Stacy Shorey
Superintendent of Schools
sshorey@sedomocha.org



Teresa Scott
Financial Manager
tscott@sedomocha.org



Wendy Berce
Administrative Assistant
wberce@sedomocha.org

Central Office
Dear RSU 68 Community Members,

I can’t believe that we are already half way through the 2016-2017 school year!! We at SeDoMoCha are working hard to live our mission:

In our SeDoMoCha community, students are supported in their personal, academic, artistic, and athletic growth. A strong partnership between families and school nurtures students as they develop their full potential with determination and courage. We are committed to preparing students to be active citizens in a diverse and ever-changing world.

My focus for this year has been to get into classrooms, observe lessons, and give students and teachers feedback. I have enjoyed visiting many classrooms to see what students are learning. Writing has also been a focus for me this year. I have worked hard to write letters to many classrooms highlighting writing I have seen either in the hallway or when I have visited the room. I look forward to getting into all of the rooms by the end of the year.

It’s the time of year to start thinking about the 2017-2018 budget. The guiding principle that we will build the budget from is RSU 68 makes transparent student-centered budget decisions. In other words, we will base budget decisions on what is best for children. Keep in mind as we are creating this budget that 80% of our costs are fixed, i.e. salaries, health insurance costs (Projecting a 10% increase or $86,000), and MainePERS (retirement) (Projecting a 17% increase or a $17,000). We hope to have a budget to present to the public by May 2, 2017.

A few key staff members are leaving us in the next few weeks. Emily Poland, our school nurse, was hired to be the state school nurse and will be working at the Department of Education. Jennifer Noke will be our new school nurse. She has been shadowing Emily for the last few days and will officially take over her duties on January 30th. Kandi Hartford, our Food Service Director, has been hired by A.E. Robinson to oversee all of their kitchens. She will be replaced by a couple of in-house staff through the end of the year. Katy Gregory will oversee the cooking and menus as the kitchen manager and Melissa Higgins will complete the paperwork as the Food Service Director. We wish both Emily and Kandi well in their new positions. A long term substitute for grade 6 has also been hired. Andrew Levensalor will begin on February 6, 2017 as the grade 6 math teacher. He is soon to be a graduate from Husson College. We are so thankful that Mr. Clukey stayed with us and will help us with the transition to Mr. Levensalor.

We continue to work on our Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PE-PG) plan. Teachers created “student learning objectives” to improve student behavior and many have been working in grade level groups. They will spend five hours researching and trying different instructional strategies as part of their professional development. Groups will present their findings at the last staff meeting in June. I am excited to see what kind of strategies teachers are able to put into place to support students.

I look forward to a terrific second half of the year. We have many activities planned from basketball to wrestling, One Book One School, a sledding party, and a Civil Rights dance. Please check our website (www.sedomocha.org) often to see what is happening at SeDoMoCha and also follow us on twitter at @sedo_shorey or @sedomocha. We know we are “building the future”!!

With excitement,
Stacy