Education

  • Input sought for name of new high school

    Input sought for name of new high school

    SULLIVAN — In Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24), plans are underway for a new combination high school/middle school that has everything but a name. In June, voters approved a $44-million project to replace the existing Sumner Memorial High School with a new, two-story building that will accommodate up to 500 students. The 105,342-square-foot building

  • Deer Isle-Stonington High School honor roll

    Deer Isle-Stonington High School honor roll

    The following students were named to the first quarter honor roll at Deer Isle-Stonington High School: Honors with highest distinction Grade 8: Brayden Martin. Grade 9: Katherine Gell, Hallie Hudson. Grade 10: Anwen Hudson, Henry Penfold. Grade 12: Eliza Borntraeger. Honors with distinction Grade 8: Kianna Heanssler, Owen Staples. Grade 9: Macey Brown, Marlaina Jones,

  • Locals share career insights with GSA students

    Locals share career insights with GSA students

    By Mark Messer Special to The Ellsworth American BLUE HILL — Local business owners and employees shared career insights with George Stevens Academy sophomores and juniors last week. Some knew at a young age what they wanted to do, like Toni Staples, a 1986 GSA graduate and the school’s pastry chef. When Staples was young,

  • A to Z: YMCA expands tear-free handwriting curriculum

    A to Z: YMCA expands tear-free handwriting curriculum

    ELLSWORTH — While learning the alphabet, young children usually learn from A to Z. Learning to write is less straightforward but it does involve straight lines. “Making lines and curves, that’s the foundation of making letters,” said Shauna Esposito-Caldwell, child care director for the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA. The child care center

  • New superintendent takes the reins in Moosabec

    New superintendent takes the reins in Moosabec

    JONESPORT — Whatever it takes. That’s how Lew Collins is approaching his new position as superintendent of Moosabec CSD (Community School District) and School Union 103, which covers the Jonesport and Beals area. Technically, he is a part-time superintendent, working two to three days a week. But, if the job requires more than that, he

  • Beloved “Mama Bear” statue is back at Cave Hill School

    Beloved “Mama Bear” statue is back at Cave Hill School

    EASTBROOK — Students and staff at Cave Hill School welcomed back a new “Mama Bear” to replace the school’s signature statue this past Tuesday. Hancock chainsaw sawyer Ray Murphy built the original Mama Bear in the early ’90s, but the statue “took a nose dive,” this past summer, Cave Hill Principal Brenda Jordan said. Due

  • Sumner project takes shape

    Sumner project takes shape

    SULLIVAN — Details, details. Officials in Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) are hammering out the specifics of plans for the new high school/middle school that will replace Sumner Memorial High School. When it comes to designing a new school, details such as storage space and placement of equipment can be as important as the

  • Slow start to DI-S school fundraising campaign

    Slow start to DI-S school fundraising campaign

    DEER ISLE — A committee seeking to raise $1.3 million for renovations to the Deer Isle-Stonington High School and elementary school has raised less than half a percent of that goal halfway through the campaign. As of Oct. 1, the committee had raised $34,253.01.  The campaign was launched in May. The Community School District 13

  • Rural kids offered shot at free tuition

    Rural kids offered shot at free tuition

    HARRINGTON — High school students enrolled in a recently implemented college prep program have a good chance of earning a full ride to college. The Maine Seacoast Mission recently announced the establishment of the Davis Maine Scholarship, a full, four-year scholarship for rural, first-generation college students from Washington and eastern Hancock counties. The scholarship is

  • Ellsworth, DI-S elementary schools selected for kindergarten initiative

    Ellsworth, DI-S elementary schools selected for kindergarten initiative

    ELLSWORTH — It’s never too early to start thinking about college. Ellsworth Elementary School has been selected as a new County Champion School for the Invest in ME Kindergarten program. Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School was selected last year and will continue this year, expanding on last year’s initiatives. The Alfond Scholarship Foundation and the Finance

  • Columbine victim’s story is a call for kindness

    Columbine victim’s story is a call for kindness

    ELLSWORTH — Several days before she was shot and killed on the lawn outside of Columbine High School 20 years ago, 17-year-old Rachel Joy Scott wrote a disturbing and prescient entry in her journal. “I’m dying,” Scott, a devout Christian, wrote. “Quickly my soul leaves, slowly my body withers. It isn’t suicide. I consider it