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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)

Augusta Schools Closed To Allow Male High-Schoolers To Play X-Box While Their Mothers Shovel The Driveway

Blizzard in Maine. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorAUGUSTA — Schools closed early Wednesday as heavy snowflakes fell in the capital city ahead of a storm that could bring a foot of snow and power outages to the area. In Augusta, the National Weather Service predicted 7 to 13 inches of snow and sleet from Wednesday through Thursday, with high wind that could gust to 40 mph and wind-chill values below zero. A winter storm warning issued by the weather service Wednesday through noon Thursday said wet snow, wind and freezing rain might cause power outages in the area, and the rapidly falling overnight temperature could freeze standing water in roadways. Ahead of the storm, most school districts in the capital area closed early, including districts based in Augusta, Gardiner, Hallowell and Somerville. Courts closed early in Kennebec County, and all legislative work was called off for Thursday as well. (read more at Kennebec Journal)

Madison Elementary Students Learn Just How Much Fun Books Can Be As Long As No One Teaches You How To Read One

Madison elementary school studentsMADISON — Lynn Plourde said developing patterns helps her to write and it can help students move their own story lines forward. That was the message Thursday at Madison Elementary School, where the author shared three of her favorite children’s books in an interactive presentation and play. It was also an especially timely message for school officials, who are trying to improve the school’s standings in reading proficiency even as students’ scores remain well below the statewide average. “Ideas are all around us. We just have to look for them and write them down,” said Plourde, 58, who grew up in Skowhegan and now lives in Winthrop. “I like to think of myself as an idea detective.” The students, whose grave levels range from pre-kindergarten to fourth grade, laughed as they watched their principal, Scott Mitchell, participate in the play while dressed as the grandmother from Plourde’s newest book, “You’re Wearing THAT to School?” (read more at Kennebec Journal)

Gift Of 5 Clarinets, 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones, 4 Saxophones, 5 Flutes And A Guitar Will Allow Bingham School Band To Play The In-A-Gadda-Da A-Train Macarena On The Water Rhapsody In Blue Bayou Polka

Bingham School BandBINGHAM— When music teacher Krista Wiles started the school year, there were not enough instruments for all the students in her middle school music class to play. “A lot of the kids I have in band have been playing instruments that we’ve had for years, and some of them are not in the best working condition; but if they want to play an instrument, I’m not going to tell them no,” Wiles said. “I find the best one of the bad ones, and that’s basically what I’ve been doing.” Wiles spoke Tuesday afternoon during a school assembly at Quimby Middle School in which parents, students and teachers gathered to receive a $10,000 donation from the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor. The donation — which came in the form of five clarinets, four trumpets, four trombones, four saxophones, five flutes and a guitar — is part of an effort to give back to school communities that visit the museum, which is run by the Galen Cole Family Foundation. The museum bought the 19 instruments from Northern Kingdom Music in Bangor. (read more at Kennebec Journal)

Portland High School Teacher Bringing Students To Haunted Theater To Look For The Ghost Of Public School Intellectual Rigor

GraveyardSKOWHEGAN — Students at Portland Arts and Technology High School ain’t afraid of no ghosts. Students in the school’s new media program plan to conduct a paranormal investigation next month at the historic 1929 Strand Cinema on Court Street, a place reputed to be one of the most haunted places in Maine. The group of about 17 high school students will use an eight-camera, infrared security system that professional ghost hunters use in hopes of capturing images of elusive spirits, according to class teacher David Beane. They will have night vision cameras for still photos and video, electronic voice phenomenon equipment and other devices to produce a film titled “Ghost Hunt.” “After looking at a bunch of locations, one of our students who spends her summers in Skowhegan — her grandparents live up there — mentioned the Strand Cinema,” Beane said. “The more we looked into it, the more interesting it became. Strand Cinema patrons have reported everything from sightings to physical contact at the theater.” Beane said the group will videotape locations around Skowhegan, as well as inside and outside the theater, before setting up their equipment for the night. They plan to be inside the theater from 10:30 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. “We’ll be trying to elicit a response from the spirits,” Beane said. (read more at Kennebec Journal)

Survey Finds 20 Percent Of Western Maine Middle-Schoolers Contemplating Suicide; I Imagine The Other 80 Percent Are Probably Actively Trying

Classroom. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorOne in five western Maine middle school students has seriously thought about committing suicide. The same students were more likely than peers across the state to admit to having huffed paint, smoked marijuana, had sex, gambled or driven with someone drunk or high. In Oxford County, middle-schoolers were least likely to say they felt like they mattered. That information and more is in the 2013 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, a broad check-in by several state agencies on alcohol and tobacco use and home and school life. It provides a sometimes-troubling snapshot into the lives of local teens and tweens. Kids reported risky behaviors at a young age and, for some, lax attitudes from mom and dad. Western Maine middle-schoolers were least likely to think they’d be caught by parents if they sneaked a drink of alcohol and least likely to think parents would think it was wrong if they were busted. Western Maine fifth- and sixth-graders were most likely to have known an adult who got drunk or high in the past year, and least likely to have firm rules about drugs and alcohol at home. (read more at Lewiston Sun Journal)

Common Core Prepares Students For Lucrative Future In Fields That Require Sitting On The Floor And Expressing Your Opinion About Addition

kindergarten until retirementIt was time for math in Abby Shink’s third grade class, but instead of pulling out pencils and workbooks, the students gathered on the carpet to talk things out. Shink wrote a simple addition problem, 33 plus 57, on a large notepad for her students to solve in their heads. Students quickly raised their thumbs to show they’d figured it out, and Shink called on one after another to explain their solutions. All of them had the right answer, 90, but what Shink was really after was the process, the “how.” A “number talk” like this one Shink led in the fall is one example of ways that discussion and writing have become a bigger part of math lessons since Readfield Elementary and its district, Regional School Unit 38, started implementing the Common Core State Standards. Teachers in RSU 38 and other districts across Maine and the country are adapting instruction for the Common Core, a set of expectations for what students should learn in math and English at each grade level. The standards are supposed to help prepare students for college and the workforce by teaching them to learn independently, analyze information and communicate clearly. (read more, if you didn’t attend this school and know how to read, at Kennebec Journal)

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