Please see the attached letter from Dr. Potenziano regarding our Cold Weather Protocols. Stay Warm!
Employee Spotlight: Rick Bergeron, PowerSchool Admin at the Central Office Rick has been married for 42 years to his wife, Tamra. They have two children, a daughter who is a high school teacher in Racine, WI and a son who is former Air Force and is now working as a contractor for the Air Force in Florida. Rick and his wife also have two granddaughters, two cats and a dog! What makes you proud to work in Brunswick? #BSDProud Having spent 19 years at the Department of Education, I'm excited to be on the school side of reporting instead of the State reporting to the Feds. I haven't been here that long but I am excited to continue to learn new things. What do you like to do outside of work for fun? My wife and I like to travel when we can. I am active with my church and am a Freemason. Favorite line from a movie? "To infinity and beyond" - Toy Story If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Elon Musk What is something you learned in the last week? School secretaries are my friend.
Looking forward to seeing the BJHS musical, Marry Poppins, Jr! Stop by the coffin gym from February 2nd through the 4th. Shows start at 7:00 pm, and tickets are $10 at the door. Hope to see you there!
All Afterschool Activities are cancelled for today, January 25th, due to the incoming weather forecasted for this afternoon.
Coffee with the BSD is happening today 9:30am to 11:00am at the Bohemian Coffee Shop - come have a cup! #teambrunswickme
Employee Spotlight: Emily Field English Teacher, Brunswick High School Emily is originally from Massachusetts and currently lives in Bath with her husband, Devin, their chocolate lab, Sam and their gecko, Walter. Emily attended Springfield college for her undergraduate degree and Smith College for her graduate degree. What makes you proud to work in Brunswick? #BSDProud I'm excited to join Brunswick most especially because everyone here exudes pride for Brunswick and for this community. It already feels like such a supportive, close-knit place and I feel very lucky to have landed here. What do you like to do outside of work for fun? Outside of school, my husband and I love to hike and kayak, take Sam for walks, and grudgingly/enthusiastically take on house projects. Favorite line from a movie? "Milk was a bad choice." - Anchorman If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Ruth Bader Ginsburg What is something you learned in the last week? I learned that the different colored bell peppers are just peppers in different stages of ripeness!
Brunswick Schools will be closed Monday, 1/23 due to snowstorm. We hope all our Students, Staff, and Families stay safe and warm.
Brunswick Schools will be closed Friday, January 20, 2023 due to winter storm. Be Safe
Employee Spotlight: Allison Thomas Geophysical Science & Biology Teacher, Brunswick High School First Team Girls Soccer Coach Allison grew up in Portland and attended UMass Amherst for her undergraduate studies. She has a dog named Bruno! What makes you proud to work in Brunswick? #BSDProud The welcoming community and Brunswick pride. What do you like to do outside of work for fun? Be outside! On the boat, paddle boarding, hiking, playing soccer Favorite line from a movie? "You're tacky and I hate you" - School of Rock If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Hmmm, I suppose Wally Lamb or Barbara Kingsolver, my favorite authors! What is something you learned in the last week? How to fold a fitted sheet!
Employee Spotlight: Julia Campbell 1st Grade Teacher, Kate Furbish Elementary School Julia is originally from Springfield, Massachusetts. She attended Westfield State University for her Bachelor's degree and received her Master's from Our Lady of the Elms College. She has three children, Kaitlin, Meghan and Thomas. What makes you proud to work in Brunswick? #BSDProud I am proud to be a part of a great community that puts kids first. What do you like to do outside of work for fun? I like to walk, bike, go to the beach and spend time with family and friends. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Bono What is something you learned in the last week? Traveling by bus in the West of Ireland (this past summer).
The BSD is fortunate to have a skilled IT staff. Stephen, Rich and Jerry (Jerry & Stephen pictured) have replaced over 30 projectors recently at Brunswick High School and Brunswick Junior High School. Yes, you read that correctly, 30! If we had an outside vendor complete the work, the price tag would have been prohibitive. But with our high-performing "Stable of Unicorns," we can do it all in-house. Furthermore, the new projectors use a laser instead of a light bulb, so they have a longer life. All of these factors save money for the district and improve our ability to provide improved instruction to our students. #teambrunswick #stableofunicorns #schooltechnology @mainedoe #gettingthejobdone #savingmoney #brunswickmaine #maineschooltechology
Please welcome Officer Greg McCarthy as the new School Resource Officer at BJHS! Officer McCarthy began his law enforcement career in 2012 as a Reserve Police Officer with the Old Orchard Police Department. Before joining the Brunswick Police Department in 2019, he had been employed for 4 years by the Augusta Police Department. Originally from Lexington Mass, Officer McCarthy obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from UMass Lowell. Officer McCarthy was one of 2 Officers who initiated the department’s Motorcycle Unit and can be seen riding the department’s motorcycle during the warm seasons. He is one of 2 Department Civil Rights Officers and has specialized training investigating complaints of civil rights violations. During his off-duty time, he enjoys spending time with his family and coaching 5/6 grade boys basketball. Welcome, Officer McCarthy! We are excited to have you join us at BJHS.
The BSD Jan. staff health & wellness challenge has some great ways to stay healthy! Even if you aren't a BSD Staffer, start the new year by taking care of yourself! Those BSD staff who complete the tasks are entered into a "mystery drawing." Great work, HR! #teambrunswickme
Employee Spotlight: Emma Corwin Multiage 1-2 Teacher, Kate Furbish Elementary School Emma lives with her fiance, Adam and their brindle rescue, Maize. She double majored in Music and French Studies at Wheaton College. She also just received her Masters in Integrated Learning from Antioch University New England. What makes you proud to work in Brunswick? #BSDProud It has been a joy getting to know my new colleagues here at BSD. They are wonderfully supportive, kind, and dedicated. It is special to be welcomed into such a great team where every teacher is able to shine! I'm writing this before meeting any of the students, but I've heard they are pretty special, too. What do you like to do outside of work for fun? I love to backpack, hike and run with my dog, find swimming holes to jump into, practice and teach yoga, craft, cook, and write letters to friends and family. Favorite line from a movie? "Inconceivable!" -Vizzini, The Princess Bride If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail. What is something you learned in the last week? A few beginner techniques for watercoloring and the many ways I can arrange the furniture in my KFS classroom.
Employee Spotlight: Aidan Sachs 4th Grade Teacher, Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School Aidan is originally from Brunswick. She graduated from Connecticut College in 2021 where she double majored in Educational Studies and Human Development. She also minored in Psychology and graduated with a certificate in Community Action and Public Policy. Aidan is currently attending USM for her Masters in Science of Education. What makes you proud to work in Brunswick? #BSDProud I grew up in the Brunswick Schools and I am so excited to now teach in the community that I learned so much from. I am proud to work in Brunswick because of the incredible staff that I get to work alongside! All of my teachers, coaches, and mentors in the Brunswick Schools have guided me to a career in education! What do you like to do outside of work for fun? I love spending time outdoors. Some of my favorite activities are skiing, paddling, hiking, and white water rafting! 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.” -Ferris Bueller If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Payton Pritchard What is something you learned in the last week? I learned how to do a sea kayak "scramble" self-rescue!
A big thank-you to Phoebe Doehring, Brunswick Crossing-Guard! Phoebe is another team member that helps keep our students safe. #teambrunswickme #crossingguard #schoolsafety
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.
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
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