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BAHS Parent-Advisory Groups Dates - Save the Dates that Work for You

Please be in touch with Principal Mary Alice McLean or PAG Facilitator Tonia Tibbetts about any topics you'd like to see discussed.

Thursday, October 26 from  5:00 - 7:00 - pizza provided

 Wednesday, November 8 from 8;00 am - 10:00 - coffee and muffins provided

Saturday, January 13 at 10:00 am - coffee and hot chocolate provided

Tuesday, February 13 from 4:00- 6:00 pm - pizza provided

BAHS Music Fundraiser Saturday, January 20!!!!

posted Jan 12, 2018, 10:35 AM by Betty Lu Davis   [ updated Jan 18, 2018, 7:15 AM ]

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:00 - 4:00 at Belfast Area High School.
There will be Simmons Beautyrest, Therapedic, and Malouf brand products on display. 
Twin from $259.00, Full from $279.00, Queen from $299.00 and King/CA King form $499.00.
All sizes, all styles, and name brand sets are available up to 50% below retail.
There will be a showroom set up with 20+ displays and a team of experts to assist.
Financing is available.

Fall 2017 News from RSU 71

posted Nov 13, 2017, 11:56 AM by Betty Lu Davis   [ updated Nov 14, 2017, 4:43 AM ]

Fall 2017 News from RSU 71—The School District is Hopping! 

At Belfast Area High School (BAHS)…

·         Phase 1 of the $7.6 million overhaul of the BAHS is underway including a revamped heating system, a newly remodeled kitchen, an upgraded gymnasium with proper ventilation and renovations to the pool. The next project phases will include renovations to old special education classrooms, additional upgraded classrooms once the old “math wing” is demolished, relocation of adult education and the administrative offices from outdated mobile unit to new space within BAHS, and an updated entrance. Eventually the mobile unit that currently houses administrative offices will be torn down and removed, resulting in one less building to maintain. As BAHS Principal McLean has stated, "It's a physical manifestation of the intention and passion that this community has for its kids and their education.”

·         Every high school student now has a laptop for academic use at BAHS. Principal McLean calls it a “positive game-changer for students, enabling them to stay at forefront of 21st century learning strategies.”  These new student laptops combined with upgraded technology for teachers means an increase in the opportunities for teaching staff to expand content and techniques in the classroom. It is a great and long over-due step forward for the district’s high school.

·         BAHS hosted the Post-Secondary Education Workshop (PSEW)--a college and career fair—in mid-October. Students attended four half-hour workshops on college, military, or careers to learn more about post-secondary possibilities and topics around college application. A wide range of Maine colleges and branches of UMaine attended and presentations included information from branches of the military. Special presentations included: Completing the Common Application, Adjusting to College life, College Essay and application, Salvaging your High School Career, Benefits of Community College, Transfer options, and Financial Aid by FAME. Local presenters included: Front Street Shipyard, Law Enforcement (BPD), Automobile careers, Game Warden, Health Careers, and Cosmetology.

·         Music, music, music….BAHS and THMS Bands and Choruses will hold their Fall Music Concert November 13th, 7:30pm in the high school gym. THMS Drama Club is just wrapping up its run of “Midsummer’s Night Dream” and BAHS opens its fall musical, “Working: A Musical,” which will run November 10 & 11 at 7pm, the 12th at 2pm, the 18th at 7pm and the 19th at 2pm. Working is based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers; this classic has been updated for a modern age, featuring new songs by Tony Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda and others.

At Troy Howard Middle School (THMS)…

·         THMS is several months into its newly restructured programming—replacing “academies” created from multi-age themes with those established by grade level (6th, 7th, 8th). The 8th grade academy has begun to create new goals to “encourage a spirit of exploration and discovery,” in a variety of areas including: Core subjects (Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies); enrichment subjects (Music, Technology, Performing and Visual Arts); sports and other forms of games; communication skills; imagining the future; our local communities, our country, and the world, and much more.

·         In the THMS garden, it is the season of pulling and cleaning garlic, neatening up the gardens and other fall chores. This is where the living sculpture that adorns the outside wall of Waterfall Arts all summer will now spend the winter, being babysat with care by middle school students.  (See THMS Garden Facebook for great photos: https://www.facebook.com/Troy-Howard-Middle-School-Garden-461997233878911/ )

·         Students have also met with several special visitors: the admissions director of Maine School of Math and Science, and Maine District Court Judge Eric Walker whose presentation was directed at any students thinking about a career in law. (More info and photos on school Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thms.rsu71/)

Around our District Elementary Schools…

Captain Albert Stevenson School (CASS) has a new principal, Glen Widmer. The school is collecting non-perishable food for their Food Cupboard. On November 9th, a Family Game Night will be held with help from the Game Loft. There’ll be a school wide morning of exercise on November 16th with a 1 km walk/run course around the grounds and a family meal following at midday. Meanwhile at the Tri-Towns Schools (Ames in Searsmont, Weymouth in Morrill), trips to the Searsmont Library for the kindergarteners continue with great popularity. November 21 will bring a Chewonki Foundation learning experience on bats for the students. Fifth graders at Nickerson (Swanville) will visit the Waldo County Technical Center on November 13. There’ll be a school wide all family Thanksgiving dinner on November 14th, likely to be a “full house” according to principal Abigail Hartford. At East Belfast School a buddy program pairs older (3-5th grade) and younger students (K-3rd) for weekly theme-based projects; right now the work is all about Veteran’s Day. The 2nd and 3rd graders visited the Cole Land Transportation Museum (Bangor) in October and this month there’ll be a presentation on owls.

FMI: See www.rsu71.org   and the individual school websites and/or contact the school principals:

BAHS: Mary Alice McLean mamclean@rsu71.org

THMS: Bruce Bailey  bbailey@rsu71.org

CASS: Glen Widmer gwidmer@rsu71.org

Tri-Towns: Lori Smail lsmail@rsu71.org

EBS, Nickerson: Abigail Hartford ahartford@rsu71.org




Elementary and Secondary Education Application Information

posted Jun 8, 2017, 11:49 AM by Betty Lu Davis

Date: June 8, 2017


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 (Title l) and professional development opportunities for teachers (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 10th RSU #71 School Board Meeting at the Troy Howard Middle School at 6:30.  You will be provided with the opportunity to share feedback on the use of federal funds in our district.  


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


Laura Miller

ESEA Coordinator, RSU #71

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.

BAHS Academic Audit Report

posted Mar 1, 2017, 6:30 AM by RSU71 Webmaster

In the spring of 2016, the RSU #71 School Board commissioned an academic audit for Belfast Area High School. The purpose of the academic audit was to examine and verify the classroom experiences of students and teachers in grades 10, 11, and 12, resulting in recommendations for action to help and support improved learning and teaching.  The attached document details the findings of this audit.

BAHS goes through their Accreditation Process

posted Dec 7, 2016, 7:03 AM by Betty Lu Davis

Belfast Area High School (BAHS) is presently undergoing their Accreditation process. The Accreditation Process is overseen by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The process takes 18 months and will be completed in March, 2017. The first step in the process involved redeveloping the school’s Core Values, Beliefs, and 21st Century Learning Expectations, (Core Values). A link to the newly released Core Values can be found on the BAHS website’s front page.


     Accreditation occurs every ten years and BAHS is one of 650 high school in New England that participate. Accreditation assures adherence to seven Standards; Core Values, Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, Culture and Leadership, Resources for Learning, and Community Resources.  The Core Values Standard can be found throughout the other Standards and establishes the foundation for much of the decision-making at the high school level. The recently developed Core Values maintains many aspects of the previous Mission Statement and reflects recent changes in education and updated NEASC expectations. BAHS is proud of their recent work and hopes members of the community finds the time to familiarize themselves with this recent document.


BAHS Accreditation Steering Committee

Charles Hamm

James Davis

Mary Alice McClean

Diana Leighton

Jan Banks

Tim Doran

Elizabeth Small

JMG May Newsletter

posted Nov 15, 2016, 8:13 AM by Betty Lu Davis   [ updated May 30, 2017, 6:47 AM ]

We hope you will take a minute and read the attached JMG - Jobs for Maine Graduates - newsletter and see the wonderful things that these students are doing.

School Menus Focus on Local Meats and Produce

posted Aug 26, 2016, 1:27 PM by RSU71 Webmaster   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 4:32 PM ]

View the attached PDF if you do not have a VillageSoup account.

Voters approve bond

posted Aug 26, 2016, 6:25 AM by Betty Lu Davis   [ updated Nov 18, 2016, 10:22 AM ]

On November 8th  RSU #71 residents voted to approve a bond for renovations at Belfast Area High School. Attached is the Concept Project Budget. Please feel free to contact your Board Representative or Superintendent Knowles for more information regarding the renovations.

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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