Tuesday News - February 26, 2013

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Merriconeag Boys & Girls are Class C Nordic Team State Champions

and Western Maine Conference Nordic Champions!

Congratulations to our skiers and their coach, John Tarling

The girls team won their 3rd state championship and the boys team won

the 1st state championship for our high school in any boys sport. 

(See Athletic News below for more information)


Upcoming Events

Reel Deal Film Fest Starts this Wednesday!

Co-sponsored by Merriconeag with Hardy Girls Healthy Women

& Boys to Men

The Bro Code

This Wednesday, February 27

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Portland Public Library

Admission is FREE and open to the public but you must register

here to ensure a ticket.

February 27, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - THE BRO CODE: This film takes aim at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and disrespect women and girls. Director, Thomas Keith breaks down a range of contemporary media forms, zeroing in on movies and music videos that glamorize womanizing; pornography that trades in the brutalization of women; comedians who make fun of sexual assault; and a groundswell of men's magazines and cable TV shows that revel in an old-school myths of American manhood.The content of this movie is graphic and for mature audiences 17 and older.

Next Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - MISS REPRESENTATION

March 12, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - NOT JUST A GAME: POWER POLITICS & AMERICAN SPORTS


Seventh and Eighth Grade Circus
Thursday, February 28, 11:00 a.m.
Friday, March 1, 7:00 p.m.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport
Please don’t miss this year’s Circus, which has expanded into a collaboration between the seventh and eighth grades. With John Saccone’s vision and skill, the support of his talented wife, Jackie Reifer, and our Amity intern, Selma Fricke, this circus performance promises to be filled with laughter and plenty of surprises!


SAVE THE DATE! This event was not on our school calendar!

Can Money Heal the Planet?

Re-imagining the Role of Money in Community
A Public Talk by John Bloom of RSF Social Finance

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport

Please add this date to your calendar. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity! More information will follow

in the weeks to come.


Admissions Events - Invite Your Friends to Visit our School!

Spread the word! For more information and to register, please call Lyn Baird, 865-3900, ext. 103.

Early Childhood
Early Childhood Information Session
Wednesday, March 13, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
A chance for parents (without their children with them) to hear an early childhood teacher discuss the philosophy behind our approach to early education, and answer questions.

Tea & Play
Thursdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., February 28
A free, informal drop-in program where parents bring their young children to the early childhood center and enjoy conversation and a cup of tea with a teacher while the children play nearby.




Saturday Craft Mornings:

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd., Freeport

For prospective parents and their children under 7.


Sat., March 2, The Birds are Returning: Come welcome spring, make fleece birds and listen to a springtime story.

Sat., March 9, Welcoming Lady Spring: Come make flower necklaces and listen to a sotry welcoming Lady Spring.

Drop-ins are welcome or call 207.865.3900, Ext. 103 or admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org.to register.


Elementary & Middle Grades
Tour of Grades 1 – 8
Tuesday, March 5, 8:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents will observe in every classroom during the main lesson period. Q & A at the end.

High School
Observe High School Classes
Wednesday, March 6, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Visit our Pineland campus and observe our high school students and teachers during the morning lesson period in these classes: 9th Grade Thermal Physics with Jeff O’Brien, 10th Grade Embryology with Ellen Labbe, 11th Grade Rise of the West with Kristin Agudelo, 12th Grade Modern History with David Barham.


Handcraft Wednesdays

After School Crafts for 4th grade and up:

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Handwork Room. $5.00 per session includes a light snack.

Sign in with Sandy Pearson at spearson@merriconeag.org.

Feb 27- Open Session Bring in your unfinished work,
catch up on your handwork projects, or help with the felted
rug for the Tuition Assistance Auction.



March 6, 13, 20, & 27- Spring time on the Farm
Make a little hen with her nest of eggs and a proud rooster
to guard his family. All materials and instruction supplied
for knitting, felting and stitching. Limited to 12


April 3, 10 & 24- Butterflies - Felt and embroider beautiful butterflies and welcome the colors of Spring. All materials and instructions supplied. Limited to 12


May 1- Open Session Bring in your unfinished projects to work on and let’s
celebrate our work together. This will be the last session of the school year.


Morning Crafts for Adults:

8:30 -10:00 a.m. in the Handwork Room
When is a t-shirt not a t-shirt? When it is a floor mat.
Wednesday morning work shop March 27th - April 24th.
$15 material fee. Seven to eight t-shirts needed per rug. We have some available.Email juliepennington@merriconeag.org



Early Childhood Parent Chat Room

Wednesday mornings, 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.

Early Childhood Center, Bluebell Room

Join host Michael Fenderson, French Teacher for EC through Grade 8, and Mary Korsiak, Early Childhood Teacher, for a chat - share questions, get to know each other, and sip a warm cup of coffee or tea.


Auction Action

Variety Show and Silent Auction

Saturday, March 23, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Road

Calling All Auction Sponsors and Donations: Merriconeag’s Variety Show and Tuition Support Auction are just a few weeks away on Saturday evening, March 23rd. To be an event sponsor or submit an item to the Silent Auction, fill out the attached form. <Click here for donation form>
Event Sponsorships: send to Lynne Espy by the end of this week.
Silent Auction donation ideas: send to Amy Eshoo by March 8.
Come to the Auction: You should receive an invitation by mail the end of this week. We have kept the entry fee low ($25 each) so that every parent will come. If this fee is preventing you (or a friend) from coming, please give Lynne Espy a call. We want all parents to come (as well as alumni parents, faculty and board members, friends of the school, plus your friends and neighbors), and we can provide discounted tickets if that’s what is needed to get you there! Don’t forget to rsvp so we will have enough delicious appetizers and drinks!
Buy a cash raffle ticket: Five cash raffle tickets are included in your invitation, which we hope you will fill out with your name and phone number and send back with the payment. It is a 25/75 cash raffle, meaning that if you win, you keep 25% of the total proceeds. Last year, the winner took home $2,088, winning with a single ticket purchased for them by an anonymous friend! This large winning can only happen if many people buy the tickets. Buy one, buy 10, sell them to your neighbors or extended family!
What to Wear? Come as yourself, represent the variety of this wonderful community!
Submitted by Lynne Espy, for the amazing Auction Team
865-3900 Ext. 116, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org



From the Business Office

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Hannaford and Bow Street Market Gift Cards: Great news! Merriconeag has raised $1300 from the sale of the Hannaford gift cards, which can also be used at Bow Street Market. We are putting in orders for new cards and reloading existing cards every Thursday morning (if we meet the minimum order of $1000). Grocery cards are a great way to buy your food supplies AND support the school. Drop off your payment in the main office and note new grocery card or reload on the memo line of your check.
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Scrip Gift Cards Available
Merriconeag is also a member of ScripZone, an online retailer of Gift Cards. With your purchase of gift cards, and there are hundreds to choose from, Merriconeag receives a percentage of the total amount of your purchase. We do accept credit cards!
Enrollment: Enrollment in ScripZone is easy to do right from your own computer.
1. Go to ScripZone.com
2. Click on the NEW USER option
3. Create your own Secure Online Account; after registering
4. Enter our Unique Group ID: 207865MWS
Entering the Unique ID will link your purchases to Merriconeag, every purchase you make will result in benefit to the school.
Payment: Payment for your order can be made online by credit card, ACH (bank withdrawal) or by dropping a check off at the office. By paying through ACH you have the option of having your order delivered directly to your house. If you choose ACH, you will need to click on MyScripPayment Center to set up your account.
Do I have to Enroll to participate? No, you do not have to enroll at ScripZone to participate. If you are interested in purchasing gift cards you can simply go to Scripzone.com and scroll through the Retailer List located on the right side of the screen. Simply make a list of what you want and quantities and email to the business office. Your order will be processed once we receive a check. Alternatively, we can email a list of retailers to you.

News From the Grade School

Some Third Grade girls and their new hats:





The Sixth Graders experienced real Maine winter weather on their three day ski trip to Maine Huts

and Trails Flagstaff Hut - plenty of snow, single digit temperatures, hearty food, and warm bunks:


Lost Rental Skis: We are missing a pair of rental skis and poles in the 3rd grade size range and they may even still be labelled "Nicholas Mogul-Campbell. Could you check your child's skis/poles especially if they are rental type? Thanks, Jennifer and John


News From the High School

Another State Finalist:
      For the second consecutive year, a Merriconeag student has advanced to the Poetry Out Loud State Finals. Senior Skyler Samuelson was one of five finalists selected at the Southern Regionals held last month in Biddeford. She will compete against nine other contestants in Bangor on March 20 for the state championship. The event will be aired live on MPBN televison.
      Skyler's recitation of three poems—Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day," "Calling Him Back from Layoff," By Bob Hicok, and "Sweetness," by Stephen Dunn—propelled her into the finals over students from 20 other schools.
      Last year Tyler O'Brien won the state title, earning him $200 and the high school $500 for its library of poetry collections. In addition, he received an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C., to compete for national honors. No matter what happens this year at the state finals in Bangor, congratulations Skyler! David Sloan


Senior Ben Tindall has been named a candidate in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program: The candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2013.

     Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 49th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

     Over 3,000 candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of
activities, school recommendations, and school transcripts. A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 500 semifinalists in early April. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

    Congratulations and good luck, Ben!


Romance, Dance, Bunny Rants Highlight High School Coffee House
      Merriconeag celebrated Valentine's Day with a rich program of high school talent and equally rich desserts. Emcees Sophie Simmons and Nowell Stoddard established the romantic mood with original "love poems" to frame the evening. In between their declarations of mutual adoration, well over 150 attendees enjoyed a smorgasbord of artistic offerings.
      The program featured poetry by Graham Roeber, Teagan Wu, Emelie Chace-Donahue, Lily Tupper, Sam Leavitt, John Burgess, Devon Murphy-Anderson, Zachary Neveu, Jesse Saffeir, Zoe Oswald, Sophie Simmons, Phoebe Clewley, two French poems recited by Teagan and Skyler Samuelson, and a joint recitation of a Maya Angelou poem by Julia Ritger, Phoebe Dolan, Sophie Ichizawa, and Zoe Konstantino; short story excerpts from Meredith Saunders, Samantha Pierce and Isabella Pignatello; musical pieces from Peter Watko, Isabella and Django Pignatello (accompanied by Fin Woodruff), Skyler Samuelson, Devon Murphy-Anderson and Phoebe Clewley, the guitar class, and the "Von Pierce Family Players."
      Other highlights included eurythmy by Emma Dolan, an original Canterbury Tale presented by Carlin Tindall in an approximation of Middle English, a dramatic monologue about an excitable dog, a dead bunny and puzzled neighbors, written by Joe Newlin and enacted by Andrew Hastings, a scene from St. Exupery's The Little Prince presented by members of the eleventh grade—in French—feats of juggling and diablo performed by exchange student Leonard Dorig, and three dance numbers by the dance elective class that brought down the house!
      Many thanks to all who helped to make the evening a memorable one—especially Rose Mary Burwell for her tireless planning, David Barham for rehearsing students, Johanna Flath and Regine Whittlesey for their valuable assistance with decorating and/or baking, as well as all the students and parents who prepared delectable desserts. The evening netted well over $350 for various high school activities. David Sloan



The Little Prince:  On Friday February 15th, royalty came to Merriconeag High School at Pineland. A very lovely and convincing Little Prince came to tell a stranded pilot about his adventures traveling around various planets, encountering extraordinary personages that made him wonder about the wisdom of grown ups. Fortunately, on Planet Earth he encountered a wise and kind Fox that shared his secret: "One can see well only with his heart, the essential in life is invisible to the eyes." The Little Prince then understands how his friend the Rose, on his own tiny planet, is truly his friend and how much she means to him in spite of her vain appearance and attitude.

     I adapted this beautiful story, The Little Prince, originally written by Antoine de St Exupery, into a play written for the Grade 11 class. The students readily embraced the challenge, memorizing lines and performing in French in order to put on the very first Merriconeag Waldorf High School play performed in a foreign language. They worked so hard and diligently that one soon could forget that the actors were speaking in a language that was not theirs. They were breathing, living French! I was so proud of them all!

     We were very lucky to include music in our production thanks to the generous participation and accomplished help brought by Will Bristol, a MWHS alumnus and friend, who is a talented musician presently studying at USM. Will kindly wrote music for the play and taught a song to the cast. Thanks to his generous contribution, the play was enhanced into a different dimension.
      I want to sincerely thank every student of our Class 11 for their huge efforts and positive attitude all along this adventure: first of all Emma Dolan, the Little Prince, who was on stage from start to finish! She embraced her challenging role with courage, grace, and competence; Carlin Tindall was the moving pilot, St. Exupery himself, recounting his touching encounter with the Little Prince; Lily Tupper personified the vain Rose with a tender heart. Then came the characters encountered by the Little Prince in his travels: Sophia Simmons, an eager King ready to welcome and reign over any new subject, and a pathetic Drunkard who drinks to forget the shame of drinking; John Burgess, a busy businessman who forgets that life is not all about counting stars in order to "buy" them and an impressive Geographer who does not understand how to appreciate the beauty of his own place; Finally Sam Leavitt, as a street lamp lighter obeying an absurd, obsolete order that destroys any pleasure in his life and as a vary vain character who lives solely to be admired. These strange personages confuse the Little Prince who finally meets the wise and tender Fox, played convincingly by Andrew Hastings, so that he can finally return to his planet helped by an eager snake presented discreetly by Lily Tupper.

     In my thank you, I can't forget the role played by my assistant, Amandine Thevenet Brown, who seconded me every step of the way, helping to produce this play. I also thank Sandy Pearson and Julie Pennington who contributed their assistance with the Rose outfit.  Grand Merci a Tous! Regine Whittlesey, MWHS French teacher.




Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Nordic:

Our 2013 Nordic Team State Champions and

WMC Team Champions and their Coach

Front row, l to r: Coach John Tarling, Lily Tupper, Jack Pierce, Emelie Chace-Donahue, Ben Tindall, Samantha Pierce.Back row,

l to r: Zachary Neveu, Lars Gundersen, Teagan Wu, John Burgess, Graham Roeber, Carlin Tindall, Zoe Chace-Donahue.

Season Wrap-Up: It is hard to believe the HS Ski Season has finished. As promised I will try to summarize the Western Maine Conference Championships and the State Class C Championships. I could do so by simply writing SWEEP, as that is just what the Boys' and Girls' Teams did at both events in winning both overall championships at season's end.

     The WMC has long been considered the premier ski conference in Maine and shows how far the team has improved to win the event. The girls' team has won the State Class C races before, however it was the first win for the boys' team, completing a fantastic season overall. Even with such stellar results, and in setting a high mark that will be difficult for future teams to surpass, it is not just results that define a successful season. The 2012/13 team started out the ski season focused and prepared to work for their goals. Through the dryland training period of cold, often wet, days in the fall they did the necessary bounding, running and strength training needed with few complaints. The Christmas camp this year provided mid-winter conditions, allowing for great early season skiing as well as the chance to spend time together. For me, ski seasons often have defining events that have a lasting impression - this year getting hopelessly stuck in snow after a long day skiing says much about this team. They all saw the humor in the predicament and turned to shoveling, pushing and tugging together to free the van and cars stuck in the snow. Even after this and a long day of skiing, they rallied to go for a night ski on a very cold and windy evening.

     A few result highlights from WMC and States are the overall team improvements, especially by Lars, Zach, John, Lily and Carlin - all had highlight races at season's end that helped raise the bar for the team. Samantha and Graham also had fine results and finished in the top 10 in these final races. The seniors finished out their last year just as they have all along, by leading the team with their hard work and great spirit. Teagan, Emelie and Zoe have had great HS careers, starting out as three unknown freshman winning second at states, then three-peating the State championship, which is quite an accomplishment. Ben and Jack both had very good results when it mattered most, helping the boys' team with their first State title and WMC championship. The entire girls' team really dug deep to win at the WMC when Zoe became ill after winning the opening WMC skate race and then missed the classic race. The races in Presque Isle for this year's States gave the team a chance to race in a new venue. The County is a special place and offers landscapes totally different from what we see in Southern Maine ... but clearly the change didn't rattle our team!

     A special thanks to the school staff for supporting the ski team this year and all the parents who helped out at the races - waxing, cooking, driving, lugging gear, cheering, etc. - without such help it would not be possible to make the team work. Thanks to Jennifer, Jason, Carol, Keelyn, Susan and Jeff for making things work all year as well as on the trips. Coach John Tarling

Click here for results.


Skiing's big week: State championship time
It's a typically deep field with many talented skiers competing for the last time in a single-week format.
February 18, By Glenn Jordan, Portland Press Herald, Staff Writer

Skiing: Falmouth, Merriconeag start strong
February 19, Portland Press Herald, From staff reports

Skiing: Falmouth, Merriconeag sweep Nordic titles
February 20, Portland Press Herald, From staff reports

2013 WMC All Conference Skiers

The following Merriconeag High School students were named 2013 All Conference for the recent Western Maine Conference Championships:

Boys: Ben Tindall (4th), Jack Pierce (5), Graham Roeber (6), and John Burgess (Honorable Mention).

Girls: Emelie Chace Donahue (1), Samantha Pierce (4), and Zoe Chace-Donahue (Honorable Mention).

Congratulations to all!


Middle School Nordic:

Middle school nordic part one: Valentine's Day: We hosted the final race of the year at Pineland, with visitors from GNG, Waynflete, Greely, and Cape Elizabeth. This classical race was held on the Oak Hill course on a beautiful February afternoon. The boys raced first, with Tucker Pierce, Thomas Kolle, Bennett Hight, Ethan Humphries, Dylan Wu, and Eli Gundersen taking the top six spots, consecutively, followed by 12th and 15th places going to Chandler Waldron and Maxime Rumiel. This performance brought in another first place finish for the boys. In the girls' race, Sophia Laukli, Siona Henze, Olivia Skillings, and Sarah Norden took the top four places followed by Louise Ahearne, Ava Haag, and Fiona Libby taking sixth, seventh, and eighth. Emma Goldberg-Courtney, Lindley Saffeir, Sylvie Fenderson, Tillie Munro, Sarah Sutherland, and Calla Barton turned in strong performances, securing a win for the girls as well. Great finish to the regular season. Results are available at www.coolrunning.com.

Middle school nordic part two: "The little school that skis big." This was the description bestowed upon the team at the Class B state championship awards ceremony in Fryeburg on Saturday, February 16th. The states brought very large and very capable teams from Yarmouth, Falmouth, Freeport, GNG, Portland, NYA, and York. Both the girls and boys "skied big" at this full day affair with lots of races, lots of food, lots of waxing, and a visit from a dancing gnome.

     The boys started out in the 3.34k skate, taking first place behind the following finishes: Tucker Pierce – 1st, Bennett Hight – 4th, Nick Neveu – 5th, Ethan Humphries – 10th, Thomas Kolle – 15th, Chandler Waldron – 19th, Dylan Wu – 20th, Eli Gundersen – 21st. The boys finished this race with a total of 20 points, 14 ahead of the next team. The girls' skate came next with great performances by Olivia Skillings – 9th, Sophia Laukli – 12th, Sarah Norden – 13th, Ava Haag – 15th, Louise Ahearne – 16th, Emma Goldberg-Courtney – 21st, Sylvie Fenderson – 30th, and Calla Barton – 47th overall to place third in this competition.

     Following a chili break, fun race, and a performance by the Merriconeag "waxology" team, the classical races were ready to begin. Tucker Pierce, Thomas Kolle, Ethan Humphries, and Bennett Hight took 4th – 7th, respectively, followed by Davis Ritger – 8th, Eli Gundersen – 15th, Dylan Wu – 22nd, and Maxime Rumiel – 44th overall to win this race with a combined point total of 22. The girls finished out the day's races with a second place finish after Sophia Laukli took third overall, Olivia Skillings – 4th, Siona Henze – 8th, Sarah Norden – 16th, Fiona Libby – 18th, Ava Haag – 19th, Emma Goldberg-Courtney – 28th, and Sarah Sutherland – 43rd. Results are available at www.faskiteam.org.

     Overall, the boys finished with a total 42 points, beating the competition by 42 and bringing home the state championship plaque. The girls finished with a total of 80 points to win the state runner-up title. Both teams should be extremely proud of their hard work and accomplishments this season. Special thanks to Amy and Bjorn for dedicating themselves to another nordic season, and to the parent coaches/volunteers that help make it all possible!


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