Special Education

Our special services department is proud to offer programs and services which are intended to meet the individual needs of our students.

If you know of children between the ages of 3 and 20 who reside in MSAD 52 and may be in need of special education and supportive assistance, please contact the Special Services Department.

Director of Special Education Rebekah Drysdale rebekah.drysdale@msad52.org

Assistant Special Ed Director Luci Davis luci.davis@msad52.org

Administrative Assistant Jodie Maher Phone: 207-225-1025 Fax: 207-225-5608

Leavitt Area High School Class of 2018 National Banner Unified Champion School

Leavitt Area High School recently earned the honor of becoming a National Unified Champion School. The school celebrated this honor during a school-wide assembly on October 15, 2018. What does this mean? This represents the hard work of staff and students in providing a variety of opportunities, as well as an inclusive atmosphere, in which our students learn and grow. It promotes acceptance of all students through sports, clubs and school-wide activities. Leavitt Area High School has been involved in Project UNIFY since 2011. Their involvement started with Unified Sports (Basketball, Bowling & Bocce) and evolved quickly to incorporate a Youth Activation Committee. Their Youth Activation Committee started, and continues to organize and execute, whole-school engagement activities such as Inclusive Schools Week activities and Spread the Word to End the Word campaign where they promote acceptance and respect for all students in their community.

Leavitt Area High School had the opportunity to host a Special Olympics Maine Androscoggin County Unified Bocce training day where nearly 75 Special Olympics athletes and unified partners spent the majority of the morning learning new bocce techniques and skills, while also providing some fun Unified Bocce games. Students from Leavitt who were not participating in Unified Bocce volunteered for the event as game officials and cheered on the competitors as fans in the stands. Leavitt is also involved in MPA Unified Basketball.

Tripp Middle School

Students are first introduced to Project UNIFY at Tripp Middle School through Unified Sports. This provides an inclusive opportunity for Special Olympics athletes to train and compete with school partners in a variety of athletic events. At Tripp, students train in Unified Sports including basketball, bowling, bocce, and track & field. Students use that training to participate in competitions in bowling, bocce, and track & field. The Unified Club meets three times a week during the school year to further promote inclusivity and respect for all.

What has Project UNIFY done for our school culture? Quotes from students and staff about Project UNIFY: “Makes me feel good about myself and others.” “Opens doors for difficult conversations for staff and students creating a stronger community.” “Everybody is more accepting of differences.” “Inclusion is the norm, not a thing.” “Building friendships that may not have happened otherwise.”

Notification Regarding Destruction of Student Special Education Records

MSAD 52 is taking this opportunity to notify community members who attended MSAD 52 schools and have a date of birth between October 16th 1994 and October 15, 1995 that their special education records will be destroyed by July 31st, 2021 Please submit a written request to: MSAD#52 Special Education 486 Turner Center Road Turner, Maine 04282 by July 1, 2021 if you would like your special education records released to you. For Leavitt Area High School students, a permanent record including the student’s name, address, phone number, grades, attendance record, classes attended, grade level completed, and year completed shall be maintained at the Leavitt Area High School with no time limitations.