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Good News from Sanford Schools: February, 2023

Sanford Regional Technical Center

Maine Department of Education Commissioner Pender Makin visited SRTC on February 1 to kick off the Read to ME Challenge. The visit provided an opportunity to showcase the collaboration between SRTC and Pre-K. Read the full story here: https://mainedoenews.net/2023/02/01/education-commissioner-pender-makin-kicks-off-annual-read-to-me-challenge-by-reading-to-sanford-preschool-students/.

SRTC is now accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year. Learn more about the school here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oIRBtPI9wo.

Culinary Arts students (pictured below) have been working hard at the SRTC Café, which is open to the public for breakfast and lunch most Wednesdays and Thursdays. Visit the Café website to make your reservation: https://tableagent.com/portland-maine/srtc-cafe/.

Sanford High School

SHS’s Winter Percussion Ensemble has begun rehearsing their 2023 program, which will debut at SHS in the first competition of the year on February 26. Read more about it in the Spartan Times here: https://spartan-times.com/2023/01/30/sanford-winter-percussion-season-begins/.

Sanford High Jazz Band rocked it at Kennebunk High School earning a spot at the Maine State Jazz Festival on March 17-18. But before that, you can catch them performing at the High School Instrumental Showcase on March 7 at 6:00 pm in the Partners Band Gym.

SHS sophomore Elsie Gendron will be awarded the prestigious Gold Key from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for the Maine region, for her art piece entitled Childhood Hikes. Of the approximately 800 applicants from the Maine region, only 5-7% of them were awarded the gold key level, which is the highest award. Read more about Elsie in the Spartan Times.

Sanford Middle School

Emmalyn Trivilino and Alessandra Castro have been chosen to represent SMS at the 27th Annual Girls’ Day on March 20th. Up to 200 participants from schools around the state of Maine will attend this event, hosted by the Maine Women’s Lobby Education Fund at the Statehouse.

SMS held its student recognition lunches on Tuesday, February 14th. The Middle School PTA celebrated students for their participation in sports and clubs. They also recognized students who won Be The Change Awards and others who made the honor roll. Congratulations to all of the SMS students who were recognized.

Students in Mrs. Williams class learned about the different types of
propaganda using a visual maze activity.

Elementary Schools

Inside Margaret Chase Smith School, the halls are ringing with the sound of music! Both the chorus and ukulele clubs are hard at work preparing for upcoming performances. The chorus will participate in the school’s first Spring Sing on March 1st in the Performing Arts Center at SHS in a few short weeks. 

MCS Ukulele Club

The concert will feature seven choruses (including the combined MCS, SPE, and CJL 4th grade chorus), and will close with a collaboration piece featuring all chorus students in grades 4-12.

Officer Goldsmith and SHS student Jack Sevigny spoke to MCS students about perseverance at an assembly on February 3.

At Carl J. Lamb School, students celebrated the 100th day of the school year on February 9. Kindergarteners learned some fun ways to count to 100 while students were invited to dress up like a 100-year-old person. Ms. Leedberg’s students learned about Groundhog Day with Ms. Clinehens in the library.

CJL Kindergarteners learned more about the number 100.

At Sanford Pride Elementary, third graders hosted an all-school meeting on January 27. Pre-K students have been celebrating friendship and being kind to each other. The SPE Student Leaders made a presentation at the February 6 City Council Meeting. The school also celebrated Day 100 by dressing up like centenarians.

SPE Pre-K students celebrating friendship.

St. Thomas School

St. Thomas School will have a new principal beginning July 1, 2023. Ms. Angela Madigan, currently the principal at Waterboro Elementary School, will be taking over from interim principal Ericka Sanborn, who is looking forward to returning to her previous position of Director of Marketing, Enrollment and Legacy. Fr. Bill Labbe reports that Ms. Madigan has seven years of administrative experience, as well as ten years of teaching experience, and comes to St. Thomas highly recommended and with a stellar reputation.

Sergeant Matt Nadeau and Deputy Marty Harmon visited St. Thomas School to attend their “First Responder Appreciation” event on February 6.

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