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  1. Imagination Opportunities

    September 20, 2023

    Atwood Primary School was the recipient of a Gratitude Grant two years ago, but the inside recess toys purchased through the grant were being put to good use with last week’s rain! #WeAreRSU18 #AtwoodAwesome


  2. Mud Pies and Imagination

    September 13, 2023

    The outdoor kitchen is a huge hit on the playground at Atwood Primary School! Recess after recess the children are baking mud pies and serving their hungry customers! So much imagination at work. #WeAreRSU18 #AtwoodAwesome

  3. Kindergarten Screening Underway

    September 7, 2023

    Kindergarten screening is underway at the Atwood Primary School! A steady stream of kindergartners and preschoolers are working through stations in the library to demonstrate their skills. The children are cheerful and excited to show what they know! #WeAreRSU18 #AtwoodAwesome

  4. Welcome Back to a New School Year

    August 30, 2023

    What a wonderful first morning as staff welcomed many of our district students back to a new school year! It was a big day for some – especially our youngest learners. Here is Superintendent of Schools, Carl Gartley, ushering a new kindergartener into Atwood Primary School on his first school day! #WeAreRSU18

  5. Meet Atwood Primary School’s Dean of Students: Geoffrey Case

    August 24, 2023

    What was your greatest memory from last school year?
    The greatest memories I had from last year were going to the NELE Expo with first graders, seeing the kids succeed at reaching the school reading goal for the read-a-thon, and the end-of-year carnival.

    What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming school year?

    I am looking forward to seeing all of our returning and new students, and getting to hear about their summers. It is going to be an Atwood AWESOME year!

    If you weren’t an administrator, what other profession would you be interested in?

    A pirate sailing the high seas in search of treasure.

    Where’s your favorite place to explore?
    The night sky.

    Tell us about your family!
    My partner Jodi is a nurse, and my daughter Reagan will be starting fifth grade at the Bean school. We love to play games, ride bikes, and play with our pets!

    Sweet, salty, or spicy snacks?

    Trolli Gummy Worms.

    What is one thing you’d like to share with the students of your school building?
    The reason the door to the maintenance closet is always closed is because there’s really a portal to another dimension in there, and we really don’t want anyone to fall in.

    What is something you are thankful for?

    Commas, no one wants to eat grandma.

    What is one of the proudest moments you’ve had so far in your life?

    That time I remembered to open my parachute after jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.

  6. Meet Principal McGee of Atwood Primary School

    August 24, 2023

    Welcome back to another wonderful school year! We are counting down the days until we welcome students back into our school houses. Until then we will be introducing our incredible building administrators. First up is Atwood Primary School’s principal, Jennifer McGee.

    What was your greatest memory from last school year?
    At the end of the school year we have an annual carnival which is a celebration of the learning we have done all year!  I love when the children run out onto the playground which has been transformed into a carnival designed just for them. We have a dunk tank, a petting zoo, games, fire trucks and police cars, tattoos, an army truck, and karaoke. All of the wonderful stations are designed for play and exploration.  I always get teary eyed when I watch the children run from one event to the next… big smiles and free to just be themselves at play!

    I also have to mention I did kiss a pig, Petunia, last year because the Atwood Awesome children won a reading challenge during our read-a-thon! Petunia did NOT like kissing me judging from her squealing and throwing a giant piggy fit, but it was pretty memorable (and somewhat terrifying) for me!

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

    Here’s a fun fact! I am waiting for my 8th grandchild to be born in January of this school year! I thought being a Mommy would be the most incredible part of my life on this planet… but being a Gigi… that has been so amazing. I can’t wait for the next little grandbaby to arrive!  

    Where’s your favorite place to explore?

    I just love exploring the great state of Maine and all of the beautiful secret places that exist in the lakes, mountains, coastline, and woods of our state! However, I have so much exploring to do. I have never seen the grand canyon or the west coast of the United States, so those are future places I cannot wait to visit!  

    What is something you are thankful for?

    I am very thankful to have been an educator for my entire career. I have always remained a teacher at heart and I have worked with the most extraordinary teachers on the planet. It is such a gift to watch them weave their magical lessons that turn little children into readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists! Honestly, this career has been a wonderful gift.

    What is one of the proudest moments you’ve had so far in your life?

    I am not sure of the proudest moment of my life, but I am most proud of the amazing children my husband and I have! They are incredible adults who make the world a better place. They are hard workers, compassionate humans, and they are in helping professions that assist people, of all ages, in all different ways – and that makes me incredibly proud!

  7. Kindergarteners Fund Little Free Library

    August 22, 2023

    By: Maggie Solis, Williams Elementary Dean of Students

    During the 2022-2023 school year, I was awarded the KREAtive Classroom Grant which is sponsored by the Kennebec Retired Teachers Association. I was presented this award in response to the service projects my Kindergarten friends and I did throughout each school year! My 2021-2022 Kindergarten class made a decision that we would like to do something a bit more permanent for our school and community by using the funds to build a Little Free Library to be placed in front of the Atwood schoolhouse. With the help of a dear family friend, Brian Watson, who built the beautiful book house with some assistance by my Kindergarten friends, the staining of the house done by my dad, Dan Booth, and the quick help of the RSU 18 Facilities and Grounds team – we now have a new little library for the children to enjoy all year round! It will soon have a Little Free Library plaque that reads Gifted by Mrs. Solis’ 2021-2022 Kinder Kindness Crew…”Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”

    This was a particularly special opening of the little library because my Kindergarten friends who did this Kinder Kindness Project with me were wrapping up their final day as a first grader. It was so special to reunite as a class one more time with almost all of our classmates and teacher friends for this very special project. This class always went above and beyond to show kindness, to show empathy and love within the classroom family we created during their 2021-2022 school year, and to share that love within the walls of Atwood and in the community through other Kinder Kindness Projects. We hope that this little library brings joy to the children of our community and fosters a love of reading and sharing favorite books for many years to come. #WeAreRSU18 #AtwoodAwesome

  8. Atwood Primary Carnival 2023

    June 16, 2023

    By: Principal McGee, Atwood Primary School

    The Atwood Primary School celebrated a wonderful year of learning by ending the school year with their annual carnival! Children enjoyed yummy snacks, games, a petting zoo, challenges, and community vehicles to explore! Over 400 people we in attendance! It was truly #AtwoodAwesome! #WeAreRSU18

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