FKCHS & VRMS Newsletter January 2017 edition


  1. Our First Issue
  2. December Attendance Winners!
  3. Proficiency Based Education Spotlight
  4. Classroom Spotlight - Ms. Pam Plourde
  5. So you think you know......Mrs. Leslie Marquis Staff
  6. School Events

Welcome to our first issue of our monthly "video" newsletter! Our goals is to tell the story of Fort Kent Community High and Valley Rivers Schools through pictures and video. It is meant to be interactive and highlight all that goes into our dynamic and vibrant middle/high school. Enjoy the first issue!

MSAD 27 Vision Statement: Provide a challenging and meaningful learner-centered education that empowers each individual to become a responsible, self-directed, productive citizen living and working in a 21st century global society.

Our 10 attendance winners for the month of December. Prizes sponsored by our Gear Up grant. Take school attendance seriously, you have to be present to win!

Proficiency Based Education Spotlight

Let's begin our discussion about Proficiency Based Education (PBE) with some basic understandings that we, as educators, have embraced. These 3 statements drive our basic work on implementation strategies of PBE.

Image courtesy MCCL presentation

Here is a short video of Bea McGarvey discussing the concepts of Mass Customized Learning. Her book can be found here. The terminology we are using here at FKCHS & VRMS is Proficiency Based Education. We are committed to building learning communities that provide opportunities for personalized learning for students. We want to take advantage of the research done in the field of education to put into place practices, strategies and opportunities that maximize student learning. It is a work in progress that is being embraced by our staff and students. Check out the video to get a flavor of the why we are making the changes we are making!

In future issues we will be continuing to talk about PBE implementation at FKCHS & VRMS - for now here is a link to the State of Maine definition.

Classroom Spotlight - Ms. Pam Plourde of Valley River Middle School

Welcome to Room 215 - You are.......

Learning Targets that guide learning in the classroom.

Dance Dance Transversal (DDT)

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try."

Growth Mindset - change your words!

Individualized instruction and extra help always available!

The goals every student writes for Ms. Plourde's Math classes.

How did you do with your learning today?

Thanks for visiting !

So you think you know......Mrs. Marquis.

Mrs. Leslie Marquis of Fort Kent Community High School

Mrs. Marquis's candid photos

Mrs. Leslie Marquis is a 4th year Math & Science teacher here at Fort Kent Community High school and has worked in education for 10 years. She currently teaches Math I to 9th graders, Anatomy & Physiology I & II for 12th graders in our Pleasant Street Academy program, Anatomy & Physiology I for 12th graders, and Finite Math/Statistics to 12th graders. She is a co-leader of Link Crew and the 12th Grade Student Assistance Team member!

She attended the University of Montana and University of Maine where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and received a Masters of Science in Reproductive Biology from the University of Idaho.

After graduating from the University of Idaho she worked at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor doing neuroscience research. When school groups would visit the lab she would volunteer to give talks and demonstrations. That experience as well as coaching the Hampden Academy Ski Team at the time supported her interest in teaching. Her parents and grandparents were could say teaching is in her genetics!

It is no surprise that while in high school her favorite class was Anatomy and Physiology!

When asked what she was most proud of in her career she responded, "I would have to say that I'm most proud when students develop a love for the knowledge they're learning from me!"

Did you know......At the University of Idaho, she worked on a team that cloned the first equine species in the world.

You can visit Mrs. Marquis website here.

Upcoming events at FKCHS & VRMS

Boys Basketball - Mon. Jan. 23 @ Presque Isle - Wed. Jan. 25 @ Van Buren - Sat. Jan. 28 @ Woodland - Thurs. Feb. 2 vs. Limestone - Mon. Feb. 6 @ Madawaska - Standings

Girls Basketball - Wed. Jan. 25 @ Van Buren - Sat. Jan. 28 @ Woodland - Mon. Jan. 30 @ Presque Isle - Thurs. Feb. 2 vs. Limestone - Mon. Feb. 6 @ Madawaska - Standings

Alpine & Nordic Skiing - Mon. Jan 23 @ Madawaska Freestyle - Wed. Jan. 25 @ Presque Isle Classic - Sat. Jan. 28 @ Preque Isle Slalom - Mon. Jan. 30 @Fort Fairfield Classic - Wed. Feb. 1 Fort Kent Freestyle - Sat. Feb. 4 Caribou Giant Slalom - Wed. Feb. 8 @ Presque Isle Classic - Feb. 11 Fort Kent Giant Slalom & Slalom - Feb. 15 Fort Kent Freestyle

Wrestling - Sat. Jan. 21 @Ellsworth (12 teams) - Tues. Jan. 24 vs Caribou - Sat. Jan. 28 @Bucksport (12 Teams) - Sat. Feb. 11 @ Caribou Regionals - Sat. Feb. 18 @ Bucksport Class B States

VRMS Dates of Interest - Mon. Feb. 6 Late start 11:00 am - Tues. Feb. 7 MIYHS Survey - Thurs. Feb. 8 Mix It Up at Lunch - Fri. Feb. 10 Career Cluster Breakfast - Fri. Feb. 10 Middle School Dance (8:00 - 10:30) - Winter Carnival Feb. 13 thru Feb. 17 - Winter Break Feb. 20 thru Feb. 24

FKCHS Dates of Interest - Tues. Feb. 31 ASVAB for Sophomores - Mon. Feb. 6 Late start 11:00 am - Tues. Feb. 7 MIYHS Survey - Sunday, Feb. 5 Mr. CHS @ 7:00 pm - Winter Carnival Feb. 13 thru Feb. 17 - Winter Break Feb. 20 thru Feb. 24 - Mon. Feb. 27 Red Cross Blood Drive in Gym (8:00 - 3:30)

Thanks for viewing! See you Next issue!

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