Upon our return from the long weekend, and on behalf of RSU 18, please let me take the opportunity to again welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. I would like to take a moment to not only reflect on what we have completed leading up to the beginning of this year but also to inform you about where we are heading as a district.
In the past three years, RSU 18 has taken a more local control approach to reviewing our curriculum. We continue to consult with our professionals in the classroom and in other school districts around the State of Maine. This past summer RSU 18 revised curricula in the areas of Music and Art. We also reviewed the English Language, Mathematics, and World Languages curricula, and we are scheduled to review our Social Studies curriculum within the coming months, with the help of teachers at all levels across the district. Our administrators and staff continue to work hard to ensure that the curriculum that is implemented provides the very best educational experience for our students.
One goal that our administrative team set for the 2017-2018 academic year is to increase the number of students meeting or exceeding the standard by 5% on state tests. We plan to do this by focusing on common elements of instructional practice, using data-driven instruction. To support this goal, our staff will participate in professional development that will center on using technology to support our efforts.
We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school our children need support from both the home and school, and we know that a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your student’s education.
Good communication is a priority if we are to achieve a first-class education for our students. As a way to track achievement and communicate with parents, we have moved to PowerSchool as a consistent student information system platform at China Primary, China Middle, and Messalonskee High Schools. Other schools will be making this transition and will continue to use Empower until the transition is complete. Feedback from staff has been very positive. Our goal is to continue providing parents a more transparent way of monitoring student progress.
As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. Our students make us proud.
Keith R. Morin