Dear RSU 68 Community Members,

Hello! With September just around the corner, I hope that you were all able to take time to celebrate the beautiful Maine summer weather we have had! SeDoMoCha has been spruced up this summer as our custodial crew has been working non-stop since June 18th. The floors are shining and the windows are all clear. In the kindergarten wing, there is a new space for Mrs. Champeon to work with students, Mrs. Speed has a new wall, shelving and a fresh coat of paint in the middle school office, and our school nurse, Mrs. Arcaro, has a new entrance and room for the nurse’s area. Mr. Brian Howard, of Gordon Contracting, graciously shared one of his paint crew for two weeks, so our hallways and stairways are bright. The second school egress is being completed and the paving should be completed by the start of school. We hope you will take the time during Open House on September 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to tour the school.

We have a few new staff members to celebrate. Bob Fults comes to us from California and will be part of the third grade team. Jamie Johnson will be our eighth grade science teacher and she is working on her masters at UMaine. Nicholas Roberts, a recent UMaine graduate, will be our new music teacher. Emily Chambers is a Foxcroft Academy graduate and will be our new middle school life skills teacher. Lisa Plossay will be our fifth grade ELA teacher. Mrs. Plossay has previously taught ELA in Winthrop. Our new Occupational Therapist will be Kristen Stasinowsky and she comes to us from MSAD 4. Jessica Mallar will be our new technology integrator. She was spent the last few years as the tech integrator for Ridgeview School in Dexter.

We have many staff members that have new homes at SeDoMoCha. Mrs. Grant and Mrs. Gray will be kindergarten teachers. Mrs. Taylor has moved to first grade. Mrs. Tapley, Mrs. Talbot, and Mrs. Bozzelli have moved to second grade. Mr. Maddocks has moved to eighth grade social studies and Mr. Andrews will become our new fifth grade math teacher. Mrs. Hutchins and Ms. Dube have moved to third grade and Mrs. Whitney will become our new resource room teacher.

We have a few school-wide goals for the 2019-2020 school year. As a staff, we will work on being reflective teachers and really spend time thinking about our lessons and how they create next steps for our students. Mr. Gudroe will focus on studying restorative practices with staff. Restorative practices can be used to work on creating healthy relationships, leadership opportunities, and reducing bullying.

We will be fine-tuning our science and performing arts curriculum and starting to work on our social studies and physical education curriculum. The visual arts curriculum has been completed and the RSU 68 School Board has approved it. We will be asking them to approve the science curriculum at a board meeting this fall.

We look forward to continuing to create opportunities for students as we build the future.