Our River Runners program has released their September newsletter! You can meet the newest Program Manager, learn about how 7th graders can jointhe program, and more here! https://5il.co/lbfo River Runners is a partnership with the YMCA, and is inspired by Trekkers, Inc. and their 10 Youth Programming Principles and is part of the Emanuel and Pauline A. Lerner Foundation’s Aspirations Incubator Program (a pilot initiative focused on establishing long-term, mentoring-based youth development models in eight rural communities and small cities across Maine).
RSU #34 is holding a substitute educator training this Thursday, Sept. 24th, from 1-2 PM (by videoconference). Substituting can be a great fit with your schedule and a great way to help kids! To sign up for the training please email email@example.com
Dear RSU #34 Community, Our community, inside and outside of school, is doing a fantastic job of keeping the spread of COVID-19 slow. We greatly appreciate the efforts of our students, their families, our staff, and the community around us to help keep people safe and avoid school disruptions. Thank you! Please remember how important it is to do home screening every single day; this is required for all students and staff. Here are the questions to ask: https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/Pre-Screening%20Tool_2.pdf (in addition to those COVID-related questions, please also stay home until 24 hours after vomiting/diarrhea - like in any year!) There are two tools that can guide this screening, and help speed up the entry process at our schools. Anyone can use our screening tool on a smartphone or computer: https://forms.gle/DYu3rGgMsyfmFvym7 Northern Light makes a similar screening tool that is also OK: https://covid.northernlighthealth.org/covidsportscheck It is extremely important that public health experts can follow up quickly with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. Two of our staff members are on-call 24-7 to get information from the CDC about local cases, and use that information to help keep our students and staff safe. To report a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the RSU #34 community, call 207-827-7171 and choose menu option Zero. You can also report a confirmed or suspected case using this webform: tinyurl.com/y4hsp7k3 You’ve likely seen in the past weeks how much a small handful of positive cases have impacted learning at other Maine school districts and at post-secondary institutions. We’ve seen statewide, nationally, and worldwide how quickly the novel coronavirus can spread when given the opportunity. For more information about how to protect the people around you, and yourselves, please visit the Maine CDC website: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus/index.shtml Thank you for your hard work to keep our schools and community safe!
*Substitute Teaching in RSU #34* Have you ever thought of being a substitute teacher in Alton, Bradley, or Old Town? Here is a short list of some of the benefits: *A second income that can certainly come in handy for the upcoming heating season. *Flexibility: You get to pick the age level of the students, and which days you’d like to work! *An excellent opportunity to gain experience in the teaching field - especially if you are considering teaching as a career. *You will quickly become immersed in the school community and truly have an impact on the lives of children. *There is no better job reference than one that involves experience working with children. *RSU #34 kids are amazing!!! Applications are available at the Superintendent’s Office located at Leonard Middle School. Call 827-7171 for more information.
Free Meals for All Children Through December 2020 RSU #34 Food Service staff is working hard to keep up with the demands and changes that have come our way, and we would like to send a huge THANK YOU to RSU #34 students, parents, staff, and community members for your continued support over the last six months. We will continue to offer meals both in the classroom and curbside throughout the fall season. These meals, both breakfast and lunch, will be free to all students (including full time, hybrid, and fully remote learners) as well as non-students and siblings up to and including the age of 18 and regardless of enrollment or eligibility, through December 31, 2020. However, we do still need to have families with enrolled students submit a meal application in order to continue to qualify for this benefit, so please submit as usual prior to October 15th, or at any point during the school year if you experience a drop in income. Applications have been sent home with students, may be obtained by calling the Food Service Office, or may be completed online at www.nlappscloud.com. Our curbside distribution is at Old Town High School, 203 Stillwater Ave., Old Town, from 9:30 – 10:30 every school day. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided. If your child is in school that day, they will be offered meals in school. On the days that the student is not in school, either the student or the parent/guardian may pick up the meals for that day. Calls to reserve meals by 6:00 AM on the pickup day will be greatly appreciated so that we can meet the demand. One call for the week is sufficient if you are planning to pick up every day. If your child is a student in RSU 34 and has documented allergies on file with us, please let us know ahead of the pickup day. For students who are in school for learning, we will be delivering meals to the classrooms. Please let us know about any food allergies by completing the Medical Statement for Special Dietary Needs, even if they are bringing their meals from home. These forms must be completed by your child’s medical provider and returned to our office for us to provide the requested substitutions. A la carte items are available, including extra milk or milk purchased to go with lunch brought from home. Very soon options will increase at the high school level. To purchase these items, there must be funds available on your student’s account. We will not be handling money while we are delivering meals to the classrooms, so please pay by check or online. You may either send in a check payable to RSU 34 Food Service to your child’s school office, or mail it to RSU #34 Food Service, 156 Oak Street, Old Town, Maine 04468. You may also pay online at www.myschoolbucks.com. My School Bucks is a simple online payment service that provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student’s meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check. You can also check balances, and set-up low balance alerts for FREE! My School Bucks provides: • Available 24/7 on the web or with the Mobile App for your iPhone, Android, or Windows phone! • Make payments for all your students, even if they attend different schools within the district. • Set low balance alerts, view account activity, set up recurring/automatic payments, & more! • Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks. • My School Bucks adheres to the highest security standards. • Enrollment is easy! 1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com and register for a free account. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to activate your account. 2. Add your students using their school name and student ID. 3. Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check. 4. A program fee will apply. You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose before you are charged. Please do not hesitate to call our office if you have questions or concerns that are not addressed here. Information, applications, menus, and all forms may also be requested by calling the RSU #34 Food Service Office, 207-827-3908, or they may be found on our web page, http://rsu34me.apptegy.us/o/rsu-34/page/food-service--124 Wishing you all a successful school year, Stephanie Salley, Food Service Director, and Kim Hayward, Food Service Clerk Non-Discriminatory & Civil Rights Information: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. The Maine Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, religion, ancestry or national origin. Complaints of discrimination must be filed at the office of the Maine Human Rights Commission, 51 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0051. If you wish to file a discrimination complaint electronically, visit the Human Rights Commission website at https://www.maine.gov/mhrc/file/instructions and complete an intake questionnaire. Maine is an equal opportunity provider.
ANNUAL NOTICE OF STUDENT EDUCATION RECORDS AND INFORMATION RIGHTS The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.” • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies. • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information. • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31): (1) School officials with legitimate educational interest; (2) Other schools to which a student is transferring; (3) Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes; (4) Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student; (5) Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school; (6) Accrediting organizations; (7) To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; (8) Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and (9) State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law. Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school. For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). You may also contact Kimm Kenniston, Director of Special Education, at (207) 827-3921. Individuals who use TDD may use the Federal Relay Service. Or you may contact the following address: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202-8520
School and District Data Available Certain RSU #34 testing data is available to the public, including the “Report Card” required under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. To access this data, visit www.rsu34.org and click “ESEA Report Card”, or contact: Dr. Jon Doty - Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Regional School Unit #34 156 Oak Street Old Town, ME 04468 (207) 827-3932, email@example.com ESEA requires all school districts to provide two years of academic information for the public in the ESEA Report Card. These report cards include assessment informa- tion about all students in the grades tested in the district and informa- tion about all students tested in each school in the following academic areas: reading/language arts, mathematics, science. Information about the academic achievement of the students in each school is compared to the district academic assessment results and to the academic assessment results of students at those grade levels in the State of Maine. This information is also disaggregated by the following subgroups: gender, racial and ethnic groups, students with disabilities, students with limited English proficiency, economically disadvantaged students. In addition to the academic as- sessment information, each Report Card includes information about attendance percentages of students in grades 3-8 and about the high school’s graduation rate. ESEA also requires each district to provide the public with the following: qualifications of teachers in the district’s schools, the percentage of teachers in each school with each of the professional degrees (e.g., Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, Certificate of Advanced Studies, Doctorate), and the percentage of teachers in each school who are teaching with emergency or provisional credentials.
Immunizations Available If you have any questions regarding your child’s immunizations, please check with your doctor or the Bangor Immunization Clinic at 103 Texas Avenue, Bangor (992-4548). The best time to call is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Appointments may be scheduled, or you can use the walk-in times below. Walk-in Schedule Bangor Immunization Clinic: Every Monday and Wednesday 9-12 The 4th Thursday of the month 4-7 p.m.
Health Information Emergency Information: It is vital that the school have the phone numbers for parents and other emergency numbers in case we cannot reach you. Please notify the main office immediately if there is a change in address, phone number, or emergency numbers. It is very difficult to care for an ill child when no one can be reached. If your child has a chronic condition (asthma, diabetes, seizure disorder, etc.), please make sure the school nurse is informed of the specific emergency procedure for your child. Health Records: Each child was issued a health record when they entered Pre-K or Kindergarten. This record is part of their cumulative school record for the duration of their school years. It is very important that all information is accurate and up to date. Whenever there is an important change in your child’s health status (asthma diagnosis, diabetes, fractures, surgery, etc.), or if your child has been placed on long-term medication, please call and let the school nurse know so this can be added to their record. When a student graduates from high school, this health record, in regards to immunizations and health issues, is an important source of information for them, as many colleges, employers, and the military require immunization information. Immunizations: Varicella (chickenpox): since school year 2007, the state of Maine required all children in K-12 to provide either proof/certificate of immunization for Varicella or proof from a physician that your child has had the illness. If your child receives immunizations (beyond the minimum requirement), at any time, and you provide the certificate of immunization to the school, it will be added to your child’s health record. According to the state of Maine, if a parent opposes immunization of their child for any vaccine (including Varicella) because of sincere religious belief or for philosophical reasons, this must be stated in writing each year. Medications: The administra- tion of medications, including both prescription (requiring doctor/dentist order) and/or over the counter (non- prescription) is permitted only when failure to take such medication would jeopardize the health of the student. If a student needs to take medication while in school please request a Permission to Administer Medication at School form from the school. Read the form very carefully and follow all guidelines before any medication may be administered. The medication must be in the original container and should be brought in by the parent. Only enough medication for one month (20 days) should be brought to school. All medications must be stored in the locked cabinet in the main office/clinic. Exceptions: 1. Inhalers and Epi- Pens may be carried by students only if the medication permission forms are completed and appropriate use has been demonstrated to the school nurse. The student must have their epi-pens for field trips, and/or outdoor school activities/classes. 2. If you would like your child to have acetaminophen (Tylenol), a written parental permission form must be signed annually. Illness: If a student becomes ill at school and it is necessary for him/her to go home, a parent or emergency person will be contacted either by the school nurse, office, or teacher. If a student becomes ill at home and the illness will require several days absence, please notify the school. If the student becomes ill with a communicable disease (chickenpox, etc.) please let us know. Please do not send your child to school with fever, vomiting, congested cough, undiagnosed rash, suspected “pink eye”, etc. Please provide the school with a written physician note if they were sent home with question of a communicable disease (strep throat, skin rash, etc.) and when they are permitted to return to school. Head Lice: If a student has eggs, the parents are called and a treat- ment plan is discussed with the nurse. If a student has live lice, the student’s parents are called to pick up the child and a treatment plan is discussed with the nurse. Students with lice may not return to school until the school nurse or designated school official has checked to be sure the lice have been treated. If a family has experienced chronic lice, the nurse will check the student more frequently to be sure the student is clear. Teachers can recommend a student be checked for lice if they are observing excessive head scratching. Full classroom checks are only conducted if the class is experiencing several outbreaks and excessive absences are occurring.
Public Notice Education Rights of Children and Youth that are Homeless This public notice provides information about the rights of children, youths, and unaccompanied youth that are homeless to attend a public school or public charter school. An unaccompanied youth is a youth that does not live with a parent or guardian. This notice includes information to help you know if you or someone you know is considered homeless and is eligible for services from our school district. Children or youths that are homeless have rights that include the right to attend public schools. If you need assistance understanding this letter, please contact Kimm Kenniston (McKinney-Vento Liaison) at Kimm.Kenniston@rsu34.org or (207) 827-3921. Do you need an interpreter? Please tell us and we will make sure one is available. Our school district actively enrolls and provides services for children and youth that are homeless. If you are homeless or know of a child, youth, or unaccompanied youth that may be homeless, please contact the person listed here for help: Kimm Kenniston (McKinney-Vento Liaison) at Kimm.Kenniston@rsu34.org or (207) 827-3921. Who is “homeless”? Children or youth (including children of migrant workers) who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence are homeless. Fixed means the home is connected to the ground and is not easy to move. Regular means a place where the child sleeps every night. Adequate means the home meets modern standards of living. Children who are sharing someone else’s housing because they lost theirs or because they cannot afford their own housing are homeless. Children and youths who are homeless may be living in: motels; hotels; camping grounds because they do not have an adequate home; emergency or transitional shelters; trailer parks (this does not refer to a mobile home (trailer) park, this refers to a type of camping ground for fifth wheel camper trailers or other types of movable campers); or are abandoned in hospitals. Children and youth who are homeless may have a place they usually sleep that is a public or private place not meant to be a regular place for people to sleep. They may also be living in: cars; parks; public spaces; abandoned buildings;substandard housing (housing that does not meet modern standards of living); bus or train stations; or other similar settings. If you are not sure, please contact the person listed on this notice. What are the education rights of children and youth that are homeless? Our schools provide the same educational services to all students without regard to their living situation. Children and youth who are homeless also have rights that include: *Based on what is best for the child or youth, the child or youth can continue to attend the “school of origin” or be immediately enrolled in any public school where the student now lives. This includes any school that students who are not homeless attend that is in the area where the child or youth now lives. *Being given services without delay, such as transportation and meal programs. *Other appropriate services and programs, such as programs for: gifted children; children with disabilities; English learners; career and technical education; and preschool. *Help in school through the district’s federally funded Title I program. A student that is homeless can receive Title I services even if the student is not attending a Title I funded school. *School activities for parents or guardians. *Participation in athletics, fine arts, or other extra-curricular activities. *Being treated the same as students who are not homeless by school personnel. What is the “school of origin”? ‘School of origin’ means the school the child or youth attended before becoming homeless or the school the child or youth last attended, including a preschool. When the child or youth completes the final grade level of a school of origin, then ‘school of origin’ means the school the child or youth would attend at the next grade level. The district must consider what is best for the child or youth when making a decision about which school the student will attend. Placement at the school of origin must be a choice unless doing so is not what is best for the student or is against the wishes of the parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth. What if there is a disagreement about school placement? If the district places a student in a school that is not the school of origin or a school requested by the parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth, then the parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth may appeal (ask to change) the placement decision. The student will be immediately enrolled in the school that the student or parent asked for while an appeal is being considered. The district homeless liaison listed on this notice will provide information and assistance to appeal a placement decision. No Child or Youth Should Be Denied Access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education
Substitute Teaching in RSU #34 Have you ever thought of being a substitute teacher in Alton, Bradley, or Old Town? Here is a short list of some of the benefits: *A second income that can certainly come in handy for the upcoming heating season. *Flexibility: You get to pick the age level of the students, and which days you’d like to work! *An excellent opportunity to gain experience in the teaching field - especially if you are considering teaching as a career. *You will quickly become immersed in the school community and truly have an impact on the lives of children. *There is no better job reference than one that involves experience working with children. *RSU #34 kids are amazing!!! Applications are available at the Superintendent’s Office located at Leonard Middle School. Call 827-7171 for more information.
My School Bucks... ...is a simple online payment ser- vice that provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student’s meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check. You can also view recent purchas es, check balances, and set-up low balance alerts for FREE! MySchoolBucks provides: • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web or with the Mobile App for your iPhone, Android or Windows phone! • Efficiency - Make payments for all your students, even if they attend different schools within the district. Eliminate the need for your students to take money to school. • Control - Set low balance alerts, view account activity, recurring/ automatic payments & more! • Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks. • Security – MySchoolBucks ad- heres to the highest security stan- dards, including PCI and CISP. Enrollment is easy! 1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com and register for a free account. 2. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to activate your account. 3. Add your students using their school name and student ID. 4. Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/ debit card or electronic check. 5. A program fee will apply. You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged. If you have any questions, you may contact the RSU 34 Food Ser- vice Office 827-3908 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact MySchoolBucks directly: parentsupport@myschoolbucks. com 1-855-832-5226 Visit myschoolbucks.com and click on Help/FAQ’s RSU #34 FOOD SERVICE Stephanie Salley, Director Kim Hayward, Clerk
You have a right to inquire about the qualifications of your child’s teacher. For more information, please contact: Dr. Jon Doty - Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Regional School Unit 34 156 Oak Street Old Town, ME 04468
A.H.E.R.A. Notice TO: BUILDING OCCUPANTS: Alton Elementary School, Old Town High School, J.A. Leonard Middle School Old Town Elementary School, Viola Rand School FROM: David Walker, Superinten- dent of Schools The above named schools have been inspected for the presence of asbestos-containing materials. A written plan for the management of these materials has been developed. This plan is available for inspection at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 156 Oak Street, Old Town, Maine 04468 during regular office hours. Copies of the plan for each school may be obtained on request at a cost of $35.00 per volume.
Affirmative Action General Policy Statement It is the policy of RSU 34 to en- sure equal employment/educational opportunities/affirmative action regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disability in accordance with all federal and state legislation. RSU 34 will fully comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and intends not to discriminate on the basis of disability in any of its employment practices or educational programs. Inquiries may be made or griev- ances initiated by contacting Scott Gordon, Affirmative Action Office, 203 Stillwater Avenue, Old Town, Maine 04468, Tel. 827-3910 ext. 303, or by contacting the Office of Civil Rights, Washington, D.C.
Annual Integrated Pest Management Notice Pest Control: Because pesticides pose risks, the school uses an alter- native approach to merely applying pesticides. Control of insects, rodents, and weeds at our school focuses on making the school buildings and grounds an unfavorable place for pests to live and breed. Through maintenance and cleaning, we will reduce or eliminate available food and water sources and hiding places for the pests. We will also routinely monitor the school area to detect pest problems and prevent the pests from becoming established. Some techniques we will use include pest monitoring, sanitation, pest exclusion, proper food storage, pest removal and - as a last resort - pesticides. This holistic approach is often called Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Pesticide Use: Sometimes pesticide use may be necessary to control a pest problem. When that happens, the school will use the lowest risk products available. If higher risk pesticides must be used, notices will be posted at application sites and parents, guardians, and staff have a right to know. Your Right to Know Parents, legal guardians, and school staff will be notified of specific pesticide applications made at the school. Notification will be given at least five days before planned pesticide applications during the regular school year. In addition, for pesticides applied anytime during the year, notices will also be posted in the school and on school grounds two working days before until 48 hours after the application. Notification need not be given for pesticide applications recognized by law to pose little or no risk of exposure to children or staff. The school also keeps records of prior pesticide applications and information about the pesticides used. You may review these records, a copy of the School’s Integrated Pest Management Policy and the Pesticides in Schools regulation (CMR 01-026 Chapter 27) by contacting our IPM coordinator, John Lodge, at 827-3902. If you have any questions, please contact David Walker, Superinten- dent of Schools. For further infor- mation about pests, pesticides, and your right to know, call the Board of Pesticides Control at 207-287-2731 or visit the Maine School IPM web site at www.thinkfirstspraylast.org/ schoolipm.
Child Find Information The purpose of this notification is to ensure that Regional School Unit #34 is in compliance with 05-071 Chapter 101 Maine Unified Special Education Regulation, Birth to Age Twenty. “Each SAU shall maintain and implement policies and procedures to ensure that all children residing in the jurisdiction between the ages of 3 and 20 years, including children with disabilities who are homeless children, are wards of the State or state agency clients, children with disabilities attending private schools and receiving home instruction, highly mobile children (including migrant or homeless), children who have the equivalent of 10 full days of unexcused absences or 7 consecutive school days of unexcused absences during a school year, and children incarcerated in county jails, and who are in need of special education and related services, even though they are advancing from grade to grade, are identified, located and evaluated at public expense.” It is the stated intention of Regional School Unit #34 to provide any eligible special education student for whom it has responsibility, a “genuine opportunity for equitable participation” in special education programs. Section 504 Child Find Notice: Children eligible for Section 504 Accommodations or services include those children who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. If you suspect your child has a disability and may need special education services or 504 Accommodations, or if you would like additional information, please contact your child teacher or call the District’s Special Education Director, Kimm Kenniston at 827-3921. Homeless Liaison: Kimm Kenniston is the homeless liaison for RSU #34. It is the responsibility of RSU #34 to notify the citizens and parents in the district on an annual basis that education services are available to students classified as homeless. If you need further information to determine the rights available to students who are homeless in RSU #34, please contact Kimm Kenniston at 827-3921.
Americans with Disabilities Act Notice RSU 34 does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. RSU 34 does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. This notice is provided as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Individuals who need auxiliary aids for effective communication in programs and services of RSU 34 are invited to make their needs and preferences known to the ADA Compliance Coordinator. This notice is available in large print and on audio tape from the ADA Compliance Coordinator. Questions, concerns, complaints or requests for additional information regarding the ADA may be forwarded to RSU 34’s designated ADA Compliance Coordinator: Kimm Kenniston RSU 34 156 Oak Street Old Town, ME 04468 Phone number - Voice: 827-3931 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Parental Notice Regarding Physical Restraint and Seclusion 2020-2021 The Board has adopted a policy/procedure JKAA/JKAA-R addressing Restraint and Seclusion of Students. The policy/procedure can be accessed on the district's website at: www.rsu34.org, in school offices and the Superintendent's Office. Any parent with questions about the policy/procedure should discuss the issue with a building principal, the Special Education Director or Superintendent.
Regional School Unit #34, Alton, Bradley & Old Town Special Education Record Destruction: Regional School Unit #34 plans to destroy special education records of former students whose birth dates are between January 1, 1993 and December 31, 1993. Any records prior to 1992 not already posted will also be destroyed. Parents/Guardians and/or former students may obtain their records before October 31, 2020. Records not picked up will be destroyed. Proper identification will be required. For more information please contact: Regional School Unit #34 Special Education Office at (207) 827-3921.
Clarification regarding "gaiters": RSU #34 relies on the guidance of expert organizations such as the CDC. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others. Many staff and students ask about the effectiveness and allowability of “gaiters” as an alternative to traditional face masks; gaiters have received quite a bit of attention in the media lately. The curret CDC guidance is to choose masks that: *have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric *completely cover your nose and mouth *fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps *do NOT have exhalation valves or vents which allow virus particles to escape https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html There are many types of gaiters. If a gaiter meets all of the above criteria, it may be used in RSU #34 under the current guidance. If your gaiter does not meet all of the above criteria, please choose a mask that does, or we can provide a disposable mask. With questions, please contact your school nurse or school administrator.
We are excited to launch the 2020-2021 school year, and very much look forward to welcoming our students whether they are participating in-person or remotely! Our schools and community will break new ground this year, navigating the pandemic together, as will schools and communities around the world. Each school is forming a continued input/feedback team of parents and staff, called the “COVID Advisory Council.” (AES and VRS will have one combined council). The school principal will chair the team, which will have these responsibilities: • Receive and share input about what is working as intended, and what can be improved on • Review emerging research • Review public input • Report to the Board with issues discussed, and whether consensus exists on any recommendations The membership of each school’s team includes: • (Ex Officio: Superintendent of Schools, Director of Curric/Instruction/Assessment, Special Education Director, School Nurse) • Chair: Building administrator(s) • Teacher representative • 4 Parent Representatives If you are interested in being a parent representative, please complete the form below by September 8th. On the form, please indicate if you’re comfortable with the current RSU #34 plan, if you think the plan is too cautious, or if you think the plan is too risky. We will seek to have a balance of parent perspectives on the team. https://forms.gle/wX1tH3haStRsZnSZ8 Thank you. With questions, please contact your school principal.
OTHS junior Ryan Kelley is collecting gently used laptops, PCs, keyboards, mice, and webcams to help kids when they need to learn remotely. Ryan's Eagle Scout project will help many kids in our community! Devices can be dropped off at any of our school lobbies, or at OTHS on September 7th from 9-2. For more information please click the link below. https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/community/boy-scout-restores-donated-computers-so-students-in-his-community-have-access-to-remote-learning/97-9ca3ca8f-2525-43ff-8d9f-6186b9ffabb8?fbclid=IwAR19SzolbFOP-9KWEM9fgS81mSgdbsC-upTK7R64YkdaBxJZe2MVe-8q5TQ
RSU #34 Educators will be working hard throughout the year to meet the needs of all students, who are participating remotely or in-person. In order to meet those needs, teachers MAY be “livestreaming” or recording parts of the school day to effectively and efficiently engage students who are present, participating remotely, and absent for the day. There are many factors involved with choices to livestream or record live instruction, including the topic/content at hand, the appropriate instructional method for that content, and the needs/permissions of the students. Even if a camera is focused on the teacher, live-streaming offers no protection against a blurted name. Any school district has a number of students with active custody disputes, protection from abuse orders, etc. Many students have some level of anxiety about being on screen; live-streaming a class may open up participation for some and close it for others. If you have concerns about your child being in a room that is livestreamed or recorded, please contact your school administration in writing before the school year begins.
Our 2020-2021 planning document has been updated with the most recent state requirements/guidance, and addressing frequently asked questions through the afternoon of August 19th. Each of our schools also has a FAQ page with school-specific information. Link to the district-wide information: tinyurl.com/y24veyo4 The slides are searchable; you can use Ctrl F on a PC or Chromebook, or Command F on a Mac to search for keywords such as "screening" or "nutrition" If you have a question that is not addressed in the document, please post it here and we'll make sure it's included on either the district-wide or school-specific FAQs. https://forms.gle/btv1gYqmaYmdhcVi6
RSU 34 is looking to fill 5 Ed Tech positions throughout the district for the 20-21 school year. Please check out https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/240651/Non-teacher_Application_2014.pdf for an application
Please click here (http://rsu34me.apptegy.us/o/rsu-34/page/covid19--2) for an overview of RSU #34's plan for the 2020-2021 school year. This is an update of the document that was shared at Wednesday night's public update / Q&A. This document will be continually updated as conditions shift, as new state requirements/guidance emerge, and as we make sure the community's questions are addressed. This document has been updated to address the topics raised at August 12th's public session, as well as Maine's adjusted requirements / guidance which were also released August 12th. Pro tip: There is a lot of information on the plan; to search within the document and find topics more quickly you can use Ctrl F on Windows machines or Chromebooks, or use Command F on Macs. For example, you could search for keywords like "symptom" or "laptop." Each school is also maintaining a FAQ page for school-specific information. Links to those are available on the same website. If you have questions that we've not yet addressed, please post the question here, and we will include the topics in the next update: https://forms.gle/y6gccYBF5bS7LAmk9 Thank you very much for your support and patience as our community navigates the pandemic together. Please do not hesitate to reach out to school or district staff at any time.
Here's a resource about internet connectivity options from the state: maine.gov/doe/covid-19/InternetConnectivity
Here's a link to the slides for this evening's RSU #34 back-to-school presentation and Q&A: tinyurl.com/y5fmhqcf The link to the Zoom session, which begins at 6:30, is https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/81748182042
Important Reminder: RSU #34 will be finalizing in-person enrollments based on family preferences we have received and enrollments through August 14th. New enrollments or family preferences for remote or in-person learning expressed after that point will be processed as they come in. At minimum new enrollees will be supported in remote learning, and will be offered in-person learning as space allows. That space will not necessarily be in the school the child would normally attend based on address, in which case families may need to provide transportation. In grade K-12 families that prefer for their student to learn remote-only may continue to do so. Enrollments are processed at the Superintendent's Office, 156 Oak Street in Old Town. (207) 827-7171.
Dear RSU #34 community, as the calendar turns to August and we still navigate a pandemic together, we know you have many questions, worries, and wonders about the 2020-2021 school year. Our team has been working toward a safe and effective 2020-2021 school year since April. We are working hard to bring students back in-person as often as possible within state and federal requirements and reasonable precautions for the safety of all involved. We continually update and revise our plans as the scientific and medical community learn more about the novel coronavirus, and as we learn from nations and states with earlier school start dates. Please let us know your questions here; we will use this information to update a FAQ that will become publicly available late on Wednesday, August 12th. https://forms.gle/FaeejQT2ERDAWyEr7 Please joining us in washing hands, wearing masks, and keeping distance to keep the community spread of COVID-19 slow! Our community and state have worked very hard and sacrificed to keep the spread slow since March; thank you and let's keep it up!
RSU #34 community, we're working to prepare for everything that may come our way this year, and know access to devices at both home and school is important. Our older students will be able to take devices back and forth as normal, but if you've seen how many mittens a little kid loses each week, you know they need a different plan! If you do any weekend cleaning, please keep an eye out for older laptops & chargers that may not be of use at home anymore. We anticipate a community-wide effort in the next few weeks in collaboration with an awesome partner to help collect, rehab, and redistribute older computers to kids in our schools that will use them at home. There's a well-regarded program called CloudReady/NeverWare that can turn some really old machines into devices similar to ChromeBooks. If you have any contacts in the business community that may have access to a number of decommissioned computers, we'd appreciate that outreach as well! Thank you - we have an awesome community! https://guide.neverware.com/supported-devices/
RSU #34 will be finalizing in-person enrollments based on survey form feedback and enrollments through August 14th. New enrollments or family preferences for remote or in-person learning expressed after that point will be processed as they come in. At minimum new enrollees will be supported in remote learning, and will be offered in-person learning as space allows. That space will not necessarily be in the school the child would normally attend based on address, in which case families may need to provide transportation.
Check out https://www.rsu34.org/employment-applications-and-vacancies for Job Openings at RSU 34 for the 20-21 school year!
Required parent form for RSU #34 students - Fall 2020 Dear Parents/Guardians of RSU #34 Children, Our district has put together a form through which parents/guardians will inform the schools of their family’s plans and needs for the upcoming start to the school year. Please submit one form per RSU #34 student in order for us to coordinate family plans PreK-12. We estimate this form will take no more than 5 minutes per student to complete. Please submit this form as soon as possible and no later than Friday, July 31st. You can watch the presentation of our planning to the School Board here: https://www.rsu34.org/article/272060?org=rsu-34 RSU #34 anticipates needing to move flexibly between three “lanes” in 2020-2021, depending on things such as community transmission rates of the novel coronavirus and the rates of student and staff illnesses with symptoms similar to COVID-19. These lanes are: fully remote learning, a combination of in-person and remote learning, and in-person learning five days per week. Families that wish to participate remotely all year long may do so. More details and background about the district’s plan can be found here (tinyurl.com/y9o23gmk). Here is the link to the form: https://forms.gle/qzbHRsjgZQuNAkuNA Any questions should be directed to the building principal of your student. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. We thank you for your hard work, patience, and community spirit supporting our children throughout the pandemic. Sincerely, RSU #34 Planning Team
RSU #34's 2020-2021 application for federal program funding is in the "public comment" phase. This application, under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), covers services we provide to students through Title IA, Title IIA, and Title IVA. Services provided under these funds include Reading Recovery, Supplemental Instruction for Literacy and Mathematics, professional development for teachers, and Title IV programming under Safe & Healthy Schools, Well-Rounded Education, and the Effective Use of Technology. For more information on the applications and/or to provide comment, please email Dr. Doty at email@example.com . Thank you for your support of RSU #34 schools!
RSU#34 July 2020 Board Meeting Wednesday July 15th 6:30 pm David Walker is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: July 15, 2020 Board Meeting Time: Jul 15, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/83596851882 Meeting ID: 835 9685 1882 The School Board meeting on Wednesday, July 15th will include an update about planning for the 2020-2021 school year. The meeting will be at 6:30 PM, and a videoconferencing link is included above. At the June meeting we shared an invitation to participate in planning and feedback; if you’d like to be involved please email Dr. Doty for more details. Jon.Doty@rsu34.org As you’ve no doubt seen, information about the COVID pandemic changes rapidly, as do things like outbreaks and the availability of PPE. Our team continually adjusts planning possible paths forward based on medical guidance, a “reasonable precautions” approach, and resource availability. We’re working to develop a flexible, resilient approach that can carry forward through changing conditions. We know that our approach to schooling is tremendously important to kids, staff, household members / families, and community – and that our approach impacts learning, safety & well-being, social development, abuse & neglect, adults’ ability to work, and much more. We know we and our students are fortunate to live and work in an awesome community that always finds a way.
2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR - Can be found in the documents page of our website
The Maine Department of Education will soon release draft guidance for schools and communities, with parameters and restrictions for a safe reopening of the physical school buildings. Our educators are very eager to teach kids in person. We know the path ahead is complex and uncertain, with some factors in our control and some beyond our control. Next Wednesday evening, June 17th, there are two public opportunities to learn more and ask questions. The School Board's committee on Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment meets at 5:45 pm via Zoom; planning for the fall is the largest agenda item. The full School Board meets at 6:30 pm via Zoom; a more brief update on our plans for the fall will be shared then. Both meetings have opportunities for public comment, but please know you can reach out to our schools at any time. Phone numbers and email addresses are at www.rsu34.org; information about how to connect to the meetings will be posted there next week. Together, we will continue doing our very best by kids and community as we navigate through the pandemic!
As a long school year comes to a close, it is time to begin the retrieval of student devices for inventory, repairs, and redistribution. You may drop off your device at any time (M-Th, 9am-2pm) for those that are no longer using their devices or have an alternative device and no longer need them. You may drop your device at OTES on the 8th from 9 am to 2 pm. From the 9th to the 11th of June, you are welcome to bring your device to the front door of J. A. Leonard Middle school between the hours of 9 am and 2 pm each day. Beginning on the 8th of June, there will be someone at OTHS to receive devices as the last week of school winds down and Seniors finish their preparations for graduation through the 12th of June. Also, staff from the elementary schools will be reaching out to families and making arrangements for those devices. Beginning the week of June 15th to the 19th, there will be someone from 8 am to 2 pm at each school to receive the remainder of devices. On the 22nd of June, an inventory will be done and phone calls will be made to coordinate drop off or pick up of any remaining devices. This will be done through the 26th of June.
Dear Families and Community Partners, Don’t miss out on this amazing webinar GEAR Parent Network is hosting. There is still time to sign up!!!! Wednesday, June 10, 2020 from 10 a.m. to Noon “School Work and COVID-19: What You Can Do to Help Your Kids to Not Fall Behind” Presented by: Elisa Sousa, MEd, LSW, Children’s Case Manager, Crisis and Counseling Centers; Join us in a discussion around your child’s school work, how to advocate, maintaining balance during this stressful time and creating structure for your family. In addition to learning about the importance of role modeling and listening to your children.
Parents/families of RSU #34 kids, if you haven't already done this survey please do. We value your input / feedback! Our families and educators have done amazing things with kids on an emergency basis this spring. Please let us know the strengths and challenges on this anonymous survey: https://forms.gle/hdJ4X7RseMUhHjdp9 Please do the survey by June 3rd. Thanks!
Parents & families of RSU #34 kids, we seek your input/feedback! Our families and educators have done amazing things with kids on an emergency basis this spring. Please let us know the strengths and challenges on this anonymous survey: https://forms.gle/hdJ4X7RseMUhHjdp9 Please do the survey by June 3rd. Thanks!
Parents & families of RSU #34 kids, we seek your input/feedback! Our families and educators have done amazing things with kids on an emergency basis this spring. Please let us know the strengths and challenges on this anonymous survey: https://forms.gle/hdJ4X7RseMUhHjdp9 Please do the survey by June 3rd. Thanks!
We have family food boxes available for delivery or pick up starting Wednesday afternoon May 20th! Please call School-Community Coordinator Jennifer Goodwin at 370-8564 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if your RSU #34 family could use one!
The University of Maine Extension has a series on food and cooking that could be great to do with kids, called "10 Steps to a Healthier You!" The lessons and supporting videos are available at the links below. Thanks for sharing these, Professor Kate Yerxa! Lessons: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KZ-te2z-Uqjkb67DPMbVwBQhk63GGZCY?usp=sharing -----and----- Videos: https://extension.umaine.edu/food-health/efnep/10-steps-to-a-healthier-you/
Understanding Anxiety during COVID-19 Parent Webinar 5 Link to video: https://youtu.be/a1I5Exg58-U Link to slides: https://www.bangorschools.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Parent-Webinar-5-compressed.pdf
With children spending a lot more time at home, Northern New England Poison Center has some important tips about keeping them safe! Thanks for sharing this, Mrs. Costello, one of our awesome team of school nurses that we celebrate on this School Nurse Appreciation Day! Thanks also to Nurse Vanessa and Nurse Jana!
Books are awesome, and our kids want more! If you have books for any age reader to donate, please drop them off in our elementary school lobbies. Thanks to the Wilcox family and Alton Grocery for getting another Little Free Library in action! We're working with more community partners to get these built and installed. Each has a sign about precautions such as hand-washing in the COVID19 era. (if you have books to return from our school libraries, please return them to the schools, not to the Little Free Libraries)
Surviving Distance Learning #4 Here is the shareable YouTube link: https://youtu.be/0aBai5n6pEk Here is a link to the slides: https://www.bangorschools.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Parent-Training-4-Return-from-Vacation-compressed.pdf
Surviving Distance Learning Part 3 Here's the video link: https://youtu.be/A_TBZdjsH68 Here's the PDF link: https://www.bangorschools.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Parent-Training-3-Vacation.pdf
Thanks to Miss Hamlin and Mrs. Zabierek's hard work, we have another 30 face shields on the way to our local healthcare workers! Our LMS 8th graders have been great tech support when we've run into 3d printing troubleshooting. http://bit.ly/3D-Face-Shield
Here is the link to the 2nd Parent Webinar video. Surviving Distance Learning #2 Link to the slides: https://www.bangorschools.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Parent-Training-2.pdf Link to the video: https://youtu.be/JQmpyoNHEF8
Dear RSU #34 Community, we hope you all fared as well as possible in the storm! If April showers bring May flowers, what do April Nor'easters bring? We're looking for a few folks who are able to help support an effort. We have a bunch of donated books that we want to get into kids' hands through Little Free Libraries (https://littlefreelibrary.org/). There are a few in our community already; we'd like to add at least 5 more. If you're able to build one, please email Jon.Doty@rsu34.org. If you're able to financially support the effort, please visit the RSU #34 Education Foundation page - there are a few different ways to donate, including check and paypal. https://www.rsu34.org/rsu-34-education-foundation If you're able to donate books like our awesome friends at Stillwater Montessori School who donated 350(!!!) books, please set them aside and we'll be in touch with more details. If you're able to read some of the books with a kid - awesome and stay tuned for more details! Much thanks! (at Dr. Doty's house...April Nor'easter will bring a May burn permit to take care of the three trees that went down on the road!)
April 9th, 2020 Dear Parents & Caregivers of K-5 students, RSU #34 educators have been very excited to continue connecting with students these past several weeks. We miss them terribly! With this note comes the release of our learning packets for the week beginning Monday, April 13th. We still have Thursday and Friday going for the current week’s packets, please keep supporting your children with those! This new packet will “launch” Monday morning. The goal for each week is for all students to earn at least three BINGOs on their board! If students are eager to do more, they can! Distribution: As with last week, we’ll distribute the packets a few days before the start date, so families have a chance to print them or pick them up. This week you can get the packet any of these ways: *At www.rsu34.org, click on COVID19 *Thursday, Friday, and Monday mornings at any of our elementary school *With lunch distribution on THURSDAYS at Old Town High School (10 AM - noon) or on the bus delivery routes If you get them early, don’t worry about details in the packets until Monday morning. Teachers will start sharing things on Mondays through the age-appropriate ways they’re connecting with their students. For the latest updates on RSU #34 and COVID19, please visit www.rsu34.org If you need help with technology, please email ITDept@rsu34.org For food service questions please call 827-3908. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any of our school staff with questions. Sincerely, Jon Doty
Positive Behavior Supports & Interventions at Home During COVID 19 Learn behavior strategies you can use while home schooling during COVID 19. Thursday, April 9th - 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Register here - https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_50vaHwy5RRGzBSq-fikgHA
Old Town High School students competed well in the Maine State Science Fair! Congratulations to Sydney Sheehan, winner of an Office of Naval Research award for her research titled "Ropeless Lobster Trap." And congratulations to Teagan Blackie, who earned 3rd place in the Behavioral Sciences category for her research titled "Differences in Spatial Awareness by Gender." Much thanks to Mr. Mayfield and the OTHS staff for helping our competitors prepare for the Science Fair!
RSU #34 and neighboring districts are partners in a regional group that coordinates training and other services. Here's a professional development video and slides from Dr. Andy Kahn, a school psychologist. We hope it's helpful for families paddling these new waters with us! Surviving Distance Learning Dr. Andy Kahn, Eastern Maine Eastern Maine Counseling and Testing Services Video: https://youtu.be/TRiDyxm45oc Slides: https://www.bangorschools.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Parent-Training-1-optimized.pdf
Positive Behavior Supports & Interventions at Home During COVID 19 Learn behavior strategies you can use while home schooling during COVID 19. Thursday, April 9th - 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Register here - https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_50vaHwy5RRGzBSq-fikgHA
Managing Your Child’s Anxiety Here is the link for a Parent Forum tonight!! Feel free to join! Thursday, April 2 5-6:30pm Join Zoom Meeting https://emhs.zoom.us/j/9371670089 Meeting ID: 937 167 0089 Veazie Community School will be hosting a live Zoom session with Northern Light Acadia Hospital's Chris McLaughlin, LCSW. Chris hosted our parent forums earlier this winter. Chris will share valuable information and resources on how to best manage your child’s anxiety, as well as offering ideas and suggestions that may be helpful in keeping your own worries as a parent in check, during this unprecedented global coronavirus crisis. Chris will share tips, facts, and recommendations on how we all can make it through this pandemic as successfully as possible and will be open to hearing any questions you may have in how to support your child (and each other!) through this challenging time.
April 2nd, 2020 Dear Parents & Caregivers of K-5 students, RSU #34 educators have been very excited to connect with students these past several weeks. We miss them terribly! With this note comes the release of our learning packets for the week beginning Monday, April 6th. Students do not need to do anything with these until Monday morning, when teachers begin guiding and supporting the activities for the week. Each week going forward we’ll release a packet like this for each grade. The goal for each week is for all students to earn at least three BINGOs on their board! If students are eager to do more, they can! Distribution: We’ll start distributing the packets a few days before the start date, so families have a chance to print them or pick them up. This week you can get the packet any of these ways: *At www.rsu34.org, click on COVID19 *Thursday, Friday, and Monday mornings at any of our elementary schools, or with lunch distribution at Old Town High School (10 AM - noon) *From our buses distributing lunches (packets will be on the buses Thursday, Friday, and Monday) Please don’t worry about details in the packets until Monday morning; teachers will start sharing things on Mondays through the age-appropriate ways they’re connecting with their students. For the latest updates on RSU #34 and COVID19, please visit www.rsu34.org If you need help with technology, please email ITDept@rsu34.org For food service questions please call 827-3908. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any of our school staff with questions. Sincerely, Jon Doty
Dear RSU #34 Schools Families, Governor Mills has announced that beginning at 12:01 a.m. this Thursday, Maine residents will be prohibited from traveling outside their homes for all but “essential personal activities” and ordered all schools closed for classroom-based instruction until May 1, 2020. This essentially continues our current operating procedures with homebound learning. Teachers are now providing students with learning opportunities, times to connect, ask questions, and receive help. That will continue. While it is impossible to predict when or if we will be able to reopen our schools and return to a normal schedule in the near future, we will be exploring additional opportunities for our students to engage in virtual activities. It is our plan that students in good standing will move to the next grade level for the 2020-2021 school year as would normally be the case. We are also considering plans, should it be necessary, to have an alternative way to honor our 2020 graduates in case a traditional ceremony isn’t possible. Seniors expecting to graduate in June of 2020 MUST be in contact with OTHS staff to successfully complete graduation requirements. We anticipate changes in our delivery model but, we will continue to offer our meals program and we encourage anyone who would like to participate to contact the RSU#34 Food Service office at 827-3908. If you are concerned with how your child is doing emotionally you can contact the NAMI MAINE HELPLINE. Their number is 800-464-5767, press 1 (email@example.com). Here is a link to the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) and additional hotline numbers. Their direct number is (207)287-3703. Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any of the RSU#34 schools or the central office as well, at (207) 827-7171. Please look for information on our website, www.RSU34.org and download our app if you have not already done so. You can also use the number 2-1-1 to get general information regarding the Coronavirus outbreak in Maine. The Alton, Bradley and Old Town communities are strong, together. Eventually, life will return to normal and our students will return to school. We will have learned much that will help us to be even better as a school system. In the meantime, we will continue to rely on one another as one Coyote Strong community. Sincerely, David Walker
Here's how to connect with our School Counselor Facebook Page! https://www.facebook.com/RSU34-GuidanceStudent-Services-412120629362989/
3/20/2020 Re: Student Learning Update Dear RSU #34 Community, Wow, what a dynamic week it’s been at homes, businesses, and schools! This is a quick update on RSU #34’s efforts to support student learning. Please understand that all future plans are based on what we know right now, and may change as guidance changes. The most important message this week and throughout the coming weeks is SLOW THE SPREAD. Here is a direct link to the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html Please help educate your kids, your family, and your community about the importance of social distancing and hygiene to SLOW THE SPREAD. Here’s our plan going forward based on what we know right now (look for updates week-by-week): *March 17th - 20th: We plan to make up the four impacted days this week as if they were snow days. Many of our staff have reached out to students one way or another to let them know we’re thinking of them! Please continue to make use of the resource packets we sent home with students on Monday to support their learning at home. *Over the weeks of March 23rd and March 30th, we plan to make up half of the impacted days as if they were snow days. That will put the last student day on Friday, June 26th, with a teacher in-service on Monday 6/29. Over those two weeks - in addition to the things sent in resource packets - our educators will be ramping up online learning experiences with students, sharing team-developed resources, and helping to address internet and device access issues family-by-family. We won’t be taking student attendance these days or collecting/assessing work, but hope to reach every child and encourage daily engagement by students. We will likely distribute more materials for home learning in coordination with our meal delivery. Our specialists such as Special Education and Chapter 104 staff will also be trying to contact each family/student to put needed supports in place for a remote learning environment. Please keep in mind that staff may be reaching out from unusual phone numbers, so callers may show up as “Private” or “Restricted” *Beginning April 6th, until we’re able to resume in person, students will be expected to participate in our full remote learning experience. We’ll share many more details in the weeks to come but will deploy this in as flexible a way as possible as we know our students may be assisting with family or neighborhood needs, caring for siblings, etc. during normal school hours. Thank you all for your efforts to support our community and our kids! We had so many volunteers to stuff packets for students on Sunday that we started turning volunteers away two minutes into the event! We have an awesome community, and together we’ll get through this. Please keep an eye out starting Monday March 23rd for school buses running each of our normal routes, delivering meals Monday through Friday. These runs will begin at 10:30 AM each day; please be patient with arrival times, especially the first few days. Anyone aged 0-18 can pick up meals. Pick up in person at Old Town High School is still an option from 10 AM to noon Monday through Friday. On Fridays at either OTHS or the bus routes we will distribute meals for the weekend. Sincerely, Dr. Jon Doty Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Jon.Doty@rsu34.org
Old Town High School has eight science fair finalists! They're quickly adjusting to a new mode of competition; this year it will be an electronic poster and interviews via Zoom. Congratulations to the students, and thanks to Mr. Mayfield and the OTHS faculty for preparing them!
In an effort to proactively slow the spread of COVID-19, RSU #34 schools will be closed beginning Tuesday March 17th. We will continue to monitor conditions that would lead us to believe it is prudent to re-open schools and notify you immediately when we do re-open. No classes, clubs, or activities will be held, and our school buildings will be closed to the public. Again, this closure is subject to change as the situation develops and new information becomes available. More information available at rsu34.org
We're putting out a call for volunteers Sunday 3/15 at noon to help assemble take-home packets with some basic resources for students to engage with thinking if there's a school shutdown ordered. (these will be optional and ungraded - resources to help families keep kids engaged). If you're interested in helping please join us! Please sit this one out if you've been out of state or out of the country in the past several weeks, or have had lots of exposure to people who've traveled. Please also be sure you're symptom free before volunteering (fever, cough, sore throat, chest tightness, etc.). Thanks! Our community of support is incredible!
We have a very strong community, and appreciate those pitching in as we all navigate new waters! RSU #34 and the YMCA are putting out a call for those interested in volunteering or part-time employment such as substituting or after-school program. If you're interested, please do this brief form so we have your contact info (https://forms.gle/D4MdztdmExqfKGFq7 ). Please spread the message throughout the Old Town, Alton, and Bradley area! Much thanks - it takes a village!
The Maine Education Assessment (state testing) begins soon; please see this attached informational letter. Don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher, school administration, or Dr. Doty (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or if you'd like to learn more about the state or RSU #34's assessments and assessment policies.
RSU #34 seeks parents interested in serving on an advisory committee regarding our Title I programming at Alton Elementary School, Viola Rand School, and Old Town Elementary School. Please email Dr. Doty (email@example.com) if you're interested, or call 827-3932. RSU #34 uses Title I funds at each of its elementary schools to help academically at-risk students meet challenging academic standards.
NO School today Thursday February 27,2020 RSU #34
Unsolicited testimonials are the best! "I'm always in awe of the staff and students in our district and always proud to say I work here. It makes me wish I could have my kids go through school all over again. I would have enjoyed being a parent of school-age children here!"
OTHS Collaborative Research students thrive as citizen scientists! https://www.globe.gov/web/united-states-of-america/home/news/newsdetail/14718/for-students-from-old-town-maine-student-research-symposium-delivers-a-life-and-learning-experience
RSU #34 uses a variety of locally-chosen and state assessments to provide information about student learning. Here's an overview of the assessments at each grade level: tinyurl.com/yyb7v7ae For more information about any of these assessments, or RSU #34 policy/procedure regarding student participation in assessment, please contact either your school office or Dr. Jon Doty (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you are a parent of a student receiving special education services in RSU #34. Please consider taking a moment to complete this survey. The survey window will be open until mid-June, 2020. The link for the Parent Survey is provided below. Thank you for your help in making this year’s parent survey a success! https://mainedoe.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eyAdSPuodcm7M8Z The Parent survey consists of 17 questions and should take 5-10 minutes to complete.
Parents of Pre-K, K, and 1st grade students - Dr. Susan Bennett-Armistead at UMaine aims to create a series of open access, themed e-books for little ones. Please consider doing this 4-question survey with your child to tell her what they like to learn about and read! The survey is open until Saturday 2/15. Thanks! Here's the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TT25576
NO SCHOOL FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2020 IN RSU34
All RSU #34 after school activities are cancelled for this afternoon - Thursday February 6, 2020.
Our winter issue of Community Connections is off to the printing presses and will be in mailboxes in a week or so. Many thanks to the staff and community members who provided pictures and articles, and to Gossamer Press for the artistic magic! Here's a link to the digital version: https://5il.co/cqle
Wednesday is World Read Aloud Day...line up a favorite story and an audience! https://www.litworld.org/worldreadaloudday
Dear 3rd Grade Parents and Caregivers, In the third grade, we administer the Cognitive Abilities Test to our students. This test (the “CogAT“) is used to help identify thinking patterns in students, and to show areas in which a student’s achievement may not match their abilities. The CogAT is also used as one of our screening tools for Chapter 104, the Maine regulation governing Gifted & Talented Services. This year, the CogAT will be administered in February. The CogAT includes three sections, each of which takes about an hour to administer (verbal, quantitative, and figurative). Once we receive score data, we will send home your child’s scores, and help you interpret what they mean. For more information, please talk with your child’s teacher, Mrs. Harvey, Mrs. St. Peter, or the school principal or Dr. Doty (email@example.com). Students for whom recent cognitive testing is on file may be excused from this testing to maintain instructional time with specialists – please see your child’s teacher.
Here's the Winter & Spring Adult Ed flyer from the Riverside Adult Ed partnership. Lots of great academic and enrichment classes! Link to flyer: https://5il.co/cjjk
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).
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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 (email@example.com).
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!!
Live Feed link for 2019 OTHS Commencement! https://livestream.com/accounts/7600464/events/8700007 view image
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?
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!
NO SCHOOL TODAY MONDAY APRIL 8TH IN RSU 34
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.
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!
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!
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
RSU 34 is looking for a Speech Language Pathologist starting April 15th. For more information check out the employment applications and vacancies tab