K-5 Board Report

TO:                  RSU #74 Board of Directors


FROM:            Jean Butler


DATE:                        August 28, 2019



                               PreK-5 ELEMENTARY REPORT



This week we welcomed our PreK-5 students to a new school year at Garret Schenck and Solon Elementary Schools. It was wonderful to see how excited most of the students were to be back at school. We also noticed that parents were very happy to send their children back to school! 


Many of our students participated in the Title I Summer School Program, the Preschool Summer Program, and their towns' Summer Recreation Programs. Our Summer Breakfast and Lunch Program fed a large number of students in those programs throughout the district, and we thank Tammy Conners and CCS cook Tammy Lane for making that program happen for our students.


We have been registering students for our preschool programs throughout the summer.  So far we have nine four-year-old students enrolled at Solon (maximum allowed - 14) and fifteen four-year-old students enrolled at Garret Schenck (maximum allowed - 16). We expect more applications over the next week and expect to be at full enrollment very soon.


Both Garret Schenck and Solon held Kindergarten Open Houses the week before school started to help orient students to the kindergarten experience. Each group of students got to meet their teacher, listen to a story, do a classroom scavenger hunt and an activity, enjoy a snack, and try out the school playground. Most of the students went to preschool so are very comfortable in the school setting and are ready and excited for kindergarten.


We are fortunate to have the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Grant at the elementary schools again this year starting on October 1st. The grant provides healthy fruit and vegetable snacks for all students three days a week as well as foods that teachers can request to go along with nutrition, wellness, and other curriculum units and activities they are doing in their classrooms. This is a great way to introduce students to a variety of healthy foods that hopefully will shape their food choices in the future. We thank Tammy Conners for writing and submitting the application that secures this grant for us each year.


Each school will hold a Fall Open House to provide parents the opportunity to meet the teachers and staff, visit their children's classrooms, and enjoy refreshments. Solon's Open House will take place on September 25th from 6:00-7:00 PM. Garret Schenck's Open House will take the format of a harvest supper with corn chowder and produce from the school and community garden and will be held on September 26th from 5:30-7:00 PM. School Board members are invited and are welcome to join us.


The leadership teams of Garret Schenck and Solon will meet in September to review student achievement data and to plan for the year. The teams will meet once or twice a month to work on their school improvement action plans. Garret Schenck will be implementing its new RTI plan that was developed over the course of last year with guidance from two coaches from the Maine Department of Education. The coaches have asked our team to present this plan and the process of developing it at a workshop for all of the newly-identified Tier III schools on October 22nd in Brewer.


Attendance will continue to be a focus area for both schools this year. Last year we were successful in reducing the number of truant and chronically absent students at both schools. We want to continue working with students and families to encourage them to make good attendance a priority.




If you have any questions, please stop by or contact me.

Have a nice fall!