Tuesday News - December 13, 2011

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Important Notices:

Please note: Friday, December 16 is a half day for students.

Early Childhood dismisses at 12:00 on Friday, the Grades at 12:30 and there are no aftercare programs that day.

Classes will resume at Merriconeag after the winter break on Tuesday, January 3rd. Have a wonderful break!



Upcoming Events:



Clowns on the Move, Wednesday, December 14, 11:00 a.m., Community Hall

Please join us for this delightful circus performed by our 8th grade students with the help of Mr. Saccone.






Crafty Afternoons with Sandy Pearson

Mittens by Christmas: We will continue work on mittens (and scarves) this Wed, Dec 14. Sandy Pearson Sandpear55@aol.com
      Watch for future Wednesday afternoon crafts in the NEW HANDWORK ROOM after the holidays!



Shepherds Play, Friday, December 16, 11:00 a.m., Community Hall: We warmly invite the entire community to join us to witness this simple, yet profound offering which speaks to what it means to be truly human. The play will be performed by our 11th Grade Class.

Why you might want to come out to see the Shepherds Play by David Barham:Read more.

Caroling in downtown Freeport, Saturday, December 17, 4:00 p.m.,

gathering in front of the L.L. Bean boot: Come spread the holiday cheer and represent the Merriconeag Community in downtown Freeport with an evening of caroling. Two years ago, an impressive group of Merriconeag students, friends, and parents (dare I estimate, 70+) journeyed up and down the streets of Brunswick, caroling for any and all who would listen. The evening was such a great success that we decided to continue on with the tradition, this year taking our seasonal strains to the streets of Freeport. We will gather in front of the L. L. Bean boot on Saturday, December 17 at 4:00 and proceed about town. Please invite friends and family to join! Caroling books will be provided. If you are able to attend, an RSVP sent to Jordan Seavey, jordan.seavey@maine.edu would be appreciated.
      Last year, caroling needed to be canceled because of inclement weather. In the event of snow on the 17th, please check the MWS website for a cancellation notice. Thanks. We hope to see you there! Jordan Seavey

Alumni Celebration for our post high school alums (18 & older) and their parents: On Thursday, December 22, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. we are hosting a celebration of our new Handcraft Building for our post high school alumni (ages 18 and older) and their parents. This is a change from previous years when we have hosted a holiday party for all of our alumni. The Alumni Committee is working on a plan for an event in the spring for our alumni (8th Grade graduates) who are under the age of 18 so stay tuned.


From the Board

Board Update
      The MWS Board of Directors would like to send our sincerest thanks and gratitude to Sarah Pierce for her dedication and commitment working on the Board. Sarah has helped to shape our school in many ways including her leadership of the Administrative Restructuring Committee (ARC), the development of the school's Master Development Plan, leading the Board in roles as Vice President and Secretary, and most recently leading the building of our beautiful new Manual Arts Building. She has literally spent thousands of hours working on school matters over the years and has been a leading force in volunteer and classroom efforts in addition to raising three wonderful children. Thank you Sarah for all your efforts, both on and off the Board.

     Last evening at our December Board meeting, Sarah officially completed her sixth year of service and, as required by our by-laws, resigned from the Board. Sarah's successor is Gina Sawin, who was nominated as our new Board Secretary. Please help us congratulate Sarah for her many contributions and a job well done!
Happy Holidays,
Bob Neveu, Board President



School Community Updates

Last Week's Winter Concert Delighted Us All

To view some of the photos by Tricia Toms from that evening, please click here.



Budget and Tuition Meeting, January 9, 7:00 p.m., Community Hall: The faculty and board are currently reviewing the school’s programs and tuition rates in order to plan the budget for school year 2012-2013. This process includes reviewing the school’s programs to ensure they meet the needs of our students, projecting all costs for the school, estimating the enrollment by class, and setting tuition rates for the new school year. Balancing our budget is not an easy task as we all have many dreams and goals for the school. However, with all of us working together – parents, faculty, board members – we can create a plan that is imaginative, exciting, and meets the needs of our entire community.
      Please join us on Monday evening, January 9, 2012 at 7 pm at the Community Hall to discuss the plans for school year 2012-2013.


Ms. Post's Baby, Isabel

Because we didn't include a photo with Baby Isabel's birth announcement and many of you have been longing to get a glimpse of Cristina Post's little one, we have included a recent photo here for your delight..




Athletic News - Sports Updates

Merriconeag Hoopsters Prevail!
      Down by a point against Hebron Academy last Friday with 8 seconds to play, Merriconeag won its first game of the season—25-24—on a last-second shot by sophomore Joe Newlin. Seniors Connor Beckett, with 8 points, and Cyrus Fenderson, with 6, led a balanced scoring attack. Freshman Jacob Haldeman and senior Tyler O’Brien contributed 4 points each.
      The game was tightly contested throughout. Hebron chipped away at Merriconeag’s 21-14 halftime lead, and finally forged ahead with two minutes to play. After Tyler scored a basket to bring Merriconeag within a point, Joe put the game away with his clutch shot.
      Every player contributed to the victory. Senior Wyatt McCurdy pulled down key rebounds, and Merriconeag’s less experienced team members—Liam Little, Tim Morse, Sam Leavitt, Lincoln Samuelson, Avery Murphy-Anderson, Dan Morse and Emma Dolan—maintained Merriconeag’s slim lead during the first half of the third quarter, gaining valuable game experience as well.
      The team’s next home game is at the Pineland YMCA on Friday, January 6, at 3:30 against St. Dominics of Auburn. Coach Sloan

There has been a change of date for one of the high school basketball games. The game originally scheduled for Friday, January 20 has been switched to Tuesday, January 17.

Upcoming games are:
Friday, January 6 HOME at Pineland YMCA, St. Doms, 3:30 PM
Tuesday, January 17 AWAY at Hebron Academy, Hebron, 4:00 PM
Friday, February 3 HOME at Pineland - Student/Faculty game, 6:30 PM


Read (Listen to or Watch) This


Waldorf Education in Public Schools: Educators adopt—and adapt—this developmental, arts-rich approach
By Laura Pappano. “Waldorf Education in Public Schools” appeared in the November/December 2011 issue of the Harvard Education Letter.

Ms. Pappano is an education journalist based in New Haven, Conn. She is the author of Inside School Turnarounds: Urgent Hopes, Unfolding Stories (Harvard Education Press, 2010).



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