David Walker
ALL RSU#34 AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES CANCELED TODAY MONDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2019
1 day ago, David Walker
Dr. Jon Doty
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 jon.doty@rsu34.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.”
2 days ago, Dr. Jon Doty
David Walker
ALL AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AT RSU#34 SCHOOLS CANCELED TODAY TUESDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2019.
7 days ago, David Walker
Dr. Jon Doty
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 jon.doty@rsu34.org Thanks!
7 days ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Angela Porter
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
12 days ago, Angela Porter
Dr. Jon Doty
"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
14 days ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
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 jon.doty@rsu34.org Thanks!
16 days ago, Dr. Jon Doty
David Walker
No School in RSU #34 Friday November 1st
18 days ago, David Walker
David Walker
School’s delayed opening by 2 hours.
18 days ago, David Walker
Dr. Jon Doty
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
19 days ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
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
27 days ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
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.
30 days ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
OTHS alum in the news! https://umaine.edu/edhd/2019/07/30/reading-recovery-young-learners-benefit-from-umaine-center/ RSU #34 hosts the Eastern Maine Reading Recovery Site, with teacher leader Dr. Sharon Greaney. By hosting the site and serving as fiscal agent, our team of educators greatly benefits day-to-day from Dr. Greaney's expertise and support!
about 1 month ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Angela Porter
Be on the lookout for an Economic Status Form that we are sending home with all students in the RSU 34 school District. There will be contests held at each school for students that return their forms!! Please return all forms no later than October 10th. This form will provide information needed by the Maine Department of Education to RSU 34 ‘s eligibility status for State Economically Disadvantaged funds available under the Essential Programs & Services Funding Act (State Funding for Schools). Data in this form IS NOT for school lunch purposes, only to determine economic disadvantaged status.
about 1 month ago, Angela Porter
Dr. Jon Doty
One of our local treasures, and frequent host for our field trips, is having a Fall Fest this weekend! Families can check out what Hirundo Wildlife Refuge has to offer at: https://www.hirundomaine.org/naturemade
2 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
RSU #34 hosted a regional Teaching & Leading Academy yesterday, with 140+ educators learning more about topics ranging from social-emotional learning to technology practices to assessment strategies. Thanks to Education Commissioner Pender Makin for keynoting our event!
3 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
RSU #34 accepts funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. As part of ESEA, RSU #34 is required to provide reasonable opportunity for public comment on the consolidated application and consider such comment prior to the submission of the application. RSU #34 solicited feedback while the program budgets were developed in parallel with the overall RSU budget this winter and spring, and is accepting final public comment on the ESEA application through July 19th, 2019. To read the application, ask questions, and provide comment about the application's goals and priorities please contact Dr. Doty (jon.doty@rsu34.org).
4 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Angela Porter
The Superintendent's Office will be closed the week of July 1st. We will reopen Monday July 8th at 7:30 am. We hope everyone has a Wonderful and Safe Fourth of July!!
5 months ago, Angela Porter
Dr. Jon Doty
With the students off to their summer adventures, preparation for the next school begins in earnest! Educators from all of our schools are engaged in workshops, curriculum planning, assessment revisions, and more!
5 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
Residents of Alton, Bradley, and Old Town - please vote today! This is an important step in the budget approval process for our schools and students. To find out voting hours and locations please contact 394-2601 (Alton), 827-7725 (Bradley), or 827-3965 (Old Town). Thanks!
5 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Jef Hamlin
Live Feed link for 2019 OTHS Commencement! https://livestream.com/accounts/7600464/events/8700007 view image
5 months ago, Jef Hamlin
Dr. Jon Doty
Kid Power! Viola Rand School kindergartners helped install a new climbing net on their playground this morning.
6 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
Class of 2019! Tonight we celebrate 13 years of hard work by kids, educators, families, and community. Last night OTHS announced more than $1.2 MILLION in scholarships earned by the students. Many thanks to the contributors!
6 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
Congratulations to the OTHS students who shared their collaborative research at the GLOBE Science Symposium! Jacob, Zak, Amanda, and Brad joined students from the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, answering questions from peers and professionals about their research. The students are mentored in this research by Mr. Lindsey, Mr. Murphy, and Ms. Crabtree. On her first-ever trip to Boston, Amanda brought home an award for her poster and presentation…what will she do on her second trip?
6 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
Congratulations to our Adult Education graduates, Class of 2019!
6 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
Here's a link to the digital version of our May Community Connections newspaper: https://5il.co/7uoo Many thanks to those who contributed! A reminder that our annual public budget meeting is Wednesday 5/29, 7 PM at Old Town High School. Your vote matters!
6 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
Mrs. Bailey's 6th graders became worm farmers today! Future squiggly generations will help out in the school and community gardens, and provide the start-up worms for some elementary habitats. The students were excited to set up the habitat and name their wriggly friends!
6 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
Congratulations to the RSU #34 Music Department! Our hard-working team was honored with the Dale F. Huff Outstanding Music Department award at this weekend's Maine Music Educators Conference. Check your school's website for upcoming concerts, and BRAVO!
6 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
Our students love learning to be citizens! Here 2nd grader Chloe and Kindergartner Lucas respectfully raise the flag to start the day at Viola Rand School.
6 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
Leonard Middle School sent three 7th graders to the "Big Gig Junior" at the Bangor Arts Exchange...all three - and Mrs. Tuttle - returned with awards! Congratulations to Jenelle, Bri, and Big Gig Jr. winner Zoe, inventor of "The Sharp Shovel."
7 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
Volunteers and community partners are a great part of our services to students in RSU #34! Last week at the UMaine Leadership Awards Mrs. Gifford, kindergartner Lucas, and Dr. Doty honored the volunteers from the BOKS (Building Our Kids' Success) program piloted at VRS!
7 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
Who says kids can't learn the day before vacation?!?
7 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
David Walker
NO SCHOOL TODAY MONDAY APRIL 8TH IN RSU 34
8 months ago, David Walker
Dr. Jon Doty
While the track of the impending storm is not completely clear, it is clear we will deal with snow or a snow/rain mix tomorrow morning. We will be using the new notification system linked with Apptegy our website provider for the first time. The RSU #34 app can be downloaded in the Google Play Store or the iTunes store. We had hoped to have the opportunity to use the new system with some low impact notifications for testing but it appears we will not have that opportunity. Please monitor our website (www.rsu34.org) and WABI TV as a sure way to know the status of schools opening on Monday. Please share this information within your social media network.
8 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dr. Jon Doty
Congratulations to the Old Town High School Jazz Ensemble for winning the Class B 2019 UNH Clark Terry Jazz Festival this past weekend! Jazz Ensembles from all over New England competed at the University of New Hampshire. All five soloists in the OTHS Jazz Ensemble received “Outstanding Musicianship Awards” *Mercedes Creighton on piano *Annabelle Muscatell on alto sax *Levi Trefts on trombone *Adam Regan on bari sax *Demetrius Porter on upright bass The OTHS Jazz Ensemble has won the UNH Festival four times. 2001, 2004, 2017 and 2019. Great job kids. Now on to States this Friday and Saturday at South Portland High School!
8 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
David Walker
Awarding an OTHS diploma to Gabby Sherman Class of 2019!
9 months ago, David Walker
Dr. Jon Doty
The Leonard Middle Chorus in Old Town, Maine, is using music as a way to support cancer patients, survivors, and caretakers. These are just a few of the many talented young musicians who have been hard at work preparing to spend a day at a recording studio in early March. While there, the LMS Chorus will record four songs, all of which fit their chosen theme of “Songs for the Journey”. These beautiful songs, each with a message of unity/support/strength, will be available for purchase on a flash drive for $12. All proceeds from sales will be donated to EMMC’s Champion the Cure to support local cancer research. Those interested may purchase a drive for themselves, or have the option to purchase one as a gift to a cancer patient at the LaFayette Cancer Center in Brewer, Maine. If you would like to purchase a drive for yourself, or one to be sent to LaFayette, please contact the group’s teacher, Shianne Priest, at Shianne.Priest@rsu34.org. Thank you!
9 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Angela Porter
LMS is looking for an Anticipated Long Term Substitute Special Education Teacher for the 2019-20 School year. For more information check out the employment applications and vacancies tab
9 months ago, Angela Porter
Angela Porter
RSU 34 is looking for a Speech Language Pathologist starting April 15th. For more information check out the employment applications and vacancies tab
9 months ago, Angela Porter
Dr. Jon Doty
Here’s the digital version of our newest edition of Community Connections! https://5il.co/6jw2 Much thanks to all who contributed photos and articles.
9 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
David Walker
Superintendent David Walker and Board Chair Jim Dill thank Board member Lee Jackson for his service to the students and communities of RSU #34
11 months ago, David Walker
David Walker
Superintendent Walker and School Board Chair Jim Dill thank Brooke Gardner for her service as a RSU #34 Board member
12 months ago, David Walker
David Walker
Superintendent Walker talks with Old Town High School Jobs For Maine's Graduates students Kira Morlock, Destiny Webber and Joseph Emerson
12 months ago, David Walker
David Walker
BE PREPARED! The first substantial snowfall of the season is forecast for Friday. Should school cancellations be necessary, notification will be made using the ONE CALL emergency notification system and posted on our website.
about 1 year ago, David Walker
David Walker
BOOKS-A-MILLION DONATES TO RSU#34
about 1 year ago, David Walker
Dr. Jon Doty
To explore our academic plans for students, please access our Pre-K to 12th grade curriculum here: https://rsu34-public.rubiconatlas.org/Atlas/Public/View/Default
about 1 year ago, Dr. Jon Doty