RSU 18: A Standard for Excellence in Maine Public Education.

Great article on why we all should consider the positive return on investment we get for each educational dollar spent in RSU18.


Every Vote Counts

In tough economic times there are always reasons to tighten the belt, but as Dr. Cook mentioned at a recent budget meeting, sometimes the more important step is to look at what you are getting with the money you are currently spending.

This year’s budget is up by only 0.65% over last year. Not many school districts can say that, and certainly few districts have accomplished as much with as little.  Here is just a short list of some of the benefits the district has to offer:

  • A significant increase in district NWEA scores.
  • A rapidly growing Farm to School program that teaches students valuable skills.   
  • Robotics teams that help students learn technology in a hands on way that also fosters problem solving, curiosity, collaboration, and communication.
  • A performing arts program that has seen a large number of alumni go on to have a career in that field.
  • A…

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Our May Students of the Month!

Messalonskee is pleased to announce our May Student of the Month award winners!


Steven, Ryan, Cameron, and Taylor epitomize the amazing diverse qualities that we have come to see in the SOM recipients over the past three years.  Each has contributed to our school and local community and set an example of the positive impact MHS students can have!

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As always they were joined on stage with their families who helped celebrate their accomplishments.


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Messalonskee’s April Students of the Month

Each month a committee of MHS teachers (the “Culture Club”) come together to sort through nominations and select a student of the month.  Students who are selected are chosen for their contribution to the school, their academic performance and growth, and their citizenship.  The SOM assemblies, as they are called, are a highlight of the month for us and a chance to recognize not only that Month’s students but also the contributions made by many in our Messalonskee school community.

On April 29th we were pleased to honor another wonderful group of students at our monthly SOM assembly in the PAC.  This Month the group was larger than normal, as one of the awardees from March was out sick and was recognized with the April students.

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Markiana, Alexis, Zach, Patrick and Brandon were honored as their efforts at MHS have come to Epitomize how students can broadly impact their school in so many different ways.  In addition to the pin, certificate, shirt and extreme honor of the award, the Senior SOM will be given the closest parking spot at Messalonskee for the duration of the following month (May).

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In addition to our student awards, we was pleased to honor Dr. Andy Cook, Messalonskee volunteer and RSU18 school board member, who was awarded the Governor’s  service pin and certificate for over 300 hours of community service tutoring students at MHS.  Dr. Cook’s efforts have been a great example for all of us (students and adults alike), of how adults can give back to their community’s schools by volunteering.

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Holocaust Remembrance Project


YomHashoah-postcard-16-front-1024x736A few months ago, district music teacher, Pam Rhein, had the idea of honoring great music that expresses the wide range of emotion and historical background of the Holocaust.  Unbeknownst to her, a Holocaust survivor on the board of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine had been touting the need to get more young people involved in the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony. This request coincided perfectly with Mrs. Rhein’s visit to the center and the project took off from there.

Mrs. Rhein applied for and received an Oak Grove-Coburn grant, which allowed the RSU 18 choral program to collaborate with a renowned recording engineer, John Baker, whose work has been nominated for several Grammy awards. Along with Mr. Forster and several of his Music Production students, the choral students took part in a first class recording experience.

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MHS’s March Students of the Month!

On March 31st Kelsey Dillon, Alden Balboni, and Gabby Languet were honored as our March Students of the Month!

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A faculty committee chose the students from pool of students submitted for the award by staff at MHS. As is always the case, this group of students were presented the award at a whole-school assembly in honor of their efforts in and out of classes at MHS.

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This Friday we will be having our April SOM Assembly to honor another group of students including the missing freshmen student from the month of March.

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Burton and Thibert Simmers of the YEAR!

The Morning Sentinel/Kennebec Journal Swimmers of the year were named last week and it was no surprise to those of us from Messalonskee that Kenzie and Ben were again recognized!

These tremendous athletes were members of an amazing swim team that excelled in and out of the pool all year.  Having had the chance to attend the senior meet this year (which included some very strong swimmers from Lawrence and Waterville as well: Photo below) I was able to see their school pride in action.

Messalonskee Swim and all of us at MHS will miss having our Seniors Ann, Ayden, Ben, Griffin, Katelyn, Katie, Kyle, Emily, Liz, Madison, and Sally!

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Local Scholarship Deadline Fast Approaching!

The local scholarship deadline is fast approaching.

If you are a Senior who is considering college…


Deadline: April 15th.

2012 Junior/Senior Post-Secondary Planning Night

We have made daily and weekly announcements and have posted information online since just prior to Thanksgiving.  In addition we post all scholarship information on the guidance website.

We are in hopes that you will complete the application and get it back to guidance as soon as possible!!!

For more information please give us a call in guidance!  207-465-4989



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