Fort Kent Elementary School

Fort Kent Elementary School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 6 elementary schoolfort kent elem with 361 students, a 46% free and reduced lunch rate and an 18%% special education population. Twenty three teachers and nineteen educational technicians have the distinct pleasure of supporting the students of Fort Kent Elementary. The school is located on the same stretch of road as Valley Rivers Middle School / Fort Kent Community High School (grades 7-12), and the University of Maine at Fort Kent. This community supports education and it is evident as soon as you walk into the school. There are three wings in Fort Kent Elementary. Each wing is different but all have at least one thing in common: over most doors in the building are the words “Think of yourself as a learner,” and they do! When you ask the principal, Gary Stevens, what makes his school great, he states, “Teachers and students. The teachers are dedicated to the students’ learning and the students are well-behaved and eager to learn.” Response to Intervention is up and running well in this elementary school. Intervention blocks for math and literacy are built into the daily schedule and the teachers use an interactive data wall to keep track of student growth. Once known as a “Reading First” school, the teachers continue to use their training to maximize literacy instruction for their students. Teachers have also used similar strategies for teaching math. Add+Vantage Math is a program that is sometimes referred to as “Math Recovery.” It starts with assessment and instruction is provided on a continuum of mathematical knowledge to help students develop deeper working knowledge and automaticity with mathematics. The teachers are also utilizing a new math curriculum called Eureka Math. This web based program is aligned with Common Core Standards and it challenges students to use higher level critical thinking skills while learning. Fort Kent Elementary School takes student learning to heart and this is demonstratedfort kent elem 2 by the staff’s willingness work collaboratively to support students learning as well as work beyond the regular school day. There are many benefits to having the high school so close to the elementary school. One of the major advantages is the availability of middle and high school students as mentors for elementary school students in a variety of areas such as literacy buddies, teaching basic French, dissection of owl pellets, and the teaching of healthy living habits. Two of the teachers at Fort Kent Elementary also created a STEM Club which is offered to students in grades K through four once a week after school. 50 students participate in the extra-curricular activity with a growing waiting list! The students are excited to see science live and in action. fort kent elem 3Currently they are participating in the Lego Robotics Program. The school is moving forward while maintaining educational traditions the community holds dear. Principal Gary Stevens does a nice job of respecting tradition while taking on the new initiatives that are beneficial to students. Contact: Fort Kent Elementary School, 108 Pleasant St, Fort Kent, ME 04743 (207)834-3456 Principal Gary Stevens and AP Paul Michaud, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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