Archive for May 9th, 2011


Commissioner of Ed visiting Kennebec Valley

May 9, 2011

Listening tour continues

Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen will visit schools in the Kennebec Valley on Tuesday, May 10 as part of his statewide listening tour.

He’ll start with a morning meeting with superintendents in Oakland before he visits Oakland’s Williams Elementary School. At Williams, he’ll spend time in the classroom of Shelly Moody, Maine’s 2011 Teacher of the Year.

Bowen will then visit Readfield Elementary School, where he’ll learn about the school’s Response to Intervention program.

Bowen will end the day with an evening forum at Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland to hear from parents, teachers and others interested in sharing ideas about improving education and the work of the Department of Education.

The following events will be open to media coverage:
10:15 a.m.
Williams Elementary School, 55 Pleasant St., Oakland
School visit
Principal: Kathy Harris-Smedberg
Superintendent: Gary Smith
12:30 p.m.
Readfield Elementary School, 84 South Rd.
School Visit
Principal: Cheryl Hasenfus
Superintendent: Rich Abramson
6-8 p.m.
Messalonskee Middle School cafeteria
Public forum

For more information and updates on the Listening Tour, go to:


Student Acting Competition a Success

May 9, 2011

Student Acting Competition is a Success!

The first ever Maine Student Acting Competition was held on April 30 at
Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast. Nearly 40 middle schoolers competed
from Belfast, Bucksport, Lincolnville, North Haven, and Medomak. Events
included solo acting (comedy and drama), duo acting (comedy and drama),
and solo/duo musical. Belfast took home 1st place overall, with Medomak
2nd and Lincolnville 3rd.

Plans are already being made for next year’s MSAC, which will again be
hosted by Troy Howard Middle School. It will be in January 2012, with
similar categories, as well as group acting and musical. There may also be
a new division for high schoolers. For more information, contact MSAC
coordinator Jason Bannister at or visit

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