Bridge Year student Taylor Smith gives a tour of the United Technologies Center in Bangor. Smith is enrolled in the business management program at UTC and hopes to become a nurse.
In the spring of 2014, fourteen Hermon High School students will graduate with a high school diploma, a year’s worth of college credits and the incentive to continue their education thanks to Hermon’s Bridge Year program, launched during the 2012-13 school year. Now the program’s steering committee is seeking funding to replicate this progressive program all over the state—and Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen recently announced to committee members and area legislators Gov. Paul R. LePage’s plan to do just that by including money for Bridge Year in his proposed budget. Continue reading
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
Mrs. Leslie Marquis and her Biology II class at Wisdom Middle/High School in St. Agatha, ME, after winning the S.W. Cole Engineering contest, “Dig Into Science.” The class won $1,000 to spend on a field trip to the location of their choice.
Jordan Theriault of Caribou Middle School conducted experiments in Challenger’s simulated space lab, applying skills in math and science and discovering how they relate to real-world experiences.
Thanks to the Challenger Learning Center of Maine for sharing this article with the Maine DOE for publication.
Sixth and seventh grade students from Caribou Middle School and Limestone Community School worked together to become astronauts and mission controllers at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor on Nov. 15.
Their simulated space science mission took them into orbit to encounter a comet. As they shared the thrill of discovery, students had to effectively communicate, follow directions, solve real-world problems, and work remotely in mission control and space lab simulators.
Individual teams focused on space communication, navigation, medicine, aeronautical engineering, weather, robotics, HazMat, life support, and biology. Continue reading
Maine FFA state officers (four on left) and FBLA state officers joined forces to provide leadership training to high school students at the Augusta Armory.
Two of Maine’s technical student organizations, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA), joined forces for the first time at the Augusta Armory to provide nearly 100 high school students with fast-paced leadership training on Nov. 1.
Workshop topics included the role of FFA and FBLA in helping their members realize personal growth, become better leaders, and gain skills to help them be successful in their future careers. Students participated in discussions and interactive group activities, having a chance to meet peers from other schools and to learn skills that may help them after graduation.
Shannon Shanning, Maine’s 2013 Teacher of the Year, joined other semi-finalists at a banquet marking the end of the latest Teacher of the Year cycle on Nov. 2. During the banquet, Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen presented Shanning with a proclamation from Gov. LePage, making Nov. 2, 2012, “Shannon Shanning Day.”
Shanning, a seventh- and eighth-grade special education teacher at Whittier Middle School in Poland, was named Teacher of the Year during a surprise ceremony at her school in September.
Teachers, administrators and superintendents eager to incorporate response to intervention (RTI) and student-centered learning practices into their curricula flooded the Augusta Civic Center for breakout training sessions at the Experts Down the Hall conference on Monday. But it was seven RSU 2 students who stole the show during the student panel on learner-centered instruction.
This year’s Hall-Dale High School seniors will be the first graduating class to have spent all four secondary education years in a student-centered learning environment—and they raved about their experience.
Sanford Jobs for Maine’s Graduates instructor Melissa Small (in blue) took three of her students to participate in the Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention. Students, from left, in red: Leighana Muise, Cassidy Bennett and Brooke Cote.
Thanks to Jobs for Maine’s Graduates for sharing the following article with the Maine DOE for publication.
Melissa Small, the Jobs for Maine’s Graduates specialist at Sanford High School, and three of her students participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk in Gowen Park in Sanford on Sept. 29. The event raised $1,197 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.