November 19, 2021
Reminder
Wednesday, November 24th
No School for students, Professional Development Day for Teachers

Thursday, November 25th & Friday, November 26th
No School - Thanksgiving Break
BSD Health and Safety Reminders and Updates
There will be no pool testing on November 22 or 23. Testing will resume on November 29.

Hundreds have taken advantage of the pediatric vaccination clinics being held at the Coffin School. More information can be found on the Mid Coast Hospital website. Also, there will be a pediatric vaccination clinic at Kate Furbish Elementary School for Brunswick students aged 5-11 on November 22. Please contact your school nurse for more information.

If you are planning to travel Internationally, please be aware that Vaccinated travelers should test 3-5 days after arrival in the US; and Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 7 days and should test 3-5 days after arrival in the US.  

More information can be found on the CDC Travel webpage.

Finally, our ability to keep students in school depends on keeping our students healthy. Remember to keep your child home from school if they are sick or if someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19.  
BHS Added to COVID-19 Pooled Testing
To support our efforts to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment, we are happy to announce that Brunswick School Department has partnered with Concentric by Ginkgo to expand Pooled COVID-19 Testing to Brunswick High School. This testing is optional and free. The program may expand to co-curricular groups in the future.

Pooled Testing is a system in which groups of students self-swab their lower nasal cavities on a certain day of the week. All swabs from the group are combined into one specimen which is sent to a central testing facility. The schools are notified in 48 hours whether any specimen is positive. Individuals in the identified group are then re-tested. Those in the group who re-test negative do not have to quarantine from school regardless of whether they are vaccinated.

We are hoping for high participation among staff and students to accurately monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 in the school and to keep everyone from unnecessary quarantines when they are not sick. To do this, we need you to consent to your or your child’s test. Giving consent is quick and easy. Simply follow the directions below to do so electronically. This process should take no more than 5 minutes to complete using a computer or a smartphone. 

DIRECTIONS TO PROVIDE CONSENT:
Click the appropriate link: 
If you are filling this out for multiple students, you will need to complete a 
separate consent for each student.  

This consent requires creating a free account with Concentric by Ginkgo.

Enter this access code: BHSDRAGONS2021

Follow the prompted steps and submit at the end.

Only students and staff with completed consent forms are able to participate in testing. If you do not want yourself or your family to participate, do not fill out a form. We hope to begin testing the week of November 29.  
BHS Athletics Update
"Congratulations to all of our fall sports athletes and thank you for your commitment to Brunswick athletics! The 2021 Fall Athletics season has come to a close. There were so many amazing things to celebrate from our student-athletes, coaches, teams/programs and community..."

Click here for the full fall athletics recap and winter sports update from our Athletic Director, Aaron Watson.
BJHS Fall Concert
Last night the BJHS Music Department held its Extra-Curricular Ensembles Fall Concert! Students in Wind Ensemble performed three songs, one of which was Wellerman which has recently been a TikTok sensation. Advanced Choir sang three numbers concluding with I See Colors. Jazz Choir performed Heart and Soul, and the concert finished with three rocking numbers from Jazz Band. Our students did a fantastic job! 
BHS Late Bus Schedule
Employee Spotlight
Ruth Joyce
Assistant Director of
Special Education,
Central Office

Ruth is married with two children, a cat, and a dog. She was primarily raised in Auburn but also spent some time growing up in Presque Isle and San Diego, California. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maine at Farmington and then went on to receive a graduate degree from the University of Southern Maine.

Ruth's family has recently started fostering kittens for Midcoast Humane. "It was almost a foster fail when we had to give them back for adoption. In the end, my husband and I struggled more than the kids with returning them."

What makes you proud to work in Brunswick? # BSDProud
I am proud of the work we are doing related to equity. I am also very proud to be working, and contributing to a school system my children attend.

What do you like to do outside of work for fun?
I like to do creative things when I have time. I love to craft, paint, sew, write, thrift, and learn. I also enjoy listening to podcasts and audiobooks.

Favorite line from a movie?
"Shake them off like a dog" - The denture scene in Mrs. Doubtfire

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
I would love to meet biological relatives, and ancestors.

What is something you learned in the last week?
I learned that a six year old can make cutting carrots, and potatoes into a very expansive, creative, and messy activity. I also learned from my eleven year old that there are countless unique slime recipes on the internet.
Employment Opportunities
WE'RE HIRING! Click the link below to view current employment opportunities within the Brunswick School Department.

Open positions include:
  • Ed Techs
  • Cheering & Basketball Coaches
  • Substitute Teachers, Bus/Van Drivers & Secretaries

News from Region 10 Technical High School
Congratulations to the following Brunswick High School students that have been named - Students of the Quarter at Region 10 Technical High School:

  • Gavin Bailey - Metal Fabrication/Welding
  • Seth Langevin - Auto Collision Repair
  • Dalton Cooper - Building Trades
  • Bridgette Bartels - EMT Basic
  • Elijah Hoisington - English/Social Studies 9/10
  • Emily Pelkey - Foundations of Technology
  • Ethan Pinette - Outdoor Powersports
Brunswick Community Education Foundation Grants
Region 10 has been the recent recipient of two Brunswick Community Education Foundation grants. One $2,500 grant was for materials (including clay, carving equipment, and Dremel tools) to be used by Region 10's Creative Digital Media students for The Stan Winston School of Character Design Challenges. Another funded Region 10's efforts to bolster students' emotional wellness by equipping instructors with resources to provide social/emotional support to their students.

CNA/Health Occupations
Students have begun "clinicals" this month whereby they learn hands-on skills by working under the supervision of licensed CNAs and RNs to provide actual care to clients at two care facilities in Brunswick: Midcoast Senior Health Center and Horizons Living & Rehabilitation Center. Both are longstanding and active partners in educating Region 10's future nurses and soon-to-be CNAs, and were both formally recognized as Region 10 Citizens of the Year during this June's Region 10 Senior Recognition Ceremony for their outstanding support of our students.

Foundations Program
This month, Brunswick High School students in Region 10's Foundations Program have provided significant services to the Region 10 community while applying teamwork, safety, construction, and assembly skills learned in class. Most significantly, Foundations students have assembled the wheelchair-accessible walkways leading to Region 10's new portable classrooms, erected a brand new play set (swings, climbing wall, slides, etc.) in the Early Childhood Education preschool playground, and built equipment cubbies and benches for the Mt Ararat High School baseball team. The Foundations program is specially designed to provide 9th and 10th graders an orientation to all other Region 10 technical programs and to teach basic technical and safety skills useful at Region 10 and in life.

Building Trades Program
Students have built a number of Adirondack chairs and 8' X 10' wooden sheds "on spec" and are selling these to the public.
Pictured: Brunswick High School and Region 10 senior, Morgan Giasson, shows off his work on one of the "spec sheds" for sale at Region 10.

For more information on purchasing a shed, contact Building Trades Instructor Wade Boudreau at #726-6622, Ext. 205 or email at boudreau@r10tech.org
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