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By DistrictNews on 4/17/2014 7:34 AM

MSAD #53 Burnham ­ Detroit ­ Pittsfield

MSAD 53 wishes to procure architectural/engineering services for a District Wide Facilities Plan for the Manson Park School, Vickery Elementary School, and Warsaw Middle School in Pittsfield, Maine. Qualifications packages are due at 12:00 p.m. on May 16, 2014. ATTN: Dominic DePatsy, Superintendent of Schools.

Master Plan will provide needs with priorities and costs, cash flow forecasts, 2,5,10, 20 year goals, cost analysis/budget development, demographics/enrollment projections, schedule and phasing, space planning, and efficiency improvements/sustainability.   Click Here for RFQ Details

Dominic DePatsy, Superintendent of Schools 167 School Street, Suite A Pittsfield. Maine 207­487­5107 

By DistrictNews on 4/10/2014 2:51 AM
The Sebasticook Valley Elks Lodge Citizen of the Year is Sue Nile of Pittsfield, the elementary physical education teacher for School Administrative District 53. In addition to being one of the most respected teachers in the community, Mrs. Nile also organizes a Veteran's Day celebration for her students each year. The youngsters, carrying small American flags, march from the school to Veterans' Park in downtown Pittsfield and participate in the patriotic observance each year. She also encourages students and faculty to support the town's community food bank and other charitable causes.

Pictured (left to right) are Exalted Ruler Michael Havey, Mrs. Nile and Lodge Secretary Terry White.

By DistrictNews on 2/28/2014 7:54 AM
Universal screening of students for eligibility for Gifted/Talented identification will take place in the spring for students completing grades K, 2, 4, and 6. Referrals from parents are welcome (but not required) and will be considered along with assessments and teacher input. Parents are also welcome to refer their child for G/T identification at any time in grades 1, 3, 5, and 7. Please visit our district Web site at to download referral forms, or contact Anne Miller, district G/T Coordinator, at or 487-2281....
By DistrictNews on 2/13/2014 5:07 AM
PreK-4 PTO members invite all parents and teachers to our meetings held the 1st Monday night of each month at 6pm at Vickery School.
March 3rd is our next meeting. April 14th we will be at the Kindergarten concert with our annual Spring Basket Raffle Fundraiser.
All themed baskets are made up by teachers and staff.
The Mission of our PTO is provide quality programs, experiences and activities to our students.
We hope to make the school setting a richer, more stimulating environment for learning through 
fundraising and volunteer activities as well as recognition for teachers.
By DistrictNews on 11/20/2013 7:39 AM

WHAT IS IT?  SchoolMessenger is an automated phone/email system that the district uses to get information to parents/guardians.  We use the system to notify parents of school cancellations, attendance issues, notifications and reminders of school events and for emergencies.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?  New users will need to get a letter from the school that contains an activation code and complete instructions for creating an account.  Each student will have a different activation code.  All codes are entered under one family account. Anyone who does not currently have an account will be receiving a letter from the school shortly with instructions on how to do so.  


Go to

In the upper left corner of the home page click on “SchoolMessenger” in the green box –this will bring you to the login...
By DistrictNews on 11/20/2013 7:29 AM
November 19, 2013

Dear Parents and Staff of MSAD 53:

I am writing to follow up on the events that transpired Thursday and Friday of last week regarding the Walmart incident.  First, I wanted to thank our staff and administration for all their diligent work and support in making Friday run very smoothly for our students.  I also wanted to thank the parents who provided feedback around the process. Through this event we learned what worked,  what didn’t work, and things that we need to do better to ensure the safety of our students and staff.  Since communication to parents is a high priority, we wanted to make sure that we share what we have implemented.

All three schools have our lock down and lockout procedures.

We purchased a security system for Warsaw Middle School that works like Manson Park and Vickery, which were installed this summer.

We reviewed and solidified our safety procedures, this includes when or if students attend...
By DistrictNews on 10/21/2013 7:03 AM
On November 1st, School Districts from the Kennebec Valley, including MSAD 53,  will showcase at Thomas College in Waterville some of the great things happening in Public Education.  Please take a look at the Department of Education Post on this event. MSAD 53 will be showcasing our Kindergarten Jump and Re"Jump" program as well as our pilot Kindergarten IPad program.

By DistrictNews on 10/15/2013 9:01 AM
To Citizens of Burnham, Detroit and Pittsfield:

There will be a “Special Budget Meeting” on October 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM in the Warsaw cafeteria. This meeting is necessary because the State is now requiring Districts to pay a portion of all teacher retirements throughout the State of Maine.  Because this law was enacted last June after the MSAD 53 budget was passed in May, there were no monies allocated to MSAD 53’s current budget for teacher retirement.  The State provided additional subsidy funds to districts in July for the teacher retirements and this Special Budget Meeting on October 21, 2013 and Validation Referendum on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 will allow MSAD 53 to pay for the additional teacher retirement costs. There will be NO increase to taxpayers in Burnham, Detroit, and Pittsfield.  If there are any questions feel free to call us!...
By DistrictNews on 10/8/2013 10:20 AM
Students in grades 5 and 8 take the state science assessment every year in May. MSAD #53 is proud to share our 2013 scores that show our students on par with the state, with 75% proficiency in 5th grade and 66% proficiency in 8th grade.


Gr5 School Report.pdf
Gr8 School Report.pdf


Gr5 Comparison 2011-2013.pdf
Gr 8 Comparison 2011-2013.pdf
By DistrictNews on 4/23/2013 11:39 AM
Mr. DePatsy has over 15 years of administrative experience K-12, with 13 years spent as Director of Instructional Support. Most recently, Mr. DePatsy was the Director of Instructional Support for RSU5, where he was responsible for Special Education, Gifted and Talented, Response to Intervention, Section 504, and English Language Learners. Prior to assuming his first directorship, Mr. DePatsy was a special education teacher specializing in behavior and also spent two years with the Department of Education as a Due Process Consultant, responsible for areas of mediation, complaints, and due process hearings. 
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