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.
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.
Need a Biology or Chemistry lab credit for your college program? Want to explore the spectacular Midcoast at the same time? This summer, sign up for "Science by the Sea"!
We have heard much feedback that adult education college preparation courses are not offered in many locations in Maine during the summertime. For example, last summer, a Chemistry student was commuting from Westbrook to Rockland (170 miles round trip) two times a week because there were no other offerings closer to home!
So, we are offering a unique opportunity this summer: one-week high school credit science classes, or “camps.” Local residents can take a short time out from their busy summer schedules to complete their academic requirements in six days; rather than attend a class that meets for a few hours, once or twice a week, which seems to drag on and on over the entire summer.
In addition, this condensed schedule will make it possible for students from distant locations to stay in the Rockland area while completing their college prerequisites. Partners or families may want to come to the Midcoast together: while one studies during the day, the other(s) can play! Upon request, we will assist students “from away” in finding affordable accommodations: this includes budget motels, roommate possibilities, and campgrounds.
See course listings for more details. Call 596-2018 to register!