CCS Report

To:  School Board Directors


From:  Tom Desjardins


Date:  May 29, 2018


Re:  Principal's Report


Carrabec Community School


May was a very busy month here at the Carrabec Community School. 


Once again we were able to obtain the Giant Map of Maine from the National Geographic Society.  What better way to teach young people the power of maps and the limitless depth of geography than a half court-sized map of Maine.  On May 8th  Mr. McManus led our 5 - 7th grade students through various activities exploring the geographic landmarks of Maine. 


Our K – 5 students traveled to the Garret Schenck School to participate in Career Days.  Adults from different walks of life came in to share their career choices with the students.   This is a great opportunity for our students to be exposed to the various career choices that are out there for them to pursue. 


The Portland Sea Dogs hold an annual Day for all Civil Rights Teams in the State of Maine to go and be recognized and watch a Sea Dogs game.  On May 11th our Civil Rights Team traveled to Hadlock Field to participate in this day and enjoy the ball game. 


Once again Mr. Gilbert made arrangements to expose his students to yet another form of musical artistry.  On May 18th Mr. Gilbert and his percussion group traveled to Portland to watch a STOMP performance.  STOMP is a percussion group that uses the body and ordinary objects to create a physical theatre performance using rhythms, acrobatics and pantomime.


On May 18th our 6 – 8 Civil Rights Team traveled to Augusta to join other Civil Rights Teams from the state.  This is a time for the teams to share experiences and ideas with each other and take those back to their schools.


Each year Mr. Larlee makes arrangements with the Waterville Opera House for the K – 2 students to go and view a performance.  This year the students attended the performance “Cat in the Hat”.  It is great to expose our students to theatre with performances they can relate to.


Mr. Reichenbach and Mr. Ferrari teamed up to present an evening of “Art meets Science”.  Mr. Ferrari's 8th grade students each had a science project to share and Mr. Reichenbach displayed all of his students art work for the year for the entire district.  It was a great evening with a fantastic turn out. 


On May 30th Mr. Gilbert once again packed our gymnasium with spectators and brought it to life with song and music.  Mr. Gilbert's talents are to be commended as each of his students individually strive to be the best that they can be and come together in a unified format to create a top notch performance. 


Mr. Reichenbach had a guest reader in his classes.  The presenter read a story and then had the kids transform the story into art. 


I would like to personally thank the members of our PBIS team, Jean Butler, Patti Theberge. Maria James, Grace Cram, Mike Tracy, Bonnie White and myself.  After a full year of research, communications and work the team has finalized the K - 5 PBIS program and is ready to hit the ground running with it in the fall of 2018.  PBIS(Positive Behavior Intervention and Support)  is based upon a philosophy of recognizing positive contributions of students.  Our goal is to help each child develop self discipline.  The home and school share the responsibility for developing good citizens.  Parents, teachers and students must work together to maintain a safe learning environment.