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Good News From Sanford Schools: January 2023

Sanford High School

Spartans Cheerleaders took home 2nd place in the SMAA Championship yesterday. Watch their fantastic high-energy performance here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3313647528900311. Next weekend they will be competing at the Regionals at SHS. Go Spartans!

The SHS Abroad program will kick off its first international tour during February vacation, when 72 Class of 2023 students, parents and teacher/staff chaperones will spend nine days in Venice, Florence and Rome, Italy. SHS Abroad advisors Kelly Foley and Cynthia Pattershall flew to Madrid, Spain January 12-16 for training in how to manage the tour sponsored by Education First. To stay up to date on SHS Abroad’s plans and follow their trip to Italy, you can follow them on Instagram (@SHS_Abroad) and Facebook (/SanfordAbroad). The Class of 2024 has already begun planning and fundraising for its trip to Greece next year.

Students in Lindsay Strout’s Wildlife Biology class went to visit the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick last week. The students have been learning about various wildlife that live here in Maine, and they had the opportunity to see some of the animals up close and personal! Students were introduced to the center’s non-releasable animals, ambassadors, that live on their campus, such as Henry the Porcupine, Lucy the Screech Owl, Maverick the Peregrine Falcon, Zipper a Corn Snake Bertram a Raven and Pisces a Red-tailed Hawk. After touring and learning about the facility the 11th and 12th graders got to Nature Journal with Lucy the Screech Owl and Perry the Peregrine Falcon.  If you find an injured animal you can reach out to the Center for Wildlife.

Sanford Regional Technical Center

SRTC’s first year Electrical Wiring students and SHS’s Honors Physics students have been working together this month on two Series & Parallel Circuit labs. Students worked collaboratively to set up the boxes, run the wires and complete the testing required for the two labs.

SRTC Culinary students have been practicing their prepping and plating skills this week. The opening day for the SRTC Cafe is Wednesday, February 8. The restaurant is operated by the culinary students as an integral part of their educational and training experience. It is open for breakfast and lunch to the public most Wednesdays and Thursdays from February to early May and is only open if school is in session. Reservations are required one week in advance in order for students to plan for the upcoming meal service. Check out our restaurant website on TableAgent for more information, menus and for reservations. Only cash and checks are accepted for payment. https://tableagent.com/portland-maine/srtc-cafe/

Sanford Middle School

Congratulations to both the 7th and 8th grade boys basketball teams on their undefeated basketball seasons this year!! Both teams went 10-0!

Sanford Pride Elementary School

Sanford Pride Elementary’s 4th-grade team was awarded a grant by the Berlin City Auto Group Drive for Education Program to help cover transportation costs for field trips. SPE received $2,000, which will help with future field trips. Students did an excellent job representing the Sanford Pride community. They were polite at all times and very respectful.

Margaret Chase Smith School

MCS welcomed The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness on January 19. MCS students participated in conversations about abilities, respect, and inclusion throughout the day. The Cromwell Center’s classroom programs have become vital to many Maine schools’ anti-bullying, inclusion, and community-building efforts. There were 30, 45, 60, and 90-minute sessions throughout the day in classrooms. Students were able to participate in hands-on activities and group problem-solving, which allowed them:

  • Understand that disabilities are an aspect of human diversity and do not define a person
  • Break down stereotypes about differences and similarities
  • Explore the power of unkind words, exclusion, and bias
  • Identify and roleplay solutions to disability-related mistreatment and bullying
  • Practice empathy and inclusion.

For more information on the center, click here.

Carl J. Lamb School

The Be Our Guest dance at CJL had an incredible turn out and so much fun! From Karaoke in the music room, to lots of dancing and all the fun activities in between. Below, students are decorating crowns.

Carl J. Lamb teachers surprised students with a mini Chinese New Year in one of their pods on Thursday, January 19. Teachers set up pods in three classrooms, and students traveled through each room to experience some of the traditions of a New Year’s Eve celebration. In one room, traditional foods were sampled. In another room, students made their own dancing dragon puppet, and in the third room students watched a short read-aloud about the Chinese New Year

St. Thomas School

On Friday, January 6, St. Thomas middle school students visited the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) in Portland to examine what is happening in the Gulf of Maine and why. They studied live phytoplankton samples under the microscope, observed data on the increase of black bass populations, manipulated graphs related to water temperature change, and they learned about species living in the Gulf of Maine. In addition, they virtually dissected a black bass and measured live lobsters – all contributing to GMRI research.

Bishop Deeley visited the school earlier this month and took part in several activities.

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