April 2012

posted Jan 4, 2013, 10:50 AM by Dawna Green   [ updated Jan 4, 2013, 10:51 AM ]

MSAD #51

Achievements & Recognition

April 2012


Mabel I. Wilson School

Many of our third grade classes have been holding "wax museums" to share their learning of famous people.  These classes have been reading biographies and doing research on famous people ranging from Pocahontas to Wayne Gretsky.  The variety is quite interesting and far-reaching this year.  After conducting the research, they share their learning in a wax museum format for other classes and parents.  The experience is fun for all and a creative way to share learning.

North Yarmouth Memorial School

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety educators and advocates from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine recently spent the day at NYMS.  Students were taught how to be safe walkers and bike riders through engaging and informative presentations.  A huge thanks to the Bicycle Coalition for providing this important service to our students and to youth across the state of Maine free of charge.

In celebration of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, students took part in a global event known as Project Aces (All Children Exercising Simultaneously).  Students joined millions of other children from across the world participating in physical activities such as jump roping, hula hooping, dancing, walking and a variety of movement games.  It was a great way to support students with making fitness fun!

Congratulations to the NYMS Civil Rights Team who will be recognized at a Portland Sea Dogs game, along with other civil rights teams from across the state, for their efforts to make school a safe place for all students.

Greely Middle School

On April 11 the Arts Alliance, thanks to donations from GMS Band families, hosted a breakfast for 50 members of the UMaine Symphonic Band.  All GMS students and five third grade classes enjoyed the band's performance.  Kyle Livingston, a very surprised GMS student, was asked to conduct a piece and GMS music teacher (and UMaine alum) Sarah Cummings conducted the UMaine school song.

The Chorus had the great honor of singing the National Anthem at the Portland Sea Dogs game on May 2, 2012.  Even though it was cold and dreary, everyone had a great time and the students received a warm welcome and a great amount of applause.  Thanks for sharing your voices with the Sea Dogs.

The May 3, 2012 All District Band Concert, which includes grades 5-12 was a spectacular evening.  It was fascinating to see students from all different grades come and perform in one night.  Thank you to Kevin Rollins, Sarah Cummings and Mr. Thurston for a job well done.

Greely Middle School brought three teams to the final math meet of the year for the Southern Maine Elementary Math League.  Blaine Ventre took third place for individual honors for grade 8.  Brendan Scott was the first place winner for the individual seventh grade award.  The sixth grade team won second place for the team award.  Greg Pershing won first place and Peter Theodoras won second place for individual awards.

Lydia Wickard has attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2012 National Spanish Examinations.  Lydia is one of only three students in Maine to receive the gold medal for the Spanish Level 2 exam.  

Greely High School

Etta Copenhagen had an article entitled The Benefits of High School Athletics, featured on the front page of the Nonfiction -> Sports section of TeenInk.com!   Congratulations Etta.

Maura Kaminow and Mykaela Twitchell have been recognized for work sent to the "Letters about Literature" contest, a national writing contest that is in part supported by the Maine Humanities Council.  They each wrote about how a novel read in their American Literature Grade 10 class has impacted them.  Their letters, which were among only a small handful of over 1000 letters submitted by Maine students, will be judged at the national level this spring.  Please congratulate them if you see them!

The Women's Literary Union sponsors a writing workshop/competition for local high school juniors.  There were many from communities all around us who met once a month since October and then submitted an essay in January.  The students were recommended by English teachers and the workshop and judging were run by the Women's Literary Union.  Participants were:  Paige Richardson – third place; Hannah Somes - Honorable Mention; Mollie Braley - Honorable Mention and Lily Brinker - she received a high score, but unfortunately not enough to win.  It was nice to see such a great representation from Greely this year!

Last month we missed this, but wanted to recognize Kyle Megathlin, a junior, who made Class B West First Team League All Star, Defense for Class B West Boys' Hockey.  Congratulations Kyle.