March 26 Update

March 26, 2020

Good Morning,

The last three weeks have been a whirlwind for all of us.  Things that we took for granted late in February have become precious to all of us, as our country navigates this trying time.  The patience and understanding our community has shown to our schools is truly appreciated.  Our teachers continue to create exciting content for students.  It is truly a testament to our community and staff that our remote learning program is up and running so well.  Please understand that as our time away from a traditional school setting grows, our staff will be working to update and evolve our distance-learning program.  Our systems and processes are being continuously evaluated in order to best meet the needs of all of our students given our current constraints.  Again, I would be remiss if I didn’t express my gratitude to all of our staff for their commitment to providing a meaningful educational setting for our students.

On Tuesday, Governor Janet Mills held a press conference to update the State of Maine on the COVID 19 pandemic.  As part of that press conference, Governor Mills required “all non-essential businesses close their physical locations that are public facing, meaning those that allow customer, vendor, or other in-person contact.”  For clarity, MSAD 35 is considered essential under the Governor’s requirements.  With that being said, the district will be taking additional precautions to provide the safest environment for our staff and the community. On Monday, March 30th, all district offices will begin providing support remotely.  All school administration will be available by phone, but our buildings will be completely closed to the public.  The needs for students ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to seniors in high school are extremely diverse.  Therefore, each school will create plans on how to best meet the needs of their students, while honoring the Center for Disease Control recommendations, which limits the number of people in close proximity.

All members of our community are experiencing challenges due to this pandemic. Therefore, MSAD 35 will be offering an expanded opportunity through our food service department.  Also beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, Eliot Elementary School and Central Elementary School will establish a free drive-through meal pick-up program between 9:00 am and 11:00 am.  This will allow families the opportunity to visit either school and receive a breakfast and lunch at no charge for anyone in their household 18 or under, whether they attend Marshwood or not.  We will also continue to offer our traditional meal program and meal drop off that was established last week.  If your situation has changed and you would like to apply for free or reduced price meals, please use this link: http://www.rsu35.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Free-and-Reduced-Price-School-Meal-Application-for-SY-2019.pdf

Finally, on Wednesday, April 1st, I will be presenting my proposed school calendar for the remainder of the school year.  The School Board will vote on the calendar that evening.  I will provide an update to the community regarding the school calendar next Thursday.  That update will include the scheduled last day of school.

It is my intent to continue to provide a weekly update to our community.  In the event that important information becomes available, I will continue to provide additional updates as quickly as possible.  We are all struggling with unknowns and ever-changing information. Our staff truly appreciates your patience and continued support.

 

Respectfully,

John Caverly

MSAD 35 will continue distance learning through at least Friday, April 17th, 2020

March 21, 2020

 

Good Evening,

On Thursday, March 19th I emailed the community with an update on MSAD 35’s plan to manage the COVID 19 pandemic.  As part of the update, I also said that I would keep the community informed of our future plans.  Taking into account the current Center for Disease Control recommendations, in conjunction with Governor Mills declared State of Civil Emergency, I am emailing tonight to notify the district that MSAD 35 will continue distance learning through at least Friday, April 17th, 2020.  April vacation is scheduled to occur the week of April 20th through the 24th.

A number of questions have been asked in regards to our school calendar.  For clarity, distance learning days count toward the state requirement of 175 total student days.  In addition, the Maine Department of Education is providing great flexibility due to the current crisis, and has allowed schools the opportunity to build our schedule around our Continuity of Education Plan which was approved by our School Board on Wednesday March 18, 2020.

Therefore, MSAD 35 will request that Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th are both counted towards our state required 175 student days, as both were used to develop and begin the implementation of our Continuity of Education Plan.  Once the District receives DOE approval, I will update the district calendar and share that information with all of you.  At this point, we are still planning on holding Marshwood High School graduation on Friday, June 5th, 2020.  I have had a number of Class of 2020 parents and students reach out to me; as a district we are committed to find ways to honor all of our seniors and celebrate their accomplishments during a very unique time.

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, all school and district offices will be open from 8:00am to 12:00pm for the necessary pick up and drop off of materials.  In order to comply with Governor Mills and CDC guidelines, we will be reducing the number of staff members in the District’s offices.  All of our office staff will be working remotely when not in the building, and we do not anticipate any breaks in service.  If there are questions, staff members will be available to answer the phones at each building to assist the community.

Finally, I need to express my thanks to our district staff.  This is something that is foreign to most of us and they have worked tirelessly to create a new curriculum delivery format in a very short window.

I want to assure all of you that the district staff is hoping to return to school as soon as possible, but the safety of our staff, students and community must be the priority at this time.  Thank you for your understanding. I truly appreciate our community’s outpouring of support and know this has created challenges for many of our families.  Together we will navigate these uncharted waters.

John Caverly

DISTRICT CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT AND INFORMATION

DISTRICT CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT AND INFORMATION

To the District Community:

From March 10th on, all information provided by the district will be found here (rsu35.org).  It will be posted on each school’s website and all of the Facebook pages the district is able to use.  The most current information will be at the top of the page.

 

March 26, 2020

Good Morning,

The last three weeks have been a whirlwind for all of us.  Things that we took for granted late in February have become precious to all of us, as our country navigates this trying time.  The patience and understanding our community has shown to our schools is truly appreciated.  Our teachers continue to create exciting content for students.  It is truly a testament to our community and staff that our remote learning program is up and running so well.  Please understand that as our time away from a traditional school setting grows, our staff will be working to update and evolve our distance-learning program.  Our systems and processes are being continuously evaluated in order to best meet the needs of all of our students given our current constraints.  Again, I would be remiss if I didn’t express my gratitude to all of our staff for their commitment to providing a meaningful educational setting for our students.

On Tuesday, Governor Janet Mills held a press conference to update the State of Maine on the COVID 19 pandemic.  As part of that press conference, Governor Mills required “all non-essential businesses close their physical locations that are public facing, meaning those that allow customer, vendor, or other in-person contact.”  For clarity, MSAD 35 is considered essential under the Governor’s requirements.  With that being said, the district will be taking additional precautions to provide the safest environment for our staff and the community. On Monday, March 30th, all district offices will begin providing support remotely.  All school administration will be available by phone, but our buildings will be completely closed to the public.  The needs for students ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to seniors in high school are extremely diverse.  Therefore, each school will create plans on how to best meet the needs of their students, while honoring the Center for Disease Control recommendations, which limits the number of people in close proximity.

All members of our community are experiencing challenges due to this pandemic. Therefore, MSAD 35 will be offering an expanded opportunity through our food service department.  Also beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, Eliot Elementary School and Central Elementary School will establish a free drive-through meal pick-up program between 9:00 am and 11:00 am.  This will allow families the opportunity to visit either school and receive a breakfast and lunch at no charge for anyone in their household 18 or under, whether they attend Marshwood or not.  We will also continue to offer our traditional meal program and meal drop off that was established last week.  If your situation has changed and you would like to apply for free or reduced price meals, please use this link: http://www.rsu35.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Free-and-Reduced-Price-School-Meal-Application-for-SY-2019.pdf

Finally, on Wednesday, April 1st, I will be presenting my proposed school calendar for the remainder of the school year.  The School Board will vote on the calendar that evening.  I will provide an update to the community regarding the school calendar next Thursday.  That update will include the scheduled last day of school.

It is my intent to continue to provide a weekly update to our community.  In the event that important information becomes available, I will continue to provide additional updates as quickly as possible.  We are all struggling with unknowns and ever-changing information. Our staff truly appreciates your patience and continued support.

 

Respectfully,

John Caverly

 

A message from MSAD 35 MAINE

March 18, 2020

 

Good Afternoon,

I wanted to reach out to the community to provide an update with regard to MSAD 35 and how we are working to manage the current pandemic.  I first need to share my heartfelt thank you for the outpouring of support that the community has provided for our students and staff.  These are difficult times and I am so honored and proud to be a member of this wonderful community.  Words cannot express the admiration I have for our district staff. To the bus drivers and food service workers that are delivering food to our families; to the custodians that are working to maintain the hygiene of our buildings; to our district nursing staff that are working around the clock to provide the most up to date CDC recommendations & medical information, and to our teachers, support staff and building administrators who are tirelessly working to create a remote learning experience for our students, I want to thank you all for the work you are doing.  I also want thank our families, as our lives have been drastically altered in the past two weeks.  Your patience and understanding is truly appreciated.

As a community, COVID – 19 has created a stressful environment. Please find the time to take care of yourself, your families and each other.  Our community is a special place, and it is that way because of the people who live here.  The Marshwood Schools will continue to work to support our families and students.

The Maine Commissioner of Education shared the following information regarding the status of schools:

“As you know, Governor Mills provided a recommendation that Maine schools cease classroom-based instruction as soon as practicable and for the duration of our state of civil emergency (which is for 30 days).”

Speaking directly with the Department of Education at 2:00 pm this afternoon, they have said at this point in time they are recommending that schools not be in session for 30 days; that may change as they reevaluate the CDC recommendations- it may increase or decrease.

I realize that some districts are sending out messages about students not returning to school until late April; although that may happen shortly, I feel the most prudent course of action is to monitor this situation over the next 48 to 72 hours and then notify the community of our next steps.

 

With Gratitude,

 

John Caverly

Superintended of Schools

MSAD 35

A message from MSAD 35 MAINE

March 15, 2020 evening

 Dear Families and Staff,

The MSAD 35 District Nurses would like to offer whatever help we can to you during our school closure. We will all be available via email (contact info below). We will do our best to address any questions and concerns that you will likely have, however we offer the following guidelines:

 

If your family member has respiratory symptoms and a fever, you will need to call your primary care doctor or call a walk-in clinic for guidance.

 

If you think you have been exposed to the Coronavirus please do the same.

 

If you have or any members of your family have been tested for Coronavirus and have been asked to quarantine at home, please notify your student’s nurse(s).

 

If you have or any family members have been asked to quarantine and HAVE NOT been tested, please notify your student’s nurse(s). (These instructions to quarantine may have been given to you over the phone when you called in to your primary care doctor or walk-in.)

 

If you have general questions about Coronavirus, the Maine 211 hotline is an excellent resource. They can answer FAQs and provide information that has been released by the Maine CDC. If you dial 211 and a person in NH answers, please ask to be transferred to Maine 211. You can also text them at 898211 and enter your zip code in the message box. If you have a rotary phone you can dial 866-811-5695.

 

If you have been asked to quarantine at home what does that mean? What does Isolation mean?

 

Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of people who may

 have been exposed to a contagious illness, but do not have symptoms. In the 

case of coronavirus this quarantine has been set at 14 days.

 

Here is a BBC Video  (https://www.bbc.com/news/av/health-51652874/coronavirus-how-to-self-isolate) on how to quarantine at home. (the words self-isolate in the video are used interchangeably with quarantine). 

 

Isolation. If a person is diagnosed with a contagious illness, they are then directed to isolate which is a strategy used to separate people who are sick with a contagious illness from those who are healthy. So, quarantine applies to well people and isolation applies to infected people.

 

Another concept we are all becoming familiar with is social distancing. What does that mean?

Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. It can include large-scale measures like canceling group events or closing public spaces, as well as individual decisions such as avoiding crowds and crowded spaces. Our school closure is an example of social distancing. Other measures include no hugs, no handshakes and maintaining a six foot distance between people. 

 

 

 

 

Can I pick up my child’s meds from school?

Please do! In order to minimize traffic into the buildings we ask that you please try to pick them up Monday or Tuesday. Please try to contact us ahead of time so that you can be sure the nurse is in and can meet with you. 

 What else can I do?

  • Handwashing  
  • Staying home when ill
  • Coughing into elbow
  • Telecommute if possible
  • Get a Flu Shot
  • Strictly avoid non-urgent outpatient visits
  • Consult with your primary care doctor regarding rescheduling elective surgery
  • Check on your neighbors… Use the phone, get some air chatting across the yard.
  • Check on elders in your life. Do they need meds, food, assistance?
  • Keep informed. Reach out to us with any questions. Check the Maine CDC. Be mindful of too much news consumption. It can be overwhelming for us as adults and certainly for kids.

Our awesome Social Workers are working on resources for Cultivating Calm. We’ll send them out to you.

In summary, we are all facing some very challenging and unsettling times. We need to act deliberately and thoughtfully with a profound respect for the scientists working to help us. We need to think in terms of our community and by this we mean locally, regionally, nationally and globally. Our actions can impact our community. Please be patient with yourselves, each other and with your children. We will update you at least weekly but more frequently as needed. In the meantime please feel free to contact us.

 

Sincerely,

MSAD35 Nurses

 

Judy Doran RN  MMS 439-1399 judith.doran@rsu35.org

Laura Detwiler RN CES 384-2333 Laura.detwiler@rsu35.org 

Kasey Callahan RN  EES 439- 9004 kasey.callahan@rsu35.org

Tawni Petrungaro RN MHS 384-4500 tawni.petrungaro@rsu35.org

Lori Scelza RN MGWS  384-4010 lori.scelza@rsu35.org

MAINE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT #35

Serving the communities of Eliot & South Berwick

 

John S. Caverly, M.Ed.

Superintendent 

13 March 2020

 

Good Afternoon,

Firstly, I want to reach out and thank this wonderful community.  Over the past few months, the world has been challenged as we all work to deal with this pandemic.  Staff, students, families and community members across Eliot, South Berwick and Rollinsford have worked together to navigate this difficult time.  I appreciate the level of understanding and support that our school district has received and I am asking for that patience to continue.  Unfortunately, the upcoming days are going to present challenges for families, students and our community as a whole. The information and guidance from Federal, State and Local agencies is changing by the hour.  I will continue to provide updates as timely as I possibly can.

As you may know, yesterday Governor Mills recommended that we eliminate all nonessential indoor gatherings of more than 250 people.  Earlier this morning, the Maine Principal’s Association delayed the start of the Spring Sports Season until April 27, 2020.  In light of both of these announcements, MSAD 35 will be canceling all after school activities beginning Monday, March 16th, 2020 for the foreseeable future; we will revisit this decision on April 3rd.  Also, beginning Monday, the late bus will no longer be making its afternoon runs.  This is not a decision that I take lightly, but our priority remains providing the safest environment possible.

In addition, we have begun to work with students to ensure they have access to technology at home; in the event that Internet service is not available, we will be working with families to provide solutions for students that will enable learning to occur remotely.

Please continue to check your email over the weekend, as information and recommendations may evolve.

 

Respectfully,

John Caverly

 

March 12, 2020

Good Morning,

I would like to provide the community with an update on how the Marshwood School District is managing the Coronavirus.  As a district, we are continuing to follow the guidance of the medical experts at the Center for Disease Control. As their recommendations evolve, we will continue to update and provide information to our families. 

On Monday, the district facilitated a meeting with our local law enforcement agencies, our local fire departments, district nurses and a representative from York Hospital.  The meeting focused on sharing recommendations and creating communication plans for the future. In addition, the Maine Department of Education has been providing protocols and recommendations for school districts in the State of Maine.

The Maine Department of Education is recommending that all school districts create Education Continuity Plans that could be activated in the event that schools were to be closed.  I want to be clear, at this point in time, there is no recommendation to close schools

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to meet with our district staff to discuss the creation of an Education Continuity Plan for the Marshwood School District.  This plan would allow students to access their education in the event that they were not able to attend school due to an extended closure. Once the plan is approved by the Marshwood School Board, the days that students are not able to be present in the building, but have access to their education through our Education Continuity Plan would count towards the State’s required number of school days for all students. 

Yesterday, our schools began to gather data to better understand the infrastructure in place that would allow communication with students and families in the event that we need to facilitate learning away from the school building.  That infrastructure focuses on two questions: 

  1.       Do students have access to technology devices that will allow them to access an online curriculum?  
  2.       Do students have access to the Internet at home?

Once that data is collected and analyzed today, we can begin to plan what remote learning may look like.  In reality, not all grade levels and classes will look the same. A senior at Marshwood High School will have a much higher level of independence than a second grader at Central Elementary School.

As you can imagine, coordinating remote learning for our students is a daunting task.  As the District’s Superintendent, words cannot express how proud I am of our district staff!  Their level of understanding, collaboration and passion during this process is noteworthy. Teachers have started meeting by grade level and/or content area to create a plan that best meets the needs of their students.  This work is ongoing. I am asking for your patience and understanding as we formulate a plan. I want to be 100% clear, at this point in time, there is no recommendation to close schools.  The work that we are currently doing is in preparation of the potential closing of school buildings.

As you are all aware, the dynamics of this pandemic are constantly evolving.  As always, we are focused on providing the highest quality education for our students in the safest manner possible.  As I stated in my letter earlier this week, public health measures that have been in place should continue: Cover your cough, wash hands vigorously for 20 seconds, stay home if you are ill, clean surfaces, and get vaccinated against the flu virus. It is not too late to be vaccinated, and remains an important measure because strains of influenza are much more common, and are causing greater illness locally than Covid-19. 

In addition, we will continue to implement our building Hygiene Plans which include a deep cleaning of the buildings each weekend.  We have also limited weekend use of our school buildings by non-school related groups to allow our custodial staff the ability to properly disinfect all areas of the building to ensure students and staff the safest environment possible.  We will continue to seek medical recommendations as we review our current protocol, procedures, and activities as more information becomes available.

Our building principals, nursing staff and myself will continue to provide information as it becomes available.  Please understand that this is an ever-changing situation and we are attempting to be as proactive as possible with a focus on student safety.  As the pandemic evolves, it will impact each and every one of us in different ways. In the midst of this, it is important to remain calm as we work together to ensure the safety and security of students and the community.  

 

Respectfully,

John Caverly

Superintendent of Schools

MSAD 35

John S. Caverly, M.Ed.

Superintendent of Schools

 March 10, 2020

 Dear Parents and Guardians,

The District wants to update you regarding the effort in the Marshwood Community to prepare for Covid-19. Each Monday, we are in communication with the Maine CDC, who reassured us that as of yesterday (03/09/20), there were no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Maine. Dr. Shah, of the Maine CDC, emphasized that each district should prepare, and anticipate the possibility of cases of Covid-19 being reported.  Public health measures remain in place: Cover your cough, wash your hands vigorously for 20 seconds, stay home if you are ill, clean surfaces, and get vaccinated against the flu virus. It is still not too late to be vaccinated against influenza, and it remains an important measure because the various strains of influenza are far more common, and locally are causing greater illness than Covid-19.

Included below is an excellent, brief (4 minute) video appropriate for older children and teens which explains COVID-19, and how you can help keep yourself and those around you healthy. Please watch!

BrainPOP video

 

What can be done as a parent?

Please keep your child(ren) home if they are ill. 

The schools will be asking that when you call in an absence for your child, please let our staff know if your child has a fever over 100.0 degrees.  Your help is appreciated with the important work of monitoring our absences.

What should I do if my child is ill  (with a fever over 100.4 and respiratory symptoms) and I am concerned about Covid-19?

  • Call your primary care provider for guidance. Best to call first!
  • If you are new to the area, and/or are between doctors, please call your school nurse who can help point you in the right direction to establish insurance and a primary care doctor for your child. Your school nurse is in touch with many local resources to help.

Keep calm and model excellent hand washing to your children. Greet one another in the community with a smile, but without a handshake! 

The district has been and will continue to strictly follow CDC recommendations. We are in daily touch with regional CDC representatives, and local hospitals and we will keep you abreast of any important developments. Thank you. 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM20785 

 

Respectfully,

Your District Nurses &

John Caverly, Superintendent

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Featured Classes

Marshwood Adult and Community Education

These featured classes and all other classes can be found in the Marshwood Education Catalog: https://marshwood.maineadulted.org/

Barre & Zumba classes at 4:15 in the Marshwood High School Cafeteria. Check out the upcoming classes Barre and Zumba

Update your CPR certification or get certified for the first time. We have 2 sessions of the American Red CrossAdult & Pediatric CPR/First Aid/AED certification classes available this spring.

Take a trip to Boston for a great outing that includes a Custom Coach bus and a trip to Quincy Market in addition to the flower show. Boston Flower & Garden Show

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If you have any questions,  you can email Stacie Cocola ( Stacie.Cocola@rsu35.org) or call the MACE office at 207.384.5703.

Stacie Cocola M.Ed, NBCT Marshwood Adult and Community Education- Enrichment Coordinator

Office Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday evenings 5-8pm

MSAD #35 has the following vacancy: Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper – Marshwood Adult Education

MSAD #35 has the following vacancy: Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper – Marshwood Adult Education

Hours:20-25 hours per week on average 
Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper Job Description: The Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper performs critical administrative and bookkeeping for Marshwood Adult & Community Education. Duties include, but are not limited to, interacting with students, instructors, the public, and staff in person, phone, email, texting, and face-to-face; supporting members of the Adult Education Team; and acting as a liaison with local, state, and regional entities (ex. Superintendent’s Office, district schools, adult education programs, State Adult Education Office). This individual must be able to function independently and responsibly under general supervision. Salary:$14.00 – $20.00 depending on experience and education f interested, please contact Linda Greer atlinda.greer@rsu35.org. Closing date for inquiries – when a suitable candidate is found.

Enrichment Development Specialist – Marshwood Adult Education

MSAD #35 has the following vacancy:

Enrichment Development Specialist – Marshwood Adult Education

If interested, please contact Linda Greer at   linda.greer@rsu35.org

Hours:  360 hours per year – The Enrichment Development Specialist position offers a flexible schedule. It requires Tue. and Wed. evenings with occasional weekend hours when classes are scheduled.

Enrichment Development Specialist Job Description:

The Enrichment Development Specialist is responsible for all aspects of a community enrichment program offered through Marshwood Adult & Community Education. Duties include planning, coordinating, overseeing the provision/implementation and evaluation of programs, classes, and events offering lifelong learning opportunities of interest to the residents of South Berwick and Eliot, Maine.

Salary: $14.00 per hour

The full job description:

Job title: Enrichment Development Specialist Reviewed: January 7, 2020 Hours: 360 hours per year The Enrichment Development Specialist position offers a flexible schedule. It requires Tue. and Wed. evenings with occasional week-end hours when classes are scheduled. Salary: $14.00 per hour Supervisor: Director, Adult Education Education Level: High School Credential. Experience with customer service, community outreach, and marketing is preferred. Enrichment Development Specialist Job Description: The Enrichment Development Specialist is responsible for all aspects of a community enrichment program offered through Marshwood Adult & Community Education. Duties include planning, coordinating, overseeing the provision/implementation and evaluation of programs, classes, and events offering lifelong learning opportunities of interest to the residents of South Berwick and Eliot, Maine. Duties and Responsibilities: 1. Create, plan and secure enrichment classes for the fall and winter/spring semesters each year. 2. Reach out to community members to identify classes, events and programs of interest. 3. Provide a positive customer service experience for community members while responding to questions and concerns. 4. Screen, interview, and recommend instructors/presenters. 5. Oversee and work directly with instructors on all aspects of teaching for MACE (ex. classes to offer, reimbursement, mandatory paperwork, writing course descriptions, pricing courses). 6. Determine, schedule, and arrange for the proper set-up of course locations, as necessary. 7. Update website, social media, and marketing pertaining to MACE’s enrichment program. 8. Assume responsibility for creating enrichment content for brochures. 9. Meet marketing and brochure-related deadlines. 10. Manage the distribution of brochures into the community. 11. Partner with local groups (ex. libraries, senior center, town) to mutually offer and/or advertise programming. 12. Work closely with Adult Education staff to ensure classes and the number of are recorded into appropriate databases for reporting purposes. 13. Performs other related tasks as needed. 14. May carry out additional assignments as assigned by the Director of Adult Education. Position Requirements: 1. Excellent communication and listening skills 2. Able to interact positively with people from varied backgrounds (ex. educational, cultural, socioeconomic) 3. Possesses general office skills competencies (ex. use of technology, operating office equipment, customer service, understanding/proficiency in social media platforms) 4. Understands complex, multi-step written and oral instructions 5. Uses data, facts, and circumstances to analyze, interpret and make decisions about enrichment programming 6. Ability to upgrade skills based on ever-changing job conditions Sample Week for Enrichment Development Specialist Weekly activities may include: ● Check in with Adult Education Team Coordinator o Receive information (ex. messages, questions from participants or instructors) o Share data (ex. enrollment information, class changes, instructor needs) ● Work on next brochure and semester classes o Research potential classes o Contact potential instructors o Work with instructors to create enticing class descriptions o Create calendar of enrichment courses o Collaborate with brochure designer (currently outsourced) ● Market upcoming classes, programs and events o Update social media o Write articles for Weekly Sentinel o Work with Adult Education Team Coordinator to develop ads for local papers o Distribute brochures ● Discuss adult education trends, policies and opportunities with the Director Typical evening duties may include: ● Check Enrichment Notebook for last minute information ● Determine what classes are running and where they are located ● Unlock and prepare rooms for the evening’s classes ● Advise fellow evening staff of any changes to the evening’s schedule ● Coordinate with evening staff to complete the following tasks: o Ensure all enrichment learners are greeted and directed to their classes for the first two evenings of a new class o Collect attendance and call any missing learners to remind them of the class o Check on classes ▪ Respond to needs, questions and/or comments ▪ Take photos for the brochure o Call next evening’s class learners to remind them of class, time and any material fees paid to their instructor o Revisit classes at the end of the evening ▪ Respond to needs, questions and/or comments ▪ Take photos of final products (if applicable) o Return rooms to their original state and lock them ● Update social media and/or work on marketing ● Research potential classes and initiate contact with potential instructors Sample Annual Schedule for Enrichment Development Specialist July / August: 0-10 hours ● Edit / finalize brochure for printing September: 40-50 hours ● Average 4-5 hours each night on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (open for enrichment classes) ● Start securing classes for next semester ● Distribute brochures to local businesses, agencies and organizations October: 45-60 hours ● Average 4-5 hours each night on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (open for enrichment classes) ● May work one 8-hour Enrichment Saturday ● Continue securing classes for next semester ● Brochure work November / December 35 -50 hours ● Average 4-5 hours each night on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (open for enrichment classes) ● Finalize classes for next semester ● Finalize brochure for printing January / February 10-20 hours ● Distribute brochures to local businesses, agencies and organizations ● Average 4-5 hours each night on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (open for enrichment classes) March: 40- 60 hours ● Average 4-5 hours each night on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (open for enrichment classes) ● May work one 8-hour Enrichment Saturday ● Continue securing classes for next semester ● Brochure work April: 30-60 hours ● Average 4-5 hours each night on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (open for enrichment classes) ● Continue securing classes for next semester ● Brochure work May: 40-60 hours ● Average 4-5 hours each night on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (open for enrichment classes) ● Finalize classes for next semester ● Brochure work June: 0-20 hours ● Beginning of month: finalize brochure for printing 01/7/2020

New Kittery, Marshwood adult ed director has big plans

Screen Shot 2019-09-07 at 6.45.42 PMBy Hadley Barndollar hbarndollar@seacoastonline.com September 7. 2019 

 KITTERY, Maine — The new director of Kittery and Marshwood Adult Education has big plans for English language learners, career certification pathways and avenues to high school completion.

Linda Greer comes off a more than 30-year career at the Hannaford supermarket company, where she helped employees transition into new work assignments. Her passion for helping people harness their skill sets led to her pursuing a graduate degree through the University of Southern Maine’s adult education program.

Now she’s ready to push adult learners in Maine’s southernmost communities to success and self-sufficiency. Greer takes over the Kittery and Marshwood programs following the departure of Lorraine Robida at the end of last school year.

“I would always look at a person and say, ’What is their next best development step? What gets them to the edge of just outside their comfort zone, where they could step forward and make progress?” said Greer, of South Portland. “For me, adult education began there.”

The Kittery and Marshwood post is Greer’s first director position. She was an adult education intern in the Westbrook school system during her graduate work, and then became employed as an administrative assistant in the program.

“In that first year, I was fortunate to work with the fast-growing English language growing population that was occurring in Westbrook, and the growth of a career certification program,” Greer said. “We doubled the size of our graduating class. In those two years, it was a fascinating look at important tracks of adult education.”

With English language learners, of which Kittery and Marshwood has a robust program, Greer seeks to channel language acquisition into growth opportunities; looking at English skills as a pathway to a career. Greer called this “a real big passion” for her. Next week she’ll head to Boston for an English language learners program that takes a look at how ELL education relates to art and citizenship training. She’ll also be looking at the “learning lab” at Portland Adult Education, and the structure that program has for helping speakers of other languages excel in the community.

“We have the resources here with tutors and technology and space, and I’m excited to be able to help grow that particular part of it,” Greer said.

Kittery already offers a free preparation course for the U.S. citizenship exam, for example, which many ELL students take in tandem with their literacy classes.

Greer also looks forward to expanding the RISE Up program, a partnership with the Kittery Outlets designed for entry-level and first-time job seekers. Upon completion of RISE Up, students earn the Retail Industry Fundamentals Professional credential, and have a resume prepared, along with a cover letter.

Greer will bring her retail experience from Hannaford to amplify that program, while also expanding the high school equivalency program, known as HiSET, to be accessible to students online. Greer also has interest in reaching out to employers about creating incentive programs for employees who don’t have their high school diploma.

Many community members enroll in adult education classes for the enrichment aspect. Offerings by Kittery and Marshwood this fall include everything from goat milk soap-making, to ukulele for beginners, to debt management. Some classes even focus solely on local history, like Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and infamous murders in Kittery.

No matter the topic, Greer hopes to steer the enrichment program toward potential entrepreneurial experiences.

“If any of those students actually want to take those skills that they’re learning and move them into an economic career path, I would bring into that the ability to help students see and build partnerships with entrepreneurial programs,” she said.

Updated Emergency Procedures and Protocols

Dear Members of the Marshwood Community,

At various times throughout the year, our region experiences both anticipated weather events such as snow storms, wind and ice storms as well as unanticipated emergency events such as power outages. In the fall of 2012, the district worked together with the Emergency Management Directors for both Eliot and South Berwick, each town’s Chief of Police, Fire Chief and Public Works Directors to develop a coherent set of emergency protocols and a communication system for both anticipated weather events and for unanticipated emergency events. These clear protocols essentially require me to gather as much information as possible to make an informed decision regarding our schools’ opening, closing or delayed start times before 5:30 a.m. and then to communicate any change to our usual school opening times to over 2,600 contacts. Since weather and conditions surrounding other unanticipated emergency events can change quickly, there will always be a myriad of nuanced contingencies that present themselves within the decisionmaking process. As a result, there may be occasions when you decide to keep your child home when our schools are open. Notwithstanding the decision of the district to open, close or delay the start of its schools, as your child’s parent, you are the best judge of what road and weather conditions you believe are safe or unsafe for your family’s travel. If you believe that your child(ren) should not come to school during an inclement weather event, you should keep your child home. In these cases, your child will be listed as having an “excused” absence and any schoolwork missed on that day will be able to be completed in a timely manner. Finally, although we cannot predict what media systems will be operational or offline at your home or workplace during a weather event or other unanticipated emergency, we have developed numerous pathways for delivering information regarding our schools’ status. These information pathways include: Ø Posting on the district’s website front page: www.rsu35.org Ø Posting on the district’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/MarshwoodSchools/258524500918045 Ø Notification via TV channels 6, 8 & 13 Ø Notification via radio stations WTSN, the Portland Radio Group, WHEB/WERZ Ø Phone message and email via Connect-ED It is my hope that at least one platform of information will be available to you during a storm or other emergency event so that you can have the latest information regarding your child’s school status. As your Superintendent I want to assure you that I hold the safety of our students and staff as my highest priority and I strive to make the best decision I can with the best available information I have at the time regarding school closings or delayed starts. Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Mary Nash, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools

School Resource Officer Jeff Upton

SRO Jeff Upton

Serving RSU #35 and the Town of South Berwick

jeff.upton@rsu35.org

website:  https://sites.google.com/a/rsu35.org/school-resource-officer-jeff-upton/

This site is set up to be a resource to the entire RSU #35 community in both South Berwick and Eliot.  It is not all inclusive of the issues that our students and parents face on a day to day basis, but it does provide information for many of the topics that are brought up throughout the school year.  If there is information that you feel would be helpful on this site, please email me so that I can get the information out.  Also, please understand that this is a basic resource and you are more than welcome to call me or email me should you have further questions.