RSU 29 End of the Year Schedule
Class of 2020

Monday, June 1Last Chapel:   The 2020 Last Chapel will be held virtually.  RSU 29 is working with WHOU to create a production in which all awards & scholarships will be presented virtually.  All presenters will be given the option of submitting a clip or having a designated school official present in their place.  The virtual Last Chapel will air on beginning at 7:00 pm and will remain on their website for friends and family members to watch at their convenience.

Tuesday, June 2:  Tribute Video:  The release of a Special Tribute Video To The Class of 2020 at 8:00 pm Tuesday, June 2nd.  This tribute video will be posted on the RSU 29 Facebook page and on 

Wednesday, June 3: Senior Slideshow:  At 7:00 pm, the annual senior slideshow will be released on the RSU 29 Facebook page and on

Thursday, June 4Commencement:  Commencement will be closed to the general public but will be live streamed on for those who are not able to attend.  Commencement will consist of two parts; a parade and a drive-in ceremony including the presentation of diplomas.  Beginning at 6:00 pm, graduates and their commencement guests (limited in number) will be invited to participate in the parade that will begin at Houlton Middle-High School. Parade staging will begin in the Houlton Middle-High School parking lot at 5:30pm.  The parade route will culminate at Houlton International Airport where the graduation ceremony will take place in a drive-in format, beginning at 7:00pm.  More details and instructions will be provided to the graduates in the coming days.

Other mini celebrations to be aware of: 

  • Graduates’ names displayed on First Choice Real Estate sign

  • Graduates’ pictures displayed on FA Peabody sign

  • Light Up The Fields starting May 16th

  • National Graduation Celebration  May 16th 8 PM - all the major television networks and more

  • Multiple parent group and Project Graduation efforts

Important Reminders:

Attire & Financial Need:  In the coming days, the class advisors will provide a list of graduation attire requirements and restrictions.  Any graduating senior with financial needs in reference to graduation such as dress clothes, should contact Mrs. Shelly Crandall and we will help meet those needs.  

Grades: The last academic day for seniors is Friday, May 29th.  Letters have been mailed to parents of students who still owe work.  Please be sure to check with teachers or guidance staff if there are questions regarding your sons or daughter’s academic status.

Turn-Ins Procedures:  All student Macbooks, music instruments, textbooks, band shirts, library books, and other school property must be returned in order for students to participate in the graduation ceremony.  On June 1st, 2nd and 3rd, items may be returned to the middle-high school, where staff members will be located from 8:00-2:00pm, outside of the building for the purpose of collecting returned materials.

Bills:  All unpaid library bills, technology repair bills, breakfast/lunch bills, etc., must be paid in full prior to participation in the graduation ceremony.

Pre-K and Kindergarten registration is now open. We are now offering online registration! 

Please remember that to register for Pre-K, your child must be 4 years old on or before October 15th.   To register for Kindergarten, your child must be 5 years old on on or before October 15th.  

Paper packets are available at the following locations: 

Houlton Pediatrics
Houlton Police Department 
Houlton Higher Education Center
Maine State Police Barracks- Troop F
Beals Country Store in Monticello

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May 5, 2020

Dear RSU 29 Students, Parents, and Staff:

I hope this letter finds you well. These are challenging times for our students and families. Please know that your children (our students) are missed tremendously by the RSU 29 faculty and staff.  I am writing to provide information as we approach the end of this school year. 

End of School Year Dates and Procedures:

Remote learning opportunities will end for the summer on June 5th for our students (with the exception of our senior class – see below). The following week (June 8-12), will be utilized by our faculty and staff for remote professional development opportunities and to allow teachers to do the work necessary to conclude the school year. 

Houlton Elementary School, Houlton Southside School, and Houlton Middle/High School will continue with remote learning opportunities through Friday, June 5th. The latest push out of learning materials and lessons happened on April 29 – May 1 and is for the period ending May 22nd. There will be one final push out of learning opportunities on May 22nd that will be for the last two weeks of learning – ending June 5th.  Information regarding the turn-in of school devices will be forthcoming as we approach the end of the school year. 

 Houlton High School Seniors will conclude remote learning on Friday, May 29. June 1 through June 3 will be utilized for make-up work, turn-in of school devices, and completion of other items necessary to be prepared for graduation. We are planning on holding a graduation ceremony (a combination of virtual and in person – following all necessary guidelines and procedures) for the Class of 2020, on Thursday, June 4th.  In the coming weeks, there will be more detailed information for the Class of 2020 from Houlton Middle/High School principal, Tim Tweedie.

Meal Program Updates:

Our amazing cafeteria crews, volunteers, and drivers continue to provide meals Monday, Wednesday, Friday at the provided sites. This program will continue throughout the summer, though there may be some changes or tweaks as we transition toward our regular summer meal program. We will keep you updated on any significant changes prior to them taking place. 

In addition to our current food service program we are delighted to be able to offer another opportunity for our RSU 29 families who may have found that they cannot get to the meal sites. This program called, Meals-to-You, is a limited opportunity offered until the end of June. Please click here to see the accompanying letter for details and information to sign up. 

Thank you for your understanding and support as we work toward the close of what has been the strangest and most trying school year that I have ever experienced. Please continue to be kind to yourselves and one another during this challenging time. Together we will get through this and hopefully enter a time that allows us to return to a level of normalcy. 

Be well,

Ellen Halliday

Superintendent of Schools RSU 29

Hammond ~ Houlton ~ Littleton ~  Monticello

7 Bird Street, PO Box 190, Houlton, Maine  04730 ~ (207)532-6555 FAX (207)532-6481

RSU29 does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, ancestry or national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical or mental disability in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities

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        2019 Annual Report


District Registrar: Susie Crovo 1-207-532-6551 ext # 2 - option 3

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