K-5 Board Report

TO: RSU #74 Board of Directors

FROM: Jean Butler

DATE: December 22, 2020


We had a good Christmas season at Garret Schenck and Solon Elementary Schools. Despite the fact that we couldn’t hold Christmas programs for families, a Holiday Concert, Garret Schenck’s Holiday Stroll, and our Christmas Shopping Days, we still managed to do some festive activities to ring in the season. Both schools held Holiday Spirit Weeks so that students and staff could dress up based on theme days such as Red & Green Day, Jingle All the Way Day, and Who Hair Day. We made ornaments for each other, had guessing contests to figure out how many M&M’s were in a Christmas jar, had a door decorating contest, and did holiday crafts and art activities. Our art teacher Richard Reichenbach taught students to design Christmas ornaments in Tinker Cad that he then produced with the 3D printer. Our music teacher Lindsay Burke-Cinsov found creative ways to enjoy Christmas music without singing. We are hopeful that next year we can return to all of our holiday traditions.

In January we will administer the NWEA in reading and math to all of our students. We will be able to compare those test results to results from the NWEA taken by all students back in September. That will enable us to determine which students need further interventions if they are not making adequate progress in their learning.

At both schools we have set up after-school tutoring programs for students who are behind in their schoolwork or who need more one-on-one help. Classroom teachers invite students to stay with their parents’ permission after the other students leave at 1:00, and bus drivers take them home at 2:30 when they do their grades 6-12 bus runs. Students work with teachers and ed techs to catch up and to get support in their work.

Eighty-eight families came to our Drive-Thru Food Give Away on December 1st, the largest number we have had since we started these monthly events in July. We will continue to offer them through the winter months, the next one being January 5th from 1:30-3:00 at Carrabec High School.

If you have questions about anything in my schools, please contact me.

Let’s hope that 2021 will be a brighter year for all of us. Happy New Year!