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Upcoming School Committee Topics of Interest

The following meeting topics and dates are being shared in an effort to ensure that each stakeholder is aware of discussions and decisions being considered by the Yarmouth School Committee.  Please know that all Yarmouth School Committee meetings are public meetings, and citizens are invited to attend at the Log Cabin located at 196 Main Street.   

Advanced Placement programming and funding at Yarmouth High School

On Thursday, December 8, the Yarmouth School Committee will be holding a workshop on Advanced Placement programming at Yarmouth High School.  YHS Principal Eric Klein will be sharing data and information from the current AP offerings, and the School Committee will begin deliberating various aspects of the program, including:

               Course offerings and sequence

               Examination expectations and funding

As this is a workshop session, the School Committee will not be making decisions regarding the program on December 8.  It is anticipated that any decisions that result in changes to the AP program would be decided on January 12. Both meetings will be public meetings held at the Log Cabin on Main Street, beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

Non-resident students

As a follow-up to a workshop session held earlier this fall, the School Committee on January 12 will revisit the topic of non-resident students in the Yarmouth Schools.  It is anticipated that the Committee will make decisions regarding the various categories under which non-resident students attend our schools.  

Outsourcing of support services

On Thursday, January 26, the School Committee will hear a report from Superintendent Andrew Dolloff and Business Manager Herb Hopkins on the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing custodial and transportation services.  The Committee will consider a decision on this topic on February 9.  Both meetings will be public meetings held at the Log Cabin on Main Street, beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

We hope to see you at our meetings!

Personal Items Left on School Bus -

posted Jan 8, 2018, 10:55 AM by Laurie Brigham   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 10:56 AM ]

If your child is missing any personal items that you believe may have been left on their school bus, please contact Bruce Bickford either by phone at 838-6648, or by email at bruce_bickford@yarmouthschools.org   

Yarmouth Students in all grades will once again participate in the Hour of Code

posted Dec 1, 2017, 8:02 AM by Andrew Dolloff

December 4 -10, 2017 is Computer Science Education Week, and Yarmouth Students in all grade levels will be provided opportunities for participation.  A preferred opportunity will be provided through the Hour of Code, an international effort to teach computer programming and generate student interest in coding.  From their website, “Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify ‘code’, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.”

Rowe School

At Rowe School, Kindergarten classes will be introduced to “Turtle Logic” which is an iPad app that teaches sequencing, planning and moving in patterns. First Grade students will use the iPad app “Kodable” which has been set up for each individual student to accomplish levels and move on as they are ready. The students learn problem solving, computational thinking, sequencing, conditions, loops, functions and debugging. These introductions to programming will provide background knowledge for use with the KIBO robots and Bluebots provided by the Yarmouth Education Foundation for each classroom.

Yarmouth Elementary School

Second- and Third-graders at YES have already been introduced to the app “Scratch Jr.” For the Hour of Code they will use the “CodeSpark Academy” app called “The Foos”. It is designed to help students learn about Loops, Sequences, Events and Conditionals. Students have individual accounts and move at their own pace.  Third graders also may access the Lightbot app or the Scratch Jr. app on their iPads.

Fourth grade students who have had several years with Hour of Code will access the Hour of Code website (https://code.org/learn) and select an appropriate learning tutorial and activity.

In all of these activities students will work with partners or in small groups, sharing their exploration and learning. Many of the Hour of Code activities will continue to be supported by teachers for the rest of the school year as they fit with math and other curriculum areas.

Harrison Middle School

HMS Students will each be provided at least one period during Math classes to participate in the Hour of Code. Students are being directed to the Hour of Code website (https://code.org/learn) to select a tutorial that they find most interesting. Students will also be able to participate during their study halls throughout the week.

Yarmouth High School

YHS will be offering Hour of Code activities from the website (https://code.org/learn) and other sites in the Innovation Lab throughout Computer Science Education Week. Students will also be able to participate in Hour of Code activities during their study halls. On December 12, ninth grade students will participate in an Innovation Hour, where they will each choose from two different computer science activities. The activities will include different coding choices as well as a tour of the Technology Education Lab.

We are fortunate to be able to provide these activities, and many ongoing technology-based activities, due to the support of the community and the expertise of our technology and instructional staff.  Through our operational budget (largely paid for through local taxes) and significant contributions from entities such as the Yarmouth Education Foundation and the Yarmouth Parent Teacher Organization, classrooms in the Yarmouth Schools are outfitted with exceptional instructional technology. 

We hope all of our students enjoy the Hour of Code!   

YSD Nutrition Staff continues its award-winning ways

posted Nov 3, 2017, 9:45 AM by Andrew Dolloff

The Yarmouth School Nutrition staff has once again outdone the competition throughout Maine, winning the Maine Department of Education's (MDOE) Marvelous Merchandising Contest for 2017-2018.  The MDOE press release put it this way:

We received several great entries for our Marvelous Merchandising Contest, making our decision really difficult!  However, the Yarmouth School Department was victorious and claimed the title of Most Marvelous School Merchandiser in Maine 2017/18!  Their creativity and the advertising/promotion of their meal really stood out.  Visit our webpage (http://maine.gov/doe/nutrition/) to see their winning entry.  Along with claiming the title, Yarmouth Schools will also receive a $200 gift certificate to C. Caprara Food Service Equipment for more merchandising supplies of their choice!  Congratulations Yarmouth School District!

Congratulations to Blair Currier and the entire School Nutrition team!

Yarmouth Town Notice regarding Halloween

posted Oct 31, 2017, 5:26 AM by Andrew Dolloff

The following notice is forwarded from Yarmouth Town Officials:
We recognize that some trick or treaters will be out tonight regardless of any alternatives or advice that may be offered.  There are down and hanging utility lines, dark streets with debris and fallen trees, and people in dark homes hoping to keep out the cold temperatures forecast.   It is advisable to postpone Trick or Treating until Friday night, and we suggest residents offer Fridaynight trick or treating to children who reschedule the fun for the sake of safety precautions.  For those who will Trick or Treat today, we recommend going before it gets dark.  Carry a flashlight, wear reflective clothing, and be very careful around any wires or downed trees and branches.  Stay clear of any generators running.

SCHOOLS REMAIN CLOSED TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31

posted Oct 30, 2017, 2:37 AM by Mike Arsenault   [ updated Oct 31, 2017, 1:47 AM by Andrew Dolloff ]

Yarmouth Schools remain closed on Tuesday, as all schools remain without power, and more than twenty roads in town are partially or fully closed this morning.  We hope to receive power restoration estimates at some point Tuesday morning. 

School Facilities Plan ready for further development

posted Oct 20, 2017, 12:52 PM by Andrew Dolloff   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 10:10 AM by Laurie Brigham ]

On Monday, October 16, the School Committee met with the Yarmouth Town Council for the second time in four weeks to discuss proposed solutions to the School Department’s and Town’s facilities challenges.  To meet programmatic, enrollment, and structural needs, the School Committee has proposed a conceptual plan that calls for extensive renovation and expansion of Yarmouth Elementary School and significant expansion of Rowe School and Yarmouth High School. 

In discussion with the Town Council in September, it became clear that the Town has upcoming capital needs as well.  There is a group in town actively seeking the development of a community center, and several municipal departments (Community Services, Public Safety, etc.) are in need of larger or renovated spaces.  With that in mind, the School Committee and Town Council entered into discussion of how the two entities may work together to provide the best facilities for the entire town in the most effective and cost-efficient manner.  As a result of that conversation, the School Committee explored an alternative option to address its facilities needs that included:

  • ·        Re-purposing of the Rowe School facility for community/municipal use, to be determined by the Town Council;
  • ·        Expansion and complete renovation of Yarmouth Elementary School to accommodate enrollment growth, upgrade building systems, and provide for a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 population, with two schools operating as somewhat separate entities in one physical plant;
  • ·        Minor construction at Harrison Middle School;
  • ·        Additions to Yarmouth High School.

On October 16, the School Committee and Town Council considered this option in greater detail.  It became apparent that the Rowe School contained a great deal more space than the Town would require and the cost to replace Rowe as a school would be prohibitive. It was decided that a collaborative effort that supports the proposal put forth by the School Committee while defining solutions to the Town’s space needs will be the most cost effective and programmatically efficient approach to meet Yarmouth’s facility needs.

Therefore, the School’s Facilities Committee will focus on further development of the plan that is known as “Option 4”, which includes the following:

  • Expansion of Rowe School to accommodate enrollment growth in Kindergarten and Grade 1 and provide for the addition of Pre-Kindergarten programming.
  • Expansion and complete renovation of Yarmouth Elementary School to accommodate enrollment growth, upgrade building systems, and provide for the relocation of Grade 5 from Harrison Middle School to Y.E.S.
  • Minor interior work at Harrison Middle School, relocating the choral room from its current location on the stage in the cafeteria to a classroom space that will be made possible by moving Grade 5 to Y.E.S.  Reducing H.M.S. enrollment to three grades (6-8) may allow for the removal of portable classrooms and result in a facility capacity that is higher than its enrollment at minimal cost and disruption to the school.
  • Expansion of Yarmouth High School to accommodate enrollment growth.  Additional classrooms, larger cafeteria, relocation of the exercise room, and creation of an additional music room are the key components of this plan.
  • At each school, additional consideration is being given to exterior components, including parking, traffic patterns, and recreational spaces.

The School Facilities Committee will meet throughout the fall and winter to prepare for two rounds of public forums:

Round One: To present the plan and receive input from the community

               Tuesday, February 13           Community Forum I                         6:30 p.m.              HMS Cafeteria

               Monday, March 19               Community Forum II                       8:00 a.m.              Town Hall

               Tuesday, March 27              Community Forum III                      6:30 p.m.              HMS

Round Two:  To present plans with modifications from community input

               Tuesday, June 19                    Community Forum IV                      6:30 p.m.              YHS

               Wednesday, June 20                 Community Forum V                       8:00 a.m.              Town Hall

The School Committee will be receiving updates from the Facilities Committee, with formal reports on the following dates:

               Thursday, December 14   School Committee Meeting            7:00 p.m.              Log Cabin

               Thursday, April 26            School Committee Meeting            7:00 p.m.              Town Hall

The School Committee, Town Council and Community Center project team are continuing to work together collaboratively in a mutually supportive search to address town, school and community needs.

We invite the public to attend any and all meetings and to browse our Facilities web page to stay apprised of this work.

 

School Committee and Town Council consider collaborative effort to address capital needs

posted Oct 2, 2017, 11:33 AM by Andrew Dolloff

On Tuesday, September 26, the School Committee met with the Yarmouth Town Council to discuss proposed solutions to the School Department’s facilities challenges.  To meet programmatic, enrollment, and structural needs, the School Committee is proposing a conceptual plan developed by the Facilities Assessment Committee working in conjunction with Harriman, an architectural/engineering firm well-known throughout New England for school planning and design.  The plan calls for the following:

  • ·        Expansion of Rowe School to accommodate enrollment growth in Kindergarten and Grade 1 and provide for the addition of Pre-Kindergarten programming.
  • ·        Expansion and complete renovation of Yarmouth Elementary School to accommodate enrollment growth, upgrade building systems, and provide for the relocation of Grade 5 from Harrison Middle School to Y.E.S.
  • ·        Minor interior work at Harrison Middle School, relocating the choral room from its current location on the stage in the cafeteria to a classroom space that will be made possible by moving Grade 5 to Y.E.S.  Reducing H.M.S. enrollment to three grades (6-8) will allow for the removal of portable classrooms and result in a facility capacity that is higher than its enrollment at minimal cost and disruption to the school.
  • ·        Expansion of Yarmouth High School to accommodate enrollment growth.  Additional classrooms, larger cafeteria, relocation of the exercise room, and creation of an additional music room are the key components of this plan.
  • ·        At each school, additional consideration is being given to exterior components, including parking, traffic patterns, and recreational spaces.

The projected cost of this project is $32 million, whereas other options considered were estimated to cost as much as $48 million.  The School Committee believes this plan will meet the School Department’s needs as they are projected through 2027 and beyond while remaining sensitive to the local taxpayers, on whom the cost of this project will fall. 

In discussion with the Town Council, it became clear that the Town has upcoming capital needs, as well.  There is a group in town actively seeking the development of a community center, and several municipal departments (Community Services, Public Safety, etc.) are in need of larger or renovated spaces.  With that in mind, the School Committee and Town Council entered into discussion of how the two entities may work together to provide the best facilities for the entire town in the most effective and cost-efficient manner.  As a result of that conversation, the School Committee is exploring an alternative option to address its facilities needs that would include the following:

  • ·        Re-purposing of the Rowe School facility for community/municipal use, to be determined by the Town Council.
  • ·        Expansion and complete renovation of Yarmouth Elementary School to accommodate enrollment growth, upgrade building systems, and provide for a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 population, with two schools operating as somewhat separate entities in one physical plant.
  • ·        Construction at Harrison Middle School and Yarmouth High School as described above.

As the study of this concept is in its initial stages, there is no cost projection at this time.  A great deal of work will be done to determine the environmental, traffic, educational, and financial impacts – work that will be completed in the coming months.

Because of the commitment to present the best possible plan to the community, the original timeline of public forums beginning in late October will be delayed a few months, and these groups will work diligently to bring a comprehensive plan to the public in early 2018.  Please stay tuned to this site for updates.  We look forward to completing our work and hearing your thoughts as the school year progresses.

Inclusivity, respect, and civil discourse

posted Sep 15, 2017, 11:57 AM by Andrew Dolloff   [ updated Sep 30, 2017, 4:22 AM ]

On September 14, 2017, the Yarmouth School Committee reviewed the district's core values, reaffirming the school department's commitment to provide each student and staff member with a school environment in which he or she feels safe, valued and respected.  The Committee received a report entitled Teaching Inclusivity, Respect, and Civil Discourse in the Yarmouth Schools.  We encourage you to read this report to learn more about our schools and the practices we employ to respect the dignity of each individual. 

Facilities Study Completed - Recommendation made to the School Committee

posted Sep 6, 2017, 5:16 AM by Andrew Dolloff   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 5:32 AM ]

After a year of work, the Facilities Assessment Committee made its presentation to the school committee on July 13, sharing data collected throughout the study and identifying six options to address the facilities needs of the district.  The Facilities Assessment Committee recommended pursuing Option 4 in this presentation, and suggested that the School Committee share all six options with the community through public forums and hearings held throughout the fall and winter of the 2017-2018 school year.  The School Committee approved the formation of a Facilities Committee to continue this work and will be holding public forums throughout the 2017-2018 school year to explain the results of the study, share the options studied, and hear feedback from the community.  The public forum schedule will begin as follows:
Round One (to present results of the study, options considered, and the recommended plan):
Forum I:  Tuesday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Yarmouth High School (Cafeteria)
Forum II:  Monday, March 19 at 8:00 a.m. at Town Hall (Community Room)
Forum III:  Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Harrison Middle School (Cafeteria) 

Bus Route Information 2017-2018

posted Aug 28, 2017, 10:24 AM by Laurie Brigham   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 10:28 AM ]

Yarmouth School Department Bus Schedule 2017-2018

Please click on the links below for morning bus route information.  Please feel free to call our transportation office at 846-2338 should you have any questions.

Rowe School and Yarmouth Elementary School morning bus routes

Harrison Middle School and Yarmouth High School morning bus routes

To find the bus stop closest to your address please click on the Bus Route Locator.  [NOTE: When using the Bus Route Locator, please use your full address (including the designation of street, lane, avenue, etc.]

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