Portland School Notebook: Feb. 22

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Friends School gets a new Head of School

PORTLAND — Friends School of Portland recently announced that Jenny Rowe, current director of The Community School in Tamworth, N.H., will be the next head of school beginning in summer 2012. Rowe will take the place of the current head of school, James Grumbach, who will retire at the end of the school year.

The Friends School search committee and Board of Directors said Rowe is a deeply committed and community-minded leader who can build on the school’s current success. She has extensive experience with strategic planning, admissions and development.

Breakwater School leader honored

PORTLAND — David Sullivan, head of school at Breakwater School, was recently elected to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Independent Schools.

The NEASC Commission on Independent Schools is composed of 18 heads of school and senior administrators and two public members who are elected to three-year terms by the full membership. The commission currently works with more than 610 member and candidate schools to ensure each independent school’s program integrity and effectiveness, commitment to improvement, sufficiency of resources and alignment with the Standards of Accreditation established by the Commission on Independent Schools.

Cheverus student honored with Youth Service Award

PORTLAND — The Rotary Club recently recognized Cheverus High School senior Céile Day with its annual Youth Service Award.

Day was honored with the award at a Rotary Club luncheon meeting on Jan. 27. In addition to the recognition award and a personal award of $500 to be used for college expenses, the Rotary Club will make a donation to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Day’s name.

Among her numerous acts of service this year, Day volunteered 378 hours of service at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, Cheverus Key Club, the Home Front Club, co-captain of the swimming and diving team, a student ambassador and a volunteer at Camp Sunshine.

CBHS students address environmental issues

PORTLAND — Juniors at Casco Bay High School recently presented proposals for addressing the nation’s environmental and energy issues to panels of environmental and energy experts and policy makers at their “In the Black” symposium.

Students covered topics ranging from the dangers of pharmaceutical waste to the potential of thorium and biofuels. The panelists came from organizations such as the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Efficiency Maine, the Maine Audubon Society and the Sierra Club.

Students began their cross-disciplinary learning expedition about current environmental challenges, especially the ramifications of the dependence on fossil fuels, with a case study of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia. While pursuing their research projects, they learned to think and act like scientists, policymakers, data analysts, philosophers and activists.

The expedition is the first section of a three-part curriculum. The overall goal is to expand students’ sense of how they can create positive change in the world.

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