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Immunization Letter to Parents

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Final. Immunization Letter to RSU 71 Parents

Belfast educator honored by UMaine doctorate degree program faculty

posted by Christine Guerette

George Harvey
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 11:30am

BELFAST — The University of Maine has honored a Waldo County educator for her work in the field of education. 

Earlier this month, RSU 71 Assistant Superintendent and Director of Curriculum Laura Miller was named a recipient of the Outstanding Scholarly-Practitioner in Educational Leadership Ed.D. Student Award. 

“The Outstanding Scholarly-Practitioner in Educational Leadership Ed.D. Student award is presented to a student in the University of Maine’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in educational leadership who has demonstrated a deep dedication to being a steward in the field of education,” according to the university. “The recipient understands the importance of connecting theory to practice, addresses inequities through their problem of practice and remains dedicated to their graduate studies to improve outcomes for the communities they serve.” 

Miller has just completed the second year of the four-year program under the advisement of Dr. Ian Mette. 

She is part of a cohort that includes a dozen educators from outside the Midcoast such as Bangor, Lincoln and Old Town.

Captain Albert Stevens School principal Glen Widmer is also a member of the cohort. 

Miller and Bucksport High School principal Josh Tripp, the other recipient of this award, were asked to serve as an adjunct instructor for an educational supervision course for individuals pursing a master’s degree in the university’s educational leadership program.  

“[Miller’s] problem of practice focuses around issues of supervision and feedback that can help better develop reflective stances in teachers,” the University of Maine educational leadership faculty said in a statement. “Laura goes above and beyond the requirements of the program and directly applies concepts taught in the Ed.D. program to her work as a scholarly-practitioner.”

Miller described the opportunity to serve as an adjunct instructor as a “fabulous learning experience.” 

Miller has longstanding ties to the RSU 71 school district, first as a student from sixth grade through graduation and then as a teacher, elementary school principal and central office administrator since 1983.  

“I have been honored to work with so many professionals that have been exceptional role models and encouraged me to continue learning and growing as a professional,” she said. “I hope that I am able to be that same role model for others. It continues to be an honor to serve the students and families of RSU #71. I am so grateful to each and every one of them.” 
RSU 71 Superintendent Mary Alice McLean praised Miller in an email. 
“We are very proud of and grateful for Laura Miller, who is a top-notch educator in every possible way,” McLean said. 

Belfast Area High to hold graduation at Belfast Municipal Airport

posted by Christine Guerette

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 1:15pm
The Belfast Municipal Airport is poised to provide ample space for Belfast Area High School to celebrate its seniors while adhering to social distancing guidelines. (Screenshot/Google Maps)

BELFAST — The administration and senior class advisors at Belfast Area High School have released plans for how the school will celebrate the Class of 2020 amid the pandemic. 

The school’s graduation events will commence the week of June 8 and will include all of the school’s traditional graduation events culminating with a special recognition ceremony and commencement ceremony June 13 at the Belfast Municipal Airport, according to a memo. 

The two June 13 ceremonies will be conducted in a drive-in format. Attendance at these events will be in vehicles, with presentations occurring in person within appropriate social distancing guidelines.

The recognition ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and will be a combination of athletic, academic, civic and scholarship presentations. Some of the traditional awards that would normally be shared at the final assembly will also be incorporated into this ceremony.  The recognition ceremony will be limited to just seniors, their immediate family and high school staff.

Later that day, at 7:30 p.m., the graduation ceremony will take place and will be able to accommodate at least 250 vehicles.

Each senior will receive two tickets for a total of two vehicles. Additional space for friends and the community is anticipated to be available. The final allowed capacity will be shared on the school’s website by the beginning of June once a full assessment of the site is completed with local law enforcement. 

The graduation ceremony will be projected on large 20 foot screens and audio will be transmitted to cars via radios. Seniors will be able to get out of their vehicles, a limited number at a time, to receive diplomas. 

Other important dates for seniors include diploma signings and senior material drop-off and cap and gown pickups June 9 (last names A-K) and June 10 (last names L-Z) from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

BCOPE recognition will be held June 11 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Baccalaureate will be livestreamed June 11 at 7 p.m.

2020-2021 Proposed Budget

posted May 26, 2020, 5:37 AM by RSU71 Webmaster   [ updated May 26, 2020, 5:38 AM ]

Please see the attached file for the RSU 71 Proposed 2020-2021 Budget.

Lions Hansen, Robertson-McIntire receive sports awards

posted May 21, 2020, 8:48 AM by Christine Guerette

Duo honored as media company's 2018-19 Midcoast high school athletes of year
By Staff | May 19, 2020
Photo by: Mark HaskellBelfast Area High School's Jack Hansen, left, and Junne Robertson-McIntire hold their senior placards in their right hands and certificate/plagues — as the 2018-19 Courier Publications/VillageSoup schoolboy and schoolgirl athletes of the year — in their left as they stand in front of the school sign.
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BELFAST — Two Belfast Area High School seniors received extra "hardware" a few weeks prior to graduation for their topnotch athletic exploits during their junior years.

Junne Robertson-McIntire and Jack Hansen, recipients of the 2018-19 Courier Publications/VillageSoup schoolgirl and schoolboy athletes of the year, received their certificates/plaques on Monday, May 18 outside BAHS.

The awards were to be presented to the duo weeks ago but delivery was delayed after schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a junior, Robertson-McIntire was a four-sport athlete for the Lions and was named Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first-team all-conference in soccer, indoor track and outdoor track, in addition to playing basketball. She finished her junior year on the soccer pitch with 10 goals and two assists, in addition to collecting four league titles and three state championships in various events throughout the indoor and outdoor track seasons. She is one of New England's finest sprinters.

Also as a junior, Hansen, who played football, and indoor and outdoor track for Belfast, was first-team all-conference in all three sports, in addition to being named Class B athlete of the year for indoor and outdoor track (he excelled in pole vault, hurdles and jumps). He put up significant numbers as a wide receiver and defensive back for the Lions in football and went on to three KVAC titles and four state championships in various events during the indoor and outdoor track seasons.

The two hold a number of track records at the school.

In addition to their certificates/plaques, the teenagers received a one-year subscription to one of Courier Publications/Villagesoup print products or online websites.

Robertson-McIntire continued to impress athletically throughout her senior year, in soccer, wrestling and indoor track, while an injury midway through his team’s football season prematurely ended Hansen’s final year of high school athletics.

Both student-athletes were expected to participate in outdoor track, and again challenge for league and state supremacy in a number of events, but the high school spring sports season was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Both plan to continue their athletic careers in college. Robertson-McIntire will attend St. Joseph’s College in Standish and join the soccer and track teams, while Hansen will join the track team at the University of Maine in Orono.

Semifinalists and finalists for the 2019-20 Courier Publications/VillageSoup schoolboy and schoolgirl athletes of the year — which for the first time will be based on only two high school seasons of potential athletic exploits due to the statewide cancellation of the spring sports season — will be announced in the coming weeks.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

DRAFT Calendar for Upcoming School Year

posted Apr 30, 2020, 3:54 AM by Christine Guerette   [ updated May 18, 2020, 8:48 AM by Jason Tozer ]

Please click the link below to view the DRAFT calendar for the upcoming school year.  As a reminder, you can attend the May 11 Board of Directors meeting to voice any questions or concerns.  

DRAFT 2020-2021 School Calendar

A Message From Your Tri-Town Staff

posted Apr 17, 2020, 11:24 AM by Christine Guerette

Click the link to see a message from the Tri-Town Staff!

Area students finish strong in chess tournament

posted Apr 15, 2020, 6:52 AM by Christine Guerette

Apr 14, 2020
Source: chessmaine.netMembers of the Capt. Albert Stevens School co-championship K-3 team celebrate their success in the state chess tournament last month.

Players from schools in the Belfast area, Lincolnville and Camden-Rockport posted strong finishes in the statewide Maine Scholastic Team Chess Championships at the University of Maine last month. Some 50 schools from across the state participated.

According to accounts posted on chessmaine.net and the Regional School Unit 71 websites, Orono High School dominated the High School Team Championship section with 17.5 points out of a possible 20.

In the High School Reserve section (12 teams, 42 students), Belfast Area High School took third with 7.0 points, and Eli Slaughter took an individual first place with four wins — he was undefeated. Ronin Deschamps finished in seventh place individual with three wins.

Bonny Eagle Middle School scored 17.0 points to take first place in the Middle School Championship section. Camden-Rockport Elementary School, just off the lead with 14.0 points, took third.

Troy Howard Middle School finished 10th among the 13 teams competing for this championship. Rohan Joseph posted 2.5 wins; Gabe Austin, two wins; Brogan Mcavoy, two wins; Emma Dietz, one win; and Haylie Whitney, one draw.

In the Elementary Grades 4-5 Division (11 teams, 61 students), the Ames/Nickerson team tied for first in wins and ranked second after tie-breakers. Justin Massay was the fifth-place student with three wins, one draw. Avery Gobin was sixth-place student with three wins; Cole Gerrish, ninth place, three wins; Austin Ames, 13th place, three wins; and Connor Faulkingham finished with two wins.

CASS took fourth place in the 4-5 Division. Alex Miller, Ibis Bird and Silas Ociepka finished with three wins each; Ian Beal with 2.5 wins; Seth Whitney with two wins; and Kathleen Hutchinson, Kingston Lawrence and Kaden Grigor, one win each.

Lincolnville Central placed eighth in the 4-5 Division. Gabriel Lippman finished with three wins, Noah Seliger with two and Andrew O'Brien with one.

A two-way tie ensued in the K-3 Championship section (nine teams, 39 players) between Camden-Rockport Elementary School and Capt. Albert Stevens School in Belfast, each of which put up 3.0 points and share the title of Maine K-3 Champions.

For Camden-Rockport, Dario Ravelli, Victor Clayton and Oliver Mitchell posted three wins each, while Ruth Prendergast and Jonathan Fernald each won two games.

From CASS, Avery Adams, Wes Engstrom, Maxwell Dyer and Lucas Canning scored three wins each; Pierson Dietz, 2.5 wins; and Scarlett Amber, one win.

Lincolnville Central School was just one draw (half a point) back with 8.5 points. For LCS, Oren Hurley and Jonathan O'Brien posted three wins each; Maggie Harbaugh and Ray Beach, 2.5 wins each; Lily Fishman and Anderson Janaitis, two each; and Eva Hurley, one win.

In the K-1 section, Camden-Rockport Elementary School took clear first with 8.5 points, and Lincolnville Central School finished second with 6.5.

CRES winners were William Kaplan with four wins; Julian Funk, three wins; Benjamin Pierce, 1.5 wins; and Oscar Prendergast, one win.

Playing for LCS in this section were Clara Harbaugh, three wins; Charles Small, two wins; Silas Beach, 1.5 wins; and Freddie Fishman, one win.

Raegan Adams, sole player for the CASS team in this section, won two games and her team placed sixth.

This was the first year Maine ran a separate K-1 division in the Teams Championship and Bruce Haffner, who coaches chess at several Midcoast schools, called it a “huge success.” Thirteen students entered: four from Camden-Rockport, three from Lincolnville Central, two from Deer Isle-Stonington and one each from Bangor Montessori, Hope, and Capt. Albert Stevens.

"The benefits of chess are straightforward," Coach Haffner said in commentary on the chessmaine.net website. "Chess teaches logic, science (the scientific method of developing a plan, testing it, adjusting it and re-testing it is the basis of planning and learning) and creativity."


Ames-Nickerson co-champs in the state chess championship K-5 section. The competition was held last month at the University of Maine, Orono. (Source: chessmaine.net)
Members of the Capt. Albert Stevens Grades 4-5 chess team, which took fourth place in its section during the state championship last month. (Source: RSU 71 Website)

Congratulations BAHS!

posted Apr 14, 2020, 5:40 AM by Christine Guerette

BAHS has been selected as a winner of the PwC Charitable Foundation Innovation Lab Challenge!

The grant is for Belfast Area High School in the amount of $7500 to add to our existing Innovation Lab (STEAM Lab).  .  An Innovation Lab is a school-wide resource for students to explore cutting-edge technology. Innovation Labs are based on the idea that all students, regardless of their background, should have access to the emerging technologies that are shaping the workforce of the future. They’re stocked with educational tools that are related to 3D printing, robotics, coding, virtual & augmented reality, electronics & circuitry, and/or engineering & design. Thank you Ms. Small for your hard work!

RSU71 Students Shine at the Maine State Chess Competition

posted Apr 1, 2020, 9:31 AM by Christine Guerette

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, the Maine Scholastic Team Chess Championships were held at the University of Maine in Orono. Teams of students in grades K-12 from approximately 50 different Maine schools came together to participate in this rigorous competition. This was an extraordinary event of sportsmanship, skill, and intellectual fun!!

The competition was divided into multiple grade level divisions and ability sections. All students played four intense games and were initially paired based on their national chess ratings. Overall team scores were based on the number of wins of the top 5-scoring students on each team. 

Twenty eight chess players in grades 1-10 from the CASS, Nickerson, Ames, THMS and BAHS participated. 

RSU#71 teams, players, and results:

High School Reserve Division (12 teams, 42 students)

Belfast Area High School : 3rd place

Eli Slaughter (rated 1341): 1st place individual  - 4 wins (undefeated)

Ronin Deschamps : 7th place individual -  3 wins 

(Students did not play in the championship division as 3 more team members were needed for that category)

Middle School Championship Division (13 teams)

Troy Howard Middle School: 10th place

Rohan Joseph: 2.5 wins

Gabe Austin: 2 wins

Brogan Mcavoy: 2 wins

Emma Dietz: 1 win

Haylie Whitney: 1 draw

Elementary grades 4-5 Division ( 11 teams, 61 students)

Ames/Nickerson team: Tied for 1st in wins - ranked 2nd place after tie breakers

Justin Massay: 5th place student - 3 wins, 1 draw 

Avery : 6th place student - 3 wins

Cole Gerrish: 9th place student - 3 wins

Austin Ames: 13th place student - 3 wins

Connor Faulkingham: 2 wins

Captain Albert Stevens School: 4th place 

Alex Miller: 3 wins

Ibis Bird: 3 wins

Silas Ociepka: 3 wins

Ian Beal: 2.5 wins

Seth Whitney: 2 wins

Kathleen Hutchinson: 1 win

Kingston Lawrence: 1 win

Kaden Grigor: 1 win

Elementary grades 2-3 Division (9 teams, 39 players) 

Captain Albert Stevens School: Tied for 1st in wins - ranked 2nd place after tie breakers

Avery Adams: 3 wins

Wes Engstrom: 3 wins

Maxwell Dyer: 3 wins

Lucas Canning: 3 wins

Pierson Dietz: 2.5 wins

Scarlett Amber: 1 win

Elementary grades K-1 Division 

Captain Albert Stevens School: 

Raegan Adams - 2 wins and was solo on our  team!!

A huge congratulations to the 28 chess players from RSU71 for their outstanding work representing our community at the State Tournament. Our students showed outstanding sportsmanship and played beautifully!! In addition, a grateful thanks goes out to all the parents for helping out!!

For a complete overview of the tournament results go to Maine Chess: 


Ames/Nickerson team - 2nd place winners 

CASS grades 2 / 3 team - 2nd place

CASS grades 4 / 5 team - 4th place 

Alex Miller reporting his victory to the tournament director for scoring. Ibis Bird plays in the background.


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