1081 Eagle Lake Road, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
P.O. Box 60, Mt. Desert, Maine 04660
Phone: (207) 288-5049 | Fax: (207) 288-5071

Statement Against Violence, Hate Speech, and Discrimination

Statement from Dr. Marc Edward Gousse:

As our nation mourns the recent, tragic, and painful loss of life in Atlanta and Boulder, I want to remind our students, parents, teachers, and staff that this district has absolutely no tolerance for violence, hate speech, and all forms of discrimination. The top priority of our district is to provide a safe, accepting, and nurturing environment for all students, teachers, and staff. Without so doing, we cannot do our jobs as educators. Our schools will continue to take action both to ensure safe learning environments and to make students aware of the resources available to them for support. No student, teacher, or staff member should ever suffer discrimination or violence—neither of which have any place in our schools, or society at large.

The Mount Desert Island Regional School System unequivocally condemns all acts of violence and discrimination that target victims based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender—or any other part of their identity. Our district remains steadfastly committed to its mission of continuing to advocate no tolerance for violence and discrimination and to standing by as an ally for all members of our educational community.  

MDIRSS Anti-Racism Task Force

MDIRSS Anti-Racism Task Force Charter

Form to submit questions, comments or concerns to the MDIRSS Anti-Racism Task Force

List of the MDIRSS Anti-Racism Task Force Members (2020-2021)

Next Meeting Date: May 13, 2021
NOTE: Task Force Meeting Notes will be posted here as soon as they are confirmed at the subsequent meeting.


MDIRSS Education Matters


Our mission is to provide leadership and support to the schools of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System – AOS #91 so that faculty and staff commit to preparing students to become:

Clear and Effective Communicators who construct and convey meaning for a variety of purposes and through a variety of modes.

Self-Directed Learners who understand the importance of embracing and nurturing continuous intellectual growth and curiosity.

Creative and Practical Problem Solvers who are skilled at gathering information, analyzing and evaluating data, applying knowledge and assessing evidence in order to persist in problem solving, create solutions and/or deepen understanding.

Responsible and Involved Citizens who acknowledge, and respond actively and constructively to the diversity, complexity and dynamic nature of our community and our world.

Integrative and Informed Thinkers who are skilled at using complex reasoning, making important connections and formulating and answering thoughtful questions.
Revised: 06/22/15


All MDIRSS students will have the opportunity to receive high-quality instruction and to pursue a personally challenging and rigorous K-12 educational program. Each student will build a solid base of knowledge and skills and will have many opportunities to explore interests, deepen understanding and develop talents.

In MDIRSS, administrators, teachers, and the community work as partners to enhance and enrich the  educational experience of the students. Study is both independent and collaborative; students and teachers  work together to expand knowledge and to develop critical and creative thinking skills. Assessment of learning and teaching is ongoing, varied and an integral part of the educational process.

The natural environment and community resources unique to our school district provide opportunities for important learning outside of the classroom.  Members of the school and extended community maintain high expectations for all students and teachers, and strive to demonstrate respect, reflecting together and sharing responsibility for the education of each student.


Revised:  06/22/15

Thank you to all of our Education Partners!
Click here to see who we partner with


Acadia Time Lapse (Film and Music by MDI High School graduates)