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News & Events

After-School Program Registration is Open


It's time to sign up for After-School Clubs at Oceanside Middle School and Thomaston Grammar School. Click on the links below for more information and to print the registration forms. All registration forms should be returned to the main office at OMS or TGS.

OSM RASA Arts in Action




Posted by Callie Saulniers  on September 13, 2017 | Read more in: News

Registration Open for Fall After-School Programs--See Main Page for Registration Forms


Posted by Christy Monroe  on September 28, 2016 | Read more in: News

Free Classes Help Prepare Students for College

 Click here to view the February through May, 2015 Class Schedule.



Posted by Christy Monroe  on February 6, 2015 | Read more in: News

After-School Program Registration is Open for Winter/Spring Session

It's time to sign up for After-School Clubs at Rockland District Middle School and Thomaston Grammar School.  Click on the links below for more information and to print the registration forms.  All registration forms should be returned to the main office at RDMS or TGS.

RDMS RASA Arts in Action

TGS TASA Art Club and Drama Club

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE.  REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12 for the Winter/Spring Session that begins just after the holiday break! 


Posted by Christy Monroe  on December 9, 2014

RSU 13 Adult Education Graduates Twenty-Five Students

Congratulations to our twenty-five students who earned with GEDs, HiSETs or Adult Education diplomas this year!  We wish them every success in their next educational, professional, and personal pursuits.  Read more at the links below!

Penbay Pilot Article

Knox County Village Soup Article

Above: Graduates stand for a round of applause having just received their diplomas from Interim Superintendent of Schools, Michael Wilhelm.

Above: Mid-Coast Literacy Volunteers join in the celebration at Oceanside East High School in Rockland.

Above: Graduates Alicia Eagan and Casey Thomas are all smiles after participating in the ceremonies.


Posted by Christy Monroe  on June 12, 2014 | Read more in: News and Events

Customized Courses for Small Businesses

Our staff consultant works with you to assess your needs and to customize computer-based or business training for you and/or your staff.  Workshops are offered at the McLain School computer lab classroom in all topics covered in our array of computer, business and workforce courses. From Business Ethics and Customer Service to Cloud Computing and managing company Excel spreadsheets, we will work to design and deliver training for your own unique business needs.

 One-On-One Training & Consulting, $35/hour plus planning time

Small Group Training (up to 8 participants), $50/hour plus planning time

 “We have many different stages of Excel proficiency here at Lyman-Morse, but use the program on a daily basis. The custom Excel class was a perfect fit to bring us all up to speed and on a level playing field. It worked so well, we’re doing a third class for our employees this year.  We’re very excited about the classes as we see our employees continue to excel.” -Bill Belyea, Lyman Morse

 "Cathy worked with me one-on-one to create a Cloud Computing option to access my files at home and at my shop. She got me past the spot where I was stuck and pointed me in the right direction in just an hour."  -Rhonda Nortstrom, Rheal day spa   


For more information or to schedule an appointment contact Cathy VanDyke at or call 594-9764.



Posted by Christy Monroe  on January 16, 2014 | Read more in: News

RASA Students Paint Hope Elephants

Young artists participated in after-school programming at Rockland District Middle School to create six panels of a large-scale mural project. The students completed this work as part of our Youth Artists in Action program, which seeks to connect youth with their community through arts and service. The students were invited to engage their creative interpretation of themes such as Conservation Africa, African Ecology and Savanah & Forest Ecosystems. Their original art will find a permanent home at the Hope Elephants barn in Hope. Students were guided in this mural project by co-directing Rockland After-School Alliance (RASA) art instructors, Alexis Iammarino and Sarah Rogers. Students participated in the design, planning, preparation and painting of the mural panels. “My favorite part was the patterns. I liked transferring the designs and painting those shapes. It was fun because it had a purpose; it was for something,” said Annie Willis, grade 7. Marshall Camber (grade 5) said of the experience: “It was awesome. My favorite part to paint was my waterfall, because waterfalls are epic, and an important part of the elephants’ environment. We worked really hard on it. We worked for four weeks, for four hours a week.  That is sixteen hours!”

This project, like all of Hope Elephants educational and outreach programs this aims to raise awareness about wildlife conservation and the need to protect and preserve elephants. “Hope Elephants is very excited for the mural project which has schools around Knox county working in groups to show different stories and information about elephants. The discussions and education about biology and the underlying conservation message are part of our core mission and we are excited to be stimulating the conversation in this unique way!” said Andrew Stewart, Director Hope Elephants. Funding for the event was provided by a grant secured by RSU13 Adult & Community Education.


Above: Student artists, from left to right:

Alexis Iammarino (instructor); Corbin Farnham; John Comeau; Marshall Camber; Samuel Hoch;

Chloe Dawson; Everett Allyn; Autumn Harvey; Katie Willis; Sarah Rogers (instructor)

Not pictured: Maisie Berard; Erin Corcoran; Isabella Marriner; Zachary Potter; Annie Willis”


Above: One of the six 4x8’ panels created by students




Posted by Christy Monroe  on January 16, 2014 | Read more in: News

Goodbye GED, Hello HiSET!

For years “GED” and “High School Equivalency Diploma” have been used interchangeably.  Beginning in 2014, Maine will no longer offer  “GED” testing. Taking its place is  a new equivalency test by ETS (Educational Testing Service) and known as the HiSET.

The HiSET exam covers the same academic content areas as the GED and is offered at no cost to the test-taker.  Passing the HiSET exam will earn a High School Equivalency Diploma.

High School Equivalency Test Tutoring & Testing

One-on-one HiSET (see above) tutoring and testing is available in our Adult Learning Center with skilled tutors. Testing accommodations are available for individuals with documented disabilities. Open enrollment. Call 594-5154 to schedule an appointment.



Posted by Christy Monroe  on January 16, 2014



On May 25th, former First Lady Barbara Bush announced awards totaling $310,000 to 14 communities in Maine to support her passion for parents and children reading and learning together.  The grants are awarded through the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy which funds local programs focused on reading, writing and language comprehension. RSU13 Adult Education received $25,000.00 to support their KNOW & GROW family literacy program, a partnership between Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine and the Rockland Public Library.

 “The ability to read, write and comprehend empowers people to create brighter and more prosperous futures for themselves, their families and their communities,” said Mrs. Bush.  "The Foundation thinks it is important this year in hard times to volunteer more, give more money, and use our resources to support family literacy programs."

 The grantees were honored at a ceremony held at the George and Barbara Bush Center at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.  Representatives from each program accepted their grant awards from Mrs. Bush and Doro Bush Koch, co-chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation.  They were joined by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, First Lady Ann LePage and Danielle Ripich, President of University of New England.

Applications were submitted by libraries, adult education programs, and public schools across the state - seven family literacy programs were selected to receive $25,000 each. “This award will enable us to continue the inter-generational, integrated family literacy work we began in July, 2011,” says Shannon M. Parker, Director of RSU13 Adult and Community Education. “We couldn’t be more thrilled at the news of this award.” In 2011-2012, Rockland enrolled twelve families. Parents work toward earning their high school credential while their children engaged in literacy-based activities at the library.

For more information on the Know & Grow Family Literacy Project, please call Beth A. Gifford of Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine at 594-9764. 


Posted by Christy Monroe  on June 19, 2012 | Read more in: News

Farnsworth, RASA Hold Photo Club


Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum and Rockland After-School Alliance are collaborating to provide an afterschool photography club for Rockland middle school students at the Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists.

Last summer, Julia’s Gallery created a digital photography lab equipped with new iMac computers and cameras and ran two summer photography intensives taught by mentor artist Deanna Witman, who is now leading the afterschool photography program for RASA students. Some of the fall projects included creating handmade photo albums, postcards and three-dimensional photo sculptures and book forms.

The RASA Photography program at the Farnsworth’s Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists will continue this winter. For information about how to sign up, visit

The Rockland After-School Alliance is a collaboration between Youthlinks and RSU 13 that provides free afterschool, vacation and summer programming to Rockland-area middle school students. Julia's Gallery for Young Artists is an award-winning afterschool and summer teen arts program at the Farnsworth. Julia's offers students age 13 to 17 the opportunity to contribute to their community by creating, curating and critiquing art in a fun and supportive environment.

207-594-4401 VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at begin_of_the_skype_highlighting                 207-594-4401         end_of_the_skype_highlighting   or by email to

Reprinted from Village Soup's online article #476712 (January 1, 2012)



Posted by Shannon Parker  on January 13, 2012