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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)

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)

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