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Awesome Covered Sandbox

posted Jun 3, 2015, 8:17 AM by Dawna Green   [ updated Jun 3, 2015, 8:41 AM ]

Alex Lester, a Wood Technology II student, built this awesome covered sandbox, with seats, for a 2 year old Maine foster child. All of the boards are recycled from Greely's gym bleaches that were removed last winter. 

Who knows, maybe some Greely Pride will rub off on his 2 year old recipient.   In any case, we’re sure this delivery will make his day!

Greely PTO sponsors Annual K-12 Staff Appreciation Week (May 4-8)

posted May 27, 2015, 8:29 AM by Dawna Green

The Greely PTO sponsored their annual Staff Appreciation Week to give thanks to all the hard-working, dedicated staff members that enrich the lives of our children at school. It was a week filled with kind and thoughtful gestures by students as well as parents:

Greely PTO Co-Chairs Stephanie Desmond and Tara 
Sasseville deliver cupcakes to staff. 
Monday, May 4th… Flower Day
Students picked, bought or made their teacher flowers to kick off the week. The students delivered SPRING to the classrooms and showered their teachers with flowers!

Tuesday, May 5th…Word of the Day
Students chose a word that described their teacher, wrote it on a slip of paper with their name, and placed it in the Compliment Cup in the classroom. The teachers got to read the contents of the jar at the end of the day and took a moment to realize just how amazing they are!

Wednesday, May 6th… Wednesdays are SWEET! 
All MSAD #51 staff members received a delicious cupcake from the Greely PTO...see photo!

Thursday, May 7th… High Five for FIVE 
Students gave a high five (or a compliment, note or treat) to 5 people other than their teacher...such as their bus driver, administrators, librarians, food service workers, custodians and nurses. This kind gesture also showed the students just how many people really make a difference in their daily school lives!

Friday, May 8th…Fan Mail 
Students complimented their teachers with a homemade card. 

2 Legs... 4 Legs... No Legs... or maybe Wings... Greely Middle School's newest club finds a way to help everyone involved.

posted May 26, 2015, 7:46 AM by Dawna Green   [ updated May 26, 2015, 7:56 AM ]

The new Animal Awareness Club at GMS has been a huge success right from the start! This vibrant club provides an opportunity for creative students to channel their passion for animals by raising awareness about the most important issues affecting animals today. The GAAC not only focuses on companion animals, pets, and shelters, but also wildlife and the needs of all animals.

Through creative fundraising, the students proudly donated to local shelters and rescues. Some of the club projects this year included making and selling homemade dog treats, designing art for pet sympathy cards, volunteering at shelters and rescues, “Pennies for Pets,’” and “Operation Warm Paws” blanket drive.

This year, the Animal Awareness Club hosted some fantastic guests and presentations at GMS including The Maine State Police K-9 Unit, a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, Tall Tails Beagle Rescue, Lacey the Therapy Dog, Mr. Treadwell’s How to Identify Frog Calls, and lots of pets - dogs, snakes, hens, a even a hedgehog!

Meetings are held at GMS every other Tuesday at 2:30 pm. Everyone is welcome! We already have lots of exciting projects and guests lined up for next fall, so bring your passion for animals and join in the fun!

The purpose of the Greely Animal Awareness Club is to raise awareness about the most important issues affecting animals today. The students are encouraged to share their experiences and bring their knowledge and questions to club meetings for discussion and exploration. The Animal Awareness Club takes an active role learning, researching and raising awareness in the school community about the intrinsic value of animals in our lives. For more information or if you would like to get involved in any way, please contact April Kearney at akearney@msad51.org

GHS Senior Alex Jennings and his Teammate take home 2nd place in the prestigious Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Challenge!

posted May 20, 2015, 11:37 AM by Dawna Green   [ updated May 20, 2015, 11:49 AM ]

Epping, NH 5/09/15:
Earlier this year, GHS Senior Alex “AJ” Jennings scored among the highest in the state in the Ford Automotive written challenge, earning him a spot in this year’s Annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Challenge in Epping, NH. This is the 66th year of this prestigious event with 62 high school students from across the region vying for the top spot in the hands-on competition.

AJ and his teammate, who both attend P.A.T.H.S. in Portland, were challenged with repairing a “broken” 2015 Ford Fiesta SE. They were given a diagnostic report and had to race against the clock to find and repair the flaws, then return the car to “Showroom Floor” quality standards. A combination of an online written exam and the hands-on competition scores determine the winning team that will compete in the national finals at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. June 7-9, 2015. Any minor workmanship flaw or online omission creates demerits which take away from the overall speed (score) of the team.

Ultimately, AJ and his teammate had the fastest hood closing time, but 1 panel was not popped completely in place. The winning team actually left a tool in their car, but ended up with a slightly better score on their online portion, allowing them to win with a difference of only 1.40 seconds. It was a heartbreaker, but in the bigger picture, AJ and his teammate did an amazing accomplishment that they can be very proud of. There are approximately 10,000 students across the country who start this competition and only one team from Maine/New Hampshire & Vermont can make it to Dearborn.

On top of his 2nd place trophy, AJ earned a long list of scholarships including $7,500 to Ohio Tech, $6,000 to Northwest Ohio State & $1,500 Ford Assist. He is currently planning on attending CMTC in the fall. Keep an eye on AJ, we all want to know where the best of the best is working when we need him!

Peer Trainers travel to the Anti-Defamation League New England Youth Congress

posted May 19, 2015, 8:16 AM by Dawna Green   [ updated May 19, 2015, 8:18 AM ]

4/17/15, Boston: To date, 21 GHS students have been trained to be ADL “World of Difference Peer Trainers”. After training, these students lead workshops throughout the year with current & incoming Freshmen to help them be more aware of biases and to respect differences. This year, 4 of the Peer Trainers were lucky enough to attend the ADL New England Annual Youth Congress in Boston! The theme at this year's Youth Congress was "Breaking Barriers". The students and advisors heard a keynote speech given by Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run as a registered participant in the Boston Marathon. The 4 GHS juniors who were chosen to go to the Youth Congress, Hannah Rose, Ian Cameron, Nora Harrison and Samantha Kane, also led an hour and a half long break-out session workshop with a group of 30 middle school students from schools throughout New England. When we say that they "led" the workshop, we really mean it! They were given an outline of the activities to do, but they collaborated with each other to plan the activities, prepare materials, implement the activities and facilitate the small and large group discussions. Advisors Brianna Robbins and Heather Perkinson guided them in the preparation process, but then just observed the actual workshop. They were happy to report that they were so very proud and impressed! To top it all off, the ADL put everyone up at the Boston Sheraton, which is where the Youth Congress was held, and donated the cost of Concord Trailways bus tickets!  

All-district band dazzles a packed auditorium!

posted May 11, 2015, 11:04 AM by Website Webmaster   [ updated May 11, 2015, 11:12 AM ]

On April 30, the MSAD #51 All-district band dazzled a packed auditorium with a rousing performance of "Happy" by Pharrell Williams under the leadership of GHS band director, Kevin Rollins. This performance was a fitting finale to a superb concert that showcased the progression of musical development in our students, beginning in 5th grade, and entertained community members of all ages. Congratulations to all the performers, and to Mr. Rollins, and fellow band directors Mr. Scott Thurston and Ms. Sarah Cummings, for a job well done.  More Spotlights...

Greely’s Own Good Samaritan Shovelers Help Local Residents

posted Apr 9, 2015, 8:59 AM by Dawna Green   [ updated May 11, 2015, 10:54 AM by Website Webmaster ]

This winter, with record breaking snow accumulation, was challenging for many Mainers -- including the residents of the Rockwood Condo Association in Cumberland Foreside, many of whom are unable to shovel their own property. 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 Greely High School Community Service Club responded to the call for help, and recruited a helpful team of fellow students, armed with shovels, who spent many hours of strenuous work to aid the Rockwood residents. According to Grover, “To the rescue came Samantha and several members of the organization. The compliments issued by the residents that they helped, were numerous. The girls were so pleasant and a delight to have. Samantha was very professional in handling email requests and phone calls. It was a pleasure to see young people share with the older generation who really enjoyed having them around.” For Kennedy and the other club members, it was a rewarding experience to be able to help others in such a tangible way, she states, "In the end, I think that we got a lot more out of shoveling than the residents did. It was a rewarding experience, and I'm glad that we could help."  More Spotlights...

Community Service Club members pictured above
Top Row (left to right): Audrey Mann, Alex Tebbs, Sam Kennedy, Emily Buchanan, and Erin Molloy. 
Bottom Row (left to right): Alex Kemna, Zöe Fluet, and Erin Campbell

Learning that Happens Beyond the Classroom

posted Apr 7, 2015, 9:22 AM by Dawna Green   [ updated May 11, 2015, 10:54 AM by Website Webmaster ]

Sarah Higgins, a senior at Greely High School, recently brought to light how learning and growing can be achieved beyond the classroom at GHS

In an eloquent presentation to the School Board, Sarah spoke about her experience as being a member of Greely’s first MPA sanctioned Varsity Unified Basketball Team. She stated that she had never been on a sports team at Greely and she couldn’t have imagined a better experience. She found that being a part of the Unified Team changed her life: she is happier, her grades are better, and she feels more successful. All key factors in having a positive high school experience and preparing for life long learning. 

Sarah also competed in the Cumberland/North Yarmouth Lions Club Speak Out competition at the end of March. She took home 3rd place!

Looking to the future, Sarah hopes to come back to Greely next year and help coach the 2015-2016 Unified Basketball Team!  More Spotlights...

Maine National History Day 2015

posted Apr 6, 2015, 7:18 AM by Dawna Green   [ updated May 11, 2015, 10:53 AM by Website Webmaster ]

National History Day is an exciting academic program co-organized by the University of Maine and the Margaret Chase Smith Library for middle and high school students. Each year more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers, participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics and conduct extensive primary and secondary research related to the annual theme. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These are evaluated by professional historians and educators in a statewide competition, and state prizewinners can go on to the national contest in the Washington DC.

This year, Greely Middle School students Ashton Maze and Madison (Maddie) Albert entered exhibit boards and won first and second place! As winners in the exhibit category, they will be going to the national competition at the University of Maryland in June!

Ashton's first place exhibit was: "Leadership and Legacy Behind the Guns: Rosie the Riveters on the American Homefront". Ashton interviewed a *real* "Rosie the Riveter" up in Aroostook county, who he located while doing his research. 

Maddie's second place exhibit was: "Race, Education, Equality, and Resistance: The Leadership and Legacy of Prudence Crandall and the "School for Little Misses of Color". Maddie traveled to several archives in Connecticut to look at primary sources (original letters and newspapers) from the 1830s, and interviewed the author of the major biography of Prudence Crandall.

In addition to their research and exhibit boards, each student had to write a 500 word paper describing how they conducted their research and developed their project This paper also included an annotated bibliography in MLA style, divided into primary and secondary sources.  More Spotlights...

GMS Jazz Band Receives First Place in Division I at the State Jazz Festival

posted Apr 2, 2015, 5:46 AM by Dawna Green   [ updated May 11, 2015, 10:53 AM by Website Webmaster ]

Our middle school jazz band received first place in Division I at the State Jazz Festival held at Nokomis High School in Newport, Maine on the 21st of March. Our group had placed third a few times, but this was our very first top award. Outstanding individual musicianship awards were given to Edmund Paquin for trombone and drums. Our entire 8th grade trombone section received an award as well (Lars Boddie, Cam Bubblo, Cole Moore, and Edmund Paquin). Their memorized trombone feature Fast Forward, in addition to a wonderful memorized ballad (Old Friends), featuring Isaac Moore on flugelhorn were definitely difference makers for our group.

The group consists of:
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, Olivia Giandrea
8th graders: Pablo Bernstiel, 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, Ben Follett

Our 6th grade concert band received a Silver award and our 7th/8th grade concert band received a Gold Award at the Maine Band Directors' Association Festival in Scarborough on the 26th of March. Children from area schools perform graded literature in front of a live audience and judges from all over New England. Both groups received the maximum points allowed for the sight reading portion of the clinic.  More Spotlights...

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