Recent Highlights from Noble Middle School in RSU 60

Civil Rights Team Hosts Annual “Theme Week” with Success

Submitted by Terese Hodgdon, Secretary at Noble Middle School

In Berwick, Maine, Noble Middle School Guidance Counselors, Amy Malette and Sarah Burcalow, have been co-advisors of our Civil Rights Team for many years. They typically have 15-20 students on the Civil Rights Team. Meeting once a week, the students work on projects that fulfill the Maine Civil Rights Team Project mission statement:  We help schools think and talk about issues related to race and skin color, national origin and ancestry, religion, disabilities, gender (including gender identity and expression), and sexual orientation.

Recently, the Civil Rights Team hosted the annual “theme week.” This year, it was called “Identity Week.” Students and staff wore different clothing each day to show support for the different areas covered under the Maine Civil Rights Law. Students were invited to the office each morning to read a quote that pertained to the daily category. This year’s clothing options were as follows:

  • Monday: Wear Black and White clothing to show your support of all races and skin colors
  • Tuesday: Wear the colors of the flag of your national origin or ancestry.
  • Wednesday:  Wear all the colors of the rainbow to show your support of all genders and sexual orientations.
  • Thursday: Wear comfy clothing to show that people of all religions should feel comfortable in school.
  • Friday: Wear a hat to ‘put a lid’ on discrimination against disabilities.

During lunch periods, a table was set up in the cafeteria where there was a banner of flowers. Students could pick a petal and write on it what they were proud to identify with.

Fitness for Life and Teacher Good Enrich the Lives at Noble Middle School

Submitted by Elyse Galeucia, Literacy Coach at Noble Middle School

Over the years Noble Middle School (NMS), in Berwick, Maine, has been lucky enough to have wonderful teachers. Many do not compare to that of Physical Education teacher Rebecca Good. Ms. Good not only embraces her physical education curriculum, but is stellar in building relationships with students by investing and modeling the lifestyle she thinks everyone should have both physically and emotionally.

Every child Ms. Good has taught, both past and present, would all agree that she is a powerful, impactful, and unforgettable teacher. She has always had such finesse when working with students within their middle school years, an extremely delicate period of their lives.

Although there are many notable moments in Ms. Good’s 35+ year career, one of her many successes has been her Fitness for Life program at NMS. This program has allowed Ms. Good to invite many different community members, such as firefighters, police officers, Navy personnel, and parents, into the school to lead fitness classes in order to model how they are “fit for life.” Furthermore, she not only has brought this program to the classroom, on multiple occasions, she has scheduled times during the morning for the whole school (all 532 students) to work out together, staff and administrators included!

Ms. Good strives for excellence and is never satisfied with “good enough.” Within her daily physical education curriculum she is always finding ways to imbed literacy and technology in order to engage and bind her message of truly living a balanced life.

 

School Safety and Security Bulletin: Fire Alarm Changes and Codes

Throughout the 2018- 2019 school year, the Maine Department of Education, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Department of Health and Human Services, Maine State Police, Maine Sheriffs Association, Maine Chiefs of Police Association, and the Maine Emergency Management Agency will provide tips and resource information to Maine schools to help provide some guidance for identifying signs and preventing school violence.

School Safety and Security Bulletin  – March 2019

Further questions and inquiries can be send to Pat Hinckley, Maine DOE Transportation and Facilities Administrator at pat.hinckley@maine.gov.

FY2018/2019 Tribal Clean Diesel Funding Request for Applications (RFA) Changes; Deadline is April 3

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has combined fiscal year 2018 and 2019 Clean Diesel Grant funding into one Request for Applications (RFA). An additional $2.0 million in grant funding has been added to the already open FY18 Tribal RFA for a total of $4.0 million available. Under this amended grant competition, each applicant may request up to $800,000 in federal funding, and EPA is expecting to award between 5 and 12 grants. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

Please visit the Clean Diesel Tribal Grants Website for the RFA and Supporting Documents (www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-tribal-grants)

Tribal Applicants Click Here If Interested in Learning More About the VW Mitigation Trust DERA Option.

Priority – Priority is given to projects that achieve significant reduction in diesel emissions and exposure in areas designated as having poor air quality, and in areas receiving a disproportionate quantity of air pollution from diesel fleets.

Eligibility – Tribal governments (or intertribal consortiums) and Alaskan Native Villages, which have jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, are eligible to apply for Tribal Clean Diesel grants.

Use of Funding – Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment may include:

  •  School buses
  •  Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles
  •  Locomotive engines
  •  Marine engines
  •  Nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at ports or airports), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps).

Further questions can be send to Pat Hinckley, Maine DOE Transportation and Facilities Administrator at pat.hinckley@maine.gov.

Release of FY2018 Title IA Basic Disadvantaged and Program Improvement Funds for General Title IA Reallocation-Title IA FY2019 Summer School

The Maine Department of Education’s ESEA Federal Programs Title IA Office is announcing the availability of approximately $700,000 of FY18 Title IA Disadvantaged and Program Improvement funds for Title IA reallocation purposes.

The Application for FY2018 Title IA Funds Reallocation (Title IA FY19 Summer School Application) and Title IA Reallocation Procedures are available on ESEA Federal Programs website by clicking on the Title I Icon.  The Application or FY2018 Title IA Funds Reallocation (including how the funds will be used to improve the performance of Title IA identified students along with a detailed budget) must be mailed/postmarked by April 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. and mailed to:

Department of Education
ESEA Clearinghouse
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023

For more information regarding Title IA programs, please contact monique.sullivan@maine.gov. or jackie.godbout@maine.gov.

Cornville Regional Charter School: Community Centered and Uncompromisingly Learner Centered

Submitted by Ashlee Savage, Administrative Assistant for Cornville Regional Charter School

The Cornville Regional Charter School is doing some amazing things district wide. As a district, we are community-center and uncompromisingly learner-centered. We have 3 schools that serve a variety of age ranges from Prek to Grade 10.

Our Early Childhood Campus serves learners ages 4-6 and are working very hard to pull in community members and businesses into the classrooms. This happens in a variety of ways from having those people come directly into the classrooms to run learning opportunities to setting up different centers in the room to represent different businesses. This campus also does a great job with scheduling and hosting parent involvement nights.

Our Cornville Campus offers a variety of opportunities for learners, facilitators, and families. Each learner participates in special interest groups 3 days a week. These special, unique offerings include, but are not limited, to knitting, rhythmic gymnastics, snowshoeing, robotics, gym games, felt art, painting, etc. Our schedule also allows learners to move from room to room as needed throughout the day to ensure that everyone’s education is customized to their needs. For facilitators, they receive a numerous amount of professional development. Every Friday our district has an early release day which allows staff to partake in meaningful PD for the last 3 hours of each week. Lastly, the Cornville Campus has great parent involvement. We offer multiple celebration of learning nights, book fairs, grandparents luncheon, and numerous PTF events.

Our Downtown Campus has 1/3 of the sophomore class currently enrolled in a college course, 2 of the learners are part of the Maine Meals (a local business) team participating in the Maine Center for Entrepreneurship Top Gun program at Thomas College, 1 of the learners is a member of the Somerset Public Health’s board, several of the learners are involved in building a wooden boat with a local community member, and several of the learners have volunteered at a local retirement home and at the local humane society. As a school, they are also putting together a full fabrication lab that is accessible to not only all of the learners but also to community partners. Community involvement is super important and with the downtown campus being right in the heart of Skowhegan, it is the perfect opportunity to get our learners working and learning beside community members.