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MSAD #51 District Newsletter - December 18, 2020

posted Dec 18, 2020, 1:04 PM by Fran Prentice

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog 

To view Superintendent Porter's most recent Blog Post, click here.

Revised 2020-2021 School Calendars

The 2020-21 School Calendar was revised at the Board of Director's meeting on December 14, 2020.  Here are the highlights, along with the revised calendars (also can be found on the district's website).

  • The March 12 staff development day has been moved to January 22 so that we can train teachers on live streaming equipment for those who are moving forward with this approach.
  • All Wednesdays have been adjusted to mirror the Fall months as remote learning/professional planning days, including the weeks of January 18 and May 31 when there is a holiday.  Those two weeks will have one less Cohort A in-person learning day.
  • The week of April 12 will not have a remote learning /professional planning day on Wednesday 4/14 (will be Cohort B in-person day instead) due to the flex day/non-student day on Friday, April 16. 
  • The last two days of school will not have remote learning attached to them.  Cohort A will end on Monday, June 14 for the year and Cohort B will end on Tuesday, June 15 for the year.  Cohort A will not have remote learning on 6/15 and Cohort B will not have remote learning on 6/14.
  • Parent/teacher conferences will be held in March for grades PK-8 only, with two early release days on March 23 and 25 (instead of 3/24 and 3/31).  GHS will be in school both days for the full day.

2020-2021 School Calendar
Cohort A 2020-21 School Calendar through June
Cohort B 2020-21 School Calendar through June

GHS Athletics Update

Cumberland County is now designated as "Yellow" per CDC/DOE/DHHS and that designation will make us RED in athletics. 

The RED designation means the following:

  • Coaches CAN meet via Zoom/Google meets with their teams
  • Coaches CAN conduct/offer remote practice activities/training that students can do on their own(solo, no groups)
  • No "captains'" practices
  • The "Yellow=RED" designation will be re-evaluated on December 31st
  • The campus will be closed to all athletics activity including the pool
  • Students, do what you can to stay active and safe during our down time so that we can come back safely ASAP!

Pre-K Lottery and Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022

MSAD #51 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for MSAD #51 (Cumberland-North Yarmouth) will be held February 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th. If your child will be five years old on or before October 15, 2021, he/she is eligible to attend kindergarten this fall. You may drop off completed registration packets in person (mask required) between the hours of 9:15am - 2:15pm or mail, scan/email or fax in the completed packets. You will need to provide a picture of your child’s original birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency to complete the packet. 

If you have a student currently enrolled in a private school and would like them to attend Mabel I. Wilson School in the fall, please register your child during that week as well. 

To obtain registration forms in advance please visit our website (www.sites.google.com/a/msad51.org/mabel-i-wilson-school). We want to ensure all incoming students are included in the placement process for the 2021-22 school year. If you have any questions, please call MIW at 829-4825.               

MSAD #51 Pre-K Lottery

MSAD #51 (Cumberland-North Yarmouth) is pleased to announce that we will continue our small public Pre-K program for 32 students (16 each session) starting in September 2021.

The program will run half days (morning and afternoon session) four days per week (M, T, Th, F) for approximately 135 days during the school year.  The program is located at Mabel I. Wilson school and is in partnership with Child Development Services.

In order to be considered, your child must be 4, but not 5, years old before October 15, 2021 and you must be a resident of Cumberland or North Yarmouth.  

Screenings will take place via Zoom for eligible children during the first week of March.

If interested, please fill out the interest application (https://forms.gle/Tc1kbvNjETRAN7KG8) no later than Friday, February 5, 2021. 

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MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Meetings start at 6:30 pm (approved at the October 19 meeting) in the Greely Center for the Arts at GHS unless otherwise noted.

January 4 - Workshop (unrecorded) at 6:00 PM

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (http://bit.ly/msad51livevideo).

Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Director's Meeting Videos


Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule


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Maine School Administrative District #51
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