Employee Spotlight: Naomi DeCourcy -Ed Tech, Kate Furbish Elementary School Naomi and her wife have been together for 25 years. They have two boys; Sutter is 9 years old and Cabot is 13 years old. They live in Brunswick and love every minute of being in this town! In December of 2021, they adopted a Springer Spaniel named Birdie and he has brought so much joy into all of their lives. Naomi grew up in Wiscasset and graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington. What makes you proud to work in Brunswick? #BSDProud My boys entire school career has been in the Brunswick school system and therefore I've been closely tied to the teaching community here. My boys are thriving and I wanted to be a part of that magic. I'm insanely lucky to be part of the amazing crew that guides them through their education in Brunswick #BSD What do you like to do outside of work for fun? I love to ride my bike on trails, kayaking, nordic skiing, baking, gardening and being creative. Favorite line from a movie? "2 weeks? 2 weeks? You sound like a parakeet. 2 weeks, 2 weeks" - Money Pit If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Brandi Carlile (I've met her twice) but I'd love to sit down and just talk with her. Her music is amazing and she loves gardening! What is something you learned in the last week? I seem to learn this constantly but laundry doesn't fold itself and piles up quickly.
4 days ago, Office of the Superintendent
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Recently, members of the BHS Young Historians met with David Watson and Sande Updegraph, Council Members for the Town of Brunswick, as well as Fred Koerber, retired BHS History teacher, to discuss an exciting opportunity to be part of the research and production of a documentary series on the history of the Town of Brunswick! The BHS Library looks forward to supporting students in their historical investigation. Any students interested in being part of this project are encouraged to stop by the library for more info! #teambrunswickme #brunswickmaine #history #mainehistory
6 days ago, Phil Potenziano
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Another example of elevating our student's voices. Last night members of the BJHS Student Council made a presentation to the School Board advocating for the adoption of using the Dragon as the official school mascot! The students used student and staff survey data along with other key metrics as part of their presentation. The board unanimously approved the request - so both BJHS & BHS are going to be Dragons! Stay tuned for more information #teambrunswickme #studentvoice #studentcouncil #brunswickmaine
8 days ago, Phil Potenziano
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Employee Spotlight: Rachel Hatem, Special Education Teacher, Kate Furbish Elementary School Rachel and her fiance, Nate, currently live in Durham. She attended Champlain College in Burlington, VT. What makes you proud to work in Brunswick? #BSDProud Though I'm BRAND new to the district, the community seems AMAZING and I can't wait to get to know everyone! What do you like to do outside of work for fun? I work at a brewery in Portland, but other than that I love to be outside and by ANY body of water (ocean or lake doesn't matter to me), I've recently started playing golf as well. Favorite line from a movie? "From failure we learn, from success not so much" – Meet the Robinsons If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Julie Andrews What is something you learned in the last week? How to hit a golf ball out of a sand bunker!
18 days ago, Office of the Superintendent
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Congratulations to our two Golf Coaches Award Recipients. The varsity team award was presented to Garrett Countway, and the JV award was presented to Parker Churney. Congratulations on a great season! They were both part of the 2022 State Championship Golf Team.
21 days ago, Office of the Superintendent
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November 15, 2022 Good Morning: Please be aware that there have been multiple reports of violent intruders in Maine high schools this morning. Based on law enforcement investigations, no reports have been confirmed and these appear to be hoaxes. Brunswick schools have dynamic and comprehensive safety and security protocols and ALL exterior doors are locked throughout the day. We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide updates as they are warranted. Thank you. Shawn Lambert, Assistant Superintendent
24 days ago, Office of the Superintendent
Come join the DRAGONS! We're hiring coaches for a variety of positions. To see all open coaching positions, visit: https://www.brunswicksd.org/page/employment-opportunities
about 1 month ago, Office of the Superintendent
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A Special thank you to the members of our Strategic Planning Committee. The time, energy, and positivity is inspiring. Please remember to complete the strategic planning survey - every voice is important - the survey is available in multiple languages on our website and newsletters.
about 1 month ago, Superintendent of Schools
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Employee Spotlight: Kevin Shaw Special Ed Teacher, Brunswick High School Kevin is originally from Cape Elizabeth. He is married to his wife, Jennifer. Together they have six children - four have already graduated college, one is a senior in college and one is a sophomore in high school. They also have three golden doodles - Petey, Annie and Tatum. Kevin received his undergraduate degree from USM and then continued on to earn his Masters from the University of Southern Mississippi. What makes you proud to work in Brunswick? #BSDProud Academic pride and acceptance of all learners. Favorite line from a movie? "Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” ...You guess the movie! If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Tie between Larry Bird or Dan Marino. What is something you learned in the last week? Don’t throw away your son's Pokémon cards, some of the cards are really worth a lot of money!!
about 1 month ago, Office of the Superintendent
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Employee Spotlight: Grace Gilbert First Grade Teacher, Kate Furbish Elementary School Grace is originally from North Yarmouth, Maine, and attended Denison University with a degree in Bluegrass Music and History. What makes you proud to work in Brunswick? #BSDProud I love how collaborative this community is! What do you like to do outside of work for fun? I love to be outside in nature, usually hiking or on the water, and I love to knit! I also love to play music and sing. Favorite line from a movie? You're not hardcore unless you live hardcore! If you would meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? I would want to meet Dolly Parton. I love her music, her commitment to children's literacy, and her amazing style! What is something you learned in the last week? I learned how to make different varieties of pickles with the cucumbers and peppers from my garden!
about 2 months ago, Office of the Superintendent
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Employee Spotlight: Grace Gilbert First Grade Teacher, Kate Furbish Elementary School Grace is originally from North Yarmouth, Maine, and attended Denison University with a degree in Bluegrass Music and History. What makes you proud to work in Brunswick? #BSDProud I love how collaborative this community is! What do you like to do outside of work for fun? I love to be outside in nature, usually hiking or on the water, and I love to knit! I also love to play music and sing. Favorite line from a movie? You're not hardcore unless you live hardcore! If you would meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? I would want to meet Dolly Parton. I love her music, her commitment to children's literacy, and her amazing style! What is something you learned in the last week? I learned how to make different varieties of pickles with the cucumbers and peppers from my garden!
about 2 months ago, Office of the Superintendent
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Strategic Planning Survey The BSD is developing a strategic plan and wants to know how students, parents, and staff perceive the district’s current performance in various areas and what they think the district should prioritize moving forward. Your responses will help BSD understand your needs so we can best serve you. The purpose of the survey will be to get feedback in order to remain committed to an inclusive, transparent strategic planning process. If you have any questions, please contact info@brunswicksd.org Visit this link to take the survey: https://hanover-research.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bKuIsXL6RsFgXem
about 2 months ago, Office of the Superintendent
Today in Kindergarten we discussed self-portraits! #teambrunswickme #kindergarten #selfportrait #mainepublicschools #elementaryteacher
about 2 months ago, Superintendent of Schools
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This week is National School Bus Safety Week and on Friday, 10/14/22 both the Community for Furbish and Stowe Parent Group had driver appreciation day here at the garage. The drivers really appreciated it! #teambrunswickme #bsdbusdriversrunondunkin
about 2 months ago, Superintendent of Schools
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This week is National School Bus Safety Week. Brunswick Schools reminds students, parents, teachers, and the community to keep school bus safety at the forefront. #NSBSW2022 #ZeroInOnBusSafety
about 2 months ago, Phil Potenziano
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Dear Staff, Students, and Parents, Fall in Maine is spectacular, and this has been no exception. I am, however, writing to let you know about our plans for when our weather impacts our ability to open school safely. The plan again for the 2022-2023 school year is to follow a traditional snow day model. Remote learning days may be considered if the district exceeds the five snow days built into the school calendar. Below you will find our plan to notify staff, students and parents. Notifications If inclement weather is forecasted, we will strive to decide and notify families the day before a cancellation. We will also notify families the morning of a cancellation via telephone, text message, and email (if you do not currently receive notifications, please get in touch with your student’s building secretary to update your contact preferences). We will post notifications via radio (99.5 WCME) and television (WCSH 6, WMTW 8, and WGME 13) outlets. Parents, Staff, and Students may also use the following social media sites for up-to-date information: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhilPotenziano Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Brunswick-School-Department-896342617067005/ Instagram: @brunswickmesup Website: www.brunswicksd.org Other Closures and Cancellations If concerns develop during the school day about the ability to travel safely in the afternoon or evening, after-school activities will be canceled. This will include clubs, performances, practices, competitions, and meetings. If an emergency condition arises during the school day (such as no heat, water, or electricity in a building), there may be an early dismissal and closure. Brunswick School Department will always do its best to make the right call. However, please know we understand that the parent/guardian always makes the final decisions regarding the safety of their student(s). Therefore, if there is ever a circumstance where school has not been canceled or delayed, yet you feel it is best to keep your child home because of road conditions, we respect your decision to do so. Wishing you a safe and enjoyable winter weather season. Sincerely, Phillip J. Potenziano, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
about 2 months ago, Office of the Superintendent
Employee Spotlight: Stephen Angell, District Computer Technician Stephen grew up in North Smithfield, RI and attended the University of Rhode Island. What makes you proud to work in Brunswick? #BSDProud I take pride in providing excellent technical services to all the teachers, students, and staff. What do you like to do outside of work for fun? I walk the many trails in beautiful Maine. Favorite line from a movie? “She could not understand him; the words were indeed remote. Yet as he spoke the darkness was withdrawn, veil after veil, and she saw to the bottom of her soul.” If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? My father's father. What is something you learned un the last week? The James Webb Space Telescope takes breathtaking image (see image).
about 2 months ago, Office of the Superintendent
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Employee Spotlight: Kimberlee Dietlin Math Coach, Harriet Beecher Stowe School Kimberlee has a son named Jordan who is 6 years old. They have a cat named Bandit and a bunny named Nibbles. What makes you proud to work in Brunswick? #BSDProud The Brunswick community is very supportive of educators and what is best for kids. What do you like to do outside of work for fun? Paddle board, travel, yoga and spending time with my son. Favorite line from a movie? Stop looking at me, Swan. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Betty White What is something you learned in the last week? If you put onions in the freezer for 15 minutes before cutting them you won't cry.
2 months ago, Office of the Superintendent
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