Principal's Report

To:     Young School PTO

From: Dr. Peter E. Harrison, Principal

Re:      Young School Principal’s Report

Date:   February 6, 2019

Maine Commissioner of Education Accepts Invitation

Maine Commissioner of Education, Pender Makin, responded to an invitation from Dr. Harrison to join the Young School Community in launching the “Read To ME Challenge”.   The event is somewhat of a “homecoming” for Commissioner Makin, as she is a Saco, Maine native and a Thornton Academy graduate.   As a matter of fact, Pender’s mom served as a Young School educational technician a few years back.  The Commissioner enjoyed participating in a first grade Morning Meeting, prior to extending the “reading challenge” to schools and citizens across Maine. The event took place on February 4, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m.   Special guests included State Senator Justin Chenette, City Manager Kevin Sutherland, Mayor Marston Lovell, and Superintendent of Schools DePatsy. The event featuring Commissioner Makin will be live-streamed! The story was featured in the Journal Tribune on

February 5, 2019.

A “Mitten Drive” at Young School was lead by students from Mrs. Indorf’s first grade classroom and Mrs. Collin’s second grade classroom.  The initiative represented a demonstration of “kindness”.   All of the items collected will be donated to “Open Hands, Open Hearts”, which is an outreach program located adjacent to the Saco Food Pantry.  Students were motivated to get involved in this community service as a result of learning that there is a dire need to replenish the program’s inventory of “mittens”.  Students throughout the school are responding to this challenge with great enthusiasm!

“Kindness Week” at Young School will take place from February 11-15, 2019.  The learning objective designed for the “great kindness challenge” is to provide students with opportunities to model kind behavior as a demonstration against bullying.  The week will be filled with activities, with emphasis on diversity, friendship, and “playing for fun”.

“Global Play Day” proved to be just that at Young School!  Students enjoyed the day, as they took time to break away from the “daily grind” and learn through “play” based experiences.  The creative side of students was on display

Parent Shares Sentiment About Young School

A message from a Young School Parent posted on the Maine Department of Education News brought joy to our school community, as it recognized the “mission driven” work that we strive to achieve every day.  Please read the following letter:

Parent Praises Hard Work of Arundel CDS, Shooting Stars Preschool in Scarborough, and Young School in Saco

(Maine DOE Newsroom (1-31-19)

I am a parent of four children, three of whom were diagnosed with autism. Two of them are considered severe, nonverbal, but have done great so far, thanks to Child Developmental Services support in Arundel, our interventionist Linda Gatz who worked with all three of our kids. She is amazing, hard worker and very focused. Shooting Stars pre school in Scarborough and Young School in Saco and therapists both at school and outside school.

My two boys who have attended school, have done well with the teachers and paraprofessionals, they both have been able to achieve incredible milestones.

We recently moved to Florida because of family and weather, but I am writing this to say that, even though I moved to Florida, I still believe Maine has the best educational support, and some might disagree, but the best support system for children with disabilities.

Those professionals need more incentives. They truly go above and beyond for our kids. The part I miss the most is the educational system of Maine, southern Maine, Young school in Saco and Shooting Stars in Scarborough which have provided a great foundation for my boys.

They still are vulnerable and do need a lot of help but I can tell you, people here in Florida are impressed with my boys skills and how we go about our routine. So I just want to let you know, and hope that the teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists get some support, some incentives because they made my kids lives better. They have helped me become a better mom, and a better advocate.

Pay attention to them. They are doing something right. They did for us!

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