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Meet your NEW Principal!


Principal McDonough comes to GCS with 20 years experience in education. He has taught at the elementary and middle levels, as well as every core subject at some point in his career. Mr. McDonough has served as an Assistant Principal in two other Maine districts. He is excited for his first principalship, and to become a GCS Gator!


When he’s not hard at work, Mr. McDonough likes to ski and boat with his family, which includes his wife and three children, ages 7-14. He plays a few musical instruments, and is active in the local music community. Mr. McDonough also likes many sports, but his favorites are soccer and baseball.


Mr. McDonough’s favorite subject has always been Science. What he remembers best about school are his amazing teachers, which no doubt, had something to do with his career choice! As Principal of GCS, Mr. McDonough hopes every child has a fantastic school year - a year filled with rich learning experiences and many, positive memories.

Student Handbook

posted Aug 30, 2017, 7:30 AM by Mark McDonough

Please view/print the attached .pdf document. If you require a paper copy, they will be available at the main office.

Welcome 2017-18

posted Aug 29, 2017, 7:30 PM by Mark McDonough   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 7:12 AM ]

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Dear Parents & Guardians:


I am excited to welcome both new and familiar faces to GCS tomorrow morning! I thoroughly enjoyed my first year as Principal of GCS, and am looking forward to another year with you, and your children.


Believe it or not, summer is a busy time in schools, and at GCS it was no different! Thanks to our custodians and maintenance staff, the interior of the school now sparkles, surfaces are freshly painted, and repairs have been made. One of the most noticeable improvements is the painting of the foundation, exterior columns, and rails to match. Also, the damaged siding was replaced, along with a number of windows. Additionally, a good deal of hiring was completed this summer. We welcome the following staff to our already awesome team:

  • Abbey McLaughlin: Grade 1 Teacher

  • Allyson Blais: Title I Educational Technician III

  • Krista Brown: Intervention Educational Technician III

  • Anatalie MacLagan: Special Education Educational Technician II


We are in the process of hiring and additional Special Education Technician, and a Lead Teacher for the INSPIRE Program (formally known as Day Treatment). We hope to have these positions filled soon. Laura Howe, who teaches Art to GCS students three days per week, will be on medical leave for approximately three months. We wish her the very best in her recovery, and look forward to her return. While Ms. Howe is out, Ms. Amy Oliver will be filling her position. She is a capable, experienced, and trusted substitute teacher in our district.


Another part of the preparation we do over the summer is continue our learning by taking classes, attending workshops, and by reading educational texts. This year, as a staff, we will be learning more about Responsive Classroom, Morning Meetings, and about the kind of language that helps students to learn, and allows them to feel a part of the GCS community. During our in-service days, we talked a great deal about the importance the connections between students, and staff, and learned how these connections can have lasting effects on students’ perceptions of school, and their ability to learn.


Please take a moment to review our revised student handbook. It will also be posted on the GCS web page. If you require a paper copy, we will make them available in the main office. As always, please feel free to reach out the administrative team if you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s education.


Sincerely,


Mark McDonough

Principal

GCS OPEN HOUSE 8/28!

posted Aug 22, 2017, 9:27 AM by Mark McDonough   [ updated Aug 22, 2017, 9:28 AM ]

Grades PK - 2: 5:00 - 5:30
PK and new K students will have an opportunity to ride the school bus! It will be parked in from of the school. Due to space restrictions, only parents/guardians and students will be allowed to ride the bus. Sorry, but it fills quickly!

Grades 3 - 6: 5:30 - 6:00
Parents/guardians will have the opportunity to meet teachers in their classrooms.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday! 

Happy Summer to GCS Students & Families!

posted Jun 23, 2017, 8:16 AM by Mark McDonough

Dear GCS Families, I want to wish you all a wonderful summer vacation! I hope that you take time to enjoy some down time with your kids. Along with some swimming, camping, fishing, and simply relaxing, please encourage your child to read this summer. The town library, and even some grade level teams are running summer reading programs. I suggest you get your child involved in these programs, as we know that reading over the summer can help your child maintain their growth while not in school. This also helps make for a smoother transition into the fall.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year at GCS, especially working with so many wonderful children. Again, have a terrific summer. See you in the fall!

- Principal McDonough

Pre-K Information Night

posted Feb 28, 2017, 9:18 AM by Mark McDonough

Greene Central School - Pre-K Registration Information Night

(For families of incoming Pre-K students for the 2017-18 School year)

Thursday, March 9

6 PM in the GCS Library

TRAFFIC CONTROL AND PARKING ORDINANCE - TOWN OF GREENE

posted Feb 15, 2017, 8:32 AM by Mark McDonough

SECTION I. PARKING

It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle within the limits of the Town Roads in areas designated as follows:

A. On the North side of Main Street 70 feet on each side of the school bus entrance to the

Greene Central School from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

B. On the South side of Main Street 70 feet on each side of the school bus entrance to the

Greene Central School from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

C. All designated areas shall be posted with signage depicting the areas so designated.

SECTION II. PENALTIES FOR UNLAWFUL PARKING

The Town of Greene shall recover from the owner or operator of any vehicle unlawfully

parked contrary to Section I of this Ordinance, the sum of $25.00 for each violation

thereof to be paid to the Treasurer of the Town who will place such monies in the Town

of Greene revenue account. Failure to pay the penalty within 30 days of the parking

violation will result in a civil action in the Maine District Court at Lewiston for

collection of the penalty due plus any court costs or attorney fees.

Half day Wednesday, February 1

posted Jan 31, 2017, 10:21 AM by Mark McDonough

Remember, tomorrow is a half day for all MSAD 52 students.

Fourth Grade Parents/Guardians - NAEP Testing 3/1

posted Jan 28, 2017, 6:51 AM by Mark McDonough

NAEP 2017 PARENT/GUARDIAN NOTIFICATION LETTER

Mathematics and reading assessments


Dear Fourth Grade Parent or Guardian:


Greene Central School will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on March 1. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.


Your child will take a mathematics or reading assessment. The assessment also asks students questions about their daily routine and their educational experiences. For example, students are asked if there is a computer at home and about the amount of reading they do. Student responses are anonymous, and they provide context and meaning to the assessment results. Please visit http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/booklets.asp to review sample questions.

The assessment takes about 90 to 120 minutes for most students. The results are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347).


The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.

  • Your child’s grades will not be affected.

  • Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.

  • While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by Monday, February 27.


There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/parents/2012469.pdf. Contact me at 946-5681 or at mark.mcdonough@msad52.org if you have any questions.


We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that GCS's students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.


Sincerely,

Mark McDonough

School Principal

Quarter Two Report Cards

posted Jan 25, 2017, 1:04 PM by Mark McDonough

Quarter Two report cards will be delayed in coming home to you. They will go home a week later than planned, on February 10. We have been experiencing some technical difficulties with PowerSchool in the process of adding reports for Physical Education and Music. Do expect these reports to look a bit different from the other subjects, for the remainder of this year. We will likely revamp the report to be more cohesive for next year. 

Health Office Reminder

posted Jan 13, 2017, 8:29 AM by Mark McDonough

Since our return from the holiday break, we have experienced several cases of gastrointestinal illness.  Many students are experiencing stomach aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.  This is a great time to review the district handbook policies and methods to prevent the spread of illness.  


As it says on page 24 of the 2016-2017 Parent and Student Handbook, students should not return to school until 24 hours after symptoms of fever, diarrhea and vomiting have resolved.  Students who return prior to the 24 hour period continue to spread germs to their classmates and teachers.  We realize this can be a hardship for parents, however, it is our goal to keep our entire student and staff population healthy.  Washing hands thoroughly after eating, coughing, sneezing, or using the bathroom will help reduce the occurrence of illness.  Coughing into the sleeve is also a helpful way to prevent the spread of germs.  We appreciate your assistance by calling to inform the office staff of specific symptoms when your child is sick.

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