Good News from Sanford Schools 2/7/2022

Compiled from staff reports and Facebook posts

Sanford High School

Sanford High School’s Unified Basketball team won their first game of the season 46-44 at Biddeford High School.  All the players played exceptionally well and had a great time in front of a wonderful crowd. See photos above and below.

Did you know SHS now has its own online newspaper, The Spartan Times? Students have written some great articles! Check it out here.

Sanford Spartans Varsity Cheerleaders will compete in the state finals on Saturday, February 12, following their second place finish at the Class A South Regionals last week.

After winning at the Regional level of the American Legion’s Oratorical Scholarship Program, Josh Werner will now go on to the State Level competition held at Thomas College in Augusta on February 12. Joshua took home $500 at the Regional to be used toward his college education. A big thank you to Mrs. Quarles for taking time out of her weekend to be there to help coach him along. The members of the American Legion are thrilled to have a Sanford High School student participating, and hope Joshua’s involvement helps to gain interest in future years.


Sanford Regional Technical Center

The Sanford Regional Technical Center is seeking new students for the 2022-2023 school year! All 10th grade students attended a presentation to introduce SRTC and were invited to apply.  Applications are available from February 1st through March 4th.  The view from our website provides information on our upcoming Open House events and the application process.  Current 11th graders should look into our one-year programs: Emergency Medical Services, Firefighting and Health Occupations.  If you have questions about the admissions process, please reach out to Deanna Farrell, SRTC Student Services Counselor.  We hope to see you at Open House and receive your application!


Sanford Middle School

We are very proud of our SMS students and staff for participating in the annual GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE last week! This is a national event where schools complete as many random acts of kindness as possible within the week. We saw many students thanking our custodial staff, making cards for the cafeteria workers, leaving notes of thanks for our school nurses and others. We saw students pushing in chairs and picking up trash, helping new students, as well as complimenting peers and sending thank you notes to teachers. We hope this is just the beginning! We encourage all of our students to continue this wave of kindness through the school every day.

SMS as a full school completed 6,400 KIND acts in one week! Congratulations to 8TH GRADE for completing the most kind acts at 3,476!A special shout out to the following homerooms who completed the highest total of kind acts for their grade levels:

  • 5th grade – Daniels – 450
  • 6th grade – Pyle – 261
  • 7th grade – Christie – 226
  • 8th grade – White – 900 and Stefanilo – 549

Carl J. Lamb School

Students in Mrs. Gillis’s class focused on the power of Mental Math-adding and subtracting 10 and 100.  Children used the Open Number Line strategy to show their new skill and made Mental Math Snowman for display in the hallway.

Students from Mrs. McCall and Miss Ashley’s class took advantage of the snow and went sledding.  They all had lots of fun sliding down the hill and climbing back up.  Thank you to Mr. E for sharing the sleds.

Snowshoe Club has started up and kids are having a blast. The first session will run until February vacation, after which a second session will begin.


Margaret Chase Smith School

Lunar New Year:  The first grade classrooms learned about Lunar New Year, also called Chinese New Year this week. The students had the opportunity to design and create red lanterns for good luck and to keep Nian away. The students were able to immerse themselves in Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas and learned about the various Chinese Zodiac animals.

Spirit Week:  Each day the students showcased their school spirit with a kindness themed spirit day. “Let Your Kindness Shine (Neon)”, “Dreaming of Kindness (PJ), “Yeehaw, Rounding up Kindness (Western Style), “Team Kindness (Sports)” and “Rocking with Kindness (Rock n’ Roll)”. 

The Great Kindness Challenge:  The students completed 1,682 acts of kindness during the month of January at MCS.  They created posters throughout the building, left notes for staff members, smiled at friends, held open doors for peers and many more actions to brighten someone’s day.  As a concluding activity the entire school went sledding throughout the day on back hills.  Thank you to our amazing PTA who purchased 25 sleds for students to use.+

2/2/22- This monumental day required another spirit day at MCS!  Students who wore tutus, ties or dressed as a twin to celebrate this marvelous number.  Throughout the day students participated in various mathematical activities.


Sanford Pride Elementary School

Any student that has received a High-Five or Positive Referral is eligible to become Assistant Principal for a day. All eligible students are entered into a drawing the last week of each month. Once chosen, teachers are contacted to make sure the choice is appropriate and the student will be asked if they would like to participate. The good news and a plan for the day is then shared with the family and participation permission is sought. The student then gets to spend ½ day with the Assistant Principal performing very important AP duties.

Caleb Samia was our most recent “AP for the Day.” Caleb began his day with morning bus duty, including a personalized badge, his beverage of choice (Gatorade) and a smile for all the students arriving at SPE by bus. He read the Sanford Pride Creed during the morning announcements, had his own desk in the AP office, and he got to view the security footage in the school. He helped with the Cafeteria Safety Check and Bathroom Check, and met with Mr. May, SPE Head Custodian. Caleb conducted several classroom observations, and even got to visit his sister’s classroom. He invited a friend for a special snack and lunch, and they discussed what they like most about school (“recess” says Caleb.) He concluded his day handing out High 5’s to students showing the 5 Core Values at recess.


Sanford Community Adult Education

Exciting times at SCAE – our numbers are increasing! Within the last week we have welcomed three more students to our English Language Learner classes and another student earned their high school credential via the HiSET.


Sanford Christian Academy

The basketball and volleyball teams had another double win on January 28.

Students in Pastor Bell’s woodworking class have completed their first project, a coat rack for their home.

For the month of February, be sure to get your gas from 7 Jackson’s Corner Store when you pass through! They are kindly donating $.02 from every gallon of gas sold to SCA.

See also: St. Thomas School Celebrates Catholic Schools Week 2022