MSAD #51 District Newsletter - May 25, 2023


From the Superintendent


porterNOTE: This is Part 4 of a five-part series around MSAD #51 communication in order to be as transparent as possible about why, when, and how our district communicates (or does not) around topics of importance to students, parents, and staff. It is my hope that by the end of this series, even if you may not agree with everything I have written, at least you feel there is some measure of clarity about MSAD #51 communications.

Key Considerations for Broad Communication

  • Many types of detailed information may be confidential and not appropriate for the district or school to share, including but not limited to:

    • The outcome of specific disciplinary matters

    • Law enforcement or other legal processes or matters

    • Certain safety and security protocols or processes

    • Names or other identifying information of individual community members

  • Private matters are not appropriate topics of speculation, discussion, or involvement by the broader school community

  • Within appropriate limits, matters with general safety implications are appropriate and necessary for our community to be made aware of.

  • Because our goal is to be a community of learning and growth, we acknowledge that everyone makes mistakes, and that we all share responsibility in the community when something has gone wrong.

  • As educators, adverse circumstances present an opportunity to help build our community’s capacity to work together, acknowledge challenges, and learn.

  • Our focus in sharing information will necessarily be on building/maintaining safety and learning from adverse events or experiences, and on the “helpers” that are addressing what has occurred and helping our community heal, grow, and move forward with renewed strength.

  • Broad communication generally should be handled by the administrator who is closest to the issue unless it has become generalized to the school community, in which case it would be the Superintendent communicating.

  • The district may consult with individuals or groups, such as the Equity Leadership Steering Committee, police department, external consultants, etc. as needed to assist in communications.


Part 3: Communication with the School Community at Large

Part 2: Communication Spheres of Influence

Part 1: WHY Are We Talking About Communication?

UP NEXT: Part 5 "WHAT to Communicate When Broad Communication is Necessary"

Jeff Porter

Board associationboard association
Many thanks to Board member Leanne Candura, who represented MSAD #51 at the Maine School Boards Association Day atthe State House
on May 9. 

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Last Day of School

Please note that the last day of school is Friday, June 16. Early dismissal times will be as follows: Grades K-5 will be dismissed at 12:30 PM; Grades 6-12 will be dismissed at 11:30 AM. As a reminder Wednesday, June 14 is a full day of school.

last day of school

Tuttle Town- CLOSED 

Please note that Tuttle Town and the road adjacent to Tuttle Town (leading to the Middle School) will be CLOSED effective Friday, June 16 starting at 6:00 PM and through the entire summer. This is due to the construction regarding the modular upgrades as well as the relocation of the playground. Click Here to view the Short Term Facilities plan.

tuttle town closure

Employee of the Year Finalists

Please help us in congratulating this years Employee of the Year finalists. These individuals were nominated by their colleagues because they exemplify MSAD #51's strategic vision of Engage - Empower - Inspire.

Employee of the Year

Stay Connected

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MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

All meetings will take place at 6:00 pm in the Gyger Room at Greely High School.  For those of you unfamiliar with that room, the Gyger Room can be accessed from the GHS parking lot (the side without the electronic sign).

June 5 - Regular Meeting

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (

Meeting Dates, Agendas& Minutes
Board ofDirectors Meeting Videos

Budget Information 2023-24

Detailed budget information can be found on the District's website at:

June 13 Election

Please exercise your right to vote at the June 13 Budget Validation and District Referendum. 


Community Partners

Our Community Partners are strong supporters of various areas of the school.  Without them, our students would not have many of the wonderful opportunities and experiences that they receive.

Memorial Day 5K, Monday, May 30

Calling all runners & volunteers!! The Town of Cumberland and the Greely PTO are excited to host the annual Memorial Day 5K on Monday, May 28! We are in need of race day volunteers to make this event possible. Please consider signing up here to volunteer. Costume prizes for best dressed in Greely school spirit and patriotic attire!

7:00am: Check in/Registration opens
8:00am: Fun Run (12 and under)
8:30am: 5K Run/Walk

Race Registration

Community Notices

Community Notices are not affiliated with MSAD #51.  Please contact the organization directly with any questions.  For a full listing of Community Notices, please click HERE.

Stay "Tick Free"

Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2023 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule

Greely Center for the Arts Events


If you would like something included in our weekly newsletter, please send a brief write up with title along with a JPEG or PNG image of your flyer (if applicable) to Melissa Porter for approval. The deadline each week is Sunday. Any requests received after Sunday will bereviewed for possible submission in the following week's newsletter. All approved submissions will be posted on thedistrict's website.

Not all items in this email are MSAD #51 sponsored programs. If you need more information, please contact the group or organization that is sponsoring the event.

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