Be on the lookout - Popcorn Orders are in - Thank you to all the middle school students who sold popcorn. Students will be bringing home orders today. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Howard.
All RSU 12 schools are closed today, Tuesday, December 3rd due to the snowstorm.
RSU 12 has tools to help you keep track of your child's lunch account. You can use MySchoolBucks to view your child's balance and make online payments with a credit or debit card. You can also complete an online application to see if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals. Find these resources on the school website under Menu, Parent Resources.
All after school activities in RSU 12 are cancelled this afternoon, November 18th, due to a forecast of freezing rain.
All RSU 12 schools are closed today, Tuesday November 12th, due to the snow and ice predicted today.
Due to the late start, the flu shot clinic at Whitefield School that was scheduled for today is cancelled. It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 5th starting at 12:30pm. Please call the school if you have any questions.
Two hour delay for all RSU 12 Schools today November 1, 2019
Mark your calendars for November 1, 2019! Whitefield Elementary School will be hosting a flu shot clinic in partnership with Lincoln Medical. This clinic will be for students, family members, and any community member as long as the paperwork is filled out and turned in to the school by October 31, 2019. Please check backpacks for the information and stop into the school for extra sign up sheets!!
Congratulations to Donovan Thompson for winning first place in the Peace Poster Contest for Whitefield School. Donovan's poster will now go on to compete in a district level. Oryanna Winchenbach got second place. Kathryn Shaw got third place. All three students will have a spaghetti dinner and recognition night at the Lion's Club.
RSU 12 staff spent the day Friday learning together. There were opportunities to learn about complex reasoning skills and how to teach these to students. There were also opportunities to practice strategies to address challenging student behavior and to build a sense of community in the classroom. We look forward to applying our new learning in the classroom!
RSU #12 is pleased to announce the availability of applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals online at http://svrsu.schoollunchapp.com! The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABLE anytime, anywhere! Your data is transmitted to the Student Nutrition Office the same day you apply, allowing for quicker processing so you can receive benefits faster. Follow the easy to use, step-by-step screens to enter student and household information. Then click “Apply” to submit your application for meal benefits!
Whitefield Cares Community Meeting will be held in the school library on 9/26/19 at 6pm.
The Department of Education is looking to hear from students. https://mailchi.mp/maine/media-release-maine-doe-celebrates-april-as-the-month-of-the-military-child-1320381?e=c60a575204
School picture order forms will be going home with students early next week.
Students in grades 1-8 will be bringing home a letter instructing parent/guardians on how to access their students grades on Jumprope. If your student did not bring home a letter tonight, they should have it by Friday. Pre-K and Kindergarten do not use Jumprope. If you have a student in those grades and have questions or concerns about how they are doing, you may email their teacher.
Whitefield School is looking for 1-2 volunteers to help out on picture day, Monday, September 30th. Please call the school if you are interested.
Please remember to complete and turn in your beginning of the year, parent paperwork. It is very important that these papers are completed and turned in to the office in as soon as possible. Thank you!
This is just a reminder that today, Wednesday, August 28th, is the first day of school for RSU 12 and it is an early release for all schools. Students release at 1:30pm today. Thank you.
With tomorrow being the first day of school, please remember to send in a note if your student(s) will be getting off the bus anywhere but home, like at a daycare provider. You may send in one note for the year if your child is consistently going somewhere other then home after school. ( or if they need to be picked up from somewhere other then home) If we do not have a note, then your child will ride the bus to their home address. If no one is there to meet the child from the bus, they will have to come back to the school and picked up here.
RSU 12 School Nutrition Director Mike Flynn receives accolades for statewide training. http://www.dailybulldog.com/db/health/local-and-state-partners-host-regional-school-nutrition-training/
FYI: Whitefield School front office will be closed August 8th, 9th and 12th. The school will be closed on Friday, August 9th.
Whitefield School front office will be closed on 8/8, 8/9 and 8/12. Please be aware that the school will be completely closed on 8/9.
School starts in 4 weeks. Need some some ideas for school shopping? Want to look cool and show off your school pride? Head over to the Elliott Office Products website ( www.eop-inc.com) and check out their Whitefield School catalog. A percentage of all sales goes into our school athletics program. It helps pay for much needed equipment, uniforms and tournament fees, among other things.
We still have community calendars ( dates go to April 2020) and 2019 yearbooks still available for sale. If you would like one, please stop by the school Monday-Friday 8:00am-3:00pm or you can email email@example.com to reserve one. Calendars are $7 each and yearbooks are $12 each.
The first day of school is quickly approaching ( only 5 1/2 weeks). For those looking to get an early start on school shopping, here is the class supply lists for students. KINDERGARTEN: A two pocket folder and a backpack. Students should pack a snack for themselves everyday. 1ST GRADE: Sharpened #2 pencils, 16 count crayons, eraser, scissors, glue stick, backpack and students should pack themselves a daily snack. Mrs. Lamothe will provide the take home folder. For anyone wishing to donate to the class, Mrs. Lamothe is asking for tissues, paper towels and Clorox wipes. 2ND GRADE: Sharpened #2 pencils ( lots of pencils), 5 spiral notebooks ( any color, pattern or design), 2, 1 1/2 inch 3-ring binders (any color or design) and daily snack 3RD GRADE: Pencils, crayons, colored pencils, markers, 2 red pens for correcting and a daily snack. A donation of mechanical pencils for the classroom would be much appreciated. 4TH GRADE: Good quality # 2 pencils, colored pencils and/or crayons, 2-3 folders for homework and classwork transportation, red pens for correcting, glue sticks, an assignment notebook and a daily snack. Mr. Trask asks that NO GLITTER be brought into the classroom. 5TH GRADE: To be announced at a later date. Please see picture for middle school supply list. We do have a new 5th grade teacher, ELA teacher and Math teacher. We will post if additional supplies for those classes are needed. Middle school students will have an option of using a digital assignment notebook if desired. If you need some assistance in acquiring needed school supplies, please call the school. We often have school supplies donated to us during the summer. And as always, we accept and greatly appreciate any donations for school supplies through out the year.
We would like to welcome our new teachers. Molly Brewer will be teaching 5th grade. Crystal Crowell will be teaching middle school math and will have the 6th grade for homeroom. Kelley Capen will be teaching middle school ELA/Reading and will have the 7th grade for homeroom. We are very excited to have them be a part of our school and community!
SVRSU 12 has an opening in Windsor Elementary School for a Maintenance/ Head Custodian position. This Head Custodian position will be responsible for two sites, Windsor Elementary School and Somerville Elementary School. To apply visit www.svrsu.org A current State of Maine Criminal History Records Check Certification is required for any job at a Maine school.
Whitefield School and all schools in RSU 12 have a need for substitutes in all areas, whether it be teachers, ed techs, kitchen, custodial, bus drivers or office. If you have ever thought of subbing at Whitefield School, now is the time to get the process rolling to be ready for the 2019/2020 school year. Applications for becoming a sub can be found on the RSU website at www.svrsu.org You may also call Central Office at 549-3261to find out more about the steps needed to becoming a substitute. A current State of Maine Criminal History Records Check Certification is required to be a substitute in schools.
Whitefield School has a Kitchen Manager/ Head Cook position open. A Kitchen Manager oversees the kitchen that provides breakfast and lunch as part of the RSU 12 food service program. This is an eight hour per day position. To apply for this position visit www.svrsu.org
There was a cell phone found on the playground this morning. If you were at the school playground on 7/9 and believe this maybe be your phone, please call the school during business hours. Must be able to positively ID the phone
On Monday, July 1st the internet and phone services will be down at the school, however the front office will remain open from 7:30am until 2:00pm. The School will be closed on July 4th and July 5th. The front office will be closed on July 16th. On most days this summer the front office is open from 7:30am-3:30pm, but please call in advance to makes sure someone is will be here to help you with your needs.
We still have yearbooks and community calendars for sale. They can be purchased at the front office. Normal business hours are Monday- Friday 7:30am-3:30pm, but please call ahead to ensure someone is available to assist you.
RSU 12 students can register for the summer golf program taking place at Sheepscot Links Golf Course in Whitefield. Registration form at this link, https://5il.co/84p5
Internet is back up!
Our internet is currently down. We are working hard to get it back up and running. Unfortunately this effects the phones as well. We hope to have everything back up and running within the next 15-30 minutes.
This is a reminder that there IS school on Monday, June 10th. The school calendar has it listed as a workshop day, but that was before days were added on for weather cancellations.
Our end of the year awards assembly and parent luncheon will be held on Friday, June 14th. This year we are doing something a little different. Instead of a BBQ, we will be serving Italians, veggie sticks and dip, watermelon and a sweet treat. Information/ sign up sheets are going home today. Extras can be picked up at the office. Please have your sign up sheets in by Friday, June 7th. We ask that you do not send in any money ahead of time for the parent luncheon. You pay for your meal on the 14th.
Just a reminder that the final day for pre-ordering yearbooks is this Friday, May 31st. There will be a very limited amount of extra yearbooks ordered and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. The best way to ensure you get a copy is to pre-order.
Up coming important dates to remember: 5/22- Grades 5,6,7 and 8 placing flags on veterans's graves in Augusta. American Legion will provide a pizza lunch. If pizza is not wanted/ can't be eaten, a lunch from home must be provided. Please be sure to have permission slips turned in. 5/23- 6th grade Touch of High School at Erskine academy. Look for permission slips to be coming home. 5/24- ( rain date of 5/31) Day of Caring. Please make sure to send in permission slips 5/24 -Portland Sea Dogs trip for those who signed up and paid. 5/23- Jump-a-thon open gym 2:30p-4:30p ( only eligible students who participated in the jump-a-thon may attend) 5/31- Jump-a-thon- field trip ( only eligible students who participated in the jump-a-thon may attend) 6/4 Band/ Chorus concert at 1:30pm. Parents and community members are welcome to attend. 6/6-6/7- 8th grade class trip 6/11 ( rain date 6/13) field day. All students should dress appropriately and bring a change of clothing and a towel for the slip and slide. 6/14 End of the year assembly/ awards and parent luncheon. Sign up sheets with times will be going home soon. 6/18- 8th grade promotion night starting at 6pm. Middle school dance to follow. 6/19- Last day of school with an 11:30am dismissal.
Just a reminder that this afternoon Whitefield School will be having a 3 bus run. Please remember that drop off times maybe earlier or later then normal. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school at 549-7691.
On Monday, May 13th, we will be having a 3 bus run both in the morning and afternoon. In the morning, Jim Brann's bus, number 20A, is the only bus that will have a different pick up time. In the afternoon, please be aware that drop off times maybe earlier or later then normal for all busses. If you have any questions, please call the school.
Don't forget to order your 2018/2019 school yearbook! Order forms will be going home with students and can be picked up in the front lobby. The cost is $12. Orders must be in by May 17th. A very limited amount of extras will be ordered and will be on a first come/ first sold basis, so pre-order now and secure your copy.
We are still looking for teams for our 3v3 basketball tournament being held at Whitefield School on Friday , April 5th. Ms. Mccormick needs registrations in hand by tonight. Registrations can be emailed to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The entrance fee $5 per person and is open to kids in grades 3-12. Teams are made up of 3-4 players, but if you don't have a team, you can still sign up. You will be assigned a team when you get here. This tournament is being sponsored by our National Junior Honor Society to benefit the Whitefield Athletic Association.
Whitefield Athletic Association t-ball, baseball and softball sign-ups will be on Thursday April 4th 5pm-6pm and Saturday April 6th 8am-9am. You may also sign up on line at www.leaguelineup.com/whitefieldwildcats This is for any Pre-K through 6th graders who would like to play . Don't forget to follow Whitefield Athletic Association on Facebook!
April 9th is opening day at Fenway Park. Dennis Cullenberg was very passionate about the "home team". In remembrance of Mr. Cullenberg we are having a Hat Day Fundraiser for 5th grade. Pay $1.00 to wear a hat all day at school. We encourage everyone to wear Red Sox apparel ( or just baseball gear in general)
Parents of 6th grade students: Parents of students attending Kieve this week are invited there for a slideshow and lunch on Friday starting at 10:45 am.
Gifted and Talented Notice* Spring referrals for the Gifted and Talented Program are being accepted from Friday March 29th to Friday April 12th. If you feel your child excels or has the potential to excel beyond his/her age level peers in academics or art/music (VPA) you can make a referral for the Gifted and Talented Program. A referral can be made by a teacher, staff member or parent. We do recommend, however, you consult with your child's teacher before making a referral. Please contact Hollie Hilton, the Gifted and talented Coordinator, at email@example.com for a referral form for either academics or visual art/music (VPA).
Just a reminder that our first Spirit Wear order will be going out on 3/27/19. If you want to place an order this month, please send in your order and money in to school by Wednesday morning. Checks should be made out to Whitefield School.
Reminder tonight is the FUNDRAISER DINNER: 8th grade is hosting a Benefit Pizza and Pasta Buffet Dinner at Aunt Gin’s on March 26th from 4:30-7:30. Price: $10 per adult - $5 per child (up to grade 8) - $30 per family (included in price is pizza, pasta, and soft drinks ** alcoholic beverages must be purchased separately**) ALL proceeds will be donated to Whitefield Elementary School’s class of 2019.
Just a reminder to students who participate in Coding Club with Mrs. Howard - there is no Coding Club today, March 26th - they will have it next week as usual.
Grade 5 is sponsoring a special Hat Day fundraiser in recognition of the Red Sox Opening Day at Fenway Park. This will be on Tuesday, April 9th, and we encourage everyone to wear a hat ( $1.00 donation) and baseball apparel- any team is fine! We are celebrating this day in memory of Mr. Cullenberg, who was a passionate fan of the "home team"
Don't forget we will be placing a Spirit Wear order on 3/27/19. Catalogs and order forms are available at the school office.
FUNDRAISER DINNER: 8th grade is hosting a Benefit Pizza and Pasta Buffet Dinner at Aunt Gin’s on March 26th from 4:30-7:30. Price: $10 per adult - $5 per child (up to grade 8) - $30 per family (included in price is pizza, pasta, and soft drinks ** alcoholic beverages must be purchased separately**) ALL proceeds will be donated to Whitefield Elementary School’s class of 2019.
To encourage students to drink more water and reduce our use of plastic, we recently added a water bottle filling station in our “gymacafetorium.” This was possible thanks to a grant from LincolnHealth and their Let’s Go program. “Drinking water is linked to a number of health benefits. Water can improve kids’ readiness to learn and is the best first choice for hydration before, during, and after most exercise routines. We were happy to help Whitefield School create a healthier environment for students and teachers,” commented Kristina Verney, LincolnHealth’s Let’s Go Coordinator.
From our Friends over at Windsor PTO: This year Windsor PAWS PTO is having a Spaghetti Dinner with Raffles Fundraiser on Saturday, March 9th. We have over 100 raffle items donated and are very excited for the community support that we have received so far for this event. Kids and parents alike love raffles......and it only takes 1 ticket to WIN! Funds raised will be used to support Windsor PAWS PTO.
The girl's and boy's varsity basketball teams had their first play-off games on Saturday at Erskine Academy. The boys played hard but lost to Palermo. They should be very proud of their accomplishments this season. The girls played against Palermo and won. They move on to semi-finals tonight. Come out and cheer on our girls as they play against China at 7:25pm, tonight at Erskine. GO WILDCATS!
Girl Scout Troop 532 has chosen to support the Mid Coast Animal Shelter for their winter community service project. Their goal is to collect as many items as possible to help our furry friends. A donation box has been placed in the Whitefield School lobby. It will be there until 2/15/19. Most needed items include canned canned cat/dog food, dye-free dry cat/dog food, unscented cat litter, collars, leashes and treats. Other helpful items include blankets, towels, toys and gift cards. For a complete list you can visit midcoasthumane.org. Thank you for your support in helping Girl Scout Troop 532 reach their goal.
Due to the closing of school today, there will be no JV Girl's basketball game this afternoon.
Just a reminder that there will be no Pre-K tomorrow, January 11, 2019.
Due to a minor incident, Mr. Webb's bus 19 will be late picking students up. There will be a bus going out around 7:50am to pick up students who ride Mr. Webb's bus. Expect pick up times to be about 45 to 60 minutes later then normal. Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please call Whitefield School.
Just a reminder the winter concert is today at 5:30pm for grades K through 3rd and 6:30pm for grades 4 and 5. Grades 6 through 8 band and chorus will also be at 6:30pm.
It has begun!! "Flocking for Food" started this week as our own NJHS students put those pesky pink birds on the "North's" front lawn. If you see the flock on your lawn don't be surprised! It is important to know that in order to have the flock removed, you must fill out the paperwork attached to the leader of the flocks neck and return it to Whitefield School. Once paperwork is turned in a removal technician will be over within the day.
Information about Whitefield school for Thursday, December 6th. As you may know, Mr. Cullenberg, a 5th grade teacher at Whitefield Elementary school for 32 years tragically passed away last week. His funeral will be held this Thursday, December 6th at 11am in Farmington, Maine. The vast majority of staff at Whitefield School are of course attending his funeral. It will be impossible for Whitefield school to function without the majority of the staff. So, we have decided to close Whitefield School on Thursday, December 6th. Classes will resume on Friday. Please look for information about Mr. Cullenberg’s funeral and visitation hours on the school website. Mr. Cullenberg will be greatly missed by the Whitefield community and all of RSU 12.
There will be visitation hours for Dennis Cullenberg on Wednesday, December 5th from 6pm-8pm at Dan and Scotts's Funeral Home. The address is 488 Farmington Falls Rd, Farmington, ME 04938 The funeral will be held Thursday, December 6th at 11am at St. Joseph Church , 133 Middle St, Farmington Maine.
Dear Parents, Family and Friends, You are invited to our Winter Concert Series on Tuesday December 11th. There will be two concerts, the first featuring grades K-3 at 5:30pm and the second featuring grades 4-5, 6-8 Chorus, and 6-8 Band at 6:30pm. Arrival times are as follows: K-3 students no earlier than 5:10pm; 4-8 students no earlier than 6:10pm. Students will be seated in a designated area with their classmates during the concert. If you have any questions please contact me or the school. Sincerely, Mr. Morgan Music Teacher Whitefield/Chelsea Elementary firstname.lastname@example.org
Sad News for the Whitefield Community It is with great sadness that I report to you the passing of Mr. Dennis Cullenberg. Dennis died early this morning after a brief but intense battle with pancreatic cancer. Dennis devoted 32 years to the children of Whitefield as a highly regarded classroom teacher and colleague. His loss to this school and community is significant. We have provided grief counselors and other resources in school for students and staff to support them through this difficult grieving period and we will continue to have those resources available next week. We are in communication with Mr. Cullenberg’s family and no formal funeral plans have been made at this point. Once we receive that information we will share it with all our WHES families.
We will holding the Parent / Teacher Conferences that were scheduled for Tuesday, November 27th on Thursday, November 29th at the same times already arranged. If this poses a scheduling problem for you please contact our child's teacher and alternatives will be provided. Also, because of the weather-related interruptions over the past couple of weeks, we have made the choice to move the WHES Winter Concert from December 4th to December 11th. A notice to this effect will be sent out from our music department shortly but please plan on this new date.
Whitefield Athletic Association Basketball sign -up times Wednesday on the 7th at the Whitefield School from 5-6 PM will be 1st & 2nd grade boys/girls basketball signups and practice. Wednsday the 7th basketball signups and practice for all 3rd & 4th grade boys/girls will be 6-7pm. Pre-K / kindergarten boys & girls will have signups on the 10th at 8-9am Saturday 1/2 boys & girls Saturday the 10th practice 9-10am 3/4 boys & girls Saturday the 10th practice 10-11am 5/6 boys & girls Saturday the 10th practice and signups 11-12
Dear WHES Parents: As of today, October 31st, we have a new security feature on our Main Entrance door. This allows us to keep that door locked throughout the school day and "buzz" people in who ring the bell. Because of the camera attached to the unit (located on the right of the entry door) our office staff can view the individual ringing the bell before allowing the individual to enter the school. This provides us with an extra element of security, adding to the safety of our building. I'm sure this new feature to the school will take a little while for everyone to get used to but the end result is that WHES is much more secure and safe because of this added measure. Mark Mark Deblois, Principal Whitefield Elementary School 164 Grand Army Road Whitefield, ME 04353-3503 (207) 549-7691 Email: email@example.com "At Whitefield Elementary School We Have PRIDE INSIDE"
Every year the Lion's Club sponsors a Peace Poster contest. First, second and third place winners from area schools are invited to the Lion's Club for a recognition supper. Representing our school is Kineo Kelley (1st place), Olivia Brann ( 2nd place) and Kat Thornton (3rd place). All first place posters move on to the next phase of the contest. Good luck, Kineo! We would also like to thank The Ladies of Lincoln County for their generous donation of poster board our students used for the contest.
Attention 8th grade students and Parents: Lincoln Academy to Host 8th Grade Family Night on November 7 All prospective students are invited to Lincoln Academy’s 2018 8th Grade Family Night, which will be held on Wednesday, November 7 at 6:30 pm. The event will begin in the Alumni Dining Commons in the center of the Lincoln Academy campus at 81 Academy Hill in Newcastle. This open house is an annual event at Lincoln Academy; a chance for families of prospective students to visit the LA campus, meet teachers and staff, and tour the school. Often this event is the first time students see their soon-to-be high school and meet many of their teachers. Although most families who attend represent incoming 9th graders, families of students interested in transferring to LA from another high school are also encouraged to attend. This year, Lincoln Academy’s 8th Grade Family Night will begin in the Dining Commons with an orientation by current students and members of the Administration and Guidance Department. After this orientation, families can take a campus tour with student tour guides, and visit an Open House in the LA gym, where academic departments and extracurricular clubs will have tables where faculty and students are available to talk about their specialties. School representatives will speak directly to students and parents about their specific interests in and out of the classroom. “The table format of the Open House gives prospective families a chance to meet teachers and students, and get any question answered, whether that is about a particular academic track, performing or visual arts, athletics, or a club interest, such as Debate Team or Climate Action Club,” said Sarah Wills-Viega, Lincoln Academy’s Director of Counseling and Studies. “We hope that families will leave the event with helpful information about Lincoln Academy, both in general and specific terms, and that students will be excited about coming here next year!” Families considering Lincoln Academy should plan to attend the Open House, even if they are considering several options for high school. This event is helpful in understanding the wide variety of resources at LA, including 145 total courses, 17 Advanced Placement classes, 30 classes in visual and performing arts, a broad range of hands-on courses in the Cable-Burns Applied Technology and Engineering Center (ATEC), as well as over 40 clubs and athletic teams. For more information about 8th Grade Family Night, please contact LA Guidance at 563-3596 ext. 125 or 128. Parking for the evening event is available in the student parking lot across from the LA gym.
The staff at Whitefield School had the opportunity to participate in a Pumpkin Decorating/ Carving Contest this week. They were displayed in the lobby and students, guests and staff got vote on their favorite one. The votes were counted and the winners were as follows: 1st place- Mrs. Perkins- Spaceship and Aliens 2nd place- Mrs.Simpson- Basketball Pumpkin 3rd place- Mrs Anderson- Pumpkin Nurse Thank you to the other participant- Mr. Deblois, Mrs, Brewer, Mrs. Marecaux, Ms. McCormick, Mrs. Howard and Ms. Hilton. They all did a great job and had so much fun doing it!
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
We would like to thank all parents, grandparents and care providers for their understanding and patience during our first 3 bus run of the school year.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Whitefield School will be having a 3 bus run. This means times will vary for drop off. If you have any questions about drop off times please call the school
Middle school parents, please save this link for ELA homework and announcement updates. https://goo.gl/3wxoDp
Dear Whitefield Elementary School Parents, Last spring I was nominated by a large, diverse selection team to become the new principal of the Whitefield Elementary School and I accepted the position with great enthusiasm and positive anticipation for the journey ahead. In July, I began at the school, meeting with staff, students, parents and community members and what I have clearly seen throughout the summer is a fervent desire to rewrite the negative perceptions of the school and assure that all of the positive elements of WES shine through. I was hoping to begin that process on Monday, August 27th with WES staff members and then greet all students on the 28th, the first day of the 2018-2019 school year. However, a health issue will prevent me from doing so right away. On Wednesday, August 23rd, I underwent emergency surgery for an intestinal blockage. The surgery went well and I am now out of the hospital but my doctor will not allow me to return to school until after some further rest and recuperation. Once that date is determined, we will certainly let everyone know. Until then, I will rely on the amazing responsiveness and professionalism of the WES and RSU#12 staffs to "carry the ball" until my return. Mark Deblois
The first day of school is Tuesday, August 28th.
It's time to sign up for the middle school league soccer season. If your middle school son/ daughter is interested in trying out, please call the school or email coach Padgett at email@example.com. There will be a just for fun soccer scrimmage at the school on Thursday, August 16th at 5:30pm for all interested students.
A message from Ms. Mathews: I would like to announce that I have accepted the position of middle school English Language Arts teacher at Whitefield School. I look forward to working with students and families to grow content knowledge and build relationships. I will reach out to families of my students as the new school year approaches.
Please note that Wednesday, June 20th, will be a 1:30pm dismissal. Thursday, June 21st is an 11:30am dismissal.
Our softball team won the Sheepscot Valley Championship, for the second year in a row, on Monday! It was an intense game against Vassalboro, but our Wildcats won! The Whitefield/Chelsea baseball team played a thriller on Tuesday against Palermo- and were victorious! Matching trophies for the trophy case. Congratulations to our athletes, coaches AND many thanks to the parents for their unwavering support of our student athletes. What a great season!
Today the students of Whitefield School participated in our annual Day of Caring. Most of the activities were held outside. Due to the large amount of ticks, we encourage parents and guardians to conduct a thorough tick check when your child gets home.
Please remember that tomorrow, May 30th, is a full day of school. It will be a 2:20pm dismissal.
There will be no Pre-K classes on June 4th and 5th at Whitefield School. The Pre-K program will be closed for incoming Pre-k screening. If you have any questions, please call the school.
This wooden box was in found last week in the lost and found at Whitefield School. If this belongs to you please call the school and identify what was inside the box along with the photo. If you recognize the people in the photo, please have them contact the school. This obviously has a lot of sentimental value and we would love to see it returned to it's owners.
Reminder: RSU 12 District Budget Meeting will be held tonight, May 17, 2018, at 6:30pm at the Chelsea Elementary School. All RSU 12 residents are encouraged to attend.
RSU 12 Budget Meeting May 17, 2018, 6:30pm Chelsea Elementary School
This morning Whitefield School temporarily lost water. A pressure switch malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The water was off and on for approximately 1 hour causing some minor inconveniences. The new switch has been installed and the water is up and running.
Dear Parents, Family, and Friends, Hello! I would like to invite you to our Spring Concert for grades K-5. The concert will take place during the school day on Thursday, May 31st at 9:30am. Parents should arrive no earlier than 9:10am. The concert is expected to last 30-40 minutes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or the school. Mr. Morgan Music Teacher Chelsea/Whitefield Elementary firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitefield Collaborative Problem Solving Project April 30, 2018 Newsprint/Minutes Participants present: Amy Perkins, Ben Marcus, Cheryl Johnson, Clint Towle, Delia Dearnley, Howie Tuttle, Jake Mathews, Jeanne Grady, Karen McCormick, Kendra Anderson, Lucinda Lee, Niki Mathews, Sue McKeen, Tara DeLisle, Terri Blair, Tom Soule Not present: Anthony Anderson, Jen Noftall, Keith Marple, Lisa Kalloch, Lynette Conroy Facilitator: Joan Morin The collaborative process involves the participants to first identify the issue, then list the interest with regard to the identified issue, brainstorm options for potential resolution and finally reach consensus on the desired option. The dictation of the newsprint shows verbatim, the identified issue, the interest of the issue, the options that were brainstormed and the consensus that was reached. Chart 1: Agenda Accept 4/2 & 4/23 Minutes Consensus What needs to happen for each of you to believe that change is possible and that members are committed to supporting change? Niki- share and discuss behavior data Review student incident process & protocol form Issues: Safety & health Topics Decisions and Discussions: Project members accepted the April 2nd and April 23rd minutes with no modifications. Members responded to the question, What needs to happen for each of you to believe that change is possible and that members are committed to supporting change? Various responses were shared. Many expressed that they need to hear the issues and what cause the matter to be on the list and once the issue explanation has been shared, move to resolution. Members felt that some members of the group have an agenda that makes it difficult for the group to move forward. All believe that there were/are issues that need discussion and resolution. However, are encouraged by the evident awareness and change of everyone. Everyone believed that working collaboratively and being “Champions of Change” will create a school culture and climate that is respectful, kind and supportive for all. Members felt that if any member felt frustrated or believed the process will not begin to bring about change, than they should consider whether their participation is positively contributing to change or potentially preventing the group from moving forward. If the later, consider removing themselves from the Project. It was also suggested that if a member’s behavior was preventing the group from moving forward than the member(s) may be asked to leave the project. Niki shared and explained the collected Whitefield behavior data. Full year data has been collected since 2016-17. Incidences of various behavior infractions are documented on the “red form” by teachers and school employees. The principal and/or Niki review every form for potential action. Since the inception of the reporting, inappropriate behavior has declined. (see attached charting) Howard Tuttle, Superintendent shared the draft of the new “Student Incident Reporting Form”. Superintendent Tuttle will share the form electronically for everyone to review. We will discuss the form at the May 7th meeting. Agenda for May 7, 2018 5:30 PM Whitefield School Review and accept the minutes of April 30th. Revisit whether to modify the quorum agreement. Allow project members who were unable to attend the April 30th meeting to answer; What needs to happen for each of you to believe that change is possible and that members are committed to supporting change? Review and modify the Student Incident Reporting Form. Continue with Safety and Health Issues Set the May 14th agenda.
Whitefield Collaborative Problem Solving Project April 23, 2018 Newsprint/Minutes Participants present: Ben Marcus, Cheryl Joslyn, Clint Towle, Delia Dearnley, Howie Tuttle, Jen Noftall, Karen McCormick, Keith Marple, Kendra Anderson, Lisa Kalloch, Lucinda Lee, Tom Soule, Sue McKeen Not present: Amy Perkins, Anthony Anderson, Jake Mathews, Jeanne Grady, Lynette Conroy, Niki Mathews, Tara DeLisle, Terri Blair Facilitator: Joan Morin The collaborative process involves the participants to first identify the issue, then list the interest with regard to the identified issue, brainstorm options for potential resolution and finally reach consensus on the desired option. The dictation of the newsprint shows verbatim, the identified issue, the interest of the issue, the options that were brainstormed and the consensus that was reached. Options: (April 2, 2018) (to include timeframes and called issue/concern form) 1. Digital Reporting Form completed by student, parent, teacher, staff 2. Dated acknowledgement that form was received to include protocol & process 3. Personal contact to share next steps 4. Investigation 5. Resolution & plan of action April 23, 2018 6. Write letter of appeal to superintendent Acknowledge receipt to include process & protocol Investigate Resolution & plan of action 7. Appeal to full board Board makes determination To develop form: Howie Tuttle, Tom Soule, Delia Dearnley, Kendra Anderson, Niki Mathews, Karen McCormick Include timeframes All steps of process thru appeal Presented to full group at next meeting Discussions and Decisions: We did not have a quorum attending Monday’s meeting, therefore, no consensus was reached on any matter. The members did meet and moved forward with developing the process and protocol for student incident reporting; understanding that the final form and process would need consensus from the members. A couple of members raised concerns about whether the project should continue due to the perceived slow pace and the thought that a different process might be quicker. The response from other members of the group included such points as; people aren’t always showing up to the meetings, we aren’t meeting on a weekly basis, as agreed to, therefore progress is slowed. Staff representatives did not support the suggestion of disbanding the committee. They felt they have been vilified and disrespected and believe that all issues need to be addressed and resolved. Other members expressed that attitudes and possible differing agendas impeded our progress. I, Joan explained that the struggles are a result of the group not forming and trusting each other. There appears to be differing agendas that aren’t being fully discussed. I also explained that I would not be interested in facilitating/participating in a different process as I believe a different process would only result in fingering pointing and blaming. The group continued with its process and was successful at developing a procedure and process for the reporting and resolving of student incidences. The group also reviewed the list of issues and decided to fully discuss all of the safety/health issues at the next meeting. Next Meeting: April 30th- 5:30 Whitefield School Issues: Death Threats etc., Safety & Health Topics Niki – Share and discuss Whitefield’s behavior data Mid Term Public Report Review Student Incident Process and Protocol and Form Accept 4/2 & 4/23 Minutes
Whitefield Collaborative Problem Solving Project April 2, 2018 Newsprint/Minutes Participants present: Amy Perkins, Anthony Anderson, Cheryle Joslyn, Clint Towle, Delia Dearnley, Jeanne Grady, Jen Noftall, Karen McCormick, Keith Marple, Lynette Conroy, Niki Mathews, Sue McKeen, Terri Blair, Tom Soule Not present: Ben Marcus, Howie Tuttle, Jake Mathews, Kendra Anderson, Lisa Kalloch, Lucinda Lee, Tara DeLisle Facilitator: Joan Morin The collaborative process involves the participants to first identify the issue, then list the interest with regard to the identified issue, brainstorm options for potential resolution and finally reach consensus on the desired option. The dictation of the newsprint shows verbatim, the identified issue, the interest of the issue, the options that were brainstormed and the consensus that was reached. Chart 1: Issues: Student Incident Interest: Communication parents, staff, students, community Student safety Clearly defines protocols & process for the student issue Parent appeal process Documentation Historical Data available to parents Thorough investigations Not blaming the victim in investigations Resolutions/closure for all involved Way to report incidents free of shame, intimidation and retaliation Things that need to reported get reported (mandatory reporting) Safety and comfort in reporting Parental reporting of issues Student education-incident reporting-throughout year on going Parent education- incident reporting-throughout year on going Ongoing training of administrators for mandatory reporting Accountability for all staff, students, parents Chart 2: Options 1. Digital reporting form completed by (student, parent, teacher, staff) 2. Dated acknowledgement that form was received to include protocol and process 3. Personal contact to share next steps 4. Investigation 5. Resolution and plan of action Discussions and Determinations: Joan started the meeting with the concern that we were not making enough progress on the issues. She suggested that we deal with the issue of Student Incidences. The group felt if we could create protocols and procedures for the broad category we would tick many of the original listed issues off the list. The group discussed and began the process of developing the steps of action for student incidences. Agenda Next Meeting 4/23/18 5:30-8:00 Review April 2nd minutes Niki data presentation Continue with steps for process and protocol for student incident Mid Term Public Report to Community
Tomorrow, Thursday May 3rd, Whitefield School will be having a 3 bus run both in the morning and afternoon. In the morning if your child rides on Mr. Webb's, Mr. Bronn's or Mr. Cote's bus, please expect them to be picked up in the morning five minutes earlier then normal. If your child rides Mr. Brann's bus, your pick up time will be between 8-8:20am. In the afternoon, due to the 3 bus run, drop off times vary. Please call the school if you have a question about drop off times.
This morning Whitefield School had some excitement. There was a small car fire in the back parking lot. It was easily taken care of with a fire extinguisher. The fire department was called as a precaution. They came and determined that there was no further risk of fire. The car has been towed. If you have any questions or concerns you may call the school. We would like to thank the Whitefield Fire Department for their prompt arrival and assessment of the situation.
Reminder - Coding Club has been canceled for tonight - Mrs. Howard will be attending a meeting. Sorry for the inconvenience - we will have Coding Club next Tuesday.
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.
Tomorrow, March 27, Whitefield School will be having a three bus run in the afternoon. Please be aware that drop off times will vary and could be ealier or later then normal.
Read about Whitefield's Collaborative Problem Solving Project here, http://www.svrsu.org/article/43675?org=whes
Get To Know You Time Hi- This is Tom Soule, Interim Principal at Whitefield Elementary. I would like the opportunity to reach out to the community and get to know you a little better. I will be hosting a meeting at the school on Tuesday, March 27 from 3:45pm-4:30pm. Come on in and talk. Our superintendent, Mr. Howard Tuttle, will be there as well. Hope to see you on the 27th!
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.
IMPORTANT: Revised 2017-2018 School Year Calendar posted here, http://www.svrsu.org/article/41674?org=whes
Congratulations to the Boy's and Girl's Varsity basketball teams for both getting third place at Bristol Tournaments. A special shoutout to Natalie Spearin for winning the girl's shootout contest and to Ayla Noftall, Mia Northrup, Isaac Hayden and Colin Dalton for winning game MVPs! Way to go Wildcats!
Coding Club is cancelled for Tuesday, January 30th.
There is no school on Friday January 12th for Staff Development and Monday January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Have a great long weekend!
Reminder - Jason "White Shadow" Gibbons will be here tonight! Doors open at 5, show begins at 6!