Good News From Sanford Schools: December 4, 2022

Maine Audubon educators have been visiting Sanford Middle School with their conservation program, Stream Explorers. The first week students practiced using the nets and identifying macroinvertebrates. The second week, students went out to the field and sampled the stream near the school. On the sampling day, more than 100 students dipped nets into the stream and collected macroinvertebrates in the water. They identified them using magnifying glasses and special identification sheets. They were able to determine that the stream was somewhere between “moderately polluted” and “not polluted.” In the photo above, Dalton Gamache of Maine Audubon supervises students Leah Lagueux, Bella Schneider and Bryce Jordan-Russell as they collect samples.

Bus schedule changes: In an effort to help in the arrival times of some buses to our elementary schools, the Sanford School Department has made some route changes. Read more here.

Students at Sanford High School and Sanford Regional Technical Center signed #SanfordStrong and #SpartanStrong banners thanking local first responders, and the banners were displayed at Friday’s Holly Daze Parade.

The National Honor Society at Sanford High School is having a toy drive at the Spartans’ upcoming home opener basketball games against Scarborough. This event is taking place December 9 to benefit Santa’s Cause. If you can help, bring a new, unwrapped toy to the games. All five teams are playing, beginning at 4:00 pm. (See the Spartans Home Games Schedule for the breakdown of times.) For more info, email 23audreyc@gapps.sanford.org.

For the month of December, Sanford schools are focusing on the theme of Empathy. At Margaret Chase Smith School, the theme was rolled out at a recent school assembly where the Ukulele Club performed. Amanda and Teddy from the Animal Welfare Society came and spoke about what they do to help animals. During the month of December, MCS students will be collecting items to donate to the AWS, including canned and dry food, treats, cat litter and toys.

Sanford Pride Elementary School is fortunate to have four foster grandparents as part of the SPE team – Mimi Janet, Ms. Collette, Mrs. Nevison, and Mrs. Curley. Mimi Janet works with Ms. Flannery and Mrs. Mercier in K/1, Ms. Collette works in the Pre-K program with Mrs. Carman, Mrs. Curley works with Mrs. Greve in Grade 1, and Mrs. Nevison works with Mrs. Boivin in Third Grade. Foster Grandparents create positive relationships with the students. They work with small groups as well as 1:1 with students. Foster Grandparents provide individualized attention, unhurried help, consistent support and the opportunity of an inter-generational connection.

Two of the foster grandparents at Sanford Pride Elementary School.

St. Thomas middle schoolers have been working together to construct bridges made from spaghetti! (Believe it or not, the current record holder is at 75+ lbs!) In addition to creating the bridges, students calculated the force applied to their bridges and designed force diagrams.

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