CCS Report

To:  School Board Directors


From:  Tom Desjardins


Date:  September 29, 2019


Re:  Principal's Report


Carrabec Community School


The month of September was great welcoming back all of the students in my building.  It is a joy to greet them as they unload the buses every morning, fresh and ready for another day at school.


On August 30th we had our visit from Camp Kieve. This was a structured day of team building activities for our 7th grade students.  A variety of games were organized for the students and all of them had the opportunity to experience rock climbing on a 15 foot rock wall. The activities help to create a positive interaction between students who many not normally spend time together. 


Our PBIS(Positive Behavior Intervention System) is running smoothly again this year.  Teachers started right out on day one giving students the expectations of the school and their classrooms.  Students have responded well to the program and returning students as well as our new students eagerly come to the office to get their cobra stamps when recognized for being respectful, responsible and safe. Our K - 5 PBIS reward for the month of September was a field trip to Thunder Road Farm in Corinna.  The trip took place on Friday, September 27, 2019.  The students were able to enjoy a fun filled day of hiking through a corn maze, wagon rides, bouncy area, along with many other activities that day.


We conducted our first fire drill at the start of the school year.  Expectations were relayed and students and staff did an excellent job following through with them.  We will continue throughout the year to have these drills to ensure that students are prepared in the event of a real occurrence.  Safety is our main goal. 


Picture day was held on September 18th.  Knowing the importance of school pictures for parents as well as the importance of instructional time for staff, a schedule was made and the day went by smoothly with minimal interruption to classroom time.


The highlight of the month here at CCS was on September 14th . The PTO held a “Back to School Bash” right here in our parking lot.  The event went from 10:00 – 2:00.  We had a bounce house, a dunk tank, water slide, rock climbing wall, National Guard obstacle course, face painting, a tattoo station, various games and more for the students to enjoy.  It was a great turn out, even with the rainy damp weather, with a steady flow of students and community members stopping by for some good old fun.  I want to thank all the staff that came to help out that day and a special thanks to Mr. Larry Dunphy & Mr. Tracy who climbed up into the dunk tank themselves and added to the fun and laughter of the day. 


I would like to also extend a special thank you to Ms. Judy Dunphy who came out in support for our new Physical Education Teacher, Lauren Heulitt.  Judy volunteered her time to come on board and help give support and guidance to Ms. Heulitt who will no doubt benefit greatly from this service. 


Our Open House and Spaghetti supper was held on September 19th.  We had a fantastic turn out.  We had a steady flow of students, parents and community members.  It was great to see them roam through the building, getting the opportunity to meet the teachers and see their child's classroom.  I would like to extend a special thanks to our PTO for joining us that evening housing a book fair for our students and the community members.  Our PTO ran a book fair for our students during the week of September 17th – 21st.  All students and staff had the opportunity to visit the book fair and purchase a book.