Scholar-Leader Dinner

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Last Thursday’s 16th Annual Scholar-Leader Dinner, sponsored by NELMS and MAMLE,  was a huge success once again.

5 Scholar-Leaders

Scholar-Leaders

All the way from Ft. Kent to celebrate!

All the way from Ft. Kent to celebrate!

 

Proud Families

Proud Families

 

MC Bill Zima, principal of Mt. Ararat MS

MC Bill Zima, principal of Mt. Ararat MS

The music was provided by the Mt. Ararat Middle School Jazz Band, Margie Landis conducting.  They were fabulous!

Mt. Ararat Jazz Band

Mt. Ararat Jazz Band

Part of the brass!

Part of the brass!

Margie Landis conducting

Margie Landis conducting

Families from all over the state came to Augusta to celebrate and honor these middle-level students.

Families enjoying the evening!

Families enjoying the evening!

Maine’s Secretary of State, Matthew Dunlap, congratulates the Scholar-Leaders.

Secretary of State, Matthew  Dunlap

Secretary of State, Matthew Dunlap

The evening’s keynote was delivered by Nicholas Parker, a freshman at Hampden Academy. He reminded the Scholar-Leaders to not only to set goals and work hard, but also take the time to live life with a capital L by experiencing everyday moments to their fullest.

 

Nicholas Parker

Nicholas Parker

Nick addresses the Scholar-Leader Dinner attendees.

Nick addresses the Scholar-Leader Dinner attendees.

You can listen to Nick on MAMLE’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Maine.MAMLE

See you next year!

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One Student Can Make a Difference!

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Lindsay Mahoney from Messalonskee reports how one student took on the Samantha Smith Challenge:
“How can we work together with the Maine Government to reduce homelessness, hunger, and poverty in our state?” That was the essential question for our Samantha Smith challenge. Throughout the research process, we discussed existing programs in Maine such as food stamp assistance, WIC, and SNAP. The “SNAP-Ed” challenge not only fit perfectly with what we were doing, it gave learners another opportunity to take action and make a difference in our community through authentic voice and choice!
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Molly is a young lady who is no stranger to volunteering and providing food to those less fortunate than herself. She also enjoys cooking and experimenting with vegetarian meals for her and her family.
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The SNAP-Ed challenge was open to anyone in the state of Maine, and I could not be more proud that a middle school student accepted and won this challenge! Read more about the challenge and her recipe.
Maine State House

Maine State House

Participants in the Samantha Smith Challenge will be honored June 1, 2015 in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta. First Lady Ann LePage, Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, and Sustainable Harvest International founder Florence Reed will join in honoring the students. Over 600 middle grades students from across the state accepted the challenge. Kudos to all of them and their teachers!
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MAMLE Exemplary Practice Award

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Honor colleagues by nominating them to receive MAMLE’s Exemplary Practice Award. Presented at our annual conference in October, this award recognizes middle level educators in Maine who have designed and implemented powerful programs that engage and challenge their students.  Recent honorees include:

  • A team of educators, community members, and university faculty led by Denise Friant from Woolwich Central School who tackled the invasive European green crab problem threatening the livelihood of local clammers.
Working to save clams from European green crab--Woolwich Central School

Working to save clams from European green crab–Woolwich Central School

  • Central Middle School’s PBIS Intervention Team that developed an approach that overwhelmingly improved the climate and culture in their school.

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  • Carl Bucciantini’s program at Auburn Middle School that teaches students the power and responsible use of social media by exploring Twitter.
Carl Bucciantini--Exemplary Practice Award Winner-We're  All A'Twitter at Auburn MS

Carl Bucciantini–Exemplary Practice Award Winner-We’re
All A’Twitter at Auburn MS

The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2015 so there is still plenty of time to fill out the nomination form.  You can download it here: exemppractice1.

Who in your school is touching students lives in unique and powerful ways?  Honor them by nominating their program or practice for an Exemplary Practice Award.

 

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Middle School Students Explore Biodiversity in Costa Rica

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This post is from Paula Vigue, a computer science/literacy teacher from Winslow

Costa RicaStudents from Winslow Junior High School, led by Winslow teacher Mrs. Paula Vigue, spent a week in Costa Rica during the 2014 summer. Their job was to research the biodiversity of the area, the flora and animals, specifically bats, amphibians, and reptiles. In addition, students were able to see a volcano close and personal, see the black-sands beach, and spend time in the hot springs. That was only the beginning!

Costa Rica Study Group Led by Paula Vigue

Costa Rica Study Group Led by Paula Vigue

Students and parents alike, zip-lined through the trees of a tropical rainforest and worked together to conquer the rapids (and their fears) before performing a biological survey and water tests on that same river. Learning the local food and dance were other experiences shared by all. It was an amazing science adventure!

“I really liked learning about the poisonous dart frogs. The Blue-jean dart frog was everywhere.” ~Ryan

“The beach had black sand! It was funny that they had beans and rice at every meal, even breakfast!” ~ Ely

Costa Rica“The food was delicious. There were so many interesting tropical fruits and juices. I’ve never tasted such fresh, yummy pineapple. The cows were strange looking- skinny with baggy skin. Our guide was great. He made it fun and interesting; he was very knowledgeable.” ~Lassandra

“Zip-lining was awesome! I’m glad you made me do it.” ~Stephanie

bat copy“The spider monkey fight was the highlight of the trip. I also like learning about the bats and seeing what they consumed.”

Next science trip is to Iceland the summer of 2016!

 

 

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