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Dear Community, Parents, and Students:  

I am thrilled to be part of this learning community as the Principal of Searsport District Middle High School.  Searsport has an exciting history.  This history is filled with a community that has shown tremendous support for its students and their school.  In my past history, I admired Searsport schools for taking risks, for making decisions about what was best for students, and for its endeavor long before others to teach in a Standards-Based System.  Searsport, only a few years ago, was a "Flagship School."  It was one that others' sought to emulate.  It was a common occurrence to host others so that they could see first hand what we were doing in the Standards Based system.  These visitors were not limited to Maine schools; people from all over the country wanted to see how we embraced this movement in education.  Searsport set the bar high and walked the walk.  

In my many conversations with staff, I have learned that this is something that gives them great pride.  They feel, however, that over the years we have not continued to move faster than others, mostly due to leadership turnover.  This revelation prompted our dedication to our vision (direction) going forward: a "Resurrection of Greatness!"  Greatness is defined by Google  as "the quality of being great, distinguished, or eminent."  When we think about greatness, we know it means to have an edge over others.  Our students deserve that edge.  We want to position them well for life after high school.  We are fortunate to have all of our schools together in two buildings side by side.  Mr. Clement, our Elementary Principal, Mr. Downing, our Superintendent, John Williamson, our Assistant Principal, and the amazing and dedicated staff of RSU 20 are all side by side in our commitment to a K-12 system of Greatness!  We ask you to continue your support by coming to meetings and joining in the quest!  Go Vikings!!!!

Sincerely yours,

Marianne DeRaps

First Day of School Assembly

posted Sep 14, 2016, 7:29 AM by Marianne DeRaps   [ updated Sep 14, 2016, 7:33 AM ]

On our first day of school, September, 01, 2016.  Mrs. DeRaps and the entire SDMHS staff greeted our students in an all school assembly.  Mrs. DeRaps introduced herself.  She informed the student body that she wanted them to have a strong voice in the school and would be meeting with representatives from each class on a regular basis.  


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