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!

Administrative Hiring Update!

posted Jul 14, 2017, 2:29 PM by Calla Jordan

Please see the attached memo from the Superintendent for an update on Administrative hiring.

School Board Meeting June 6, 5:30pm at DISHS

posted Jun 5, 2017, 12:16 PM by Todd West

The regular June meeting of the CSD#13 school board will be at 5:30pm on Tuesday, June 6th in the DISHS cafeteria.  The agenda and high school principals report are linked, below. Please note, this is a separate meeting from the annual district budget meeting, which is at 7:00pm on Monday, 6/5 in the DISHS Gym.


Important Information About the Time & Location of Tonight's District Budget Meeting

posted Jun 5, 2017, 6:55 AM by Todd West

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members! We just noticed that there is confusion on when tonight's District Budget Meeting is to be held. The budget insert says the District Budget Meeting is at the REACH at 5:30 PM and this is an error. The Warrant Articles say 7:00 PM at DISHS and this is correct. Somehow in the finalizing of the insert this error was made.

We must follow the Warrant as the legal document so please understand that tonight's meeting is at 7:00 PM at DISHS. Any assistance you can give in sharing this corrected information is much appreciated.

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