Yearbooks arrived!! They will be available for pickup next week. We will also send some yearbooks with food deliveries on Tuesday for your convenience. Please call the school or email Mrs. Howard at email@example.com if you wish to purchase one - we have a few extra copies available for sale. Again - thank you to everyone who helped with this project.
Reminder: There will be no food deliveries this week. They will resume next week. They will continue to be delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Please see the following message! Good Morning, Since we closed schools on March 13th we have been able to provide breakfasts and lunches to any child, age birth to 18, who wished to receive these deliveries. We have delivered meals on Tuesday and Friday but covered a full week. The response from WHES families was outstanding and the tremendous work done by our school nutrition staff, our bus drivers and many support staff members allowed us to provide over 20,000 meals to families during this challenging time. During this dark period the provision of meals to kids has been a true beacon of goodness and I want to send out my heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all those individuals who worked so hard to make our food delivery program such a massive success. We have now entered summer vacation and our state and nation's challenges still exist. Fortunately, we have received permission to extend our food deliveries to interested families throughout the summer! Our final school-year deliveries were made today (June 26th) and our summer meal program will begin deliveries on Tuesday, July 7th and will continue on each Tuesday and Thursday until Friday, August 21st. If you are already on our list, great! If not, please contact either Vicki Dill (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Meagan Soule (email@example.com) and they'll add your children onto the delivery list. During the summer we will only be using two buses. If your meals have been being delivered by either Mr. Bronn or Mr. Cote's bus, your meals will arrive at the usual time you've been receiving them. If you have been receiving deliveries from either Mr.Brann or Mr. Webb's bus, the meals will be arriving at your door approximately one (1) hour later than usual. If you have any questions, please reach out to Vicki or Meagan or feel free to contact me here at the school. Here's to a great summer! Mark Mark Deblois, Principal Whitefield Elementary School 164 Grand Army Road Whitefield, ME 04353-3503 (207) 549-7691 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org "At Whitefield Elementary School We Have PRIDE INSIDE"
Just a reminder that Whitefield School office is closed this week. It will be open again on Monday, June 29th. If you call, please leave a message and someone will get back to you or you may email email@example.com.
Whitefield School front office will be closed 6/22-6/26. It will be back open on 6/29.
Reminder: If any one is interested in wishing Gail Beck a happy retirement, she will be at the school tonight from 5pm to 6pm. She will be sitting outside the school and you can drive through the parking lot honking, waving and shouting out your well wishes. If you come on by, we ask that you practice safe social distancing and remain in your car. Please pull in the driveway by the gym entrance and exit by the playground. Gail has been a teacher for 39 years with 38 of those working at Whitefield Elementary school! Mrs. Beck will be greatly missed, but we wish her nothing but the best during her retirement. Let's give this amazing teacher a send off that she will never forget!
We want to thank all the parents and guardians of our students for helping out and doing the best you could with remote learning. The last few months have been a challenge for students, parents/ guardians and teachers...but we made it work! So here is to you, parents and guardians! You deserve a pat on the back!
It is with great sadness that we make this announcement: After 39 years of teaching ( 38 of them being at Whitefield Elementary School) Mrs. Gail Beck has retired. Mrs. Beck has been a part of our school for a long time and has been a teacher to so many in our community. In here career at Whitefield she has taught kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade. Her presence will greatly missed. We wish Mrs. Beck nothing but a happy and exciting retirement. Mrs. Beck enjoys geocaching on her time off, so for a retirement present the staff presented her with a geocache in her honor. It's name is "Caching in My Retirement Pension" and is located on the Happy Farm trail here in Whitefield. If any past student would like to say goodbye to Mrs Beck, she will be in the school parking lot on Friday, June 19th from 5pm- 6pm. We ask that you practice safe social distancing and remain in your car. You may drive through the parking lot ( entering by the gym and exiting by the playground) and honk, wave and tell Mrs. Beck goodbye. Lets give her the best send off ever!
RSU 12 would like to remind our families that your children may be eligible for free and reduced meals in the fall. If your financial circumstances have changed recently, please consider completing the application at http://svrsu.schoollunchapp.com. This will allow us to determine whether we can provide your child meals for free or at a reduced rate in the first month of school next year.
For those who purchased a Whitefield Yearbook - I received the following message from LifeTouch in regards to a delivery date - when I receive more information I will pass it on: "Unfortunately as a result of COVID-19 each day we are facing new challenges that impede our ability to move yearbooks forward in the production process. Just as an example, in the last few weeks 3 of our plants had employees test positive for COVID-19 which put a halt to production and drastically reduces our workforce - both for social distancing reasons and due to people not wanting to return to work for fear of exposure. Then most recently we faced city curfews due to protesting and riots which limited our 2nd and 3rd shift workforce. - I apologize that I'm not able to give you a more definitive date but all of this is out of Lifetouch's control. In most cases, I'm expecting the worst and hoping for the best.
We have delivered over 19,180 meals to the children of Whitefield. Pretty impressive! Keep up the good work kitchen crew, bus drivers and delivery people!
RSU 12 is considering continuing to provide meals through the months of July and August to children living in the district. Please take a moment before the end of the day Wednesday, June 10, to complete this survey to let us know if you would like meals for your children. This will help us make the decision. Thank you! https://forms.gle/ta5hRGcnVajj6obU8
Just a reminder that this is the last week to stop by the school and go through the lost and found. It is located outside the school between the hours of 8am and 11am Monday- Friday. All items remaining here on Friday June 12th will be donated to Goodwill.
RSU 12 is able to continue providing meals through the months of July and August to children living in the district. Please take a moment before the end of the day Wednesday, June 10, to complete this survey to let us know if you would like meals for your children. Thank you! https://forms.gle/ta5hRGcnVajj6obU8
Device Collection times have changed a little so please mark your calendars. On Wednesday and Thursday (June 10 & 11), I will be here from 7-10 am (that is the change) and 4:30-6:00 pm at night. I will be at the Lobby Entrance. You need only drive up and I will collect the device - I will check that the charger is the same one you were assigned and ask about any issues with the laptop. Students please reset the password to the original - mlti. If students have any other school materials that need to be returned they can do so at this time as well. Looking forward to seeing you all. Any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The school office is now open Monday through Friday 8am-11am. Parents who have not yet picked up their child's belongings may do so during these times. If these times do not work for you then please call the school or email email@example.com to set up a time. We ask that all student belongings be picked up before Friday, June 12th. Lost in found will be set up outside of the front entrance during the hours of 8am-11am, through the end of next week. Any unclaimed lost and found items will be donated to Goodwill on June 12th.
Tomorrow ( May 29th ) is the last work packet delivery for the 2019/2020 school year. Meal deliveries will continue through June 30th.
This is a reminder that pick up for student's personal materials begins today. Student's with last names starting with A through J may pick up their belongings today between 4pm and 6pm. Tomorrow students with last names starting in K through Z can pick up between 4pm and 6pm. Thursday 4pm to 6pm is for anyone who could not make it Tuesday or Wednesday. We will conduct a contact free drive through process. Please enter the parking lot by the gym doors. Stay in your vehicle and a staff volunteer will meet you. Have the names of the students you are picking up for on a piece of paper. The volunteer will take the names, collect the belongings and put them in your vehicle. If you can not make it to pick up belongings on any of these given days, please contact the school to set up a time.
WE NEED YOUR HELP We NEED someone with a rototiller who is willing to come and till the garden area. Please let us know if you can help with that. Thanks! You can email Karen McCormick at firstname.lastname@example.org We would like to thank Barry Tibbetts for leveling out our garden soil today. We are excited and have several different seeds planted for the school garden.
RSU 12 would like to remind our families that your children may be eligible for free and reduced meals in the fall. If your financial circumstances have changed recently, please consider completing the application at http://svrsu.schoollunchapp.com. This will allow us to determine whether we can provide your child meals for free or at a reduced rate in the first month of school next year. In the meantime, we will continue to bus meals to our students during the current school closure.
This is a message to the staff of Whitefield School from our NJHS students. https://youtu.be/2w4Gc_mGH_A
Calling all 4-year-olds! RSU 12 is now accepting PreK applications for the 2020-21 school year. Please contact one the RSU 12 schools or go online at https://www.svrsu.org/documents for an application. RSU 12 has PreK classrooms at Chelsea, Somerville, Whitefield, and Windsor.
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week! This is a big shout out and HUGE Thank You to all our teachers ( and Ed Techs) for all you do for our student. This year more then ever you have had some unique challenges. You have met those challenges head on and excelled in finding a solution. Thank you for all you do and continue to do year after year!
We are currently working on a plan to collect student belongings and have them ready for pick up. It will take some time for the teachers to get everything bagged up. Please be patient. We hope to have everything ready for pick up by the end of May/ beginning of June. If you have any questions please call the school.
RSU 12 is excited to share this information from the Maine Department of Education. Some of our teachers are involved in this project! Many thanks to them and to all of the teachers that made this possible. Maine Public, the Maine Department of Education, and Educate Maine have joined forces to create original, educational programming for grade school students in Grades 3 to 5. Dedicated teachers from across Maine have developed original video lessons, pulling content from their own lesson plans and sources to provide exceptional learning opportunities for Maine students. The Learning Space will be broadcast on Maine Public Television at 12:30 p.m. each weekday starting on Monday, April 27. As more episodes are developed, the broadcast schedule will expand to run from Noon to 1:00. Episodes of The Learning Space will be archived for later viewing on numerous platforms online including on mainepublic.org. The Learning Space will air through the spring to mid-June.
This is a reminder that starting this week meal deliveries will be made on Tuesdays and Fridays for the remainder of the school year.
Unless conditions change, RSU 12 classrooms will remain closed and RSU 12 students will continue distance learning until the last day of school, June 12th. Find more information about this extended classroom closure here, https://5il.co/fa08
Amy Perkins will be available at the school tonight from 5pm to 6pm for those who have made arrangements to pick up their child's work packet.
Thank you to all of you who responded to the recent survey about remote learning in RSU 12. Please visit https://www.svrsu.org/rsu-12-s-response-to-covid-19 for a summary of the results, resources for learning, information about RSU 12's response to COVID19, and more. Stay safe, everyone! We can't wait to see our students again!
Just a reminder that student work packets will be delivered tomorrow, Friday, April 17th.
If you or someone you know has a child who will be entering Kindergarten at Whitefield School for the 2020/2021 school year, please contact Amy Perkins at email@example.com or by calling 207-549-7691. Students currently enrolled in an RSU 12 PreK program do not need to register for kindergarten.
Now accepting PreK applications for the 2020/2021 school year. Please contact Amy Perkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 207-549-7691 to receive an application. Applications can also be found at https://www.svrsu.org/documents. All applications and requested information is to be mailed back to the school at 164 Grand Army Rd, Whitefield, Me 04353 or emailed to Amy Perkins at email@example.com.
Unfortunately, we are unable to supply food today due to the widespread power outages and roads being blocked around the district. Our next food delivery will be on Monday.
Due to the snow storm tonight, food deliveries for tomorrow, April 10th, will be delivered three hours later than food deliveries are normally delivered. Please be available to receive your food. Thank you.
The Following information is for Whitefield residents who may need some assistance during this challenging time. Food Bank In an effort to offset the challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis, the Whitefield Food Pantry will be open on the first Friday of each month from 10 am to 3 pm and on every Saturday (except the Saturday after the Friday opening) from 10 am to 3 pm. The extended hours will remain in effect until the crisis is over. The Food Bank is located at St. Denis Hall on the Grand Army Road. For more information, please call 549-3672 Whitefield Cares http://www.whitefieldcares.org The link below is a list of services that can aid in food, clothing, heat, etc. http://www.whitefieldcares.org/wp-content/uploads/Whitefield-Cares-Resource-List.pdf
Hello, RSU 12 families! We would be grateful if you would please complete this brief survey. Your answers will help us better support our students and their families during this challenging time. Here is the link: https://forms.gle/1h9TEEyehqX1LKWa7. It will be available until Wednesday noon. We hope you stay safe and healthy! Thank you!
For those who made arrangements to pick up their child's work packets or for those who missed the drop today, you may pick them up at the Whitefield school between 5pm and 6pm tonight, Friday, April 3rd.
We put together a video for our students! We all miss our students so much! Can't wait for us all to be back together at Whitefield School! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY1xj-iov9w
Please remember that today is just a food delivery for Whitefield. Work packets sent out last week were for two weeks worth of work. We will be sending home work packets next Friday, April 3rd.
How about we unofficially claim today as a snow day? In the comment section, share pictures of your spring snowman!
We are extending the RSU 12 school closure until at least April 27, 2020. We understand the gravity of this decision and will reevaluate this decision regularly as the conditions change. Please read more detailed information about the closure in this letter, https://5il.co/e0n3
If you were unavailable to receive the school work packet that you requested, by bus this morning, you can stop by the school this evening to pick them up. Pickups can be made between 5pm and 6pm tonight, Friday, March 20th. Please be aware that the school doors will be locked. Packets will be handed to you.
Tomorrow is the day! Continuing learning packets will be coming on the bus along with the next delivery of meals for those who signed up. Remember that these packets are meant to maintain current skills, be fun, and help students and their families with routines and a sense of normalcy. Everyone at Whitefield School has been working hard this week to get the meals and packets ready for our students. Please be at you bus stops 2 hours after your normal bus pick up times for delivery.
Thank you to all who responded to our parent survey about meal and continuity of learning packets for students. The survey has been closed. If you did not get a chance to fill it out or you haven't spoken to your child's school about this yet, and you want your child to receive meals or a learning packet, please reach out to the school. If you get a recording, please leave a detailed message. Thank you!
Due to the current circumstances, the Whitefield School office will be open sporadically with no current set schedule. The best way to reach the school if you have any questions or concerns is to email Amy Perkins, the administrative assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails will be checked through out the day to ensure that you get a response in a timely manor.
Good afternoon. In these challenging times, RSU 12 wants to be sure that ALL students have access to breakfast and lunch and will provide it free of charge if desired. Meals will be bussed to homes. In addition, we would like information to help us provide families with learning activities for students. Please take a moment to complete this survey so we know how best to support your children. https://forms.gle/vSs6pHgpo9r5eH2TA Please complete it once for EACH of your children under age 18 in the home. Thank you!
If you or someone you know has a child who will be entering kindergarten for the 2020/2021 school year, please email Amy Perkins at email@example.com for more information. Students of students already on Whitefield'd pre-k program do not need to register for kindergarten.
Whitefield Elementary School is now accepting Pre-Kindergarten applications for the 2020/2021 school year. Applications will soon be available online and you can mail them back to Whitefield School. If you do not have the ability to get the application online please email Amy Perkins at firstname.lastname@example.org and one will be mailed out to you. If you have any questions please call Whitefield Elementary School at 207-549-7691 or email email@example.com.
All RSU 12 schools will be closed for two weeks from March 16-March 27th in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The situation will be revisited next week. Educators will be developing plans for the continuity learning to be ready later this week.
Please read a letter from the RSU 12 Superintendent about the COVID-19 school closure. You can find the letter here, https://5il.co/dqg6
The School Board met last night and voted to make March 20th a student day.
Please read a letter from the RSU 12 Superintendent with general information about the coronavirus, COVID-19, at the following link, https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/610870/Letter_about_Coronavirus.3.9.20.pdf
*Gifted and Talented Notice* Spring referrals for the Gifted and Talented Program are being accepted from March 9th to March 23rd. Please note that the window closes on March 23rd. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a referral form for either academics or visual art/music (VPA). Hollie A. Hilton GT Teacher/Coordinator Sheepscot Valley RSU 12 164 Grand Army Road Whitefield ME 04353 207-549-4566
School Calendar Change March 20, 2020 will be a Student School Day in RSU 12. The RSU 12 Board of Directors will be deciding at the March 12th Board meeting to make March 20th a student day instead of a Teacher Workshop Day. This is due to the excessive amount of storm days we have had this year. We want all RSU 12 families to be notified of this likely decision, so that you can make plans for your student to attend school on March 20th.
School Calendar Change -- March 20, 2020 will be a Student School Day in RSU 12. The RSU 12 Board of Directors will be deciding at the March 12th Board meeting to make March 20th a student day instead of a Teacher Workshop Day. This is due to the excessive amount of storm days we have had this year. We want all RSU 12 families to be notified of this likely decision, so that you can make plans for your student to attend school on March 20th.
FYI 8th grade parents: Gardiner Area High School is pleased to be hosting an 8th Grade Parent Night on Wednesday, March 4th at 6-8pm, with a snow date of March 5th. Join them for a time to meet all 9th grade instructors, hear from the principal, and meet the School Counselors. Not just limited to Gardiner families, surrounding towns welcome (Chelsea, Whitefield, Windsor, etc.). Students are welcome and it will be hosted in their Little Theater.
Students riding Jim Brann's bus ( bus 41) will be picked up in the morning 5 minutes earlier due to the conditions of some of the dirt roads he drives on. Once the roads dry up, he will go back to his usual pick up times.
Attention Parents of 8th grade students: Erskine Academy will host an 8th grade open house at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the gym at 309 Windsor Road. All 8th grade students and their parents from the surrounding communities are invited to attend. The administration strongly encourages all incoming freshmen and their parents to attend this event as registration materials will be available and information about the course selection process will be provided. In the case of inclement weather, a snow date of Thursday, Feb. 27, has been set. Parents who are unable to attend this event are asked to call the Guidance Office at 445-2964 to request registration materials.
Please remember that school dismisses at 2:20pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and at 1:30pm on Wednesday. Whitefield School does not offer an after school program. If your child is NOT participating in an after school activity and you are picking them up at the end of the school day, it is very important that you are here on time. Students should not be left waiting for pick up in the lobby after school has been dismissed.We understand that on occasion something may happen to cause you to not be here on time. If this is the case, please call the school to let us know you are running late.
The RSU 12 School Board meeting has been cancelled for tonight, February 13, 2020
All RSU 12 Adult Ed Classes are cancelled tonight, February 13th.
RSU 12 schools are closed today, Thursday, February 13th.
The lost and found will be cleaned out over February vacation. Any items left at the end of the day on Friday, February 14th, will be donated to Goodwill. Please stop by or have your child look through the lost and found before the end of the week. We have unclaimed sweatshirts, coats, hats, gloves and lunch boxes.
RSU 12 schools will have a two-hour delay this morning Monday, February 10th.
RSU12 schools are closed today Friday, February 7, 2020 due to the predicted freezing rain all day.
All RSU 12 schools are closed today, Thursday February 6th due to the snow and ice storm
Reminder that the SchoolStore booklets need to be returned tomorrow as well as the BINGO Cards for #WinterKids.
Thursday's lunch has been changed to Tacos.
Please be aware that if your student is riding the bus home this evening after our Winter Kids activities, the busses will not be leaving the school until around 4:45pm. This is for all students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade.
#WHES_Winterkids bonus reward - if students return their #WinterKids BINGO Cards this FRIDAY they will receive a free Kids Meal from Subway (any cards passed in after will not be eligible). GO #WinterKids #Subway
Please share: Please be aware that students from Whitefield Elementary School will be bused home tomorrow (January 22nd) afternoon between the hours of 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. For the safety of all, please be extra alert for buses at unusual hours.
Families- here is a copy of the BINGO board (so you can think of ways to complete throughout the week) - if possible please send pictures to Mrs. Howard so she can highlight this Challenge!! Bingo Boards need to be returned FRIDAY (1/24) to count. Email at email@example.com or Wheswinterkids@svrsu.org. Thank you and go #WHES_Winterkids @WinterKids
Just a reminder to turn in your student's Hidden Valley Nature Center field trip permission form by tomorrow morning. Also, where it is a long day and late after school bus drop off, if your student is going anywhere other then their normal drop off, please send in a note or call/ email the school ( firstname.lastname@example.org) before 11am tomorrow.
There will be a two hour delay at Whitefield Elementary School today, Tuesday, January 21, because of septic problems. All other RSU 12 schools will start on time.
RSU 12 schools are closed today, Thursday, January 16, 2020
Please note the following changes in this weeks school lunch menu. Wednesday (1/15)- Whole Grain Pizza with Cheese, Broccoli and Turkey Bacon Side Salad Strawberries Thursday (1/16)- Mac & Cheese Whole Grain Roll Green Beans Oranges
#WinterKids Challenge begins tomorrow! We will be posting updates over the next four weeks of our activities - We are Whitefield - We are WinterKids - We are going for the Gold! - please follow us.
All after school activities have been canceled today due to the weather. This includes the after school movie. Money will be refunded to students tomorrow. The movie will not be rescheduled.
All RSU 12 after school activities are cancelled today, Tuesday, December 17 due to the snow.
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!