Dear RSU 68 Community Members,

I can’t believe I am saying this, but the beginning of another school year is just around the corner.  I want to start by saying thank you for being so mindful as we continue the journey to make SeDoMoCha a safe and inviting place for all. It takes teamwork and patience to make that happen and our community has displayed a willingness to do both.  And after an incredibly difficult year, it was nice to have such an amazing summer.

August has been a busy month.  Karen Longevin and Jane Conroy facilitated a day long training for new substitutes.  We had seven community members attend and we are so excited about having some new people in the building. The school year for new teachers begins on August 24 and continues on August 25. Open House for Kindergarten will be August 25 from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.  All Staff Days are scheduled for August 29 and August 30 and Open House for PreK and grades 1-8 will be August 29 from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. And, drumroll please…August 31 will be our first student day.

We are fortunate to have some enthusiastic new staff joining our team.  To date, we have hired fourteen new teachers. Wendy Roy comes to us from Waterville and will be a Kindergarten teacher, Allie Bjornson has been our Kindergarten tech and will move to the 2nd grade team, Alanna Wilson, who is a UMaine Augusta grad, and Cynthia Richard, an interventionist from Ridgeview, will be joining the 3rd grade team. Karen Trubic who is moving from Illinois is going to be part of the 4th grade team. Josh Kimball who has worked for us in a few roles, including most recently as a math interventionist, will move to 5th grade math. Shauna Brown, who lives in Milo, will be our 6th grade social studies teacher. Lance Timberlake, a new social studies teacher, and Erin McConnell, a new math teacher, will join the 7th grade team. Jon Dumont will be a science teacher, Gabby Jolin, an ELA teacher and Thomas Yelverton will be a math teacher on the 8th grade team.  Kasey Watson will be our new K-3 PE and 7/8 health teacher. Sarah Dellaratta will be the middle school art teacher and she is coming to us from the Bangor school system. At the time of this writing, we are still looking for an elementary art teacher, an Alternative Ed tech and a world language teacher as well as several educational technicians.

We have a couple of school-wide goals this year. One will be to focus on the FISH philosophy as part of our school culture work. Be There, Make Their Day, Play and Choose Your Attitude are the four tenets of FISH. The FISH philosophy is something that I try to adhere to each day.  We will also be working on proficiency scales.  We hope to share some of them with the Parent Advisory Committee that will have their first meeting on September 28th at 6:00 p.m.

With enthusiasm,
Stacy Shorey
Superintendent of Schools