Dear Parents,

This has been a trying and traumatic week and because of this, we will be hosting a time for outgoing 2nd graders and their parents from 1:00-2:00pm to come together on Friday.  Our intention is to have parents and children together and then determine together if there is the opportunity to separate them.  Children will be given age appropriate activities to process their grief.  It is our hope to give parents the opportunity to participate in a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing facilitated by trained professionals.

 At 2:00, we would like to invite the community at large to participate in a guided debriefing activity.  Depending on the ages and amounts of people who show up will determine how we proceed with the activities.  For example, if there is a larger number of middle schoolers, we will separate them out and debrief them more with words than activities as they are developmentally able to manage this differently.

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing is a model utilized to support people in processing after a traumatic event.  As a model, it is designed to give people the opportunity to talk about thoughts and feelings, but also gain information about what normal grief reactions looks like as well as resources.  This will be provided by staff from AMHC who are trained in the Mitchell Model for Critical Incident Stress Debriefing.

Thank you, Mike Benjamin

Reminder: The School Board will be meeting Thursday at 5:30 to discuss and prepare a revised budget. The meeting will be held in the High School Cafeteria.

Dear Parents and Community Members:

It is with great sadness that I write this notice. Today I was notified by Maine State Police that Debbie Greenlaw has passed away. The only factual information that the school has received at this time is that the cause of death is undetermined. Debbie was a much loved teacher, friend and community member. Current students and parents alike will surely be impacted by this loss. The school has worked to reach parents of outgoing students, however recognizes the far reaching impact of Debbie as a teacher and wanted to provide notification as efficiently as possible.

Grief Counselors will be available today in the library for any students or community members who are effected by our loss until 6:00pm. Counselors will also be on site from 10am-6pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Additional resources are available at the school. In the event that anyone is in distress and needs to talk to someone now, call 888-568-1112.

A letter will be sent home and additional information will be provided as it is available.

Thank you,

Mike Benjamin

Summer Lunch for Students
July 6 - August 7
Please come and have a healthy Free breakfast and lunch for all students grades K-12!
Breakfast 8-9 am
Lunch 11-12 pm

Meals will be also be served at the Island Community Center.

Summer Office Hours

The office will be closed the week of June 29 through July 3.  The office will be open from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Tuesday through Thursdays throughout the summer.

Staffing Plan for 2015-16

May 5, 2015

To best serve the needs of our students as well as being fiscally responsible. 

            The overriding need for the elementary school for next year is to insure we provide the necessary support (educationally and behavioral) for the Grades 3-5 wing.  Therefore, here is my recommendation for staffing.


2014/15                   2015/16

5 Middle school teachers




5.4 Teachers grades 3-5



.5 Alternative Ed Teacher



5 Assistant Principal




11.4 Full Time Equivalent Staff Members 


 4 middle school teachers (ELA, science, math, and social studies.



6 Teachers grades 3-5, two each grade level


1 Alternative Ed Teacher with at least half time focus on grades 3-5

0 Assistant Principal

.4 Teaching reverts back to Title 1/RTI intervention

11.4 Full Time Equivalent Staff Members


In Addition, we are budgeting $10,000 for an outside behavioral consultant to assist staff.





Staffing reductions overall from 2014-15 to 2015-16:

            .5 Assistant Principal

            2 Ed Tech positions

.5 Maintenance position

Super Administrator,
Feb 13, 2015, 6:30 AM