Education

  • Families, educators adapt to remote learning

    Families, educators adapt to remote learning

    SULLIVAN — With mid-March approaching, Nikki Chan and her Regional School Unit 24 colleagues saw the writing on the wall. As soon as the second week of the month began, the immediate threat posed by the novel coronavirus became imminently clear throughout the United States. In quick succession, school districts, restaurants, bars, stadiums and other

  • Magic school bus rolls through Lamoine

    Magic school bus rolls through Lamoine

    LAMOINE — A home-grown magic school bus rolled through Lamoine Monday, as Consolidated School staff wearing costumes delivered learning tools, care packages and personal belongings to students stuck at home. “It took a lot of teamwork, collaboration and creative thinking to make our own version of the magic school bus come to life and deliver

  • RSU 24 providing free meals during school closures

    SULLIVAN — Regional School Unit 24 Nutrition Services will be providing free meals to children under the age of 18 during the unanticipated school closures. Children do not have to attend RSU 24 schools to be eligible. The meals were set to begin Wednesday, March 18, and end April 3 In addition to the district’s

  • Schools shut down across the county

    Schools shut down across the county

    ELLSWORTH — Schools around Hancock County and the state announced closures this week as the number of cases of coronavirus in Maine continued to tick upward. Cases so far include a student at Cape Elizabeth Middle School in southern Maine who tested positive. The Mount Desert Island Regional School System, which includes nine schools from

  • Ellsworth schools to close; City Council holds emergency meeting to discuss coronavirus

    Ellsworth schools to close; City Council holds emergency meeting to discuss coronavirus

    ELLSWORTH — Partway through the Ellsworth City Council’s emergency meeting Sunday the primary question of the day was answered: Ellsworth schools will be closing at the end of the day Monday. The news came via a parent in the audience who received a digital communication from school Superintendent Dan Higgins. “Based on continued monitoring of

  • Hancock County schools to close; court trials postponed

    Hancock County schools to close; court trials postponed

    ELLSWORTH — Citing “extraordinary times” in the wake of the novel coronavirus, Regional School Unit 24 Superintendent Michael Eastman has announced the district’s schools will close for three weeks starting Monday, March 16. Mount Desert Island Regional School System (AOS 91) made a similar decision Friday. In a letter to parents, Superintendent Marc Gousse announced

  • Narraguagus announces honor parts

    HARRINGTON — Principal MaryEllen Day has announced the honor parts for the Class of 2020 at Narraguagus Junior/Senior High School. The valedictorian is Kaci Alley, daughter of Troy and Bobbie Alley of Jonesport. The salutatorian is Aryanna Beal, daughter of Troy Beal of Cherryfield and Seana Annable of Glenburn. Alley is a member of the

  • Winter Harbor’s Rhiannon Alley wins Principal’s Award

    Winter Harbor’s Rhiannon Alley wins Principal’s Award

    SULLIVAN — Rhiannon Alley of Winter Harbor, a senior at Sumner Memorial High School, has been selected to receive the 2020 Principal’s Award, Principal Ty Thurlow announced on Feb. 26. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship. “Throughout her time at

  • Bridging the college gap

    Bridging the college gap

    ELLSWORTH — Transitioning to college is hard, and not just because the classes are more rigorous. How do you register for classes? Navigate financial aid? Manage your time? Take notes effectively? Communicate professionally? That’s where Bridge Academy, a Bangor-based nonprofit headed by former state Sen. Brian Langley of Ellsworth, comes in. “Many of these kids

  • GSA tuition hike passes in Penobscot, Brooksville

    GSA tuition hike passes in Penobscot, Brooksville

    BLUE HILL — Voters at annual town meetings in the towns of Brooksville and Penobscot Tuesday approved a high-school tuition rate hike requested by George Stevens Academy. GSA is seeking additional funds from Blue Hill Peninsula towns because the town academy has lost $1 million in revenue from its international student boarding program. GSA Headmaster

  • Students hone their math skills through cribbage

    Students hone their math skills through cribbage

    BROOKSVILLE — Brooksville Elementary fifth-grade students are engaging with older community members and picking up math skills thanks to the game of cribbage and Governor Brooks Lodge. The lodge is the Brooksville chapter of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a nearly 200-year-old international fraternal organization. Members are in their second year of visiting the

  • Ellsworth High School honor roll

    The following students were named to the second quarter honor roll at Ellsworth High School: Grade 12 Highest honors Ian Brenner-Simpson, Aurora Burmeister, Connor Crawford, Genevieve Cutshall, Danaee Felix, Makayla Fishburn, Colby Hammilton, Amelia Hayden, Samuel Holler, Evelyn Howie, Alicia Kelley, Alec Leathers, Caitlin MacPherson, Seneca Maddocks-Wilbur, Trinity Montigny, Kristen Moseley, Madelyn Nida, Kylara Phelps,