Important Safety Notice – February 15, 2018

Today administration received reports from students about unsafe language used by other students that made them feel unsafe.  Words used focused on violence at school.  Follow up interviews confirm a conversation between two boys about an online video game focused on school violence and other comments that suggest one might do something at our school to scare students. The students involved in this discussion are being disciplined for creating a significant disturbance at school and language that suggests a threat. Topsham Police have been notified and are conducting an investigation on this matter.

Administration also heard another report that a student had made a statement that suggested a threat of violence tomorrow at school.  Follow up conversations suggest this is a rumor and Topsham Police have followed up on this report. Based on information gathered regarding both reports, administration does not believe that there is any credible threat of violence at our school.

Please know that any and all threats are investigated to the fullest extent to ensure the safety of the building and all occupants. The safety of our children is of primary concern. There will be an increased presence of police at school tomorrow as we begin our day to support students and parents sense of safety.  School counselors will be available for children who are in need of direct support.

 As we all manage our personal emotions and responses to the traumatic events and our concerns about safety in our schools, it is important to listen to our children.  But what do we say?  Here are a couple of resources that I hope you find helpful as you consider your child’s questions and needs:


Donna F. Brunette

From the Principal, Donna Brunette
February 14, 2018 News

8th Grade Transition Presentation - Parents/Guardians

On February 13, 2018, I welcomed 8th Grade Parents who were able to attend an informational session to Mt. Ararat High School and presented information focused on diploma requirements and the grading system at the high school. For parents and others who were not in attendance, here is a link to the presentation: 
MTA Parent Information Night Presentation - February 13, 2018

There will be at least one more opportunity for parents to attend an informational meeting in late March or early April.  I will work with middle level colleagues to get the word out when the date is set.

8th Grade Transition Presentation - Students

On February 14, 2018, I had the pleasure of presenting to 8th Grade Students in the Orion.  Information shared with students was very similar to the parent presentation.  I advised students that I would post the presentation for them to access so here it is:
8th Grade Student Transition Presentation - February 14, 2018

Students who have questions about the transition to high school or the high school in general are welcome to submit their questions to me using the following link:
Student Questions: High School Transition & Other General Questions

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