Archive for June 13th, 2011


In Today’s News

June 13, 2011

After 37 years of teaching Thomas Block says farewell

I have known Tom for many years beginning with his days teaching at Georges Valley High School. During the last 19 years Tom has taught art at Wiscasset High School. Bob Keyes wrote a wonderful article on Tom and his retirement in the Maine Sunday Telegram. It includes the art exhibit planned for this week with 3 dozen of Tom’s formal students. A wonderful celebration!

You can read the entire article by clicking here

Tom at the Department this past week for the Celebration of Arts Education


Commissioner’s Update

June 13, 2011

Keeping informed

I am happy about the changes that I see taking place on the Department website and the form of communication taking place. I recommend you subscribe to receive an email once a week with the Commissioner’s Update.

The following is from the MDOE news/reporting staff.

To streamline the many communications from the Maine Department of Education, we have developed a new weekly Commissioner’s Update that includes official correspondence, reporting requirements, news and information designed for superintendents, business managers, and other administrators, but available by subscription to anyone.

(Please note the Commissioner’s Update takes the place of the Administrative Letters and Informational Letters of past practice. This is the only way to receive updates on requirements, policy changes, and forms and other reporting requirements that are due.)

We encourage you to share this invitation to subscribe with all district personnel, including administrators, school board members, teachers, as well as parents, taxpayers, and anyone interested in education in Maine.

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