Elementary Students who are normally scheduled for Tuesday in-person instruction will attend school on Monday (11/2) next week.
Reminder Tuesday, November 3rd is Election Day. There will be no school for students at the Elementary School.
Dear Elementary Families, I hope that you are well. As a way to better meet our students' needs and gain more academic time, we are making two changes to the Patricia A. Duran School’s November calendar. •Students scheduled to be at school on Tuesday, November 3rd (Election Day) will now be Monday, November 2nd. •Students who would be scheduled for Wednesday, November 11th (Veterans Day-No School) will now be Monday, November 9th. We are exercising some additional cautions for COVID and cleaning for election day per DOE recommendations, however we do not want students to lose an academic day for either of those weeks, hence the change. I appreciate your flexibility and apologize for any inconvenience. We can not wait to eventually get all of our students back every day. Thank you for your continued support. Have a great weekend. Sincerely, Jenny Perry
Dear PreK Families, I am excited to inform you that we are able to extend our Free Lunch Grant Program to our PreK kids! Our Pre K kids will be able to receive free lunch at school until December 31st. We ask that you complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application http://hermon.schoollunchapp.com in order to help our school support this great opportunity for our kids. After December 31st they will still be able to receive lunch at school, they will just need to pay at their free/reduced or full rate, whichever you qualify for. We will send home a monthly lunch menu with your child. The classroom teacher will take a lunch count each morning and provide it to the cafeteria staff. We have staff members that will deliver the lunches to the PreK classrooms and the kids will still eat lunch in their classrooms. PreK Rocks! Mrs. Perry
"Dear Hawk Families, October 9th will no longer be an inservice day, it will be a STUDENT DAY! :)" We look forward to seeing students on Friday, October 9th"
We are happy to welcome Mrs. Chichetto (taking over Mrs. William’s classroom) and Ms. Buhler (taking over Mrs. Hake’s classroom). They are two great additions to our elementary team!
Meal Ordering For Remote Learning Days https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdAVXuLLUNlmQoSWKYFMW-jBBfDcpbNyvXg4kpVb84AinnjIw/viewform?usp=sf_link
Important Student Dismissal Form Please fill out one form for each of your children. Having this information before the first day of school will significantly help our dismissal process and keep your kids safe. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctE1boBNUX2syCMicKLdV7f_co7LJbwEirbyfjfydpKyOdiQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
4th Grade Families, Our 4th grade students will remain in the classroom for the duration of the school day. They will still have 4 content teachers, who will come to them. The teachers are: Mrs. Collins- Science Mrs. Hanford-Math Mrs. Helfen- Writing/Social Studies Mrs. O’Clair-Reading They will have 2 content classes per day and spend half the day in each class. For example a Tuesday/Thursday class may have Reading and Science on Tuesday and Math and Writing on Thursday. Independent homework will be assigned through each class. This will keep the same students together, without moving them to a new setting, during the school day.
Student/Classroom Supply Clarification Please only drop off shared classroom items in the lobby, between the dates of August 27th and September 4th. Student personal items, such as, pencil boxes, pencils, markers, etc. should come to school with your child, on their first day of school.
Dismissal- Update The school day will still end at 3:10. Rec will be dismissed at 3:00 and we will dismiss daily lobby by grade level. Teachers will walk their bus students to the bus, by grade level. Staff will be stationed in the hallways to support students and monitor social distancing. We will have an adult bring the PreK (pick up) students to the lobby to connect with their person. An adult will bring the kindergarten (pick up) students to the lobby, for the first couple weeks of school.
Water Recommendation We recommend that you send in a clean water bottle, with water, each day. Our fountains will be off but we will have access to bottle fillers.
Morning Drop Off- Update Daily drop off will start at 8:30 each morning. Social distancing will be marked. Drop off Students will enter through the lobby. We will not have an open gym this year, all students will go directly to their classrooms. Staff members will be stationed in the hallways to support students and monitor social distancing. Please remember staff and students are required to wear a facial covering while at school. The school district will be providing facial coverings for students. They will need to be washed at home. Students are also able to wear facial coverings supplied by parents. All Students will be required to wash/sanitize hands prior to entering the classroom.
PreK and K Student/Teacher Meet and Greet August 26th 1:30-3:00 Pavement area next to the playground.
Please keep an eye out for your special teacher summer letter. The letter will include another copy of the classroom student needs list and information about the grade/class. PreK and Kindergarten are also receiving a separate informative letter from administration. If you are bringing in supplies for the classroom, you will be able to drop them off in the lobby, on the first day or through the first week of school. They will be organized and delivered to the classroom teacher. Please be sure to write the classroom teacher’s name on the supplies that you bring in.
Thank you for all the supportive emails and for the insightful questions. I hope our response has been helpful. This is a challenging time for everyone and it helps that we are working together to support our kids the best we can. As a way to better serve our elementary students, we are asking families to complete a brief survey. This survey will provide us with individualized information about your plans for your elementary child(ren). Please be sure to fill out a separate survey for each of the children living in your household. You will find the survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScEd4eHhkCDLJrKIp8RU8Z7BXRkABaFtqZ4_IudmCe-ZX2YOg/viewform?usp=pp_url
The Elementary administration is working hand in hand with the Rec Department to develop a plan for elementary before and after school Rec programming. Details will be posted soon.
Dear Hermon PreK Families, Due to the influx of childcare providers and student transportation needs, we have not been able to secure a morning and afternoon placement list for PreK. I want you to know that there has been a committee developed by our new superintendent, to collect community and staff input and determine a back to school plan. I will keep you updated as we move forward in the process and will inform you of the PreK placements as soon as we are able to. I’m sorry for the hardship this is causing our families. Know that we are doing the best we can, with the guidance we have. Repectfully, Jenny Perry
Summer Office Hours: The Patricia A. Duran School Office will be closed July 3rd-July 20th. Following that the summer office hours will be M-Th 8:00-3:00.
LIBRARY BOOK RETURN Dear PADS parents and guardians, Many of you have asked about returning your child's library books. I've appreciated everyone's concern about it. For anyone who has library books at home, they need to be returned between June 10th-12th (7am-6pm), which are the days set aside for student material pick up and laptop drop off. I will have boxes outside the library doors, for books can be placed in. If you do not remember if your child has a book signed out, I will email out notices later this week. I hope you all have a safe, healthy, and enjoyable summer. Thank you, Mrs. Goodrich
Bikes for Books update: The Masons dropped the bikes off at the school this evening and we will be setting up delivery for later this week. Calls will be going out to the families now that the bikes are on site. Sorry for the delay. We wanted to make sure we had them on hand!😊
http://hermon.schoollunchapp.com/ Online free and reduced meal applications once families are approved they can be eligible for the pandemic ebt program and receive $$ on their card to go grocery shopping for meals for their child/ children
Parent Webinar 5 Link to video: https://youtu.be/a1I5Exg58-U Link to slides: https://www.bangorschools.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Parent-Webinar-5-compressed.pdf
HERMON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 31 Billings Road, Hermon, ME 04401 Phone: (207) 848-4000 #6000, Fax: (207) 848-5226 Gary J. Gonyar, Superintendent of Schools Cindy Badger, Director of Special Services Melissa Davis, Curriculum Coordinator Jeffrey M. Wheeler, Director of Informational Services Important information on the schedule for the end of the 2019-20 School Year: 1. The last day of school for students will be Friday, June 12th. I will request a waiver for four (4) student days from the Commissioner of Education, bringing the total number of student days to 171. 2. The last day of school for seniors will be Friday, June 5th. This is a difference of five (5) days from the rest of our students, which is the maximum difference allowed. 3. The last day to assign new learning for seniors would be Monday, June 1st and for all other students, Friday June 5th. 4. During the week of June 8th, teachers will focus on assisting students with make-up work and closing activities. 5. All teaching staff will be involved in professional development and planning activities from June 15th through June 18th. a. The professional development will focus on the implementation of a robust online learning management system called Schoology. b. Planning activities will include vertical team discussions on ensuring a smooth transition for students to the next grade level and identifying curriculum missed this spring that will need attention in the fall. c. School administrators, in collaboration with Curriculum Coordinator Melissa Davis and school leadership teams, will customize the work to best fit the needs of their grade span. 6. Building administrators and their leadership teams will develop plans for the safe return of all student school materials including textbooks, laptops, and other items. At the same time, students will be allowed to pick up and take home any personal items still stored at school. 7. Building administrators and their leadership teams will develop plans for end of year activities such as step up day, awards/recognition assemblies, and graduation. 8. All End of Year activities must follow the parameters set by the Governor’s Order and the recommendations of the CDC and Commissioner of Education Pender Makin. Sincerely, Gary J. Gonyar
Parent webinar #4... Here is the shareable YouTube link: https://youtu.be/0aBai5n6pEk Here is a link to the slides: https://www.bangorschools.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Parent-Training-4-Return-from-Vacation-compressed.pdf
Here's the third Parent Webinar. Here's the video link: https://youtu.be/A_TBZdjsH68 Here's the PDF link: https://www.bangorschools.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Parent-Training-3-Vacation.pdf
Watch our 4th grade show their potential through potential and kinetic energy. https://drive.google.com/a/schools.hermon.net/file/d/1MnCQa3cIX4AAg2BGdUpnVBYWs5tidCCL/view?usp=drive_web
We still have some teachers and families without power. Work assigned during these power outage days will not be required by those without power. Remember, work assignments for the week are not due until Sunday. Let’s all just do the best we can in this challenging event. 🤞 all power and internet is fixed today.
Packet drop off has been cancelled for today. We will have the drop box outside the lobby doors on Monday from 6am-6pm, for any families who need to drop off the March 30th work packets
Everyone needs to watch this. Thank you to the amazing Elementary staff for coming together for our kids. A big thank you to Mrs. Lever for recommending and producing this. To all our students, we love and miss you. Be sure to have your tissues ready!💜 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR_bfd5ZTbw&feature=youtu.be
March 30th Kindergarten-4th Grade Work Packets Due to the anticipated weather for Thursday night into Friday, we are extending our K-4 packet drop off time for families. The packet drop off box will be located outside the lobby doors. It will be available for packet drop off on Thursday, April 9th from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and Friday, April 10th from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. The packet drop off is only for families who are not able to get internet access and received the March 30th work packets, If you are a K-4 family with the March 30th work packets, please drop the packet off, regardless of if all the work is finished or not. The 3rd quarter ends on April 10th. The work that is completed will be evidence, the teacher will use, to support your child’s effort in meeting the standard.
Kindergarten-4th Grade Work Packets Due to the anticipated weather for Thursday night into Friday, we are extending our K-4 packet drop off time for families. The packet drop off box will be located outside the lobby doors. It will be available for packet drop off on Thursday, April 9th from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and Friday, April 10th from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. The packet drop off is only for families who are not able to get internet access and received the May 30th work packets, If you are a K-4 family with the May 30th work packets, please drop the packet off, regardless of if all the work is finished or not. The 3rd quarter ends on April 10th. The work that is completed will be evidence, the teacher will use, to support your child’s effort in meeting the standard.
Continuity of Learning Plan Elementary Level PK-6 Guidelines Staff Responsibilities ● Communicate with families and students on a regular basis. ● Provide learning materials/resources and opportunities for social connections. ● Focus on maintaining/extending skills in reading, writing and math, with the integration of social studies and science. ● Communicate learning goals to families and students. ● Monitor student participation and provide feedback on student work. Family Responsibilities ● Access teacher communications. ● Contact teachers with any needs, questions, or concerns. O ● Set up at-home learning routine that works for your family. ● Help your child access resources. ● Support your child with school work. Student Responsibilities ● Be safe, respectful and responsible. ● Communicate with parents and teachers. Tell your parents how you feel and talk with your teachers if you have any questions or concerns. ● Complete school work and participate in activities provided by your teacher. ● Try your best. Empowering lifelong learners to succeed in an ever changing world.
Due to Isolation, coronavirus increase and CDC recommendations Hermon High School Pantry Starting Week of March 30, 2020 will reevaluate May 30th, 2020 Monday- Kitchen Closed Tuesday- Pick up 6:30-11:00 am, Deliveries to Free and Reduced Family Wednesday- Pickup 6:30-11:00 am Thursday- Pickup 6:30-11:00am Friday Closed Please sign up and let Jessica Thompson Know what time and when you will be picking up, I will need students’ names, please do not pick up for any other families. This is not opened for the public this is for students and their households only. Please contact Neighbors to neighbors in Hermon for elderly and community pantry boxes. All boxes will have your name on them you will need to pick up the box and put into car, there is not picking through other boxes. Food should be enough for your children to eat breakfast and lunch each day for 5 days. When we deliver, please do not come outside, let us put on your front deck and or in front of your house door, we ask no person to person contact. Good shepherd is teaming up with LL bean to help prepackage our pantry boxes so we don’t have to handle any items, you will be given a prepackaged box that has passed inspection and safer than normal pantry boxes J At this time no outside help, students, or workers are allowed inside our building without being approved by Jessica Thompson. Please give us space during deliveries and pick-ups. Thank you Everyone! Please know we are working so hard to help all of our student homes, but be patient with us as we want to keep everyone safe including our staff J Jessica Thompson March 25, 2020
Dear Families, At the Patricia A. Duran School we appreciate and understand that remote learning classes, while essential during this time, may not allow every student an optimal learning experience. Some students may have outdated devices, limited access to the internet, or may have parents/caregivers who need to work throughout this time. We believe that providing regular teacher connections and academic programming to our students, at a reduced level, will help families adapt to these new challenges of remote learning. Our classroom teachers will provide work as well as access to new instruction, through the SeeSaw Classroom App. Our Special Education teachers will communicate with parents, to let them know what their individual child needs. If your child is unable to access the internet, you need to notify the teacher, so the school can deliver hard copies of the student work and directions to you. We will be sending out the next two week packet on Monday, March 30th. They will need to be returned to the teacher via mail to the school (Patricia A. Duran School, CO: Teacher’s Name, 235 Billings Rd. Hermon, Me. 04401) or dropped off in a dropbox that will be available outside the school lobby doors on April 10th. Student work can also be scanned (or picture) to teachers via the SeeSaw app. If your child does not have access to a device, please notify Mrs. Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will arrange for a device to be loaned to you for your child’s use. We will continue to work on a quarterly schedule, with our quarter 3 date being extended one week, to April 10th. We will continue to use a standards based grading system (1-4 per each standard) and will grade using student evidence. We will record any standard not covered in this current quarter as NA (Not Assessed) on the report cards. The packets that were sent out on March 19th will not be collected. These packets were provided as a way to support students in maintaining and practicing their current skills, and to support parents into the transition to remote learning. Thank you all for your support and flexibility throughout this time. We love and miss your children. We want to help to make this remote learning the best it can be for each of them. Sincerely, Jenny Perry
All student packets are now in the hands of our kiddos. These packets are to be used over the next couple of weeks to help students maintain their current skills. Teachers are working with parents to make sure you are all connected to the teacher through the SeeSaw platform. We will use the SeeSaw platform to update you on how we will move forward with our remote instruction. These updates will occurs over next week and throughout our remote learning experience.
Hermon SD:: Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in our area and based on the recommendations I am hearing from several important groups, I am extending the use of remote learning days in all Hermon Schools through Friday April 17th.
Packet pick up day is today from 7am to 6pm. The school halls are open and packet tables are set up outside your child’s classroom. Remember the main lobby doors are open as well as the grade 2 door at our bus loop location and the grade 3 door on the end of the building near the playground. If you are picking up a packet for someone else, please remember to sign out the packet with the student’s name, so we know the child has their work.
The Patricia A. Duran School will be open to parents and designees to pick up and sign out student work packets on Thursday, March 19th, from 7am to 6pm. We will have the Main lobby doors and the doors at the end of each wing (2nd grade wing through the bus entrance, third grade wing by the play ground). This will allow for proper social distancing. Student packets have been developed by grade level and placed on tables outside of your child’s classroom. If you have multiple children in our school, you will need to pick up each of your kid’s packets at their individual classroom tables (4th grade packets are outside of their homeroom classroom). You will need to sign out each of your student packets. We need to track which students have their work and those that do not. We will have writing utensils and hand sanitizer available but recommend that parents bring a writing utensil with them, to sign out the student packets. Teachers have placed student personal items in the hallway by their student packet tables. The cafeteria will also be open for anyone who needs to get items out of lost and found. Classrooms will not be open to the public and teaching staff will not be accessible at the school on Thursday.
Hello, In light of the HSD closure related to COVID-19, the Guidance Office is working to be flexible in assisting students and families. We will attempt to respond to emails and phone calls in a timely manner, however, an immediate response may not be possible. If you are communicating in regards to an urgent matter that requires immediate attention, please consider the following resources: Basic Needs Hotline (Resource for ALL needs) - 211 Maine Crisis Hotline - 1-888-568-1112 State Police Bangor - 973-3700 Sheriff’s Office - 947-4585 Emergency - 911 For more community resources and information, please see "Resources for Community" information through the Hermon High school website and our social media accounts. Thank you,
Ski is cancelled for Friday 3/13/20. It has been postponed to Thursday 3/19/20.
Hermon SD:: 02.27.20 Due to the National Weather Service forecast predicting hazardous weather conditions of snow, sleet, and mixed precipitation throughout the day, there will be No School today, Thursday February 27th, in the Hermon School Department. No School in Hermon.
The second session ski program is scheduled to start on 2/14/20. Mrs. Henderson will be running the program for session 2.
No school today. Feb, 7, 2020
PM PreK is cancelled for today.
1st and 2nd grade Family Night is cancelled for tonight. It has been postponed to Feb. 13th at 6pm
Due to poor weather conditions there will be no school today.
3rd and 4th grade report cards are planned to go home tomorrow.
K-2nd Grade report cards are going home with students today.
Dec. 6, 2019 Dear Families, We apologize for any inconvenience the delay in report card printing has caused for any of our families. The Hermon School District I.T. Team continues to collaborate with Power School, under the guidance of Superintendent Gonyar and myself, on the new quarter-based elementary report cards. All teachers have entered assignments and grades in the gradebooks, and it is a report card coding issue that is holding up our delivery of report cards to families. The teachers had the report cards completed and were using the report card data at conferences to report out to all families. The information you received at conferences was the end of quarter 1 information. My hope was that the technology coding issues would be worked out over Thanksgiving break, but that is not the case. Our anticipated delivery date is now by mid-week next week. Respectfully, Mrs. Perry
Due to icy road conditions, all after school events are cancelled. The Hermon Rec after school program is still open today.
Welcome back to Mrs. Ayer! She will be opening the first couple weeks of school on our second grade team, in Mrs. Hake’s classroom. We look forward to having her with us as we start this exciting new school year!
The construction of the new canopy is almost done and will be “covered” to start the new school year on Sept. 3rd (PreK, 1st-4th grade). Kindergarten will have their first day of school on September 5th.
Mrs. Hake will need to be out on medical leave for the start of the school year. We are in the process of hiring a long term sub. We will keep the community informed as the process moves forward.
Please join us at the Patricia A. Duran School for our annual Open House. PreK- 1st grade from 1:30-2:30 and 2nd-4th grade from2/00-3:00.