RSU 57 Community Newsletter
May 15, 2023
Message from the Superintendent
Dear RSU 57 Community,
On behalf of the RSU 57 administration, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and caregivers who have loved and cared for our students. Your selfless sacrifices and unconditional love make our schools a better place through the support you give your child. We know that being a caregiver is not always easy. It requires long hours, patience, and a great deal of love. But we also know that it is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you. Thank you for all that you do for our students. You are truly making a difference in their lives.
The sunshine has finally arrived! This past weekend was a picture perfect Maine weekend. I hope you all had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather. With the arrival of these warmer temperatures we are reminded that the 2022-23 school year is quickly winding down. With 5 weeks remaining in the school year we have a great many things taking place between now and June 15. From upcoming kindergarten screenings to senior celebrations - where we are preparing to welcome our youngest students and send off our oldest - the months of May and June are extremely busy. Many of our elementary students will be experiencing Spring field trips and our transition work of preparing our 5th graders for Massabesic Middle School and our 8th graders for Massabesic High School is well underway. Lastly, school and department leaders will complete year-end reviews of their buildings with an eye towards continued improvement for the 2023-24 school year.
As always, I wish to share my gratitude to our RSU 57 parents, guardians and caregivers for the amazing support they’ve provided our district this school year. When schools and caregivers work in partnership great things can happen. I’m looking forward to a successful end to this school year and continued partnership in the years ahead.
Have a safe and warm week.
Dr. Stephen D. Marquis
Things that Grow at LINE School
SRTC Nat'l Technical Honors Society
On May 3rd, eighteen Massabesic High School students were inducted into the Sanford Regional Technical Center National Honors Society. Congratulations to Antonia Capece, Sidnei Dobbins, Ceara FitzGerald, Aleya Fogg, Sydney Gaumont-Mayer, Katherine Hanlon, Ava Hansen, Nevaeh Kerrigan, Alyscia Koehmstedt, Allen Merrifield, James Moore, Ethan Phengdara, Zeke Rand, Felicia Raymond, Lexis Robinson, Dylan Sharron, Samuel Stephensn, and Brielle Wills. These students will join six MHS Seniors who were inducted during the 2021-2022 school year for a total of twenty-four NTHS members from RSU 57! Way to go, Mustangs! (pictured below)
Family Night at Shapleigh Memorial
Perseverance at AES
During the week of May 1st, Alfred Elementary students in grades 3-5 participated in a special assembly that focused on the theme of "perseverance". Students collaborated with staff to create a skit, played interactive games, and were interviewed regarding what perseverance means to them. Thank you to Ms. Graham, Ms. LaPage, Miss Coffey, Miss Shopland, and Ms. McCarthy for their fantastic work with our students around this important trait!
Staff Model Mustang Award
The Board of Directors Public Relations and Technology Committee has created the "Model Mustang Staff Award", which recognizes staff members who exemplify at least one of the following qualities: inspirational, is a leader, creates a positive culture, perseveres, and is excellent at what they do. RSU 57 Staff Members can nominate their peers, and each month, one person is randomly selected to win a gift certificate to a local business. May's Model Mustang Award Winner is Julia Carbone, an Administrative Assistant at Shapleigh Memorial School! Congratulations to all of our wonderful staff nominees for making a difference in the lives of students and our community. (View the list of nominees below.)
From the Office of the Asst. Superintendent
Dear RSU 57 Community,
I hope this newsletter finds you all well. I’d like to extend a belated Happy Mother’s Day to all of our district’s mother’s, step-mothers, grandmothers and caregivers and I hope you were all able to enjoy the day yesterday. The school year is less than 5 weeks until completion. As an educator and parent of three school-aged children, I know that the end of the school year can be a busy and stressful time for families. With final exams, projects, warming weather and after school activities all vying for attention, it can be hard to make sure that students are finishing the year on a positive note.
Here are a few tips that I have found helpful:
Set a regular study schedule and stick to it. This will help students stay on top of their work and avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Create a positive learning environment at home. This means providing a quiet place to study, free from distractions.
Encourage students to take breaks. Students need time to relax and recharge, so don't be afraid to let them take a break from studying as needed.
Help students stay organized. This can be a big help, especially for younger students. There are many different organizational tools available, so find one that works for your child. One suggestion is creating a checklist of “to-do’s” that students can work from in order to prioritize their work.
Be positive and supportive. Let your child know you believe in them and that you are there to help them succeed.
By following these tips, you can help your child finish the school year on a positive note. I wish a fantastic final month of the school year to all of our RSU 57 students and families.
Mr. Kyle Keenan
Dates to Remember...
May 15: District Budget Referendum @ 7pm - MMS Library
May 16: *PR/Technology Committee Meeting @ 6pm - East Training Center
May 22: PreK Screening for WES - East Training Center
May 23: *Transportation/Security Meeting @ 6pm - East Training Center
May 24: Early Release Day
May 24: PreK Screening for Shapleigh & LINE - East Training Center
May 26: Kindergarten Screening - Alfred, Lyman & WES - East Training Center
May 29: Memorial Day (District Closed)
May 30: Kindergarten Screening for Shapleigh & LINE - East Training Center
*All meetings are open to the public and available to join via Zoom at this link.