From the Desk of Pat Hopkins: Change in 15-16 Calendar

April 25, 2016

Re: 2015-2016 School Calendar

Dear MSAD 11 Students and Families:

Welcome back. I hope you all enjoyed your vacation week away.

I want to update you on a matter regarding the 15-16 school calendar. State law requires that all students attend school for a minimum of 175 days and seniors specifically are required to attend for 170 days. Due to the number of snow days called this year, seniors are currently out of compliance with the required 170 school days. To bring them in compliance a modification to this school year’s calendar has been made.

During the April School Board meeting, the Board voted on how to resolve this issue. During the week of May 9, school will be extended by one hour all five days. According to state law, these additional 5 hours will be equivalent to one school day. This means that student dismissal will be one hour later than it usually is. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 is an Early Release Day. GAHS and GRMS students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm and elementary students will be dismissed at 1:30 pm.

As a result of extending the school day by one hour for one week the last day of school will no longer be Monday, June 20. The last day of school for all students will now be on Friday, June 17, which will be a half day of school.

I recognize that this change in the calendar may cause a hardship for some of you as schedule changes can be difficult. If you do need to dismiss your child early due to a previous appointment or commitment, our school offices will be flexible and accommodate all family needs.


Patricia Hopkins
Superintendent of Schools

Come Visit the Buy One Get One Free Book Fair

The G.R.M.S. Arthur R. Warren Library is sponsoring a Buy One Get One Free Book Fair. It will start Friday, April 8 and be open through Thursday, April 14. The Book Fair will be open during Parent Teacher Conferences on Monday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 13 from 3 to 6 pm. Everyone in the district is welcomed to visit during conferences. Get some great books for April vacation!

Join Us for MSAD 11's Title 1 District Family Literacy Game Night!

Event: Title 1 District Family Literacy Game Night!

Who: Title 1 Families in Grades K-5

Where: TC Hamlin School

When: Thursday, April 7, 5:30-6:30 pm

What: Come and learn how to play exciting literacy games with your student/s. You will receive 4 free games to take home to play as a family. Snacks and juice will be provided.

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