Congratulations Orly Vaughn!!!

posted Mar 6, 2018, 10:55 AM by Calla Jordan

Orly Vaughn of Deer Isle, a senior at Deer Isle-Stonington High School, has been selected to receive the 2018 Principal's Award, Principal Ed Hatch announced today. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principal's Association is given in recognition of a high school senior's academic achievement and citizenship. Throughout her time at DISHS, Orly has excelled as a leader in the classroom, on the court/fields, and in the community. Orly, Mr. Hatch, and other award winners and their principals will attend an Honors Luncheon at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 12:30 P.M. The honors banquet recognizes these outstanding students with the presentation of an individual plaque and the awarding of five $1,000 scholarships in the names of Horace O. McGowan and Richard W. Tyler. Mr. McGowan and Mr. Tyler were former Maine principals and executive directors of the Association. An additional five $1,000 scholarships will be presented thought he efforts of the MPA Scholarship Golf Tournament. The Principal's Award is presented in more than 100 Maine public and private high schools by member principals of the MPA, the professional association which represents Maine's school administrators. 

Agenda for School Board Meeting taking place March 6th at 5:30 PM

posted Mar 5, 2018, 7:59 AM by Calla Jordan   [ updated Mar 5, 2018, 8:00 AM ]

Notification & Reverse Permission Slip for Recording Empathy Conversations

posted Feb 26, 2018, 9:13 AM by Calla Jordan   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 9:15 AM ]

Please see the attached notification/reverse permission slip for those staff that are receiving the Ross Greene coaching to be able to record Empathy Step conversations with students that was provided from our Head of Schools, Lynne Witham. 

If you should have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact Lynne at or Principal, Ed Hatch at

Flu News: Updates for the 2017-2018 Season

posted Dec 14, 2017, 5:13 AM by Calla Jordan

The 2017 flu season has been described as a ‘brushfire’ according to the 12/7/17 Bangor Daily News (BDN).  It was also reported as being an earlier than usual season, with confirmed cases as early as September in the 9/20/17 BDN.  All 16 counties in Maine have confirmed activity, with the most cases in nearby Penobscot County.  Young, otherwise healthy people, including a 20-year-old Arizona woman, (Newsweek 12/5/17) have died as a result of influenza.  

The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older receive a yearly flu vaccine, calling it “the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.”  Other steps to avoid spreading the flu include frequent, thorough handwashing and staying home if you are sick.  For more information, go to:  /

If you and your family have not already been vaccinated, it’s not too late.  Immunizations are available through your primary care provider, at local drug stores such as Rite Aid and Walgreen’s or at Island Family  Medicine.  Supervisor of Clinical Services, Julie Reed, RN-C, also known as the vaccine queen, is cheerfully quoted as saying there are, “Plenty of doses for everybody!!!  Just call (367-2311) for a clinical appointment or if you walk in, we will put you in the schedule!”

Healthy Island Project Free Movie & Pizza Night!

posted Dec 4, 2017, 9:52 AM by Calla Jordan

Healthy Island Project is sponsoring a FREE Hilarious Classic Christmas Movie and pizza at the Stonington Opera House on Thursday, December 7th!  Complimentary beverage of your choice (including beer or wine!) for the first 50 to complete our Age-friendly Coastal Communities Survey. Arrive at 5:00 pm for pizza, 6:00 pm for the movie. ALL are welcome! Call HIP at 367-6332 for more information. 

This event is funded through a grant from AARP Maine and our partner Healthy Peninsula as part of our Age-Friendly Coastal Communities project.  

To complete the Age-Friendly Communities survey online go to: (Let me know that you did, and I'll still give you a ticket for a free beverage at the Movie Night!)

Through the Age-Friendly Coastal Communities project we are partnering with Healthy Peninsula, our Thriving in Place Downeast partners, and the towns of Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Deer Isle, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Stonington, and Surry to survey community members and get their perspectives and opinions on how things could be improved for seniors as they age in their communities. With those community priorities in mind, we will work with social service, medical, and community agencies to develop partnerships and services to improve the livability of our towns for people of all ages, but especially for seniors, caregivers and folks with disabilities. 

The survey is for everyone to fill out, not just seniors!  After all, none of us are getting any younger and what is good for older community members is good for everyone!  Feel free to share the survey link with anyone else you know who would be willing to fill out the survey, as well!

Thank you for taking the time to share your opinions and thoughts with us.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Summary of Safety Drills

posted Oct 20, 2017, 10:24 AM by Calla Jordan

As per state regulations, Deer Isle-Stonington High School has performed 3 fire drills, 1 hold in place drill, and 1 lockdown drill thus far. All drills went smoothly and both staff and students responded very well! We will keep you posted as we continue to practice safety here at school.

iPad Return Request

posted Sep 14, 2017, 10:55 AM by Calla Jordan

As we prepare to roll out the Chromebooks for students, we also need to have students return their school-issued iPads if they have not done so already. iPads can be returned to the Main Office. We really need your help so that we can get these rounded up. Thank you!

Mr. Hatch 

Need for parent/guardian email addresses!

posted Sep 11, 2017, 5:37 AM by Calla Jordan   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 5:38 AM ]

Notice to Parents/Guardians: Union 76 is working towards making email a primary point of contact for getting pertinent information to you about our schools and what is happening in them. We are trying to collect any and all email addresses that we can to make sure that everyone stays in the loop. Also, by knowing that this is how information will be coming to you now, you will know to keep an eye on your email for when those important notes do come through!!

PLEASE contact our front office at 348-2303, send a private message on FaceBook, or send an email to with your most current email address. We want all of you to be kept up to date in a fast and factual manner. Thank you for your help with this!!


posted Sep 6, 2017, 9:37 AM by Calla Jordan   [ updated Sep 8, 2017, 11:31 AM ]

Please see the attached memo regarding the free/reduced lunch form. 

Update from Superintendent, Chris Elkington, RE: Administrative Hiring

posted Aug 3, 2017, 5:23 AM by Calla Jordan   [ updated Aug 3, 2017, 5:23 AM ]

Hi All! I hope this email finds you and your family well and that your summer up to this point has been enjoyable!

It is my pleasure to announce that at last night's school board meeting our board approved the following two individuals to fill administrative vacancies within CSD 13:

- Lynne Witham was appointed as our new Head of School. In this new role Ms. Witham will be, among other responsibilities, overseeing planning, professional development and supervision and evaluation in Grades K-12 while also supporting student conduct support for students in Grades 7 & 8. Lynne is currently the Director of the University College in Ellsworth, while also serving as our district's Part-time, Director of Adult Ed. (a role she will continue overseeing administratively). Lynne was selected because she has tremendous experience in supporting student and staff growth and success, along with building strong relationships with multiple community stakeholders, two important areas of need in CSD 13. I look forward to working much more closely with her in the days, weeks and months to come!

- Tara McKechnie was appointed as our new DISES Principal. In this role Ms. McKechnie will be the point person overseeing all aspects of the daily functions of DISES for Grades K-6. Tara is currently a teacher leader at Blue Hill Consolidated School, who over the last 20 years has successfully taught all grades K-4. Among other areas of strength Tara has extensive expertise in Literacy, Intervention supports, Behavior Modification and STEM Education all areas of need at DISES. I feel fortunate to have her joining our Team!

Please join me in welcoming Lynne and Tara to these important roles!

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