Individual associated with MSAD #72 tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

posted Oct 6, 2020, 2:28 PM by Eric Wood   [ updated Oct 6, 2020, 10:27 PM ]

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(207) 935-2600 Ext. 1248; FAX 935-4470

Nancy Boucher RN, BSN                                                                                                            Jay Robinson

School Nurse                                                                                                       Superintendent of Schools


Dear Staff, Students and Families,

This letter is to inform you that an individual associated with MSAD #72 tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  There is a possibility that other staff or students came in contact with this individual and therefore may be exposed to the virus.  We are informing you out of an abundance of caution.  Please monitor yourself/your student for signs and symptoms.  Call a health care provider if symptoms start.  It is important that you call a healthcare facility before you show up in person.  Stay home if you are sick.

Covid-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe.  It can be more severe in adults 60 years and older and in those with underlying conditions.  The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus.  Signs and symptoms include:


Fever or chills                                                            New loss of taste or smell

Cough                                                                         Sore throat

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing         Congestion or runny nose

Fatigue                                                                        Nausea or vomiting

Muscle or body aches                                              Diarrhea


Please keep in mind that many things can cause respiratory illness, so students and staff should be up-to-date on influenza and routine vaccinations.

Maine CDC or a school representative will contact you directly if you are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive.  Close contacts will be asked to quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to the positive individual.  A negative test result does not get an individual out of quarantine.

Maine CDC recommends prevention measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  These measures include proper handwashing with soap and warm water, which is especially important after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  When soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick.  Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Questions for the school can be directed at Nancy Boucher by calling 935-2600 Ext. 1248.  For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695).  You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email

The following URLs are information resources available: or


Jay Robinson

Superintendent of Schools


posted Sep 29, 2020, 9:26 AM by Kelly Bowles

Dear MSAD #72 Parents and Guardians:

If you have already completed the Free and Reduced Meal application, we thank you.  You do not have to complete the form again.

If you have yet to apply, please do your best to complete and return the application. When a majority of the children at any of our schools qualify for free or reduced prices for meals, the district may also qualify for additional federal funding, grants, and our teachers may qualify for student loan forgiveness. These funds help us to provide the best possible experience for our students and their families. The state determines the percentage of qualifying students each year in October so we’re asking you to complete and return the application as soon as possible. 

This year you can complete the application online using your Infinite Campus Parent Portal at:  If you need an activation key or assistance logging into the portal, please email  You can also use a paper copy, if you prefer.  Paper copies are available by clicking on this link, picking up a copy at your school or calling your school to ask that a copy be mailed to you.

 Paper copies can be returned by: 

  • Mail to: 25 Molly Ockett Dr, Fryeburg, ME 04037
  • Email to
  • Dropping it off at any one of our schools:
    • Molly Ockett School in Fryeburg
    • New Suncook School in Lovell
    • Brownfield-Denmark School in Denmark
  • Call 207-935-2600 and ask to have your form picked up at your home

If you have questions or need help in filling out the application, please contact us at 207-935-2600 as soon as possible.
Thank you for your time and for helping us with the work we do.

Oxford County Health Advisory updated to “YELLOW”

posted Sep 25, 2020, 12:09 PM by Eric Wood   [ updated Sep 25, 2020, 12:14 PM ]

September 25, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Earlier today, the Oxford County Health Advisory was updated to “yellow.” This designation is used for the following situation:
YELLOW: Categorization as “yellow” suggests that that the county has an elevated risk of COVID-19 spread and that schools may consider additional precautions and/or hybrid instructional models as a way to reduce the number of people in schools and classrooms at any one time.
Given that our district is already using smaller, stable cohorts of students and is enacting all of the recommended prevention measures, the designation does not in any way change our approach to educating students. The only major change would occur if our county was designated as “red,” which would require us to move to a fully remote distance-learning approach.
Jay Robinson Superintendent of Schools

September 23rd, 2020 Parent Letter Wednesday Schedule Change

posted Sep 22, 2020, 6:50 PM by Eric Wood   [ updated Sep 22, 2020, 7:01 PM ]

September 23, 2020

Dear Parent or Guardian:

First, thanks to everyone for your patience and support with the transition back to school.

While we have had to be very flexible and reflective about our original plans (and willing to

adapt those plans as we go), we also understand that it has caused families to have to do the

same. Your willingness to be patient and supportive throughout the start of the school year has

been appreciated.

Now that we are a couple of weeks into the school year, it has become very obvious that time is

a very scarce resource. Asking teachers to support both in-person and distance learners is very

challenging and requires careful planning. In order to find additional time for teachers to reflect

on what is working and what isn’t, and to provide teachers with time to better support their

students, we are going to a weekly schedule from September 30th to December 16th where

every Wednesday will be a 12:30 p.m. dismissal. While we feel that it is important to provide all

students with five days of in-person instruction, without the time to reflect and plan we cannot

make the best use of this time. While we understand that this is a change, we wanted to

provide families with advanced notice of this change so that needed arrangements can be


On another note, when we started our planning for the school year, everyone agreed that our

goal was to both: 1) provide all families a choice in how their children are educated; and 2) to

bring as many students back to “in-person” learning as possible. To do this required a lot of

planning, space, and staffing. Based upon that survey feedback, we had to recreate all of our

bus routes, totally refurnish all of our instructional spaces to allow social distancing of six feet,

and find the staffing to help us supervise the additional groups of students. Because of the

planning needed to do all these things, we have asked parents to stick with their original choice

for learning (in-person or remote) until the end of December. While we are willing to work with

families whose children are not being successful with distance learning, we cannot guarantee

that we have the physical space or staffing to take on more students in person. If you are

experiencing difficulties with distance learning, please contact your child’s teacher and/or

administrator so we can support you and your child and so that we can make your child’s

experiences as positive as possible.

Thank you again for your support in these challenging times.


Jay Robinson

Virtual Zoom meetings for parents to learn about fall plans

posted Aug 26, 2020, 10:48 AM by Jeremy Hammer   [ updated Aug 28, 2020, 7:22 AM ]

Good Afternoon Molly Ockett School Families,

We are cautiously excited about having students return both in person and remotely, and understand you and your child(ren) likely have many questions about this coming school year. We would like to invite you to a Virtual Zoom Meeting where our fall plans will be shared with you. To prepare for the meeting and answer many questions the following videos and documents should be reviewed prior to the Zoom meetings. 

Video of the MOS Building:
Covid19 Documents: 

K-4th grade Parent Meetings - August 26 @ 5:00pm
Zoom Link:
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 813 8077 7032 One tap mobile +16468769923,,81380777032# US (New York) +13017158592,,81380777032# US (Germantown) Dial by your location +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 813 8077 7032 Find your local number: Join by SIP Join by H.323 (US West) (US East) Meeting ID: 813 8077 7032 Join by Skype for Business

5th-8th grade Parent Meeting - August 27 @ 5:00pm
Zoom Link: 
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 810 2388 9270 One tap mobile +13017158592,,81023889270# US (Germantown) +13126266799,,81023889270# US (Chicago) Dial by your location +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) Meeting ID: 810 2388 9270 Find your local number: Join by SIP Join by H.323 (US West) (US East) Meeting ID: 810 2388 9270 Join by Skype for Business

If you are not able to attend, both meetings will be recorded and posted to the school and district website for you and your family you view when you are able. 

Lastly, if you have not made arrangements to pick up your child's school laptop computer, our Technology Staff is set up in the MOS gym to distribute these materials. Parent and Teacher sign-ups are also set up in the gym for parents to schedule with their child's teacher. 

Emily J. Kirkpatrick, Principal
The Molly Ockett School
25 Molly Ockett Drive
Fryeburg, ME 04037

K-4 Parent meeting Recordings and supplemental material:

Molly Ockett School:

Molly Ockett K-4 Informational Meeting

Brownfield Denmark Elementary School:

BDES Informational Video

New Suncook School:

New Suncook Informational Video

5-8 Parent meeting Recordings and supplemental material:

Molly Ockett School:

MOS 5-8 Informational Video

UPDATED August 21, 2020 - Start to 20-21 School Year Parent Letter

posted Aug 10, 2020, 9:59 AM by Heather Sheehan   [ updated Aug 21, 2020, 10:34 AM ]

Public Comment on MSAD #72's Elementary and Secondary Schools Act Federal Grant (ESSA) Application

posted Jul 17, 2020, 6:19 PM by Eric Wood   [ updated Sep 25, 2020, 12:17 PM ]

Elementary and Secondary Schools Act Federal Grant (ESSA) 

    Each year, MSAD #72 completes an application to access federal grant money through the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act. The grant supports district goals established through a comprehensive needs assessment that is done every five years. As part of the grant process, a planning committee that includes administrators, teachers, parents and community members reviews the district goals set by the comprehensive needs assessment and determines how funding will be allocated to support these goals.

    For 2020-21, the committee determined the following uses of funds. For each title, first the allocation for MSAD #72 is listed and a description of how the title money can be used. This is followed by MSAD #72’s plans and goals to be achieved. (Note: Fryeburg Academy receives a proportional amount of the funds based on the enrollment of MSAD #72 students at the Academy which is why an amount for FA is subtracted from Title II and Title IV funds.)

Title IA- (allocation $238,629.61)     Goal:  Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged

MSAD #72’s plan for Title IA will pay salaries and benefits to support supplemental services in reading and math. This includes a full time literacy specialist at Molly Ockett, a .4 literacy specialist at New Suncook, 2 ed. techs at Molly Ockett and 1 at New Suncook.

Goal: Molly Ockett  70% of students meeting district competencies in reading and 60% of students will meet math core competencies. 

Goal: New Suncook 80% of students will meet literacy core competencies. 60% of students will meet math core competencies.

    Note: Brownfield-Denmark’s supplemental support services are supported through local funds so their goals will not appear in this grant application. 

Title IIA (allocation $80,221.91 - Fryeburg Academy allocation of $26,221= $53,748    Goal: Increasing the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts improve teacher and principal quality. 

MSAD #72’s plan for Title IIA : 

  1. Coaching in behavior management from the behavior specialist on CARES team

Goal: 60% of targeted students meet goals set through RTI process 

  1. Mindfulness work with teachers and students from outside consultant (yr. 3)

Goal: Survey of participants indicate 80% of teachers have a mindfulness practice and student survey of participating students report using mindfulness on a regular basis to help them focus and regulate behavior. 

  1. Literacy professional development at the Middle School Level by an outside consultant to support workshop model.
            Goal: Full implementation of the workshop model in grade 5 and ELA content is integrated in the content areas at grade 7. 

Title IV : ($23,879 - FA percentage of $7,880= $15,999)    Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet challenging State academic standards.

Title V: (allocation $13,523)    Address the unique needs of rural school districts

MSAD #72’s plan for Title IV and V is to pay part of the salary for a behavioral specialist district wide as a member of the CAREs team who will work with school teams as intervention plans are developed to support students with self-regulation and other behavior issues.

        Goal: 60% of targeted students meet goals set through RTI process

If you have questions or feedback about MSAD #72’s ESSA Federal Grant Application, please email Rhonda Poliquin at by July 27th.  

Link to Google Document

Generous Donation

posted Jul 10, 2020, 7:47 AM by Heather Sheehan   [ updated Jul 16, 2020, 6:23 AM by Erin Wentworth ]

We want to extend our thanks to the Pequawket Valley Health Initiative for their generous $1,000 donation to support our schools in the purchasing of PPE Equipment for the coming School Year. To learn more about PVHI please visit their website

FY21 Budget Referendum Update - New Referendum Date - August 18, 2020

posted Jul 6, 2020, 8:36 AM by Heather Sheehan   [ updated Jul 6, 2020, 10:58 AM ]

Please see attached letter with an update on the FY21 District Budget Approval.
Information on how to access the Virtual Public Hearing on August 4, 2020 @ 7:00PM will be posted soon.

Free Food for Children in our Community

posted Jul 2, 2020, 1:41 PM by Kelly Bowles   [ updated Jul 2, 2020, 1:45 PM ]

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