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Welcome to Regional School Unit 13
March 6, 2015
Dear Parents and Community Members,
This year due to the severe winter, students have missed a lot of school. We have experienced ten snow days to date. State law requires that students attend school a minimum of 175 days, and seniors a minimum of 170. There is very little if any, flexibility in this requirement. It is imperative that we provide the required number of instructional days, therefore, it has been decided that school will be in session for a previously planned professional development day, March 13, as an early release day for students, and four additional Saturdays, March 28, April 11, May 9 and May 16, all of which will be early release days. Our school calendar has been revised accordingly and is available on our website, www.rsu13.org, and in each of our schools.
We would like to emphasize that we are providing regular instruction and meaningful activities on all the scheduled days and expect your children to attend if at all possible. We know that you and your children may have prior commitments on some of the days scheduled. As with any other regularly scheduled school day, you are certainly free to use your discretion regarding attendance in these cases. It is our desire and intention to ensure that all of our students are provided the time and attention that they need for the balance of the school year.
John C. McDonald
Superintendent of Schools
The following changes in the school calendar have been made to increase instructional time and begin to make up days lost due to weather:
March 12 will be a FULL DAY of school K-12 (No Parent/Teacher Conferences)
March 13 will be an Early Release Day with classes in the morning K-12
April 16 will be an Early Release Day with Parent/Teacher Conferences
Please contact your child's school to schedule a conference.
School Hours – 2014-2015
School Start Dismissal Early Dismissal Cushing Community School 8:30 3:00 12:00 Gilford Butler School 8:30 3:00 12:00 Lura Libby School 8:30 3:00 12:00 Oceanside High School-East 7:30 2:00 11:00 Oceanside High School-West 7:30 2:00 11:00 Owls Head Central School 8:30 3:00 12:00 Rockland District Middle School 7:20 1:50 10:50 St. George School 8:30 3:00 12:00 South School 8:30 3:00 12:00 Thomaston Grammar School 7:20 1:50 10:50
Please click here to view the revised St. George Withdrawal Agreement that was approved by the RSU 13 School Board on August 7, 2014.
RSU 13 Mathematics Program Audit
Report Release Spring 2013
In the 2012 school year, and as RSU 13 entered its third year of consolidation, evidence of inconsistent mathematics achievement continued to be seen across the district’s schools and grade spans. Data trends suggested that evidence of successful mathematics learning was more evident for elementary grades, with successive proficiency drops occurring in the mid-level grades and continuing into high school. This audit sought to study and validate these trends, and to identify salient factors contributing to acknowledged strengths and weaknesses.
Cushing Community School
Gilford Butler School
Lura Libby School
Oceanside High School-East
Oceanside High School-West
Owls Head Central School
Rockland District Middle School
St. George School
Thomaston Grammar School
This program audit, involving multiple methods of study and investigation, began in the winter of 2012 and continued until spring of 2013. Joint study design and co-authorship involving both RSU 13 personnel and the Great Schools Partnership offered the opportunity to include an independent agency in this collaborative review. An independent view is valued as critical in forming a realistic characterization of the strengths and challenges that will inform continuing efforts for improved mathematics teaching and learning in RSU 13.
The results of this program audit will now be utilized for further professional study and as a basis for program development recommendations to be considered by mathematics curriculum team leaders, the RSU 13 Administrative team, each building principal, RSU 13’s math teachers, and the RSU 13 Curriculum Committee.
Click here to view this report: Mathematics Program Audit
RSU 13 Strategic Plan 2013 – 2018
Beginning in September of 2011, a Strategic Planning Team -- comprised of representatives drawn from our six communities, the staff, the school board, and the administration - convened to lead a process focused on developing a five-year strategic plan for our newly consolidated school district.
Areas of focus highlighted in the planning process included: teaching and learning; recruitment, retention, and evaluation of staff; financial matters; facilities; community engagement; and long-range development. The Strategic Planning Team also solicited a wide range of input from community and faculty members through surveys; parent, faculty and student meetings; and open community forums.
The resulting plan was adopted by the RSU 13 School Board by a unanimous vote at its regular meeting on March 7, 2013, and now stands as a blueprint for action in identifying priorities and establishing credible work plans for guiding the district toward excellence over the next five years. Importantly, the plan also is designed to be updated periodically with indicators of progress included in the strategic plan section – Measuring Our Progress and Effectiveness (pages 21-28).
RSU 13 wishes to acknowledge, with grateful appreciation, the dedication and conscientious attention that the following individuals contributed in bringing the RSU 13 Strategic Plan forward:
Duke Albanese, Great Schools Partnership, Inc. (Technical Assistance)
Loren Andrews, Vice Chair, School Board
Lew Collins, Superintendent of Schools
Emily Davis, School Counselor
Laurel Dean, Educational Technician
George Emery, School Board Member
Tom Forti, Principal, Oceanside High School East
Neal Guyer, Director of School Improvement
Greg Hamlin, Community Member, Past RSU 13 Board Chair
Ruth Anne Hohfeld, Community Member, Past RSU 13 Board Chair
Jessie Luttrell, Educational Technician
Anna Mason, Community Member
Patricia Mellor, Teacher
Tom Molloy, Community Member
Susan Stilwell, Principal, Owls Head Central/Thomaston Grammar
Click here to view RSU 13's Strategic Plan
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