Summer Update, 2017

Dear Parents, Students, and RSU 3 Community Members,

    With August here, we know that the start of the 2017-2018 school year is just around the corner.  As I write this letter, we are still approximately 4 weeks from the first day of school, and I hope that you are able to enjoy all that Maine has to offer during the summer months. 

     As I enter my third year as Superintendent for RSU 3, I am excited about the work ahead. The mission of RSU 3 isto ensure the personal success of every student through personalized learning, and our collective vision is to ensure that every student is academically, socially, and emotionally prepared to be successful in learning and life.  As I have come to know RSU 3, I am more convinced than ever that our support staff, teachers, and administrators are undeniably dedicated to the students, and to fulfilling the mission and vision of the district.  Our students are our top priority, and they will continue to be the focus of our work. 

     As we look to the 2017-2018 school year, our district will continue the focus on a proficiency-based system of education that supports all students in becoming academically, socially, and emotionally successful.  We will continue to work toward strengthening communication and relationships with parents and community organizations, increasing student engagement, and improving student attendance.   During the summer months, teachers and administrators have been hard at work reviewing our curriculum and expectations for all students.  As we begin the year, we are excited to bring new math materials and curriculum to grades K-5 that will increase student engagement in math, and improve skill acquisition and understanding.

     We have much to be proud of in RSU 3, and I believe that the district receives incredible support from each of our eleven communities.  However, we must all work hard to maintain this positive support. We need parents and members of the community to be actively engaged with our schools and with our school district.  I invite parents to be an active part of their child’s school and education by getting to know the teachers and by attending school functions.  I encourage parents and community members to stay or become active in our district by perhaps attending a School Board meeting, student performance, and/or sporting event.  Even if you do not have a child in one of our schools, your attendance at a school event is important and very much appreciated.

     Finally, I want to thank each of you for the opportunity to serve as your Superintendent of Schools.  There are many wonderful things happening in our schools and communities, and I am thankful to be part of RSU 3.  I look forward to continuing my work for and with you, supporting the very best school district possible for our students.  If I can be of any assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at (207) 948-6136 or through email at .

Sincerely,

 

Paul Austin

Superintendent of Schools, RSU 3