Dear Parents and Guardians:


The Maine Department of Education has constructed surveys to help give input regarding school in the fall. If you are interested in participating go online via the link provided below and complete the appropriate survey. It is important to remember that this survey is not determining whether or how we return to school. This is just one more tool to help in creating a framework that may prove useful as we determine our path or paths. 



Department of Education to Release Statewide Survey to Inform Framework for Returning to Classroom Instruction

Maine Department of Education continues to work with educators and health experts from across the State to develop health markers and corresponding plans to ensure the safe return to classroom instruction. As this work develops, the Department is seeking input from additional stakeholders from across the State, and will release a survey on July 6. 
On June 11, 2020 the Department of Education released the first draft of a framework to assist school administrative units (SAUs) in developing their plans and determining their capacity to meet the national CDC guidelines for safely returning to classroom instruction. This draft framework will continue to evolve and will be developed based on science and community health markers.

The framework was created with input from a diverse group of stakeholders, and included education and health experts, students, parents, education advocates and leaders. We have worked with a research organization to develop a survey through which educators and support professionals, education leaders, and families of students can provide comment and share their opinions on the 2020-2021 school year and possible models and needs for a safe return to classroom instruction.
Four different surveys have been created, specific to the role of the person completing the survey, including: 1. Teachers and educational technicians; 2: School or SAU leadership; 3: Specialists and student support staff or 4. Family member. The surveys will be available at https://www.maine.gov/doe/fall2020survey beginning July 6 through July 12. The Family Survey is available in 11 languages.

The data and feedback will be compiled by the research group and considered by the team who will continue to revise the framework over the next month. While these surveys will provide a snapshot at the state and county level, many superintendents have asked for and are reviewing their own community-specific information, which will inform the work of their Collaborative Planning Team in developing instructional plans that will be responsive to risk levels.Your participation in these surveys is greatly appreciated in preparation for the next school year. Our fervent hope is that our continued trends in the battle against COVID-19 here in Maine will allow our schools to resume classroom instruction for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, as our schools serve as a stabilizing force for our communities, students, families and the economy. Yet, it is prudent at this time to both hope for the best, and prepare for many possible scenarios.




















RSU 29 End of the Year Schedule

Class of 2020


Monday, June 1Last Chapel:   The 2020 Last Chapel will be held virtually.  RSU 29 is working with WHOU to create a production in which all awards & scholarships will be presented virtually.  All presenters will be given the option of submitting a clip or having a designated school official present in their place.  The virtual Last Chapel will air on whoufm.com beginning at 7:00 pm and will remain on their website for friends and family members to watch at their convenience.


Tuesday, June 2:  Tribute Video:  The release of a Special Tribute Video To The Class of 2020 at 8:00 pm Tuesday, June 2nd.  This tribute video will be posted on the RSU 29 Facebook page and on rsu29.org. 


Wednesday, June 3: Senior Slideshow:  At 7:00 pm, the annual senior slideshow will be released on the RSU 29 Facebook page and on rsu29.org


Thursday, June 4Commencement:  Commencement will be closed to the general public but will be live streamed on whoufm.com for those who are not able to attend.  Commencement will consist of two parts; a parade and a drive-in ceremony including the presentation of diplomas.  Beginning at 6:00 pm, graduates and their commencement guests (limited in number) will be invited to participate in the parade that will begin at Houlton Middle-High School. Parade staging will begin in the Houlton Middle-High School parking lot at 5:30pm.  The parade route will culminate at Houlton International Airport where the graduation ceremony will take place in a drive-in format, beginning at 7:00pm.  More details and instructions will be provided to the graduates in the coming days.


Other mini celebrations to be aware of: 

  • Graduates’ names displayed on First Choice Real Estate sign

  • Graduates’ pictures displayed on FA Peabody sign

  • Light Up The Fields starting May 16th

  • National Graduation Celebration  May 16th 8 PM - all the major television networks and more

  • Multiple parent group and Project Graduation efforts


Important Reminders:

Attire & Financial Need:  In the coming days, the class advisors will provide a list of graduation attire requirements and restrictions.  Any graduating senior with financial needs in reference to graduation such as dress clothes, should contact Mrs. Shelly Crandall and we will help meet those needs.  


Grades: The last academic day for seniors is Friday, May 29th.  Letters have been mailed to parents of students who still owe work.  Please be sure to check with teachers or guidance staff if there are questions regarding your sons or daughter’s academic status.


Turn-Ins Procedures:  All student Macbooks, music instruments, textbooks, band shirts, library books, and other school property must be returned in order for students to participate in the graduation ceremony.  On June 1st, 2nd and 3rd, items may be returned to the middle-high school, where staff members will be located from 8:00-2:00pm, outside of the building for the purpose of collecting returned materials.

Bills:  All unpaid library bills, technology repair bills, breakfast/lunch bills, etc., must be paid in full prior to participation in the graduation ceremony.











A Message to Houlton Middle High School Students from the Staff


Updated Letter from Superintendent - March 30, 2020

Letter to Seniors from Superintendent - March 27, 2020


Houlton Middle/High School

 6th - 12th Grade

Phone:  207 532-6551

Fax: 207-532-6282




Mission Statement

We are dedicated to providing, in a safe environment, the support necessary for academic, vocational,and social achievement in an increasingly technological society. We encourage students to realize their potential, to appreciate diversity, to be life-long learners and to be responsible members of society.


Houlton Middle/High School

 

Academic Expectations

Problem Solving

Communication

Use of Technology

Research

Collaboration

 

Civic/Social Expectations

Respectful

Responsible

Trustworthy

Honest

Kind