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,