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.
RSU 13 hosted its 2010 Adult Education graduation on Friday, June 9th, a ceremony to celebrate the 46 adults who earned their high school diploma or GED this year. Graduates attending the ceremony include Kaitlyn Arsenault, Becky Chavanne, Krystal Dodge, Christopher Grout, Jessica Isakson, Joshua Keating, Annette Merrifield, Shawna Perreault, Morria Plant, Amelia Sukeforth, Jessica Tyler, and Michelle Young. Ms. Isakson was the student speaker and congratulated her peers in a touching speech. Mr. Grout and Mrs. Merrifield also addressed the audience, thanking those individuals who helped them along the way. In total, RSU 13 awarded 31 GEDs and 15 Adult Education Diplomas during the 2009-2010 school year.
Speaker of the House, Hannah Pingree, addressed graduates with an inspirational address that focused on the connection between individual successes and healthy, prosperous Maine communities. Ms. Pingree said that “having a diploma will open up more doors in your lives, present more opportunities.” She went on to acknowledge: “You all took a risk in coming back to school. None of this was easy or convenient, yet you did it. When you decided that going back to school was important to you, you took control of your future and you took a positive step forward. It may have seemed daunting at the time, but today you showed yourself that you were up to the task, and your life in the community, and your family will all be better for it. And that’s good for our entire community. Consider your success here today as a beginning, not an end.”
Ms. Pingree took a moment to honor Adult Education Director, Shannon M. Parker, for her recent recognition as a “tireless advocate and grant writer” for RSU 13. She also thanked the families of graduates, noting that support, effort and sacrifices furnished in the home were essential ingredients in student success. Ms. Pingree is the 99th Speaker of the House of Representatives and is a native of North Haven, Maine. Her speech concluded by telling graduates, “Today is about celebrating and you should feel great. But I hope tomorrow that you will feel bolstered by this success and start thinking about what your next challenge will be. I wish for each of you to take on things that you didn’t think you were capable of, and I know it will make all the difference.”
Dr. Judith Lucarelli, RSU 13 Superintendent of Schools, proudly handed out diplomas. Her remarks challenged graduates to work toward their next degree, making lifelong learning part of their personal goals: “This is an amazing group of dedicated, determined people that we honor tonight. My challenge to you tonight is that this not be the end of your learning. I urge you to continue your education in a formal way. And when you move on to your next degree, please let us know how you are doing. You prove tonight that as an adult you can be successful at school. For your whole life, be a student!”
Students earning their GED (General Education Development) Diplomas worked within RSU 13’s full time Adult Learning Center located at the McLain School, while Adult Education High School Diploma students took credit bearing classes in the evenings at Rockland District High School. Nearly 150 family members and friends of the graduates joined in the celebration. “The graduates have worked hard to overcome incredible obstacles and I hope they feel inspired by their achievement and continue their education. Earning a diploma is an incredible accomplishment, one which has the capacity to bring endless opportunities,” says Shannon M. Parker, Director of RSU 13 Adult and Community Education.
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Posted by Vanessa Richards on July 12, 2010 | Read more in: News
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Posted by Vanessa Richards on November 19, 2009 | Read more in: News
MSAD#5 hosted its 2009 Adult Education graduation on Friday, June 12th, presenting 12 Diplomas. Graduates attending the ceremony include Jaynie Butler of Rockland, Crystal Davey of Thomaston, Jennifer Eastman of Rockland, Amber Grant of Rockland, Krista Murphy of Thomaston, Caleb O'Brien of Thomaston, Shane Preston of Rockland, Amy Rackliff of Rockland, Casey Robinson of Union, Meghan Runius of Rockland, Joy Skarka of Thomaston and Sheldon Woodcock of Rockland. In total, MSAD#5 awarded 29 GEDs and 6 Adult Education Diplomas during the 2008-2009 school year.
Crystal Davey of Thomaston, graduate and mother of two, was the student speaker for the ceremony. Her poignant words spoke of how important it is to have outside support, both from younger and older generations: "Children are an inspiration to all young parents. They make you want to do the very best in everything that you do. The support of friends and family is what helped me finish this great accomplishment. I know now my children can look up to the person I am today, and the person I will be in the future." Crystal has been working toward her GED while raising two young children. Her five-year-old son and three-year-old daughter joined her in celebrating, along with her fiancé-also a GED graduate-and family. Crystal plans to continue her formal education.
Dr. Judith Lucarelli, MSAD#5 Superintendent of Schools, proudly handed out diplomas. Her speech challenged graduates to work toward their next degree, making lifelong learning part of their personal goals: "This is an amazing group of dedicated, determined people that we honor tonight. You have chosen the harder path: not for you, the simple task of earning a diploma by going to school every day through twelfth grade. You, for a whole range of reasons known best by you, stepped aside from that path and made the choice as adults to complete your first degree, the diploma to be awarded tonight. My challenge to you is that this not be the end of your learning. You know better than ANY of the members of the class of 2009 at RDHS who received their diplomas on Tuesday. You know better than them that learning is something that adults do and thrive on. You know that you will continue for the rest of your life. For your whole life, BE A STUDENT."
Edward Mazurek, Maine State Representative from Rockland, was scheduled to be the guest speaker, however he was unable to make the graduation ceremony as he is co-chair of the Transportation Committee in Augusta and they were trying to pass their budget on Friday. Shannon Parker, MSAD#5 Director of Adult Education, read Mazurek's speech to the graduates and their guests. Mazurek remarks included wisdom for all attendees: "If you learn anything from this experience, remember that it is never too late to accomplish something you set your heart and mind to doing. It is never too late to dream your highest dream, and never too late to think the ‘impossible' and to achieve it. Enjoy this night, for today you have attained yesterday's dream."
Students earning their GED (General Education Development) Diplomas worked within MSAD#5's full time Adult Learning Center located at the McLain School, while Adult Education High School Diploma students took credit bearing classes in the evenings at Rockland District High School. Nearly 150 family members and friends of the graduates joined in the celebration. "Each graduate has worked hard to overcome obstacles and attain their academic goal. It is an incredible achievement for which they should be very proud," says Beth A. Gifford, GED instructor and Director of Literacy Volunteers of Midcoast Maine.
Posted by Shannon Parker on June 17, 2009 | Read more in: News