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MSAD #51 District Newsletter - October 3, 2019

posted Oct 3, 2019, 1:22 PM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Oct 7, 2019, 11:33 AM by Dawna Green ]

Not all items in this email are MSAD #51 sponsored programs. If you need more information, please contact the group or organization that is sponsoring the event. 

Board of Directors Information

Upcoming Meeting Dates
Meetings start at 7:00 pm.  Effective October 7, 2019, meetings will be held in the Gyger Room at GHS.

October 7 - Regular Meeting


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

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Employment Opportunities

Click here to view current employment opportunities available at MSAD #51.

Greely Center for the Arts
Brick & Seat Campaign

Leave a Legacy...become a permanent part of the Greely Center for the Arts.

Click here for more details.

Useful Links

MSAD #51 Website
MSAD #51's 2018-2021 Strategic Plan
MSAD #51 Calendar

Notices from the Superintendent's Office

Superintendent Porter's Blog

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

New Location for MSAD #51 Board of Directors Meetings

Effective October 7, 2019, the MSAD #51 Board of Directors will hold their meetings in the Gyger Room at Greely High School. The Gyger Room is located in the old Gyger Gym; exterior entrance door H11 (first set of stairs on the right after entering campus via Main Street (non-electronic sign entrance)). Handicapped entrance available through the doors of the Gyger Gym facing Main Street.

Challenge Day Volunteers Needed

Please join us as an Adult Participant at our upcoming Challenge Day on November 4th and 5th. Adult participants are encouraged to sign up for either day OR both days.

Challenge Days are powerful, high-energy programs in which youth and adult participants are guided through a series of experiential learning processes. The overall goals of the program are to increase personal power and self-esteem, to shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support and to eliminate the acceptability of teasing, violence and all forms of oppression. The Challenge Day Program is designed to unite the members of the school or community and to empower them to carry the themes of the program back to the school population. Challenge Days also successfully addresses issues of violence, teasing, social oppression, racism, harassment, conflict management, suicide, peer pressure, alcohol and drugs.

Since 1987, the Challenge Day Program has touched the lives of over half-a-million teens and adults nationwide. The Challenge Day Program has received numerous awards from the juvenile justice system, government officials and many school districts and cities throughout the nation. The program was featured in the book Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul and the Emmy Award-winning documentary Teen Files: Surviving High School.

We encourage adults to volunteer as positive role models for the benefit of the youth. The program welcomes parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, police officers, elected officials, community members and any other interested adults. This allows youth to see another side of these adults in addition to their assigned community roles.

Adult Participants are crucial for the success of the day. Challenge Day leaders will meet with all Adults for at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program to let you know what is needed from you and to answer your questions. No prior training is necessary other than the morning check-in meeting. Our Challenge Day staff closely monitors the program and our Leaders will give all instructions throughout the day. You must be able to remain on site and participate fully for the entire program, including 30 minutes after the program at the end of the day for a post-Challenge Day debriefing. Adult Participants are needed from 7:20 am - 3:00 pm.

For more information, feel free to visit this website: http://www.challengeday.org/challenge-day-program.php.  You may also contact me with questions.  We hope you will be able to join us for this wonderful experience!

Chris Hoffman, Principal & GHS School Coordinator
choffman@msad51.org or 207-829-4805

Destruction of Special Education & 504 Student Records

Notice to all persons who ever attended MSAD #51 Public School and received Special Education or 504 Services and were born prior to June 30, 1992 or to their custodial parents: MSAD #51, Cumberland/North Yarmouth School Department may have educational records in its possession for those students and will destroy such records after December 16, 2019.

If you would like to have these records rather than having them destroyed, please contact the Special Education office located at 357 Tuttle Road (PO Box 6A), Cumberland, ME 04021 or by phone at 207-829-4835 to make arrangements for obtaining the records. MSAD #51 shall maintain permanently a record of a student’s name, address, phone number, grades, attendance record, classes attended, grade level completed and year completed.

Check out our School Nutrition Program on Social Media
To help promote and allow stakeholders to better understand the food service program in our schools, we have started social media accounts on the facebook, twitter and instagram platforms. Follow and like us to view the delicious offering that food service has to offer! Weekly menus will be posted as well. Hop on over to see what they are up to. You can find them on facebook at School Nutrition at MSAD #51, on twitter @nutritionMSAD51 and instagram @School_Nutrition_MSAD51.

Community Partners

Our Community Partners are strong supporters of various areas of the school.  Without them, our students would not have many of the wonderful opportunities and experiences that they receive.

Parent Power Appeal: A Greely PTO Fundraising Campaign

Already this year PTO has approved funding for African drumming experiences for third and seventh grades, a Kindergarten Field trip to Merrill Auditorium, a third grade Maine Wildlife Park Field Trip, and a GMS 4-5 Author visit and more!  Greely PTO’s biggest annual fundraiser is underway to support enrichment Pre-K through 8th grade. We are fueled by families! Donate online or return the donation form to school.  Thank you!

Community Notices

Community Notices are not affiliated with MSAD #51.  Please contact the organization directly with any questions.  For a full listing of Community Notices, please click HERE.

Annual Fire Prevention Open House, October 17th

Lions Club Poster Contest due Nov 8th

Maine School Administrative District #51

357 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, ME 04021

207.829.4800   |   info@msad51.org