elementary School, Mr. Doty has been                    Everybody says they like Rosetta Stone and            at the Viola Rand Elementary School decided they
kind enough to set up accounts on Rosetta                 are glad to speak in another language. They are          wanted to try them out.
Stone. Every student has an account to learn              always excited to tell their family and friends             Person died. Lung cancer. Cigarette smoking. By
a different language. They may choose from                about the language they are studying. It is a            Emily Ketch
Latin, Spanish, Mandarin, French, and Arabic.             great privilege to be able to learn a new language.         Valentine’s Day. Heartbroken. Never Loved
   Students have to recognize patterns in                 I highly recommend Rosetta Stone to everyone.            Again. By Kathryn Brayson
words and match words to pictures. Each ac-               	 District	Note:		RSU	#34	is	gradually	rolling	             Computers went extinct. All jobs lost. By David
count is customized to their voices and teaches           out	networked	Rosetta	Stone	availability	to	all	         Beal
them at their own pace.                                   schools.		Much	thanks	to	Matt	Veilleux	and	the	             Stars died. No more light forever. By Colby Tuffley
   Every morning lots of kids rush to school              IT	Department	for	solving	a	number	of	tech-                 This is the beginning and end. By Jeremy Stoyell
so they can skip morning recess and go to the             nological	hurdles	as	we	implement	this	new	                 Grew Zucchinis. Mysterious animal ate them. By
computer lab for Rosetta Stone. Everybody is              opportunity!                                             Annabelle Muscatell
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                                                            LEONARD MIDDLE SCHOOL




Team Falcon students work on their towers during Step-Up Day at Leonard Middle School.


Transitions: from Elementary
School to the Middle Level
                    By Lori Townsend and Dana Maxim
                   LMS Grade Six Team Falcon teachers
   One of the greatest steps a        new environments, and to be mind-
student will take in their school ex- ful of how each activity is being
perience is from elementary to the    received.
middle. At the sixth grade, teach-        To facilitate a way for students
ers recognize the need for multiple   to learn more about each other,
activities and events in order to     we used a writing activity in the
facilitate a positive transition for  shape of a balloon. On the balloons
                                                                                          The students had to use modeling clay and craft sticks to build a tower that would
students and parents. This year,      there are different questions for the
                                                                                          withstand a mock earthquake.
Mrs. Townsend and Mr. Maxim           students to answer. For example,
welcomed a group of new students      “What is your favorite color?” or                   would withstand a mock earth-                 included a parent letter that in-
to Team Falcon at LMS during the      “What is your favorite subject?”                    quake. The tower needed to be                 troduced our two-person team and
annual Step-Up Day.                   After students filled out the balloon,              fifteen inches and each group had             invited parents and students to
   As classroom teachers, we recog-   a four-corners game was created.                    fifty sticks and a small brick of clay        visit our classrooms on August 31,
nize that one of the most important   Each corner became an answer to a                   to complete the project. The task             2011 between 9:00 am and 12:00
days for students is the Step-Up      question from the balloon with one                  was a definite hit with the students.         noon. Oftentimes, visiting with the
Day in June. On this momentous        corner as “other,” so all students                  We observed collaborative work and            teachers and seeing the school one
occasion, fifth grade students come   could participate. The game allowed                 cooperative conversations in the              more time helps to alleviate those
for a full day. They are welcomed to  students to move and interact with                  small groups. Most importantly, we            first-day jitters for students. We
Leonard Middle School as the new      each other, which further reinforced                heard lots of laughter.                       look forward to a year of exciting
sixth grade class. The excitement     the team building process.                              The transition to middle school           learning experiences with our new
echoed throughout the gymnasium           The last activity planned was                   can be daunting for parents, too.             students on Team Falcon.
as students met their homeroom        for students to build a tower out of                Another part of the Step-Up Day is
teachers for the first time.          modeling clay and craft sticks that                 a packet of information. The packet
   Once the students are seated in
the classroom the silence can be
deafening. One way to break the
hush and expectant air is to have
students make up a nameplate
out of a folded index card. Once
completed, the cards are placed on
the tables to help the teacher learn
student names and for the students
to identify their new classmates.
As the students used markers and
crayons to decorate the nameplates,
conversations began to ebb and flow
around the room. The activity pro-
duced the relaxed atmosphere that
helped to set the tone for the day,
which was exactly what we were
looking for.
   Step-Up Day is a balancing act
for a teacher to maintain a positive
experience for all students. The
lessons and activities are structured
to include social interaction, move-
ment, team building, and learning
                                      LMS LIBRARY NEWS—During the 2010-2011 school year the following LMS students read between 3 and 19 of the books nominated
experiences. Within the structure     for the 2010 Maine Student Book Award. Isabel Larsen read 19 books and Emma Cyr 15. Over 75 students and staff participated
of what has been planned, a teacher   in this year’s contest. Seated (l. to r.): Garrett Stoyell, Nick Boutin, Isabel Larsen, Emma Cyr, Drew St. Jean, Conor Millard, and
needs to be cognizant of the differ-  Nathan Malo. Standing: Joshua Hamilton,Jordan Kelley, Allison Ketch, Brooke Sulinski, Mikayla Richards, Johanna Burgason, Kelsea
ent learning styles of the students,  MacDonald, Zachary Williams, Ashley-Lynn Tracy, Naomi Everett, and Logan White. Not present for photo: Thomas Darby and Taquaan
the level of comfort students have in Parks.
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                                                                                                             RSU 34 ENSURES EQUAL                                 Family Educational
     2011-2012 School Meal
                                                                                                              EMPLOYMENT, EQUAL
                                                                                                          EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES                               Rights and Privacy Act
                                                                                                            AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
                                                                                                                                                                  (FERPA)
      Pricing and Payment
                                                                                                        REGARDLESS OF RACE, SEX, COLOR,
                                                                                                           NATINAL ORIGIN, RELIGION,                              	 The	Family	Educational	Rights	and	
                                                                                                         MARITAL STATUS, AGE, HANDICAP                            Privacy	Act	(FERPA)	(20	U.S.C.	§	1232g;	34	
                                                                                                            OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION                                 CFR	Part	99)	is	a	Federal	law	that	protects	the	
   Paid Breakfast:    Grades K-12 .........$1.50                                                                                                                  privacy	of	student	education	records.	The	law	
   Reduced Breakfast: Grades K-12 .........no charge this school year                                    Affirmative	Action	Officer	–	Scott	Gordon                applies	to	all	schools	that	receive	funds	under	
                                                                                                        Co­Affirmative	Action	Officer	–	Barbara	Gunn              an	applicable	program	of	the	U.S.	Department	
   Paid Lunch:        Grades K-5 ...........$2.35                                                       Section	504	Coordinator	–	Kimm	Kenniston                  of	Education.
                      Grades 6-8 .............$2.50                                                        Title	IX	Coordinator	–	David	Walker                    	 FERPA	gives	parents	certain	rights	with	
                      Grades 9-12 ..........$2.75                                                                            Or                                   respect	to	their	children’s	education	records.	
   Reduced Lunch:     Grades K-12 .........$ .40                                                            Director	of	the	Office	of	Civil	Rights,	              These	rights	transfer	to	the	student	when	he	or	
                                                                                                                      Washington,	DC                              she	reaches	the	age	of	18	or	attends	a	school	
   ½ Pint Milk:       Grades K-12 .........$ .50                                                                                                                  beyond	the	high	school	level.	Students	to	
                                                                                                           Grievance	procedures	are	available	in	the	
                                                                                                                      principal’s	office.                         whom	the	rights	have	transferred	are	“eligible	
   	 RSU	34	offers	breakfast	and	lunch	each	day	at	all	schools.			Although	                                                                                       students.”
   menu	items	and	choices	vary	at	each	school	the	menus	meet	nutrition	                                                                                           	 •	 Parents	or	eligible	students	have	the	
                                                                                                        CHILD FIND INFORMATION                                    right	to	inspect	and	review	the	student’s	
   standards	established	by	the	U.S.	Department	of	Agriculture.			Anyone	                               	 The	purpose	of	this	notification	is	to	                 education	records	maintained	by	the	school.	
   wishing	to	preview	monthly	menus	at	any	level	may	do	so	by	visiting	the	                             ensure	that	Regional	School	Unit	34	is	in	                Schools	are	not	required	to	provide	copies	of	
   RSU	34	webpage	(www.rsu34.org)	and	clicking	“Lunch	Menus”	under	the	                                 compliance	with	05­071	Chapter	101	Maine	                 records	unless,	for	reasons	such	as	great	dis­
   Information	heading.                                                                                 Unified	Special	Education	Regulation,	Birth	              tance,	it	is	impossible	for	parents	or	eligible	
   	 RSU	34	operates	a	non­profit	meal	program.		Please	send	your	student	                              to	Age	Twenty.                                            students	to	review	the	records.	Schools	may	
                                                                                                        	 “Each	SAU	shall	maintain	and	implement	                 charge	a	fee	for	copies.
   prepared	for	meal	times	each	day	by	sending	money	to	pay	for	meals	or	by	                            policies	and	procedures	to	ensure	that	all	               	 •	 Parents	or	eligible	students	have	the	right	
   sending	a	bag	breakfast/lunch	from	home.				Please	make	sure	your	student’s	                         children	residing	in	the	jurisdiction	between	            to	request	that	a	school	correct	records	which	
   account	is	CURRENT	at	all	times	as	we	wish	to	avoid	uncomfortable	                                   the	ages	of	3	and	20	years,	including	children	           they	believe	to	be	inaccurate	or	misleading.	If	
   situations	for	students,		staff	and	parents	alike	when	it	comes	to		meal	money	                      with	disabilities	who	are	homeless	children,	             the	school	decides	not	to	amend	the	record,	the	
                                                                                                        are	wards	of	the	State	or	state	agency	clients,	          parent	or	eligible	student	then	has	the	right	to	a	
   owed.			You	may	call	your	student’s	school	to	inquire	about	his/her	balance.                         children	with	disabilities	attending	private	             formal	hearing.	After	the	hearing,	if	the	school	
   	 Many	parents	find	prepaying	for	meals	is	most	convenient.			                                       schools	and	receiving	home	instruction,	                  still	decides	not	to	amend	the	record,	the	parent	
   Prepayments	can	be	made	at	any	time	whether	it	be	weekly	or	for	a	longer	                            highly	mobile	children	(including	migrant	or	             or	eligible	student	has	the	right	to	place	a	state­
   period	of	time.		If	you	have	questions	please	contact	your	student’s	school.                         homeless),	children	who	have	the	equivalent	              ment	with	the	record	setting	forth	his	or	her	view	
   	 Applications	for	free	or	reduced	price	meals	may	be	filled	out	at	any	                             of	10	full	days	of	unexcused	absences	or	                 about	the	contested	information.
                                                                                                        7	consecutive	school	days	of	unexcused	                   	 •	 Generally,	schools	must	have	written	
   time	during	the	school	year.		Please	contact	your	student’s	school	or	the	                           absences	during	a	school	year,	and	children	              permission	from	the	parent	or	eligible	student	
   Food	Service	Office	if	you	would	like	a	meal	application.		Upon	return	                              incarcerated	in	county	jails,	and	who	are	                in	order	to	release	any	information	from	a	
   of	the	completed	meal	application	it	will	be	processed	and	you	will	be	                              in	need	of	special	education	and	related	                 student’s	education	record.	However,	FERPA	
   notified	of	the	results.		Any	money	owed	prior	to	any	possible	approval	of	                          services,	even	though	they	are	advancing	from	            allows	schools	to	disclose	those	records,	with­
                                                                                                        grade	to	grade,	are	identified,	located	and	              out	consent,	to	the	following	parties	or	under	
   free	or	reduced	meal	benefits	is	still	owed.                                                         evaluated	at	public	expense.”                             the	following	conditions	(34	CFR	§	99.31):
   	 We	accept	personal	checks,	cash,	or	money	orders	for	the	payment	of	                               	 It	is	the	stated	intention	of	Regional	School	          	 	 —School	officials	with	legitimate	
   meals.	There	will	be	a	$15.00	return	check	fee	(in	addition	to	the	amount	                           Unit	#34	to	provide	any	eligible	special	                 educational	interest;
   the	check	was	written	for)	on	all	returned	checks.			Should	there	be	a	                              education	student	for	whom	it	has	responsibility,	        	 	 —Other	schools	to	which	a	student	is	
   subsequent	check	returned	you	will	be	asked	to	pay	for	future	meals	with	                            a	“genuine	opportunity	for	equitable	                     transferring;
                                                                                                        participation”	in	special	education	programs.		           	 	 —Specified	officials	for	audit	or	evalu­
   cash	or	with	a	money	order.                                                                              Section 504 Child Find Notice:		Children	             ation	purposes;
                                                                                                        eligible	for	Section	504	Accommodations	                  	 	 —Appropriate	parties	in	connection	
   AFFIRMATIVE ACTION                              No Child Left Behind                                 or	services	include	those	children	who	
                                                                                                        have	a	physical	or	mental	impairment	that	
                                                                                                                                                                  with	financial	aid	to	a	student;
                                                                                                                                                                  	 	 —Organizations	conducting	certain	
     GENERAL POLICY
       STATEMENT                                   (NCLB) Report Card                                   substantially	limits	a	major	life	activity.		
                                                                                                        	 If	you	suspect	your	child	has	a	disability	
                                                                                                                                                                  studies	for	or	on	behalf	of	the	school;
                                                                                                                                                                  	 	 —Accrediting	organizations;
	 It	is	the	policy	of	RSU	34	to	ensure	
equal	employment/educational	oppor­
                                                   for RSU 34 Schools                                   and	may	need	special	education	services	or	
                                                                                                        504	Accommodations,	or	if	you	would	like	
                                                                                                                                                                  	 	 —To	comply	with	a	judicial	order	or	
                                                                                                                                                                  lawfully	issued	subpoena;	
tunities/affirmative	action	regardless	of	         	 NCLB	requires	all	school	districts	to	provide	     additional	information,	please	contact	your	              	 	 —Appropriate	officials	in	cases	of	
race,	sex,	color,	national	origin,	marital	        two	years	of	academic	information	for	the	           child	teacher	or	call	the	District’s	Special	             health	and	safety	emergencies;	and
status,	religion,	age,	sexual	orientation	or	      public	in	the	NCLB	Report	Card.		These	report	       Education	Director,	Kimm	Kenniston	at	827­                	 	 —State	and	local	authorities,	within	a	
disability	in	accordance	with	all	federal	         cards	include	assessment	information	about	all	      3921	ext.	308.                                            juvenile	justice	system,	pursuant	to	specific	
and	state	legislation.                             students	in	the	grades	tested	in	the	district	and	       Homeless Liaison:		Jon	Doty,	RSU	34	                  State	law.
	 RSU	34	will	fully	comply	with	Section	           information	about	all	students	tested	in	each	       Director	of	Curriculum,	Instruction,	and	                 	 Schools	may	disclose,	without	consent,	
                                                   school	in	the	following	academic	areas:              Assessment,	is	the	homeless	liaison.		It	is	the	          “directory”	information	such	as	a	student’s	
504	of	the	Rehabilitation	Act	of	1973,	Title	
                                                   	 •	 reading/language	arts                           responsibility	of	RSU	34	to	notify	the	citizens	          name,	address,	telephone	number,	date	and	
IX,	and	the	Americans	with	Disabilities	Act	       	 •	 mathematics                                     and	parents	in	the	district	on	an	annual	                 place	of	birth,	honors	and	awards,	and	dates	
of	1990	and	intends	not	to	discriminate	on	the	    	 •	 science                                         basis	that	education	services	are	available	to	           of	attendance.	However,	schools	must	tell	
basis	of	disability	in	any	of	its	employment	      	 Information	about	the	academic	achievement	        students	classified	as	homeless.		If	you	need	            parents	and	eligible	students	about	directory	
practices	or	educational	programs.                 of	the	students	in	each	school	is	compared	to	the	   further	information	to	determine	the	rights	              information	and	allow	parents	and	eligible	
	 Inquiries	may	be	made	or	grievances	             district	academic	assessment	results	and	to	the	     available	to	students	who	are	homeless	in	                students	a	reasonable	amount	of	time	to	
initiated	by	contacting	Scott	Gordon,	             academic	assessment	results	of	students	at	those	    RSU	34,	please	contact	Jon	Doty	at	827­3932.              request	that	the	school	not	disclose	directory	
Affirmative	Action	Office,	203	Stillwater	         grade	levels	in	the	State	of	Maine.	This	infor­                                                                information	about	them.	
Avenue,	Old	Town,	Maine		04468,	Tel.	              mation	is	also	disaggregated	by	the	following	                                                                 	 Schools	must	notify	parents	and	eli­
827­3910	ext.	303,	or	Co­Affirmative	              subgroups:                                               AMERICANS WITH                                        gible	students	annually	of	their	rights	under	
Action	Officer,	Barbara	Gunn,	21	Jefferson	        	 •	 gender                                           DISABILITIES ACT NOTICE                                  FERPA.	For	additional	information	or	techni­
Street,	Old	Town,	Maine	04468,	Tel.	827­           	 •	 racial	and	ethnic	groups                                                                                  cal	assistance,	you	may	call	(202)	260­3887	
                                                                                                        	 RSU	 34	 does	 not	 discriminate	 on	 the	
4441	ext,	293	or	by	contact	the	Office	of	         	 •	 students	with	disabilities                                                                                (voice).	Individuals	who	use	TDD	may	call	
                                                                                                        basis	 of	 disability	 in	 admission	 to,	 access	 to,	
Civil	Rights,	Washington,	D.C.                     	 •	 students	with	limited	English	proficiency                                                                 the	Federal	Information	Relay	Service	at	
                                                                                                        or	 operations	 of	 its	 programs,	 services,	 or	
                                                   	 •	 economically	disadvantaged	students                                                                       1­800­877­8339.	
                                                                                                        activities.		RSU	34	does	not	discriminate	on	the	
  RSU 34, OLD TOWN, ME                             	 In	addition	to	the	academic	assessment	
                                                                                                        basis	of	disability	in	its	hiring	or	employment	          	 Or	you	may	contact	us	at	the	following	
    A.H.E.R.A. NOTICE                              information,	each	Report	Card	includes	informa­                                                                address:	
                                                                                                        practices.
                                                   tion	about	attendance	percentages	of	students	in	                                                              	 	 Family	Policy	Compliance	Office	
TO:		BUILDING	OCCUPANTS:                                                                                	 This	notice	is	provided	as	required	by	Title	II	
                                                   grades	3­8	and	about	the	high	school’s	gradua­                                                                 	 	 U.S.	Department	of	Education	
  Alton	Elementary	School                                                                               of	the	Americans	with	Disabilities	Act	of	1990.
                                                   tion	rate.	                                                                                                    	 	 400	Maryland	Avenue,	SW	
  J..A.	Leonard	Middle	School                                                                           Questions,	concerns,	complaints	or	requests	
                                                   	 NCLB	also	requires	each	district	to	provide	                                                                 	 	 Washington,	D.C.	20202­5920	
  Old	Town	Elementary	School                       the	public	with	the	following	information	about	     for	additional	information	regarding	the	ADA	
  Old	Town	High	School                             the                                                  may	be	forwarded	to	RSU	34’s	designated	                  RSU 34 (Alton, Bradley,
  Southern	Penobscot	Regional	Program              	 •	 qualifications	of	teachers	in	the	district’s	   ADA	Compliance	Coordinator:
  Viola	Rand	Elementary	School                     schools:                                             	 Kimm	Kenniston                                          Old Town) Special
FROM:	 David	Walker,	Superintendent	of	            	 •	 the	percentage	of	teachers	in	each	school	      	 Special	Education	Director,	RSU	34                      Education Record
                                                                                                        	 156	Oak	Street,	Old	Town,	ME		04468
Schools                                            with	each	of	the	professional	degrees
                                                   	 •	 the	percentage	of	teachers	in	each	school	      	 Phone	number	–	Voice:		827­3921			                      Destruction
	 The	 above	 named	 schools	 have	 been	          who	are	teaching	with	emergency	or	provisional	      	 																										TDD:		1­955­3323              	 Regional	School	Unit	#34	plans	to	destroy	
inspected	 for	 the	 presence	 of	 asbestos­       credentials                                          	 Monday	–	Friday,	8	a.m.	to	2	p.m.                       special	education	records	of	former	students	
containing	 materials.	 	A	 written	 plan	 for	    	 •	 the	percentage	of	teachers	in	each	school	      	 Individuals	 who	 need	 auxiliary	 aids	 for	           whose	birth	dates	are	between	January	1,	
the	 management	 of	 these	 materials	 has	        who	meet	NCLB’s	definition	of	“highly	quali­         effective	 communication	 in	 programs	 and	              1984	and	December	31,	1984.		Parents/Guard­
been	 developed.	This	 plan	 is	 available	 for	   fied”	for	teaching	their	content	area	or	grade	      services	 of	 RSU	 34	 are	 invited	 to	 make	 their	     ians	and/or	former	students	may	obtain	their	
inspection	at	the	Office	of	the	Superintendent	    level.                                               needs	 and	 preferences	 known	 to	 the	 ADA	             records	before	October	31,	2011.		Records	not	
of	Schools,	156	Oak	Street,	Old	Town,	Maine	   	   	 RSU	34’s	NCLB	Report	Card	can	be	found	            Compliance	Coordinator.                                   picked	up	will	be	destroyed.		Proper	identifi­
04468	during	regular	office	hours.		Copies	        on	the	RSU	34	website	at	www.rsu34.org.		Click	      	 This	 notice	 is	 available	 in	 large	 print	 and	     cation	will	be	required.		For	more	information	
of	the	plan	for	each	school	may	be	obtained	       on	the	NCLB	Report	Card	link	to	access	all	of	       on	 audio	 tape	 from	 the	 ADA	 Compliance	              please	contact:	Regional	School	Unit	#34	
on	request	at	a	cost	of	$35.00	per	volume.         the	required	information.                            Coordinator.                                              Special	Education	Office	at	(207)	827­3921.	
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   OLD TOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                                                                                         Jeanna Tuell, Principal
                                                                                                                      827-1544




  Principal’s Message

             OTES looks forward to an exciting school year
                                               By Jeanna Tuell, Principal, Old Town Elementary School
      As we start to crank our sum-         For the first time this summer    extend our students’ experiences                We have also hired Tanya
  mer clocks to feature the face of      we offered the opportunity for our   and enhance their learning oppor-            Adorno for our position of Physi-
  fall, our school prepares to wel-      students in grades 2-5 to par-       tunities.                                    cal Education. Ms. Adorno gradu-
  come all students to our school        ticipate in our “Virtual Summer         On November 17th, we welcome              ated from the University of Maine
  after Labor                            School.” We believe these online     parents to attend our school’s K-2           in Physical Education and has
  Day. Al-                               lessons have helped to support stu-  Literacy Night. This event helps             worked at Avon School Depart-
  though this                            dents’ ongoing educational experi-   parents find ways to help us build           ment in Connecticut as an Athletic
  is a “late”                            ence this summer. Todd Rand and      literate lives through practical             Director. Each new staff member
  start from                             Kathy Marks-Malloy were hired to     activities that can be extended to           brings new ideas, energies, and
  the perspec-                           monitor our students’ progress and   the home.                                    commitment to the students in our
  tive of some                           to work with the parents if techno-     We encourage parent volunteer-            school.
  families,                              logical problems arose.              ism in our classrooms, library, and                          * * *
  it is also a                              The interaction between stu-      other school functions to support               We are extremely pleased to
  great op-                              dents, parents, and school has       the entire school community. We              announce our school has been
  portunity to            Jeanna Tuell   been very successful via this        believe parent involvement is key            granted a Service Learning Grant
  squeak out                             unique programming. It seems the     to every child’s success.                    to build a “Peace Path” (walking
  a few more precious family memo-       flexibility parents and students ex-                 * * *                        track) for our students this fall.
  ries that can sustain us through       perienced with logging in at home       We are pleased to welcome two             This initiative has been many
  the challenges of academic rigor       to participate created the right     new staff members to our school.             years in the making with the first
  ahead.                                 “summer time” formula for busy          Matthew                                   idea coming from a student now
                   * * *                 families.                            Gonnella                                     attending Leonard Middle School.
      We completed the 2010-2011                         * * *                will be sup-                                 We are currently working with
  school year with a new approach to        As we enter this new year with    porting our                                  Folsom’s Inc. to design and build
  address student summer academic        excitement, our school wants to      special needs                                this outstanding health initiative.
  loss and to keep students cogni-       focus our collective efforts in the  population                                   We believe the Peace Path will
  tively fit for the fall of 2011.       area of student and family en-       in K-2 this                                  foster healthy opportunities for
      Research indicates that most       gagement. We believe if families     school year.                                 our students as they play and run
  students experience some degree        are engaged in their children’s      Mr. Gonnella                                 on the playground throughout the
  of summer regression because they      learning our work as teachers and    has a Bach-                                  school year. The faculty will be ex-
  don’t devote a lot of time and ener-   staff can be more productive and     elor of Arts                                 ploring ways to use the Peace Path
  gy to staying sharp in all academic    meaningful.                          Degree and         Matthew Gonnella          to promote healthy minds, bodies,
  areas throughout the summer.              Several initiatives have been     a Masters in                                 and human spirit in all children in
      The most effective way a stu-      developed to support this key orga-  Special Edu-                                 our care.
  dent can continue to grow and/         nizational goal. Our Parents and     cation from                                                  * * *
  or maintain skills is to READ,         Teachers Organization will start     William Pat-                                    Having a fresh new start each
  READ, READ! We continue to             to develop monthly meetings with     erson Uni-                                   year is one of the greatest gifts for
  encourage our students to visit our    more opportunities to promote        versity. He                                  teachers and students. Each year
  school library and the town library    family participation and engage-     has taught                                   is different from the last and a
  throughout summer to find books        ment in our school community.        students                                     new opportunity to grow and learn
  of interest to continue their read-    The first meeting will be held on    with disabili-                               is always there for the taking. The
  ing passion.                           September 8th at 6 p.m.              ties for eight                               key to every person’s success is the
      Students have been asked              Families have been invited to     years in New                                 willingness to work hard, putting
  to track their reading minutes         attend our school open house on      York and             Tanya Adorno            forth the best effort, and bringing
  throughout the summer months           September 15th and a community       New Jersey.                                  a positive attitude to the table.
  in order to be entered into vari-      dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to      Mr. Gonnella brings a great back-            We look forward to another suc-
  ous drawings when returning to         help us raise money for our after    ground in theater and music to his           cessful year at Old Town Elemen-
  school.                                school programs. These programs      position in our school.                      tary School.


Technology Curriculum in RSU 34                                                Old Town Elementary Relay for Life
    By Matt Cyr, Assistant Principal, Old Town Elementary School                        By Brenda Jackson                   reographed by Sonali Paradis and
   A group of RSU 34 teachers and    Solving/Research Skills, Commu-             Old Town Elementary School                 included a fast-paced Zumba dem-
administrators spent the last year   nication Skills, Productivity Skills,        Fifth grade students and the Relay        onstration, in which the staff and
developing a technology curriculum   Technology Vocabulary, and Digital        for Life team at Old Town Elemen-            students participated.
for students in grades K-3. The pro- Citizenship. Some of the learning         tary School decided to do their part to         The Relay for Life team raised
cess included researching similar    will be direct instruction; however,      help save lives and show our concern         money through donations by walking
curriculum models already in place   most of the technology learning           by hosting a staff vs. student basket-       the University of Maine track 24 hours
in North Carolina and Michigan       will be integrated into the regular       ball game on Thursday, May 19.               from Friday through Saturday after-
as well as an in-depth study of the  classrooms. RSU 34 libraries have            Led by Sonali Paradis, players from       noon despite the weather conditions.
ISTE standards (International So-    recently begun transformation into        both sides took the court at 6:00 to com-       The team is headed by CeCe
ciety for Technology in Education).  true media centers managed by             pete in a fun-filled game with a final       Costello. We would like to thank all
Over the next year, the group will   certified Library Media Specialists.      score of 46-45, the students victorious.     the students, staff, parents, Relay
continue to develop this curriculum     This new curriculum will be im-        Jen Meserve, the staff’s head cheer-         Team members, and administration
through the 12th grade. Student      plemented on the following schedule:      leading coach, kept the evening lively       for their support in our efforts to
technology learning will be linked   K-3, 2011-2012; K-8, 2012-2013; &         by leading everyone in team cheers.          raise over $1,800 for the American
to the following standards: Problem  K-12 (full implementation) 2013-2014.        The half time show was cho-               Cancer Society.
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Virtual Summer School offers OTES students variety of learning opportunities
           By Matt Cyr, Asst. Principal                   pass	Learning	assignments”	                                gram.”	
          Old Town Elementary School                      		 “This	has	been	a	great	experience	for	our	family”	      		 “Our	summers	are	busy,	but	when	we	have	
   More than 100 Old Town Elementary students             		 “This	is	a	beneficial	summer	program”	                  spare	time	this	is	what	our	child	loves	to	do.”	
in grades 2-5 enrolled in the first ever Virtual          		 “Our	son	is	enjoying	the	Compass	Learning	so	           	 “I	think	it’s	great	to	have	this	to	help	give	the	
Summer School. The high participation levels              far.”	                                                     kids	something	to	do	during	the	summer.	This	
exceeded all expectations for this voluntary sum-         		 “This	is	helping	our	daughter	retain	what	she	          program	helps	keep	them	focused	and	keeps	their	
mer learning program.                                     has	learned	in	school.	We	are	happy	with	the	pro-          brains	working!”
   Virtual Summer School consisted of three com-
ponents:
   1. Com-
pass Learn-
ing: a
web-based
computer
program
that can
be tailored
to each
student’s
specific
                Mr. Rand helps a student with his
literacy and
                Compass Learning account during one
mathemat-       of the open-library sessions of Virtual
ics abilities. Summer School.
Two staff
members (Mr. Rand and Mrs. Molloy) managed
these accounts throughout the summer.
   2. Reading: prior to the end of the school year,
each student pledged to read throughout the
summer. These pledge sheets were sent home to
parents.
   3. Writing: Students were asked to write
throughout the summer. Much like with summer
reading, students were given free-choice as to
what they were writing about. Writing prompts
were also made available to parents.
   We had three goals with Virtual Summer
School.
                                                          Summer playground visitors explore the new lobster boat at Old Town Elementary School.
   First and foremost, we wanted it to be avail-
able to all students throughout the entire stretch
of summer vacation.
   Our second goal was to minimize “summer
loss” for participating students, as they begin a
                                                          Let The Voyage Begin!
new school year and prepare for the Fall 2011                                      By Kimm Kenniston, Director of Special Education
NECAP test.                                                  The students at Old Town Elementary School              made perfect sense to the staff at OTES.
   Finally, we wanted to continue our ongoing             are ready to embark on a new and exciting voy-                This opportunity was made possible through a
efforts to build and foster strong home-school            age as another school year begins. When the                grant under the American Recovery and Rein-
connections.                                              students return they will find this new addition           vestment Act. The lobster boat was constructed
   We are more than satisfied with the initial re-        to their playground. The voyage will be full of            by The Kids’ Project, a program of Pine Tree So-
sults of Virtual Summer School and look forward           creativity and adventure. The lobster boat is ful-         ciety. The Kids’ Project provides affordable, high
to analyzing the data this fall. We sincerely             ly accessible by wheelchair or walker as students          quality adaptive equipment made with care by
thank all participating students and the families         enter the open transom (back of the boat), which           talented volunteer woodworkers. The program
that supported them.                                      is flush with the playground surface. The oppor-           has built fire trucks, lobster boats, and trains for
   Here is a sample of the supportive feedback we         tunity to provide playground equipment that ben-           playgrounds across the state.
have been receiving from parents:                         efits all children and promotes social interaction
	 “Our	daughter	seems	to	love	doing	her	Com-


                                                                                                  Old Town Elementary School
                                                                                               Important Fall Dates
                                                                                           August 31                   K OPEN HOUSE from

OTES receives Fresh Fruit                                                                                              10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


and Vegetable Grant                                                                        September 6                 First Day for all Students
                                                                                                                       1/2 day for Kindergarten students
   It is with great excitement we           will expand children’s exposure to                                         7:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
announce that OTES is the recipi-           and consumption of fresh produce
ent of a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable          with the idea of making a difference
Grant for the 2011/2012 school year.        in their diets to positively impact
                                                                                           September 7                 1/2 day for Kindergarten
This past spring, Food Service ap-          the status of their health in the                                          7:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
plied for and received the one-year         present and going forward.
award. OTES was the only school                Fresh fruits and vegetables will
in RSU 34 that met the criteria of          be provided to students in the Pre-            September 8                 1/2 day for Kindergarten
the program, including the re-              Kindergarten Program through                                               7:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
quirement that 50% or more of the           grade 2 each Tuesday and Thurs-
student enrollment qualify for free         day beginning September 13, 2011.
or reduced price meals.                     Grades 3 through 5 will be served              September 9                 1/2 day for Kindergarten
   This program will provide all            each Wednesday and Friday begin-                                           7:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
children attending OTES, in the             ning September 14, 2011. Teach-
2011/2012 school year, a variety            ers will enhance this new student
of free fresh fruits and vegetables         experience by incorporating an                 September 12                First Full Day for K students
on a regular basis. The goal of the         educational component around the
program is to work toward creating          offering each day.
                                                                                                                       7:50 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
a healthier school environment by              It’s a win-win situation for all!
offering a variety of fresh produce         We look forward to sharing this new            September 15                OTES Community Dinner, 5p.m.
outside of the meal programs. This          program with our OTES students.
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  RSU 34 staff busy with summer workshops and training
                                           By Jon Doty, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
     After the students left in June, staff did not     • Staff members have met to make plans for   the new state standards in English and Math-
  waste any time before beginning to prepare for     common behavioral expectations and how we       ematics (Common Core State Standards) – we
  the new school year. June 21st, as students        will increase student engagement and citizen-   visibly begin this transition with a three-year
  began their summer adventures, saw the begin-      ship.                                           rollout of a new mathematics plan at Leonard
  ning of a series of staff                             • Staff members have attended conferences    Middle School (6th grade begins the new plan
  workshops at each grade                            and workshops on such topics as literacy,       this year, 6th and 7th the following year, and
  span, including the fol-                           mathematics software, gifted and talented       6-8 implementation in the third year).
  lowing:                                            services, behavioral interventions, CPR, and       We will provide feedback on draft national
     • Math, science, and                            university courses on a wide range of topics.   science and social studies standards, and begin
  10th grade teaming                                    • Some staff members celebrated the          implementation. We will adapt to whatever
  preparation at Old Town                            completion of graduate degrees or certificate   changes come from Federal reauthorization of
  High School.                                       programs, and others began new programs.        ESEA (the Elementary and Secondary Educa-
     • Planning for our new                          • Other staff members have gathered to work     tion Act, commonly called No Child Left Be-
  mathematics program at                             on organizational needs: designing professional hind).
  the middle school.                                 development opportunities for the coming year,                         * * *
     • Social studies at the          Jon Doty       hiring talented new colleagues, revamping          RSU 34 is fortunate to have a skilled and
  elementary level.                                  the teacher evaluation process, reviewing the   dedicated staff, as well a community that sup-
     • K-12 service learning planning.               district crisis plan, and planning for the most ports the schools in a variety of ways: through
                         * * *                       visible development: the new Art & Science      countless volunteers, business and non-profit
     These efforts, individual and collaborative,    wing at Old Town High School.                   input/partnerships, guest speakers, and
  have continued throughout the summer.                                     * * *                    through financial support.
     • Teachers have gathered to design curricu-        The future will bring a number of new chal-     It is a treasure to continually see this staff
  la for new courses (such as our new AP Envi-       lenges, in addition to the ever-present chal-   and community investment of time, resources,
  ronmental Science and AP English Language          lenges inherent in teaching children.           and energy pay off in student learning and op-
  courses at Old Town High School).                     Over the next few years we will implement    portunities.



OTES PTC Welcomes New Members and Parent Support
   The Parents and Teachers Car-         munity. Some of the highlights of         The PTC would like to extend        riences of our children:
ing About Our Schools Club (PTC)         the 2010-2011 school include help-     an open invitation to all parents         • September 8: 6 p.m. meeting
welcomes all families and staff to       ing and funding the annual Arts        wanting to help and support the           • October 5: 6 p.m. meeting
the 2011-2012 school year. The PTC       Festival in October, funding                                                           • October 28: Fall Festi-
ended with the annual election of        the theater performances of         PTC Dates to Rembember                         val (all day event at OTES)
officers for the upcoming school         the Frogtown Puppet Show,                                                              • November 9: 6 p.m.
year. Serving as President, Danielle     helping with the school’s          • Oct. 28: Fall Festival                        meeting
Pomarico, Co-Chair, Heidi Brewer,        Literacy Nights in November        • Nov. 17: K-2 Literacy Night                       • November 17: Literacy
Budget Chair, Julie Coloumbe,            and March, organizing fam-                                                         Night for K-2 students and
Treasurer, Lori Snyder, and Sec-         ily events such as the Great
                                                                            • February 3: Annual Talent Show families
retary, Marion Young-Talon. The          Skates Night, Talent Show,         • March 16: Family Spring Dance                     • December 8: 6 p.m.
last meeting of the year focused on      Family Dance, and Healthy                                                          meeting
continued involvement in various         Life Styles Week. This year the        school and students in a positive         • January 4: 6 p.m. meeting
school performances and functions        PTC extended their thinking about      way. PTC meets once a month, with         • February 3: Annual Talent
in order for OTES to meet instruc-       family involvement and supported       the first meeting on September 8th     Show at OTES
tional, academic, and extension          the first School Breakfast Event on    at 6 p.m., childcare will be provided.    • February 9: 6 p.m. meeting
activities for all students in grades    June 3rd. It was a wonderful event     The following meeting and event           • March 7: 6 p.m. meeting
Pre K-5.                                 that brought families into the school  dates have been set for 2011-2012         • March 16: Family Spring
   The PTC supports a variety of         to eat a great breakfast, chat with    in order for families to plan and      Dance for all Pre K-5 students and
activities at OTES through fund-         other parents, and connect with        get involved in our organization’s     families
raising, volunteering, and sharing       classroom teachers in an informal      mission to educate and enrich the         • April 5: 6 p.m. meeting
their expertise with the school com-     manner.                                educational opportunities and expe-       • May 9: 6 p.m. meeting


Stillwater Community Arts offers series of arts workshops on Oct. 1
   As Stillwater Community Arts          come, first served basis. For more    and Recreation, Orono Town Office,     a brochure emailed to you. If you
moves forward from the fabulous          information pick up a brochure and    Orono Public Library, Asa Adams        have more questions or would like
success of Stillwater Arstapalooza,      registration form after September     Elementary School, or the Church       to register “paper free,” please to
we are excited to announce the first     1st at any of the following places:   of Universal Fellowship.               contact Cami Carter at stillwater-
FALL into the ARTS workshop              Old Town Elementary School, Old          You can also email stillwater-      communityarts@gmail.com or 401-
series. On Saturday, October 1,          Town Public Library, Orono Parks      communityarts@gmail.com to have        274-6221.
Stillwater Community Arts will of-
fer a series of 90-minute arts work-
shops at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sign up
for one of our fabulous workshop
                                         CTC sponsoring math, literacy tutors and life skills training at LMS
offerings:                                  Greater Old Town Communities       toring program. This after-school      from the Maine Office of Substance
   • Balloon sculpting                   That Care (CTC) is a local non-       tutoring program links students        Abuse and is taught in 6th, 7th,
   • Beginning print making              profit that works very closely with   that need help in math and reading     and 8th grade by health teacher
   • Beginning bookbinding               Leonard Middle School and RSU         with students from the University      Deb Ziobron. The lessons aim to
   • Crystal pendant jewelry making      34 to promote                         of Maine who serve as tutors. Stu-     build understanding of topics such
   • Beginning embroidery                positive youth                        dents are referred to the program      as: social skills, decision making,
   • Encaustic (wax) painting            development                           by parents, teachers, or staff and     self-image, communication skills,
   • Improvisational theatre             and to re-                            are then paired with a tutor to meet   coping with anger, peer pressure,
   • Juggling                            duce problem                          one-on-one for one hour twice each     and resolving conflicts. It also
   • Latin and swing dancing             youth behav-                          week after school. By working to-      teaches about the myths and reali-
   • Origami garland making              iors. CTC                             gether on a regular basis, students    ties of using cigarettes, alcohol, and
   • Seaglass and shell jewelry          recently hired                        are able to increase their math and    marijuana. Results from student
making                                   Jason Char-                           reading skills as well as build re-    surveys indicate increased knowl-
   • Stomp the yard dance (percus-       land as their                         lationships with their tutors. This    edge about drug use and life skills.
sive dancing)                            Executive                             program is made possible through       The surveys also showed that posi-
   • Storytelling, song, and signing     Director re-        Jason Charland    a grant from the United Way of         tive attitudes about smoking, drink-
   • Watercolor painting.                placing Diane                         Eastern Maine. For more informa-       ing, and marijuana were lowered
   All workshops are 90 minutes,         Vatne. Jason will be working with     tion about the tutoring program        significantly after students took
cost $15 and will take place at Asa      LMS over the next year to oversee     contact Jason Charland at 299-5172     the training. For more information
Adams Elementary School or Old           two programs that the organization    or jason.charland@rsu34.org.           about LifeSkills Training please
Town Elementary School, unless           sponsors at the school.                  The second program sponsored        contact Jason Charland at 299-5172
otherwise specified.                        The first program is the Math      by CTC is LifeSkills Training. This    or jason.charland@rsu34.org.
   Workshops will be filled on a first   Mentors & Literacy Leaders Tu-        curriculum is supported by a grant
                                                                                              August 2011 RSU 34 Community Connections Page 17
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                                                                                                  Old Town Adult Education
                                                                                                   Learning for a Lifetime
                                                                                                  •	 Registration	for	diploma	classes	will	take	place	from	6:00	to	8:00	PM	on	
                                                                                               September	7	&	8	in	the	Adult	Education	Office	at	Old	Town	High	School.	Students	
                                                                                               may	register	for	non­diploma	classes	by	calling	the	Adult	Education	Office	827­
                                                                                               3906.
                                                                                                  •	 Classes	are	offered	on	Tuesday,	Wednesday	or	Thursday	evenings.
                                                                                                  •	 All	registration	fees	must	be	paid	prior	to	the	first	class.
                                                                                                  •	 Classes	will	be	canceled	if	a	minimum	number	of	students	have	not	pre­
                                                                                               registered.
                                                                                                  •	 If	day	school	is	canceled,	night	school	will	also	be	canceled.	In	case	of	
                                                                                               inclement	weather	late	in	the	day,	announcements	will	be	made	on	local	radio	and	
                                                                                               television	stations.
                                                                                                  •	 Classes	meet	once	a	week	unless	stated	otherwise	in	course	description
                                                                                                  •	 Suggestions	for	future	classes	are	welcome.


Old Town Elementary School students Alivia Coulombe, Emily Murphy, and Elliot Bois             Adult Basic Education
display their models of the earth for science class.                                           Basic Reading, Jeff	Harris,	Instructor
                                                                                               	 This	course	is	designed	to	help	students	gain	literacy	skills	needed	to	further	
                                                                                               their	education	or	as	a	refresher	course.	Classes	are	from	6­8	p.m.	
 Health Information for Parents/                                                               Starts	Tuesday,	September	13.	                               14	weeks	     No	Fee


 Guardians of RSU 34 students                                                                  GED & Testing, Ann	Patterson,	Instructor
                                                                                               The	GED	is	a	high	school	equivalency	program.	Testing	consists	of	five	areas:		
 	 Emergency Information: It	is	vital	that	the	school	have	the	phone	numbers	                  math,	English,	social	studies,	literature,	and	the	arts.	Classes	are	from	6­8	p.m.
 for	parents	and	other	emergency	numbers	in	case	we	cannot	reach	you.		Please	                 Starts	Thursday,	September	15.	                                 14	weeks	    No	Fee
 notify	the	main	office	immediately	if	there	is	a	change	in	address,	phone	number,	or	
 emergency	numbers.		It	is	very	difficult	to	care	for	an	ill	child	when	no	one	can	be	         Pre-GED/Casas Testing/Tutoring, Candace	Austin,	Instructor
 reached.		If	your	child	has	a	chronic	condition	(asthma,	diabetes,	seizure	disorder,	         	 Students	unable	to	attend	regular	Adult	Education	classes	may	take	this	course.
 etc.),	please	make	sure	the	school	nurse	is	informed	of	the	specific	emergency	               Starts	Tuesday,	September	13	                              Ongoing	     No	Fee
 procedure	for	your	child.
                                           *			*			*                                           High School English, Travis	Allen,	Instructor
 	 Health Records: Each	child	was	issued	a	health	record	when	they	entered	                    	 This	class	is	a	comprehensive	study	of	literature	and	writing.
 kindergarten.		This	record	is	part	of	their	cumulative	school	record	for	the	duration	        Starts	Tuesday,	September	13	                         6:00-9:15	p.m.		 14	weeks
 of	their	school	years.		It	is	very	important	that	all	information	is	accurate	and	up	to	
 date.		Whenever	there	is	an	important	change	in	your	child’s	health	status	(asthma	           Contemporary US History-WWII –Present, Paul	Smith,	Instructor
 diagnosis,	diabetes,	fractures,	surgery,	etc.),	or	if	your	child	has	been	placed	on	long	     	 This	course	in	US	History	will	be	a	survey	of	America’s	past	to	the	present.	The	
 term	medication,	please	call	and	let	the	school	nurse	know	so	this	can	be	added	              instructor	will	challenge	common	ideas	held	about	US	History	which	will	make	
 to	their	record.		When	a	student	graduates	from	high	school,	this	health	record,	in	          you	rethink	everything	you	thought	you	knew	about	it.
 regards	to	immunizations	and	health	issues,	is	an	important	source	of	information	            Starts	Wednesday,	September	14	                     6:00-9:15	p.m.	 14	weeks
 for	them,	as	many	colleges,	employers,	and	the	military	require	immunization	
 information.		                                                                                Algebra I, Frank	Johnson,	Instructor
                                           *			*			*                                           	 This	course	is	designed	with	an	emphasis	on	problem	solving.	The	instruction	
 	 Immunizations:		Varicella	(chickenpox):		since	school	year	2007,	the	state	                 is	designed	to	help	students	acquire	both	the	skills	and	concepts	to	move	on	to	a	
 of	Maine	has	required	all	children	in	K­12	to	provide	either	proof/certificate	of	            higher­level	course.	
 immunization	for	Varicella	or	proof	from	a	physician	that	your	child	has	had	the	             Starts	Thursday,	September	15	                          6:00-9:15	p.m.	 14	weeks
 illness.		If	your	child	receives	immunizations	(beyond	the	minimum	requirement),	
 at	any	time,	and	you	provide	the	certificate	of	immunization	to	the	school,	it	will	          Math Foundations, Terri	Bray,	Instructor
 be	added	to	your	child’s	health	record.	Exemptions: According	to	the	state	of	                	 This	course	is	for	students	who	desire	to	enter	the	academic	math	program.	
 Maine,	if	a	parent	opposes	immunization	of	their	child	for	any	vaccine	(including	            Some	of	the	topics	covered:		integers,	fractions,	decimals,	percentages,	expressions	
 Varicella)	because	of	sincere	religious	belief	or	for	philosophical	reasons,	this	must	       and	formulas,	statistics,	equations	and	inequalities,	and	some	basic	concepts	in	
 be	stated	in	writing	each year.		Please	contact	the	school	for	an	exemption	form.             geometry.
                                           *			*			*                                           Starts	Thursday,	September	15	                          6:00-9:15	p.m.	 14	weeks
     Medications:		The	administration	of	medications,	including	both	prescription	
 (requiring	doctor/dentist	order)	and/or	over	the	counter	(non­prescription)	                  General Science, Richard	Burger,	Instructor
 medications	is	permitted	only	when	failure	to	take	such	medication	would	                     	 Examination	of	Physical	Sciences	through	lecture,	labs	and	demonstrations.	
 jeopardize	the	health	of	the	student.		If	a	student	needs	to	take	medication	while	in	        Topics	include:	metric	systems,	origin	&	structure	of	the	universe,	energy,	heat	&	
 school	please	request	a	Permission	To	Administer	Medication	At	School	form	from	              temperature,	electricity	wave	motion,	sound	&	light,	changes	in	the	earth	through	
 the	school.		Read	the	form	very	carefully	and	follow	all	guidelines,	which	includes	          time,	life	on	earth,	and	classification.
 both	a	physician and parent signature before	any medication (prescription                     Starts	Thursday,	September	15	                         3:00-5:00	p.m.	 14	weeks
 and all over the counter) may be administered.		Do	not	send	any	medication	
 in	baggies,	envelopes,	etc.		The	medication	must	be	in	the	original	container	and	            Quilting, S.	Randall,	Instructor
 should	be	brought	in	by	the	parent.		Only	enough	medication	for	one	month	(20	                	 Beginners	and	intermediates	welcome.	Anyone	can	learn	to	quilt.	No	sewing	the	
 days)	should	be	brought	to	school.		All	medications	must	be	stored	in	the	locked	             first	class.	You	will	choose	the	project	for	this	class	­	a	quilt,	wall	hanging,	table	
 cabinet	in	the	main	office/clinic.		EXCEPTION:		1.	Inhalers	and	Epi­Pens	may	                 runner,	etc.	Start	that	gift	and	finish	in	time	for	Christmas!
 be	carried	by	students	only if	the	medication	permission	forms	are	completed	and	             Starts	Tuesday,	September	13																	10	weeks	     6:00-9:00	p.m.	 Fee	$25
 appropriate	use	has	been	demonstrated	to	the	school	nurse.		The	student	must	have	
 their	epi­pens	for	field	trips,	outdoor	school	activities/classes,	and	during	warmer	         Hunter’s Safety Course, Maine	Dept.	of	Inland	Fisheries	&	Wildlife
 weather.	2.		If	you	would	like	your	child	to	have	Acetaminophen/Tylenol,	a	written	           	 This	is	a	12­hour	course	on	the	proper	handling	of	firearms.	Other	topics	covered	
 parental	permission form must be signed	annually.		You	may	request this                       will	include:	first	aid,	hunter	responsibilities,	ethics,	map	and	compass	reading	and	
 separate authorization form	from	the	school.	                                                 land	owner	relations.
                                           *			*			*                                           Monday	–Thursday					September	19-22	                      6:00-9:00	p.m.	   No	Fee
 	 Illness:		If	a	student	becomes	ill	at	school	and	it	is	necessary	for	him/her	to	go	
 home,	the	parents	or	emergency	persons	will	be	contacted	either	by	the	school	                Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle, Candace	Austin,	Instructor
 nurse,	office,	or	teacher.		If	a	student	becomes	ill	at	home	and	the	illness	will	            	 This	course	will	provide	information	pertaining	to	basic	nutritional	needs	of	
 require	several	days	absence,	please	notify	the	school.		If	the	student	becomes	ill	          humans.	Information	on	nutrients,	food	groups,	and	how	to	read	food	labels	will	
 with	a	communicable	disease	(chickenpox,	etc.)	please	let	us	know	also.		Please               provide	participants	with	the	skills	necessary	to	make	informed	choices	regarding	
 do not send your child to school with symptoms of infectious illness	(fever,	                 the	foods	they	eat.
 vomiting,	congested	cough,	undiagnosed	rash	or	suspected	“pink	eye”,	etc.)		Please	           Start	Monday,	September	12														14	weeks	      5:00-7:00	p.m.	    No	Fee	
 provide	the	school	with	a	written	physician	note	if	they	were	sent	home	with	                 Child	care	available
 question	of	a	communicable	disease	(strep	throat,	skin	rash,	etc.)	and	when	they	



                                                                                                                  827-3906
 are	permitted	to	return	to	school.		Infectious	illness	spreads	fast	in	a	classroom;	it	is	
 better	to	be	safe	than	sorry.
                                           *			*			*
 	 Please	feel	free	to	contact	your	school	nurse	at	your	child’s	school	if	you	have	
 health­related	questions	or	concerns	about	your	child.		
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                           Back to School Information
School Opening Dates:                 OLD TOWN ELEMENTARY (Grades K-5) ..................................................... Tuesday, September 6, 2011
                                      ALTON ELEMENTARY (Grade K-4 ................................................................ Tuesday, September 6, 2011
                                      VIOLA RAND ELEMENTARY (Grades K-4) ................................................... Tuesday, September 6, 2011
                                      J. A. LEONARD MIDDLE SCHOOL ............................................................... Tuesday, September 6, 2011
                                      OLD TOWN HIGH SCHOOL
                                             Freshmen only ...................................................................................... Tuesday, September 6, 2011
                                             Sophomores, juniors, and seniors ........................................................ Wednesday, September 7, 2011
                                      Southern Penobscot Regional Program (all grades) ..................................... Wednesday, September 7, 2011
                                      OTES 4-year-old program .............................................................................. Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 8:00 a.m.

Please note the following:            OLD TOWN ELEMENTARY KINDERGARTEN—For the FIRST WEEK ONLY (September 6-9, 2011) Old Town Elementary
                                      School Kindergarten students will attend half-day sessions from 7:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Hot lunch will be served each day.
                                      September 12, 2011, will be their first full day of Kindergarten. Hot lunch will again be served
                                      ALTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will h old KINDERCAMP on MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 8:30-1.
                                      Parent picnic at 12 noon that same day. Parents are responsible for transporting their children. No busing available.
                                      VIOLA RAND SCHOOL will have an Open House for Knidergarten students and parents on AUGUST 31 FROM 1 TO 5 P.M.
                                      First grade students have been scheduled for litaracy screenings on August 31, as well.

Registration:                         KINDERGARTEN: If you have not yet registered your child for Kindergarten, please call the
                                      Elementary School in the town that you live for an appointment to register your child.
                                      Old Town Elementary School
                                           August 31: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. (Kindergarten Open House for families and students)
                                      Viola Rand Elementary School: August 29th - September 2nd, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (registration)
                                      Alton Elementary School: August 29th - September 6th, 9 a.m. - noon (registration)
                                      J. A. Leonard Middle School: New students may register on August 29 - 31 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
                                              No appointment necessary on those days.
                                      Old Town High School: New students or any schedule changes may be made by calling Old Town
                                              High School on Thursday, August 25th to schedule an appointment (it is recommended that you call
                                              ahead at 827-3910 ext. 308). Appointments will be set for Aug. 25 through Sept. 7 between 9:00 - 1:30.
                                      IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT REGISTERING STUDENTS BRING TRANSFER CARDS (IF IN GRADES 1-12)
                                      AND BIRTH CERTIFICATES AND RECORDS OF IMMUNIZATIONS FOR KINDERGARTEN. PARENTS
                                      SHOULD NOTIFY PREVIOUS SCHOOLS TO SEND ALL PERTINENT RECORDS. THIS IS THE ONLY
                                      REAL EFFECTIVE WAY TO PLACE YOUNGSTERS IN THEIR PROPER COURSES.

School hours:                         Old Town Elementary (K-5) .....................8:00 - 2:15     Leonard Middle School (6-8) .................7:50 - 2:20
                                      Alton Elementary (K-4) ............................8:10 - 2:30 Old Town High School (9-12) .................8:00 - 2:25
                                      Viola Rand Elementary (K-4) ..................8:00 - 2:25
                                      OTES 4-year-old program: Morning session, 8-10:30 a.m.; Afternoon session, 11:30 a.m. - 2: p.m.

Student breakfast prices:             PK-12: $1.50. Reduced price: no charge. Milk (half-pint, all flavors): $0.50

Student lunch prices:                 Elementary School, $2.35. Middle School, $2.50. High School, $2.75.
                                      PK-12 Reduced Price: $0.40
                                      Milk (half-pint, all flavors): $0.50

School Immunization Requirements:                       This is a reminder that if your child does not have updated immunizations by the start of school
                                      this September, he/she will not be able to attend school. You must present proper documentation by September 1,
                                      before your child may enter school. You may send a copy of your child’s updated immunizations as follows:

                                      Alton Elementary, Viola Rand Elementary, and Old Town Elementary
                                             Cecile Costello, School Nurse, 576 Stillwater Ave, Old Town, ME 04468 (827-1544 ext 308)

                                      Leonard Middle School and Old Town High School
                                            Debbie Dwyer, School Nurse, 203 Stillwater Ave., Old Town, ME 04468 (827-3910 ext. 323)

                                      For your reference the requirements for K-12 are:
                                              • 5 DPT/Dtap (4 if 4th given after 4th birthday)             • 4 Polio (3 Polio if 3rd is given after 4th birthday)
                                              • 2 MMRs (Grades K-12)                                       • VARICELLA VACCINE (Chicken Pox) **
 Walk-in schedule                                      ** Your child’s doctor may require Varicella Vaccine if there is not enough evidence that your child
 Bangor Immunization                                      has had chickenpox disease. For children needing vaccination, those 13 years of age or older
                                                          will require 2 doses of varicella vaccine; those under 13 years will require one dose.
 Clinic:
                                      Exceptions will be made for the following reasons:
   Every Monday and Wednesday
                                              • Medical reasons that contraindicate immunizations. A signed statement from your physician will
       9-11 am.                                 be required each year which and placed in your child’s health record.
   4th Thursday of month 5-7 p.m.             • Your religious or philosophical opposition to immunizations (a written statement is required each
 P.S. Remember to keep kids                     year and placed in your child’s health record).
 healthy with 8-10 hours of sleep,    If you have any questions, please call your child’s school nurse 827-1544 ext. 308 (K-5) or 827-3910 ext 323 (6-12)
 whole foods, and regular
 hand washing.                        If you have questions regarding your child’s immunizations, please check with your doctor or the Bangor Immunization
                                      Clinic at 103 Texas Avenue, Bangor (992-4547/4548). The best time to call is between 8:00 - 2:00 p.m.




                             Family Literacy Program
       Do you have children between             with you and help you through your                                       helps you get enrolled in the college
  the ages of Newborn to 8 years old?           program. Computer-assisted individu-                                     program of your choice providing
  Would you like to complete your high          alized programming is offered during                                     support as you fill out paperwork and
  school diploma with the help of a tutor       the day to help you prepare for the                                      access financial aid. If this program
  at times that are convenient for you?         GED or finish the credits you need to                                    sounds interesting to you, please call
  Family Literacy might be the perfect          complete your high school diploma.                                       us at 827-3906 to set up an appoint-
  program for you. Literacy Volunteers          At the end of your program, the Maine                                    ment with our Family Literacy Coordi-
  of Bangor provides tutors that meet           Educational Opportunity Center                                           nator, Candace Austin.
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                                                     School Bus Routes
                                              REGIONAL SCHOOL UNIT NO. 34 — OLD TOWN
All times are plus or minus five minutes from the time listed. Please have your children out at the end of your driveway or the designated
stop. Encourage your child not to roughhouse or play at the bus stop. Makes sure that all vehicles are stopped check with your bus
driver and ALWAYS LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING ANY ROAD
RUN A—This bus will cover both secondary and elementary students for                                                       RUN F —This bus will cover East Coiley Rd. Bennoch Rd from East Coiley
the Poplar St., Woodland Dr., Beechwood Dr. and Stillwater Avenue from the                                                 Rd to Gilman Falls Ave, Gilman Falls Ave, College Ave ext., Fourth Street;
Bennoch Rd to the Orono townlines.                                                                                         from the K of C Hall to Middle Street. French Island, and Center St. to Seventh
                                                                                                                           Street. Elm Street to Stillwater Ave.
STOPS                                                                          AM TIMES             PM TIMES
Beechwood area (Glenburn) ................................................... 6:40 ................... 3:30                STOPS                                                                             AM TIME                  PM TIME
Woodland Drive ........................................................... 6:50 to 7:05 ................... 3:20           E. Coiley Rd............................................................................. 6:55 ................... 3:35
Poplar Street................................................................ 7:05 to 7:20 ....... 3:00 to 3:20            Bennoch Rd (E. Coiley to Gilman Falls) .................................. 7:00 ................... 3:30
Bennoch Rd (Kirkland to Stillwater) ............................. 7:20 to 7:25 ....... 2:50 to 3:00                        Gilman Falls (Bennoch Rd to College Ext.) ............................. 7:05 ................... 3:25
Stillwater Ave (Bennoch Rd to Orono) ......................... 7:25 to 7:35 ....... 2:45 to 2:50                           Gilman Falls (College Ave to Fourth St.) ..................... 7:10 to 7:15 ................... 3:15
Old Town Elementary .............................................................. 7:40 ................... 2:15           Fourth Street to Middle Street ..................................... 7:15 to 7:20 ................... 3:10
Leonard Middle School ............................................................ 7:45 ................... 2:20           Treat & Webster (French Island) ................................. 7:20 to 7:25 ................... 2:40
Old Town High School ............................................................. 7:50 ................... 2:25           Center Street (Front St to Seventh St.) ....................... 7:25 to 7:30 ................... 2:35
                                                                                                                           Leonard Middle School ............................................................ 7:35 ................... 2:20
RUN B—This bus will cover Argyle, Southgate Rd, Old Bennoch Rd, and                                                        Elm Street & Middle Street ...................................................... 7:40 ................... 2:25
the Bennoch Rd up to the East Coiley Road.                                                                                 Old Town High School ............................................................. 7:45 ................... 2:30
                                                                                                                           Old Town Elementary .............................................................. 7:50 ................... 2:15
STOPS                                                                          AM TIMES             PM TIMES
Edinburg Road (Townlines) ..................................................... 6:30 ................... 3:40
Edinburg Road (by PD road) ................................................... 6:40 ................... 3:25
                                                                                                                           RUN G —This bus will cover the Hudson Road, West end of the Kirkland
                                                                                                                           Rd, West Old Town Road, and Stillwater Ave from Bennoch Rd to College Ave.
Edinburg Road (from PD Rd to Argyle Rd) .................. 6:40 to 6:50 ....... 3:15 to 3:25
Argyle Road ................................................................. 6:50 to 7:00 ....... 3:05 to 3:15            STOPS                                                                        AM TIMES                 PM TIMES
Southgate Road (Argyle Rd to Bennoch Rd)............... 7:00 to 7:10 ....... 2:55 to 3:05                                  Hudson Road by Hirundo ........................................................ 6:40 ................... 3:30
Old Bennoch Rd .......................................................... 7:10 to 7:15 ....... 2:50 to 2:55                Hudson Rd to Kirkland Road ................................................... 6:40 ................... 3:30
Bennoch Rd (from E. Coiley Rd to Rte 116) ................ 7:15 to 7:20 ....... 2:45 to 2:50                               Kirkland Road ......................................................................... 6:45 ................... 3:25
Elementary School .................................................................. 7:30 ................... 2:15         Hudson Rd (Kirkland to Stage Coach) .................................... 6:55 ................... 3:20
Leonard Middle School ............................................................ 7:40 ................... 2:20           West Old Town Rd (Stagecoach to Yukon Tundra) ..... 6:55 to 7:05 ................... 3:25
Old Town High School ............................................................. 7:50 ................... 2:25           West Old Town Rd (Yukon Tundra to I-95) .................. 7:05 to 7:15 ................... 3:15
                                                                                                                           Stillwater Ave (Bennoch Rd to College Ave)............................ 7:25 ................... 2:40
RUN C—New this year, this bus will cover Main Street from Downtown Old                                                     Old Town Elementary School .................................................. 7:30 ...                     2:15PM
Town to the Orono & Old Town town lines. This bus will also cover the same                                                 Old Town Middle School .......................................................... 7:40 ...                 2:20PM
area on Brunswick St. for both secondary and elementary students.                                                          Old Town High School ............................................................. 7:50 ...                2:30PM

STOPS                                                                        AM TIMES                 PM TIMES
Main Street & Brunswick Street ............................................... 7:00 ................... 2:45
Main Street & Goldsmith Lane................................................. 7:02 ................... 2:43                REGIONAL SCHOOL UNIT NO. 34—BRADLEY
Main Street (Willow St area) .................................................... 7:05 ................... 2:45
Main Street (Willow to Prentiss Street) .................................... 7:06 ................... 2:45                 SHORT RUN
Main Street (Prentiss St. to Bowdoin St.) ................................ 7:07 ....... 2:45 to 2:50                       LOCATION                                                                        AM TIMES                 PM TIMES
Main Street (Bowdoin to Spaulding St.)................................... 7:10 ....... 2:55 to 3:00                        Milford & Bradley Town lines ................................................... 6:45 ................... 3:00
Regency Park .......................................................................... 7:10 ................... 3:00      Spencer’s Market .................................................................... 6:46 ................... 2:35
Main Street (Regency to Orono line) ....................................... 7:12 ....... 3:00 to 3:05                      Cram Street beyond Deer Park ............................................... 6:55 ................... 2.35
Bowdoin Street (Main to Brunswick St) ................................... 7:15 ....... 3:05 to 3:10                        Baker Lane .............................................................................. 7:05 ................... 2:40
Brunswick St (Bowdoin to Prentiss)......................................... 7:20 ................... 2:43                  Ten Road .............................................................................. 7:10 ................... 2:45
Brunswick St. (Prentiss to Oak St) .......................................... 7:23 ................... 2:45                Viola Rand School ................................................................... 7:25 ................... 2:35
Old Town Elementary School .................................................. 7:40 ................... 2:15                OTHS        .............................................................................. 7:40 ................... 2:25
Leonard Middle School ............................................................ 7:25 ................... 2:20
Old Town High School ............................................................. 7:30 ................... 2:30
                                                                                                                           LONG RUN
RUN D—New this year, the first run through will cover SECONDARY                                                            LOCATION                                                                        AM TIMES                 PM TIMES
                                                                                                                           Carterwoods ............................................................................ 6:50 ................... 2:50
STUDENTS ONLY for College Avenue, University Park and Stillwater Avenue
from College Ave to Pembroke Drive.                                                                                        Route #178 near sand pit ........................................................ 6:55 ................... 2:47
                                                                                                                           Route #178 near Blackman’s Stream ...................................... 7:00 ................... 2:53
MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL ONLY                                                                                           Bradley & Eddington Line ........................................................ 7:05 ................... 3:00
STOPS                                                                          AM TIMES                 PM TIMES           Penny Lane (Mail Boxes) ........................................................ 7:10 ................... 2:55
College Ave ............................................................................. 7:00 ................... 3:00    High Point .............................................................................. 7:15 ................... 2:48
University Park ........................................................................ 7:00 ................... 3:15     Boynton Street ......................................................................... 7:20 ................... 2:45
Stillwater Ave (College Ave to Pembroke) ............................... 7:10 ................... 2:45                     Cram Street turnaround on Deer Pak ...................................... 7:25 ................... 2:35
Old Town High School ............................................................. 7:20 ................... 2:30           Viola Rand School ................................................................... 7:30 ................... 2:30
Leonard Middle School ............................................................ 7:25                                    J. A. Leonard Middle School .................................................... 7:35 ................... 2:20
                                                                                                                           OTES        .............................................................................. 7:45 ................... 2:10
ELEMENTARY AM RUN ONLY
STOPS                                                                         AM TIMES                 PM TIMES

                                                                                                                           REGIONAL SCHOOL UNIT NO. 34—ALTON
Oak Street (Middle School to Brunswick St)............................ 7:25 ................... 2:20
Perkins Ave (Brunswick to Jefferson St) .................................. 7:30 ................... 2:20
Lincoln Street (Jefferson to Stillwater Ave) .............................. 7:35 ................... 2:20
Old Town Elementary School                                                                                                 ALTON ELEMENTARY RUN                                                 ALTON TO OLD TOWN
Stillwater Ave (Abbott to Pembroke Dr) ................................... 7:35 ................... 2:45                       This Route will cover both Route #16,
Stillwater Ave (Pembroke to College Ave) ............................... 7:40 ................... 2:50
                                                                                                                                                                                                 HIGH SCHOOL RUN
                                                                                                                           Route #43, Tannery Road, Stagecoach                               This Route will cover Route 43,
College Ave (Stillwater Ave to Univ. Park) ............................... 7:45 ................... 3:00                   Road and the Argyle Road. The Bus                               Stagecoach Road, Tannery Road, and
University Park ........................................................................ 7:45 ................... 3:15     will pick up pre-K to twelfth grades from                       Route 16.
Old Town Elementary .............................................................. 7:50 ................... 2:15           Moulton Lane to the Tannery Road.
                                                                                                                                                                                           6:40AM          Stagecoach Road
                                                                                                                           6:45AM          Moulton Lane
RUN E      —This bus will cover Bennoch Road from the Gilman Falls Ave                                                     6:50AM          Bradford Station Road
                                                                                                                                                                                           6:45AM          Tannery Road (5th grade to
to the Kirkland Rd., Kirkland Rd and Spring Street. For both Secondary and                                                                                                                                   12th grade will transfer to
                                                                                                                           6:55AM          Argyle Road                                                       the HS bus)
elementary students.                                                                                                       7:00AM          Tannery Road                                    7:00AM          Route 16
STOPS                                                                              AM TIME                  PM TIME        7:15AM          Route # 43                                      7:10AM          Charlie’s Lane
Littlefield Lane Area ................................................................. 7:00 ................... 3:15      7:20AM          Hirundo (Old Town & Alton                       7:15AM          Dolliff Road
Bennoch Rd (Rte 43 to Sulivan Ln) ......................................... 7:05 ................... 3:15                                     Lines)                                       7:20AM          I-95
Bennoch Rd (Sulivan Ln to Kirkland)....................................... 7:07 ................... 3:10                   7:30AM          Old Stagecoach Road                             7:30AM          Old Town High School
Kirkland Rd .............................................................................. 7:10 ................... 3:05   7:35AM          Route 16 & I-95                                                   (OTHS)
Kirkland Rd (beyond Poplar St.) .................................. 7:15 to 7:25 ................... 2:55                   7:40AM          Streets Park                                    7:35 AM         Leonard Middle School
Spring Street ............................................................... 7:25 to 7:30 ................... 2:50        7:45AM          Dolliff Road                                    7:45AM          Old Town Elementary
Old Town Elementary School .................................................. 7:35 ................... 2:15                7:45AM          Feero’s Lane                                                      School
Leonard Middle School ............................................................ 7:45 ................... 2:20           7:50AM          Charlie’s Lane
Old Town High School ............................................................. 7:50 ................... 2:30           7:50AM          Cumming’s Lane
                                                                                                                           7:55AM          Argyle Road
                                                                                                                           8:00AM          Arrival at the Alton School
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   ALTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                                                                Nathan Dyer, Principal
                                                                                          394-2331




Principal’s Message
 Getting ready for
 an exciting new
   year at Alton
    Elementary
   By Nathan Dyer, Principal,
     Alton Elementary School
   As the summer draws to a close
and the school year quickly ap-
proaches, the staff at Alton Ele-
mentary School is eager to embark
on another exciting year!
    The
2010-2011
school year
was indeed
a year of
much suc-
cess for
both the
students
and staff at
the Alton
Elemen-               Nathan Dyer
tary School.
Students
in Kindergarten through Grade 4
were extremely active in their own
learning throughout the course of
the year. The discoveries, learn-
ing, and overall improvement that
the students demonstrated were a
clear indication that great things
are taking place in our school!
   This past year proved to be a
very exciting time to be in the field
of education. The teaching staff in
Alton was involved in numerous
professional learning opportuni-
ties from Fall to the end of the
year. All the staff and admin-
istration took an active role in
being part of the RtI (Response to
Intervention) process, Professional
Learning Communities, as well as
numerous Literacy and Math en-
hancement trainings. All of these
have helped our school continue on
a path of educational growth. The
new learning that the staff has
been able to bring back and imple-
ment in their classrooms has been
truly wonderful.
   Our joint partnerships with the
Bradley and Old Town schools
have proven to be very valuable
for both the students and staff
at AES. We were able to expand
on additional opportunities and
                                        Busing in
                                                                              New Registrations…
continued growth in many educa-
tional areas. Being able to have
teachers collaborate together in
their learning, as well as building     Alton…                                  New student registration packets can be
professional relationships between
the schools, has allowed students          This year Cyr Bus will continue    picked up at the school. If you have a child who
                                        to transport the students in Alton.
to excel in their learning at a high
                                        If you have any questions about
                                                                              will be entering Kindergarten this fall, or is new
level. All of the staff is extremely
excited to begin the 2011-2012          pick up times etc. for your child,    to Alton, feel free to contact the office and set up
school year knowing that we will        contact Cyr Bus in Old Town or the    a time to tour the school with your child prior to
                                        school. We will be more than happy
continue providing our students
                                        to assist in any way we can.
                                                                              the first day.
the best education possible.

				
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