Reminder: Register for Maine School Winter Wellness Summit on Jan 31

Life is Good, Wellness Makes It Better! The goal of the Winter Wellness Summit is to prepare and empower participants to create healthy, positive and safe schools for all school personnel and students by promoting policies and environmental practices that support healthier schools, improve personal health and well-being, and enhance academic achievement.

When: Thursday, January 30 and Friday, January 31
Where: The Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME
Audience: Any Individual and/or Wellness Team interested in tools and resources for supporting the health and well-being of Staff, Students and the School
Cost: Early registration until Dec 27 – $125/person*
Regular registrations after Dec 28 – $145/person *

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*Morning refreshments and lunch both days and dinner Thursday evening included in all registrations.

Sessions will address Physical-Emotional-Mental-Social-Spiritual & Occupational
dimensions of health with a special emphasis this year on Mental Wellness for all!

  • Engaging Workshops on Personal Wellness Practices
  • Programs & Leadership Skills
  • Action Planning
  • Positive School Environments
  • Wellness Exhibit Expo
  • Worksite Wellness Program Planning

Check out info on the two outstanding keynotes, Murray Banks and George Manning along with up-to-date details and a draft agenda for the 2020 Maine School Winter Wellness Summit on the Maine DOE Website’s Employee and Student Wellness web page.

Time is built into the schedule to practice taking care of YOU and to network with colleagues and professionals from across the state who value schoolsite health promotion and wellness.

Join us for the first Winter Wellness Summit, a component of the Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion Program, a program of the Maine Department of Education!

Register here for the Winter Wellness Summit


Accommodations are on your own, but we have secured a block of rooms at an excellent rate at The Samoset Resort for the State per diem rate of $122 prior to taxes for Single/Double Occupancy. Please note that in order to be tax exempt you must bring documentation.

To book a room at The Samoset Resort:
1 – Click on this link: The Samoset Resort (Do not call for reservations)
2 – Enter the date(s) of your reservation, have a credit card ready
3 – Ignore the next two dropdown buttons
4 – Click on the SEARCH button
5 – Proceed with instructions
The last day to book from the block of reserved rooms is Friday, December 27, 2019.
After December 27, the rate will be honored if rooms are still available.

For more information and questions contact Susan Berry, Maine Department of Education Health Education and Health Promotion Coordinator at 207-624-6695 or

School-Based Services Training Survey, Due December 31.

 In partnership with our colleagues at Department of Health and Human Services(DHHS), we are asking special education directors to complete a brief survey regarding MaineCare, so we can better tailor professional development for special education providers.  

MaineCare will be proposing a new section of the MaineCare Benefits Manual, Section 106, School-based Services. We anticipate the rule will go into effect July 1, 2020. To help ensure successful implementation of this rule, MaineCare is offering a series of trainings to school district personnel, agencies, and any other stakeholders who would like to know more about what health-related services may be billed to MaineCare through this new section of policy.  

We are asking all school-based services providers to complete a survey regarding training needs. The survey results will allow MaineCare to provide access to support and resources, and adequate training prior to implementation.  

In-person trainings will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, and grouped geographically whenever possible. Because there are over 200 school districts and hundreds of stakeholders who need training, we will do our best to meet the needs of your staff. Preference will be given to current MaineCare providers. We will also provide two online, self-directed MaineCare Basics trainings, along with an updated MaineCare in Education Pre-Implementation Training Guide for Providers, which will be posted and available on the day that the new Section 106 policy is legally adopted.  The online MaineCare Basics self-directed trainings will be prerequisites for individuals attending the in-person training.  

Please complete the School-Based Services Training Survey by December 31, 2019. Please, only one response per agency or school administrative unit. One of the questions asks you to identify the number of staff in need of each of the training courses offered. Please refer to the Section 106 Policy Guides, Presentations, and Training document for the training descriptions on the MaineCare in Education webpage.

Please contact Trista Collins with questions.

Important Reminder: Due Date Approaches for Quarter 2 (Q2) Attendance, Behavior, Bullying, and Truancy Data Review

The Department of Education offers quarterly windows for districts to review, for accuracy and comprehensiveness, the data that has been entered and reported to us. It is our hope that review of this data on a more regular basis will save district personnel time and work at the end of the year, and that it will provide time for analysis and to make any necessary corrections.

The certification period for Quarter 2 (Q2), which includes attendance, behavior, bullying, and truancy, opens January 1st.  Review and certification are required by January 15th. Superintendent certification is required for all quarterly reports.

Attendance data certification can be found here, and guidance on reporting attendance can be found here.

Behavior data certification can be found here, and guidance on reporting behavior can be found here.

Bullying data certification can be found here, and guidance on what constitutes a reported incident of bullying can be found here.

Truancy data certification can be found here, and guidance on reporting truancy can be found here.

If you have difficulties navigating to Synergy or NEO, please call the Helpdesk at 624-6896 or email at

All due dates for reports are listed on the MDOE reporting calendar. All quarterly reports are based on the following months:

  • Quarter Two (Q2) – As of Jan 1 (to include Oct through Dec) – due Jan 15
  • Quarter Three (Q3) – As of April 1 (to include Jan through March) – due April 15
  • Quarter Four (Q4)– As of July 1 (to include Apr through June) – due July 15
  • Quarter One (Q1)– As of Oct 1 (to include July, August, Sept) – due Oct 15


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: 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).