Dear RSU #74 School Community,
After hearing the Governor's recent advisement on schools reopening in Maine, our RSU #74 School District Administrative Team is working on our own local school reopening plan for in-person instruction. Superintendent Tracy plan's to bring this proposal to the RSU #74 school board on August 5 for their approval.
In short, after reviewing all of the risk factors regionally, we fit within the lowest in Maine. Of course, we have already begun to prepare facilities and school buses for changes in procedures and practices, which are necessary to reopen.
Lastly, the safety of our community's children is on the forefront of all of our minds, so at this time, everyone can expect a plan that involves face coverings, social distancing, and lots of hand washing.
We will be in touch with another virtual community update (A Zoom Meeting with the Superintendent) as soon as we have something to share. At this time, please begin thinking and planning for a September 1st student start date.
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RSU #74 Mission Statement
The school community of RSU #74 will work together to raise the aspirations of all students by providing them with lifelong learning skills so that they may become self-sufficient contributing members of society.
Mr. Terry Corson
Who is the world's best singer? Hundreds of past and present Solon Elementary School fifth graders all know the right answer to that question, though they may doubt the veracity of that claim. Why, it's Mr. Terry Corson, our Staff Spotlight for the month of May. But Mr. Corson has many other claims to fame besides his singing ability, which earns him this moment in the spotlight.
Mr. Corson is retiring this spring after forty years of teaching in RSU #74, two of those at Carrabec Community School and thirty-eight at Solon Elementary School. After graduating from the University of Maine at Farmington, Mr. Corson launched his teaching career in RSU #74 in the fall of 1980. He taught fifth grade for most of those years, but he also taught a double-graded 4-5 class at Solon as well as physical education for the two years he worked at CCS. He served as lead teacher at Solon for a number of years, and he was the CCS Dean of Students for two years.
Anyone who knows Mr. Corson knows that sports is one of his passions. During his time in the district, he coached tennis, baseball, softball, soccer, and basketball, and he served as the Elementary Athletic Director for the district and Activities Director at CCS. He founded the Kitty Kats Basketball Program for grades K-5 at the Solon School in 1983, and it has continued to the present day. Many of our current parents were Kitty Kats themselves when they went to school in Solon. An avid sports fan, Mr. Corson likes watching sports and talking sports, playing in fantasy leagues, and rooting for the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.
Math is Mr. Corson's other passion. He loves teaching math and inspiring a love of math in students who previously disliked the subject. He served on the district's Math Think Tank, organized a Math Olympics for the district for several years, and held annual Parent Math Nights to help parents understand how to help their children in math. If you ever needed some math tricks of the trade, Mr. C was your man! His students have consistently scored high in math on local and state achievement tests.
If we were poker players like Mr. Corson is, we would bet all our money that former students would say he is one of the most memorable teachers they have ever had. Younger students often expressed that they couldn't wait to get to fifth grade so that they could have Mr. C. He made it a point to connect with kids of all ages on a daily basis, whether it was by pulling someone's ponytail at breakfast or by giving someone a pat on the back for a job well done, and he would do anything to help a child in need. It has been an annual tradition for him to take his class and his teams on a Sunday trip to Funtown USA in Saco each spring to celebrate the end of a good school year.
Solon Elementary School won't be the same without Mr. Corson. We thank him for his years of dedicated service to our students and wish him many happy and healthy years in retirement. We hope he enjoys this well-deserved moment in the spotlight!