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The new Southern Penobscot Regional Program for Children with Exceptionalities (SPRPCE) Innovation School is hosting a community Open House on Tuesday, August 22nd from 1-2:30 p.m. at Eastern Maine Community College in Room 219, Penobscot Hall. Follow signs and balloons.
Starting this September, seventh and eighth graders from communities surrounding Bangor will have a new option of where to attend school.
For up to forty students, the Innovation School will provide a unique blend of dynamic instruction and community-based, hands-on learning opportunities. Community members, educators, parents, and students are encouraged to attend the Open House and to meet the program’s instructors, Nate Cutting and Maynard Walton, Jr. and to learn more about this dynamic program. Utilizing a student-centered approach, the teachers are designing an opportunity for every student to personalize their work and to explore their own passions with career pathways.
The program will be based at Eastern Maine Community College, allowing the Innovation School to partner with various organizations and nonprofits in the greater Bangor area. Students will have the opportunity to apply the academic skills they learn in the classroom to challenging, and rewarding projects that enrich their communities.
This is will be an engaging program for students who are ready to develop leadership skills and take a more active role in their education.
The SPRPCE Innovation School is funded by an Educational Efficiencies and Opportunities Grant through the Maine Department of Education. Fourteen School Administrative Units, United Technologies Center, and Eastern Maine Community College are partners in the grant.
For more information, please call Superintendent Betsy Webb at 992-4153.
Next Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM the director and teachers for the new Innovation School will be here to talk about their program for students in the 7th and 8th grades only. The Innovation School is a full day program at Eastern Maine Community College. It is entirely “project based” and “hands on” learning for students in these grades who thrive on this type of environment. If you would like to hear more about this program please join us next Tuesday here at the Glenburn School.
Due to several new educational mandates, Pre-K programs around the state as well as here in Glenburn are switching to a four day classroom week. State mandates such as: increased student testing, extra teacher training, field trips, parent meetings and regular home visits have created a need to utilize the fifth day of school for the teacher to address these requirements. For our teacher Mrs. Grotton it is still a five day work week. Monday to Thursday will be two three hour Pre-K classes in the morning and in the afternoon. One hour has been added to both the morning and afternoon classes in order to maintain the prescribed class time. There are no classes on Fridays. This day is used to fulfill the state mandates.
We are glad to welcome two new teachers to the Glenburn School.
Mr. Thomas Coleman – Eighth Grade Math
Mr. Coleman comes to Glenburn after teaching for eighteen years at The Holden School and Eddington Schools as part of RSU #63.
During his tenure he was responsible for teaching all academic areas which included: mathematics, technology and science. He is a mentor teacher for the University of Maine and Husson University as well as a member of the Education Advisory Board.
Most recently Mr. Coleman has joined the Maine State STEM Partnership and Task Force to promote the teaching of higher ordered thinking skills within the classroom. He has coached both boys and girls soccer and has been a member of the Eastern Maine Board of Soccer Officials.
Ms. Erin Smith – Sixth Grade Social Studies and ELA
Mrs. Smith began her education career in Guilford, Maine as a kindergarten teacher at the Sedamocha School. After a brief hiatus Mrs. Smith took from teaching to raise her family she returned to education instructing middle school ELA and Social Studies at the Piscataquis Community Secondary School also in Guilford, Maine. Ms. Smith loves to use a modified workshop model to deliver a customized approach to student learning in the classroom. Her former principal describes her as a talented and dedicated teacher who loves her students and is totally committed to the enhancement of their education.
Thank you for visiting the Glenburn School Department website. I am Christine Greenlaw Boone, and I am pleased to serve as the Superintendent of Schools for the Glenburn School Department.
Formerly I was a middle school teacher in the Clark County School District, Las Vegas NV, a K-6 assistant principal in southern Maine, and a Pre K through grade 5 principal in the mid coast region. I have served as a field supervisor for student teachers and director of gifted and talented programming as well. Most recently, I join you from RSU #22 where I served as a principal in Hampden, ME.
I am excited to have been selected as Glenburn’s lead learner and to begin my journey with the Glenburn School Department. As the year progresses, I look forward to building relationships with all of our stakeholders and including them in a visioning process for future years.
In the meantime, should I be of assistance please do not hesitate to contact me. I may be reached Tuesday through Thursday at the superintendent’s office at 942-4405. Additionally, if email is convenient for you I may be reached at email@example.com.
“When a flower doesn’t bloom you change the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” – Alexander Den Heijer