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Good News, Lisbon Parents! While Japanese 3rd-Graders Waste Time With Language, Math, Music, Art, Science, Homemaking, Phys Ed and Civic Values, Yours Learn How to Mill Around in Their Pajamas

Lisbon public schoolsStudents in Kathy Dow’s third grade class at Lisbon Community School recently earned the right to have a Stuffed Animal Parade as a result of their good work toward a classroom goal of transitioning from one part of the day to the next. (read more at the Twin City Times)

Meteorologist Excited to Explain How We’re Having the Weather We’re Not Having

bangor record coldBANGOR, Maine — They say there are two kinds of people in Maine: those who complain about the cold and those who complain about the people who complain about the cold. But there’s actually a third kind: the meteorologists who celebrate record-setting temperatures. And for Corey Bogel, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Caribou, February was one worthy of the record books. “We are going to be #1!” he tweeted Saturday morning, announcing that February was the all-time coldest month on record for Bangor. That’s a chilly 6.1 degrees, according to preliminary monthly climate data, nearly 15 degrees below normal. That’s well below the previous record of 8.4 degrees set in January 1994. In case you’re wondering, the NWS records for Bangor go back to 1926, so it’s possible there was a colder month that’s not on record. In perhaps a fitting end to the coldest month on record, Saturday’s low was also a record. At minus 16 degrees, it broke the daily temperature set in 1934. It also came in below the 7 degree temperature recorded in Barrow, Alaska. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Taxpayers Accidentally Pump 2 Million Dollars Into the Medomak Middle School

medomak middle school oil spillWALDOBORO, Maine — About 2,000 gallons of heating oil was accidentally pumped into the septic system at the Medomak Middle School on Wednesday. The environmental impact is not yet known, but the school has provided bottled water to students and staff as a precaution, in the event the oil seeped from the leach field and contaminated the groundwater that supplies the school. Regional School Unit 40 Superintendent Steve Nolan said Friday that Maritime Energy delivered oil to the school Wednesday. When a school custodian later checked the oil level, it did not match up with the delivery paperwork. Upon further investigation, the staff learned the oil had been pumped into a pipe connected to a pumping station that sends wastewater from the septic tank to the leach field. The superintendent said Maritime Energy officials told him the delivery driver who made the mistake had not previously delivered oil to the school. Medomak Middle School Principal Katherine Race said that the pipe to fuel oil tank and the one that leads to the septic system pumps are more than 50 feet apart. She said the fuel pipe had been cleared of snow in anticipation of the delivery but the other one had not. She said the Maritime Energy driver shoveled a path to that septic pipe before pumping the oil. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Owl’s Head Man Gets Himself Arrested By Annoying Teenage Girls On Facebook. “Annoying” Works As a Verb or an Adjective In That Sentence

Sumner P. SwettA 38-year-old convicted sex offender is barred from having a computer and going online for the next year after he pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to harassing young girls by contacting them on Facebook and Instagram even after they told him to stop. Sumner P. Swett of Owls Head was arrested by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and charged with harassment by telephone or by electronic communication device. Swett pleaded guilty to the charge on Wednesday. The district attorney’s office agreed to a deferred disposition in which for the next year, Swett will be required to undergo counseling, agree to random searches and be barred from having a computer or using the Internet. If he adheres to terms of those conditions, Swett will be sentenced to one year in jail with all but 30 days suspended. (read more at the Lincoln County News)

Kennebunk Schools To Begin Advertising Brawndo. It’s Got Electrolytes

brawndoKENNEBUNK — The RSU 21 Board of Directors has unanimously approved the first reading of a new policy that would allow the district to accept corporate and business sponsorships not possible under current rules. The proposal, which gives the district the ability to collect donations of money and materials based on financial, as well as educational benefit, also shifts the approval process for related advertising from the school board to the superintendent. The current policy, last revised in 2012, requires a school board vote for any business sponsorship that involves a contract, or includes the display of advertising or sponsor logos for more than 30 days. The new policy, if adopted, would give the superintendent or a designee the authority to make deals for advertising on school property. The superintendent would need to “seek the guidance” of the school board only as he or she “deems appropriate.” The only formal requirement is that the superintendent must issue a “regular report” to the school board at undefined intervals “regarding advertising in the schools.” (read more at the Kennebunk Post)

Pumpkin Drop Helps Middle School Students Learn About Dropping Pumpkins

maranacook pumpkin dropREADFIELD — Maranacook Community Middle School students, with help from a Central Maine Power Co. lineman, smashed pumpkins on the school patio Monday morning for science. Teacher Dan Holman said having students watch as pumpkins of different shapes and sizes were dropped from a bucket truck some 45 feet up puts some “sizzle” into their lessons about Newton’s laws, increasing the likelihood the students will learn, and remember, the physics lessons at hand. Technically the pumpkins, some of them jack-o’-lanterns so rotten they were starting to lose their shape after sitting around the school for a week, fell to the earth with more of a splat or thud than a sizzle. But for reasons the middle school students, fresh from learning about Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion, explained, all the pumpkins — from ones larger than basketballs to others as small as baseballs — all seemed to fall at roughly the same rate. “Because one is bigger, you’d think it’d fall faster,” said sixth-grader Micah Wormell. “But it is resisting more, so they both fall at the same speed.” (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Ugly Sweater Contest At Local School Marks The 111th Straight Day Without Any Form Of Academic Activity

ugly sweater dayStudents at Saint Dominic Academy recently participated in an “Ugly Sweater Dress Down Day” to kick off their participation in the WGME Channel 13 and Fox News School Spirit Challenge to benefit the Good Shepherd Food Bank. The Ugly Sweater event garnered over $700 in donations, translating to over $5,600 of food for those in need, for the eight-week food drive that serves as a friendly competition between schools to show school pride and spirit, all while helping the community. (read more at the Twin Cities Times)

Portland High Students Can’t Read And The Administrators Can’t Add, But Students Can Still Go To Collage To Study Sciencing

Classroom. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorThe Portland School District has withdrawn student test score data presented to the school board on Tuesday, after the Portland Press Herald pointed out discrepancies between the report and state-reported scores. The district spokeswoman reissued a new set of data on Thursday, and the corrected data was posted on the district website. The incorrect data showed that 11th grade writing scores more than doubled from a baseline of 22 percent proficient to 45 percent proficient, when in fact the score remained static, and that 11th grade science scores had more than doubled from a 16 percent baseline to 34 percent, when in fact they declined a percentage point. The data is part of a new “District Scorecard” launched last year by Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk that uses a baseline score averaging results from the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, and setting annual targets for improvements. In addition to test score data, it measures year-over-year progress and percentage of graduates who enroll in college within a year of graduation. (read more, if you went to private school and know how to read, at the Portland Press Herald)

White Boys Reminded That It’s Their Fault That No Black Transgendered Lithuanian Rape Victims Were Allowed To Run In The Special Olympics Against Indians That Didn’t Like Dogs Until Obama Fixed It

mountain valley high school diversity dayRUMFORD — Mountain Valley High School senior Jared Arsenault said he learned at Tuesday’s Diversity Day that being introduced to differences is an important part of life. “I learned how ignorant people can be toward people who are different,” he said as he prepared to enter a workshop on Lithuanians. He had already attended presentations on Hispanics and the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender population. The sessions provided an opportunity for people from many ethnicities and lifestyles to talk about their experiences. Some students learned that many things they think they know about Native Americans are untrue. Among the truths described was the belief that although there is no God, everyone and everything is connected. Speaker Sikwani Dana told a group that Native Americans definitely did not dress only in the barest of coverings and did not cuddle with wolves, as they are sometimes pictured. Diane Gallagher, director of Safe Voices, taught about rape and dating abuse by calling on students to portray roles in a dating relationship. Sophomore Ali Turnick said the presentation taught her about her rights, relationships and what can be done legally. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

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)

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