Category Archives: Middle School

Celebrate school counselors Feb. 1–5

The first week of February is National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). School counselors uniquely contribute to the educational programming in our schools through comprehensively designed behavior, academic, and college and career supports. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students succeed in school and plan for a career.

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Principals can expect School Health Profile (SHP) surveys soon

Every two years, the Maine DOE in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducts the School Health Profile (SHP) survey of middle and high school principals and lead health teachers.

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Four 2015 Native American essay contest winners announced

The annual Maine Native American History and Culture Essay Contest saw four top essayists being recognized for learning about the rich history of the Wabanaki peoples of Maine.

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Nominations sought for 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year

AUGUSTA — Nominations are now open for the 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year. Members of the public are encouraged to nominate educators who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and nurturing the achievement of all students at http://www.mainetoy.org through Feb. 8. To be considered, a teacher must hold at least a four-year degree and be employed by a Maine public school – including a public charter school or publicly supported secondary school.

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Statewide Arts Education Census

The Maine DOE is collaborating with the Maine Arts Commission to establish a statewide inventory of all arts education programs and resources in the state’s 754 prekindergarten through 12th grade schools. Data collection has just begun and will continue through May 2016.

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FFA opportunities brought to Foster Technology Center

Members of the Maine FFA Association (formerly known as “Future Farmers of America”) had a chance to share more about their organization with students in the forestry program at the Foster Technology Center in Farmington.

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Science instruction in three dimensions

To understand science phenomenon and generate solutions to problems in science and engineering, students need to behave like scientists. Teachers can support this process through the way they organize lessons.

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Social Studies DBQs: Not just for AP students

One highly effective instructional strategy that leverages student inquiry is the Document-Based Question (DBQ). The 2007 Maine Learning Results standards for Social Studies call for instruction in social studies content as well as the application of critical thinking, research, and discipline-based processes and knowledge. The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies further emphasizes the importance of the acquisition of knowledge and skills through student inquiry.

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Saco teacher surprised with Milken Educator Award and $25,000 in cash

Michaela Lamarre is the only teacher to win the prestigious prize in Maine

Watch a video from the notification assembly here.

SACO — Michaela Lamarre, an eighth-grade science teacher, was caught off-guard when, in front of an enthusiastic school-wide assembly at Saco Middle School, she was surprised with a Milken Educator Award and a $25,000 check this morning.

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Students honored for their creative accomplishments by Maine’s First Lady

The Hall of Flags was filled with music and a lot of excited school students who were recognized at a celebration of Excellence in Maine Visual and Performing Arts Education. This first combined celebration by the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Arts Commission was recognized as an effective collaboration between state agencies by Maine’s First lady Ann LePage. “The collaboration is an excellence example of state agencies working together to provide more opportunities for Maine students.”

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