Category Archives: Middle School

Preliminary assessment participation data available

The following priority notice was sent on July 12

The Maine Department of Education is pleased to share preliminary participation rate data for general assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy for grades 3-8 (eMPower™ME) and third year high school (SAT).

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Math teaching improves for students with disabilities

The Maine Department of Education provided three of its five days of intensive Foundations of Math training last month to some 30 educators in the Lewiston-Auburn and Turner areas. The rest of the training will take place in early August. The training is an integral piece of Maine DOE’s “Math4ME” special education initiative, designed to improve math achievement for Maine students with disabilities.

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Digital, hands-on learning through storytelling is focus of student conference Thursday

AUGUSTA – Imagine! Learning by making and doing, storytelling, programming and coding; that’s what students love and there is a hands-on learning conference designed just for them. Maine’s Learning Technology Initiative is holding its 2016 MLTI Student Conference on Thursday, May 26 at the University of Maine, Orono. Students from over 50 schools across Maine will gather for experiential, hands-on sessions for students to learn with their MLTI devices.

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Science webinar from NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will broadcast a live educational webinar from Galveston, Texas as part of the 2016 Hurricane Awareness Tour on May 17 at 11 a.m. The 45-minute webinar is free and recommended for science students in grades 4-6.

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Maine school featured for effective, learner-centered instruction

Hall-Dale Middle and High School was one of 18 high-performing schools selected to present at the Ignite ’16 School Showcase in February. Ignite is hosted annually by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Center for Secondary School Redesign. The national showcase convenes school leaders, teachers, and students from the nation’s top middle and high schools to discuss effective practices, programs and strategies with colleagues from across the country.

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WeatherBlur – Call for schools to participate

The Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) is seeking elementary and middle schools centered around the northeast, mid-coast and Portland areas to become part of its WeatherBlur program for the next two school years.

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National FFA Vice President discovers Maine agriculture

February 22-26 was National FFA Week, which made for an impressive week for a national student leader visiting Maine. Formerly known as “Future Farmers of America,” FFA is the leadership training organization for secondary and middle school students enrolled in courses related to agriculture and natural resources, as well as fostering the networking and community outreach efforts of post-secondary students in these areas.

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Maine’s Read to ME Challenge has become a ritual

Maine’s Read to ME Challenge became a household activity for the Veneziano family in Hermon this past month. The television public service announcements for the campaign that kicked off February 2, are of Jodi and her twins Donnie and Frankie reading. Aside from assisting the Maine Department of Education in producing these PSAs, this family took the challenge seriously.

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Read to ME Challenge gone viral

It’s not an ice bucket challenge but some have taken it to that extreme as Maine takes on the challenge…the Read to ME Challenge. Since the February 2 launch, The Maine Department of Education’s literacy awareness campaign has gone viral which was the hope at its inception.

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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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