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End of Year Safety Protocol

posted May 29, 2020, 6:45 AM by Alison E Harvey

RSU71 End of Year Activity Safety Protocol received 5/28/2020

Attention Families:  We ask that for all end of year activities, all students, families and staff wear a mask when they exit their cars to return/pick up items, if you are able. This recommendation is based on the scientific evidence that wearing a mask protects you and our entire school community.  

Thank you for your cooperation!
Questions or concerns can be directed to Alison Harvey, School Secretary, at 342-5100 (leave a message if I do not pick up - checking daily) or aharvey@rsu71.org or Lori Smail, Tri-Town Principal, at 322-1816 or lsmail@rsu71.org.  

Reminder: We are asking that for 5th grade graduation, families remain at their cars while students receive their certificates and a photo will be mailed to your home.  Please have your student wear a mask when coming to greet the staff.

Important Dates

posted May 28, 2020, 10:36 AM by Alison E Harvey

Mon. 6/1

9-11 am


Grade 2 drop off materials/pick up personal items

Mon. 6/1

1-3 pm


Grade 3 drop off materials/pick up personal items

Tue. 6/2

9-11 am


Grade 4 drop off materials/pick up personal items

Tue. 6/2

1-3 pm


Grade 5 drop off materials/pick up personal items

Wed. 6/3



Drive thru Ice Cream Social - drop off materials/pick up personal items 

Thu. 6/5



5th Grade Carmencement

Thu. 6/18


Kindergarten Screening

Fri. 6/19


Kindergarten Screening

As always, please call or email us with questions or concerns.  I am checking voicemail and email daily when I am not here so please leave a message if you call.  I will be in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 2pm.  342-5100 or aharvey@rsu71.org  -Alison Harvey

Mrs. Simmons will be in the office at Weymouth Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm.  342-5200 or lsimmons@rsu71.org

We Miss You!

posted Apr 17, 2020, 6:42 AM by Alison E Harvey   [ updated Apr 17, 2020, 6:44 AM ]


Plant a tree for free!

posted Apr 13, 2020, 8:41 AM by Alison E Harvey

The Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District offering a free hardwood seedling to families to plant together, along with learning activities to do together as you plant and grow your tree. Each of the species offered is a tree with potential to help with climate change adaptation in Maine. For more information see https://waldocountysoilandwater.org/2020/04/01/free-hardwood-tree-seedlings-for-families-plant-a-tree-and-learn-together/.

Please visit this link to request your treehttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/95GR8ZR 

Please feel free to share this link. The seedlings will be available for self service pick up outside at our office building after April 28th (The building is closed to the public), at 46 Little River Dr. in Belfast.

Here are some learning activities to do with the tree seedlings:

Learning Activities for Planting and Growing a Tree

Other activities that families can do while learning at home together: Project Learning Tree Family Activities

Please contact Aleta McKeage if you have any questions, at aleta.waldosoilandwater@gmail.com.

Mrs. Smail Tuesday, April 7, 2020

posted Apr 7, 2020, 6:48 AM by Alison E Harvey

View Mrs. Smail's message below.  

A message from our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Page

posted Apr 3, 2020, 10:26 AM by Alison E Harvey

See the file below...

Contact Mrs. Harvey - school secretary - aharvey@rsu71.org

posted Apr 3, 2020, 5:54 AM by Alison E Harvey

I am still here to help with anything, just not physically at the school.  Please email me with any questions or concerns.  I am checking emails daily throughout the day.  Please have your student check in with their teacher if they have not spoken/emailed with them recently.  Regardless if your child has completed work or not, their teachers still want to hear from them.   We are all still here for you, just not in the traditional way.  Please include your phone number in your email if you would like a voice call.  

Check out the website I created below.


Parent Handbook for Extended School Closure

posted Mar 26, 2020, 5:31 PM by Alison E Harvey


Belfast ∙ Belmont ∙ Morrill ∙ Searsmont ∙ Swanville


March 24, 2020

  1. Coronavirus Information

All the information the district has sent, including this handbook, is available at

www.rsu 71.org.  Check the website often for future updates.

     2. Communication

  • We will communicate with families regularly through email, robocalls and the district website. Please make sure the school has your most up to date contact information.

  • Parents can communicate with the school/district through email or phone.

    • Superintendent Mary Alice McLean 930-9726

    • Assistant Superintendent Laura Miller 930-9725

    • BAHS/BCOPE Principal Jeff Lovejoy 322-1054 

    • BAHS Assistant Principal Colden Golann 322-8099

    • THMS Principal Bruce Bailey 930-9720 

    • THMS Assistant Principal Alta Seekins 322-4744

    • CASS Principal Glen Widmer 322-5742

    • CASS Assistant Principal Ashley Reynolds 322-3086

    • East Belfast/Kermit Nickerson Liz Wakem 930-9714

    • Ames/ Weymouth: Lori Smail 322-1816

    • Special Services  Michele Philbrick 930-0754

3. Free Internet

RSU #71 will provide internet support through MiFi hotspots for students in grades 3-12.  Please contact Dr. Dave Fournier if your student needs internet support. dfournier@rsu71.org .

4. Social Distancing

We Have included an article that we encourage parents to read. It is important that students practice social distancing. This does not mean social isolation, but deliberate social practices to avoid getting too close together and only gathering in small groups. What is Social Distancing?

5. Breakfast/Lunch

We plan to provide Breakfast/Lunch service at no cost to any family who requests.  We will use our bus route system to deliver grab and go break and lunch meals to students.  Please contact us if you are interested in this service. Two meals will be delivered on Monday and Wednesday and three meals on Fridays. Someone should be present to receive the food or it will be left outside of the house. The primary home physical address that is listed in Infinite Campus is where food deliveries will happen. For students who share residency between parents, we are asking parents to work out.  There are also grab and go meals available at Ames School and East Belfast School for families that are able to pick up between 8:00 - 12:00. 

RSU # 71-Food (Grab-and-Go) Meals (beginning Monday, March 23, 2020)

Approximate Drop-Off Delivery Times

Intown, East Belfast, Swanville, and the Tri-Town

*Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with 2 days’ worth of meals on M & W, 3 days’ worth on F

Times are approximate:

Tri-Town run #1                                 Swanville run

7:35 Marsh Rd                                  7:35 Smart Rd

7:40 Poors Mill                                 7:40 Curtis Rd

7:45 Pitcher Rd 

7:50 Warren Brook way                     7:45 Achorn Rd

8:00 Main St North                            7:50 Nickerson Rd

8:10 Rowe Hill Rd                            7:55 Harriman Rd

8:15 Higgins Hill Rd                          8:10 Swan Lake Av

8:20 Blackberry Lane                        8:15 Upper Oak Hill Rd 

8:30 Witcher Rd                                 8:20 Webster Rd

8:45 Abbott lane                                8:35 Moose Head Trail

8:50 Main Street south                      8:45 Waterville Rd

9:00 Edgecomb Rd                            8:55 Doak Rd

                                                            9:05 Waldo AVE

    Tri Town run #2                                                                                                                    7:35 Lincolnville Ave                       

7:40 Back Belmont Rd                      

7:50 Jesse Robbins Rd 

7:58 Armstrong Rd

8:10 Lincolnville Rd                            Swan Lake Ave

8:30 Lincolnville Ave 

8:45 Moody Mt Rd 

8:50 Woodmans Mill Rd                  7:40 Swan Lake Ave start                                                           

9:00 Main Street South                     7:45 Back Searsport Rd

9:15 New England Rd                       8:20 North Searsport Rd

9:20 Belfast Augusta Rd                   8:40 Chickadee circle

                                                           8:50 Keen’s trailer park

Intown/East Belfast run

7:35 High Street/Spring

7:45 Salmond Street

7:50 Penobscot Terrace

7:55 Congress Street ext

8:10 Searsport Ave

8:25 Patterson Hill Rd

6. What is actually closed?

All schools will be conducted remotely. All the district buildings are closed. 

7. Instructional Expectations

We believe it is in a student’s best interest, no matter what their age, to have structured days during an extended closure.  We encourage families to develop a schedule that works best for your family and students/s as they receive assignments online from their teachers through google classroom and other platforms.  Families with younger students should also develop a structure that provides some continuity and works best for your situation, as the approach is much more flexible for PreK-2 students. We have included a sample schedule that we found online that might be helpful as you think about how to structure the days.

High School/Middle School – High School students will continue school with remote classes.  Teachers will be sending assignment information to students via google classroom and other platforms. We anticipate continuing on with full credit for all current courses. At this point, we do not know if AP tests or the SAT test will run as normal.  Teachers are available through email for additional support.

Elementary School – Elementary School families are encouraged to develop a schedule that works best for your family.  PreK-2 teachers will provide you resources (activities, ideas) that promote and continue learning and would ask that you do the best you can to help your child continue learning. The most important areas to focus on are literacy and numeracy skills. Teachers will provide parents more specific information about resources in a variety of ways.  Teachers will be sharing ideas with you through folders on the district webpage and Class Dojo. Teachers in grades 3-5 will also be sharing ideas and assignments via google classroom and Class Dojo.  


Our special education department has been working hard to follow the recommendations and guidance of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) as well as the Maine Department of Special Education.   During this period of district closure, RSU 71 is providing remote school days for all students. Students with IEPs will also receive remote learning opportunities and enable them to have equal access to their educational program.  Services, as written on your child's IEP, will resume in full when RSU 71 schools buildings open and resume typical school days for all students.

During this closure, our special education team has been working hard in collaboration with the general education staff to provide meaningful learning opportunities to students with identified needs.  Your child’s case manager will be in contact with you to answer any questions you may have about the work sent home, offer times to consult, work with your child through different media venues, and brainstorm ideas of activities to do at home. 

Your child’s education is of the utmost importance to us.  Therefore, we will continue to hold annual IEP meetings for your child to ensure s/he continues to have an active IEP in place, so when we are able to return to school, all services will be in place to meet your child’s needs.  We will be holding annual IEP meetings via Zoom and will provide you a link to participate in the meeting or a phone conference and will provide you with a conference call-in number to ensure we are in compliance with all CDC recommendations.  

  • Academic Support -Learning packets have been sent home for all students with work targeting the goals on their IEP.   Your child’s case manager will be in regular contact with you to aid you in how to best support your child’s learning needs at home.  Many casemangers have set up times they are available to help support your child and will be in contact with families to let you know specifics and the best way to reach them.  

  • Related Services - If your child receives any of the following services:  speech & language (S/L) occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), social work (SW), your child's services provider(s) will be in contact with you to discuss your child's needs, discuss activities you can do together to address the functional goals on their IEP and to answer any questions you may have.

  • Speech  & Language - If your child only receives speech/language (S/L) services, your child's speech pathologist will be in contact with you to discuss your child's needs, activities you can do together to work on your child's S/L goals as reflected on their IEP and to answer any questions you may have.

  • Self-Contained Programming – K-5 Special Education teachers will be available virtually to support parents and students..  This may include aiding in the development of a daily schedule of activities, behavioral interventions, and/or development of behavioral plans, if needed.   Your child’s case manager will also provide activities to address your child’s academic and functional goals on their IEP.  

Staff in self-contained programming in grades 6 – 12 will also be available virtually to work with parents/students to develop a reasonable plan for continuity of learning during this time.  Your child’s special education teacher and support staff will work with you and your child to support their learning needs and to aid in addressing the academic/functional goals identified on your child’s IEP.

  • Assessments/Initial Referrals - We truly apologize for any delays in getting your child’s assessments completed at this time.  Due to the CORVID-19, RSU #71 is currently unable to complete any standardized assessments as part of your child’s 3 year assessment or initial referral for special education services due to lack of access to your student.   Once RSU #71 school buildings reopen and resume typical school days for all students, we will diligently focus on getting your child’s assessments completed as soon as possible.  

Pennies for Patients

posted Mar 17, 2020, 8:33 AM by Alison E Harvey

Pennies For Patients Campaign

Dear Parents & Guardians,

In light of our school closure for the next six weeks, Ames Elementary will have to suspend its Pennies For Patients program.

If you and your child have signed up for the online program you can still complete the process.  

All money brought into school will be taken to the bank.  If your child has a coin collection box at home that he/she wants to return to school when we come back after April vacation, it is okay to do that too.  I will make sure that all funds get turned in and count towards your child’s class.

After talking with Mrs. Smail, we decided that the “contest” we had going between the classes would be unfair due to the shortened time-frame.  Therefore, sometime in May, I will treat all of the classes to an extra recess and special snack.

Thank you for your support of the Pennies For Patients program.

I hope that you and your family remain healthy during these challenging times.


Miss Julie Page, M.Ed.

School Counselor/Civil Rights Team Advisor

Ames & Weymouth Schools

Learning Packet Pick Up

posted Mar 16, 2020, 9:42 AM by Alison E Harvey

Tri Town families:

Learning packets will be available for pickup at Ames and Weymouth on Wednesday March, 18th from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. If you have questions or cannot come to the schools during that time please call either office and we will make arrangements to meet your needs. All updated information about RSU #71 will be posted on the District Web Site, www.rsu71.org

Mrs. Smail


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