Message from the Superintendent

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Welcome to M.S.A.D. No. 75.  We serve the four towns of Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Harpswell and Topsham.  Each school maintains a website you can access in the upper left corner of our home page. This website can also provide valuable information as well.  If for any reason you are unable to locate the information you want, please feel free to contact my office.

I feel honored to be the Interim Superintendent this year, and it gives my great pride to work alongside some of the most dedicated and skilled staff you’ll find anywhere.  Though our district does many wonderful things, I’d like us to focus on three areas: Helping our students to be safe, to be well, and to continue learning.

The safety of our students has always been, and will always be, a top priority.  At a very basic level, individuals can’t be successful if they don’t feel safe. Our efforts to ensure the safety of your children will continue to evolve and strengthen as we partner with our communities’ talented first-responders, learn new ways to prepare for and respond to emergencies, and build relationships with our students.  Safety also means that our students should be free to learn in an environment that is free from bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment. Last year our Board of Directors approved updated policies related to these troubling behaviors, and we are confident that our students will continue to show us how they can rise above negative peer interactions.

Helping our students be well has long been a goal of this district.  Promotion of social, emotional, and physical wellness is a part of each day at school, because the health of our students is critical to their success.  Yet, we can do even more. This year we will take steps to comprehensively address students’ mental health needs. Increasingly each year, schools across the country are being impacted by the effects of poor mental health.  Without support, these students will be challenged in their ability to have positive relationships with others, adapt to changes, and cope with adversity. We plan to form a Mental Health Task Force, comprised of staff, community members, and Board members, which will research the specific mental health needs in our district, identify resources that we already have in place, and establish a plan to strengthen our current practices.

Families really are our students’ first teachers, and we are lucky to be part of their ongoing learning.  New this year our district will have two PreKindergarten classes with students from across the district. Yet, in every grade our talented educators will inspire and support our students to help them to continue to learn.  Keep in mind that each of our over 500 employees plays a role - directly or indirectly - in our students’ education. We have high expectations for our learners, and we want them to be challenged and ready for each step in their educational careers.  We are committed to helping our students achieve the learning goals that we have established for them, and want to ensure that their families understand the progress they are making.

Finally, another very exciting example of helping our students be safe, well, and continue learning is the ongoing construction of the new Mt. Ararat High School.  We want to thank our communities again for their generous support which has allowed this to become a reality, and we are so lucky to have had such beneficial involvement in the project thus far.  Now that construction is underway, it’s a good time to remind everyone that while exciting to see, we ask for your cooperation in ensuring that it is a very safe construction site. For ongoing updates on the project, please continue to visit http://construction.link75.org.

We can’t wait to see what 2018-2019 has in store (hopefully not many snow days!).  Please stay informed and connected to us. If you ever have concerns, questions, or ideas, please reach out to your child’s teachers, the building administrator, or me.  We’re honored to have this chance to work with your children, and want to be partners in their success. How can you help us to ensure that your child is safe, well, and continues to learn?


Daniel A. Chuhta
Interim Superintendent of Schools

 

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