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Dear Community, Parents, and Students:  

I am thrilled to be your principal for grades 6-12 again this year.  Our year is off to an exciting start with the new schedule. We offer two FLEXible periods in our schedule.  These are designed to not only provide extra help to students when needed by the exact teacher in a timely manner as well as provide enrichment to students when needed.  We also offer a Viking Block in the middle of the day.  Three days per week we offer Advisory during this time.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays we offer clubs and activities for our students.  One club that meets is the Student Council.  They meet on Thursdays with Kristin Tripp, advisor, and me as the principal.   This ensures that students have a voice in the school.

In addition, in order to improve communication and provide parents a voice, I am meeting once per month with parents.  This meeting is normally the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p. m. in the cafe.  It lasts about an hour.  Parents set the agenda and discuss topics of their interest.  Due to the Holiday, the November meeting is set for the 28th.  I also send out a newsletter every month which goes home in our mailings.  

As well as improving communication, I believe that by involving all stakeholders in our children's education, we can make this school one of the greatest schools in the State of Maine.  To that end, we talk about what it means to represent our school; what it means to create a safe environment, and the importance of always doing your best work.  We also honor the Viking Code: Respect, Responsibility, and Safety!!

In my role as Curriculum Coordinator:  I am continuing to bring us up-to-date with State mandates for Proficiency Based Education.  In each subject area, I am working with teachers to align our curriculum and assessments to this system.  Our plan is to publish our work on this website before the year is out.  

We are also working on a set of new grading agreements as a school.  These agreements offer clarification around what it means to meet proficiencies.  A 4=Advanced Proficiency; 3=Meets Proficiency;  2=Developing Proficiency; and a 1=Minimal to No Evidence of Proficiency.  We also offer a 4.5 for our "Honors challenge" where students are provided the opportunity to extend their learning.   We have also worked on a contract for students who need to re-take assessments.  We have developed this as a result of input from parents and teachers that without it we were fostering a culture of procrastination.  Our hope is to prepare our students well for the life they will lead after high school by fostering the skills that will serve them well.  

Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns. 

 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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