MSAD #51 District Newsletter - December 2, 2022


From the Superintendent

jeff porter

Cannabis (marijuana) use in Maine is on the rise, and use among students is following similar upward trends. This is concerning for many reasons, not the least of which is that today’s marijuana products contain very high levels of THC – the ingredient responsible for the effects on a person’s mental state. The National Institutes of Health reports that marijuana use as a youth can cause long-term, possibly permanent changes in the brain and lead to other health concerns, including cancer and psychosis.

To help families better understand the dangers of marijuana use, a regional informational program entitled “Understanding Today’s Cannabis: This isn’t your parents’ weed” on Monday, January 9, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. will take place in the Performing Arts Center at Yarmouth High School.

The speaker for the evening will be Dave Packhem, Founder and Executive Director of Students Empowered to End Dependency (SEED), a group of area  community organizations that collaborated over the past three years to produce Voices of Hope, a documentary series on addiction that began airing on WGME-13 in the spring of 2021. Students and staff from Greely High School were engaged in this project from its earliest stages and remain committed to helping SEED further its mission to spread the word about substance use and addiction in Maine.

Dave will bring with him several panelists, including medical professionals and recovering addicts, who will interact with the audience and share their knowledge and experience on all matters related to substance addiction – and specifically, the use of cannabis.

To help us gauge interest in the event, we ask that you fill out the three-question response form linked here, which also provides you with an opportunity to indicate the type of information you hope to glean from the presentation.

Whether or not you can attend on January 9, I encourage you to watch the Voices of Hope series from 2021 and 2022, and to keep an eye out for the yet-to-be-released cannabis episode.

Jeff Porter

FLS kiddos
GMS life skills students are taking, making, and filling popcorn orders at GMS. 'We Be Poppin' is a new popcorn 'business' that helps students practice a wide variety of functional life skills such as motor and problem-solving skills, cooking, counting, socializing, and more.

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MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Effective August 22, unless otherwise noted, all meetings will take place at 6:00 pm in the Gyger Room at Greely High School.  For those of you unfamiliar with that room, the Gyger Room is where the Board met pre-COVID and can be accessed from the GHS parking lot (the side without the electronic sign).

December 5 - Regular Meeting

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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.

Greely PTO News

Order Your Greely Gear Today!
Holiday shopping just got easier! Order your custom Greely Rangers apparel and gear today through the PTO fundraising store! The Atlantic Sportswear online store is open for one week only until December 8th. All items to arrive by the holidays as there are shipping or pickup options available. Tee-shirts, sweats, hats, bags, blankets, towels and more! Shop today here
Parent University Boys To Men Speaker December 14
The Greely PTO proudly presents a Maine Boys to Men interactive workshop that will offer tools to identify and interrupt attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that can lead to violence or self- harm. Join us on December 14th for this workshop to learn more about how to create school environments that promote safety, gender equity, and respect. You’ll learn skills that can be integrated into your role as a parent or youth-serving adult. Click here register and for more information. 

Useful Links

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MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule

Greely Center for the Arts Events


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