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Schoolteachers Resign To Remind School Board They Were Told There Would Be No Math

Classroom. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorOn the evening of August 4 the Robbinston school board struggled to come up with $67,933 in cuts to the school system budget. The board was required to do so by the town’s voters at the July 28 budget referendum vote that saw townspeople uphold the budget that had been reduced in contradiction to the school committee’s recommendation. A total of 110 residents turned out for the referendum, with 70 of those voting for and 40 against the reduced school budget. The specific decrease affected the regular education line item, the only area of the budget the committee could reduce the different educational categories by more than 5%.
But before they could get down to the few brass tacks left, AOS #77 Superintendent Jim Underwood read a letter of resignation effective immediately from teaching Principal Brenda Donovan. The 17‑year veteran of the school system has accepted a position with the Alexander school. Underwood thanked her for her commitment to the school. “I’m very, very sad to see her go,” he said. The school committee will now need to find either a teaching principal or a teacher and a part‑time principal to replace Donovan. (read more at the Quoddy Times)

Reporter Successfully Ekes Out 2000 Words About Increasing School Behavioral Problems Without Noticing The 800 Pound Single Mother In The Room

Classroom. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorThe little boy raged. Once or twice a week something would set him off. Teachers often didn’t know why. His principal isn’t sure the little boy even knew. But suddenly he would explode — hitting, kicking, biting, trying to run away, tearing apart the classroom. He was one of the youngest children in the Auburn elementary school, and he was out of control. “There were a bunch of times that I was called and dealt with the student,” said Laura Shaw, Sherwood Heights Elementary School principal and a member of the school’s internal crisis response team. “And I remember just having him in my lap and he didn’t even know what he was angry about. Just sweating. Body was tight, tight, tight, tight …  And I’m not even doing a (restraining) hold. He’s still mad, but I’m not holding him. I’m feeling his body just gradually let go. And, honestly, I think it was something so small. You know, maybe he wasn’t first in line or something.” Twenty years ago, experts say, it would have been unusual to be so young, so angry, so out of control so often. Teenagers can be destructive and difficult to manage sometimes, yes. But a first-grader? A kindergartner? A preschooler? They’re seeing it now. School leaders and mental health experts say Maine children are coming to them more often, at younger ages and with more significant problems than in decades past. Troubled teens have been joined by kindergartners in crisis. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Mount Desert Island High School Makes Sure Them Snotty Valedictorians Don’t Git All Uppity With Their Book Lernin’ Scores

MDI Valedictorians snubbedBAR HARBOR, Maine — At the Mount Desert Island High School graduation on Sunday, the valedictorians — there are two this year; they are twins — did not give speeches, as is the usual tradition at this school and most others across the state. Instead, the first student speech was given by a senior who had been voted into that role by the faculty and staff, and the second speech was given by one who had been voted by her peers. The school is phasing in a new system for recognizing students’ achievement. Starting next year, students will no longer be ranked based on their grade point average. Instead, they will use a slightly vaguer system of placing students in one of ten deciles based on their grades, which will appear on the diplomas. “I think it’s a really good way to shift into the future,” said Jane Pappas, the senior who was elected by her peers to speak this year. “We’re trying to go towards more standards-based education anyway.” (read more at Bangor Daily News, If you can read)

Superintendent Disappointed 60 Percent Of His Schools Get An “F” For Lack Of Progress In Math And Reading. Well, At Least It’s Less Than Half, Right?

Is our childs lerning approach tried at Maine schoolsDIXFIELD — RSU 10 Superintendent Craig King said he was disappointed in the state’s latest report cards for 10 schools in the district. Six received F’s, one received a D and three received C’s. He agreed that the schools must be accountable for the quality of education provided to students, but he also believes the topics on which the grades were based are only a part of the program. The grades were almost all based on progress — or lack of progress — in mathematics and reading. “We’re working as a district to ensure that we have a positive school climate, that the school has strong relationships with homes and communities and that we monitor student progress and provide extra help,” he said. “We provide lots of opportunities for all of our students to learn.” (read more, if you can read, at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Windham Guidance Counselor To Sell Whey-Based Frozen Yogurt In Raymond. No Word On What His Guidance Counselor Was Smoking

Mainers looking Maine-y at the Rumford Meteor, Maine news from the seat of Oxford CountyRAYMOND – A Windham couple is hoping that Cherries on Top, their new frozen yogurt and ice cream shop on Route 302 in Raymond, will offer an alternative amid the busy Lakes Region ice cream market. On April 19, Trisha and Farausi Cherry will open the store at 1252 Roosevelt Trail in downtown Raymond. According to Trisha Cherry, Cherries on Top will serve several flavors of Only 8, a whey-based frozen yogurt that does not contain milk, cream or artificial sweeteners. Cherries will also serve Annabelle’s Natural ice cream. “Cherries on Top will offer natural, soft-serve frozen yogurt, and all-natural hard ice cream, and our customer service and our prices will help us stand out in the Raymond area,” Cherry said. “I think there’s a demand for a healthy frozen yogurt option that’s not really there, and I think people are really looking for options for products that don’t have a lot of chemicals in them or a lot of preservatives.” “It’s not cream or milk, so it’s more gentle, for people who have lactose sensitivity,” Cherry added. “It allows people who haven’t traditionally been able to have ice cream products to eat frozen yogurt and enjoy it, within their dietary restrictions.”Farausi is a guidance counselor at Windham High School, and Trisha is pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling at the University of Southern Maine. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Trisha Cherry worked at The Dairy Joy ice cream shops in Auburn and Lewiston. She said that the space at 1252 Roosevelt Trail, which used to be an ice cream shop, and most recently, a hair salon, reminded her of The Dairy Joy. (read more at Lakes Region Weekly)

Local Blogger Sets New Internet Record With 2 Tenses Plus Passive Voice Wedded To A Split Infinitive And The Wrong Preposition In Just 24 Words

newsroomA friend of mine asked me this past week to help him assemble a list of important topics and tips to establishing a blog. He needed to convey these points in a lecture before a classroom of media-savvy college students. As we reviewed the finer and not-so-finer points of blogging, he declared in exasperation, “This stuff is just so obvious to kids who have probably already been blogging for five years.” I have been blogging for five years, but I am far from a child. Though, it was a child that sent me into the realm of online writing. I began my blog after the birth of my second child. Despite the addition of a new human in my life, I felt isolated and sequestered away from the fast tempo of office life and the even faster beat of city lifestyle. I had always done a fair amount of writing in my media job though mostly in the way of formulaic client proposals. Writing had always been something I loved to do. I was regularly sought out by friends to adjust resumes, draft a resignation letter, or to pen a breakup email that struck just the right balance between contrition and “I just really can’t be seen with you anymore.” (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Scarborough High Adds Pawing Through The Garbage Like A Raccoon To The Curriculum

Scarborough High raccoon patrolSCARBOROUGH — A landfill is no longer the destiny of food waste at Scarborough High School. That’s the message the Environmental Club of Scarborough sent to the School Board on April 3, when members presented a progress report on the composting program they introduced in the high school cafeteria six weeks ago. ECOS President Hannah Grover and Vice President Patrick Snowden, both seniors, told board members the high school generates hundreds of pounds of food waste every day. Since early February, after receiving approval to partner with local composting organization Garbage to Garden, students have been separating compostable materials from their lunches into five specially designated bins in the cafeteria. Every Friday, Garbage to Garden comes and collects the week’s food waste, which is composted and eventually return to the school as mature, nutrient-rich compost that can then be used to fertilize gardens. ECOS pays half of the service fee for the collection, and the school pays the other half. The cost fluctuates between $40 and $60 per week, depending on volume; it is also less than what the school paid for garbage collection. (read more at The Forecaster)

South Portland Eighth-Graders Ask Old People If They Ever Texted Martin Luther Kennedy Or Anything

South Portland Eighth-gradersSOUTH PORTLAND – Susan Thornfeldt’s eighth-grade language arts students at Mahoney Middle School in South Portland have made important, lasting connections with area senior citizens as part of a project designed to help the students appreciate the personal impact of historical events. Entitled “Did You Know?,” the program was also designed to meet the curriculum goal of writing a narrative essay, which is a requirement for all eighth-graders. Thornfeldt said she was looking for a creative way to gets kids excited about their assignment and thought pairing them with senior citizens might do the trick. In addition to the student essays, which are based on conversations they had with the seniors, the “Did You Know” project also includes photos students took of their senior. A photography student at the Maine College of Art taught the South Portland kids some photo-taking techniques and now both the essays and photos will be on display at the Community Center. (read more at Keep ME Current)

Tripp Middle School In Turner Awarded The Coveted Kim Jong-Un Trophy For School Lunch Portion Size

Tripp Middle SchoolTURNER — Tripp Middle School has achieved the highest award possible for being a healthy school as part of first lady Michelle Obama’s HealthierUS School Challenge. Tripp is the first middle school in Maine to receive a Gold Award, said U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Kevin Concannon, who came to the school Thursday to deliver the award. “We tip our hats to the Tripp Middle School,” Concannon said. “Thank you for making sure students have access to the best of the best. In the United States there are 100,000 public schools. Of that, fewer than 1,000 have earned the Gold Award. That’s 1 percent.” He credited the school’s teachers, administration, students, parents and RSU 52 directors and leaders. Tripp Middle School earned the award because of its health and physical education classes that all students must take in seventh and eighth grades, and the school’s healthy lunch program. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Portland High’s Cutting-Edge STEM Students Almost Able To Play With An Erector Set Toy From 1950

Portland High roboticsPORTLAND — A high school robotics team proved they’re more than meets the eye at a recent statewide competition. Now they’re poised to take on the world. There’s just one problem, though: They have to raise $7,000 to afford the trip. Earlier this year, the five-member Portland High School Robotics Team was one of three Maine teams to qualify for the VEX Robotics World Championship, a four-day event beginning April 23 in Anaheim, Calif. On Friday, April 4, the team will solicit donations and share their creations in Monument Square during the monthly First Friday Art Walk. The robotics team was formed in March 2013 after the school received a donation of VEX robotics equipment. The equipment, which evokes a modern-age Erector set, allows students to construct contraptions that perform simple tasks, either through the use of a joystick or through pre-programmed commands called “autonomous” competitions. (read more at The Forecaster)

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