Tuesday News - April 23, 2013
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Tour of Grades 1 - 8
Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 8:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Grade School Campus
57 Desert Road, Freeport
Observe our students and teachers as they move through their morning lesson.
Senior Internship Mini-Presentations
Thursday, April 25, 2:00 p.m. in the 8th Grade classroom. All welcome.
Senior Internship Presentations
Friday, April 26, 1:20 - 2:50 p.m. in the Sage Room at the high school. All welcome.
Senior Project Presentations
Thursday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. and
Friday, May 3, 1:15 p.m.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
Merriconeag Poetry Festival
Sunday, May 5, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
From the International Program Coordinator
Host an International Student!
As you may remember from previous Tuesday News articles, starting this Fall, our High School will be accepting a small number of international students from China and South Korea. These teens will be attending the high school as full-time students for 3-4 years, so we are looking for families who would be interested in hosting a student for at least one year, and possibly for their entire stay if the arrangement turns out to be agreeable to both student and family. Students will spend the entire school year here, returning home only over the Christmas break and the summer. Shorter vacations (Thanksgiving, February, April, etc.) may be spent either with the host family, or with a network of “temporary/holiday hosts” we hope to set up in the coming months.
Merriconeag is working with an agency to help ensure a good “fit” between students and our school community, and there will be ample aid to help families know what to expect and how to help their international student adapt to this new culture. Students come from a variety of backgrounds, but for all of them the language and cultural differences may be challenging at first, so flexibility and a desire to have a truly cross-cultural experience as host parents are a must. The rewards can be great: we've heard from other Waldorf schools that they are finding both their school life and greater community deeply enriched by the presence of teens from these countries. The school will also pay a generous stipend to cover room, board, and expenses for each student, so do not let finances keep you from volunteering.
The process of becoming a host involves answering a detailed questionnaire about your family life and home, and some photos are required as well. This document is then circulated to students, who participate in the final placement decision. If you think you may be interested in being a host family, volunteering as a “holiday host” (i.e. someone who would be willing to have a student short-term for a holiday week or other short-term period), or simply have further questions about what's involved in being a host, please contact Kristin Agudelo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News From the High School
High school humanities teacher David Sloan will have his first book of poetry published this spring by Deerbrook Publications of Cumberland. The collection, entitled The Irresistible In-Between, will include pieces that were selected as winners of the 2012 Betsy Sholl and Maine Literary Awards.
If you missed him at The Royal Bean in Yarmouth on Sunday, you have another opportunity to hear him read his poetry at Engine Gallery in Biddeford on Friday evening, May 17 at 6:30 p.m., with a number of other Maine poets.
High School Ultimate Frisbee:
Merriconeag High School Ultimate is underway with practices taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:20 - 4:45, at the Hunter Rd fields. Games are on Wednesdays. Please click here for the game schedule: http://www.maineultimate.org/team-schedules. All games take place at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds. Please note that some games are at 3:30 and others at 5:00. The team will play in just one tournament this year - the state championships on Sunday, June 2 at Cumberland County Fairgrounds.
Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club: The Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club season began yesterday with their first practice of the season. The Club will meet every Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at Desert Road. There are currently two possible tournaments scheduled on Sunday, May 12 and Sunday, June 2.
School Community Updates
merricONEag - Look for us at the May Faire!
Don’t miss the ONE MERRICONEAG informational booth at the May Faire.
Part-time Music Position Available for 2013/2014 School Year: Merriconeag Waldorf School is offering a part-time position for a trained music teacher to conduct choral ensembles of combined fifth/sixth grades, seventh/eighth grades, and high school students, as well as teach winds ensemble (including flute, clarinet, trumpet, and saxophone) in grades six through twelve. This position would entail teaching a sixth-grade class of beginners in winds, directing a seventh/eighth-grade ensemble, and directing a high school ensemble. Most students beginning in grade six will have already experienced two years of string instruction and will have a solid basis in music fundamentals. This is a half-time position, for the 2013-14 school year.
To Apply: Please send a letter of introduction, your resume, a brief biography, and two letters of recommendation to the attention of Administrator at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until May 6, 2013.
Tricia Toms Photography. Tricia volunteers as Merriconeag’s official photographer for class and school events, and has the photos for sale on her website: http://triciatoms.zenfolio.com/merriconeag. Fifty percent of net photo sales from her website benefit Merriconeag’s Tuition Support.
Ongoing in the School Community:
Designing Schools for Nature Connection & Community Involvement:
Tues, July 7, 7:00 - 8:30 pm,
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
$10/person suggested donation.
Join us for an evening of exploration with Matt Bibeau, Co-Director of the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children, into how we can support the transition towards providing children with abundant opportunities to connect and learn with nature.
This event is co-hosted by Merriconeag and The Resilience Hub of Portland Maine.
Circus Smirkus at Merriconeag:
Monday, August 3 & Tuesday, August 4, 1:00 & 6:00 pm,
Grade School Campus, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
THE BIG TOP TOUR IS COMING TO TOWN
with our own high school student, Sarah Norden,
as part of the amazing cast!
TICKETS ON SALE AT ROYAL RIVER NATURAL FOODS BEGINNING JUNE 10TH!