MSAD #51 District Newsletter - January 25, 2024

From the Superintendent

porterThe phrase 'school community' is often used to describe how our schools connect and interact with the broader community. There are a number of ways that we strive to foster these connections, whether through open houses; parent/guardian/teacher conferences; traditions like graduation and class night; showcases such as wax museums, plays, and concerts; partnerships with organizations like the PTO and Foundation 51; communication tools including newsletters, YouTube, social media, stakeholder surveys; and the list goes on.

But school community is more than just the ways our schools interface beyond our traditional mission to educate. It is, in many ways, a feeling--albeit a connection--that binds all of us together in ways that build pride in our students' achievements and accomplishments. Many of these moments cannot be explained with words, but through a deeper connection that comes from experiencing the best our students and schools can offer. Perhaps this is why so many of our school community's parents, guardians, and staff members are Greely alum.

I suppose there are ways to try to explain this feeling, but no attempt will really do it justice. Nonetheless, I'll try to relay one experience this week that may begin to illustrate what I mean. I dropped in during the last few minutes of the Greely v. Brunswick varsity boys basketball game this week, with hundreds of Ranger fans watching from the bleachers as a 51-51 tie materialized during the last few moments of the contest. With a mere 0.5 seconds left and an inevitable overtime period looming, Greely landed three foul shots and won the game just in the nick of time. It was an obvious moment of Ranger pride for all those fans in attendance that night.

It occurred to me that there was likely something more than just Ranger pride at work that evening. Perhaps it was an underlying sense of being part of something bigger than just that one moment in time. Moments like this, as with so many others, remind us that we are the heirs of those who have come before us, just as we are the gatekeepers for those who will come after us. Each one of us is, quite literally, the here and now, the ones holding the Greely legacy in our hands. This just may be the true essence of what it means to be part of a school community.

Jeff Porter

Tuesday night's Greely v. Brunswick 51-51 tie was broken in Greely's favor with 0.5 seconds remaining on the clock

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Pre-K Lottery Reminder: Tomorrow is the last day to apply!

MSAD #51 (Cumberland-North Yarmouth) will continue its small public Pre-K Program for 32 students (16 each session).

The program will run half days (morning and afternoon session) four days per week (M, T, Th, F) for approximately 145 days during the school year.  The program is located at Mabel I. Wilson school and is in partnership with Child Development Services.

In order to be considered, your child must be 4, but not 5, years old before October 15, 2024 and you must be a resident of Cumberland or North Yarmouth. If you are interested in your child being included in the Pre-K lottery, please fill out the interest application linked here no later than Friday, January 26, 2024. Screenings will take place in person at Mabel I. Wilson School for eligible children during the second week of February.

IB Information Night

Come find out about the International Baccalaureate Program at Greely High School.

This is an informational presentation for interested Parents and Students
There will be a Q&A time at the end.
Tuesday, February 6 @ 7:00 in the GCA at Greely High School
FMI: [email protected] 


Minding your Mind

Join the GHS Kyle Cares club when they host two guest speakers to discuss Adolescent Mental Health
Thursday, February 8, 2024 
6:00 -7:30 PM 
Greely Center for the Arts
Click Here for presentation handouts


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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).

February 5 - Regular Meeting

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (

Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors Meeting Videos

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 be reviewed for possible submission in the following week's newsletter. All approved submissions will be posted on the district'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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