Minutes for April 6, 2010




April 6, 2010


Committee Members Present        :           S. Carleton, L. Andrews, G. Emery, P. Moran-Wotton, Other Board Members Present    :           R.A. Hohfeld

Staff Members Present                   :           N. Guyer, T. Wright, M. Thill

Others Present                                 :           2 RSU 13 parents

Location                                             :           Superintendent’s Office – McLain Building


I.              Call to order:


This meeting was called to order by Sally Carleton, Curriculum Committee Chair, at 6:30 PM.


II.         Update on alternative education – program planning for 2010-2011. T. Wright:


           Tom Wright provided an overview of alternative education services for both mid-level and high school students.


In 2010-2011 there will be a consolidation of the 2 middle school programs. The consolidated program will be housed at the St. George School – staffed by a teacher and 2 ed tech 3’s.  Students will also participate in hands-on lab and field activities at Herring Gut Learning Center (HGLC) to strengthen literacy, math, and science skills. Immediate challenges include:


·         Helping the students from Rockland Middle School Alternative Education program transition to and adjust to this new setting

·         Developing an instructional schedule and assigning staff in order to make the best use of available resources.


            At the high school level there are currently 39 students being served by RSU 13’s Alternative          High School Program which is housed at the McLain building. The 2 primary goals of the            program are: to provide students the support needed to earn a high school diploma and to help             them become as fully integrated into the mainstream as possible.


            Most typically high school students attend the program for a half-day session, either in the             morning or afternoon, during which time they take core academic courses in English, Math,        Science, and Social Studies.  (At this point half day programming is necessary because the 2            high schools have different schedules).


            While there are multiple options available to these students to earn a high school diploma or its       equivalency, all options are not seen as equal.  Thus an adult education diploma and a GED are     seen as less desirable than a regular diploma from either GVHS or RDHS, even though these    options may better suit the needs and circumstances of individual students.


            It is anticipated that the high school program will remain status quo for next year. When there is a   single consolidated 8 – 12 program, it would be hoped that the Alternative Ed program would be housed at the 10-12 school.  The advantages of this would include:


·         Increased administrative support

·         Greater opportunity for students to access the mainstream courses

·         Higher levels of individualized scheduling (not limited to ½ day programming)

·         Academic and social safety net would be more accessible

·         Ultimately would likely allow for more students to be supported with the same staffing numbers.




 RSU 13 Curriculum Committee Minutes, 4-2-10, page 2.



III.        Overview of emerging State Common Core Standards.  N. Guyer:


            This brief presentation highlighted aspects of the National Governors Association & Council of Chief State School Officers Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). The grade level literacy and mathematics standards articulated via this initiative are expected to be adopted in Maine and will replace the current Maine Learning Results. It is anticipated that these standards will be finalized in the spring of 2010, and that Maine will move to formally adopt soon thereafter.

            Committee members were provided with a handout profiling the history, likely roll-out process in Maine, expected benefits, and potential challenges of this initiative.


IV.       Review of Jules Verne French world language visiting teacher application. N. Guyer:


            Neal Guyer confirmed information that had been previously shared with the RSU 13 School Board regarding RSU 13’s application to recruit a visiting French teacher via this French Government program for the 2010-2011 school year.  If successful, this teacher will be deployed for elementary level instruction at the South School, Owls Head Central School, and the Gilford Butler School. This would involve minimal costs to RSU 13 and would enhance considerably our short-term capacity to continue world language instruction during these challenging economic times.


V.        Overview of RSU 13 spring assessment schedule and website development for making assessment data available.  N. Guyer:   


            The spring assessment schedule involving multiple assessments K-11 was briefly reviewed.  Committee members were also provided with a printed ‘conceptual layout’ of how the district’s website location for assessment data will be organized and made available. A test page for this site has been created and is currently in the final phases of development.  It is hoped that this site will be up and running during the week following April vacation. Neal Guyer will notify committee members when the site becomes available.


VI.       Other/Adjourn.


            Committee members were provided with information regarding a profession development opportunity that is being made available to K-6 teachers at the Herring Gut Learning Center.  This series of on-site workshops are free for teachers and are intended to enhance science instruction.


            Committee members discussed and agreed that the next RSU 13 Curriculum Committee meeting will take place at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 – at the Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde.  An agenda for this meeting will be sent the week of April 28th and will include driving directions to HGLC.


            This meeting was adjourned by Sally Carleton at approximately 8:25 PM.