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!