K-5 Board Report

TO: RSU #74 Board of Directors

FROM: Jean Butler

DATE: February 25, 2020



Our students enjoyed celebrating the 100th Day of School and Valentine's Day before leaving for the February break. We had some fun activities around these special days in the elementary schools.

The district fifth graders will travel to Sugarloaf Mountain for a day of skiing on March 6th. Physical education teachers Heidi Day and Lauren Heulitt with the help of Garret Schenck teacher Dorrie Dunham have organized this annual trip, which gives fifth graders a chance to get to know other fifth graders from the district and to enjoy a day of fresh air and exercise. We are thankful to our PTO's, who pay the cost of the trip for students whose families can't afford it.

This year the testing period for the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) begins on March 16th and runs through April 10th for students in grades 3-5 to take the reading, English language arts, and math portions of the test. During the period of April 27-May 8, fifth graders will take the science portion of the MEA. Teachers are using practice items and test-taking strategies to prepare students to do their best on this important test.

We want to congratulate the winners in our District MEA Awards Program for last year's tests. In this program, which started in 2010, we annually recognize the top scorer in the district on the reading/ELA and math parts of the test in grades 3, 4, and 5. There is also an award for the top scorer in fifth grade science. Each winner receives a certificate, a check for $50, and his/her name on a plaque in the lobby at CCS. Community member Chet Hickox donates the money for the math awards, his wife Sara Hickox donates for the science awards, and the three PTO's donate for the reading awards. See the attached sheet for the winners.

Garret Schenck

The Garret Schenck staff are planning a Family Night with the theme of STEAM on March 26th from 5:00-7:00 PM. Families will come for a pizza dinner and then have a chance to see some of the activities we are doing related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). Each classroom will have STEAM builds and other activities for students to demonstrate and for families to enjoy. Funding for this night will come from the Garret Schenck School Improvement Grant. School Board members are welcome to join us.


During the week of March 9-13, the Solon School is holding a week of special activities to celebrate Maine's 200th birthday. Activities will include guest readers, dress-up days, Maine trivia contests, and fun as well as lots of learning about our state. We will highlight books about Maine and books written by Maine authors.

Solon Elementary School is collaborating once again with the Coolidge Public Library in Solon to hold a bookmark contest. For the seventh year in a row, Solon students in preschool through grade 5 have designed bookmarks around the topic of reading. RSU #74 art teacher Richard Reichenbach has judged the bookmarks and chosen a winner from each grade. Each of the winners will receive a free book from the town library, presented to them at an assembly later on March 18th. With parents' permission, their bookmarks will be copied so that they can be distributed to patrons of the Coolidge Library.

If you have any questions about activities going on

at Garret Schenck or Solon Elementary Schools,

please contact me.