K-5 Board Report

TO:                  RSU #74 Board of Directors


FROM:            Jean Butler


DATE:              April 22, 2019



                                         PreK-5 ELEMENTARY REPORT




The last quarter of the school year is upon us, and we are amazed at how quickly the 2018-19 year went by. Students are enjoying the advent of warmer weather and have been anxious for all the snow to be gone so they can play in the fields again.


Our students in grades 3-5 finished up the first part of the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) testing right before April vacation. Fifth graders will take the science test over the next two weeks. We want to thank Scott Hall for his support during the testing period.


Students in grades K-5 in the elementary schools will be involved in NWEA testing in May. Each student takes tests on the computer in the areas of reading and math. Their scores are compared to their scores from fall and winter to measure the growth they have made in their skills during the course of the school year. 


The Garret Schenck and Solon Schools participated again this year in the annual Most Improved Student Program sponsored by the Portland Sea Dogs. Each teacher nominated a student who had made the most improvement over the course of the school year in academics, study skills, behavior, and/or social skills. Each winning student received a certificate and a free ticket to a Sea Dogs game at which students will be invited onto the field for a pre-game ceremony.


Kindergarten Screening will take place on May 7th at CCS. Incoming kindergartners will be assessed using the DIAL-4 to give us an idea of their language, concepts, and motor skills so we can plan appropriate instruction for them. Students also have their eyesight and hearing checked, and parents get to meet with the school nurse to discuss any health concerns their child may have. This event also gives the kindergarten teachers a chance to meet the students and their parents.


The K-5 Career Awareness Committee is planning three Career Days for all of the K-5 students during the month of May, one for grades K-1 students on May 2nd, one for grades 2-3 students on May 16th, and one for grades 4-5 students on May 23rd. The Career Days will be held at Garret Schenck and will each feature six guest presenters who will tell students about their careers. It's never too early to begin exposing students to different career paths they can choose when they get older.


Our Civil Rights Teams have been invited to a Sea Dogs game in Portland on May 3rd along with Civil Rights Teams from all over the state. Team members will receive free tickets and be invited on the field for a pre-game ceremony to recognize them for their work in Maine schools.


The Community Literacy Team held a successful Maine Adventure Night on April 11th at Carrabec Community School. Families came for a Subway dinner and activities connected to Maine geography such as a speaker on Penobscot place names, activities on a giant floor map of Maine, a Maine scavenger hunt, Maine clue boxes, a storyteller, Maine books, and an activity to make a food map of Maine. Each family got a take-home bag with Maine activities and Maine-shaped cookies made by the Garret Schenck Cooking Club and CLT members. We had 154 people in attendance and families seemed to have a good time learning about Maine together. Funding for this family engagement activity came from our Preschool Expansion Grant. We want to thank Board member Laura Layman for her involvement on the Community Literacy Team and Board member Dulcie Welch for attending the event.


Garret Schenck


Garret Schenck's Positive Action Star Night was snowed out on April 8th so it has been rescheduled for April 30th. Families will watch a star show called “The Evening Sky” in the large indoor dome of Northern Stars Planetarium, enjoy a hamburger and hot dog barbecue, and watch Positive Action skits performed by grades 3-5 students.


On May 8th, first graders will visit Maplecrest Nursing Home in Madison to read to the residents. Students who have participated in the Reading Recovery Program and their classmates will perform a readers' theater for the residents, and then individual students will read to small groups of residents. They will bring crafts they made for them as well.




The Solon School will hold two Walking School Bus activities this spring, one on May 21st and one on June 11th. Students, staff, and parents will meet at the Solon Thrift Shop and walk to school, where they will then enjoy a healthy breakfast prepared by our cook Cindy Lawrence.


The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness will visit Solon Elementary School on May 20th and May 24th to present programs to students in grades 1-5. This is the second year these programs have been offered to Solon students.


The Solon School will hold a Family Wellness Night on May 30th. Families will be invited for a chicken barbecue and healthy outdoor activities coordinated by the staff and representatives from Somerset Public Health.







Have a Wonderful Spring!