School Union #76 Update from Interim Superintendent Union 76

Summer on the coast brings many visitors to an area of Maine that is the wondrous gem we all call home.

All over School Union 76, I have received many warm welcomes from students, staff and community members, which are received with heartfelt appreciation.

We all hope the Covid pandemic is behind us but unfortunately the impact will be lingering. As we prepare for this upcoming school year, we do not have any firm guidance yet regarding how we should proceed but we are all wishing to get back to some form of normalcy, so we can see those bright faces of children happily engaged in learning. As we get closer to that anticipated opening day the educational team of the Union will be communicating in many forms what we must do to ensure the safety of all.

On much brighter notes:

  • Summer School -The attendance has been phenomenal with academics in the morning and social and emotional outing experiences shared by all in the afternoon. Many smiling and laughing children and adults are good to hear and see again after our long masked events these past 18 months.
  • Staffing – We are working hard to fill the vacancies that typically come as we transition from one school year to the next. We say regretful good byes to many but eagerly welcome new faces into our Union.
  • Facilities – There are many projects underway throughout the district and we face the same challenges as many of you with scarcity of people to do the work. We will do our best to navigate these post Covid impacts. However, our committed facilities personnel have made great progress prepping the learning environment inside and outside of the schools.
  • Superintendent – Mr. Christian Elkington, as many of you are aware, is on to new challenges with different views. He has shifted his career from the coast to the foothills of the mountains in western Maine. He is clearly missed and we all wish him the best. As interim since July 1st, many people have shared with me their thanks for his caring commitment and leadership on both sides of the Reach.
  • School Boards/Committees – Just around the bend, August meetings will begin in person and like all of you are looking forward to face-to-face

    interactions to support our schools and the learning to take place this coming year.

    As we reflect on these past months the word “ RESILIENCE” comes to the stern. The fog the Union faced and we all faced in our lives, seems to be lifting. As our bow goes forward the word might shift to “REACH” for better tomorrows.

    Going forward, we all learned there is more to our voyage than we imagined and we can all succeed with sustained effort. I hear optimism about seeking for new waters and let’s “REACH” it together.

    Enjoy these warm days of summer and smile to everyone you encounter as our masks come off.

    Best to you all,

    Bob England
    Interim Superintendent Union 76

Community Input Needed for SU76 Superintendent Search

Community Input Needed for SU76 Superintendent Search

The SU 76 School Board is interested in getting substantial input about community priorities for our schools programming as well the skills and characteristics needed in the person who becomes our new Superintendent. Please follow the link to participate in the survey. A Google account is not needed. Paper copies are available through the Superintendent’s Office. Contact Whitney Brown at 348-9100 or wbrown@su76.org or stop by the office. Copies will also be available at the front offices at each of the schools. If you have questions or problems with the survey, please contact Whitney. The deadline for submitting your input is June 25th. Your participation is appreciated!!

Link:

https://forms.gle/EPEWjeT5TXAzxATh7

Newsletter 6/3/21

News from Mrs. WIlson
Pre-K and Kindergarten students dissected lima beans to explore the parts of a seed, and are watching their beans begin to sprout in ziplock baggies on our classroom windows. Students were surprised to discover “a little round, red house with no doors and no windows with a star inside” was a delicious snack (hint: slice an apple in half, cutting through the core). “Go fish” for sight words was one of our favorite literacy activities this week. Pre-K and K students have been earning classroom cash (tickets) for demonstrating Safe, Respectful and Responsible behaviors, and were able to “purchase” items from our classroom store on Friday. Pre-K and K mathematicians continue to work on counting the say ten way, fluency to 20, addition and subtraction stories. Pre-K students enjoy math theater – where they could act out a subtraction story for the song “Five green and speckled frogs”.  Kindergarten students took the Literacy and Math NWEA’s this week as well.
News from Mrs. Baird
This week, first and second grade was very eggciting!! We started first thing on Monday morning with three chicks that decided to hatch early! And the rest of the week, we were able to watch two chicks hatch live, and ended up with 12 chicks total! We did many activities this week. We read about how eggs can survive in the wild, with one of the aspects being how strong an egg is. We put this to the test by squeezing an egg as hard as we could lengthwise, and then we walked on them!! We also got to learn why we use eggs in baking, and then got to test that with Ellen by making blueberry muffins! They were delicious! Overall, a very memorable week! Students also took the math and reading nwea tests.
News from Mrs. Sproul
3/4th grade math – The students took their NWEA’s this week and overall did a great job! We started a fun unit on fractions where we are making a pizza store.  They seem to be really enjoying the different style of learning.

5th through 8th grade math – The students took their NWEA’s this week and overall did a great job!  We are doing a unit in both classes on understanding credit cards and credit card debt.  They are asking a lot of questions and learning quite a bit.  I hope they all find this unit helpful!
News from Mrs. Bebell
3/4 Super Studies

This week, the students practiced identifying trees using field guides in preparation for making their own field guides to the school grounds next week. For Forest Friday, the students had a discussion about what they love about campfires, what risks are involved, and fire safety. Then they practiced making tiny fires by using fire striker tools to ignite a cotton ball!
5/6 Super Studies
This week, the class finished recording narration for a video about their imagined journey of the Norse coin from a Viking village in Norway to Brooklin. They also enjoyed a special Zoom presentation from YouTube sensation Mr. Nicky, who taught them how to write a historical parody song. For Forest Friday, the students had a discussion about what they love about campfires, what risks are involved, and fire safety. Then they practiced making tiny fires by using fire striker tools to ignite a cotton ball!
7/8 Super Studies
This week, the class did a few science labs about water’s surface tension and substances that break that surface tension called surfactants. They also enjoyed a special Zoom presentation from YouTube sensation Mr. Nicky, who taught them how to write a historical parody song.

Calendar

June

6/4           8 AM                                  Coffee Social

9:30 AM                            5K Fun Run

6/8       1:45 PM                                  Magic Show

6/10                                                     8th grade Camping Trip

6/11                                                     Beach Day (rain date 14th)

6/15          6 PM                                   Graduation

6/17                                                     Field Day

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