June 2014 Achievements & Recognition

posted Jun 3, 2014, 7:27 AM by Susan Conley

June, 2014 MSAD #51 Achievement and Recognition


Mabel I Wilson School

On May  22 the staff of MIW hosted a dedication ceremony for the bench honoring the life and work of Amy Hill, a treasured friend and colleague and who is remembered by many for her love of working with children and for her dedication to promoting literacy.  Family members, former colleagues and friends shared remembrances and read poems in tribute to Amy.  Community members are encouraged to visit the new bench, an ideal location for reading or quiet moments, located near the MIW playground.


North Yarmouth Memorial School

The NYMS Wellness Committee has great pride in and excitement about promoting healthy habits for our students and staff.  Once again, we participated in the global celebration of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in early May.  The event is known as Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously).   Students rotated through a series of “field day like” activities while showing their spirit in class tie dye.  We so appreciate the support of our many volunteers and the generous donation from the PTO to make this day what we had envisioned.


Congratulations to the 5th Grade Math Team members from NYMS who recently participated in the Southern Maine Math Finals at the Portland Exposition Building. They took 6th place out of 31 teams who participated.  A special recognition goes out to Madison Albert who took 1st place in the individual round, and also to Bridget Lary who came in 4th place.  These two students competed against 180 other "Mathletes" from Southern Maine.  Nice work Math Team!


Spring seems to be the season of performances and this spring certainly did not disappoint.  Both the NYMS Chorus and Fifth Grade Band had their final concerts.  Both events were well-attended and a joy to experience.  In addition to those events, the Fourth Grade performed a musical about friendship for family and friends, which was absolutely heartwarming.


Greely Middle School

On Friday, May 23, our 6th grade students had the opportunity to get their first taste of the Rippleffect experience when the staff came to GMS to work with students on team building activities.  The purpose of this work was to expose students to the staff and types of activities they will encounter on the island in September.  Students and staff had a ball working together to complete team building tasks.


The entire GMS band marched in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday.  They sounded terrific and represented the school and district with poise.


The GMS Civil Rights Team (CRT) sponsored an awareness campaign Thursday, May 22nd.  The “Soup Can-Paign” raised awareness about how labeling people is not helpful.  "Labels are for soup not people."  The CRT had posters in the cafe, a newsletter, announcements, and a big soup can with quotes about how labeling is harmful.  Thanks to our amazing team of students who continue to raise awareness about our Civil Rights.

Greely High School

Congratulations to the following students who represented GHS at the Maine All-State Music Festival:  Will Silvers, Jenna Pavis, Kathryn Landry, Brian Sidders and Cam Dehais.


GHS junior Meagan Currie and sophomore Claire Nicholson recently attended the prestigious Bread Loaf New England Young Writers’ Conference set in the Green Mountain National Forest near Middlebury, Vermont, on grounds where the poet Robert Frost worked, wrote, walked, and taught for many years.


Currie, a junior enrolled in the IB Diploma program, participated in a workshop group focused on poetry writing. Nicholson, a sophomore, participated in a fiction-writing group (although she also writes poetry and has three poems published in the 2014 edition of Inkwell).  Currie and Nicholson were among a group of about 150 students from around New England and the rest of the country who gathered at Bread Loaf from May 15-18 to work closely with other serious young writers and to study with published writers and teachers.


2014 National Latin Exam results:


The following students are receiving certificates for placing at the Cum Laude level on the 2014 National Latin Exam—


Everett Blakelund, John Donahoe, Siana Emery, Nathaniel Harrington, Samantha Kurlanski, Victoria Lattanzi, Hannah Megathlin, Kaitlyn Megathlin, Claire Nicholson, Emma Nicholson, and Sophie Pearson.


The following students placed at the Magna Cum Laude level--


Erin Campbell, Alexis Elder, Cameron Kennedy, Christopher Perry, Matthew Pisini, and Laura Rose.


Two students placed at the Maxima Cum Laude level:


Grace Hayden-Hunt and Isabella Perry.


Congratulations to the 2014 Excellence in Latin Award recipient Madeline Clark.


2014 National Spanish Exam results:


level 2:   over 35,200 exams were given in the regular category nationwide:  


75th - 84th percentile:  Isabel Porter (77) and Brian Sidders (79).  

85th - 94th percentile:  Will Pidgeon (85) who was 8th in the state, and  Maggie Nolan (88) and Jackie Perlmutter (88) who tied with three other students (from other schools) for 6th in the state.  


level 3:  28,858 exams were given nationwide:


75th - 84th percentile:  Harrison Pershing (75),  Charlotte Benoit (78), Isabella Perry (78), Kendra Elder (79), Brooke Lawrence (79), Sophia Stickney (79), Kevin Cass (80), Sarah Johnson (82) , and Hannah Megathlin (84).

85th  - 94th percentile: Alexis Elder, who was in a four-way tie for 7th in the state.


level 4:  16,380 exams were given nationwide.


75th - 84th percentile:  Anna Collins (75) who tied for 10th in the state.

85th - 94th  percentile:  Benjamin Jagolinzer (94) who was 3rd in the state!  


level 5:  over 5,600 exams were given nationwide.


75th - 84th percentile:  Eliza McKenney (77) who was 4th in the state.  

85th - 94th  percentile:  Lydia Wickard (89) who was second in the state.  


Congratulations to the 2014 Excellence in Spanish Award recipient Eliza McKenney.

2014 French National Contest


The following students have ranked nationally in this year’s French National Contest. Sam Bonnevie and Caleb Howell ranked 7th in Level 2; Connor Rog ranked 10th in level 3; Tara Ford ranked 6th in level 4; and Kirstin Sandreuter ranked 8th in level 5. Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students were evaluated for their written, oral, and listening comprehension skills in French.  Nearly 100,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2014 event.  French teachers Kim MacDonald and Patricia Thibault are very proud of their students’ accomplishments.


Top ten scores in the state of Maine on the exam:


level 2: Sam Bonnevie and Caleb Howell - 2; Alyssa Gerencer and Thomas Potts - 5; Zoe Lambert, Kathryn Paré, and Bhramari Schiff - 7; Logan Decourcey - 8; Sam Lane -9; and Brianna Desjardins - 10


level 3: Connor Rog - 4; Nate Grandchamp and Jacob Small - 8


level 4: Tara Ford -1; Allison Perreault -4; Mary Potts -5; Libby George -7; Meagan Currie -8


level 5: Kirstin Sandreuter -1 (she has been #1 all four years of taking the exam); Emma Nicholson -3; Natalie Dedon, Katherine Nicolaou, and Louis Zambello - 5; Anna Fitch -7; Kaitlyn Graham and Sam Parkinson - 8; Dorothee Jakob and Laura Pitassi -9; Lily Englund and Kelly Vine - 10.


Congratulations to Kirstin Sandreuter, the Maine Foreign Language Student of the Year.


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