Archive for March 29th, 2012


In Today’s News

March 29, 2012

Music teacher, Beth Polletto

Argy, Beth Polletto, Barb Weed, Laura Whitney

In December of 2010 Catherine Ring and I traveled to Gray-New Gloucester Middle School (GNG MS) to visit with staff and take a closer look at the work they were doing on standards based education. While there we had a chance to speak with two enthusiastic young music teachers, Laura Whitney and Beth Polletto. I remember thinking how fortunate the students at GNG MS were to have these teachers! Yesterday, I learned that the music education world of Maine lost one of them in a car accident on her way to school. Beth Polletto was an instrumental teacher 3 days at GNG MS and 2 days at Georgetown. This is especially sad since Beth was only 26 years old.

Today’s Portland Press Herald said this about her:

Polletto wrote a blog on the Georgetown school department’s website. “Music Makes the World Go Round” kept parents and students informed about the “musical happenings” in her class.

Her last post was dated Feb. 13.

“We’ve done it,” Polletto said. “We’ve raised enough money for hand chimes! Thank you to each and every one of you who made this possible. I look forward to debuting them at our spring concert in May.

I am sure you’ll join me in keeping Beth’s students, colleagues, and family in your thoughts. If you’d like to read the entire article please click here.


Musical Revue

March 29, 2012

Arts Assessment Teacher Leader Allysa Anderson’s students perform

Camden Rockport Middle School presents Its Our Time, a musical revue Friday, March 30th, 6:30 p.m., Strom Auditorium Camden Hills Regional High School. With one fourth of the school population participating students will share songs, dance, and more from a variety broadway shows.

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