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Focus on Education

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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, August 30, 2012
Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary and High Schools - Back to school information

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Opening Day
Elementary: Kindergarten, third and sixth grades start on Tuesday, September 4.
All students attend school on Wednesday, September 5.
High school: Ninth graders start on Tuesday, September 4.
All students attend school on Wednesday, September 5.

The school day at the elementary school is from 7:55 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. On Fridays, the school hours are 7:55 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.

The school day at the high school is from 7:50 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. On Fridays, the school hours are 7:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Elementary School Principal Mike Benjamin, 348-6301, ext. 6303, /> Elementary School Assistant Principal Jane Greenlaw, 348-6301 ext. 303, /> High School Principal Todd West, 348-2303 ext. 11, /> Adult education office, 348-9997.
Sandy Robinson, high school student services director, 326-9005, /> Matt Larsen, athletic director, 348-6147, /> Superintendent Mark Jenkins, 359-8400, /> Joshua Nichols, Director of Special Services, 359-8400
Elementary school Web site,
High school website,

At the elementary school, full price lunch is $2.25; reduced price is 40¢. Full price breakfast is $1.25; reduced price is free. Milk is 25¢.

The menu for the first week of elementary school is Tuesday, grilled chicken burger or sandwich, vegetable, cookie milk; Wednesday, shepard’s pie with roll or sandwich, vegetable, fruit milk; Thursday, cheese or veggie pizza or sandwich, vegetable, cookie milk; Friday, taco made with chicken or refried beans, vegetable, fruit milk.

At the high school, lunch prices are $2.50 for full price; 40¢ reduced price. Milk is 25¢.

Applications for free and reduced price meals will be sent home at the beginning of school.

New Staff
Taking up the reins as a special education teacher at Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School is Jillian RJ Tripp. She is an experienced speech language pathologist and special education teacher who has worked most recently as a speech pathologist in Surry. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Farmington and a master’s degree form UMO.

Kimberly Thomas from Gilford, N.H. has been named the middle level reading teacher for DI-S Elementary School. She holds a bachelor of science degree from St. Joseph’s College. While there, she had experiences in a number of area elementary schools in Standish, Gray, Raymond, Windham and Portland.

Deborah Ladd brings a wealth of professional experience to the fifth-grade position at DI-S Elementary School. She has taught most elementary grade levels and most recently has been the middle school principal in Dover-Foxcroft. She earned both her bachelor and master degrees from the University of Maine.

Amber Hawkins spent her first professional year teaching middle school aged students at an international school in Daegu, South Korea. Now, she will be one of the second-grade teachers at DI-S Elementary School. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington.

Mary Penford of Deer Isle will be the new high school math teacher at DI-S High School. Mary has had many educational experiences over the years and has done extensive volunteer work for the Deer Isle-Stonington schools. She earned her bachelor’s from Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. and her master’s from State University of Albany.

Darcey Stevenson, formally of Wiscasset, will be the new high school resource room teacher for DISHS. She has earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Syracuse University in New York. She has been a life skills teacher at Wiscasset High School for the past ten years

Elizabeth Kyzer is the new K-12 music teacher for the DI-S Consolidated School District. Along with four years of public school teaching, she has had many musical experiences and positions. She is coming to us from Hawley, Pa.

Katharine Fodnaess will be the new K-12 nurse for the Deer Isle-Stonington schools. Katharine has a great deal of school and other medical experiences and most recently has been the district nurse for Searsport schools. Besides being a registered nurse, she also holds business and education degrees.

New School Union 76 superintendent

Mark Jenkins, a 25-year veteran principal and teacher, was hired as the new superintendent in June. Jenkins recently served as principal of Fort Fairfield High School for 12 years.


Students should be out at least five minutes earlier than the time for their pickup. They should not be running out the door at the last minute to catch the bus. This throws off the schedule for every student after that stop.

Questions should be directed to Darlene Turner at 348-5237

Bus A. Mary Hutchinson: 7:02, Burnt Cove Rd.; 7:10, Highland Ave.; 7:11, Greenhead; 7:14, Sand Beach; 7:18, Rte. 15A to Sunset Crossroad; 7:25, Sunset Crossroad; 7:35, high school.

Bus B. Erin Eaton: 6:50, Eggemoggin Rd.; 6:55, Blastow’s Cove Rd.; 7:02, Little Deer Isle Rd.; 7:05, North Deer Isle Rd.;7:08, Lowe Rd.; 7:14, Center District Crossroad; 7:16, Rte. 15A; 7:20, Dunham Point Rd.; 7:22, Perez Crossroad; 7:25, Pressey Village; 7:30, Bridge Street; 7:35, high school.

Bus C. Selene Hardy: 7:05, Weedfield Rd.; 7:10, RT 15A from Sunset Crossroad to Dunham Pt. Rd.; 7:17, King Row; 7:25, Dow Rd.; 7:30, Quaco Rd.; 7:35, high school.

Bus D. Donald Rochefort: 6:50 Reach Rd.; 7:00 Fish Creek; 7:08, Sunshine Rd. 7:16, loop around by Black Point Rd. 7:18, East Side Rd. 7:20, Sunshine Rd. out through Rte.15; 7:35, high school.

Bus E. Kevin Barrett: 6:55, Airport Rd. (RT 15A side); 7:02, Oceanville Rd.;7:15, Rte. 15; 7:19, downtown; 7:21, Cemetery Rd.; 7:23, Tea Hill Rd.; 7:26, Rte. 15 up to high school; 7:35, high school.


The projected enrollment is 217 students in the elementary school and 134 in the high school.


Elementary school: DISES will be joining the Coastal Athletic League, including Sedgwick, Brooklin, Penobscot, Brooksville, Castine, Surry and the Bay School. Fifth graders will be allowed to participate in soccer, basketball and cheering. Athletic schedules and information will be posted at

High school: Check for game schedules.

Aug. 29-30 - Teacher workshops
Sep. 4 - First student day
Oct. 8 - Columbus Day
Nov. 2 - End first quarter
Nov. 8 - Parent/Teacher conferences, early dismissal
Nov. 9 - Teacher workshops
Nov. 12 - Veterans Day
Dec. 24-Jan. 2 - Winter holiday vacation
Jan. 18 - End second quarter
Jan. 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Feb. 18-22 - Winter vacation
Mar. 7 - Parent/Teacher conferences, early dismissal
Mar. 8 - Teacher workshop
Apr. 5 - End third quarter
Apr. 15-19 - Spring vacation
May 27 - Memorial Day
Jun. 16 - High school graduation
Jun. 21 - End fourth quarter
Jun. 21 - Last student day
Jun. 24 - Teacher workshop