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.
Teachers at The REAL School, a public alternative and special education school in Falmouth, started an agriculture and culinary arts program this past year, utilizing adventure- and project-based service learning practices to enhance the school lunch program with locally grown produce. This brief video by Wisconsin PBS documents the school’s approach and the inspirational results.
Deering High graduate Ryan Flaherty made the Baltimore Orioles’ opening day roster this year. When Ryan attended Lyseth Elementary, one of his teachers, Ron Penney, encouraged his love of baseball.
Ryan Flaherty, a 2005 graduate and standout athlete of Deering High School in Portland, completed his journey to the major leagues this year when he made the Baltimore Orioles’ opening day roster.
Flaherty grew up in the North Deering neighborhood, attending Lyseth Elementary School and Lyman Moore Middle School. At Lyseth, he forged a special relationship with one of his teachers, Ron Penney. “He would always talk baseball with me,” Flaherty recalled. “I just related to him really well, and I respected the man a lot.”
In high school, Flaherty lettered in three sports – football, basketball and baseball – and he captained the 2005 football team. Flaherty was a member of one football team and two Deering baseball teams that won state championships, and he helped lead Nova Seafood to the 2004 American Legion World Series Championship.
AUGUSTA – Governor LePage recognized students from Bangor Elementary and Middle Schools for their artwork during the Celebration of Arts Education at the Blaine House on June 6. Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen, Maine’s First Lady Ann LePage and Chair of the State Board of Education James Banks joined the ceremony.
Three kindergarten students from the Fruit Street School – Callie Tennett, Alexander Montano-Smith and Oscar Croce – performed a song they created with the guidance of their music teacher, Anne Chamberlain-Small, at the ceremony.
Thirty-nine pieces of student artwork from Bangor have been on public display since April. The student artwork is viewable online or can be seen in person during office hours at the Maine Department of Education, fifth floor of the Cross Building, in Augusta.
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Students learn about GarageBand in a breakout session at the 2012 MLTI Student Conference at UMaine.
ORONO – When Emily and Katie Morse’s love of Pokémon morphed into a passion for the Japanese language, they knew that Machias Memorial High School could not offer them the Japanese program they wanted. With the use of their Maine Learning Technology Initiative MacBooks, the twins were able to take online, self-paced language courses at Brigham Young University while earning credits toward their high school diplomas.
Google recently featured Wells High School junior Morgan Brewster and special education teacher Cheryl Oakes as part of its “Google Search Stories” series.
Future Focus event puts eighth-grade girls from central Maine in contact with Iraqi counterpart, women working their dream jobs
By Charlie Hartman
“Do you like Justin Bieber?”
With a roll of her eyes, Maryann replied, “Oh, noooo!”
Shrieks rang out in response through Given Auditorium at Colby College as 250 eighth-grade girls talked to Maryann Naman in Kurdistan, Iraq, live via Skype. The girls, from four schools in central Maine, were at the morning keynote of Future Focus, an annual conference sponsored by the Waterville branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI).
By Hayley Simmons
The last thing most Mainers are thinking of with snow on the ground is summer. For Gail Lombardi, Program Manager of the Summer Food Service Program at the Maine Department of Education, however, the next few months will be focused on recruiting sponsors dedicated to feeding children when school lets out for the summer. The Summer Food Service Program, run by the Maine Department of Education, provides kids receiving free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch during the school year with nutritious meals during the long summer months.
Career and technical education is preparing Maine’s students to succeed in college, careers and civic life by equipping them with the skills they need to enter high-demand fields that are critical to the state’s economic future.