Category Archives: Knox County

Downeast students earn passing grade from Marine Resources Commissioner for winter flounder project

More than 50 students from coastal high schools presented their preliminary findings on their winter flounder project to Maine Commissioner of Marine Resources Patrick Keliher last week. Continue reading

Two Maine educators Presidential Award winners

A kindergarten teacher from Cushing and fifth-grade math teacher from Yarmouth are Maine’s recipients of the prestigious 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Continue reading

Commissioner Bowen to address Rockland Kiwanis Monday

ROCKPORT – Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen will speak to the Rockland Kiwanis Club Monday about his department’s commitment to seeing all Maine students leave school college and career ready.

In his remarks as the guest speaker at the June 10 lunchtime Kiwanis meeting at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Commissioner Bowen will share how the Maine Department of Education is increasingly a resource to districts in developing and deploying the best practices that ensure educator effectiveness and high student achievement.

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Maine State Museum combines history, tech and theater for students

Joanna Torow, Maine State Museum's chief educator, provides information to students from Rangeley Lakes Middle School.

Joanna Torow, Maine State Museum’s chief educator, provides information to students from Rangeley Lakes Middle School, who attended the performance by the Marti Stevens actors in the Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives exhibit gallery.

Thanks to Sheila McDonald, deputy director of Maine State Museum, for sharing this article with the Maine Department of Education for publication.

History, theater and technology recently converged in a lively program simultaneously involving eighth graders visiting the Maine State Museum’s Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives exhibit gallery and fourth graders at a remote site at Rockland’s South School.

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Two Maine schools receive national recognition

AUGUSTA – Hope Elementary School and Solon Elementary School were among those recognized this month as U.S. Department of Education’s 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

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Student-produced video a finalist in film festival

Still image from The Domino Effect, an anti-bullying video created by Nancy Nickerson's fourth grade class at South School Elementary.

Still image from The Domino Effect, an anti-bullying video created by Nancy Nickerson’s fourth grade class at South School Elementary.

Nancy Nickerson’s fourth grade students at South Elementary School in Rockland were recently recognized as finalists for their short film at the 35th annual Maine Student Film and Video Festival in Waterville.

Her students created an anti-bullying video titled The Domino Effect, for which they acted, directed, edited, and wrote the script. When the film aired as part of the Maine International Film Festival on July 21, Nickerson’s students traveled to the Waterville Opera House for the premiere.

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Camden Hills teacher receives Presidential Award

AUGUSTA – Ken Vencile, an honors and advanced placement biology Ken Vencileteacher at Camden Hills Regional High School, was named this week as one of 97 mathematics and science teachers nationwide to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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3 regional social studies workshops scheduled

Three workshop sessions designed for middle- and high-school social studies teachers will help participants connect with other social studies teachers in their region and explore ways that the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies can support thinking and learning in their content area.

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Learning about proficiency-based education

Author icon: Head shot of Commissioner Stephen BowenInterested in learning more about proficiency-based education and the efforts of a growing number of Maine schools to transition to a system that’s shaped around students, their needs, and the ways they learn best?

This week is a good week to find out more.

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ATOMIM offers Algebra readiness discussion series

ATOMIM, the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine, will be holding a series of “Dine and Discuss” events on the topic of Algebra readiness.

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