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May 2015 Achievements & Recognition

posted May 20, 2015, 11:44 AM by Susan Conley

May, 2015 MSAD #51 Achievements & Recognitions

The achievements recognized at this meeting are but a sampling of the great things being accomplished within our District.  For additional achievements please refer to the District’s website.

Today the Board would like to highlight several happenings at Mabel I Wilson:

Family Literacy Night at MIW

Dr. Seuss’ birthday was celebrated with a Family Literacy Night. Students were able to visit different stations to participate in activities. They made Oobleck, listened to read alouds, and checked out iPad apps and websites that support literacy. Children created artwork, visited a Photo Booth, made a “Cat in the Hat” striped hat, and played a Green Eggs and Ham Rhyming Game.  Everyone enjoyed snacks such as One Fish, Two Fish Goldfish, Hop on Popcorn, Cat in the Hat cheese sticks & parfaits.

This event couldn’t have been so successful without the fabulous volunteers!  A big thank you to MIW staff who prepared activities and who volunteered that night: Teresa Folley, Alyssa Robbins, Johna King, Kathryn Begos, Margaret Brown, Allison Fluet, Allison Griffin, Mary Train, Theresa Cameron-Raymond, Janet Hotham, Jacki Lyon, Candy Allen, Sallie Hunter, Kathi Kearney, and MIW friend, Jean Swan.  

An especially big thank you to PTO for their help recruiting the many parents who supported this successful event volunteering and making creative snacks to match our Seuss theme!  

The Green Committee

The Green Committee sponsored its second annual "Green Week”.  Their mission is to celebrate earth stewardship and to educate about how to better take care of our earth. The theme this year was the "Full Plant Cycle" and bulletin boards were prepared to give students a visual of the plant cycle. The students learned about the topics of recycling, composting, energy and water conservation, clean air and water and ways to make the world a better place. The Green Committee even collected milk cartons in the lunchroom to reuse/recycle during Green Week. The week culminated with the staff and students wearing green to celebrate Earth stewardship.

National Poetry Month


MIW was a fun place to be in April during Poetry Month! Teachers and students read poetry during lunch “Poetry Jam”. Third grade students recited poems each Wednesday during the morning announcements. Many poems were displayed throughout the building for staff and

students to enjoy. Thursday, April 30 was “Keep a Poem in Your Pocket Day”. Teachers and students chose poems to keep in their pockets to share with others throughout the day.

The Annual K-5 Poetry Jam will be held tomorrow, May 19th, beginning at 5:30 at GMS.  

Art Show

Last week, the Student Art Show at Mabel I. Wilson opened to great reviews. Our students thoroughly enjoyed showing off their beautiful artwork to their parents and community members.  Congratulations to the artists as well as art teachers, Lynda McCann-Olsen and Joanne Matusko.  A special thank you to the volunteers who hung the art. Some of the amazing pieces featured in the show will be included in the next Ranger Connection eNewsletter.

Spring Into Summer

Tuesday, June 2nd from 5:30-6:30 there will be various stations set up in the MIW library with ideas for families to keep students engaged in learning throughout the summer.  Some stations will include ideas for books at various levels, board game ideas, ipad apps, summer reading programs, math games and more!  Teresa Folley, K/1 Literacy Teacher Leader, Alyssa Robbins, 2/3 Literacy Teacher Leader, and Clare Harrington, K-5 Math Coach will all be available to chat and answer questions.

March 2015 - Achievements & Recognition

posted Apr 10, 2015, 7:17 AM by Susan Conley   [ updated May 20, 2015, 11:45 AM ]

March, 2015 MSAD #51 Achievements & Recognitions

(Part 1- April 6)

The District is proud and eager to celebrate the achievements of its students.  The achievements recognized at this meeting are but a sampling of the great things being accomplished by our students.  For additional achievements please refer to the District’s website.

Today the Board would like to highlight achievements by Greely Middle School students:

Core Values Banner

The 4-8 staff was recently asked to nominate students to include on a new student banner for exhibiting outstanding safe, responsible, and respectful behavior. Over 200 nominations were submitted.  

School administrators reviewed the nominations and selected finalists based on the following criteria:  the number of teachers nominating a student, grade level, gender, and diversity representation within the school population. The following 15 students were chosen:

Abby Irish, Anya Davis, Caleb Croce, Cam Dean, Charlie Saffian, Dani Tebbs, Dylan Hall, Emma Dexter, Ethan Jensen, Georgia Goodman, Matt Kennedy, Nathaniel Dudek, Pablo Burnsteel,  Ruby Skye Maze and Yahya Saleh

Congratulations to each of these students for exemplifying core values each day.  

Math Team

The 5th and 6th Grade Math Teams took part in the third Southern Maine Math League competition.  5th grade participants were Kate Gervais, Mia Raley, Audrey Flynn, Max Cloutier, Anna Rosenthal, and Alex Collins. 6th grade members were Grant Allard, Kendrick Dahme, Leif Harvey, Bridget Lary, and Madison Albert.  The "mathletes" competed against 330 students from 29 other schools. Both teams took 8th place. Congratulations to Kate Gervais (5th grade) and Madison Albert (6th grade) who took 3rd and 2nd place respectively in the individual rounds.

Color Guard

The GMS 4-5 Color Guard recently wrapped up their competitive season at the Maine Band Directors Association Winterguard Finals. The group earned a three star rating, earning them a bronze medal.  This year's show was "Locomotion".  The team is coached by Carrie Begley, assisted by high school students Nicole Morse and Arianna Marquis.

The  6-8 Color Guard also competed that weekend and earned a four star rating, earning them a silver medal.  This year's show was "Pompeii" and featured soloists Ksenia Smart and Mikayla Estes.  The team is coached by Carrie Begley and Annie Davis.

Expanding Your Horizons Conference

Recently a group of 48 young ladies from GMS traveled to the University of Maine, Orono, for a STEM conference directed toward females interested in science, technology, engineering, and math careers. The ladies worked with guides familiar with college life and professional opportunities in STEM. Out of the entire state, Greely had the most girls in attendance from one school!

Rewarding Month for School Music Program

It has been a very busy and rewarding month for our middle school music program. Both Greely Middle School Band and Choral programs held very successful Trimester 2 concerts at the beginning of the month.

Later in the month, the bands performed at the Maine Band Directors' Association Festival and received excellent ratings.  The sixth grade band received a silver rating and the 7th and 8th grade band a gold.

The jazz band recently performed at the State Jazz Festival and placed 1st in Division 1.   This was the first time that Greely received the top award.  Congratulations to the following musicians:

6th graders: Ben Hall, Rylan Harrison, Maria Paquin, Turner Gamache, and Leif Harvey

7th graders: Aaron Howell, Chris Theodores, Tim Ostergaard, Toby Kany, Isabella Caron, Dylan Hall, and Olivia Giandrea

8th graders:  Pablo Bernsteel, Tim Lester, Isaac Moore, Edmund Paquin, Lars Boddie, Cole Moore, Cam Bubblo, Mathew Smith-Erb, Jill Cass, Anna Briley, Nicolas Giandrea, Cam Sarchi, Maddie Perfetti, and Ben Follett

In addition, outstanding individual musicianship awards were given to Edmund Paquin for trombone and drums. The entire 8th grade trombone section received an award as well (Lars Boddie, Cam Bubblo, Cole Moore, and Edmund Paquin).

National History Day

Several GMS students participated in the Maine State National History Day competition which was held Saturday, March 28 at UMO. The theme this year was Leadership & Legacy. Ashton Maze won first place for his Junior Individual Exhibit on Rosie the Riveter. Madison (Maddie) Albert won second place for her Junior Individual Exhibit on Prudence Crandall.  They will both be moving on to represent the state of Maine and Greely Middle School in Washington D.C to compete in the national competition in June.

Team Doubletop Honors

The following Team Doubletop students were honored during the months of February and March as students of the week for consistently exhibiting respectful, responsible, and safe behavior in school.

Anna Briley and Nick Hughes 2/9 - 2/12

Courtney Rog and Pablo Burnsteel 3/2-3/6

Kolby Cornwall and Julia Curran 3/9-3/13

Kira Shepard and Aidan Michaud 3/16-3/20

Madison Weatherbee and Jack Gustafson 3/23-3/27    

Drama Club’s Spring Performance

The Drama Club shared their substantial talents in their spring production of Sleep Trudy under the able direction of Jean West.  They performed for evening audiences as well as the entire 4-8 student body.  Congratulations to the cast and crew!

Finn Dierks-Brown Olivia Giandrea Camilla Lattanzi

Abby Briley Bella Griswold Stephanie Bruder

Ashton Hutchins Gavin Hines Ciel Antoine

Juslyn Theriault Eliza Ingersoll               Parker Stair  

Isabella Caron Nate Jacob                   Lindsey Lefevre

Anna Barry Isabelle Boisvert           Gaby Bernal

Kate Ramseyer Gwen Jackson              Lily Hayden-Hunt  

Audrey Hankinson Caroline Rose               Gabi Mitchell-Labrie

Jane Way Ryah Lempert               Logan Cieniawski  

Samantha Bright Hannah Kropp               Anna Raley

Lizzy Hanson Olivia Labaree               Marshall Ray                

Leah Moss Sara Santerre                Bridie Frost           

Sophie Gustafson

March, 2015 MSAD #51 Achievements & Recognitions

(Part 2- April 9)

The achievements recognized at this meeting are but a sampling of the great things being accomplished by our students.  For additional achievements please refer to the District’s website.

Today the Board would like to highlight achievements by Greely High School students:

Ford Automotive Challenge

Alex Jennings placed 1st in the Ford Automotive Challenge and is off to the State AAA competition.  Good luck, Alex!

Drama Club’s Spring Performance

The Drama Club presented its spring production, While the Lights Were Out, a murder mystery.  The performances were outstanding.  Congratulations to the cast and crew as well as director, Audrey Northway.


Harry Pershing, Tess Hall, Evan Carrell, Eric McKeone, Allie Swaney, Sophie McMonagle, Julia Ramseyer, Cam Dehais, Malik Black, Mika Gallati, Brie Nicolaou, Nate Medrano, Evan Hill, Jackie Floyd, Lexy Rose


Lighting: Nick Fortin, Claire Nicholson, Brooke Lawrence

Sound: Ben Ray, Charlie Guild, Becc Israel, Abby Washo

Stage Managers: Stephanie Weeman, Kaitlyn Megathlin, Nik Kurlanski

Set Construction: Ben Ray, Ben Gove, Andrea Bryant, Kevin Cass, Andrew Sacco,

Connor Rog, Nathaniel Harrington, Sam Lane

Set Painting: Emma Mason, Siana Emery, Dinara Yessimova, Katy Price, Ryan Morrison

Costumes: Katie Wood,Hannah Rose, Abby Israel, Annabelle Hamer, Becca Hamlin, Clarissa Campo, Nora Harrison

Cast Bios: Libby George, Meg Currie, Evan Hill, Emily Braley

Makeup-Hair: Sammy Kurlanski, Stephanie Johnson, Abby Osgood, Sam Pynchon, Tara Ford, Jennifer Kern

Photography: Lydia Dahlgren, Libby George

Program Design: Kaitlyn Megathlin,Tristan Scilipoti

Props: Sam Bonnevie

Art Work/Poster: Tristan Scilipoti

Canvas Paintings: Maura Perry, Lucy Brown

UNUM’s Annual Tech Night

For the first time, 14 students attended UNUM’s Annual Tech Night.  Students were able to attend a mini career fair where UNUM employee's had displays and many interactive programs showing students how technology was utilized in their job/business area.  Students could ask questions, participate in demonstrations, use technology and in general see first hand how they could translate an interest in technology into a career. Students also had the opportunity to visit several colleges who had tables set up, had dinner, and then spent the majority of their time in hands on activities that were directed by UNUM employees

The Board would like to acknowledge Ashley Caswell, Community Relations and Development Manager, for making this opportunity available to our students. This is a great example of the District partnering with the community.

Jazz Band

The Jazz Band played at the Lions Club Cabin Fever dinner to support Greely student scholarships.

Greely’s Own Good Samaritan Shovelers Help Local Residents

This winter, some residents of the Rockwood Condo Association in Cumberland Foreside, found it difficult to keep up with snow removal.  Carol Grover, the president of the condo association and a former teacher, offered the creative suggestion of approaching high school students to help with the snow removal. Samantha Kennedy, president of the Community Service Club responded to the call for help and recruited a helpful team of fellow students, who spent many hours of strenuous work to aid the Rockwood residents. The residents enjoyed having the students around and the students had a rewarding experience.  

Community Service Club members who participated were:  Audrey Mann, Alex Tebbs, Sam Kennedy, Emily Buchanan, Erin Molloy, Alex Kemna, Zöe Fluet, and Erin Campbell

State Science Fair

Nearly one hundred students from eleven different Maine high schools presented the results of their original research at the Maine State Science Fair. Greely was well represented by the following:

Gregory Pershing, Jared Merrifield, Kathryn Abel, Lillian Black, Ethan Brouder, Michael Geary, Alexander Gerencer, Caroline Isasi, Jackson Libby, Gretchen Manley, Ella Novick, Trevor Rafford, Madison Rawnsley, Bridget Roberts, Safa Saleh, Megan Shibles, Jennifer Spencer, Griffin Weston, Meagan Curry, Declan Campbell, Kyle Hansen, and Maggie Nolan

Special Award and Category winners from GHS were:

Special Awards:

American Psychology Association -  Safa Saleh

NOAA  - recognizing research with a global impact -  Kyle Hansen

Naval Research award for overall research excellence - Meagan Currie

Category awards:

Biology, Biochemistry, & Medical Sciences - Second Place - Meagan Currie

Chemistry and Mathematics  - First Place -- Maggie Nolan

Computer Science - Third Place --  Ben Sinclair

Earth Science, Physics & Astronomy - First Place - Jared Merrifield

Environmental Science - Third Place -- Lillian Black

Microbiology - First Place -- Griffin Weston


The Western Maine Class B Coaches Associations named senior goaltender Kyle Kramlich the Evan Spear Award winner as the most outstanding player in Western Class B as well as the Goaltender of the Year.  Kyle was also just named Greely’s Male Winter Athlete by The Forecaster.  

Nettie Cunningham, a freshmen, won the 2015 Class A Giant Slalom State Championship with a time that was five seconds faster than her nearest competitor.

Ashley Storey was named Miss Basketball by the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches.  The award is given to the top senior girls basketball player.  Ashley was also just named Greely’s Female Winter Athlete by The Forecaster.

February 2015 - Achievements & Recognition

posted Mar 5, 2015, 7:41 AM by Susan Conley

February, 2015 MSAD #51 Achievements and Recognition

Mabel I Wilson

MIW hosted a  STEM night for 50 students and families.  STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math.  The evening was a great success.  Thanks to Claire Harrington, K-5 Math Coach, for coordinating this event.

The third grade held its annual Biography Wax Museum.  Students selected a famous/historic person that they wanted to learn about.  They read a biography about that individual, learned facts about the individual and then transformed into the historic figure. On the evening of the Wax Museum, students dressed like their famous person and recounted facts about their lives.  Those in attendance got to meet famous individuals ranging from Amelia Earhart to General Patton.

Greely Middle School 4-5

Greely Middle School 6-8

“A Lot Alike Week” was sponsored by the Civil Rights Team.  The purpose of the week was to promote an understanding that our similarities are greater than our differences.  Brandon Baldwin of the Maine Civil Rights Project spoke at assemblies to kick off the week-long event on Monday, February 9. There were a series of events that happened during the week, including an advisory activity in which students wrote something about their ancestry or a hobby on a sunray that was posted in the lobby of school.  

The GMS Cheering Competition team recently performed at Cheers From the Heart, a charity competition at Biddeford High School.  The 6th - 8th grade Super Stars team placed 2nd out of 8 teams in their division!  

Greely High School

Greely's Creative Collaboration Class co-taught by Maureen Holland, special education teacher, and Kelvin Hasch, technology ed teacher, is an inclusive class in which the students create products to sell through their website and at the Greely Craft fair.

This year, the class will be donating $900 to Safe Passage and $900 to Firefighters for Kids!

January 2015 - Achievements & Recognition

posted Feb 24, 2015, 1:14 PM by Susan Conley   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 7:39 AM ]

January, 2015 MSAD #51 Achievements & Recognitions

The Development Office recently distributed Ranger Connection, a monthly e-newsletter, recognizing several accomplishments in the District.  If you did not receive the e-newsletter, you may find the January issue on the District’s webpage.  

Greely Middle School 6-8

Team Doubletop honored the following 8th graders who have demonstrated core values of respectful, responsible, and safe behavior in school.  

Week of 1/5 - Edmund Paquin and Maddy Perfetti

Week of 1/12 - Matthew Smith-Erb and Jill Cass

Week of 1/17 - George Kendall and Wren Payne

Week of 1/26 - Brooke Asherman and Aiden Smith

Lions Club Peace Poster Contest - Audrey Hankinson, a 7th grader, won at the State level for the Lions Club Peace Poster Contest. Her artwork will now compete at the International level.

Greely High School

Poetry Out Loud Competition was held in January and the following Greely High School students participated: Abby Israel, Hannah Jennings, Lily Black, Sydney Smart, Jared Merrifield, Samantha Kane, Sefa Selah, Sophie McMonagle, Diana Jenkerson, Timothy Kendall, Gregory Pershing, Brooke Lawrence, Bhramari Schiff, Isabella Perry, Jenna Rice, Benjamin Sinclair and Blaine Ventre.

Sophie McMonagle placed first, Blaine Ventre placed second and Brooke Lawrence placed third. Sophie will compete in the Southern Maine Regional Competition.

Maine All State Music Selections - Congratulations to the following students:

Band - Caroline Isasi, bass clarinet; Jenna Pavis, alto sax; Will Silvers, tenor sax

Orchestra - Ryan Beagan, double bass; Libby George, mallet percussion; Kathryn Landry, violin

Mixed Chorus - Malik Black, Cam Dehais, Brian Sidders

Treble Chorus - Rachel River, Leila Rollins, Rachel Thurston

Maine Winter Special Olympics were held on January 25th and 26th at Sugarloaf. 500 athletes representing 68 teams competed in nordic skiing, alpine skiing, snowshoe, speed skating and dual ski.  The following athletes represented Greely:

Alpine - Elena Johnson, Alex Agastino, Charlie Saffian, Jack Rosenblum and Scotty Wentzell

Snowshoe - John Misener, Noah Hamer and Michael Thibodeau

Cross Country - Conner Hines

These athletes are coached by Amy Jacobson, Mark Leavitt, Michele Beaulieu, Kristen Obery, Craig Reynolds and Anne Grygiel.

Katherine Leggat Barr was named the Gatorade’s Maine Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Russell Graham competed in a gymnastics event held at West Point and placed first in the parallel bars.

Erin Holmes, as a member of The Nor’easters, competed at the Synchronized Skating Eastern Sectionals in Lake Placid, New York.  The team successfully qualified for the final round and then placed 4th out of 30 teams in their division.  

Ashley Storey, a senior basketball player, scored her 1000th point during a victory against Cape Elizabeth.

December 2014 - Achievements & Recognition

posted Dec 19, 2014, 10:12 AM by Susan Conley   [ updated Dec 19, 2014, 10:15 AM ]

December, 2014 MSAD #51 Achievements and Recognition

Mabel I Wilson School

The kindergarten team is gathering all kindergarten students together each Friday morning for a short community meeting. During this time, they greet each other and sing together. The time is brief yet significant in building a strong sense of community for these youngsters.

At MIW, they are continuing to use the labsite model of learning for teachers' professional development. This year, they have added some labsites that are focused specifically on math practices; in past the focus has been all literacy. Teachers are enjoying the time to work together and share ideas while trying strategies in a classroom together.

Greely Middle School 4-5

Fourth and fifth grade students have been busy this past month helping others in the community in a variety of ways:

Mr. Brookes' 5th grade class sponsored a school-wide penny drive. Proceeds will be tallied this week and donated to the Bruce Roberts Toy Fund, an organization that provides holiday presents to the children of needy families in southern Maine. Each classroom attempted to fill at least one large container with pennies. The total collection will be announced at an assembly on Friday, December 19th.

Students also participated in the 9th annual Read-A-Thon which was created

to help students build an awareness of their ability to make a difference in their community.  Students collected pledges for the amount of time they have read outside of school. Once collected, the pledges will be tallied and used to support families in our community during this winter season. This support may be in the form of family groceries, winter clothes, fuel assistance or holiday gifts for children. We will also use the funds raised to help send students in the 4th and 5th grade to Summer Recreation Camp.  The total collection will be announced at an assembly on Friday, December 19th.

Greely Middle School 6-8

In December, Team Doubletop honored several 8th graders as team students of the week:

Week of 12/1 were Gowan Frost and Maddie Irish

Week of 12/8 were Maggie McCormick and Aidan Hayes

Week of 12/15 were Evelyn Hanley and Dante Gianattasio

These students have demonstrated core values of respectful, responsible, and safe behavior in school.

On Wednesday, December 3rd, Greely Middle School held the first band and chorus concert of the school year.  The 6th grade band, 6-8th grade chorus, and 7th and 8th grade band all performed.  Our students played beautifully under the direction of Sarah Cummings, Ann Dillon, and Scott Thurston.  

Additionally, 23 chorus students recently auditioned for the District 2 Honors Chorus.  Of the 23 who auditioned, a record 17 students were accepted.  The audition process is rigorous and requires time spent outside of school learning and rehearsing a choral piece.  Well done to all of the students who had the courage to audition, and congratulations to the 17 who were accepted.

Greely High School

Two teams competed in the VEX Robotics competition which was held in Augusta on Saturday, December 13th.

On December 11th, the high school held its band concert.  The students exhibited incredible musical talent as they played complex pieces under the direction of Mr. Rollins.

Will Silvers has been accepted to the All Eastern Music Festival on tenor sax.  This is quite an accomplishment as students from any of the North Eastern States can apply.  (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont)  He'll be going to rehearse and perform with this ensemble in Providence, RI next April.

Several of our fall athletes were recognized for their accomplishments:

The following are Western Maine Conference All-Academic Award Winners.  These are seniors with an overall high school cumulative GPA of 93 or higher:

Chris Goding Cross Country

Will Johnson Cross Country

Emily Mason Cross Country

Ciara Hayes Field Hockey

Danielle Rice Field Hockey

Ben Jagolinzer Soccer

Mia Lambert Soccer

The Forecaster selected Katherine Leggat-Barr and Aiden Roberts as the Greely Athletes of the Fall.  Katherine is a member of the Cross Country team and Aiden is a member of the Golf Team.

The Western Maine Board of Approved Soccer Officials recently announced its awards:

Jocelyn Mitiguy with its Outstanding Player/Sportswoman Award.  This award is given annually to three female soccer players with the criteria being Sportsmanship, Leadership, Ability and Contribution to Team Success.  

Josh Muscadin, Greely Girls Soccer Team Coach, earned the Coaches Award.  The Coaches Award is given annually to the coach that '... exhibits the highest ideals of the coaching profession.'  

Having two award winners from the same school is unprecedented in the history of this officials board.

Greely PTO

And thanks to the Greely PTO who organized the Fill a Bus, Fill A Belly Event. The Transportation Department assisted with providing a bus and removing the seats. Generous members of the Greely Middle School community donated 4,700 pounds of food to the local food pantry. 94 Families will be fed almost a month worth of food!  

June 2014 Achievements & Recognition

posted Jun 3, 2014, 7:27 AM by Susan Conley

June, 2014 MSAD #51 Achievement and Recognition

Mabel I Wilson School

On May  22 the staff of MIW hosted a dedication ceremony for the bench honoring the life and work of Amy Hill, a treasured friend and colleague and who is remembered by many for her love of working with children and for her dedication to promoting literacy.  Family members, former colleagues and friends shared remembrances and read poems in tribute to Amy.  Community members are encouraged to visit the new bench, an ideal location for reading or quiet moments, located near the MIW playground.

North Yarmouth Memorial School

The NYMS Wellness Committee has great pride in and excitement about promoting healthy habits for our students and staff.  Once again, we participated in the global celebration of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in early May.  The event is known as Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously).   Students rotated through a series of “field day like” activities while showing their spirit in class tie dye.  We so appreciate the support of our many volunteers and the generous donation from the PTO to make this day what we had envisioned.

Congratulations to the 5th Grade Math Team members from NYMS who recently participated in the Southern Maine Math Finals at the Portland Exposition Building. They took 6th place out of 31 teams who participated.  A special recognition goes out to Madison Albert who took 1st place in the individual round, and also to Bridget Lary who came in 4th place.  These two students competed against 180 other "Mathletes" from Southern Maine.  Nice work Math Team!

Spring seems to be the season of performances and this spring certainly did not disappoint.  Both the NYMS Chorus and Fifth Grade Band had their final concerts.  Both events were well-attended and a joy to experience.  In addition to those events, the Fourth Grade performed a musical about friendship for family and friends, which was absolutely heartwarming.

Greely Middle School

On Friday, May 23, our 6th grade students had the opportunity to get their first taste of the Rippleffect experience when the staff came to GMS to work with students on team building activities.  The purpose of this work was to expose students to the staff and types of activities they will encounter on the island in September.  Students and staff had a ball working together to complete team building tasks.

The entire GMS band marched in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday.  They sounded terrific and represented the school and district with poise.

The GMS Civil Rights Team (CRT) sponsored an awareness campaign Thursday, May 22nd.  The “Soup Can-Paign” raised awareness about how labeling people is not helpful.  "Labels are for soup not people."  The CRT had posters in the cafe, a newsletter, announcements, and a big soup can with quotes about how labeling is harmful.  Thanks to our amazing team of students who continue to raise awareness about our Civil Rights.

Greely High School

Congratulations to the following students who represented GHS at the Maine All-State Music Festival:  Will Silvers, Jenna Pavis, Kathryn Landry, Brian Sidders and Cam Dehais.

GHS junior Meagan Currie and sophomore Claire Nicholson recently attended the prestigious Bread Loaf New England Young Writers’ Conference set in the Green Mountain National Forest near Middlebury, Vermont, on grounds where the poet Robert Frost worked, wrote, walked, and taught for many years.

Currie, a junior enrolled in the IB Diploma program, participated in a workshop group focused on poetry writing. Nicholson, a sophomore, participated in a fiction-writing group (although she also writes poetry and has three poems published in the 2014 edition of Inkwell).  Currie and Nicholson were among a group of about 150 students from around New England and the rest of the country who gathered at Bread Loaf from May 15-18 to work closely with other serious young writers and to study with published writers and teachers.

2014 National Latin Exam results:

The following students are receiving certificates for placing at the Cum Laude level on the 2014 National Latin Exam—

Everett Blakelund, John Donahoe, Siana Emery, Nathaniel Harrington, Samantha Kurlanski, Victoria Lattanzi, Hannah Megathlin, Kaitlyn Megathlin, Claire Nicholson, Emma Nicholson, and Sophie Pearson.

The following students placed at the Magna Cum Laude level--

Erin Campbell, Alexis Elder, Cameron Kennedy, Christopher Perry, Matthew Pisini, and Laura Rose.

Two students placed at the Maxima Cum Laude level:

Grace Hayden-Hunt and Isabella Perry.

Congratulations to the 2014 Excellence in Latin Award recipient Madeline Clark.

2014 National Spanish Exam results:

level 2:   over 35,200 exams were given in the regular category nationwide:  

75th - 84th percentile:  Isabel Porter (77) and Brian Sidders (79).  

85th - 94th percentile:  Will Pidgeon (85) who was 8th in the state, and  Maggie Nolan (88) and Jackie Perlmutter (88) who tied with three other students (from other schools) for 6th in the state.  

level 3:  28,858 exams were given nationwide:

75th - 84th percentile:  Harrison Pershing (75),  Charlotte Benoit (78), Isabella Perry (78), Kendra Elder (79), Brooke Lawrence (79), Sophia Stickney (79), Kevin Cass (80), Sarah Johnson (82) , and Hannah Megathlin (84).

85th  - 94th percentile: Alexis Elder, who was in a four-way tie for 7th in the state.

level 4:  16,380 exams were given nationwide.

75th - 84th percentile:  Anna Collins (75) who tied for 10th in the state.

85th - 94th  percentile:  Benjamin Jagolinzer (94) who was 3rd in the state!  

level 5:  over 5,600 exams were given nationwide.

75th - 84th percentile:  Eliza McKenney (77) who was 4th in the state.  

85th - 94th  percentile:  Lydia Wickard (89) who was second in the state.  

Congratulations to the 2014 Excellence in Spanish Award recipient Eliza McKenney.

2014 French National Contest

The following students have ranked nationally in this year’s French National Contest. Sam Bonnevie and Caleb Howell ranked 7th in Level 2; Connor Rog ranked 10th in level 3; Tara Ford ranked 6th in level 4; and Kirstin Sandreuter ranked 8th in level 5. Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students were evaluated for their written, oral, and listening comprehension skills in French.  Nearly 100,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2014 event.  French teachers Kim MacDonald and Patricia Thibault are very proud of their students’ accomplishments.

Top ten scores in the state of Maine on the exam:

level 2: Sam Bonnevie and Caleb Howell - 2; Alyssa Gerencer and Thomas Potts - 5; Zoe Lambert, Kathryn Paré, and Bhramari Schiff - 7; Logan Decourcey - 8; Sam Lane -9; and Brianna Desjardins - 10

level 3: Connor Rog - 4; Nate Grandchamp and Jacob Small - 8

level 4: Tara Ford -1; Allison Perreault -4; Mary Potts -5; Libby George -7; Meagan Currie -8

level 5: Kirstin Sandreuter -1 (she has been #1 all four years of taking the exam); Emma Nicholson -3; Natalie Dedon, Katherine Nicolaou, and Louis Zambello - 5; Anna Fitch -7; Kaitlyn Graham and Sam Parkinson - 8; Dorothee Jakob and Laura Pitassi -9; Lily Englund and Kelly Vine - 10.

Congratulations to Kirstin Sandreuter, the Maine Foreign Language Student of the Year.

May 2014 Achievements & Recognition

posted May 6, 2014, 10:01 AM by Susan Conley

May 2014 MSAD #51 Achievements and Recognition

Greely High School

Congratulations to the PATHS Career and Technical Education student of the year, Isaiah Merrill.  Isaiah is currently a second year carpentry student here at PATHS.  He is at the top of his class for his work ethic, which has fostered considerable knowledge and skills as a carpenter.  Isaiah has completed nearly three years of curriculum in just two years.  Furthermore at the completion of the school year Isaiah will receive up to seven advanced college credits from Eastern Maine Community College and three certifications in carpentry.

Congratulations to Tess Hall and Sierra Moore members of the class of 2015 for their induction into the Foreign language National Honor Society (due to our error, their names were omitted from the original list distributed.)

Jade Morlock was selected to attend a three-day studio-based workshop at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle.  She is one of 72 Maine students that will work intensively for the three days in one craft and study with Maine craftspeople.

Haystack school info: http://www.haystackmtn.org/HighSchoolPrograms.php

A group of seniors who were recipients of scholarships from the Lion's Club this year were honored at a banquet recently.  Congratulations to those students honored:  Michael Sacco, Eliza McKenney, Jill Booth, Kaija Petrone, Caitlyn Croce, and Sam Parkinson.  

Update from the Cumberland Food Pantry:  “We had over 5000 pieces of boxes, bags and cans weighing 3000 lbs + that got marked and re- packed today ready for inventory. Mr. Kelvin Hasch's class did all this in 20 minutes - a Pantry record! The kids were great and I can't thank you enough for their help today and caring hearts - Great to work with kids that are compassionate about their community!”

Bill Shane, Town of Cumberland Manager

Greely Middle School

With our continued work with the Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Peer Training Program on Tuesday, April 29  Phil Fogelman from Boston came to work with our Peer Trainers, Health teacher, and School Counselors during the day at the Cumberland Town Hall.  The student leaders are gearing up to teach once again in 6th grade Health classes.

​A special thank you goes out to Clarissa Campo, Sydney Gilbert, and Natalie Giroux for speaking at the community Anti-Defamation League's Parent night at the High School held the same evening.  They did a wonderful job sharing their experiences as ADL Peer Trainers and also led an activity.

On May 1, GMS hosted the district-wide band concert.  It was wonderful to see how our students grow over time in their playing abilities.  The highlight of the evening was when all of the band students in grades 5-12 collaborated on the final piece of the night, “Junkyard Jam”.  Parents who play instruments also joined the ensemble.  It was a great show of community, collaboration, and creativity.  Thank you to Sarah Cummings, Scott Thurston, and Kevin Rollins for working together to create such a fun event to showcase our students’ progress in the arts.

Several students deserve recognition for their achievements at the National History Day competition on Saturday, April 12.  This year is the first in which Greely Middle School students participated in this excellent program under the guidance of GT teacher Barbara Dichter with additional support from our K-5 GT teacher, Kathi Kearney.  The students have worked most of this school year researching and preparing for the event, which was held at UMaine Orono.  To say our students did well is an understatement -- every GMS participant was recognized in the competition. The results are listed below:

•  Tim Kendall 3rd place Website: Equal Rights For Students - How The Supreme

  Court's Decisions Have Changed

•  Chloe Waldrep 2nd place Paper: Disney Princesses Portray The Evolution of

   Women's Rights

•  Lily Black, Claire Davis, Izzy Evans 1st place Performance: Women's Fight For The

   Right To Vote In Maine - Both Sides Of The Story

Congratulations to Scotty Wentzell, Charlie Saffian and Sydney Pitts in their participation of the Cumberland County Special Olympics Track and Field event on Friday May 2.

North Yarmouth Memorial School

Thanks to the Arts Alliance, students and staff at NYMS enjoyed an afternoon of Contra Dance just before vacation.  Music was provided by a live band and the “caller” guided participants through learning the steps of couple different dances.  There was great energy and enjoyment throughout the afternoon!  It was a great way to get some exercise and socialize!

Mabel I Wilson School

Just prior to break, we celebrated a World Cultures day at MIW by having all students learning about Brazil.  Linda Collins and Rachael Whitmarsh were instrumental in the success of this event.  They worked with a group of parents and teachers to plan lessons, design schedules, create decorations, gather supplies, recruit volunteers,... (just to mention a few of the tasks).  The students traveled to seven different lessons during the day learning about the geographic area, culture, language, dances, food, games, and literature.  The entire school community was engaged in the day long, school-wide celebration.  Thank you to everyone who helped to plan and volunteered their time.

Finally, in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week,  thanks to all of the staff members in our District for everything they do each day to contribute to the growth of our students, and thank you to the Greely PTO for their efforts in organizing this important week.

April 2014 Achievements & Recognition

posted Apr 8, 2014, 10:04 AM by Susan Conley   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 10:13 AM ]

Achievements and Recognition for MSAD #51, April 2014

Mabel I Wilson School

This past month, MIW held a parent informational night for writing and math attended by approximately 50 parents. In addition, they learned some ways to support their children with homework and other ways to reinforce math and writing. We appreciate the dedication of those parents who were able to attend and those who expressed interest, yet couldn't join us on that evening. We hope to hold more informational evenings again in the fall. Thank you to Janet Anderson, our literacy coach, and Clare Harrington, our math coach, for their work in presenting that night.

Recently, our school has benefitted from the efforts of a small group hoping to improve our recycling efforts. We held a Go Green Week in the beginning of March with a different message each day. We are focusing on improving what we are already doing for recycling at this time rather than starting something new. Yet, this group has allowed us to increase awareness of our efforts.

In a couple weeks, we will be traveling to Brazil as a whole day, school wide event. We have a group of teachers working with Linda Collins and Rachael Whitmarsh on the planning of this day. They have spent countless hours getting ready. We hope to have volunteers join us on that day to help and are looking forward to a fun-filled day of learning about Brazil.

North Yarmouth Memorial School

The Greely Color Guard just completed another successful season!  This year's show was Grease.  The team performed at four shows, even traveling to New Hampshire and competing in a different circuit.  They were awarded a silver medal at the final show on March 23rd.  The group participated in Family Arts Night and will be performing in the Memorial Day parade.  The group is coached by fourth grade teacher, Carrie Begley.

Greely Middle School

The sixth grade math team competed in the Southern Maine Elementary Math league on March 27th at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. Out of 30 schools participating, the Greely Middle School team placed second.  Three members of the team were also recognized for their high scores;  Jay Philbrick, Aaron Howell and Toby Kany.

On March 22nd, over 35 Middle Schools competed at the State Jazz Festival.  Greely Middle School Jazz Band (Division 1) earned 3rd overall.  In addition, Greg Pershing was recognized with an outstanding musicianship award in Division 1 (5 in the state awarded in each division).

The GMS Drama Club had several successful public performances of The Dream Rehearsed

on late March including a performance on March 28th  during a school assembly.

On April 1st, GMS hosted Family Arts Night which was a smashing success attended by many families and showcased the artistic talent in our community.

Greely High School

Natalie Dedon is one of twenty finalists in the Merriconeag Poetry Festival.  Maine poet Richard Blanco, who read his own poem at President Obama's inauguration, selected Natalie's poem as one of the best poems they received from Maine students.  Natalie will go to the festival to be held in early May where she will read her poem to the audience, meet Mr. Blanco, and receive a gift.  

On March 27th the Language Honor Societies hosted an induction ceremony to recognize current and new members.  The GHS students honored (by year and by language) were as follows,


Class of 2014:  Anna Fitch, Kaitlyn Graham, Emma Nicholson, Kirstin Sandreuter, Gwynn Zambello

Class of 2015:  Meagan Currie, Mary Potts


Class of 2014: Matthew Blanchard, Madeline Clark, Sarah Lawless, Emma Nicholson, Maya Philbrick


Class of 2014:  Jack Benoit, Gabrielle Bouchard, Madeline Clark, Jordynne Copp, Elyse Dinan, Liam Dougherty, Mimi Edmondson, Sarah Kurland, Eliza McKenney, Sara Piwowarski, Elizabeth Towle

Class of 2015:  Anna Collins, Cameron Dehais, Mitchell Donovan, Emily Follett, Ciara Hayes, Jessica Hoffman, Madison Horwich, Benjamin Ingraham, Benjamin Jagolinzer, Dana Kenniston, Mia Lambert, Anna Peaslee, Julia Ramseyer, Danielle Rice, Zachary Theriault, Connor Wyman

New Inductees


Class of 2014

Katherine Nicolaou

Class of 2015

William Johnson

Class of 2016

Lucy Brown, Miranda Eisenhart, Elizabeth George, Gabriella Nicolaou, Nicholas Pronovost, Aidan Regan, Connor Rog, Jacob Small


Class of 2016

Alexis Elder, Eric McKeone, Hannah Megathlin, Claire Nicholson, Matthew Pisini, Maura Verrill


Class of 2014

Katherine Nicolaou, Kaija Petrone

Class of 2015

Jacquelynn Bedigan, Tess Hall, Emily Mason, Sierra Moore

Class of 2016

Katherine Bacall, Charlotte Benoit, Evan Carrell, Jaime Coyle, Kaitlyn Currier, Madison Cyr, Madelyn Day, Alexis Elder, Kendra Elder, Abigail Israel, Wyatt Kilburn, Elena Kropp, Brooke Lawrence, Caroline Maker, Hannah Megathlin, Colbi Munson, Claire Nicholson, Meghan O’Donovan, Kelsey Otley, Harrison Pershing, Matthew Pisini, Calvin Soule, Sophia Stickney, Lydia Wickard

Achievements & Recognition March 2014

posted Mar 19, 2014, 7:43 AM by Susan Conley   [ updated Mar 19, 2014, 8:21 AM by Dawna Green ]

March 2014 Achievement and Recognition for MSAD#51

March 2014 marks ten years of Celebration of the Arts Month! MSAD51 Student Art will be exhibited at Prince Memorial Library, Atlantic Regional Credit Union and Doc’s Café & Marketplace in Cumberland.  Throughout the month, volunteers have been working in MIW and NYMS classrooms to infuse fine art into the curriculum. Volunteers read a specially selected book, talk with students about art, and lead a student art project in each K-5 classroom.   In addition, all students K-3 will attend a Portland Symphony KinderKoncert at MIW and students at NYMS will participate in a Contradance in mid-April.

The Public is invited to attend upcoming MSAD51 band, drama, and chorus performances:

March 18 – GHS Pops Concert – GHS Gym, 7:00 pm

March 20 & 21 – GHS Spring Play - Spoon River Anthology – GHS Auditorium, 7:30 pm

March 22 – Spoon River Anthology, Dinner Theater – 6:00 pm, reservations are required

March 22 – State Middle School Jazz Festival – Westbrook Middle School, 6:00 pm

March 25 & 27 – GMS Spring Play - The Dream Rehearsed – GMS Gym, 7:00 pm

Celebration of the Arts Month concludes on April 1st with the Arts Alliance’s Family Arts Night at Greely Middle School, 6:00-8:00 pm.Family Arts Night events are FREE and open to everyone.

Amy Jacobson, Special Education Teacher, was recognized on court at the February 27, 2014 Red Claws basketball game as a Homecourt Hero.  The Maine Red Claws look for and  support those individuals within Maine who selflessly give back to their local communities. Amy has served countless students and their families over the years through her commitment to the Functional Life Skills and Special Olympics programs in MSAD #51 -- through her work it is clear that she maintains a focus on creating learning experiences geared toward developing the skills her students need as they transition out of school and into the world.

The 5th Grade Band and the NYMS Choir made their performance debuts on March 6th at a 5-8 Band concert and at the March 13 Chorus concert.  The concerts were well attended and well-received, and showcased the talent and dedication of all student musicians in those grade level music programs.

The GMS Jazz Band earned a "One" rating in the District 2 Jazz Festival last week.  They are now eligible to participate in the state jazz festival on March 22.  

GMS student Greg Pershing has advanced to the American Invitational Mathematics Competitions (AIME).  Gregory, who is in 8th grade, advanced in the American Mathematics Competition for high school students. Advancement means that he finished in the top 2.5% nationwide.

The GHS  Jazz Band earned 2nd in the recent State Jazz Festival.  In addition, Sarah Gooch and Jenna Pavis were recognized with outstanding musicianship awards in their divisions.  (5 in the state awarded in each division.)

The GHS Civil Rights Team with support from Best Buddies and the Special Olympics of Maine provided staff and students with the t-shirts and materials to celebrate a day of observation to remove the “R-word” and other demeaning language from everyday speech.

On most Saturdays the non-profit organization Root for ME! hosts an open gym at Mabel I Wilson for kids with special needs and their families in the Greater Portland area. The idea is to provide recreational and social opportunities for children with special needs along with their families, friends and neighbors. Since the fall, two students from GHS have been volunteering their time to act as helpers and mentors to these children and their families and the organizers at RFM are so grateful.  Erin Malloy and Aiden Black come almost every Saturday (both are busy athletes) and have shown compassion and leadership in their efforts.

At the 20th annual Youth Art Month exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art, GHS student Krista Marble, an IB Art senior, will have one of her art works on display.  The show is a wonderful representation of  K-12 art in the state of Maine and runs through March 8th until March 31st. The museum and all of it's exhibitions are free on Friday evenings.

Kirstin Sandreuter was named the foreign language student of the year by the Foreign Language Association of Maine (FLAME) at its annual conference on Friday, March 7, in Portland. She is the first Greely High School language student to receive this honor. Kirstin is an IB French student who has has taken Le Grand Concours (the national French contest exam) for three years and has placed first in the state each year.  For the past three years she has helped organize a monthly French story hour at Prince Memorial Library to arrange the monthly French story hour.  In addition to her achievement in foreign language, she has distinguished herself as an outstanding competitive runner, and was recently named the Gatorade Runner of the Year.

To submit news regarding an MSAD 51 Achievement, please contact Bethany Hanley, bhanley@msad51.org.

Achievements & Recognition February 2014

posted Feb 5, 2014, 8:19 AM by Susan Conley

MSAD 51 Achievements and Recognition~ February, 2014

Mabel I. Wilson School

MIW recently held an assembly with guest Chef Erin Dow where students learned about healthy foods and helped to plan our special meal that they will have in a couple weeks. Thanks to the planning team of Martha Leggat, Lalla Caruthers, and Jon Carlson, as well as Foundation 51 for the funding.

North Yarmouth Memorial School

The NYMS Chorus performed their first concert on January 30th.  The event was well-attended by family and friends, and the singing was absolutely magical.  Ann Dillon, chorus director, chose a selection of contemporary and traditional pieces that highlighted the range of talent of participants. Special congratulations to Maddie Hall, Rylan Harrison, Hannah Kropp and Hannah Perfetti for being invited to perform in the 2014 District Two Honors Chorus in April.

The Fifth Grade Math Team, led by Vance Benoit, participated in their second Southern Maine Elementary School Math League meet on January 28th at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. They competed against 27 other schools from Southern Maine. The math team meets weekly to review skills, learn new concepts, and explore new ways of problem solving. Congratulations to Lizzy Hanson who took fourth place in the individual round. She solved twelve very challenging arithmetic and geometry problems to earn her ribbon.

Greely Middle School

Congratulations to Toby Kany for placing third in individual scores in the Southern Maine Elementary math meet in Portland on Tuesday January 28, 2014.

Music Department Highlights:

Last October over 1200 students from Maine Music Educators Association District 2  auditioned for placement in the 2014 Vocal and Instrumental Festival.

Over 30 Greely Middle School students were selected from an audition process held last October. With the guidance of their teachers Ann Dillon, Sarah Cummings, and Scott Thurston they prepared and performed challenging literature for the District 2 MMEA Instrumental Honors Festival on January 24th and 25th. These students have proven themselves to independent impartial well qualified judges during the audition process and represented our school in a very positive manner throughout the festival.  

The names of the 7th and 8th grade Instrumental Festival students who represented Greely Middle School are the following:

Brooke Asherman, Lars Boddie, Anna Briley, Nina Brinker, Camden Bubblo, Clarissa Campo, Kelsey Currier, Benjamin Follett, Nicolas Giandrea, Evan Goettel, Kate Hall, Duncan Lary, Cole Moore, Erin O’Donovan, Edmund Paquin, Wren Payne, Eli Penza-Clyve, Maddy Perfetti, Nicole Perry, Ksenia Smart, Matthew Smith-Erb, Peter Theodores, Caleb Thurston

The names of the 7th and 8th grade Vocal Festival students who represented Greely Middle School are the following:

Lizzie Brown, Kallee Brown, Camden Bubblo, Pablo Burnsteel, Cori Farnham, Christina Gove, Tim Lester, Maddie Perfetti, Kyle Sidders, Katy Steinberg, Caleb Thurston, Rachel Thurston, Stuart Wickard

Greely Middle School and Greely High School

Congratulations to the following students athletes who took part in the 2014 Winter Special Olympics at Chilly and Windy Sugarloaf Mountain:


Elena Johnson

Jack Rosenblum

Charlie Saffian

Scotty Wentzell


Noah Hamer

Josh Meisner

Cross Country-

Michael Thibodeau

Conner Hines

Greely High School

Our top performers in the 2014 Poetry Out Loud competition at Greely:

First Place:  Brooke Lawrence

Second Place: Jenna Demers

Third Place: Julie Ramseyer

19 students participated in yesterday's event, and each did a fabulous job!   Brooke will represent Greely at the Southern Regional Finals at Biddeford City Theater.

The following students are award winners of the prestigious 2014 Scholastic Writing Contest.  Please congratulate:

Gold Key Winner Rylee Michaud for her flash fiction piece Three Broken Glimpses;

Silver Key Winner Emily Gardner for her short story I Am Monster;

and Honorable Mentions:

Ashlynn Barnes for her poem A Wolf in the NIght

Lydia Dahlgren for her flash fiction Engulfed

Emily Gardner for her poem A Simple Poem of a Boy

Andrew Sacco for his poem A Winter's Opinion

Stephanie Weeman for her short story The Girl Who Died

Along with others from across the state, these students will be honored at an awards banquet in March at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

Creative Collaborations Class is a co-taught, inclusive class providing students with an opportunity to learn together by creating products and selling them taught by Maureen Holland, special education teacher, and Kelvin Hasch, technology education teacher.  At the end of the class students learn about high performing, non-profit organizations to help them decide where their profits will go. Our students developed an online catalog which is updated with each new class.  https://sites.google.com/a/msad51.org/ghs-collaborative-creations/

This year's recipients are $500 to Firefighters for Kids and $500 to the Cumberland Food Bank.   

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