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Parent Learning & Support Workshop

posted Sep 20, 2018, 4:39 AM by Betty Lu Davis

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Parent Learning & Support

Location: Crisis and Counseling, 120 Tillson Ave, Rockland

Workshops are free to all parents and caregivers of children with emotional and behavioral health needs! Unable to attend in person? Join us remotely from your computer or mobile device with Go ToMeeting™. Contact your Regional Parent Support Coordinator for more information. Note you must pre-register to utilize Go ToMeeting™.


Thursday, October 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“Autism and Strategies” Presented by Jessica King, Information Specialist, Autism Society of Maine

Participants will gain a basic understanding of autism along with some general strategies to use while interacting with individuals on the spectrum. These strategies relate to sensory, communication, behavioral and social deficits that often interfere with an individual’s ability to process information.


Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“Sesame Street’s Little Children BIG Challenges: Incarceration” Facilitated by Misty Day, Regional Parent Support Coordinator

One in 28 children in the United States has a parent in state or federal prison. Chances are you or someone you know is dealing with some big challenges. If you or a loved one is returning home to parenting after being incarcerated, or if you are a parent facing incarceration, this training video may help your children with understanding incarceration. Free kit giveaway includes: Sesame Street DVD, Guide for Parents and Caregivers, and a Children’s Storybook.


Thursday, December 20, 2018, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“Family Activity: Creating a Cookie Jar Mix” Facilitated by Misty Day, Regional Parent Support Coordinator

Whip up a special gift from the kitchen to show family and friends you truly care! Join us for an evening of fun and create a cookie jar mix to enjoy with family or use as a homemade gift for that special someone. Personalize your jar by adding your own creative touch.  G.E.A.R. will provide the supplies and feel free to bring a Quart wide mouth canning jar or decorative items from home. Note: You must pre-register for this workshop, space is limited. 


Facilitated by parents for parents. Are you worried about your child’s emotional well-being? Through parent-to-parent sharing of experiences and knowledge, G.E.A.R. Parent Network empowers parents of children with behavioral health needs to build on their family’s strengths and to advocate for their family’s needs. Free services available to parents and caregivers include information and support by phone; monthly support groups; education, health, and legal training; and social opportunities. We are parents helping each other. We offer unconditional support: no blame, no shame, and no judgment! We want you to know that you are not ALONE!


To register, please contact:

Misty Day, Regional Parent Support Coordinator

Hancock, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln & Washington Counties; Ph: 1.800.264.9224 or 485.4253

Email: mday@crisisandcounseling.org or www.gearparentnetwork.org

Troy Howard Middle School Academic Audit

posted Mar 27, 2018, 11:34 AM by Betty Lu Davis


The purpose of the academic audit was to examine and verify the classroom experiences of students and teachers in grades 6, 7, and 8, resulting in recommendations for action to help and support improved learning and teaching.  Click on the image to view the document details the findings of this audit. 

Elementary and Secondary Education Application Information

posted Jun 8, 2017, 11:49 AM by Betty Lu Davis   [ updated Sep 5, 2018, 4:15 AM by RSU71 Webmaster ]

Date: June 8, 2018

To:  RSU #71 Parents and Community Members

Referencing:  Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Application

Federal funding is allotted to school districts throughout Maine through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Application.  Our district completes the application process, requesting funding for supplemental teaching services and Family Engagement opportunities (Title l) and professional development opportunities for staff and administrators (Title ll).  Funding for these projects is based on evidence of student needs using district and school data.

You are invited to attend the July 9th RSU #71 School Board Meeting at the Troy Howard Middle School at 5:30.  You will be provided with information about the projects identified in the RSU #71 ESEA application and  have the opportunity to share feedback on the use of federal funds in our district. The information shared will also be posted on the Title l webpage at www.rsu71.org under the Departments heading.  

If you are unable to attend and would like to share feedback, please feel free to contact me through e-mail. (lmiller@rsu71.org) or call at 338-1960.  

Laura Miller

Laura S. Miller

RSU #71  Curriculum Coordinator

ESEA Coordinator

Children and Teens Can Enroll in Affordable Health Care Insurance Year-Round

posted Mar 17, 2017, 10:05 AM by Betty Lu Davis

It’s not too late to sign up for free or low-cost health coverage! Enrollment is open year round. Children or teens in a family of four earning up to $52,404 a year may qualify for MaineCare or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Parents may be eligible for MaineCare as well. With health insurance, kids get the medical care they need to make sure they’re able to fully participate in classroom and after-school activities.

For more information about Connecting Kids to Coverage, speak with your School Nurse or call the Consumers for Affordable Health Care Helpline at 1-800-965-7476 to discuss your child’s eligibility and get linked to a local enrollment specialist who can help you complete a MaineCare application.

Maine Educational Assessment

posted Mar 9, 2016, 9:43 AM by Betty Lu Davis   [ updated Mar 9, 2016, 9:51 AM by RSU71 Webmaster ]

March 9, 2016

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Maine’s public school students in grades 3-8 and in the third year of high school are required by both state and federal legislation to be assessed each year in the areas of mathematics and English language arts (ELA)/literacy.  As a result of state legislation enacted in June 2015 http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0872&item=5&snum=127, the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) for mathematics and ELA/literacy has changed this year.  In selecting a new MEA for mathematics and ELA/literacy, the Maine Department of Education set out to reduce the amount of testing time while still providing the detailed information educators and parents need to inform school and student progress toward meeting standards.

At grades 3-8, Maine will be using an assessment called eMPower™ME, a computer-based assessment developed by Measured Progress, the same testing company that develops Maine’s science assessment.  There will be a 4-week testing window, from March 21 to April 15, 2016, during which students will sit for 7 separate testing sessions.  Sample eMPower™ME items can be viewed here: http://www.maine.gov/doe/assessment/math-ela/administration/index.html.

For 3rd year high school students, Maine will be using the re-designed SAT, developed by the College Board.  A priority consideration in selecting the new high school assessment was the relevance of the test for students and their parents as they focus on preparation for their next steps after high school.  The SAT in the spring of 2016 will be administered as a paper-based test on a single day, April 12, 2016.  For students who miss the April 12th administration, there will be a make-up test available on April 27, 2016.  Information about the re-designed SAT can be found here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat?affiliateId=aruhome&bannerId=nwsat.

Both eMPower™ME and the re-designed SAT are aligned to the content and skills outlined in Maine’s College and Career Readiness Standards, adopted in 2011 to guide instruction in Maine’s classrooms.  Information about Maine’s content standards can be found at the following links:

For mathematics:


For ELA/Literacy:


 While no single test can give a complete picture of achievement, the MEA combined with other information, can help us all better understand the progress of our students.  These assessments can help schools and districts review and improve curriculum. They can also help to identify areas where a particular student needs additional support and where he or she has mastered the content and can be challenged to go deeper into the subject matter. Teachers can use the information to guide their instruction and provide more personalized learning opportunities for students.  Parents can use the information to help support their child at home and to guide a discussion with their child’s teacher.  Students can work on the areas where they need improvement to ensure they are staying on track to be successful in the next grade level.

We encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher/school administrator with any questions you may have about the MEA or your child’s progress.

Thank you,

Paul D. Knowles

RSU #71 Superintendent

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