We're seeking OTHS alumni updates for our next issues of Community Connections! Our alumni are doing awesome things all around the world and we want to share, celebrate, and inspire our current students! This is also a great way to share things like class reunion dates. To share an update please email Amy.McFalls@rsu34.org ('05 OTHS).
Yellow's a good look on Mrs. Wilcox!
In addition to the extensions, enrichment, and acceleration their teachers provide in the classroom, students who need frequent additional services may be referred for services by the Chapter 104 program. Please don't hesitate to reach out to the child's teacher for more info, and here's a link to referral forms! For student self-referral: https://5il.co/car0 And for other non-staff referrals: https://5il.co/caqt
Here's a quick reference for how to best find answers to questions, initiate communication with staff, and start referrals for extra supports or extensions / enrichment. Please always feel welcome to reach out to our staff!
OTHS Robotics hosted a very successful competition on Saturday! 16 teams with more than 70 students brought their robots, troubleshooting, and game strategies to OTHS to compete in Tower Takeover, the 2019-2020 VEX Robotics contest. Our teams fared very well! Thanks to all of the volunteers who made the event a success.
NO SCHOOL IN RSU#34 SCHOOLS TUESDAY DECEMBER 3, 2019
RSU#34 SCHOOLS CLOSED TUESDAY DECEMBER 3, 2019.
OTHS Theatre presents a three-course mystery theatre experience!
ALL RSU#34 AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES CANCELED TODAY MONDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2019
Our future-thinking group looking at elementary schooling continues its work on Monday - we'll be reviewing community survey results and discussing next steps in our exploration. Please email Jon.Doty@rsu34.org if you're interested in joining us! From early October: Regional School Unit #34 (Alton, Bradley, and Old Town) seeks community stakeholders to join an ad hoc advisory committee that will engage in future-thinking conversation about elementary programming across Alton Elementary School, Viola Rand School, and Old Town Elementary School. Those interested in participating can email or call Dr. Jon Doty, RSU #34 Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 827-3932. This fall teachers welcomed the biggest kindergarten class RSU #34 has ever seen, and the RSU was also able to pilot full-day Pre-K at one location. “We’re proud to have kids thriving in three elementary schools,” says Doty. “Our children are engaged, supported, and learning; we’re thankful for wonderful educators and a very supportive community!” The advisory committee will take a “big picture” look at elementary schooling, and if the group sees opportunities worth pursuing, will make recommendations to the School Board. The group will discuss strengths of current approaches, wish-list opportunities for students such as learning world languages and all-day Pre-K, long-term facilities and transportation needs, partnership opportunities, a possible alternative structure to Title I interventions, and whether one or more schools should explore “niche” opportunities such as a nature immersion school or a public Montessori school. Each meeting will be open to the public and will include a public comment period; the RSU seeks to have a core group of advisory committee members that attends every meeting. “We have fantastic things going on for children,” says Doty, “and know that they and our communities are best served in the long-run by occasionally re-examining our practices rather than resting on our laurels.”
ALL AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AT RSU#34 SCHOOLS CANCELED TODAY TUESDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2019.
Re-post...thanks for the survey replies so far! We'll start taking a look at these this weekend so please take a moment to give us feedback and ideas this week. *** Dear Alton, Bradley, and Old Town community member, We write to solicit feedback to inform some forward-thinking planning for our elementary schools (Alton Elementary, Old Town Elementary, and Viola Rand School). Kids are thriving in each, and we recently welcomed our largest kindergarten class in RSU #34 history! We know we serve children best if we continually re-examine our practices rather than rest on our laurels, and a committee of staff, parents, and community members is taking the lead on that work. We’d appreciate your feedback on our strengths, challenges, and some opportunities, through doing this brief online survey by Saturday 11/16: https://forms.gle/QuJVDbL43Ge1us2g9 If you’re interested in joining or visiting our committee, please email or call Dr. Jon Doty: 827-3932 or email@example.com Thanks!
Immediate Opening for Ed Tech III opening at Old Town High School. Check out the Employment tab at www.RSU34.org for application and more information
"Neurons that fire together wire together." Here's a summary of a research study published this week, focused on brain development before five years old: tinyurl.com/yybmfqcu "...what could be occurring is that screen time is too passive for brain development. 'Perhaps screen time got in the way of other experiences that could have helped the children reinforce these brain networks more strongly,' he said. The first years of life need to be focused on human interactions that encourage speaking, interacting socially and playing with loving caregivers to develop thinking, problem-solving and other executive skills." Here's a link to the American Association of Pediatricians' guidelines for screen use: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/138/5/e20162591
Dear Alton, Bradley, and Old Town community member, We write to solicit feedback to inform some forward-thinking planning for our elementary schools (Alton Elementary, Old Town Elementary, and Viola Rand School). Kids are thriving in each, and we recently welcomed our largest kindergarten class in RSU #34 history! We know we serve children best if we continually re-examine our practices rather than rest on our laurels, and a committee of staff, parents, and community members is taking the lead on that work. We’d appreciate your feedback on our strengths, challenges, and some opportunities, through doing this brief online survey by Saturday 11/16: https://forms.gle/QuJVDbL43Ge1us2g9 If you’re interested in joining or visiting our committee, please email or call Dr. Jon Doty: 827-3932 or firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
No School in RSU #34 Friday November 1st
School’s delayed opening by 2 hours.
Education begins long before school! Did you know counting out loud makes a big difference for babies? Check out this video and article from Johns Hopkins University! https://youtu.be/h4Amu5OsRUM and http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/inside-school-research/2019/10/infants_understand_counting.html
OTHS maintains an alumni database; it's a great way to help connect our current students with alums in career fields they're exploring, and to also help provide info when our alumni classes are planning reunions! If you're interested in being added to the database, please click here: tinyurl.com/yy28872p
It's not every day you get to spend snack time watching a Maine astronaut make history! Mrs. Gasaway's first graders asked #askNASA what happens if an astronaut drops a bolt during a spacewalk, and how they sleep on the space station.