October Newsletter from Patrick Manuel

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this letter finds you well.  Hopefully the start of the school year has gone smoothly for your child.  It was a busy summer in the district hiring new staff and providing numerous professional development opportunities.  Also, the safety/security of our buildings was significantly improved by installing new classroom locks that allow doors to be locked from the inside, panic buttons in the offices, shatter-proof glass in prominent areas, and soon we will be implementing a visible window numbering system that allows first responders to become easily acclimated to the school buildings.

The sitework for the new Morse/BRCTC is in full swing.  The district held a celebration on October 3rd to celebrate the sitework progress and to thank various people for their help with this exciting project.  The building plans will go out to bid in January and the construction of the new facility should begin in April.  Please visit www.rsu1.org and click on the Morse-BRCTC Building Project for updated plans and videos.

RSU 1 teachers are involved in many forms of professional development this year to improve their curriculum and instruction for the betterment of all of our students.  To kick off the year in August, teachers had two professional development days where the topics of proficiency based learning, behavior interventions, reading support, and teacher evaluation, just to name a few, were covered in preparation for the year.  For our October professional development day, the technology department took all staff members to the ACTEM computer and technology conference in Augusta. With our 1:1 computing in classrooms K-12, all staff are continuously developing their technology skills with the ever-changing resources available to students online.  Finally, the upcoming November professional development day will bring building based work on student assessments, proficiency based grading, and the individual goals each school has set to accomplish for this year. Our final professional development day will take place in March. We strive to always maximize our adult learning during this time to continue to expand our own growth and what we can offer your children.

The district educational plan for 2018-2019 can be viewed here: LINK.  The overarching goals focus on the following areas:

  1. Ensuring high quality teachers and administrators

  2. Developing meaningful and engaging curriculum and sound instructional practices

  3. Providing safe, respectful and positive learning environments

  4. Improving community relations

Parent involvement is critical for students to have a successful school experience.  Please become involved by attending parent-teacher conferences, volunteering in our schools, and attending extracurricular events.  The district is committed to making decisions based on the best interest of students, supporting our educators to do their very best work, and ensuring that we strike a balance between assisting students in meeting rigorous standards/ expectations while valuing each child’s happiness and unique learning style.

I look forward to another rewarding school year.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, comments, or concerns atpmanuel@rsu1.org or 443-6601.


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Patrick Manuel, Ed.D.


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