Student artists to be celebrated on 2012-13 laptop screensaver

Twenty student artists will have an audience of more than 72,000 students and teachers for their artwork starting this fall. The 20 students from across Maine have won the honor to have their artwork included in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative laptop screensaver for the 2012-13 school year.

More than 380 Maine students submitted images to be considered for the 2012-13 screensaver. Students and teachers voted on their favorites, and two of the 20 featured works were the top vote getters. An independent panel of three judges selected the other 18 pieces.

Many of the images are photographs, though several students used pencil, paint, clay and other media to create their images.

“The arts are an essential part of the student experience in Maine. The arts offer students the opportunities they need to explore their passions, discover their talents and apply their creativity,” said Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen.

Coffin Elementary School in Brunswick Celebrates 5-2-1-0

Coffin Elementary School in Brunswick Celebrates 5-2-1-0

Students and staff of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Coffin Elementary School in Brunswick recently held a Kindness Assembly during which they educated each other and celebrated healthy living.

Sagadahoc County Recognizes National Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

Sagadahoc County Recognizes National Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

Sagadahoc County Recognizes Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that, “Major birth defects are conditions that cause structural changes in one or more parts of the body; are present at birth; and have a serious, adverse effect on heath, development, or functional ability.“ Approximately one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect.

This year, National Birth Defects Prevention Month focuses on one of the most common types of birth defects, congenital heart defects. Each year, nearly 40,000 infants in the United States are born with heart defects, which are the leading cause of death during the first year of life. As medical care and treatment have improved, those with congenital hearth defects are living longer lives.

January 8-14 is National Folic Acid Awareness Week.

Not all birth defects can be prevented.

Jazz All State At Scarborough High School

Eighty one high school jazz musicians from all over Maine have descended on Scarborough High School for the 2012 Jazz All State Music Fesitval.  Sponsored by Maine Music Educators Association, participation is based on a rigorous auditions process which took place in October.  Students were chosen to perform in one of four ensembles:

Jazz Combo - 6 students, Jazz Band - 19 students, Honors Jazz Band 20 - students, and Honors Jazz Choir - 32 singers plus 4 students in the rhythm section.

Students will rehearse with guest conductors Thursday evening, all day Friday, Saturday morning and culminate in a concert Saturday afternoon.  The concert

will be held this Saturday, January 7th,  at Winslow Homer Auditiorium, Scarborough High School at 2:00 pm.  Admission is $5.00 at the door and the public is welcome.

SPSD submits final plans & requests bids from contractors


Construction to Commence on April 3 to Allow for Earlier Completion Date   

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine, January 4, 2012--- Bid documents for the management and construction of the expansion and renovation of South Portland High School (SPHS) were released today.  The completed design and project plans produced by Harriman Associates of Portland, Maine were released to four pre-qualified General Contractors.  J.C.N. Construction, Eckman Construction, PC Construction and Harvey Construction will have an opportunity to review the plans and submit a bid or written offer to complete the work for the project proposal.  Bids will be due and submitted on Thursday, February 23 and opened at 2:00 p.m.

SMCC Professor Honored with National Teaching Excellence Award

Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) professor, Florence Chambers, was one of 6 professors nationwide to be honored with the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award. The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ (AMATYC) presents the award biennially to math instructors at two-year colleges who display excellence in the classroom, superior professional development, and outstanding leadership qualities.

In her forty-three year career, Ms. Chambers has taught at colleges throughout the Northeast and Midwest. Shortly after arriving at SMCC in 2001 she developed the Finite Mathematics curriculum. Ms. Chambers currently teaches a range of courses from Developmental Mathematics through Calculus.

“The SMCC community is fortunate to have a professor of Florence’s caliber,” said SMCC President Ronald Cantor.