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Oxford Hills School District


May 2009


Judi Andrews

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



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

Speech/Language Pathologist.


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.



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

month’s newsletter to Judy Green on

the BBS.



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!


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

daily basis.

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

a teacher.”

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

dream possible.

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

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