Oxford Hills School District
STAFF MEMBER OF THE MOTH
Judi is a dedicated and hardworking
member of the Waterford
School who always puts the children’s
needs first. During the time
our gym was closed (6 weeks), she
delivered breakfast and lunch to
our students upstairs to their classrooms.
She never once complained
about having to bring the food from the outside to
the inside of our building. Many of these days were
the coldest and snowiest of winter days.
–Margaret Emery, Principal
Judi presents a pleasant environment in the cafeteria
by decorating the counter area with holiday or
seasonal themes. She also posts sayings about eating
nutritious food. On many occasions she has cheerfully
flexed the lunchroom schedule to accommodate
changes in the school day.
–Beth Merk, Kindergarten Teacher
In the lunch line, Judi knows and greets children
as they approach. If they say thank you, she always
says you’re welcome. She always has a smile and
treats the children with respect and concern. Judi has
student servers from the upper grades. She takes the
time to train them and compliment them on their
serving. She asks how their day is going and makes
the children feel special. They all love to be Judi’s
helper. –Elaine Ambrose, 1 st Grade Teacher
ote: Judi was nominated by a total of seven staff
LITERACY TEACHING GRADUATE COURSES
Thirty-four educators in our district recently completed
year-long graduate courses in literacy teaching, EEL 532
and EEL 545, through the University of Maine, taught by
Literacy Coaches Reed Dyer (Rowe), Mary Reed (Harrison),
and Lynn Brown (Paris). The courses focused on
the latest researched-based assessment and instructional
methods for primary and intermediate students, and
included classroom teachers, special education teachers,
and administrators from all eight SAD 17 elementary
schools. District Literacy Coaches Jenn Felt (Oxford)
and Sue Merrill (West Paris) will offer both courses next
year. Contact Jenn and Sue for more information.
WELCOME to Lindsey Hopkins, the District’s new
CONGRATULATIONS to Sandra Thomas, OHCHS
Math Teacher, who recently completed her Masters+30
RETIRING: Dede McAllister, School Nurse, will be retiring
after 30 years; Pam Berry, OHMS Art Teacher, after
24 years; Donna Staples, Rowe 1 st Grade Teacher,
after 19 years; and Jennifer Thornton, Harrison Special
Ed Teacher, after 18 years. Good luck--and have fun!
FAREWELL to Mary Andreozzi, Special Education
Teacher at Oxford, Fatma Perry, Elementary Spanish
Teacher, Jennifer Ireland, OHCHS Science Teacher,
and Martha McLean, OHCHS Spanish Teacher, who
will be leaving us at the end of the school year.
SEE YOU IN 2010: Naomi Manjourides, OHMS Life
Skills Teacher, and Kim Napolitano-Perry, OHCHS
English Teacher, will be on leave of absence next year.
MULTI-TASKING ARTISTS AT ROWE
After discussing the environmental
plight polar bears are
facing and learning about
sculptures made by the Inuit
people of Northern Canada,
my fifth grade art students at
Rowe were given an art
. assignment: paint a polar bear
scene using a variety of art materials, showing the bear moving
or resting as realistically as possible. Then the students took on
a special challenge, translating the bear into a clay sculpture.
We are very grateful for the opportunity to exhibit these
works of art during May at the Norway Savings Bank Operation
Center (356 Main Street, Norway) as a Sidewalk Picture Window
Art Show. It is a source of great pride for these students to
be able to show off their hard work.
I’m always impressed with how this
community understands and values
art education in our schools. The
arts foster creative thinking and the
use of analytical skills. Studies show
that students with a strong background
in the arts outperform their
peers. This district is serious about
teaching both the right (Creative)
and left (Logical) /Linear) sides of
these young minds and providing an education that builds and
nurtures all learning styles. –Eva Kozun, Art Teacher
OTE (THE ED IS I SIGHT): June 18 th , the last day of
school, will be a half-day for students and a full day for staff.
Please send news & photos for next
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HERE AD THERE
SUESS AD SCIECE AT
OTISFIELD: After reading Dr.
Seuss’ Bartholomew and the
Oobleck, we made our very own
oobleck, and studied the science of
matter. Was the oobleck a solid?
Was it a liquid? After experimenting
and observing, Otisfield first
graders decided that it was both!
--Kemsen Bourque, 1 st Grade
EXPECTING: Students in Patricia Curtis’s first grade class at
Hebron Station School are awaiting the hatching of a dozen
eggs. Meanwhile, each child keeps a daily journal on what is
happening inside the eggs. Excerpts from Brandon Libby’s
journal so far:
Day 1 Mrs. Farnsworth brought us one dozen eggs. Mrs. Curtis
put the eggs in the incubator. The temperature of the incubator
is 99.5. Day 2 What is inside the egg is a little white dot and yolk
and white stuff to protect the yolk. Day 3 The chick looks like a
small c. Day 4 Twice every day we have to turn the eggs so the
chick does not get stuck to the egg. Day 7 The chick's head is
growing bigger and the wings are growing. The eye is huge and
the chick is one inch long. Day 8 The chick is called an embryo.
Day 15 The chick has bumps over him. The bumps will become
feathers. The chick can open and close its beak. The chick is
wiggling in the egg.
Sounds as if the Big Day is getting close!
IF IT’S MAY IT MUST BE TERRA
NOVA: Paris Secretary Juli Dubuc
fills in the bubbles on K-3 Terra
Nova tests which provide evidence
to the Federal Government that our
Reading First grant has been
YOU DO MAKE A DIFFERECE! Two High School Students Look Back
I absolutely love school and believe this is due to how I
was taught at the Fox School and then Madison Avenue. Elementary
school teachers help students develop strength and
courage to become the learner they will be for the rest of
their lives. Since I believe teachers don’t get the recognition
they deserve, I talked to some of my past teachers.
In kindergarten, Marcia Wright opened my eyes to how
fun learning was. My memories are of a sense of belonging
as well as creativity. “I really like introducing the kids to new
things, new ideas, and new information,” she said. As we
spoke, her friendly and outgoing personality reminded me of
the support and encouragement I had received from her on a
As a first grader, I went back to school eager to keep
learning. My teacher, Theresa Copp, developed friendships
with each and every student. “I love teaching first grade. This
is their real growing year,” Mrs. Copp said as we sat on mini
chairs and talked. She thinks first grade is the year that kids
can really get hooked on learning. Developing social skills
are very important to a child’s learning and becoming who
they are as a person. When I was her student, her philosophy
helped me reduce my shyness.
Laurie Huff was my fourth grade teacher. As I walked
into her classroom, I felt very welcome in a space where
learning mixed with fun. She was the first who challenged
me personally in a way that I wasn’t used to. It was hard for
me, but I’m glad I had her as a teacher. “I try to meet students
where they’re at and challenge them,” she says. After 18
years, “I think I’m still learning and growing as a person and
In fifth grade, I began to write a lot, and realized how
much I loved it. Douglas Hoy pushed me to be the best
student I could be. “I get a chance to dabble in a lot of areas
that I’m interested in,” Mr. Hoy said. “I get tremendous
pleasure out of getting kids involved in reading.” Mr. Hoy
likes hearing what his students ended up doing and knowing
that he had a little part in that. After teaching for 21 years, he
says, “I haven’t lost my enjoyment of teaching. If anything,
it’s become greater along the way.”
Three other teachers I’d like to acknowledge are Mary
MacKinnon, Lynette Gatchell-Seames, and Frederick
Schwaner. These teachers all had immense effects on me. I
owe them many thanks.
I believe that I had the best elementary school teachers in
the whole world. I appreciate the teachers who guided me to
becoming the student and person that I am today.
--Montana Mawhinney, OHCHS Sophomore
(Excerpted from articles written for Sally Jones’ Journalism class)
The moment we turn five years old, we all know what it
means: new pencils, folders, glue, scissors, pencil box
and a big backpack to put it all in. From kindergarten to
this year, Oxford Hills has been preparing us to be successful
later on in life, with its strongest force: its
My middle school years were the hardest, since I was
going through a melodramatic, in-between-little-kid-andteenager
phase. Though I had many wonderful teachers
attending OHMS, I felt particularly connected with two.
Both teachers inspired me to pursue my dream of writing
and pushed me throughout the years in order to make that
My mentor and Language Arts teacher kept me sane
seventh grade year. Heather Riggott was always someone
I knew I could talk to whenever I needed. To this day, I
feel incredibly comfortable talking with her, as if I’m still
that little twelve-year-old girl who first entered her
classroom. Although the middle school as a whole has
changed over the years since I attended, Riggott’s classroom
has stayed the same: bright, colorful and comforting.
Her young-at-heart attitude and friendliness towards
her students always makes me feel equal with her.
“I like being creative and making things fun for the
kids,” she said. “I like having relationships with the kids.
They make me feel young,” the 35-year-old laughed.
Eighth grade year was a frustrating experience for me.
I felt as though I had no one to talk to. That’s where
Jenni Padgett, my second Language Arts teacher, came
in. Although I was constantly frustrated and preoccupied
with anything other than language arts, Mrs. Padgett
pushed me until I had all of my work finished and done to
the quality she knew I could accomplish. Even though we
bumped heads, Mrs. Padgett was helping me consistently
along the way.
As Padgett and I spoke, her newly adopted toddler
from China sat on her lap, coloring and cutting out pieces
of paper on the table. During the interview Padgett told
me, “My favorite part about teaching is when a student
has an AH-HA! moment or when students are able to still
apply things from past discussions in current ones.”
Though Heather Riggott and Jenni Padgett are now in
my past, they are forever in my memory for teaching me
lifelong lessons, and helping me realize what was in my
best interest. I enjoyed my time spent with these wonderful
people and can't wait to meet more along the way.
--Kyleigh Collins, OHCHS Sophomore