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A Message from Bradley V. Smith, Superintendent of Schools

The Rhythm of Things

There are certain patterns or sequences of events that take place in our lives.  This rhythm can be seen in our day-to-day, weekly, monthly and yearly routines.  It is evident in life itself, and so it is with education.

Each spring, we end a school year preparing students to move on to the next grade culminating for seniors with graduation.  There are both joy and sadness as the year ends; memories of the past year are celebrated, and we say goodbye to those students and staff who are leaving our system.  It is a bittersweet time.

Summer, and the change in rhythm, is welcomed and seems to pass too quickly for some as we enjoy activities and events that accompany the season. By now, the familiar “Back to School” sales remind us of the approaching year.  School buildings, classrooms, buses and fields are being made ready for the return of students and staff. The school bells are about to ring again!

For those students and families new to our district, we welcome you and look forward to an exciting year.  For returning students and families, we are anxious to see you again and hear about your summer adventures.  Changes of staff have occurred and new teachers, support staff and administrators are still being selected to join our M.S.A.D. No. 75 family.

New Teachers and Support Staff

When it comes to the quality of education a child receives, it is the skills and abilities of the teacher in a child’s classroom that makes all the difference in the world!  The teachers and support staff of our district are talented, dedicated and committed to providing a quality educational experience.  Students will find some teachers new to their schools.  With a number of retirements last June, we have new teachers at every school. We are pleased to see our additions include teachers just beginning their careers and others with several years of experience.  New support staff, including bus drivers, cooks, custodians, office staff, and educational technicians, have joined us over the summer in a variety of positions throughout the District as well.  

Administrative Changes

Excellent schools have excellent leaders!  The administrators of M.S.A.D. No. 75 provide the leadership necessary in achieving our district mission and goals.  Several changes have taken place in administration including leadership positions at Bowdoin Central School, Woodside Elementary School, Special Services and Mt. Ararat Middle School. We welcome these people to their positions and hope you will take the time to become acquainted with them.  We anticipate finalizing the selection of a principal for the Middle School prior to the start of school!

Attendance Matters

Teachers know how absence from school and the loss of instructional time matters. Every day counts….and over time, the impact on achievement is clearly evident.  Last year we began to focus increased attention on this aspect of education.  Imagine how even 10 days of missed school per year accumulates over the span of Kindergarten to 12th grade. It would amount to 130 days of school!  That’s like missing an entire school year….yet sadly far too many students are absent more than that!  The patterns are set early, and establishing regular and punctual attendance is critical beginning in kindergarten!  If attendance has been an issue for your child in the past, set a goal to significantly reduce that amount this year…make those goals specific (like reducing the number of days absent by 50%) with monthly and annual goals established.  Set up a meeting with your child’s teacher, school counselor or principal during the first days of school to work together.  Celebrate good attendance, and stress the importance of developing responsible habits that will lead to greater success throughout life. 

Relationships and Communication Are Key

Every student in M.S.A.D. No. 75, without exception, should feel confident that there is an adult at school who cares about them and their success!  Talk with your child throughout the year to ensure that positive relationships exist; and if not, set an appointment to talk with school personnel about this sooner rather than later.  The relationships between parents and teachers are just as important.  Start this new year by taking time as parents to become acquainted with your child’s teachers and administrators. 

We are excited about the opening of the 2015-16 school year and hope it brings success and accomplishment.  If problems occur, please communicate with the teachers and administrators of your school. If we approach problems as opportunities to work together, we can solve whatever issues may arise. 

So, if you have a question, ask it. Better yet, visit your nearby school and experience the many wonderful things happening each and every day!

 

Bradley V. Smith

Superintendent of Schools

 
 
 

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