April 29, 2022

Dear Staff, Students, and Families,

This letter is to update Covid case information through today’s date.  Please see the following chart of cases counts. 

As you can see the number of cases after the initial spike in early April have dropped.  This is indeed good news! Due to the Department of Educations recent communication concerning the ending of pooled testing the week of May 9th, our low covid -19 case numbers and the declining number of students and staff enrolled in the program, we have made the decision to discontinue pool testing effective immediately.  

We strongly encourage all families to continue to use the Covid Screener (click to access) and to contact the school nurses should you fail the screener.  It is VERY important to identify symptoms and seek guidance.  We want to keep all of our students and staff healthy and safe.  We urge everyone to err on the side of caution remaining part of the school to help curb any future spread of COVID-19. Stay home if you are sick.  Practice hand hygiene, distance whenever possible and optionally wear a mask as appropriate. 

I also like to take this opportunity to share the following news! Three Maranacook students advanced to the State of Maine’s National History Day Contest.  Ruby Nelson competed with her paper titled “Can I Enlighten or Awaken You?”; Lina Martinez-Nocito competed with her paper titled “I Ask No Favors For My Sex: Sarah Moore Grimké, Abolition, and the ‘Woman Question’”; and Shylah Woodford competed with her documentary titled “After The Gavel Struck”. Lina Martinez-Nocito was awarded 2nd place in the State Contest. She will receive a medal and a certificate. Shylah Woodford was awarded 1st place. She will also receive a medal and a certificate. Additionally, Shylah was awarded the Margaret Chase Smith Women’s History Award which includes a cash award and a Margaret Chase Smith Bobblehead. You can see all of the contest participants and results here: https://sites.google.com/maine...

 Both Shylah and Lina are invited to compete in the National History Day contest in June competing against the top finishers from each of the other States in each of the contest categories. Congratulations to all the Maranacook students who completed National History Day projects this year and a special congratulations Ruby,  Lina and Shylah, who put in a lot of extra time and effort to show the importance of Social Studies in our lives! 

Have a great weekend everyone and GO Bears!


James Charette

Superintendent of Schools