MSAD #51 District Newsletter - November 16, 2023

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From the Superintendent

porterThis is the second part of a multi-week series on school safety with a focus on coordination with first responders and school-based law enforcement. The US Department of Justice has outlined the 10 basic tenets of school-based planning and actions with respect to physical and emotional safety, as shown in the chart below.

Over the years, we have been fortunate to have a close relationship with our first responding agencies, including police, fire, and EMT. On the law enforcement side, until this year we had one full-time School Resource Officer (SRO) assigned to the high school. Thanks to both the Board and Town of Cumberland for supporting an additional part-time SRO position that is assigned to MIW and GMS this year. Both of our SROs, Amie Owen and Eric Bell, are sworn Cumberland police officers.

In addition to being a familiar presence in our schools every day, SROs provide general safety training as needed. Both of our SROs are instrumental in supporting the ALICE safety approach that was adopted in 2022 district-wide. To learn more about this approach, click this link: ALICE for Families. As the designated school-based law enforcement officers, SROs act swiftly and work cooperatively with school administration to support student and staff safety when responding to major disruptions/threats and criminal offenses at schools. Additionally, our SROs assist schools in reviewing safety procedures and monitoring the facilities for potential safety gaps.

Another connection with first responders is through the district's Safety and Security Committee, a 15-member group that oversees all emergency operations planning. Several first responders are members of this committee, including both SROs, Cumberland Police Chief Chip Rumsey, Cumberland Fire Chief Dan Small, North Yarmouth Fire Chief Greg Payson, and Cumberland Police Captain Jake LaChance. This committee recently completed a two-year overhaul of the SAD's Emergency Operations Plan and has been overseeing the ALICE safety approach since its inception. 

Up Next: Drills and anonymous reporting systems 

Jeff Porter

Officer Amie Owen poses with a young member of the police force

Grade 5 recently visited Boston's Freedom Trail as part of their study of the American Revolution

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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).

November 20 - Regular Meeting

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Community Partners

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

Greely Gear Sale

The Greely Gear shop is NOW OPEN! Check out all of the fantastic options in our webshop, from hoodies and joggers to water bottles and umbrellas. Sale runs November 7- November 17, and orders will arrive in early December.

Thank you

The Greely PTO would like to say THANK YOU! Our Parent Power Appeal Fundraiser has been more successful than ever before, thanks to the support of our incredible school community.

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.

The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland
2023 Cumberland/North Yarmouth Lions Annual Citrus Sale
Greely Nordic Ski Team's Holiday Food Sale

Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2023 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule

Greely Center for the Arts Events


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