George Kohl Memorial 5K Road Race

The George KohlMemorial Scholarship 5K Road Race will be run on May 1st!

Kohl Scholarship Memorial 5K

Mr. Kohl was a quality human being and an amazing educator; I encourage you to come out and support this cause!

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Learning from a student point of view

Jon Moody:

Here is a great example of how the learning system at the younger levels should work – Instruction is timely and specific to what students need, the student is aware of her learning and what she needs to do to move forward, and students are allowed to move at their own pace while under the careful instruction of a teacher. Thank you for sharing Mr. Gartley!

Originally posted on China Middle School:

I was recently doing a classroom visit as part of normal teacher observations.   During this visit I had a conversation with a student that I am compelled to share.   When the class started the teacher gave a quick countdown.   At this point about half of the students started working on “Math Facts.” The remaining students opened their laptops and started working on Khan Academy lessons or IXL lessons.     I pulled a student aside and asked her, “What is going on?”    She told me that some of the kids are working on their math facts, but once you “graduate” from these you spend the time working on your own learning goals on your computer.    She added that they usually do this for 10 – 15 minutes at the start of each class.   This particular student was working on division math facts.   I asked her how she…

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MHS Excel’s at the UMO World Language Day

Last Friday MHS French and Spanish students went to the University of Maine to participate in the World Language Day.  Our Messalonskee students were competing with schools including: Hermon HS, Bangor HS, Brewer HS, John Bapst, FoxCroft Academy. Our students had a chance to meet students and practice in the target language the entire day.

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(note: MHS French squad took top honors from Bangor HS, who was clearly the favorite as their name had been written in prior to the conclusion of the event!)

I am very proud of our students, they are level 3 in Spanish and French and did a fantastic job competing against level 4 and AP Spanish and French students from other schools in the categories of poetry recitation, skit conversation, food contest and the culture bowl.

Our MHS French students won a prize on the Culture bowl and Spanish students did an amazing job in the skit conversation.

Congratulations to all of our participants!

Spanish Teacher – Eunice Loredo

Note:  Thanks to the MELMAC College Aspirations Grant – this trip was fully funded by grant funds.

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Local Scholarship Applications Due!

Attention Seniors:  The Local scholarship applications are due this Thursday, April 16.

For an application click: Messalonskee Local Scholarship Application

If you are going to attend any post-secondary institution consider filling this out!!!

For further information contact our Guidance staff at 207-465-4989.

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March & April Students of the Month!

We wanted to recognize our last two groups of Students of the Month at Messalonskee! There are so many amazing students at MHS that the Student of the Month (SOM) assembly where we recognize one student from each of the four classes, has come to symbolize much of what is great about Messalonskee.  Join us in recognizing our March and April Students’ of the Month! Our March Students of the Month:  Nicholas Veilleux (Freshman), Marissa Kinney (Junior), Anthony Schissler (Senior), and Connor Smith (Sophomore) SOM March 15


Our April Students of the Month:  Max Walsh (Freshman), Andrew Poulliot (Sophomore), Emily Legace (Junior), Spencer DeWitt (Senior) SOM_April_2015 For more articles and information on happenings at MHS check out the regular posts on the bottom of the MHS website!

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MDA Benefit: Help me help the MDA, to help Kids!

Jon Moody:

Today is the day… if you see escorted out of Messalonskee High School, please spread the word that I’m doing it for a good cause!!!

If you are able – consider donating to the MDA or passing along this post to those who can.

Thank you,

Originally posted on Messalonskee High School:

Last year at about this time I received a call from a friend saying “I’ve been locked up, I’m in Jail, and I need you to bail me out.”.  I’m not sure what I thought at first, I certainly didn’t think he was the “Jail” type…  so I said “uh… okay – you are?  you do???”  He laughed, and explained that he had volunteered to be locked up to raise money to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  I promptly logged in and donated to help the cause.

So… fast-forward a few months…  In February I was contacted by a very nice sounding woman – letting me know that I was “nominated” to be locked up in jail.  Again I thought “locked up, I’m not really… I mean I once got a parking ticket but???”  And then it hit me!

So here I am, raising money for the MDA.

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RSU18 Budget Unveiled

As Principal I spend a lot of time with our school and district budget.  It’s a hard process each year, but one that I am proud of and one that I believe reflects well on our RSU18 staff.  From Bus Drivers to teachers, to administrators and support staff, it is my belief that we do well by our local communities.

Information on the 2015-16 budget can be found at:

Information on past budgets can be found at:

This weekend I was asked about the budget (as a long-time resident with three kids moving through the district, I’m often approached with questions).  Below are some points I would share about our budget and the budgeting process.

Our district spending over the past five to six years has been very responsible:

RSU18 Budget 4.12% increase since 2011-12 (avg. increase of less than 1%/ year over that time frame).

Neighboring districts: Augusta – 8.15%, Maranacook – 10.85%, Waterville – 11.8%, Winslow 4.79% (Note: MSAD49 information not yet out for 2015-16)

RSU18 is frugal with their spending based on the per-student spending as reported by the state when compared both to state averages as well as the surrounding school communities.

RSU18 per-student spending: $11,524

Neighboring districts: Augusta – $12,714, Maranacook – $13,878, Waterville – $11,742, Winslow – $11,835.

RSU18 Comparison Data

(2013-14 Maine School Expense Category Comparison)

RSU18 does well by kids…  As principal of Messalonskee High School I have seen us work to better the education of the students in our building over the past four years.  The teaching staff has been flexible, increased a larger variety of offerings for students, and managed to consistently raise scores each year (as reported by state testing).   Last year we were one of only two High Schools in our area to receive a “B” on the state report card.  Although this year’s report cards will not be coming out, MHS scores were again up – 11 points above the state average score in reading and 9 points in Math (SAT test, Spring 2014).

Complete information on the 2015-16 budget can be found at:  Information on past budgets can be found at:


Some key dates to get more information on the proposed 2015-16 budget.

Public Hearings in Towns:  

4/13 – Oakland Public Information Meeting – Messalonskee Middle School, 6:00 pm

4/14 – Sidney Public Information Meeting – James H. Bean School, 6:00 pm

4/15 – Belgrade/Rome Public Information Meeting – Belgrade Central School, 6:00 pm

4/16 – China Public Information Meeting – China Middle School, 6:00 pm

RSU18 District Budget Hearing

5/7 – District Budget Hearing (citizens discuss, make motions, and vote on the budget to be presented to communities) – Messalonskee High School PAC, 6:00 pm

RSU18 Budget Validation Referendum (vote)

5/19 – District Vote on RSU18 15-16 budget (All communities)


The process for finalizing the School Board’s budget is well under way; if you have feedback or suggestions I suggest you reach out to your local board member to express those (Board Budget likely finalized for voters on 4/1/2015).   As always, I am happy to answer any questions you may have pertaining to the budget or other items related to our work at MHS.

I hope to see you at one of the community meetings, the District Budget Hearing(5/7) and at the polls on May 19th!

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