Tuesday News - February 8, 2011
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From the Administrator
Due to the generous snow falls this winter, our snow banks have grown and our parking lot has shrunk! It is more critical than ever to abide by the following parking lot guidelines:
Recap: Geezers Versus Students II
Student Version by Brian Watko:
Last Friday, a frenzied crowd of basketball enthusiasts watched as a conflict of epic proportions unfolded before their very eyes. Two teams met on the court for the second time with some unfinished business. Only two years ago, a squad of intrepid geezers clashed with a horde of vicious high schoolers, only to depart the Freeport Junior High School Gymnasium crushed. A debt unpaid, both sides were ready to play once again, and this time it was personal.
Eager to retain their glory, the students put together a commendable force of high school players: Cyrus Fenderson, Sophie Simmons, Tyler O’Brien, Devon-Murphy-Anderson, Connor Beckett, Emma Dolan, and Wyatt Mccurdy. If this wasn’t enough, an equally powerful lineup of middle schoolers joined the team, to ensure certain victory: Jacob Haldeman, Natalie Murphy, Joe Armstrong, Bekah Rhein, Lincoln Samuelson, Phoebe Dolan, Josh Dow, Anna Evans, Hugh Voorhees, Lily Kolle, and Gaby Gaspardi. Prior injuries kept Haley Johnson and Peter Watko from playing, but their teammates were trained to the peak of perfection by coaches David Sloan and Richard Evans. Read more.
Geezer Version by Michael Fenderson:
Merriconeag's faculty basketball team, warmly dubbed "The Geezers", came back in the final minutes to pull out the winover the students in the second annual Student-Faculty Basketball Game. The non-stop action was, according to many an appreciativefan of both teams, great fun and a 'most amazing game'! The student team, made up of high schoolers and players from 7th and 8th grades, coached by David Sloan and Assistant Coach Richard Evans, led most of the way and kept the scrappy, well seasoned Geezersguessing right down to the last baskets.
Cheering the efforts of all players, the gym resounded with "Go Students" and "Go Geezers" throughout the contest. Both benches were filled with many new players this year but in the end, it was Nancy 'Downtown' Roderick, the Geezer backcourt specialist who sank final running jumpshot. Read more.
Tomorrow Evening: Why Waldorf Works: From a
Join us for a discussion about recent neurological research and how Waldorf Education supports healthy brain development. It is becoming ever clearer that the movement and emotional aspects of education are as important for healthy brain development as the cognitive aspects. What does the research show, and how are we supporting this healthy growth at Merriconeag?
Panelists will include David Beringer, who has completed a three-year training as a therapeutic educator, Cristina Post who recently completed the Mind, Brain, and Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Sandy Pearson, Handwork Teacher who recently led workshops for teachers on the importance of craftwork and the hand for healthy development, and other teachers. This event will include brief presentations and time for dialogue, so please come and bring your questions.
This Friday: Merriconeag Art Show Reception at 317 Main Street, Yarmouth
February 11, 6:30 - 8:30 pm We look forward to seeing you there!
Where Art and Academics Interesect
an exhibition of student work from Merriconeag Waldorf School.
Show dates: Jan 17 - Feb 25,
317 Main Street, Yarmouth
Merriconeag's 4th Annual Blood Drive is Next Week
Tuesday, February 15th, 1pm - 6pm.
Merriconeag Presents the Maine Premiere of the film
57 Desert Road, Freeport
Limited tickets will be available at Royal River Natural Foods beginning February 14. For more information about this fascinating film, please click on the poster.
Growing Up Real in a Virtual World: A Public Talk by Lowell Monke
Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 PM
To read two significant articles in Orion Magazine by our upcoming March speaker, Lowell Monke, please use the following links:
From the Finance Office
Enrollment packets: Hopefully, everyone has received their re-enrollment packet. The re-enrollment deadline is February 11th. If you do not intend to re-enroll, please check that off on the enrollment contract or contact the Finance Office directly as this helps us with planning for the next school year. Please remember that both parents/legal guardians are required to sign the enrollment contract. If parents are in separate households, the enrollment packet includes an envelope for the paperwork to be forwarded to the other parent.
Tiered Tuition (formerly Tuition Assistance): Information regarding the changes in this program are now listed on the website under Admissions, Financial Aid. At the bottom, there is a link “Applying for consideration” which will take you to the web page containing the TADS links for the worksheet and the application website. Additional information regarding the application process is listed on this webpage under “What Every Family Should Know”.
Please state the tier of tuition that your family is applying for in your letter to the Tiered Tuition Committee and send this document along with your financial documents to TADS. In evaluating an application for consideration, the committee considers the assets of both parents and/or legal guardians. Parents/legal guardians in separate households must submit an application and the supporting documentation to TADS individually. If you have any questions regarding enrollment or applying for tiered tuition, please contact me at 865-3900 ext 101 or email@example.com. Thank you, Shannon Combar
From the High School
High School Forum — 350 and Counting: The 2011 High School Forum season opened with a conversation on
Climate Change. Jesse Pyles, sustainability director at Unity College and a Senior student, Jean, came to our High School Friday January 28th to talk about 350.org.
Athletic News - Sports Updates
Middle School Nordic Skiing
We had another amazing race day last Thursday, after another big snowstorm. Both MWS boys and girls came in second place in a 3K skate race at Twin Brook. Our fans continue to come out in full force to cheer on the athletes. The beauty and friendliness of these Nordic events continue to inspire me. We have made many new friends in the other schools. When we watch the athletes ski, we see power, grace and determination in their movement. Again special thanks go out to our coaches who lend their skill and loving support to our students.
Next week is the final CCC league race of the year and we are hosting it at Pineland. Please come support the middle school athletes. The boys start at 3:30PM, followed shortly there after by the girls. The final state championship will be on February 19th in Fryeburg. Submitted by John Saccone
High School Nordic Skiing
It was a real pleasure to see the effort by all of those at Starks Hill last Friday. Emelie Chace-Donahue had a great finish in fourth, Carlin Tindall is getting the feel for nordic racing and turned in a fine 17th. Despite missing Zoe and Teagan, the girls finished third thanks to the depth provided by Sierra Jeffers, Hadi Jacobs and Lily Tupper. The girls are molding to a strong force in any class.
School Community Updates
The 7th Grade launches fundraising enterprise: SEVENTEEN SEEDS
Survey Results Are In
Other statements receiving a 95% or higher agreement level are:
I find that my child’s teachers communicate in a clear and timely manner about my child’s education.
I feel that the teachers provide a positive learning experience for my child, and that throughout my child’s experience at the school he/she has found thoughtful and skilled faculty.
Areas where work is needed:
If you would like more information about the survey results, please contact Barbara Guffin.
The Race continues to get lots of play in Greater Portland and Outskirts North. If you haven't seen it, do try to catch one of these showings:
Frontier Cafe & Cinema, Tuesday, February 8, 5:00 & 7:00 PM
Wednesday, February 9, 5:00 & 7:00 PM. For more information.
Greely High School, March 1, 7:00 PM
G 12 to Hermit Island for Marine Biology:
Sun, Sept 14 - Fri, Sept 15. Merriconeag seniors join seniors from other eastern seaboard Waldorf schools for a week of Marine Biology at beautiful Hermit Island.
Tues, Sept 16, 6:15 pm
G 2, 5, & 6 Parent Evenings:
Wed, Sept 17, 7:00 pm.
MS XC Race :
Thurs, Sept 18, MS XC race at Gull Crest Field in Cape Elizabeth. Cape hosts Merriconeag, Greely, Jordan Small (Raymond), and Waynflete. Boys run at 4 pm, girls at 4:30. Come on out and cheer for our middle school teams!
HS XC Race :
Fri, Sept 19. HS XC race at Freeport. Freeport hosts Merriconeag, Poland and York. Boys race at 4:30, girls at 5. We hope to see you there!
Class Photo Day:
Tues, Sept 23. (Rain date: Wed, Sept 24)
G 7 Parent Evening:
Tues, Sept 23, 7:00 pm - Grade 7 Parent Evening.
The Gift of a Commercial-Free Childhood:
Wed, Oct 8, 7 pm.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Donation at the door.
Dr. Susan Linn, Director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood & Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School will discuss the commercialization of childhood and ways to protect our children.