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Kents Hill School hosts Fall Visit Day for Prospective Students and Parents - November 11th, 2011

Kents Hill School hosts Fall Visit Day for Prospective Students and Parents - November 11th, 2011

Kents Hill School will host their Fall Visit Day for families on November 11, 2011.  The day is designed for prospective students and parents to experience Kents Hill School; meet with students, faculty, and coaches; and tour the Kents Hill School campus.  The Visit Day program will start at 10 a.m. at Bearce Hall on the Kents Hill School campus.  A third Visit Day will be held on January 16th, 2012.

Reservations are recommended, and families can do so by calling (207) 685-1606, or by registering online at www.kentshill.org/visitday.

A friendly, diverse school located on a beautiful 400-acre campus, Kents Hill School is home to a closely knit community of approximately 245 students from over 15 countries and 22 U.S. States.

Google visits Maine to teach educators

Google visits Maine to teach educators

LEWISTON, MAINE (NEWS CENTER) -- Google is offering teachers the chance to use some of its technology -- for free. Some educators got a lesson in how to use these new tools at a summit in Lewiston.

The education team from Google hopes to see the standard book reports evolve into something more modern. Former Maine Governor Angus King says "we've got to start doing education differently because what we're doing now isn't working and yet education is the crucial element of the 21st century." 

Art and Faith: Rev. Paul Nielsen

Saturday, September 10, 2�p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
In the 1930s, documentary photographers Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, and Margaret Bourke-White created images capturing American men, women, and children living in grinding poverty during the years of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. In these challenging economic times, poverty is a focus of national attention. Speaking from the point of view of his own faith tradition, Rev. Paul Nielsen of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Waterville, will consider religion's role in combating poverty, both historically and today. The talk begins at 2 p.m. preceded by a gallery tour of the exhibition American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White at 1:30 p.m.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, museum@colby.edu, 207-859-5600

Fall Robotics Workshop Schedule is Set

STATEWIDE: Maine Robotics has announced it's fall workshop schedule for teachers, parents and coaches who want to get started with the LEGO(r) MindStorms Kit or who are interested in participating in the FIRST(tm) LEGO(r) League here in Maine.

The workshops are being held in 5 communities around Maine, including Falmouth, Auburn, Farmington, Bangor, and Farmingdale.  Participants will spend the day building and learning to program the LEGO(r) robots to do simple and intermediate tasks.  No previous experience or equipment is needed, all equipment is provided by Maine Robotics.

Maine Robotics is Maine's premier provider of robotics and engineering afterschool programs and works with over 1300 students and teachers each year in developing a higher degree of STEM literacy.  We welcome you to come participate at these workshops and join the hundreds of schools and thousands of children in Maine that have become engaged in science, engineering and technology

Colby Names Vice President for Communications

Colby Names Vice President for Communications

Michael D. Kiser of Blacksburg, Va., will become Colby's first vice president for communications, President William D. Adams announced Sept.1. Kiser will come to Colby from Virginia Tech, where he is director of development communications and an adjunct faculty member teaching advanced media writing. He was selected following a national search.

Kiser worked in higher education communications at Randolph-Macon Woman?s College and at Patrick Henry College prior to joining Virginia Tech in 2005. He also freelances as a writer, editor and marketing and branding consultant. Kiser has won numerous honors -- for speaking, for crisis communications, and for excellence in the development and management of an institutional relations program -- from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

"Michael joins the College at an important time," said Adams.

Public School Choice

Augusta School Department

As the summer comes to an end, students, teachers, and parents are busy preparing for the 2011-2012 school year.   This year, however, in addition to the regular busyness that comes with the back-to-school season, many families in the Augusta School Department will be faced with a new, and unexpected, decision to make.   In the next few days, families with children attending three of our four elementary schools will be receiving letters informing them of their rights related to school choice.   This is a direct result of the No Child Left Behind Act and the standards associated with the NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) test scores for the 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 school years.

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires that all schools receiving Title I funding make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), based on testing standards chosen by the state.  In Maine, that is determined by the scores achieved on t