Making the Grade Since 1825

July 26th, 2021

Whiting Village just concluded a successful three-week simmer school program. The students were able to reinforce math and reading skills, visit a working farm, learn about the Deputies and Wardens and K-9 Kia, and about a few of the animals found around us. Thank you to the parents, staff, and visitors to make the program educational and enjoyable.

We are closely watching the developing situation concerning the up-swing in cases of Covid and its impact on the coming school year. The Department of Education and the Maine CDC will undoubtedly be issuing guidance in the near future. Parents will be informed of any requirements for masks or such as soon as practical. The first day for students is Tuesday, September 7th, 2021. We are looking forward to seeing all of the students!


This information is the best we have currently and is likely to be updated..

Whiting Village School will open on Tuesday, September 8th at 8:00 AM. We will be dismissing at 11:30 AM the first week of school to allow students and staff to acclimate to the new ways we have to do things, including wearing masks. We will be dismissing at 2:45 PM starting Monday, Sept 14. The bus schedule for Whiting Village students will remain similar as to the way they were last year. WA will have an earlier dismissal time every day they have students, and we are trying to work out how that will be handled. With the early dismissals, we will be scheduling meetings with parents the first week of school in the afternoons to assist with learning the technology and answer questions. We had planned on scheduling these conferences before school started, but think it better to get the kids in first and give us a little more time to get everything ready. If parents would like to come in to the school before we open to see the classrooms or ask pre-opening questions, please call or email us to set up a time for Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 2nd.

The pandemic is presenting many challenges to our school and lives. We will continue to follow guidelines and mandates issued by the state and regulatory bodies as they become known. The many hours planning for re-opening have been fraught with changing requirements and information. As this world-wide event is continuing, we will always strive to provide the best education we can in the safest manner possible for our students. This stressful time is when we need to exhibit our perseverance and patience more than ever. No one likes the situation we are forced in to, but with tolerance, kindness, and understanding we will continue to be the great community we have always been.

Scott Johnson, Principal


STATE’S MANDATORY Back to In-School Instruction Safety Requirements, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Parents need to check their child for symptoms before sending to school each morning.

  • Temperature and symptom checks for students and staff before/upon entering school.

  • All staff and students (5 years old and older) must wear masks at school except during meals. 4 year-old students will be encouraged to wear, as developmentally appropriate.

  • Masks must be worn while riding the bus. Assigned seating with students of a family sitting together.

  • Full Face shields may be an alternative for those with appropriately documented medical/behavioral challenges. Review committee to approve on case by case basis.

  • Frequent hand washing and cleaning of high use areas and objects.

  • Adults must maintain 6 feet of distance from others to the extent possible.

  • 3 feet of distance between students when wearing masks and other factors used is acceptable.

  • Students must maintain 6 feet of distance during meals when masks are off.

  • Plexiglass or similar barriers on student work areas.

  • Parents are asked to provide clean face masks (more than 1) for their child each day, though the school will have some.


Handwashing is required before and after recess. Equipment will be sanitized after use/daily. Children will be able to share playground equipment and balls in games like catch, “Horse,” “Knock Out,” and kickball. Activities involving frequent, close physical contact are not allowed under current guidelines. Mask will not be required during recess as long as appropriate distancing is maintained.

Illness and Absences

Staff and students who are sick must stay home. Any symptom of a cold or cough, sore throat, nausea, shortness of breath, etc. will require that person to stay home until they meet the criteria for returning to school. Students who are home due to quarantine will be expected to participate in remote instruction until they are able to return to school. Parents of sick children need to contact the school between 7:30 and 8:30 to report absences with the reason for the absence.

Educational Expectations for Remote Instruction (Yellow and Red)

With Distance Learning, students must have daily live contact and direct instruction with the teacher. Class times will be determined by the school, but students will generally need to be online between the hours of 8:30 and 2:00, except during lunch and other breaks. Grading of student work is mandatory whether at school or from distance learning. Remote student attendance, just as in school attendance, will be tracked and recorded for each day. Excessive absenteeism from remote learning will be handled the same as if at school.

Please contact the school with any questions.


The State of Maine Dept. of Education has posted the "School Report Cards" for last year, based upon testing in the 2016-2017 school year. Please follow the following link to access the card. While we are working to improve our scores, we are pleased how well our kids did.

Access to the ESEA Dashboard and school report card

About Us and Our School and Web Site.....

Welcome to the Whiting Village School website. This site is just one more way we hope to keep in touch with parents, former students, and community members. Whiting Village School is a very small school in rural coastal Washington County, Maine that uses a multi-age model allowing younger and older students to learn together.

Whiting Village School, Whiting, ME

Please feel free to stop by the school and visit us. We are always pleased to hear from parents, former students, and the community.

.Whiting Village School was established in 1825 with the main part of the current building constructed about ten years later. Additions and amenities were added through the years creating an eclectic style of hardwood floors and high-speed internet.

AOS 96


291 Court Street * Machias * ME * 04654 * 207-255-6585

Scott K. Porter, Superintendent of Schools

Mary Maker, Director of Special Services Mitchell Look, ESEA Coordinator/Curriculum Coordinator

*Cutler * East Machias * Jonesboro * Machias * Machiasport * Marshfield * Northfield * Roque Bluffs * Wesley * Whiting * Whitneyville

Below are the Title IA, IIA, IVA, and VA application projects that will comprise the final application posted to the Whiting Village Elementary School web site by July 23rd for a one-week period for comment. If you have any questions or comments, please email Mitchell Look at mlook@aos96.org

Whiting Village Elementary School received a total of $42,150.34 of federal money in the following categories:

Title I= $15,938.00

Title II= $2,631.34

Title IV= $10,000

Title V= $13,581.00

Use of Federal Funds

Title I used for Title Staff, salary and benefits

Title II money used for Professional development, Teacher evaluation system, (PEPG), materials and supplies for professional development activities, stipend for leadership team members and Title I Coordinator stipend

Title IV and Title V money will be used to provide for enrichment programs in Art, PE/Wellness, and to purchase on line programs in math and literacy.

Homeless project This project is to help increase the attendance rates and participation of any students who are homeless. We hope to use these funds to the programming for this group of students.

ESEA Program Coordinator project The Coordinator will monitor the identification/notification process, long and short term student performance trends, and file all necessary reports in a timely manner. The ESEA Coordinator will also participate in school-wide professional development opportunities. The ESEA Coordinator will also meet with all AOS 96 staff quarterly to discuss any issues as well as to get information regarding the projects. The ESEA Coordinator will focus on the school and AOS goal of educating staff on the results of any formative and narrative assessments including the State Assessment. The ESSA Coordinator will spend time working with the intervention team on assessing individual student results and digging deeper into what the data says, which will help in their programming. Because of the expected gaps in student learning, The ESSA Coordinator and principal will meet to look at formative assessments that will be given at the beginning of the school year and determine a plan of action.

Supplemental Instruction for Math and Literacy The purpose of this project is to provide supplemental programs to support students in achieving proficiency in the district's curriculum and Maine's Common Core State Standards. This project will fund supplemental support for students in Grades k-8 including those that may be identified as disadvantaged.

Title I Interventions: The Whiting School Department's multi-tiered system and targeted instruction will be provided for students that need more time on the essential targets that have been determined through our math and literacy progressions. Targeted instruction will also be provided to support any gaps from missed instruction. Supplemental instructional strategies provided by all staff will complement those in the classroom so students are receiving a coordinated program of support in math and literacy. Flexible grouping and regrouping will support students that need additional support as well as students that are able to move through the progressions more quickly. Students will be identified for groups based on formal and informal common assessments that were developed with the progressions. Support staff will provide instruction with pull-out groups and push-in groupings. Supplies needed will support hands on learning as well as a differentiated approach to meet students needs.

Public Feedback for ESEA

The Whiting School Department accepts funding through the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) of 1965. As part of ESEA, The Whiting School Department is required to provide reasonable opportunity for public comment on the consolidated application and consider such comment prior to the submission of the application. The Whiting School Department is accepting public comment on the 2021-2022 ESEA application through July 30th.

Your Email

Title I project feedback

Title II project feedback

Title IV project feedback

Title V project feedback

If you have any questions or comments, please email Mitchell Look at mlook@aos96.org

Please check out the various links to some of our forms, calendars, and other bits of information.

As always, please contact the school with any questions.

Scott A. Johnson

Teaching Principal

Non-Discrimination Statement:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency ere they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, heard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. In accordance with State law this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs)

If you wish to file a discrimination complaint electronically, please select File a Complaint and complete an intake questionnaire. Before completing this process it may be helpful to review relevant links under Guidance. If you are not sure how the Maine Human Rights Act may apply to, you please review the publication "What It Is! How It Works!". Maine is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Links home pg

A.O.S 96 Central Office

Maine Department of Education

P.O. Box 2 | U.S. Route One | Whiting, ME 04691 | (E) Email Us

(T) +1 207.733.4617 | (F) +1 207.733.7582

Our school many years ago