Northern School Notebook: May 18

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What’s Happening in District 51?

CUMBERLAND — The month of March held many special events for MSAD 51 students, particularly in the arts and robotic engineering.

Throughout the district, March was known as Celebration of the Arts Month.

Many different events occurred throughout the month, such as the Greely High School Band and Pops Concert, the Greely Middle School Concert and the annual “Poetry Jam” for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The highlight of the month-long celebration of arts was the Family Arts Night on March 30, which featured musical performances, a demonstration by the Greely Color Guard, dance and theater workshops and community art projects. Student artwork was also on display around Greely Middle School.

The artwork of two MSAD 51 students were included in a special exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art. The Maine Art Education Association selected work by Sydney Shepard of the North Yarmouth Memorial School, and Carter Lawless of the Drowne Road School to be featured in the Youth Art Month Exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art.

In other news, the Greely High School robotic engineering team was the tournament champion and received the Think Award at the 2010 VEX Championships held on March 27 at the UMaine campus . The competition involved 19 teams from Maine and Massachusetts.

Compiled by Peter Bailinson, a junior at Greely High School, who lives in Cumberland.

Sidebar Elements

At the Destination ImagiNation’s Global Finals held in Knoxville, Tenn., Yarmouth team, “Pair-A-Dice,” won first place for building a robot. The team also received the Renaissance Award for outstanding design and engineering or performance. Pair-A-Dice team members are Harrison Middle School eighth graders, Lily Daggett, Grace King, Emma Maierhofer, Maddy Maierhofer, Hannah Peters and Emma Peterson.