Pittston Consolidated School

Welcome!

The Pittston School Community is committed to learning together to grow successful students with positive mindsets.

Principal: Donna Tardif

School Hours
8:10 Doors Open & 8:20 Classes Start
Dismissal
3:00 Walkers/Pick up students dismissed & 3:05 Buses dismissed

An Informational Letter from Maine's Commissioner of Education, Robert Hasson Jr.

Please take a moment to read the following excerpt from Maine's Commissioner of Education, Robert Hasson, Jr.
There is also a link below with information regarding the Blue Whale Challenge.

We have learned that there are a number of rumors circulating about a smart phone app called the Blue Whale Challenge. Stories indicate that the app is a social media challenge targeting 10-14 year olds. Rumors suggest that this app encourages at-risk, vulnerable teens to perform specific, and sometimes harmful tasks, assigned by an anonymous group administrator. Escalating over the course of a 50 day period, the tasks lure participants into sharing personal information, and as the game progresses that information is then used against the” players” in the form of threats if they choose to stop playing. On the last day of the challenge, the only way to win is to die by suicide.

It is the Department’s intent to make you aware of the rumor and to share the most current information related to this issue. We are aware of instances across the country where administrators and other sources have been sharing information on this issue, and we do know that some students in Maine are aware of the app.

The serious implications and sensitivity of the subject matter make it imperative that we keep you informed. The Maine Department of Education in collaboration with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program, a program of the Maine Center for Disease Control and NAMI Maine (National Alliance for Mental Illness), will continue to provide these important alerts as needed.

Below are some resources that you may find helpful. For further information please contact Susan Berry, Maine DOE, 624-6695, susan.berry@maine.gov.

Questions or Resources:
· For suicide prevention and postvention responses and/or resources contact Greg Marley, NAMI Maine, Maine Suicide Prevention Program, 622-5767 ext 2302

Special Olympics - Young Athletes Event

Students in Kindergarten and First Grade participated in the Young Athletes Event at Gardiner High School this past Friday. Our Fifth Grade students attended as coaches, and many community helpers also joined in the fun! We feel so fortunate to have been included in this wonderful event! Thank you to Mrs. Thibeault and Ms. Dyer for organizing this day!

Allison Keaveney Plant Sale - Saturday, May 13 from 8am to 1pm at Pittston School! Rain or Shine!

Allison Keaveney Plant Sale - Saturday, May 13 from 8am to 1pm at Pittston School!
Rain or Shine!

Students at Pittston Consolidated School have been preparing for the annual Allison Keaveney Plant Sale, since early March! All of their hard work has paid off, and plants are growing in windowsills around our entire building. This is the perfect time to pick up some new plants or flowers for your home...and just in time for Mother's Day!

Classes have also worked hard with Mrs. Hess to complete raffle projects. Tickets will be available at the plant sale. However, if you can't make it this Saturday, you still have a chance to win by purchasing raffle tickets through our online store. The students have once again created incredible items - such as a seesaw for young children, a giant outdoor Jenga game, and a gorgeous headboard bench. There are also several amazing items from generous community members!

Check out pictures of each of the items at the link below...
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All of the money raised from this event is used to support arts and humanities programs at our school.

We hope to see you there!

"13 Reasons Why"

Dear Families:

Recently I have been made aware of the worrisome Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. This show portrays a 17 year old girl who commits suicide and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she states were partially responsible for why she killed herself. There are concerns being raised regarding the potential harm to some children that may occur should they be exposed to the content of this series without appropriate adult supervision and guidance.

According to information provided to Maine school districts from the Department of Education and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) does not recommend that vulnerable youth, especially those who have any degree of suicidal ideation, watch this series. “Its powerful storytelling may lead impressionable viewers to romanticize the choices made by the characters and/or develop revenge fantasies. They may easily identify with the experiences portrayed and recognized both the intentional and unintentional effects on the central character.”

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