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Livermore Falls Teacher Feels He’s Achieved The Perfect Blend Of Chaotic Visual Distractions And Incomprehensible Seating Arrangements

livermore falls maine schoolsLIVERMORE FALLS — Schools in RSU 73 started off the new school year last with few glitches and a generally quiet day, according to most administrators. Spruce Mountain Middle School Principal Scott Albert said the first day is usually quiet because many of the students didn’t get enough sleep the night before. The halls of the relatively new school, at four-years old, perked up a bit when youngsters changed classes. New at the school this year are several new staff members, including Abigail Hodgkins as alternative education educational technician, Spanish teacher Charlie Stratton, social studies teacher Brian Fielding,
English/Language Arts teacher Kim Hilton, and several others. The only opening now are for two soccer coaches. Albert said enrollment is the same as at the end of last year at 375. Chris Hollingsworth, principal at Jay Elementary School, has 32 pre-kindergarten youngsters this year. The pre-K program moved from the Central Office in Livermore Falls to JES and Livermore Elementary School. The most challenging thing for staff and students is making sure everyone gets on the bus at the end of the day the school secretary said. (keep reading at the Livermore Falls Advertiser)

Local Field Hockey Player Tells Her Coach That Shhe Wooodha Scllooored Blut Mikaylerrrr Wnnndddt Pssss

maine field hockeyTURNER — Her shots may not have broken a pane of glass, but neither Leavitt sophomore Allie Belaire, nor coach Wanda ward-McLean cared. “None of her shots were hard shots,” Ward-McLean said. “She just stayed low and was in a good position.” Three of Belaire’s tips and touches beat Maranacook keeper Autumn Munn in the second half and Sadie Royer added another goal in the first half as the host Leavitt Hornets topped the Black Bears 4-0 Thursday in a persistent biting mist. “This gives us some confidence,” Ward-McLean said. “We didn’t have a lot of returning players. We’ve had a couple games in a row now where we’ve scored a few goals, and it has the girls thinking, ‘We can score, we can hold the other team.’ It’s important for us now.” The Hornets lifted their record to 2-1, and have scored 13 goals in two games since a season-opening 4-1 loss against Mt. View. “It was good to poke a few more in there,” Ward-McLean said. “On a day like today, one slip and it’s a tie game. It was nice to get that second and third goal at least.” (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Kennebunk Library Offers Another Blissfully Reading-Free Summer To Local Kids

booksSummer at the Kennebunk Free Library is always a funfilled, busy time of year, filled with special programs for children, teens and adults. Many local businesses and individuals support us as we present our summer reading programs. We’d like to take a moment, and thank them. The Kennebunk Fire Department discussed fire safety, demonstrated firefighter gear, and allowed children to explore one of the engines and the ambulance. Ken Odrzywolski, D.V.M., of the Kennebunk Veterinary Hospital, judged our 22nd Annual Pet Show, awarding prizes to chickens, a pig, a hamster, some guinea pigs, rabbits and lots of dogs. Nancy Boutet of Aquaholics spoke to local teens about surfing, sharing tips and exciting stories from her lifetime of surfing. Duffy’s Tavern & Grill hosted our July Trivia Night, supplying snacks and a festive night out for our loyal contestants. Ian Durham and Carl Gurtman of the Astronomical Society of Northern New England gave presentations on astronomy. Scott Negley brought his portable planetarium to show constellations visible in the summer skies. Detective Bill Vachon from the York County Sheriff’s Department demonstrated crime scene investigation, including a tour of the Mobile Crime Scene Lab. Willy Jones presented information on whales and how our actions on land affect them. (keep reading at the Kennebunk Post)

Scarborough Middle School To Try New 100 Percent Gibberish Curriculum

Classroom. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorSCARBOROUGH, Maine — A season of change is on the way at Scarborough Middle School. Based on school officials’ research on best practices at nearby and out-of-state schools, the middle school classroom structure and teacher development will change dramatically when classes begin Thursday, Aug. 28, Principal Barbara Hathorn said. Students will belong to one of three learning communities separated entirely by grade. Formerly, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students were organized into five wings made up of a few classrooms of each grade, and there was one wing made up entirely of multi-age classrooms. In the graded learning communities, students of the same grade will be split into “inquiry teams” with four homeroom teachers, with the exception of one sixth-grade team. Each teacher will instruct students in their IT in one core subject area. The structural changes lead the middle school in the direction toward more integrated, project-based learning, and create a more “equitable” middle school experience for all students, Hathorn said. Hathorn and other school officials have said they believe the school’s old system was not effective as it could be, because the lack of a uniform structure across the school meant teachers and students were not all learning at the same rate. (read more, if you can read, at Bangor Daily News)

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)

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