New Webinar: Quarterly Attendance Reporting -FAQs and Common Errors

To assist those who are responsible for the important task of reporting quarterly attendance data to the Maine Department of Education, the DOE Data Team will be holding a webinar on Monday January 6th, from 11am to 12pm.

This webinar will be an open session for the DOE and the districts to discuss quarterly attendance reporting. We will review frequently asked questions and common data issues found during previous reporting periods.  This is also an opportunity for districts to ask any questions, provide comments, and voice concerns regarding the quarterly attendance reporting process.

To register for the webinar, please click the following registration link and fill out the appropriate fields.

For assistance or more information, contact us at:  medms.helpdesk@maine.gov or (207)624-6896.

Kennebec Valley Regional Superintendents’ Association Hosts 4th Biennial Showcase Event

In an effort to promote the masterful work our public schools do for the students in the Kennebec valley region, the Kennebec Valley Regional Superintendents’ Association (KVRSA) sponsored it’s 4th biennial Showcase Event on November 15, 2019 at Cony High School in Augusta.

This year 10 school districts participated with their students sharing 20 different and ingenious educational opportunities taking place in their schools. Showcase activities ranged from digital photography, ELL programming, culinary arts, Fast Break Café, Dual Enrollment opportunities, JMG Backpack programs, innovation using upcycled materials, STEM and the latest technology such as 3D, printers and Robots.  We had students share their digital graphics program, multiple pathway opportunities and a 20% Project program.  We were also entertained by two performing groups.

This worthwhile event was attended by DOE representatives, Superintendents, Principals, School Board Members, Parents, and Maine Legislators.

“This was such an awesome event!” said Page Nicols, Chief Innovation Officer for the Maine DOE. “I was especially impressed by a group of high school students from Gardiner working on ‘The 20% Project’ in which they developed a business idea and then actually launched the business.  There were a couple of graduates with them who have further pursued their project/business since they graduated.”

“I was so impressed by the caliber of the student ambassadors as they shared what they were learning and doing in the various programs they were representing,” said Shari Templeton, Maine DOE Science & Technology Specialist and Kennebec County Regional Representative. “From RSU 3 elementary students adeptly discussing Cougar coins and PBIS strategies to RSU 18 high school students proudly describing their Fast Break Café, the young people were poised, confident and strong advocates for the programs they represented. Kudos to the next generation and the teachers who lead them,” she added.

Participating School Districts and what they were showcasing are as follows:

Elementary – Grades Pre-K – 5

  • RSU 3 – PBIS
  • RSU 18 – Robotics

Middle School – Grades 6 – 8

  • RSU 3 – IKnowME
  • RSU 38 – Ratio Math Projects

High School – Grades 9 – 12 & Technical Center

  • Augusta – Digital Photography and ELL Program, CATC Culinary Arts and serving, Cony Madrigals – Welcoming performance
  • RSU 3 – Chamber Singers (Performing during event)
  • RSU 18 – Fast Break Café
  • RSU 38 – Dual Enrollment
  • MSAD 49 – JMG Backpack Program
  • MSAD 13, 59 & 74 – Innovation using upcycled materials and the latest technology such as 3D printers and Robotics
  • MSAD 13, 59 & 74 – Multiple Pathways Academy
  • MSAD 11 – 20% projects completed and in progress
  • MSAD 54 – Digital Graphics Program

Adult Education

  • RSU 38 – Maranacook Adult and Community Education

Information and pictures for this article were provided by administrators from the Kennebec Valley Regional Superintendents’ Association (KVRSA).

Cape Elizabeth Students Honored at DOE Arts Showcase Celebration

Forty-two student artists from Cape Elizabeth Middle School were honored on December 10, 2019 in the Hall of Flags of the Maine State House in Augusta as part of the Maine Arts Showcase celebration.

IMG_1672The students were each awarded a certificate from the Maine Department of Education (DOE) and a letter from Governor Janet T. Mills for their outstanding artwork that is currently on display at the Maine DOE.

The Maine Arts Showcase is a program of the Maine DOE that displays the artwork of Maine students in the halls of the Maine DOE in a series of exhibits throughout the year. The program and the celebration event serve as a way for the Department to celebrate arts education in Maine and give Maine students the opportunity to have an impact with their art outside the walls of their own schools.

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Maine DOE Visual and Performing Arts Specialist Jason Anderson

“The process of making art is where all the ‘hard work’ happens,” said Maine DOE Visual and Performing Arts Specialist Jason Anderson in his opening remarks at the event. “The displaying of artwork is where we (as artists) get to sit back, take it in, and hear how the work affects others. For many students, making art is the activity where they feel the most creative and engaged with their world,” he added.

Maine DOE Deputy Commissioner Dan Chuhta also spoke at the event to congratulate the students, and thank everyone for coming including educators, students and their families, and arts education supporters. During his remarks he took note of the important work of arts educators across the state in their efforts to provide quality arts education programming to Maine students. “In addition to promoting creativity, involvement in the arts helps students build the important skills of problem solving, collaboration, and perseverance.”

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L to R: Cape Elizabeth Superintendent Donna Wolfrom, Maine DOE Deputy Commissioner Dan Chuhta, Cape Elizabeth Middle School Art Teacher and 2004 Maine Teacher of the Year Marguerite Lawler-Roher, and Cape Elizabeth Middle School Principal Troy Eastman.

Also in attendance at the event was Cape Elizabeth Middle School Art Teacher and 2004 Maine Teacher of the Year Marguerite Lawler-Roher, Cape Elizabeth Middle School Principal Troy Eastman, and Cape Elizabeth Superintendent Donna Wolfrom, along with Maine State Board of Education Chairman Wilson Hess, and Senator Rebecca Millet from Maine’s 29th District, representing South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, and part of Scarborough.

Following the awards ceremony, students, educators, and family members were invited to the Maine Department of Education to tour the facility and find their artwork on the wall. The artwork has been on display since October 2019 and will be up until February 2020.

 

 

Bonny Eagle High and Boothbay Region Elementary Educators Named Assistant Principals of the Year

During two separate school assemblies held Monday, December 9, 2019 the Maine Principals’ Association named Erin Maguire, Assistant Principal at Bonny Eagle High School, Maine’s NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year for 2020, and Tricia Campbell, Assistant Principal at Boothbay Region Elementary School, Maine’s NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year for 2020.

The awards are programs of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Each program honors an Assistant Principal of the Year in each state in the nation. Maine’s awards are administered by the Maine Principals’ Association (MPA).

Bonny eagle AP AwardErin Maguire

Assistant Principal at Bonny Eagle High School and 2020 NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year

Ms. Maguire received the award based on her accomplishments as a strong educational leader, as a role model in the development of positive school culture and climate, her ability to provide effective feedback for both students and staff, and on her ability to inspire all those around her to meet the learning needs of every student, every day.

In announcing Ms. Maguire’s selection as 2020 Maine’s NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year, MPA Executive Director of the Professional Division, Holly Couturier noted, “Erin Maguire has been the epitome of what we want from an instructional leader.  Her leadership and her ability to connect with all students is commendable.”

Bonny eagle AP Award GROUP

In 2004, Ms. Maguire received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maine and her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine in 2011.

Ms. Maguire began her educational career as a grade 8 math teacher in 2004 where she co-taught mathematics with a special education teacher.  She then went on to teach high school math until 2013 when she became the proud assistant principal of Bonny Eagle High School.

She is a member of the Maine Principals’ Association and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

boothbay AP awardTricia Campbell

Assistant Principal at Boothbay Region Elementary School and 2020 NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year

Ms. Campbell received the award based on her accomplishments as a strong community and educational leader, as a role model in the development of positive school culture and climate, her ability to create an educational learning environment for students and staff, and on her energy that motivates all around her to succeed.

In announcing Ms. Campbell’s selection as 2020 Maine’s NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year, MPA Executive Director of the Professional Division, Holly Couturier noted, “Tricia Campbell has been instrumental in the professional development of her peers.  Her can-do attitude and enthusiasm is contagious!”

boothbay AP award GROUP

In 1995, Ms. Campbell received her Bachelor of Arts from the Colby Sawyer College in New Hampshire, her Masters in Education in 2002 from Lesley University in Massachusetts and most recently she obtained her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from St. Joseph’s College.

Ms. Campbell began her educational career as an educational technician in Wiscasset in 1996.  She then moved into a middle school teacher working in the behavior program for Wiscasset in 2000.  Ms. Campbell started the behavior and life skills classrooms at the same school while she co-taught grades 5-8 classes.  During this time, Ms. Campbell assisted the building principal and found her love of administration.  For the past five years, Ms. Campbell has been the Assistant Principal of Boothbay Region Elementary School.

She is a member of the Maine Principals’ Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the Boothbay Region Parent/Teacher Organization.

Save the Date: Training Opportunity on Serving Highly Mobile Students (Homeless, Foster, Migrant, Military)

Join us for an interactive session on the educational provisions designed to promote the educational stability of highly mobile students. Please complete this survey to register and share with us what you would like to get out of the training. Thank you!

Intended Audience: McKinney Vento Homeless Liaisons and Foster Care Points of Contact (Please be sure your information is updated in NEO if you are the SAU contact).

Hosted by Maine Department of Education’s  Office of School and Student Support Team members, Gayle Erdheim gayle.erdheim@maine.gov and Amelia Lyons amelia.lyons@maine.gov.

Portland: March 9, 2020, at the Italian Heritage Center

Bangor: March 10, 2020, at United Technologies Center

Houlton: March 13, 2020, location TBD