At last week's RSU 12 school board meeting, students and staff from Whitefield Elementary School demonstrated how a restorative circle works and shared the school's progress in implementing restorative practices. Students and staff alike reported positive effects on school climate and culture as a result.
This is a reminder from RSU 12 that today is voting day. Please remember to vote!
High school students may take summer and fall tuition free courses online or onsite at UMA Rockland, UMA Augusta and other locations in the area. Visit this link for more information. https://www.uma.edu/admission/hsa/
Reminder: RSU 12 Budget Approval Meeting tonight, May 16th at 6:30pm at Chelsea School.
RSU 12 Board of Directors votes to expand free breakfast program. Read more here, https://lcnme.com/currentnews/rsu-12-to-expand-free-breakfast-program/
The RSU 12 Board of Directors approved the RSU 12 2019-2020 School Calendar at their April Board meeting. The calendar can be found at this link, http://www.svrsu.org/o/district/browse/54776
RSU 12 is one of three districts advancing to the Farms-to-School Cook-ff Finals Competition on April 23. Good luck, Stacy and Paige, from Chelsea Elementary! https://mainedoenews.net/2019/04/11/teams-advance-to-farm-to-school-cook-off-finals-competition/
RSU 12 is proud to announce that Windsor teacher Rebekah Brockway was among a group of teachers honored and celebrated for achieving National Board Certification. The ceremony was co-sponsored by National Board-Certified Teachers of Maine Network and the Maine Education Association. Rebekah joins a growing cadre of National Board Certified teachers in RSU 12 schools. Congratulations, Rebekah! https://mainedoenews.net/2019/04/03/maines-national-board-certified-teachers-celebrate-at-pinning-ceremony/
Windsor teacher Mike Praschak and Palermo Learning Commons facilitator Diane Carrillo show the RSU 12 school board how they are using 3D printers with students. Thanks in large part to a generous donation from the Perloff Family Foundation, each of our schools have 3-D printers to support student learning and creativity!
Last Thursday night, the RSU 12 School Board unanimously voted to reaffirm its commitment to create learning environments that support our beliefs about learning: That we learn in different ways and in different time frames; that success breeds success and influences esteem, attitudes, and motivation; and that mistakes are inherent in learning.
Chelsea student Paige Clark and nutrition staff member Stacy Boudreau work together to prepare for the 2019 Maine Farm to School Cook-Off. The competition takes place March 22 at RSU 1's Career and Technical Center in Bath. A school nutrition team member and student pair from each participating district compete to prepare one breakfast and one lunch meal. Each meal must be planned with two local ingredients that are grown, raised, caught or manufactured in Maine as well as one USDA food. Meals will be evaluated based on presentation, taste, creativity and feasibility to be used in a school nutrition program.
Windsor student essay contest winners visit the Maine State Archives. We're so proud of these students! https://www.centralmaine.com/2019/03/08/2018-native-american-essay-contest-winners-visit-maine-state-archives/
RSU 12 Schools are closed today, Monday, March 4, 2019.
Erskine Information Night Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30 pm (snow date Thursday, February 28) in the James V. Nelson Gymnasium https://www.facebook.com/events/345336272748103/?notif_t=event_calendar_create¬if_id=1551106912207921
5th Grade Windsor teacher, Kim St. Onge, shared evidence of learning with the RSU 12 school board at their meeting last Thursday. Kim explained how she is integrating habits of mind, complex reasoning, and content as she designs learning experiences for her students. She showed examples of the ways in which her students are giving and receiving feedback and assessing their progress towards their learning goals. This was a great example of learners being supported to own their own learning! Thank you to Kim and to all of RSU 12's educators who work to support our students as they learn and grow!
RSU 12 schools are closed today, Wednesday, February 13th.
Update for January 30th. All RSU Schools will be closed today, January 30.
RSU 12 Schools will have a two-hour delay today, January 30, 2019
The Erskine Academy Eagle’s Girls basketball team is hosting a spaghetti supper for Jacob Seigars on February 2 from 4:30-7pm at Erskine Academy! http://townline.org/fundraiser-planned-for-jacob-seigars/
RSU 12 teachers and administrators spent a day at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance and learned how to better incorporate the eight mathematical practices into their instruction. These practices emphasize mathematical thinking and perseverance. We look forward to sharing what we learned with our colleagues and our students.
The Maine Department of Education (MDOE) has created a video to help parents better understand their students' individual score reports on the State assessment. Students in grades 3-8 take these tests each Spring, and individual reports about the prior year test come out through your child's school in the late fall. Here is a link to MDOE's video: https://youtu.be/4l5FWxmArzU
A message from Maine Department of Education: With the federal shutdown impacting numerous Mainers, the Maine Department of Education wants to remind school districts that applications for free and reduced-price meals may be submitted at any time throughout the school year, even during a federal shutdown. If federal employees impacted by the shutdown would like to apply for school meal benefits for their children, they may so do through their local school district. To apply – A special application can be downloaded from the Maine Department of Education’s website (https://www.maine.gov/doe/schools/nutrition) and submitted to your local school’s food service program. Download printable meal benefit application (PDF) https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/Meal%20Benefit%20Application%20SY19.pdf
All RSU 12 schools are closed today, January 9, 2018.
RSU 12 schools will have a two hour delay this morning, January 8, 2019
RSU 12 schools have a two hour delay, December 21, 2018
All afterschool activities in RSU 12 schools are cancelled for this afternoon, December 17, 2018. Schools will dismiss at the normal time.
RSU 12 schools will have a two-hour delay this morning, Monday, December 17, 2018
RSU 12 schools are closed today, November 27, 2018.
All RSU 12 schools are closed today, Tuesday, November 20th.
All RSU 12 schools are closed today, Friday, November 16th.
RSU 12 teachers and students presented to school board members and superintendents at the Maine School Management Association fall conference. They talked about how their learning integrates habits of mind, content, and complex reasoning skills. Thank you to Ava, Kennedie, and Kiara and to our teachers - Ms. Mathews, Ms. Brewer, Ms. Brown, and Ms. Beeckel! What a great job!
RSU 12's new Director of Student Nutrition Services, Mike Flynn, served a plant-based meal to RSU 12 Board members and the public at last night's Board Meeting. He is working to educate staff and students about healthy eating, to partner with local farms for local produce, and to ensure that our schools' breakfasts and lunches are satisfying and healthy.
RSU 12 convened a Communications Focus Group this week to discuss parent and community communication needs and ways that the district could improve its communication efforts. Parents and community members shared their ideas and experiences. Several themes emerged, most notably the desire to have consistency across classrooms and schools, to remember the importance of communicating to community members as well as parents, to invite volunteers into the schools, to create redundant communication methods, and to ensure hard copies of communications are available for those without Internet access. RSU 12 administrators are reviewing the feedback and working to develop a communication plan that addresses these issues. More information will come as this work continues.
We have had several people express interest in attending and are hoping to have a few more. Please RSVP to Deb Taylor if you can join us. ------------------------------------------------------------ RSU 12 would like to improve its communication efforts. We want to be sure that parents and community members know what is happening in our schools and that we are providing information in a way that works for them. In order for us to make improvements, we need your help. We would like to know what kinds of things you'd like to hear about and how we can best communicate. Please join me on Wednesday, October 10:00 from 5:00-6:00 pm at Windsor Elementary School for an informal discussion to provide some input about how we can improve our communication efforts. This will be an opportunity for you to share your ideas, thoughts about what you'd like to see, and positive communication experiences you've had that we can learn from. We will brainstorm topics that you want to hear about, how often you'd like to have communication, and what kinds of communication means (paper newsletters, website updates, mobile apps, etc.) you'd prefer. If you are able to join us, please RSVP to Deb Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tomorrow is our first student day in RSU 12 schools! We are excited to see our students and are looking forward to a great school year!
RSU 12 is partnering with Sheepscot Links Golf Course in Whitefield to offer a summer golf program for students entering Grades 3-10. More info? http://www.svrsu.org/article/52993?org=whes
Today is voting day. Don’t forget to vote!
Get library books by mail! Most of the towns in RSU 12 qualify for the Maine State Library Books by Mail program. These towns include Alna, Chelsea, Somerville, Whitefield, and Windsor. For more information visit http://www.maine.gov/msl/outreach/booksbymail/index.shtml. We've also put a copy of the application in our Documents section of the website at http://5il.co/3n6b
The RSU 12 District Budget Meeting will take place tomorrow, Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 6:30pm, at the Chelsea Elementary School. All RSU 12 residents are encouraged to attend.
Ad Hoc Committee to Research Alna School Choice Question Monday, Apr 16 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM RSU 12 Central Office Somerville Elementary School 665 Patricktown Rd, Somerville, ME 04348, USA
There will be an RSU 12 Board of Directors meeting this Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:30pm at the Chelsea Elementary School Cafe. See link to agenda. http://www.svrsu.org/article/45865?org=district
A schedule of RSU 12 draft budget presentations can be found here, http://www.svrsu.org/o/district/page/fy-2019-budget-information
Reminder! Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 28, is a full student day. There is no early dismissal tomorrow. This is to make up time because of snow days.
Calling all four year olds in RSU 12! RSU 12 and local Head Start programs are continuing their partnership to offer a free, high quality, comprehensive Pre-Kindergarten program to children in the district who turn four by October 15, 2018. Programs will be located Chelsea, Whitefield, Windsor and Somerville. Bus transportation will be provided. Pre -K programs will operate Monday through Friday and follow the school schedule. Meals will be served and a short rest period will be included. Classrooms will be staffed by a certified Early Childhood Teacher and Education Technicians to assist in the classroom. Children in the program will receive comprehensive services. All families are encouraged to apply. For more information about this Pre-K/Head Start collaboration, or to receive an application, please contact your local RSU 12 elementary school. RSU 12 serves the towns of Alna, Chelsea, Palermo, Somerville, Westport Island, Whitefield, and Windsor.
All RSU 12 schools are closed today, March 14th.
All RSU 12 schools are closed today, March 13th.
All RSU 12 Board meetings are cancelled tonight, March 8th.
All RSU 12 schools will be closed tomorrow, March 8th due to the snowstorm.
All RSU 12 schools will have a two hour delay this morning, February 8th.
All RSU 12 schools will release early at 11:30am today, February 7th.
All RSU 12 schools will have a two hour delay this morning, February 5th.
All RSU 12 schools will have a two hour delay this morning, February 2nd.
Special Board Meeting, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 5:30pm, RSU 12 Central Office. You can find the agenda here, http://5il.co/2pg8
The temperature is not rising as expected. The roads are icing up. All RSU 12 schools are closed today, January 23rd
All RSU 12 schools are closed today, January 17th, due to the snowstorm.
All after-school student events for all RSU 12 schools are cancelled this afternoon, January 8th.
Jeff Vigue’s bus, number 27, will not start this morning. We are sending another bus. Windsor students riding this bus will be picked up one hour later this morning. Thank you.
The snowstorm is moving in faster than expected. All RSU 12 schools are dismissing early today, December 22nd, at 11:30am.
Due to the impending snow and ice storm, all RSU 12 schools are closed today.
All RSU 12 schools are open tomorrow, November 6th. All schools have power and most roads are clear.
Whitefield school still has many main roads that are impassable by a bus and unsafe for travel. Somerville school has no power. Both schools are closed today, November 3rd.
Whitefield school has power, but many roads are still inaccessible. Somerville school still has no power. Final decision in the morning about opening these schools.
Whitefield and Somerville schools have no power today. They are closed today, November 2nd. Chelsea, Windsor, and Palermo schools are open today. No bus transportation to inaccessible roads.
All RSU 12 schools are closed today due to schools without power and inaccessible roads.
Due to widespread power outages all schools in RSU 12 are closed today. All RSU 12 schools are closed.
Due to widespread power outages, all schools in RSU 12 are closed today. All schools in RSU 12 are closed today.
We are still accepting new student registrations at Chelsea Elementary School for PreK.
The RSU 12 School Budget was approved with 69% of the vote. Strong schools make strong communities. Thank you for supporting the educational opportunities of RSU 12 students.
Voters pass RSU12 Budget http://lcnme.com/currentnews/voters-pass-rsu-12-budget-intact-defeat-amendments/