Mid-Coast School Notebook: Oct. 21

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Residents invited to participate in MAHS accreditation

Parents of school children and other interested community members are invited to participate in a self-study being conducted by the school’s professional staff.

The study is a significant component in the process by the Commission on Public Schools for the Accreditation of Mt. Ararat High School by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

According to Principal Donna Brunette, all aspects of the school will be evaluated during the self-study. Volunteers are most urgently needed, however, to serve on committees that will evaluate core values, beliefs, and learning expectations; curriculum; instruction; assessment of and for student learning; school culture and leadership; school resources for learning; and community resources for learning.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is a voluntary membership organization of more than 2,000 public schools, colleges and universities, independent schools, and vocational/technical and career institutions. Approximately 630 public schools throughout New England are accredited through the Association’s Commission on Public Schools. The Committee works with individual schools to improve the quality of their programs at all levels through a process of self-study, evaluation, and follow-up activities.

Anyone interested in volunteering time or in learning more about the self-study should contact either Sewall Janeway or Jessica Belanger, at 729-2951 during school hours or by email at janeways@link75.org or cowiej@link75.org.

Leadership day being hosted at Hyde

At the fifth annual Maine Youth Leadership Day on Oct. 28, over 1,300 students from 77 schools will convene at the Hyde School in Bath.

U.S. Sen. Angus King. I-Maine, will open the event with a keynote presentation. After which attendees will rotate through three sessions of workshops, choosing among 35 topics lead by both student groups and Maine community and business leaders. Each workshop will focus on the day’s theme of “overcoming obstacles and embracing our challenges,” and key in on the importance and challenges of sound moral character and the practice of leadership.

Attendees will convene for a student panel before heading home.

Throughout the event Hyde media students will be capturing interviews with visiting students, asking them about their perceived strengths and challenges of being a leader in Maine. The public can follow the event on social media channels using the hashtag #leadersofthe207 or tune into the Hyde School Facebook page to watch live streamed interviews throughout the morning.

The event is being sponsored by The Maine State Leadership Alliance at Hyde School. 

Region Ten students, from left, Tanisha McKenzie, Tyler Lowe, Garrett Crowley, Kiernan Davidson, and Stacia Easler, practice their sauté flipping skills at the Curtis Memorial Library How-To Festival on Oct. 1. The students used birdseed so birds would be treated to any that spilled. The class brought 20 sauté pans in assorted sizes so even the youngest visitors at their booth could participate. 

Sam Aseltine looks on while Sparky – aka Rachael Eramo – greets young future firefighters at the Brunswick Fire Department Open House on Oct. 10. Eramo, who is in the EMT-Basic program at Region Ten Technical High School, said, “It was great to … see so many little kids interested in fire safety.” Eramo and Aseltine, along with the rest of their Region Ten EMT-Basic classmates, are earning five free college credits through a dual enrollment with Southern Maine Community College and are working toward the certification needed to be professional EMTs.