Dear Staff, Students, Parents and Guardians,
We are a month into school and the busy hum on our campus continues. In addition to the welcome return of families and guardians to our schools for Open Houses and as volunteers, another celebratory highlight of this year is the opportunity once again for our students once to learn and serve outside the ‘walls’ of the campus. Our 6th Grade students have returned to Camp Kieve to deepen their collaboration and leadership skills, our High School Art students have sought the color and inspiration of our regional agricultural fair, and our grade 2 students will head out to learn about our coastal tidal pools next week. Many more plans are in the works.
Campus Master Planning: Thank you to the families, guardians, and staff who attended our first Community Master Planning Workshop this past week. The facilities committee and design team took away a number of important ideas and insights to inform the work ahead. We will continue to update the website’s Campus Master Planning Page as we move through the process. Additional community workshops will be announced in the coming weeks.
Strategic Plan & Pre-K Exploration: Please join us for an informational workshop and community discussion on our proposed strategic plan: Setting the Course for 2022 & Beyond, The first portion of the evening will focus on our priorities around Curriculum, Social Emotional Learning, and Communication/Connection. The second part of the evening will focus on the Exploration of Pre-K Programming for Falmouth Public Schools. Please join us on Monday, October 3rd at 7:00 pm in the Elementary School Cafeteria (during the regularly scheduled School Board Workshop). The official agenda can be found on the website’s School Board Meeting Page.
Flu Clinics on Campus: Falmouth School District is partnering with Northern Light Home Care & Hospice to provide an influenza vaccination clinic during school hours to students. This will be the only student flu shot clinic that will be at the schools this year. (There will be no evening clinics this year). We are requiring pre-registration for this event. If you would like your child to receive an influenza vaccine please complete the appropriate registration form below by Thursday, October 6th.
Falmouth Elementary School CLINIC: Tuesday, October 11 9am-12pm.
Falmouth Middle School & Falmouth High School will be having their student flu shot clinic on Wednesday, October 12 during school hours from 8am-11am.
To our students and families who will honor Yom Kippur this coming week, may it be a good holiday. And to all, Happy October!
Superintendent of Schools
Dear Students, Staff, Parents, and Guardians –
It’s been great to feel the energy of everyone back in school - attending classes, ice cream socials, athletic competitions, meetings, and myriad other events. The energy and excitement level of parents and guardians back in the buildings for Open Houses has been almost as high as it was for students on the first day of school! Suffice to say, it feels great to have students and families back on campus with all of our fall activities and programs in full swing.
We have more than 80 new staff members joining Falmouth Schools this year, coming from near and far; and are thrilled with the knowledge, experience, and creativity they bring to our schools. Also exciting is the energy and ideas of the PTO groups formed or forming in each of our schools. There are great plans for the days ahead!
Thank you for your patience as we work out the start-of-school schedule, transportation, and other blips that inevitably present themselves at the start of a new school year.
We are ready to look forward! We spent last year reflecting, capturing data and feedback, and working in teams to develop our Proposed Strategic Priorities: Setting the Course for 2022 & Beyond. The five identified priority areas include:
Campus Facilities: Falmouth Schools will develop and implement a campus facilities master plan that supports our Guiding Principles
Connected Community: Falmouth Schools will be a place where staff, students, and community members communicate and collaborate effectively
Social-Emotional Learning: Falmouth Schools will integrate and foster Social Emotional Learning that supports readiness to learn and wellness
Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment: Falmouth Schools will articulate an aligned program of curriculum and instruction driven by our Vision for Falmouth Students
Pre-Kindergarten: Falmouth Schools will investigate and plan for a Pre-K program that meets the needs of our community and integrates effectively into our schools
The Proposed Strategic Priorities: Setting the Course for 2022 & Beyond webpage includes the background work that led to the document, the document itself, and a Feedback Survey to collect our community members’ thoughts.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING MEETINGS AND COMMUNITY DIALOGUES:
SCHOOL BOARD BUSINESS MEETING: Monday, September 19th at 7:00 pm in the Falmouth Elementary School Cafeteria (agenda)
CAMPUS MASTER PLANNING Community Information & Discussion Session: Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30 pm in the Falmouth High School Theater (Campus Master Planning web page)
STRATEGIC PRIORITIES & PRE-KINDERGARTEN Community Information & Discussion Session: Monday, October 3rd (during the regularly scheduled School Board Workshop) at 7:00 pm in the Falmouth Elementary School Cafeteria (Pre-Kindergarten web page)
As always, be sure to read the Principal Notes to stay informed about school-specific information and important dates.
Thank you for your partnership, and looking forward to a great school year,
Superintendent of Schools
August 15, 2022
Dear Falmouth School Community Members,
While summer continues to offer the best of Maine, the Leadership Team and staff across the district are busy preparing for the year ahead: Crews are wrapping up renovation projects, outfitting new portable classrooms, waxing floors and settling furniture. Teachers are meeting to collaborate on curriculum, ensure student schedules are in place, and organize welcome sessions for students and guardians. Our leadership team just completed several intensive days reviewing operational protocols and planning for the start of the year.
We are thrilled to welcome some new faces to our district leadership and central office teams. We’ll be highlighting these individuals and sharing more information about these folks in our website news updates in the days to come:.
Richard Gowers: High School Principal
Vicki Decker: High School Assistant Principal
Ryan Patrie: Elementary School Co-Principal (3-5)
Karen Walker: Elementary School Assistant Principal (K-2)
Susan Prince: Assistant Director of Special Education
Steve Trockman: Director of Communications and Community Relations
We are also excited about the highly-qualified and dynamic teachers and support staff we have added to our team this year. Falmouth continues to attract outstanding individuals to work with our young people. That said, as with many other districts, we continue to have unfilled positions. We are working diligently at this and are developing creative ways to recruit and retain the right individuals to join our staff. Qualified applicants are always welcome to apply.
The upcoming August School Board business meeting will be held in person on Monday, August 15th at 7pm in the FES cafeteria (agenda here).
All staff will return to campus on Friday, August 26th, and we will reconnect through a discussion of Summer Reading Books. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this year’s titles, it’s a great list!
We look forward to greeting our students back to campus at the end of the month. Please note, due to the way the calendar falls, the first days of school are before Labor Day this year: Wednesday, August 31st (for grades 1-9), and Thursday, September 1st (for grades K-12 ). Principals have begun to share detailed information and schedules, so be on the lookout for their communications.
Falmouth Public Schools is currently a mask-optional environment. We encourage and fully support all to follow the mask wearing practices that make them feel most comfortable. Individuals choosing to wear a mask for any reason should feel empowered to do so. We encourage all members of our community to continue to cover your cough, wash your hands regularly, and stay home if you are sick. Principals and our Health Services Team will be sharing more information in the days to come.
We are so looking forward to our quiet campus once again being filled with the energy and learning of our youngest community members.
Take good care,
Gretchen A. McNulty
Superintendent of Schools