Kennebec Valley Regional Superintendents’ Association Hosts 4th Biennial Showcase Event

In an effort to promote the masterful work our public schools do for the students in the Kennebec valley region, the Kennebec Valley Regional Superintendents’ Association (KVRSA) sponsored it’s 4th biennial Showcase Event on November 15, 2019 at Cony High School in Augusta.

This year 10 school districts participated with their students sharing 20 different and ingenious educational opportunities taking place in their schools. Showcase activities ranged from digital photography, ELL programming, culinary arts, Fast Break Café, Dual Enrollment opportunities, JMG Backpack programs, innovation using upcycled materials, STEM and the latest technology such as 3D, printers and Robots.  We had students share their digital graphics program, multiple pathway opportunities and a 20% Project program.  We were also entertained by two performing groups.

This worthwhile event was attended by DOE representatives, Superintendents, Principals, School Board Members, Parents, and Maine Legislators.

“This was such an awesome event!” said Page Nicols, Chief Innovation Officer for the Maine DOE. “I was especially impressed by a group of high school students from Gardiner working on ‘The 20% Project’ in which they developed a business idea and then actually launched the business.  There were a couple of graduates with them who have further pursued their project/business since they graduated.”

“I was so impressed by the caliber of the student ambassadors as they shared what they were learning and doing in the various programs they were representing,” said Shari Templeton, Maine DOE Science & Technology Specialist and Kennebec County Regional Representative. “From RSU 3 elementary students adeptly discussing Cougar coins and PBIS strategies to RSU 18 high school students proudly describing their Fast Break Café, the young people were poised, confident and strong advocates for the programs they represented. Kudos to the next generation and the teachers who lead them,” she added.

Participating School Districts and what they were showcasing are as follows:

Elementary – Grades Pre-K – 5

  • RSU 3 – PBIS
  • RSU 18 – Robotics

Middle School – Grades 6 – 8

  • RSU 3 – IKnowME
  • RSU 38 – Ratio Math Projects

High School – Grades 9 – 12 & Technical Center

  • Augusta – Digital Photography and ELL Program, CATC Culinary Arts and serving, Cony Madrigals – Welcoming performance
  • RSU 3 – Chamber Singers (Performing during event)
  • RSU 18 – Fast Break Café
  • RSU 38 – Dual Enrollment
  • MSAD 49 – JMG Backpack Program
  • MSAD 13, 59 & 74 – Innovation using upcycled materials and the latest technology such as 3D printers and Robotics
  • MSAD 13, 59 & 74 – Multiple Pathways Academy
  • MSAD 11 – 20% projects completed and in progress
  • MSAD 54 – Digital Graphics Program

Adult Education

  • RSU 38 – Maranacook Adult and Community Education

Information and pictures for this article were provided by administrators from the Kennebec Valley Regional Superintendents’ Association (KVRSA).

Maine FFA Aroostook Chapter Students Collaborate on Leadership

On November 15, 2019, 160 enthusiastic Aroostook County FFA student members (formerly known as “Future Farmers of America”) participated in a one-day workshop at the University of Maine at Presque Isle devoted to leadership skills of positive influence, prioritizing, time management, and teamwork.  The University’s Sustainable Agriculture program sponsored the event.

Student State FFA Officers Graham Berry (President), Camryn Curtis (Vice President) and Ava Cameron (Secretary-Treasurer) developed, organized and conducted the workshop, with assistance from Haillee Cunningham and Alli Kenney of Ashland High School and from Emma Burby, Brandon Dubie, Izzy Higgins, Rheanna Ortman, and Amanda Winslow of Presque Isle Regional Career & Technical Center.  Logistics were assisted by Doug Robertson, State FFA Advisor, Maine Department of Education.

All current FFA chapters of Aroostook County fielded students to the event:  Ashland High School, Ashland Middle School, Caribou Technology Center, Central Aroostook High School, Central Aroostook Junior High School, Easton Junior/Senior High School, Hodgdon High School, Presque Isle Regional Career & Technical Center, Presque Isle Middle School, Washburn High School.

Considering Positive Influence in Leadership (left to right at table in foreground, five students facing camera): Hunter Cunningham, Ashland Middle School - Nick Margeson, Caribou Technology Center – Madelyn Buzza, Presque Isle Regional Career & Technical Center (PIRCTC) - Creed Chasse, Ashland High School – Maggie Currie & Clay Gregg, PIRCTC
Considering Positive Influence in Leadership (left to right at table in foreground, five students facing camera): Hunter Cunningham, Ashland Middle School – Nick Margeson, Caribou Technology Center – Madelyn Buzza, Presque Isle Regional Career & Technical Center (PIRCTC) – Creed Chasse, Ashland High School – Maggie Currie & Clay Gregg, PIRCTC

Maine FFA is a statewide organization whose nearly 500 members come from grades 7-12 classes devoted to areas of agriculture and natural resources (including science curricula infused with agriculture and natural resources topics).  Workshop content included discussion of topics, brainstorming, and hands-on illustrative activities.  In additional to leadership skills, students had the chance to meet and work together with peers from other schools.  Some students at the workshop had also recently returned from the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, an event attended by nearly 70,000 students from across the country.  In addition to workshops and conventions, students in FFA are often involved in local community service and may benefit from numerous awards and scholarships.

Schools interested in starting new FFA chapters should contact:  Doug Robertson, Maine FFA Advisor, Maine Department of Education, doug.robertson@maine.gov  (207) 624-6744.

MSSM Student Elected as Youth Governor of YMCA Youth and Government Program

Submitted by Ryan McDonald, Public Relations Coordinator, Maine School of Science and Mathematics. 

Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) student Martin Brozman, a junior from Bangor, will serve as the 78th YMCA Youth Governor of the Great State of Maine. He was elected to the office by his peers at the 2019 Maine YMCA Youth and Government program on Sunday, November 11th. Martin is the first MSSM student ever to hold the position. With his election, Martin will attend the YMCA Youth Governor’s Conference in Washington, D.C., representing the Maine YMCA, and he will serve as Governor of the 2020 Youth and Government program in Augusta.

The MSSM delegation returned to Limestone Sunday evening where they were welcomed by a Limestone Police and Fire Department escort at the town line and a celebratory student body ready to welcome Governor Brozman and the rest of the group home. Additional recognition to this year’s senior participants: Will Whitman (Swan’s Island), Michael Delorge (Biddeford), Toben Streevy (Bar Harbor), Taesu Joo (Republic of Korea), Jordan Theriault (Fort Fairfield), James Lau (Buxton), Jay Philbrick (North Yarmouth), Christian Chagnon (Eliot), Annie Giroux (Wales), Shea Sewall (Hope), and Madelyn Battcock-Emerson (Kittery).

Brozman’s platform was based on a need for affordable healthcare here in Maine. He believes that this would “attract young people and families to live here and thrive. Without having to worry about healthcare costs, young families will be more likely to stay and be active members of their communities.” Brozman comes from a family of doctors and plans to be either an orthopedic surgeon or a neurologist. Brozman went on to say, “This program has helped me realize the role of government, and now I have a better understanding of the politics behind medicine.”

YMCA Youth and Government program allows any High School student in Maine to participate in a hands-on experience of how Maine’s Legislative process works. Delegates have a variety of duties such as drafting all the bills to be debated and discussed, and electing their peers to serve in leadership positions to lead at the State House weekend. They also receive training in how to complete all leadership roles for the weekend. YMCA Youth and Government Program Delegates serve as Youth Governor, Cabinet, Representatives, Senators, Lobbyists, and Media Staff, and have a unique opportunity to have access to the State House during the program. The program takes place in the actual chamber and committee rooms.

For more information contact Lonney Steeves, Maine YMCA Youth and Government Director, at lonneysteeves@gmail.com.

 

Lewiston Adult Ed Class Sparks New Life In Clown Car

Submitted by Mike Reagan, Education and Marketing Coordinator, Lewiston Adult Education.

Small Engine & Power Equipment Repair students at Lewiston Adult Education bring in chainsaws and snowblowers with seasonal regularity.

When the weather gets warm again, instructor Richard Hussey will see the return of lawnmowers. But this fall, he had a student bring in a repair job that would not fit in with the others, though it did have a small engine.

Patrick Penley is a member of the Kora Temple Shrine, a Kora clown and the owner of a multicolored jalopy that had several owners before him.

“My goal was to get that running,” he said.

The clown car had a three-horsepower engine and during the semester, it was removed and replaced by a power washer engine.

“We had to modify the engine. We had to modify the framework. We had to modify the drive system. And this was done primarily by the student. I just gave the guidance,” Hussey said.

He said that students can bring in gasoline engines at the start of the semester but are responsible for bringing them in and taking them home at the end of class. Penley brought the clown car in the back of his pickup truck.

“It has to come and go. That’s your size reference,” Hussey said.

The Small Engine class is finishing up for the fall semester but is scheduled to return for Winter-Spring 2020. The class listing will appear in the combined Lewiston Adult Education-Auburn Adult & Community Education brochure, which is set to come out in early January.

In addition to the clown car, Penley worked on a leaf blower and chainsaw in the class.

He hopes to have the car off and running in a 2020 parade. For those interested in seeing it run a little sooner, here is a link to a video of a test run on Tuesday night at Lewiston High School’s main entrance.

Maine School of Science and Mathematics Graduate Selected as a Schwarzman Scholar

Submitted by Ryan McDonald, Public Relations Coordinator, Maine School of Science and Mathematics.

Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) graduate Gordon McCulloh, Class of 2016, has been selected as a Schwarzman Scholar and will undertake a one-years master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in 2020.

A highly selective international program, Gordon is the first student from Maine, and only the third from the USAFA, to become a Schwarzman Scholar whose programmatic focus is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future.

Gordon studies astronautical engineering, applied mathematics, and Arabic at USAFA. He earned the 2019 USAFA cadet of the year award and held various leadership positions that focused on building others, such as managing the academic performance of over 1,400 cadets. A proponent of commercial and international collaboration in the space environment, Gordon interned at Ad Astra Rocket and SpaceX. His intent to study in China is to inspire peaceful space policies and technological solutions as an engineer and acquisitions officer in the United States Air Force.

Full details of the Schwarzman Scholarship Program can be viewed at: https://www.schwarzmanscholars.org