Category Archives: Oxford County

Commissioner Bowen recognizes those who support at-risk youth

AUGUSTA – Maine education chief Stephen Bowen has presented his annual Commissioner’s Recognition Awards to those who have helped at-risk youth find success in school and beyond.

Commissioner Bowen was joined by Emanuel Pariser and Leslie Morrill, co-chairs of the State Advisory Committee on Truancy, Dropout and Alternative Education, in presenting the awards at a Blaine House ceremony last week.  Continue reading

Four districts prepare for construction projects

The Maine Department of Education School Facilities Services team is working with four districts on a total of six proposed construction projects.

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Hands-on learning a success in Oxford County

Eighth grader Ken Stump shows Commissioner Bowen a solar panel they created to heat the indoor greenhouse at Roberts Farm in Norway.

Eighth grader Ken Stump shows Commissioner Bowen a solar panel Oxford Hills Middle School students created to heat the indoor greenhouse at Roberts Farm in Norway.

I had the chance visit three Oxford County schools yesterday as part of my Promising Practices Tour, just a day after releasing the new A-F school grading system designed to improve transparency. As a state, we need to move beyond the one-size-fits-all models of teaching and embrace student-centered models like the ones many Maine schools, like the ones I visited in Oxford County, are doing. Governor LePage and I made reference to that Wednesday when we unveiled the new school report cards, which showed a majority of Maine’s elementary and high schools earned an A, B or C.

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Education Commissioner’s visit promotes promising practices at Oxford County schools

Mountain Valley Middle School student Abby LaBrash explains her genetics project to Commissioner Bowen.

Mountain Valley Middle School student Abby LaBrash explains her genetics project to Commissioner Bowen.

SOUTH PARIS – A day after releasing a new school grading system designed to focus on transparency and continuous improvement in schools, Maine’s Education Commissioner toured three Oxford County schools that are embracing new models for educational excellence.

The visit by Maine Department of Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen to Oxford Hills Middle School and Oxford Hills Technical School in RSU 17 and Mountain Valley Middle School in RSU 10 was the latest in his Promising Practices Tour.

Bowen began the tour on Thursday at the Roberts Farm Preserve in Norway, where he talked with Oxford Hills Middle School seventh and eighth graders about the life science and leadership skills they’re developing by participating in the farm’s experiential learning program.

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Oxford Hills Technical students compete in skills-specific demonstrations

Oxford Hills Technical School Pre-Engineering students Nicholas McNelly and Ian Lejonhud complete a computer simulation using programmable logic controllers.Oxford Hills Technical School pre-engineering students Nicholas McNelly (left) and Ian Lejonhud complete a computer simulation using programmable logic controllers in the school’s Skills Challenge on Jan. 10.

Skills Challenge is an annual afternoon and evening event in which students from the school’s 19 programs participate in skill-specific competitions and demonstrations for parents, community members and others. Continue reading

Maine names career-technical teacher of the year

Peter Barlow accepts Maine’s 2012 Career and Technical Educator of the Year award for his excellence as a metal trades instructor in Mexico.
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LEWISTON – Peter Barlow, a metal trades instructor at the Region 9 School of Applied Technology in Mexico, was named Maine’s newest Career and Technical Educator of the Year Friday in front of more than 400 of his colleagues. Barlow has taught precision machining and welding programs at Region 9 since 1991.

Educators gathered Friday to share best practices from around Maine at the third annual CTE conference at the Lewiston Regional Technical Center.

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Putting test data to good use

Check out this excellent article in the Lewiston Sun Journal about how SAD 44 teachers use MEA test results to improve teaching concepts that are part of Maine’s Learning Results standards:

SAD 44 teachers dig into test results

Conference addresses math for students with disabilities

Special education staff and other educators who work with students with disabilities are invited to a conference focused on the neuropsychology of math and applying such concepts to math instruction for students with disabilities.

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Schools list gets green light

Six schools can now plan for construction or renovation

AUGUSTA – Six schools in critical need of renovation or replacement got the go-ahead to build new facilities or renovate existing ones today from the State Board of Education, which approved a proposal from Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen.

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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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