Achievements and Recognitions
The pace of activity always bumps up in May, as we scramble from sporting events to concerts to end-of-year academic celebrations. As the month’s Achievements and Recognitions reflect, students, teachers and community groups have been contributing, accomplishing, and packing as much into the last weeks of school as possible.
Many experienced and enjoyed the Third Annual Memorial Day 5K and Fun Run, sponsored by Cumberland Recreation and the PTO. Nearly 200 people ran the 5K and 100 kids participated in the Fun Run. Not only has the participation in the race increased over its three year history, so has the fundraising. Proceeds from this year’s race were distributed between the Greely PTO, the Veterans Memorial and scholarships for recreation programs. The race raised an estimated $800 for each of the three organizations. This is a huge increase from last year, when $400 was raised for just the Greely PTO and recreation scholarships.
Ann Nunery received the Special Education Administrator of the Year for 2013 from the Maine Administrators of Services for Children with Disabilities (MADSEC). Ann was nominated and selected as one who has demonstrated a leadership role in support of students with disabilities in the State of Maine, and will be recognized at the MADSEC Annual Awards dinner on June 24th.
Mabel I. Wilson School
Lynda McCann-Olson and Linda Mock, Mabel I. Wilson’s art teachers, held the school’s annual art show for parents in May. Every student had at least two pieces of art on display for the community to view. There was a variety of work from drawing to painting to sculpture. Hanging the art requires tremendous effort on the part of our teachers and community volunteers, and we thank them for the hours they invest to make this “night at the museum” possible. On the same evening community members were enjoying the art, Teresa Folley (MIW’s interventionist teacher) held a Parent Literacy Event in the library. Parents stopped by to see different ways to keep their children engaged with literacy over the summer to avoid the "summer slide." Both events had great turn--outs.
Following another long-standing tradition, in the last week of May the kindergarten students beautifully performed their traditional Three Piggy Operas. These shows are a culminating activity for the kindergarten class. Students remember the experience for years, evidenced in my prediction that every graduating senior who started their school career in MSAD #51 can share the part he or she played in the Three Piggy Opera!
North Yarmouth Memorial School
NYMS concluded its Wellness Program with a Just Dance party as part of the global initiative known as Project ACES (All Children Exercising Simultaneously). All the students and staff participated, and it was quite an amazing sight to see the entire school moving in step with one another, clad in matching yellow and blue tie-dye t-shirts. Mrs. Price has since offered an open invitation to students to come in once a week before school to dance their way into the day. Thanks to the PTO for making possible this inspiring Wellness Finale Event.
Mrs. Alexander and the students at Chikumbuso thank the communities of Cumberland and North Yarmouth for their continued recycling donations. The money raised pays for a teacher’s salary and to supplement the food program for children. For some of the kids, this is the only meal they receive in a day.
Greely Middle School
Congratulations to the 7th grade math team, which had an undefeated season in Southern Maine Math League competitions! Greely participated in three of the four math meets, placing first in all of them. Team scores in competitions are based on the top individual scores added to a team round where the students work together to solve problems. During the first meet in November, the team placed first with an impressive 181 points. This was 42 points ahead of the second place team. This performance was followed by a January meet where the students scored an all-season high 188 points. The meets concluded in May at the Expo, where Greely again took home the prize with 160 points. Several Greely students received individual distinctions. Gregory Pershing scored three perfect scores (40), while Stuart Wickard scored two and Sarah Beretick scored one. Peter Theodores earned second place in two meets with scores of 35 and 38 points. Of special note at the May meet is that Scott Gilley left the 7th grade team to help the 8th graders, and earned 5th place as an 8th grade participant. All our math team competitors are to be congratulated for their effort, performance and participation!
Greely High School
Genny Dyer received an overseas merit-based scholarship from the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) to study less commonly taught languages in the US. NSLI-Y’s program was launched in 2006 to improve Americans' ability to communicate on an international level, and is supported by the U.S. Department of State and the American Councils for International Education. Genny will study Mandarin Chinese for six weeks this summer in Jiaxing, Zhejiang China as a US citizen diplomat. She will be immersed in Chinese cultural life, receiving invaluable formal and informal language practice and speaking opportunities. Congratulations Genny!
Alex Grover and his partner Noah Upton from Gray-New Gloucester, took top place at the Ford AAA competition in New Hampshire. They were the top team on the written test and had a perfect car. Alex, Noah and their Paths teacher John Carmichael, now go on to the National competition in Dearborn, MI. Great work Alex and good luck in Michigan!
Olivia Collins was selected to attend a three-day studio-based workshop at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle. The Student Craft Institute is a three-day studio session for approximately 70 Maine high school students from as many schools throughout the state, who work with noted New England artists. The program welcomes high school juniors from throughout Maine, who have been identified as particularly gifted in the arts, to work in the studios on Haystack’s award-winning campus.
Both Meagan Currie and Harry Pershing won individual awards at the ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) held in Phoenix, Arizona. Meagan's research into the "Effects of Environmental Stressors on the Filtration Rates of Blue Mussels" earned special recognition from NOAA and second place in her category of Animal Science. Harry's work with sound, studying "Geometric Bore Variations and Their Harmonic Nuances in Musical Instruments" earned special recognition, the Distinguished Scientist Award, from the Society of Exploration Geologists and fourth place in the Physics and Astronomy category. Meagan and Harry were competing against 1600 students representing seventy different countries. Their projects were evaluated by six to eight person panels of judges, all of them with PhDs, and actively doing research or working in the field of study. The awards came with cash prizes, and upon their return home both students received an invitation to meet the Governor to receive his personal congratulations. These are truly amazing accomplishments, and speak to not only the caliber of our students at Greely High School but also the leadership of Bob O’Neill, who served as their teacher advisor. For more information on the ISEF and Meagan and Harry’s achievements, please visit the link http://www.jax.org/news/archives/2013/intel-2013.html to read a press release from Jackson Laboratories.
Julia Mitiguy received the Senior Excellence Award by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The award recognizes exceptional player contributions to a team, while also emphasizing qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and positive attitude.
The student council's hair drive initiative, which was launched in September at the first all-school assembly, culminated in May on the last "Ranger Day" of the year. Under the organizational guidance of Student Council President, Katarina Pisini, sixty-two donors (comprised of students, teachers, and children of teachers) cut their hair in waves of six groups in front of the entire student body. Eva Matteson, morning talk show host from Coast 93.1 and seven-year cancer survivor, flawlessly emceed the event which began with a moving testimonial video produced by Sophie McMonagle, inviting the donors to share why they were donating their hair. Special guests of the event included Meredith Strang-Burgess and Sharon Grass, both cancer survivors and who have ties with the American Cancer Society.
In case you missed the media coverage, you may go to the following websites to hear/view the event:
Channel 6 WCSH
Channel 8 WMTW
Channel 13 WGME