The RSU2 Board of Directors is pleased to announce Tonya Arnold as our new superintendent, effective August 1st. Tonya recently finished a superintendent position with the Vinalhaven School District. Tonya brings to RSU2 over 20 years of teaching, administrative and superintendent knowledge, as well as experience in the corporate world and as a business owner. At the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences, Tonya led a proficiency and project-based school, and brings that leadership to support RSU2’s current staff of dedicated teachers and curriculum leaders. Tonya resides in Richmond with her husband, Steve. They have two adult children with families of their own. Over the next several weeks, Tonya will meet with Acting Superintendent Paine, RSU2 staff, students and families to get to know us all and learn more about what makes RSU2 great. Please join us in welcoming Tonya to our community. Sincerely, Jonathan Hamann Chair, RSU2 Board of Directors
I will be hosting a meeting to answer any questions you may have and to hear your suggestions for graduation ceremonies. Here is the meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/97122232619?pwd=YlhqS3F3bTVpS3ppalplanp1TFNHdz09 Meeting ID: 971 2223 2619 Password: 010684
Notice of RSU2 Special Board Meeting Agenda: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/657166/RSU_BRD_OF_DIRECTORS_Special_Mtg_4.9.2020.pdf
Resources from Our School Counselors See news post here: http://www.kidsrsu.org/article/212516?org=district
Due to the storm all RSU2 schools will be closed today, Thursday February 13.
Due to the weather we will have a two hour delay today, Monday February 10.
Notice from RSU2: No school today, Friday, February 7 in any RSU2 school due to the winter storm. Have a good weekend and be safe everyone.
Alex Fox Selected as November Student of the Month Alex Fox, an M.A. Junior, was recently recognized as Monmouth Academy’s December Student of the Month. In presenting his award, Ms. Littlefield remarked, “There is a kind of person that is often described as a ‘helper’. Helpers are people who, often in months of crisis, jump in and help whoever needs it. In reality, those people are constant helpers, they are always ready to make daily life the best they can for anyone around them. They hold doors, they say good morning, they genuinely care about your day. They are the people that make our society better and Alex embodies those qualities .” Alex is the son of Tracy and Kevin Fox.
Sophie Jones, a M.A. Junior, was recently recognized as Monmouth Academy’s November Student of the Month. In presenting her award, Mr. Urquhart remarked, “Sophie consistently exhibits outstanding Habits of Work, assists her peers, and contributes to our school community.” Sophie is an outstanding flutist and is a member of the M.A. Band and the Kennebec Performing Arts Company. In addition, she routinely has been selected for the District 3 Music Festival. Sophie is the daughter of Michelle and James Jones.
Due to the freezing rain and ice expected this evening, there will be no after school activities on November 18. All students and faculty should head home once school is dismissed. Drive safely and have a good evening.
Tonight’s Community Forum with Dr. Cheri Towle, RSU2 Superintendent, has been postponed to a date tbd.
School is now canceled in RSU 2 on November 12, 2019 due to significant icing expected all morning. Be safe today and have a great day!
COMMUNITY FORUM INVITATION - Monmouth Academy Cafeteria on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 6 p.m. As your new Superintendent, part of my entry plan is to hold a community forum within each town to listen and learn about the strengths and needs of our schools. You are all invited to attend the following community forums to participate in a conversation about the future of RSU 2. I look forward to meeting you and learning from each of you.
No School Today Friday November 1, 2019 due to power outages in multiple locations.
REMINDER: Good Afternoon, Monmouth Academy fall semester parent/student/teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, November 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. We encourage your child to attend the conferences with you. To register, please sign up at this link: https://ptcfast.com/schools/Monmouth_Academy_1. Directions on how to sign up electronically can be found here: http://bit.ly/maptc19. If you are unable to sign up on line, please contact Sarah Knowlton, M.A. College and Career Coordinator at 933-4416 or email@example.com. We hope you can join us on November 7! Sincerely, Rick Amero, Principal
With the current field conditions as they are in Monmouth and looking at the forecast the next couple days as well and trying to balance out safety concerns and the best possible situation we can for our Athletes we have made the difficult decision to move our game to Thomas College today at 3:30 p.m. MPA Boys Class C South Regional Quarterfinal AT THOMAS COLLEGE today at 3:30 p.m. #7 Traip Academy Rangers vs #2 Monmouth Academy Mustangs
Due to Monmouth's soccer field conditions due to the abundance of rain, the Girls Class C South Soccer Regional Quarterfinal game vs. Sacopee Valley will be played AT Lewiston HS on Tuesday, October 29 at 5:30 p.m. Note: Team will not be allowed onto the field until 5 p.m. Fans will be allowed in the bleachers at that time. Please remember that this is an unfortunate situation and Lewiston's generosity has made it possible to play this game at a neutral location. Please be sure to demonstrate your very best citizenship and treat the facility with care and respect.
"A Few Words about Sportsmanship..." As Monmouth Academy and Monmouth Middle School Athletic Director, I am incredibly proud of all our teams this fall, with all our teams qualifying for postseason play in their respective "arenas". Our athlete’s have represented our community with amazing skill, terrific sportsmanship, and the dignity and respect for their endeavors and their opponents that we expect from our student-athletes. As we move into the "Play-Off" mode of our fall season, I just wanted to reiterate to everyone that as a community, that strongly supports our student-athletes, we want to as fans always be cognizant of our personal behaviors. WE as much as our students represent Monmouth. The maroon and white you wear so proudly should always be representative of our core values as a community. Respect, Kindness, Toughness and Determination are not just words we talk about, but are values we use as a lens to determine our choices, our actions, and our words when representing Monmouth. In my time here at Monmouth, we, in my opinion, have made great strides in our sportsmanship and athletic culture. Please help continue that good work this postseason, because it takes all of us: Students, Parents, Coaches, Teachers, Administrators, community members near and far, to build the type of community support that becomes a model of Community Support for other schools/towns to follow. Cheer for our students, support them, stay positive. Negative comments about other Schools, their players, the officiating, coaches, and or negative interactions with opposing fan bases is always a bad look for us. We are all MONMOUTH, our goal should be to always represent our community with pride, self respect, and class. It is hard to do all the time, especially when we are all very passionate and protective of our Students, our sons, our daughters, our friends and neighbors. Trust me, I get it, I get wrapped up sometimes too. Emotions can and do get the best of us all sometimes, especially when it comes to our children, myself included, but together we can resolve to set a standard for ourselves as a community to promote the values we want to see and are seeing this Fall in our student athletes. If you do find yourself in a moment of vocalized negativity and realize you did say something or react in a negative way, own it, make amends, and move forward, always keeping in mind what our community goal is. WE should always strive to make our Student Athletes proud of us as Fans, just as they strive to make us proud, as Athletes. SO when you see or hear something you disagree with this postseason (others schools Fans being disrespectful or a call/no-call from an official that you disagree with) be determined to remain positive, to stay focused on OUR Student Athletes, to build them up, and model for them how to deal and overcome the adversity that intense competitive environments inevitably create. Stay excited, be enthusiastic, be proud of our Community and the student athletes we have, and remember Sportsmanship is not just about the students on the field, but is about all of us, and how we represent all of us. In the ever intelligent words of former UCLA Bruins Coaching legend John Wooden: "Sports don't build character, they reveal it!" Let's show the State of Maine the kind of character and support we believe our community represents. Positive and Passionate with appropriate perspective. See you all soon. -- Wade Morrill Monmouth Academy/Monmouth Middle School Athletic Director/Dean of Students 207-933 -4416 ext. 7211 (w) firstname.lastname@example.org
It is very important that we maintain a safe learning environment for our students. Today, all Monmouth learners and staff, in participation with local law enforcement, successfully practiced our standard response protocol for a lockdown emergency. Staff and students did a great job. If you have any questions about these or any other emergency procedures, please contact the main office.
Logan Farr Selected as September Student of the Month! Logan Farr, Class of 2020, was selected as Monmouth Academy September Student of the Month. Logan is a member of the M.A. Cross Country, Wrestling, and Track and Field teams; a Junior Firefighter with the Monmouth Fire Department; and he works part-time at the Theater of Monmouth. In addition to his other courses, Logan is enrolled in dual enrollment UMA English and the Fire Science program at the Capital Area Technical Center. In presenting this award, Mr. Pascarella, M.A. science teacher, remarked, “Logan is an excellent role model for other students, has a great attitude and work ethic, and is always willing to help others.” Logan is the son of Donna Seppy and Josh Farr.
To view the agenda for the October 3, 2019 RSU #2 Regular Board Meeting please click on the link below. https://gallery.mailchimp.com/ba1ae40c9e1a00f3468428a09/files/650c4a34-fa4f-4e57-a55a-665f2b05d506/RSU_BRD_OF_DIRECTORS_AGENDA_10.3.19.02.pdf
The Alps and the Mediterranean Trip Opportunity. Hello Parents, Hopefully by now you’ve received word that your student has been invited to participate in our school’s trip to Europe—The Alps and the Mediterranean—which includes Switzerland, Italy, France and Spain. We would love for your student to have the opportunity to experience this once in a lifetime adventure. We are hosting an information and enrollment meeting for this program on Thursday, September 26th at 6:30pm in Room 210 to answer all of your questions. If you are able to attend or can’t make it and would like more information, please RSVP here (https://rsvp.eftours.com/cj5hvpf) by September 24th. One parent must be in attendance. You can reserve a spot on the tour at the meeting with a $95 deposit—if you make the decision to travel. Otherwise, we will need to know if you plan to join the trip by October 18. I hope that you and your child will be able to attend the meeting to learn more about this incredible opportunity! Warm regards, Mrs. Arsenault
32nd MOBY (My Own Back Yard) - Memories that will last a Lifetime! This past Friday, our learners and team of dedicated staff members returned from My Own Back Yard (MOBY). This year marked the 32nd year of MOBY; and, from all accounts an incredible week of learning, teamwork, and enjoyment for members of the Class of 2023! Once again this year, our learners spent the week at Acadia National Park where they engaged in learning English, math, science, social studies, art, and physical education in this unique applied learning program. A tremendous thank you to our dedicated staff who spent the week away from their own families to provide this opportunity to our learners: Mr. Schultz (Program Leader), Ms. Small, Mr. Warren, Mrs. Damon-Theriault, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Dube, Mrs. Bauer, Mr. Westberry, and Dr. Nikki Westberry. Without these staff members incredible service, we would not be able to provide this wonderful opportunity.
Today our students and staff provided lots of wonderful service to our community that supports us in so many ways during our 13th Annual MA/United Way Day of Caring. They stacked wood, cleaned barns, and completed outdoor work for senior citizens; dissembled and put docks in storage for the State YMCA Camp; painted and completed outdoor projects at Camp Mechuwanna and Camp Androscoggin; cleared trails for the Cochnewagan Trail Blazers and Whittier Woods; visited with and played games with residents at Heritage Manor; removed and hauled trees on 1 Big Sustainable Island; gardened at the East Monmouth Methodist Church; cloned and prepped the HLC greenhouse;helped The Monmouth Museum get ready for Applefest; and more! Thank you for letting us assist you!
MOBY Update from Jenora Howard Schultz: MOBY update 2019, day 4- First, I checked and they have not frozen! Breakfast was Pancakes and lots of syrup 😉 Then a busy day began.... first the Students did their half day of community service in the park. This earns them a free night of camping. They cleaned and did brush removal around the coping stones of the carriage trails. This is a group that knows how to work hard! Then they headed to Sand beach for both a poetry lesson and an art lesson on Scientific Illustration. The group also did the zgreat Head home- amazing weather by the way, and did a Shatter Zone geology talk. Dinner was a picnic on the top of Cadillac Mountain. The group ate grilled chicken wraps, fresh veggies and chips. Thank you to all the parents who sent in dessert- they are greatly appreciated especially tonight at sunset on the top of the mountain. At 7:30 they were just settling in for Mr. Warren’s Astronomy lesson. The sky is dark and clear and tons of constellations are visible...from what I’m told it’s breathtaking tonight...many thanks to all the teachers who volunteer for this week, and those who stay back and make everything run smoothly in their absence. ✨
MOBY Update from Jenora Howard Schultz: MOBY update 2019 day 3- cool temps at night but beautiful during the day...French Toast And bacon for breakfast. Then the Ships Harbor walk with a history lesson and an Art lesson and watercolor painting at the water’s edge. The group then hiked Flying Mountain and spent some time writing. The group ate lunch then went to Echo Lake to swim ( yes lots really went swimming!) and then headed up to hike Beach Mountain and explored Canada Cliffs. Dinner was pasta and meatballs and garlic bread. The much anticipated Ghost story around the campfire was next then everyone headed to bed...except Mr. Schultz.
MOBY Update from Jenora Howard Schultz: MOBY update 2019 Day 2: Last night went well despite the mosquitoes chasing Mr. Schultz out of his hammock and into a tent at 3 am. 🙂 Breakfast bright and early was Eggs, Bacon and Home Fries. The group had a "fantastic" tide pooling experience at Wonderland, collecting and observing Sea Urchins, Sponges, Limpets, Rock Crabs and Sea Urchins. The next stop was the Glacial Erratic talk on top of South Bubble. Lunch was at the base of Gorham Mountain, and then a hike up to first the Sea Cave with a history and geology lesson. The hike continued to the top of the Mountain where the sun came out and the group spent lots of time enjoying a Wellness talk, History lessons and a Food Web discussion. Dinner tonight was Corn on the Cob compliments of Greg Koller and Highmoor Farm (THANKS!) , and pulled pork sandwiches. The class got to take in an impromptu Ranger presentation on Art and Photography as related to National Parks tonight. Now they are all tucked into their tents...hopefully sleeping soon....
MOBY Update via Jenora Howard Schultz: “MOBY update 2019 Day 1- What a great start to this year's trip! It is the 32nd year of MOBY and Monmouth is still blessed with staff willing to take 48 high school kids camping on the ocean for a whole week. The day started at Maine Maritime College. The class toured the ship The State of Maine, and got to experience raising and lowering the sails of the Schooner Bowdoin. There was a history lesson, a great lunch in the college cafeteria, and a visit to the Planetarium. Perhaps a highlight for many students was time spent in the ship's Bridge simulator. The kids to got try their hands at navigating "ships" through New York Harbor. There was only one MA alumni sighting this year as Joseph Manduca was there getting his tugboat certification. Onward to Acadia- the group got set up in record time, perhaps due to diligent practice ahead of time Dinner tonight was Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Baked Beans. As I was chatting with Shawn tonight Mrs. Damon Theriault was regaling the students with her famous campfire story. The kids are now headed to bed and will be up early for a busy day tomorrow.”
This past Friday, learners in Ms. Littlefield's Literature III class participated in a #MAkerSpace challenge that utilized their knowledge of the play, A Raisin in the Sun, and materials from #MAkerspace: On a Cart. Mrs. Bellegarde, MA librarian, pulled together a variety of random items - everything from popsicle sticks to empty industrial spools - and asked learners to create a 3D model set from the play using only the description provided in the director's notes. After making a rough sketch, learners worked in collaborative teams of two. Mrs. Bellegarde brought the materials to the classroom with #MAkerspace: On a Cart, challenging learners to work with limitations in their design and construction. It was an excellent learning experience for all learners as well a memorable way for them to apply their knowledge.
Varsity Cross Country this Friday will be at Telstar HS in Bethel, not at Leavitt HS. The bus will depart at 1:15 p.m.
It will soon be FAFSA season! (October 1, 2019) Prior to completing the FAFSA, a parent/guardian and senior student must create an FSA ID. You can do this at any time, and we have attached a handy handout from FAME (Finance Authority of Maine) to help out with this. https://5il.co/a3vd
Once again our students will be assisting their community during our 13 Annual Day of Caring on Friday, September 20 from 8-11 a.m. Do you know of a person or organization in the Monmouth/Winthrop area that could benefit from our students' service? If so, please contact Pat Goff at 933-4416 or email@example.com by THIS Friday, 9/13. In past years our students have assisted organizations and senior citizens stack firewood, trim and haul brush, wash windows, paint exterior walls, and much more.
MA Boys Soccer Practice will be 5:00-6:30 indoors today .
MA Girls Soccer Practice will be indoors from 3-5 today.
M. A. Golf @ Oak Hill ppd. Until Wed 9/11 @ Oak Hill 3:30 pm
Athletic Updates coming soon!
Awesome interview with Logan Farr, MA Senior! https://www.wmtw.com/article/fire-safety-class-introduced-at-augusta-tech-center/28582043
Notice of phishing emails that may appear to come from RSU2. Read more here: http://www.kidsrsu.org/article/93426
Welcome Back, Mustangs! We are greatly looking forward to seeing you today! 🎉 🎊
We are excited to welcome The Class of 2022 to Monmouth Academy! 🎉 🎈 🎊
Monmouth Girls Win over Houlton! 56 to 50