Award Year: 2013

Williams-Cone School

19 Perkins Street
Topsham, ME, 04086-1804

(207) 725-4391

Randa Rineer, Principal at time of Nomination

RSU 75

School Website


Williams-Cone School Community is committed to supporting academic excellence, social development, and promoting lifelong learning.

Student Demographics
  • White: 95%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 2%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Williams-Cone School (WCS) is one of two elementary schools located in Topsham, Maine. Topsham is a vibrant mixture of rural and neighborhood settings on the mid-coast. The school community has experienced changing demographics resulting from the Brunswick Naval Air Station closure, an expanding business district and increased socio-economic diversity. What sets WCS apart as a strong school community is, in fact the community itself. From playground clean up day to instructional support families, businesses, local colleges and nonprofits partner with us and take a special interest in preparing our children for the future.

Key to the school’s success is professional development and curriculum that closely align with the Common Core Standards. This includes the implementation of Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project framework, Wilson Fundations phonics program and Everyday Mathematics. However, it is through the staff’s reflective practices and goal oriented action planning ranging from professional learning communities to data and vision teams that student growth is strategically monitored and addressed.

Our close-knit community believes in developing the whole child and giving each child opportunities to explore and expand his/her interests, talents and strengths. Kid’s Academies, a partnership with staff and community, provide students with before and after school experiences in various areas including art, music, athletics, gardening, cooking, languages, science and technology. Each year we work to be a stronger school than the year before, providing a feeling of “home” when you walk through the door. Our community’s generous gifts of time, energy and resources help WCS achieve excellence for all.