Tuesday News - March 27, 2012
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Say It Out Loud!
Tyler O'Brien Is Maine's 2012 Poetry Out Loud State Champion
Senior Tyler O'Brien triumphed over nine other strong finalists on March 23 to become Maine's 2012 State Poetry Out Loud competition. The contest, which involved reciting work from well-known poets, began in February when high schools across the country selected representatives to compete at the regional level within each state. Over 8000 students in Maine alone participated in the competition. Tyler placed in the top five in Maine's southern regional; then, on the strength of his recitation of Allen Ginsberg's "A Supermarket in California," William Ernest Henley's "Invictus," and Lisel Mueller's "The End of Science Fiction," he earned top honors in the Poetry Out Loud Finals, held at Bates College. In May, Tyler will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete against other state winners for $50,000 in awards. For becoming Maine's state champion, he earned $200, with another $500 going to Merriconeag Waldorf High School to stock its library with poetry books. Bravo, Tyler!
Game Show Night
Tuition Support Fundraiser
and Silent Auction
This Saturday, March 31,
6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
(with Happy Hour starting at 5:00 p.m.)
Bring in the Goods: All items (except perishables) for the Silent Auction should be brought to the Farmhouse as soon as possible, no later than Friday morning. Thanks to the hard work of the Auction committee and the generosity of this community, nearly 150 fabulous items and tempting services have been donated to the Silent Auction! Check out a sampling of the donated items on our Auction Facebook page. You need not be a Facebook user to get on this page. You will find it helpful to peruse the descriptions and photos of the items before you come on Saturday. Start talking to family and friends so you can bid on those houses in France or Utah or find out what your family wants you to bring home.
Can’t make it to the Game Show Night on Saturday? An absentee bid form is attached. (click here) Check out the donated items in the Auction catalog and peruse photos of a sampling of the items on our Auction Facebook page. We have an amazing selection of donations that you will want to bid on!
More Great News From the High School
The college acceptances are coming in for the class of 2012. So far, the senior class has received decisions on 59 applications to 42 different schools. They have received 52 acceptances. That's a phenomenal acceptance rate of over 88%. We are still waiting to hear from about a dozen more schools.
The colleges and universities that have accepted Merriconeag seniors this year (so far) are: American University, Paris, Bates College, Becker College, Beloit College, Bishop's University, Clark University, Colby Sawyer College, Colgate University, College of the Atlantic, Dickinson College, Earlham College, Eckerd College, Franklin Pierce College, Goucher College, Green Mountain College, Hamilton College, Hartwick College, Ithaca College, Juniata College, Lawrence University, Macalester College, Marlboro College, Mount Ida College, New England College, Roger Williams College, St. Anselm's College, St. Joseph's College, St. Olaf's College, University of Maine, Farmington, University of Maine, Orono, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, University of New England, University of Southern Maine, University of Vermont, Ursinus College, Westminster College, Wheaton College.
Congratulations to the class of 2012 and thank you to our college counselor, Beth Caputi!
Tea and Play
Friday, March 30, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Please continue to tell your co-workers, neighbors and friends about Tea & Play. For more information or to register a friend, please call Lyn Baird at 207-865-3900, ext. 103 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Upcoming Admissions Events
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The Prep School Negro
Monday, April 2, 6:00 p.m.
UNE's Ludcke Auditorium
719 Stevens Avenue, Portland
Free and Open to the public
The film is followed by an
with Director Andre Robert Lee.
Wondering why you should see The Prep School Negro?
In The Prep School Negro, Lee prompts us to consider the meanings that home and school, class and race, aspirations and education play in our current lives and the lives of our children. What does it mean to belong in a school community and what can schools do to become more truly inclusive? We hope you'll come to this unique event and engage in this important conversation!
This film is sponsored by the Friends School of Portland with the following co-sponsors: Merriconeag Waldorf High School, Cheverus High School, City of Portland, McAuley High School, NAACP Portland Branch, North Yarmouth Academy, UNE Multicultural Affairs, and Waynflete School.
The Eighth Grade will present their play
Wednesday Craft Afternoons, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Some crocheted hats, 03/12 Knitted Rugs, 02/12
Free Open Craft Afternoon - Weds. March 28
NEW! Crochet Bags- April 4, 11, 25 & May 2
School Community Updates
Crayons for a Cause: The Eighth Grade class has been collecting old beeswax crayons for a few years. We have been melting them down and pouring them into molds to make new crayons. It works like magic - as the crayons melt, the dirt sinks to the bottom and what we pour makes a bright, brand-new crayon. As of last week, we had made about 300 new crayons, and our class decided to send them with Mr. Barham to take to the Waldorf School in Mexico, Ak Lu'um, where he is and has been a mentor for some time. We were very glad to be able to send these crayons to Waldorf children who have so much less than we do. Making the crayons has been a fun process, and hopefully a great success! Phoebe Dolan, Chief Crayonmaker, for the Eighth Grade.
Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club:
Merriconeag Summer Camps for 2012
Merriconeag Summer Camps for 2012:
This summer we will be offering two summer camps during the week of June 25 - 29, 9:00 a.m. - noon. If there is enough interest, we will consider offering an afternoon program like we did last year.
For more information and to register, please click on the name of the camp below.
Circus Arts Camp: This camp is for ages 8 - 12 (entering grades 3, 4, 5, 6). Campers will learn juggling, clowning, mime, pyramids, tightrope walking, character study and performance techniques. The camp will be led by John Saccone. Cost: $225.
Buttercup Summer Garden Camp: This camp is for ages 3.5 - 6. Campers are lovingly held in a gentle, nature-filled environment that immerses them in magical play and discovery. There is lots of time for crafts, water play, the sandbox, walking woodland paths, and playing games. The camp will be led by Jessica Moore. Cost: $175.
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It was a winter to savor
Local skiers help Maine win New England J2 title
Local skiers helped the Maine team win the recent NENSA New England J2 Festival, beating all the other New England states. This event paired the top 14- and 15-year olds from the region. Local participants included Cape Elizabeth's Dana Hatton and Julian Pelzer, Falmouth's Gabe Mahoney and Sam Pratico, Freeport's Elizabeth Martin, Merriconeag's Eli McCurdy, Samantha Pierce, Graham Roeber and Jesse Saffeir, Portland's Laura Frank and Lizzy Landry, Topsham's Sam Wood and Yarmouth's Lucy Alexander, Sam Alexander, Braden Becker, Carter Hall, Jasper Houston, Ihilia Lesnikova, Caitlin Teare and Ellie Teare.
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Fri, Oct 3, 1:30 pm,
All parents are welcome to witness the fruits of our morning work. If it is sunny weather we will be outside on the Desert Road Campus. If it is raining, you will find us in the Community Hall.
MS XC Race :
Fri, Oct 3, MS XC Race at Scarborough, 4:15 & 4:45 pm.
HS XC Race :
Sat, Oct 4, The Festival of Champions in Belfast - which will see over 1800 runners on the course throughout the day! Click on link below for race details.
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.