PCSS Parent Teacher Conferences November 23, 2020 3-7 pm. Call Guidance 876-3577 to schedule a conference. Also, please know that the buses will be blocking the driveway that goes to the main entrance in the PM. You will be held up if you park in front of the building.
Here is the link to the Girls Soccer Awards Night! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BEGco43Nhebxp9pm7Bd0NUDsgv1CnwoE/view?usp=sharing
COMMUNITY MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT- Kelly MacFadyen DATE: 11-14-20 This message is to inform you that an individual associated with Tri-County Technical Center has tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing is being done because the positive test impacts the quarantine requirements in multiple school districts. Steps have been taken with the TCTC response team to follow the Maine CDC and DOE guidelines to notify staff and students as appropriate. As it is important to be transparent with our entire community, here are some details: The individual who tested positive was last in attendance at the school on Thursday, November 12, 2020. Twenty-four students who attend TCTC and one staff member are now in quarantine. All students and staff required to quarantine have been contacted directly by CDC contact tracers and/or school personnel. At this time, the Tri-County Technical Center will continue to operate the school on the current schedule.
What: Trick or Treat Drive Thru Where: PCHS Parking Lot Time: 4-6 PM Guidelines this year due to COVID - All trick or treaters coming to the event must remain in their vehicle. -Groups handing out candy will be set up along the road within the school grounds, will be wearing masks and will sanitize in between trick or treaters. Please drive slowly and stop at the various booths set up along the route and you will be given candy.
SPORTS PHYSICALS: Northern Light, Northwoods will be here on 10/29 to offer free sports physicals to 5th-12th graders. If you receive a notification from Mr. Gallant, then we do not have an updated physical on file. Please fill out the permission form and questionnaire attached to his robocall/email notification and return it to the school by the 28th. If you are unsure if your child is up to date, please email or call Mrs. Viera (firstname.lastname@example.org/876-4633). Forms will also be available in both offices. Let's hope for a winter sports season!!!
PCSS is doing PSAT testing next Wednesday the 14th. Practice booklets have been handed out in English classes. If you have not gotten one please contact the guidance office at 876-3577. If you have any questions please let me know either through email (email@example.com)
SAD4 will be holding its annual flu clinic on Friday 10/16 at both schools. If you returned a permission form your child will automatically receive the vaccination. Please let Mrs. Viera know if your child has already received the vaccination elsewhere. If your child is currently learning remotely, please contact Mrs. Viera to set up a time for your student to come into the school on Friday. firstname.lastname@example.org or 876-4633
Clarifying the Covid Spectator Policy for Athletic Contests. Each athlete gets two tickets. PCHS admin does not monitor who gets the ticket. We ask the families and athletes to give their tickets to local family or friends. If a person has a ticket at the gate we let them in.
ATTENTION SAD4 Parents. The CDC has alerted our schools due to the proximity of this restaurant in Rockwood. If you have eaten here (or close family members have) between September 16-22, please contact your family physician. If the Hepatitis A vaccination is given within 14 days of exposure, it is preventable. To: Medical Providers, Clinicians, Hospitalists, Health Care Facilities, Physician Practices, Corrections and Veteran Agencies, School Health Care, Emergency Services From: Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC Director Subject: Acute Hepatitis A Case in a Food Service Worker in Rockwood, Maine Date / Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:10pm Priority: High Message ID: 2020PHADV032 ACUTE HEPATITIS A CASE IN A FOOD SERVICE WORKER IN ROCKWOOD, MAINE The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) has identified a case of acute hepatitis A virus infection in a Rockwood, Maine, food service worker. The case handled food while infectious from September 2, 2020,through September 22, 2020. Epidemiological assessment of the employee’s illness is determined that restaurant patrons may be at risk for hepatitis A infection. Maine CDC is recommending that anyone who may have eaten food prepared at or worked at The Birches Resort Restaurant in Rockwood on September 16, 2020, through September 22, 2020, receive hepatitis A vaccine within 14 days of their potential exposure as there is a 14-day window during which prophylaxis is effective after exposure. This recommendation includes anyone who may have had dine-in, take-out, delivery, or curbside pickup of food from the restaurant. Anyone who visited the restaurant from September 2, 2020 through September 15, 2020, is outside the window for which prophylaxis is recommended, but are advised to watch for symptoms and seek medical attention should they develop symptoms. Health care providers are encouraged to remain vigilant for hepatitis A infection in persons with consistent symptoms and should ask individuals with such symptoms about consumption of food from this establishment during this period. Background: Hepatitis A virus is transmitted by the fecal-oral route, commonly through consumption of contaminated food or water. Persons will begin to exhibit symptoms 15-50 days after exposure to the virus. A person is considered infectious approximately two weeks prior to symptom onset until one week after onset of symptoms. Exposed persons can receive post-exposure prophylaxis up to 14 days from exposure, after which, the treatment is no longer effective. Prophylaxis includes hepatitis A vaccine. Immunocompromised individuals or children under 12 months old should consult their health care providers about receiving hepatitis A immune globulin (IG). Recommendations: Health care providers should consider testing for hepatitis A if patients present with any of the following symptoms: Fever, jaundice, nausea, clay colored stool, dark urine, malaise, abdominal discomfort, anorexia, or vomiting. Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2020PHADV032 - Acute Hepatitis A Case in a Food Service Worker in Rockwood, Maine 2 Testing includes an acute hepatitis panel (should include hepatitis A IgM) and liver enzymes. Health care providers should review their patients’ vaccine records and offer hepatitis A vaccine to those who are eligible. Reporting: All cases of suspected and confirmed hepatitis A infection should be reported by phone to the 24/7 disease reporting and consultation line at 1-800-821-5821. For More Information: • Maine CDC Hepatitis website http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/hepatitis • Federal CDC’s Hepatitis A website http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/HAV/index.htm • ACIP Hepatitis A vaccine recommendations: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/vacc-specific/hepa.html
The PCSS Virtual Open House in now available at the following link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WQzrir99Q_mACEJ9MdlhKb8YETgSiczpuOPpsEj8208/edit?usp=sharing
Click on the link below for important PCHS yearbook information. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N-4pqSq6Vf0YnqYZdEWUBslAqJbURU4A/view?usp=sharing
If your child texts/calls you and asks if you can dismiss them due to an illness, the student MUST see the nurse before they are released. I hope you can understand that we need to be absolutely safe with an Covid symptoms and track those symptoms if necessary.
The Virtual Open House for PCSS is experiencing some technical issues. As soon as these are resolved we will send out the link for you all to meet your child's teachers virtually. Sorry for the delay.
For PCSS - Remote learners and 1 parent should be at PCSS at 8:00 am on Wednesday 9/9/20. A student can come alone, but will stay all day. TCTC students who are remote with PCSS will get bussed to TCTC after the orientation. Masks and social distancing required.
For PCSS - tomorrow is for remote learners to get their devices and run through their schedule. There is no reason for In Person Learners to be here. Next Wednesday is the start of Wednesday RTI support for In Person students to get work done.
School lunch and breakfast is free for the near future. Check you email for more details.
Gold Day TCTC bus leaves at 8:05 sharp. We have bells that are working today HOPEFULLY. Great job with Social Distancing and masks so far!!! Don't forget that lunch requires you to stay in lunch until the end. “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
PCSS Daily announcments. Thursday, September 3, 2020 Blue Day No Blue 2 or Blue 1 Welcome Back to all students today. As you have already seen there are so many new changes and expectations this year. We will go through all of these at our Morning Muster at 8:15 am today. here is TCTC today. However TCTC students need to stay in the first class until the Muster is over. At that time we will send the bus. We did not get a chance to. pass out the freshmen T SHirts yesterday at Freshmen orientation. We will be doing that throughout the day. Mr Gallant will talk about the Sports today at Muster since there are lots of questions. "Change is the only constant in the universe". Anonymous
Don't forget about 5th grade rental night tonight at 5:00pm-6:00pm in the elementary school cafeteria! Hope to see you there! email@example.com
PCSS Daily Announcements Wednesday September 2, 2020 Gold Day Welcome Back!!!! And Welcome to your new school. Even though school will feel so different this year you should all know how excited the staff here at PCSS is to have you back. Today is designed to give you all a chance to get used to the new building before the older students get here tomorrow. Tomorrow we will start with a Zoom assembly talking about all the things you need to know about how school will operate in the pandemic. So today you will here a little abut the stickers and everything but tomorrow we will go through it in detail. If you have any paperwork that needs to be returned please turn it into your teachers this morning and they will bring it down to the office. Freshmen, After announcements you will be coming to the gym for a short introduction to all the high School teachers. Today the bells do not mean anything so please disregard them. We will catch up on all Student birthdays since March 13 throughout the rest of the week. The quote of the day “And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were.” —Rainer Maria Rilke
There was some confusion on whether TCTC students should go to TCTC today, September 2 if this is their TCTC day. They are not required to go, but we will send a bus if anyone shows up here this morning. TCTC for PCHS formally starts tomorrow after the opening day assembly.
I am very excited for school tomorrow; it has been too long! I have 3 important things to share. #1 Very Important: If you have not returned the Self Check Agreement, send it with your student tomorrow. #2 We only need 1 bus run, so the routes and times should be the same as last year. #3 Pick-ups for students in grades K-6 will start at 3:00 after the busses have left the loop. Students will be waiting for you outside. Just pull up and your student will get in. For safety reasons, no students will load from the lower parking lot. Thanks in advance for your patience!
5th Grade instrument rental night is on September 2nd at 5:00pm. If your child is interested in joining band and has an instrument in mind, please email me so I can let the rental company know what to bring: firstname.lastname@example.org I hope to hear from you soon!
PCSS Remote Learners are encouraged to come to in-person school on Wednesday Sept. 9 for a remote learning orientation and for their devices. Please call the office to arrange for transportation if needed.
PCSS classes start on Wednesday Sept. 2 for 7th, 8th and 9th grade students. 10th, 11th and 12th grade students start on Thursday, Sept. 3. Sept. 9 for remote students.
Welcome Back! P.C.E.S. Open House will occur in person. To allow for social distancing, I have scheduled several nights. Pre-K and K will be hosted on August 31st from 4:00-5:30. Grades 1 & 4 will be hosted on September 1st from 4:00-5:30. Grades 2 & 5 will be hosted on September 8th from 4:00-5:30. Grades 3 & 6 will be hosted on September 9th from 4:00-5:30.
IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY LET US KNOW....... Please call the PCSS office and give us your decision on whether our children will be remote learning or in person this year. Thank You!!
From Your Special Education Department: IEP and 504 meetings will begin to occur after school has started. Someone will be contacting you at the appropriate time to discuss the scheduling of IEP/504 meetings closer to their due dates. All IEP/504 meetings will have a virtual component with a ZOOM link that will be provided on the meeting notice. At this time, we ask that only parents and students attend meetings in person. All team members from outside of the district will be asked to join meetings virtually. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Nicki Greene at email@example.com
For anyone who did not go to the Reopening meeting at PCES, here are the four video links that outline the plan: Part 1: https://prezi.com/v/jw3xqurdpkgi/pces-parent-night-part-1/ Part 2: https://prezi.com/v/mvxn6i1xvhi1/pces-parent-night-part-2/ Part 3: https://prezi.com/v/eszpjibxdwaz/pces-parent-night-part-3/ Part 4: https://prezi.com/v/z-v8hlczovfo/pces-parent-night-part-4/
Here is a copy of Mr. Keane's reopening presentation. https://drive.google.com/file/d/15fF0IvicnTaFjWNkWkKbqz7IIZjuIVHL/view?usp=sharing
Here is a copy of the MSAD #4 Return to School Student/Family Guidelines: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KYROXgx8qSMJA2NAtwV-RL2N7Gp9kCGEHBb_lKMacp0/edit?usp=sharing
Parent nights will be held on Wednesday at 6 PM for PCSS and Thursday at 6PM at PCES. Masks are required when 6 feet distancing isn't possible and when entering and exiting the building. 1 member per household. Space is limited. If we exceed COVID capacity, we will schedule another night.
We’re happy to announce our school has been designated as green or low risk by the health advisory system through the CDC. We will proceed with our in person return to school plan. We have scheduled parent information nights for PCSS on August 12 and for PCES on August 13 at 6 PM. There is a one person per family limit due to social distancing requirements. We will schedule additional sessions if needed. More information to follow.
SAD4 Parents, With the pandemic and primary care providers taking fewer patients these days, many routine vaccinations have been postponed. If your student has not seen his/her physician and is due for vaccinations (typically, PreK, K, 7 and 12th graders), feel free to look into the clinic in Bangor. Any vaccinations received there will be put into the StTe’s database so your PCP will know your child has received them. Mrs. Viera (SAD4 School Nurse)
Learn with MSAD 4 in 2020-2021 View information here: https://sites.google.com/sad4.org/msad-4-return-to-school-2020/home Make your choices here: https://forms.gle/7wy8UukD9gsX5ia89 We're so excited to welcome our MSAD 4 students in the fall. With current CDC and DOE guidance, we are planning for 3 Phases of learning depending on our determined level: In-person Learning; Hybrid Learning; Remote Learning. You will have the choice about which option works best for your family. https://forms.gle/7wy8UukD9gsX5ia89 Please make your choice below so we can know how to plan and provide the best programming for your family. If you are unable to complete the form online, please call the office to request a paper copy or fill the form out over the phone (PCES - 876-4301 - PCSS - 876-4625). https://forms.gle/7wy8UukD9gsX5ia89
MSAD 4 is planning to release our Family Options for Reopening of school early next week. If you have questions after seeing the options, please feel free to reach out to your building principals. Have a great weekend.
PCES yearbooks can be picked up at the PCES office daily from 7:30-3:30.
Yearbooks are in!!!!! Come get them on Wednesday or Thursday July 15 and 16 at PCSS Lobby between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
To SAD4 students and families: Guilford Memorial Library is offering Curbside Pickup! Borrowed items are available in the library parking lot Wednesday through Saturday. To borrow an item, just call 876-4547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be happy to help you!
Congratulations to Megan McLaughlin as she was named as the 2020 Mitchell Scholarship Winner!!!!
Last Chance! If you haven't yet filled out the MSAD 4 Remote Learning Survey! Closing July 5th. The District is looking to survey all parents/guardians/caregivers to identify technology tools, technology wants and needs, as well as issues and concerns related to remote learning. Help us continue to collaborate to better meet the needs of our students. This survey is a step toward planning for the Fall. Please fill out this remote learning survey to help us understand your experiences and needs going forward. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far! https://forms.gle/HKPw9fGVUpyVCuBV7
Our District Budget Meeting is tonight, 6/25/20 at 7:00 pm in the PCHS Gym. An Informational session will be held before the meeting at 6:00 pm. We will ask that attendees practice social distancing and wear a mask when less than 6 feet from someone. We appreciate your continued support.
The District is looking to survey all parents/guardians/caregivers to identify technology tools, technology wants and needs, as well as issues and concerns related to remote learning. Help us continue to collaborate to better meet the needs of our students. This survey is a step toward planning for the Fall. Please fill out this remote learning survey to help us understand your experiences and needs going forward. https://forms.gle/HKPw9fGVUpyVCuBV7
LAST DAY to return Student iPads! NO exceptions. Bring them to the high school for drop off. Either put them in the trash bin or buzz in and put them on the cart. Be sure student name is on it. I have several without names, which means those families will be invoiced. iPads not received today will be invoiced. Thank you for your help with this. Call 876-4625 with questions.
PCSS welcomes back the 7th and 8th grades next year. In-Person orientation will happen next Fall, but here is a video to watch for now http://bitly.ws/8JT6
Last Muster of the year for PCHS!!! Click on this link to tune in at 1:00 pm today. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81809289678?pwd=bW5rdjZTRDAxQVhoNU1jbTNKbzVOZz09
ALL Student iPads MUST be returned by this FRIDAY, JUNE 12th. If students still have work to do, they must arrange to borrow another device. iPads not returned by Friday, June 12th will be invoiced. Bring to the High School. Text or Call 207*343*3073 with questions.
UPDATE ON MEALS: Hello SAD#4 As we wrap up the school year our district wants to again thank all the students, families and staff that have supported us during this period of change. Our district has worked so hard to ensure our students and families are fed and we are so grateful for all those who helped. We'd like to announce that today, JUNE 8TH is our last day of meal deliveries. Thank you again to all who participated in making deliveries happen for our families!!!
Student iPad Turn-in Reminder - This week, June 9-12th. Put iPad, case, charger cords and blocks in a plastic bag and bring to the high school (all grades). All items must be returned. Items not returned by June 12th will be invoiced. Text or call 207*343*3073 with questions.
Thank you so much to families for all your hard work during the extended school closure due to COVID-19. Take a look at this video from PCES staff. Thank you! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vH1jvB9a0QZn_rBMif_7YrgFKqb_yiTA/view?usp=sharing
GRANGE CANCELS PARADE OF PIRATES Guilford—Valley Grange of Guilford recently announced that in a joint agreement with the administration of SAD 4, the Parade of Pirates scheduled for June 10, 2020, is being canceled. In announcing the cancelation, Valley Grange Program Director Walter Boomsma explained, “After reviewing the recent changes to Governor Mills’ Executive order, we made the unhappy decision to cancel the event in keeping with the spirit of the order and everyone’s safety.” Boomsma also reminded everyone that the purpose of the parade is not cancelled. “We just have to celebrate our community treasurers differently and more creatively.” He suggested that “even something as a simple card, email, letter, or email to someone and saying thanks for being part of our schools and communities and the area we live in.” Valley Grange offers a number of programs to support area communities ranging from providing dictionaries to third graders to making “fabric hugs”—blankets for children in conjunction with Project Linus. The Guilford Grange has a long history of programs to support schools and kids. Boomsma had a special message for the students, parents, and teachers. “In these uncertain times, I promise you this. We’ll be back.” Additional information about the cancellation and ideas for celebrating are available on the Valley Grange Website (http://valleygrange.com) and Facebook Page.
First Day of Senior Week tomorrow. Seniors need to be there by 9:00 am. Please have a mask.
Hey there! Happy Friday! Here is next week's newsletter from the 'Specials' teachers at PCES/PCMS. https://www.smore.com/pkyfn Please share any activities you complete with us! Our emails are on the newsletter!! PCES/PCMS Specials Teachers
Greetings: Here is next week's newsletter from the 'Specials' teachers at PCES/PCMS. https://www.smore.com/59u4r NOTE: For students interested in band next year, please complete the form within the newsletter!! Please share any activities you complete with us! Our emails are on the newsletter!! Happy Memorial Day! Enjoy the weather! PCES/PCMS Specials Teachers
Student iPad turn-in - June 9th thru June 12th. Bring to the high school & drop off in the bin. Put iPad, charging cables, blocks, and cases in a plastic bag. Items not returned by June 12th will be invoiced. Text or Call 207*343*3073 with questions.
Important PCHS Senior Graduation Information being sent via email to students and parents at 6 pm tonight.
It's that time again!! Here is next week's newsletter from the 'Specials' teachers at PCES/PCMS. https://www.smore.com/a4brw Please share any activities you complete with us! Our emails are on the newsletter!! Stay safe! Stay healthy! We miss you! PCES/PCMS Specials Teachers
M.S.A.D. #4 Abbot, Cambridge, Guilford, Parkman, Sangerville, Wellington Music Teacher Pre-k to Grade 6 Salary commensurate with experience per teacher scale. Must have or be able to get Maine Certification #614 Music Teacher Grades 7-12 Salary commensurate with experience per teacher scale. Must have or be able to get Maine Certification #614 Grade 6 Teacher (Must possess or be eligible for 020 certification) Special Education Teacher Elementary Grade 4-6 Resource Room (Maine Certification #282 or #286) Cook / Baker (6 hours per day – school year) (Interested candidates should make out an SAD #4 application plus send a letter of application, transcripts, resume, current certification, and three written references.) Positions will be filled when suitable candidates have been found. Please call for an application (207) 876-3444 or get one from our website at sad4.org M.S.A.D. #4 Superintendent Kelly MacFadyen 9 Campus Drive – Drop #2 Guilford, ME 04443 (207) 876-3444 E.O.E.
Senior Meeting at 4:00 pm. See email for link.
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Here is the latest newsletter from the 'Specials' teachers at PCES/PCMS. https://www.smore.com/0txgf Please share any activities you complete with us! Our emails are on the newsletter!! Stay safe. Stay healthy! We miss you! PCES/PCMS Specials Teachers
Seniors Signs Stored until after the storm. Will be back up on Monday!!!
Due to technical difficulties Piscataquis Got Talent Show postponed until tomorrow night at 7:00 pm. Look for a text, email, notification close to 7:00 pm.
Here is the latest newsletter from the 'Specials' teachers at PCES/PCMS. https://www.smore.com/9bpks I am including the past newsletters here, as well. Feel free to look them over -- lots of activities!! April 13 - 17 newsletter: https://www.smore.com/6dxru April 6 - 10 newsletter: https://www.smore.com/mp2bc Please share any activities you complete with us! Our emails are on the newsletter!! Stay safe. Stay healthy! Enjoy the nice weather that appears to be coming our way! We miss you! PCES/PCMS Specials Teachers
The following link will take you to a Google Form to register. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdMO_XEGm3e2bj5AVy290jmRqZTAbVRf3etzq--0QCg1YniBg/viewform?usp=sf_link
The following link will take you to a Google Form to register. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdMO_XEGm3e2bj5AVy290jmRqZTAbVRf3etzq--0QCg1YniBg/viewform?usp=sf_link
Senior Meeting today at 2:00 pm. Here is link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87182570108?pwd=enVWazBlN1oxRFhVYjgyVHNQZHRJdz09
Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed your stay-cation vacation! There were quite a few nice days, so we hope you spent some time outdoors! We are re-posting the past Unified Arts newsletters. There are a number of activities for you to do - check it out. Email any of us- Mr. Arthers, Mr. Gaw, Mr. Schriver, Mr. Viera, or Mrs. Jarret to let us know what you've been doing! Newsletter from April 6 - 10: https://www.smore.com/mp2bc Newsletter from April 13 - 17: https://www.smore.com/6dxru We will post a new newsletter on Friday afternoon. In the meantime, be safe, be healthy! We miss you! The Unified Arts Team
REMINDER: District meals start again on Monday, April 27th. Deliveries are expected to start around 9am. Please be sure to have coolers/containers ready at the end of your driveway. Hope you have enjoyed your break and the weekend's sun!
"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” -- Jane Goodall Happy Earth Day! On this Earth Day, as we continue to maintain a physical distance from each other, I recently saw a message from three astronauts on the International Space Station. The astronauts sent a video of the Earth and stated: "That Earth is still beautiful. An Earth in crisis is still an earth worth returning to." This message, from 250 miles above our planet, is a meaningful reminder that we are all in this together and we will persevere. Happy Earth Day!
Just a reminder... April 20th through April 24th is school vacation. During this time there will be no meal prep/delivery. We will resume food service the following week on Monday April 27th. Thank you again to all those who support our meal program, our cooks, those that prep, those that deliver and those that support all of us in general!
To SAD4 students and families: Here is this week's newsletter from the 'Specials' staff at PCES/PCMS. https://www.smore.com/6dxru Lots of great activities for you! When you complete an activity, please share with us!! Our emails are on the newsletter! Hope everyone is safe and healthy! PCES/PCMS Specials Teachers
ATTENTION: Due to recent weather meals will be delivered on SATURDAY at 10am instead of today (Friday). Please be safe, stay warm and listen for the honk to notify you there has been a delivery.
A huge thanks to Beth Lambert from the DOE for delivering hotspot devices to SAD 4! Families receiving these hot spots will be notified soon with pickup details. https://mailchi.mp/maine/media-release-maine-doe-celebrates-april-as-the-month-of-the-military-child-1321100?e=f05b1f7bed
REMINDER: Friday we will be delivering meals at 1:00 PM due to the snow storm. Don't forget to have a bin/cooler out for use to put your food into. If there is no container available we will leave the food at the mouth of your driveway. Stay safe and keep your ears open for our honk to notify you of delivery! Thank you!
Good Evening, this is Kelly MacFadyen, superintendent of MSAD #4. We are following the recommendation made by our Commissioner of Education, which was supported by the Governor to replace classroom instruction with remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We will continue to provide remote learning until June 9th unless the Governor declares it is safe to return to on-site learning. If that were to happen we would consider returning so that students and staff could have closure for this academic year. Please view our website for more details and on-going updates as we navigate through is difficult time. Spring is here, and I miss seeing the students practicing and playing sports from my office window. But we are all committed to staying healthy so we can get back to school as soon as possible. Stay home, stay connected, be safe and know that we miss you!
https://vimeo.com/405527222 Check out the PCMS 2nd Trimester Honor Roll. Your accomplishment is noticed and celebrated. Great Job!! Thank you Mrs. Jarret for your help.
Meal Update: Friday we will be delivering at 1:00 pm due to a possible snow storm. Stay sage and keep your ears open for our honk to notify you of delivery! Thank you!
Just a reminder that if you participate in our district meal program to pleaae put a cooler or bin at the end of your driveway for food to be placed into. If you do not have a container food will be placed at the end of your driveway in the bag it is packed in. Drivers will honk when food is dropped off. We will no longer be bringing food to doors of homes to help ensure the health and safety of our families and staff. Thank you!!!
Just want to take a moment to share a HUGE heartfelt thank you to all who have helped with food prep, food packing and delivering of food within our district. We have another week under our belts and you all should be so proud of your work. The smiles and efforts put into these meals does not go unnoticed. Thank you!
To SAD4 students and families: The 'Specials' teachers at PCES/PCMS put together this newsletter to share some activities and learning opportunities with you. Here is the link to the newsletter: https://www.smore.com/mp2bc So, look it over -- have some fun! When you complete an activity, please share with us!! Our emails are on the newsletter! We miss you! Hope everyone is safe and healthy! PCES/PCMS Specials Teachers
SAD #4 Families: There will be a few changes to our food program effective April 6th. They are as follows: *Vehicles will leave the campus with food at 9am and will be occur on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. *We are asking that families put a tote or cooler at the end of their driveway for food to be placed into. If a box is not available, bags will be dropped off at the end of the driveway. Buses will honk when food has been dropped off. This will allow us to continue to support our community with food for as long as possible while also decreasing possible exposure to the coronavirus within our community. As circumstances change we will continue to make adjustments to our food program as appropriate. Thank you for your support and stay healthy!
A message from Erica Strout - SAD 4 Occupational Therapist I wanted to let you know that I have found a really great "Virtual OTs" youtube channel that a couple of OTs that I've worked with and also gone to college with have made and shared. The link is below. There are some really great activities and strategies that parents can use with their children to work on a variety of skills with supplies that they may have already around their home. And if parents would like to reach out to me with any questions about their child's OT needs during the school closure, they can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwt_1NF8j0bG7N_yA4iLDsw?fbclid=IwAR3rNB82-5PZey652PNyxoxUSV5A9wc9by-lKGUSCOGT7_C3dxWI0uyIBJc
Due to the bad weather predicted for tomorrow morning, Monday the 30th, we will not be doing food deliveries. We plan to resume deliveries on Tuesday the 31st. Stay safe everyone.
March 26, 2020 Dear Families, I hope all of you are well and are finding ways to take care of yourselves, whether it is going for a walk, trying a new recipe or craft, or reading a book/magazine. For me, I love joining the teachers’ Google Classrooms and seeing student comments and work. I even called one student to share my excitement about what she created! Tomorrow, Friday the 27th, the big yellow busses will be rolling, and members of the administrative team will be riding them to deliver new packets, supplies and/or materials. Also, volunteers will be riding the busses to deliver food for the weekend. The busses should arrive between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. If the bus cannot get down your road, we will try to call 10 minutes ahead and plan to meet you. The last bag of school materials was tied at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, so to follow the 72-hour guideline, wait until 2:30 p.m. Friday before opening your treasure. When work is completed, you may bring it to school and put it in the barrel, which is tied to the front door. However, do NOT return math books, because they are needed to continue learning. Each day, we pull the bag from the barrel, tie it, and set it aside for the required 72 hours. Then, the work is sorted and the teacher notified. The teacher will pickup the work during school hours, as only essential staff has access to the building now. Because this process is inconvenient for families and creates quite a delay in informing instruction and student feedback, we are working hard to make all our assessments digital. Please let the teacher know A.S.A.P. if you do not have Internet. Help may be available in the weeks to come. Our staff has been working to identify the most essential learning in each content area and has been brainstorming ways for students to demonstrate their learning. During this process, all assessments are to inform teaching, so for now, assignments will show in PowerSchool as collected, not graded. We will still report on what students know and are able to do at the end of the trimester. We will be working on creating additional learning time for students to gain the skills that they did not demonstrate during Distance Learning. I hope everyone stays healthy! If you have questions, please call me at 876-4301. Best Wishes, Anita Wright P.C.E.S. Principal
SAD 4 Students - We Miss You!!!! We put this video together especially for you. School is so empty without you. Behave for your parents and get your work done the best you can. Teachers are here if you need them. https://youtu.be/vt2WFh3QVPM
March 20, 2020 Dear Families, I hope you are well. By now, you know that we will not be in session physically until April 27th. As a staff, we are creating a Distance Learning Program to continue education for our children. In the days ahead, you can expect: 1. New learning materials will be either delivered or ready for pick up with the new packets starting on March 30th. These materials include math workbooks, possible reading material, supplies, and/or hands-on materials. a. If the bus stops at your house normally, then food and/or packets will be delivered. If you normally transport your child, then please call (876-4301) before coming to school to pick up the packets so we can have them ready. b. To ensure safety for everyone, all materials are bagged and set aside for a 3-day decontamination period. Gloves will be used during delivery. c. Please ONLY return the work that needs to be corrected and be sure the work is in the folder or bundled, as it will be bagged and set aside for the 3-day period. Completed work must be dropped off at school. Put the bundled work in the bin provided. Also, double check that your child’s name is on all work. 2. We are moving quickly to increase our online presence. Teachers are creating digital avenues such as: a. Learning resources on the internet; b. YouTube Channels to teach and explain new material; c. Google Voice accounts so they can call or text with you if email doesn’t work; and d. Google Classrooms or Seesaw accounts so you can easily find material and/or email assessments. If you need Internet or if your Internet is slow, we recommend calling your cell phone company to add a hotspot and/or more data. Vouchers may be available. If you need one, explain that you have children at home who need to access distance learning. Please know if you have no access, we will continue to support with packets to the best of our ability. We want to stay connected with you as much as possible. I will continue to work from school, as will the office staff. Additionally, our teachers are reaching out to each student to assist in anyway possible. You may want to make a list of questions about the resources, assignments, and assessments and/or ask for suggestions about teaching strategies. Let’s hope we’re back at school soon. Meanwhile, feel free to call 876-4301. Stay safe out there! Best Always, Anita Wright, P.C.E.S. Principal
Free Lunch & Breakfast! SAD #4 is planning on feeding ALL children in our area from the ages of 18 and under for free. We will be delivering meals to homes daily (Monday-Friday) starting Monday, March 23 until school is back in session. Meals will include breakfast and lunch. Meals will be delivered by bus drivers who will be driving our district vans. Please expect a drop off at your home between 8:00-10:00 am If you have not been contacted and would like meals delivered to your home – Please call 876-4625, 876-4301, or 876-3444. Please tell us your physical address and how many children in your household 18 and under. Thank you for your continued support.
A message from Mr. Arthers: To all my art students, I hope you take some time to express yourself creatively during this time away from school. When you complete a project from your packet or your own independent piece of artwork, take a picture of it and send it to my email. You can also return the actual piece to school with your other school work. I would love to post some of your artwork on my SAD 4 website so your friends can see it too.Take care and be safe. Mr. Arthers Visual Arts Instructor email@example.com
Free meals for SAD 4 kids 18 and under will be delivered to homes, starting Monday, March 23! Call 876-4301 to sign up ASAP. On Monday delivery will be starting at 10:00 AM. After Monday all meals will be delivered between 8:00-10:00 am.
This came in an email from Teaching Strategies Gold: This morning our CEO sent out an email to all of our partners with a link to a free digital ReadyRosie Toolkit, derived from our family engagement tool. The email is supposed to go out to all administrators, but our distribution lists are not always accurate. In any case, I want to reach out personally to make sure you have the link. On the link, you will find videos of learning activities that can be done at home as well as advice from a pediatrician and early childhood experts on how to talk to children about the pandemic and how to keep them safe. If you click on the “Learning at Home” tab and then select one of the “Explore the Activities” buttons, you will find a Modeled Moment video and links to related Creative Curriculum Mighty Minutes and LearningGames PDFs that can be printed. We will be periodically updating it with more learning activities. https://readyrosie.com/healthyathome/
Keep Learning at Home by Common Sense Media - Click the Link: http://view.commonsense-email.org/?qs=4b6ef69787b47a4883db31adc737fb48a86a82ad9c54580b94bc0afbf7ecf4102cc823d05c6e9fd0c6f214e9ca5c3b74b39717618bcb23e563b134aae786903d29cc0e38538d879a49ca488ca81e6d42e51059bfa808c8a1
Attention 7th & 8th Graders! Please have students check email! The teachers have sent messages and want to support your learning. If you need help, they can help you.
Here's this also - United way covid19 relief fund. 1-866-211-9966. They will help figure out who helps in your area with food bills rent. Etc. The family provides zip code
For those who are interested: This link takes you to information for low income Mainers on changes to the unemployment insurance program. http://go.pardot.com/webmail/598581/293651146/11552323692726c8d1bf1f626e568e785f534f03c2b29e2d5889f2b459e14095
If you are a TCTC student a van will be delivering TCTC homework to students in the PCHS Parking Lot from 11:00-11:30 daily until April 1st. If you attend TCTC please make arrangements to be at PCHS to pick up your homework on a daily basis.
Free Lunch for SAD 4 kids 18 & under! Call the office 876-4301 to get signed up. We will deliver!
This spreadsheet is kind of hard to read, but has what appears to be some good activities for families. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=om1#inbox/FMfcgxwHMPkChFFSRvnHWsGqHlczHVbh?compose=chbDdQLqtgFZdFXwhDTxFXzkmMKCbJfWVzHQsPlwfKRzStLwfZkvthTGNTdKvcZQljhWSBctSdWmZrmFKLqNPQwNqjqpdFlxPrBhVXxMVXSXjMsvKWtxllBTzQRQclmlNPVvBzJnlVCzgfdRnRxRPhLbzDZslMNDmXSnzhrmwpJSTcqJGHmBRNgvtWzvtPkTNKfnKcqDnLSrmrTSgthTqFJpWXVmwdGdzWXDSTQKmxNKcXvZSFvvRTsdtQMlfVbFkmDcrphfkZZTpzltgDrqGPFtCQqJCPkZgfPfNzQxpfxgWrfCVZlbDlTLtFFrKsDNbPnptvcCPmVGJHRVl&projector=1&messagePartId=0.1
I hope this link works better than Spectrum! -XFinity- https://twitter.com/Xfinity/status/1239244773267066884 Xfinity on Twitter: "We’re helping keep everyone connected with free access to Xfinity WiFi hotspots. Click below to learn how to access them."
Good Morning SAD 4 Families. Click the following link to access suggested learning materials from SAD 4. https://docs.google.com/document/d/13_2peIQsfAJ1_ig0gNt3s8AyFMcE7mJhpO5O8G7m0Mg/edit
SAD #4 is planning on feeding ALL children in our area from the ages of 18 and under for free. We will be delivering meals to homes daily (Monday-Friday) starting Monday, March 23 until school is back in session. Meals will include breakfast and lunch. Meals will be delivered by bus drivers who will be driving our district vans. Please expect a drop off at your home between 8:00-10:00 am If you have not been contacted and would like meals delivered to your home – Please call 876-4625, 876-4301, or 876-3444. Please tell us your physical address and how many children in your household 18 and under. Thank you for your continued support.
Spectrum Offering Free Internet to Families! https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist Also, US Cellular and other carriers are raising data limits, which also helps with access. Reach out to your carrier and ask, especially if you don't have Internet access otherwise.
A Message from the Special Education Department: Dear Parents/Guardians: First off, thank you for your encouragement as we work to support the health of our students. Many of you have worked with our department to schedule 504 and IEP meetings. During our period of closure, all 504/IEP meetings will be canceled and rescheduled when school is back in session and it is appropriate to do so. If you have any questions feel free to reach out.
TCTC has been cancelled tomorrow and, as such, ALL TCTC Students need to attend PCHS to receive important information about the school closure. PCHS will run a 1/2 day shortened GOLD and BLUE day schedule tomorrow so all classes can be seen.
March 15, 2020 Dear Parent/Guardian: I am informing you that we will have a half day of school tomorrow the 16th followed by a closure until March 30th. This decision was made after much input form area Superintendents, the Commissioner of Education and the Center for Disease Control. As you are probably aware, the situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing and as a school district we need to support efforts to mitigate exposure by promoting social distancing. Our teachers have been working on continuity of education while school is closed by putting together distance learning packets and web-based learning for our students. During our half day tomorrow staff will get this information to students and make sure they have the materials and devices needed for working at home. I am very proud of how my staff has pulled together to work through this difficult time and do what is best for our students. We will continually meet and work out more details as we progress through this situation. I will post updates as needed. Sincerely, Kelly MacFadyen MSAD #4 Superintendent
The MPA Board of Directors and Interscholastic Management Committee voted today, March 13, 2020 to delay the start of the 2020 Spring sports pre-season practice until April 27, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and will make the appropriate changes as needed to ensure the safety of all students.
The Audiobody performance scheduled for April 10th has been canceled. Stay tuned for updates!
In response to recent updates on the COVID-19 virus, we are implementing the following plan: Currently, school remains in session. For the health and safety of all our students and staff we are limiting exposure/contact. Every event requiring travel or large groups between now and April break will be canceled. We will review this after the break. SAD #4 is planning for the continuity of education in the case of school closure or high absenteeism. This may include online platforms, work packets and project based learning. This information will be shared with families when it becomes available. If you have questions/concerns please feel free to contact the building principals. The district will keep you informed of updates as they become available. The DOE plans to continue MEA testing as scheduled starting March 16th. The school is following CDC protocols and the DOE link to this information has been posted to our site as follows: https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19
Thank you very much to the Cambridge Extension Homemakers! MSAD #4 Nurse Wendy Viera holding a tote full of 27 rice bags, delivered by members of the Cambridge Extension Homemakers, Reni Davis and Judy Hibbert on February 24th. The Homemakers group made and filled the bags at a workshop held during vacation week.
2020 eMPowerMEA Testing - Good Afternoon, Starting on March 16th students in Grades 3-8 will be participating in the eMPowerME Maine State assessments. The testing window is four weeks long, but we hope to have the majority completed by March 27th. If you will be on vacation anytime prior to April break, or if your child will be missing school for any other reason, please let us know as soon as possible so arrangements can be made for your child to participate. It will be especially important for students to eat a good breakfast and to get enough rest to do their best during the testing period. Please reach out if you have any questions. I have attached the Parent/Guardian letter, which you can also request by calling 876-4301 or via email - firstname.lastname@example.org
JMG & FAME invite you to attend FASFA night! March 9th 5:30 PM - 7 PM located in the library! Get answers to your questions and receive help completing the FASFA! (Please bring 2018 IRS Tax Returns, W-2 Forms, other 2018 income/benefit info and social security numbers) Students and families are invited to attend. Please contact Mrs. Pollock for more information!
PCHS Camden Conference Seminar students were pleased to attend the 2020 Camden Conference at the University of Southern Maine campus in Portland from 02-21-2020 through 02-23-2020. They joined over 1000 fellow attendees, including students from eleven other Maine high schools, to view the live-stream lectures, participate in group discussions and networking sessions, and to pose questions during Q-and-A sessions with the featured speakers. This year's conference, The Media Revolution: Changing the World, presented expert journalists and academics from all over the world who discussed the role of New Media in contemporary society, local and international politics, and the global economy. Opinions were diverse, disagreements were civil, and the amount of new information to learn was impressive. The weekend also included a visit to the Portland Museum of Art and the Southworth Planetarium. Having now been to the Conference, PCHS students will go on write formal policy essays for submission to a statewide contest as well as create individual capstone projects based upon their learning over the course of the year. For further information about the Camden Conference, please visit www.camdenconference.org
School will be delayed by one hour today March 3rd due to slippery road conditions. Stay safe and have a great day.
School will be cancelled today, Thursday the 27th due to weather conditions. Stay safe and have a great day.
5th-12th grade Free sports physicals will be given at the school(s) on Friday, February 28th. If your student is due to expire before the end of the Fall season, Mr Gallant should have notified you. Permission forms and pre-physical questionnaires need to be received by February 24th. Since this is the day school resumes from vacation, you should receive a robocall reminder. Please feel free to email Mrs. Viera to check the status of your student's current physical.
All after school activities in SAD 4 are cancelled today, February 13, 2020.
Attention PCES/PCMS Families - This is a reminder that the Arts Alive volunteer forms are due on Friday, February 14th. If you need another form please send in a note with your child and we will send one home.
There will be no AM Pre-K this morning, 2/10/2020.
We will have a two hour delay today, 2/10/20 to give the plows time to clear the back roads. Stay safe and have a great day.
There will be no school today, 2-7-20 due to inclement weather. Stay safe and have a nice weekend.
MSAD#4 is working on better understanding the needs of our students, families and our community. Please take a moment to fill out this survey if you have not already so we can better understand the needs in our district. Thank you! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S87X6CV
We have been notified of an email threat received by the Orono Police Department listing several Maine schools as targets for violence. No schools in MSAD #4 were identified on the list. As always, we will continue to be abundantly cautious as we proceed through the remainder of the day. I will provide updates as needed.
MSAD 04 7th & 8th Graders - Field Trip tomorrow, Wednesday, 1-29-2020!! Get ready to go to the Logging Site. Bring boots & warm clothing. See you then!
Attention SAD 4 Families: Here's a survey to help us better understand how to serve our families and students. Please fill it out if you have a chance. Thanks! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S87X6CV
The Camden Conference Seminar class at PCHS was pleased to host Matt Storin, former Editor of the Boston Globe, as a guest speaker on 01/21/2020. Mr. Storin shared a brief chronology of his career working in newspapers and news media, his thoughts on the current media landscape, and fielded questions from students regarding his experiences in the United States and abroad. Mr. Storin's lecture is one piece of the larger preparation that students have been undertaking in order to attend the 33rd annual Camden Conference, a weekend long global affairs program presented by experts and eminent figures in their fields of work, over February break. This year's topic, entitled The Media Revolution: Changing the World, is centered around Internet-based media and news, and all of the featured presenters will speak to that effect. Upon returning from the conference, students will be composing policy essays based on what they have learned over the course of the year as well as creating individual capstone projects. For more information on the Conference itself, please visit the following website: https://www.camdenconference.org/
It's official! The MSAD 4 App is Live. Check out "MSAD 4" in the app store. You can also view this promotional video - https://drive.google.com/file/d/11O7BHk6uow-q_fIrzsOR8zWK0gm003M1/view
All after school activities have been cancelled today. January 16, 2020
The School Board Meeting on 1/14/20 will be in the PCHS Library at 7:00 pm.
PCHS DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS Blue 2 Day Good uck to all the basketball teams tonight in their matchups vs. Greenville. Boys JV starts at 3:30 pm followed by Girls Varsity at 5 and Boys Varsity at 6:30. This is the big Aliza Jean Fight Against Cancer Fundraiser game. It would be great to see everyone come out and support the cause. There is a raffle for a big screen TV Please use caution for any ice activties over the week end. WIth the warm weather coming in conditions will be very unpredictable Good Luck to the wrest;ers this weekend in their meet at FA. This is the only other chance to catch the wrestlers close by. They are having a great season and are a lot of fun to watch. Any Pirate Volunteer member who did not go to the meeting needs to see Mrs. Wilson today during break. "Best of luck to our JMG students attending Bank of America Event at Eastern Maine Community College." Lunch today is Assorted sandwiches Quote of the day “Be who you are , because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard Baruch
Attention 7th and 8th graders Anyone planning on skiing this year needs to get all paperwork and $20 deposit to Mrs. Rich by Friday, Jan. 10, so she can get the information to the Mountain. Thanks in advance.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Gold 1 Day Great job to Boys Varsity Team in their win Kobe Gilbert had his usual 20 and good job to Preston Ricker for coming back after his concussion with a double double. Today is an Academic Check in day. Our Scheduler is down still. Use email to get a student for RTIParlee. Please have the NHS students see me ASAP about a volunteer opportunity. Lunch today is CHop Suey and a Yeast roll Quote of the day Have enough courage to start and enough heart to finish. – Jessica N. S. Yourko
Monday, January 6, 2020 Blue 2 Day A reminder to students on the new cell phone rules. There is an Academic Check in tomorrow. A reminder to all students who ride their sleds to school. Your mufflers must comply with the law. There is a Faculty Meeting this afternoon. Good Luck to the Boys Varsity at Bangor Christian tonight. Great job to the PAT members who presented to the Commissioner of education. You represented our school well and your efforts could bring the Governor up to meet with us. Lunch today is Enchiladas and Churros. Quote of the day “Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” Francesca Reigler Artist
K-8 Families! Join us for an Hour of Code at the PCES library on 12-12-19 @ 5PM. Coding Fun for All!
We need some volunteers for this event. Please contact Jess if you can volunteer! Ready, set, ROAR! September 21st from 9 to 11 AM -- Join us for some Lion King Family Fun at the Guilford Memorial Library! Read a book. Write a story. Draw a picture. Create a scene. Help us publish a community book! Bring your whole family for some fun activities!