Dear RSU 68 Community Members,
Hello! With September just around the corner, I hope you were all able to take time to celebrate the beautiful Maine summer weather we have had! We have started planning what the beginning of the school year will look like. The RSU 68 reopening plan was approved at the August 3 school board meeting. Wearing masks will be optional unless Piscataquis County is coded as either orange (substantial) or red (high) for community transmission. This code is based on the US CDC criteria. The link is here: CDC map .
SeDoMoCha has been spruced up this summer as our custodial crew has worked non-stop since June 14th. The floors are shining and the windows are sparkling. The new ventilation system in the middle school is in and the pavement on the playground has been resurfaced. We have made the teacher’s break room a bit smaller so that Mr. DuMonthier, our new technology integrator, has an office space. All of the rooms in grades 2-4 have been painted and we have cleaned up the overhangs over the main doors. We have some of the outside doors in the middle school still to be replaced. August 30 is the Open House date and it will be in person. We hope you will take time to look around the school then.
In May, SeDoMoCha was one of three schools in the state of Maine selected as recipients of a $100,000 DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center. The equipment will arrive in September and the fitness room has been prepped and ready for the arrival. We have added a heat pump to be able to cool the room and a water bottle filler. Before the equipment is put in the room, a team arriving from Texas will put in a rubber mat floor. The ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for the first weeks in October. We will make an official announcement when we have a specific date.
The America Rescue Plan application was completed and we are waiting for approval. RSU 68 plans to create more space by building a superintendent’s office allowing us to create two more classrooms in the building. We are getting quotes to put a roof on the middle school to protect our new ventilation system. We have to set aside 20% for intervention work. We are planning on offering after school tutoring and bus transportation, hiring a math interventionist as well as summer programming that includes both academic work and enrichment activities. We are hoping to have some additional stations to set up on the nature trail, musical instruments that can stay outside, a sensory room, and maker spaces on the grade 2-4 floor. New furniture has been included in the application and enough calculators for a class. And we will potentially have new lighting for our drama club plays. The COVID funds have allowed us to do things we wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.
We have a few new staff members to celebrate. We are fortunate to have some enthusiastic new staff joining our team. To date, we have hired nine new teachers: CaSandra Goodness, Josh Hunnewell, Crystal Macomber, Cole Dumonthier, Hillary Manson, Janeane Chase, Winnie Adelt, Megan Higgins, and Alison Bailey. CaSandra is a Husson University graduate and most recently worked as an ed tech at Leonard Middle School in Old Town. She will be part of the grade 5 team and teach ELA. Josh will be our new middle school band instructor. Previous to working at SeDoMoCha, Josh was a band instructor for grades 7-12 in Lincoln. Crystal worked with us this past year and will now be a full time Kindergarten teacher. She is a UMF graduate. Cole has spent the last few years working at Foxcroft Academy. He will be our technology integrator. Hillary, who is also a recent graduate and has been working in RSU 64 as a part-time art teacher/part-time Ed Tech, will be our middle school art teacher. Janeane Chase will be a 2/5 Reading Recovery teacher and is coming to us from Dexter where she also worked as a Reading Recovery Teacher/Interventionist. Winnie is coming back to us as a special education teacher. She was an educational technician for us and left last year. We are excited to have her back in her new position. Megan Higgins is a UMaine graduate and most recently worked as a long-term substitute teacher in Brewer. She will be our grade 7 social studies teacher. Alison Bailey, our new Kindergarten teacher, is also a UMaine graduate and most recently worked as a preschool teacher in Bangor. We are so pleased with the new staff and look forward to the positive contributions they will make here at SeDoMoCha.
We also made a content teacher change. Chris Miller, who has been our sixth grade geography teacher, will be our eighth grade U.S. history teacher. Mr. Maddocks, who has been our eighth grade U.S. history teacher, will be our sixth grade geography teacher. We are very excited about this switch and think it will be an amazing opportunity for our students, Mr. Miller and Mr. Maddocks.
There will be fine-tuning of our performing arts, math and ELA curriculum and we will be starting to work on our health curriculum. The social studies curriculum has been completed and the RSU 68 school board has approved it.
We look forward to continuing to create opportunities for students as we build the future.
Superintendent of Schools
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