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!
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.
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
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 207-594-9764 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
RSU13 is proud to announce it’s participation in Maine’s Community Connection Broadband Technical Assistance Program. What does that mean for our students and the RSU13 community? Well, we are your community connection for information on utilizing Maine's expanding high-speed internet connectivity. Whether you are looking to meet your educational goals, enrich your life, obtain health information, access governmental services or enhance economic and community development, we can help!
Due to increased use of technology in all facets of our lives, here are the courses we are offering for the spring and summer of 2012:
Computer Applications I
Computer Applications II
Computer Tutoring one-on-one
Computers for Beginners
Want to increase your technology skills? Try:
Excel I & II
Word I & II
RSU13 is your community connection for information on utilizing Maine's expanding high-speed internet connectivity. Whether you are looking to meet your educational goals, enrich your life, increase literacy, access governmental services or enhance economic and community development, we can help! As a participant in the Maine Adult Regional Technology Initiative (MARTI), our teachers have learned how to integrate technology into their instruction to assist all learners.
Look for this symbol in our catalog to learn about high speed internet and its usefulness to you. This community education program is presented in cooperation with the Maine Department of Education and the ConnectME Authority. Learn more at www.maine.gov/connectme and check the speed on your internet connection Call us a 594-9764 for more information.
Posted by Shannon Parker on January 11, 2012
Posted by Christy Monroe on October 24, 2011
As published in The Herald Gazette: http://knox.villagesoup.com/place/story/rsu-13-adult-education-receives-grant-from-barbara-bush-foundation/413269
Biddeford — Former first lady Barbara Bush announced recently that the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy’s Maine Family Literacy Initiative has awarded $25,000 to Regional School Unit 13 Adult and Community Education.
Beth A. Gifford, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine accepted the award from Bush at a ceremony held at the J. Richard Martin Community Center in Biddeford on June 15. The grant will be used to implement the Know and Grow program. This program is a partnership between RSU 13 Adult & Community Education and Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine that seeks to expand a thriving adult literacy program to include intergenerational learning in the areas of health, technology and literacy. The project will focus on parental literacy as well as key developmental stages of early childhood. Know and Grow will combine home- and community-based activities to assist adults in earning a credential while helping transition youth to school and beyond.
“The abilities to read, write and comprehend enable people to create brighter and more prosperous futures for themselves, their families and their communities,” said Bush in a news release. “The staff and volunteers with the MEFLI programs are making a wonderful difference in many lives, and I am proud of their work to make Maine a more literate state.”
A total of 10 grants of $25,000 were awarded this year from applications submitted by libraries, adult education and public schools across the state. Programs receiving support provide family literacy services including adult and early childhood instruction, and time for parents and children to read together. An additional two planning grants of $5,000 each will help communities develop the partnerships and resources needed to implement a family literacy program in 2011.
Five “Lighthouse Model Programs” grants of $25,000 have also been awarded to well-established, model family literacy programs that have proposed outreach activities to support the promotion and expansion of family literacy services in Maine. Applicants were selected based on their ability to demonstrate experience and success in providing family literacy programming, the creativity of their outreach activities, and the diversity of their partnerships and target audiences.
Since 1996, The Maine Family Literacy Initiative has awarded 243 grants totaling $4,341,991. To learn more, visit mainefamilyliteracy.com.
Posted by Shannon Parker on June 28, 2011
Published in Village Soup on December 16, 2010
On December 16, 2010, Representative Edward Mazurek joined the Adult Learning Center located at RSU13’s McLain School. There, he spoke with adult students about educational goals, the local economy and health literacy. Representative Mazurek, a retired teacher and coach, has been a long-time supporter of adult education. “Education is essential at any age. We never stop learning,” Mazurek stated.
Representative Edward Mazurek, of Rockland, is serving his fourth term in the Legislature. “As we look toward economic growth and expansion in the midcoast, our adult workforce is greatest resource. The RSU13 learning center values that resource, and works tirelessly to provide adults with learning opportunities,” Mazurek added.
For more information on RSU13’s Learning Center and the free services available for adults, contact Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine’s Executive Director, Beth A. Gifford: 594-5154.
Photo Caption: Ed Mazurek speaks with Beth A. Gifford and adult students.
Posted by Shannon Parker on January 13, 2011
December 15, 2010
Senator Chris Rector joined adult learners at RSU13’s Adult Learning Center to discuss literacy, local employment and health literacy. Senator Rector is serving his second term in the Maine Senate, having served three terms in the House of Representatives. Senator Rector toured the facility, located at McLain School in Rockland, to better understand the depth and breadth of adult education offerings in the area. “I have always been a supporter of adult education and know its vital role in strengthening the fabric of our economic, familial and social community. Today was a chance for me to hear the individual stories of adults who benefit from this important community resource,” Senator Rector said.
Students at the Learning Center range in age from 16 to 70 and work on a variety of skill building including, GED preparation; literacy, health, beginning computers; English as a Second Language, and college preparation. R SU13 collaborates with Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine to provide direct instruction for students. Due to this partnership, students can work one-on-one with tutors in their area of academic need, and at their own pace. All services at the center are free and confidential. Senator Rector has a deep personal tie to this agency as his father, Fred Rector, was an active literacy volunteer for several years.
Senator Rector met with RSU13 Adult Education Director, Shannon M. Parker, to discuss the future of adult education and its role in the Many Flags initiative. “When we consider the future of economic development, adult education is a key factor in helping our adult citizens build skills and job readiness. Adult Education is where we get the biggest bang for our buck,” Rector added. Many of the 200 students served annually at the RSU13 site are returning to school after a long period of time in the workforce. Some are looking to enter college or change careers, while others attend the center to improve reading skills in order to more successfully engage in a child’s homework. “Adults who struggle with illiteracy and low skills often do not have a voice so it is vital that our state leaders speak for them,” says Parker.
The reasons behind Learning Center attendance are personal and powerful. For instance, Debbie, a local woman who struggled to read at the sixth grade level, sought the help of Adult Education when she realized her nine-year-old son was a more fluent reader. She’d dropped out of school in 10th grade, but now realizes how important a credential is for employment and for her family. She attends the center faithfully everyday and took her first official GED test yesterday in Language Arts. Stories of adult academic success are common throughout Maine, due in large part to the coordinated local programs offered throughout the state.
For more information on RSU13’s Learning Center, contact Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine’s Executive Director, Beth A. Gifford: 594-5154.
Posted by Shannon Parker on December 15, 2010 | Read more in: News
RSU13 recently hosted Heartwood Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Nearly 700 students from Cushing Community School, South School, Lura Libby, Gilford Butler and Owl’s sat in awe as actors brought the famed fairy tale to life. Reactions to the experience were overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Second grader Katherine Freeman said, “My favorite part was when Belle FINALLY gave up and decided to marry the Beast and lived happily ever after with her husband!” Her classmate, Connor Bannow, focused on the moral of this fable: “I've noticed that all fairy tales teach a lesson. This lesson is that you shouldn't look at the outside for the true person, you should look on the inside.”
RSU13 Adult and Community Education sponsored the events in collaboration with Heartwood Theatre of Damariscotta. Heartwood Goes to School is an educational outreach program bringing theater arts education and programming to midcoast schools in Lincoln, Knox, Waldo and Sagadahoc counties. The program is designed to allow K-12 students to experience many forms of performing arts including theater, mime, dancing, storytelling and puppetry. Heartwood Goes to School programming includes performances by professional Maine artists and theater arts workshops for students and teachers.
John Sommo, Principal of Owl’s Head School, was particularly impressed with the level of engagement the production afforded. “The performance was outstanding with students truly mesmerized by the acting, set and multimedia effects. It was especially rewarding to see the entire school warming up with the actors. The workshops offered an opportunity for all students to work on expression in a small group setting with professional guidance,” said Sommo.
RSU13 Adult and Community Education is dedicated to enhancing arts experiences for children in grades K-12. Last year, RSU13 students were exposed to a variety of artistic initiatives including Prince Ivan and the Grey Wolf; Sleepy Hollow by The Frogtown Puppeteers; Atlantic Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker; performances by Old Grey Goose International, and a visit by local children’s author and illustrator, Chris VanDusen. In addition, RSU13 Adult and Community Education sponsors after-school arts clubs at Thomaston Grammar School, Rockland Middle School, and South School.