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Local Summer Camps for DISES Learners

DISES offered a variety of summer learning to our students this year:

    • 24 DISES students in grades K-3 are attending Camp Kooky paired with tutoring.

    • 11 DISES students in grades 4-7 are attending Nichols Day Camp paired with tutoring.

    • 15 DISES students are learning in individual or paired tutoring at school or remotely.

    • 8 students are signed up for STEM Robotics Camp.

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Superintendent Message

7/16/2021

School Union #76 Update

Summer on the coast brings many visitors to an area of Maine that is the wondrous gem we all call home.

All over School Union 76, I have received many warm welcomes from students, staff and community members, which are received with heartfelt appreciation.

We all hope the Covid pandemic is behind us but unfortunately the impact will be lingering. As we prepare for this upcoming school year, we do not have any firm guidance yet regarding how we should proceed but we are all wishing to get back to some form of normalcy, so we can see those bright faces of children happily engaged in learning. As we get closer to that anticipated opening day the educational team of the Union will be communicating in many forms what we must do to ensure the safety of all.

On much brighter notes:

    • Summer School -The attendance has been phenomenal with academics in the morning and social and emotional outing experiences shared by all in the afternoon. Many smiling and laughing children and adults are good to hear and see again after our long masked events these past 18 months.

    • Staffing – We are working hard to fill the vacancies that typically come as we transition from one school year to the next. We say regretful good byes to many but eagerly welcome new faces into our Union.

    • Facilities – There are many projects underway throughout the district and we face the same challenges as many of you with scarcity of people to do the work. We will do our best to navigate these post Covid impacts. However, our committed facilities personnel have made great progress prepping the learning environment inside and outside of the schools.

    • Superintendent – Mr. Christian Elkington, as many of you are aware, is on to new challenges with different views. He has shifted his career from the coast to the foothills of the mountains in western Maine. He is clearly missed and we all wish him the best. As interim since July 1st, many people have shared with me their thanks for his caring commitment and leadership on both sides of the Reach.

    • School Boards/Committees – Just around the bend, August meetings will begin in person and like all of you are looking forward to face-to face interactions to support our schools and the learning to take place this coming year.

As we reflect on these past months the word “ RESILIENCE” comes to the stern. The fog the Union faced and we all faced in our lives, seems to be lifting. As our bow goes forward the word might shift to “REACH” for better tomorrows.

Going forward, we all learned there is more to our voyage than we imagined and we can all succeed with sustained effort. I hear optimism about seeking for new waters and let’s “REACH” it together.

Enjoy these warm days of summer and smile to everyone you encounter as our masks come off.

Best to you all,

Bob England

Interim Superintendent Union 76

Vision Statement

Every CSD 13 student is a self-directed, active learner eagerly engaged in meaningful opportunities for exploration that allow them to follow their passions and dreams, both within their school and in their community. They are confident, resilient, proud of their school, and ready to be compassionate and involved citizens of tomorrow.

To accomplish this:

1. We provide our students with a comprehensive, personalized learning experience that includes opportunities to learn both inside and outside the classroom.

2. Our students will become clear communicators able to understand a variety of perspectives, skilled in interpersonal and real-world skills, and capable of contributing to strong community leadership.

3. Our learning community, built on the positive aspects of our island culture, will be student-centered, safe, respectful and nurturing for all. Students will be supported in learning to investigate options, make mistakes, and grow in the process. We will foster positive student/teacher educational partnerships as well as collaborative parental involvement and engagement.

4. Our CSD 13 staff are professional, respected, adaptable, and compassionate; they provide strong, informed educational practice and leadership within Union 76. Staff are supported within the schools, where the use of a shared decision model is employed, and also by the wider community. Professional development is encouraged and rewarded.

5. Our facilities are well-maintained and welcoming; they support learner needs and generate a sense of pride for the school community.

6. Our Community takes pride in and actively supports our schools. School/community collaboration to create community-based learning experiences is valued and encouraged.

Core Beliefs

1. All students can learn and want to be successful.

2. Students learn in different ways, at different rates, and in a variety of settings.

3. Learning involves curiosity, taking risks, and making mistakes.

4. Students need clear and relevant learning targets, frequent feedback, and ongoing, meaningful reflection.

5. Effective applied learning incorporates opportunities for real-world problem-solving.

6. Social, emotional, and physical development are essential to students’ learning and success.

7. Students learn best in a safe environment characterized by positive relationships with peers, and with caring, competent adults.

8. High standards of performance are expected from all members of the learning community.

9. Life-long learning is a community-wide endeavor and a shared responsibility