Category Archives: Middle School

Comments sought on Maine’s IDEA Part B application

The Maine DOE is seeking comments from the public on its annual application for federal funds under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which covers services for preschool- and school-age children with disabilities.

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Maine DOE reminds schools of roof snow load hazard

The Maine DOE is reminding districts that the heavy snowfall this winter may be straining school roofs.

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Maine DOE renews efforts to support local change

The following Priority Notice was sent on Monday, Feb. 23 to inform Maine educators about the efforts of the Maine DOE to support the continued quality implementation of key initiatives that will improve teaching and learning in Maine, including the administration of new assessments, educator evaluation and the awarding of proficiency-based diplomas.

Dear Educators,

Welcome back from a well-deserved February break. As you know, in recent years the Department has successfully advocated for reforms that strengthen accountability, best practices and choice. The result is that our increasingly learner-centered schools will better prepare students for success in college, career and civic life.

Never before has more been expected of Maine students. The same could be said for our schools. Continue reading

Maine schools educating boys of color eligible for $10k COSEBOC award

Qualifying Maine schools are invited to enter the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) fourth annual COSEBOC School Awards, intended to celebrate preK-6th grade schools that are demonstrating success in educating boys and young men of color.

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Students encouraged to enter Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest

The Maine Secretary of State’s Office is inviting students to enter its Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest. The contest promotes understanding of the history of Maine, the Maine Constitution, and the importance of democracy and voting.

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Feb. 11 deadline to sign up students for paper-pencil assessment

The following Priority Notice was sent on Feb. 4 to District/System Administrators and School Coordinators for the Maine Educational Assessment for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy developed by Smarter Balanced, alerting them of the Feb. 11 deadline by which to request individual students be provided paper-pencil tests.

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Department posts video of recent assessment administration training

Maine educators who will be helping to administer the upcoming online State assessment but couldn’t attend one of the Department’s recent regional workshops can now see the entire training online.

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Feb. 4 deadline for opting-in for paper-pencil assessment administration

Maine schools wanting to give the upcoming Maine Educational Assessment for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy developed by Smarter Balanced as a paper-pencil test rather than online must let the Department know by Wednesday, Feb. 4.

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Maine students invited to share vision in digital storytelling challenge

Maine schools are invited to enter a free digital storytelling competition that asks students to share their visions for the future.

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Maine FFA students discover Agricultural Trades Show

Maine FFA State Officers at Maine Farm Bureau Display Left to right:  Representative Anthony J. Edgecomb, Maine House District 148 (Fort Fairfield), Carly Grass, Maine FFA Vice President, Tyler Raymond, Maine FFA Reporter-Sentinel, Jordan Canney, Maine FFA Secretary-Treasurer, Whitnie Bradbury, Maine FFA President, Senator Peter Edgecomb, Maine Senate District 1 (Caribou).

Maine FFA State Officers at Maine Farm Bureau Display
Left to right: Representative Anthony J. Edgecomb, Maine House District 148 (Fort Fairfield), Carly Grass, Maine FFA Vice President, Tyler Raymond, Maine FFA Reporter-Sentinel, Jordan Canney, Maine FFA Secretary-Treasurer, Whitnie Bradbury, Maine FFA President, Senator Peter Edgecomb, Maine Senate District 1 (Caribou)

Student leaders from the Maine FFA Association (formerly known as “Future Farmers of America”) traveled to the 74th annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center last week to visit with representatives of organizations and companies involved in agriculture and natural resources and to update them on the status of Maine FFA, which currently has more than 500 members in 16 chapters across the state.

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