Good News from Sanford Schools: January 8, 2023

Staff variety show at Carl J. Lamb School.

Sanford High School

Project Graduation 2023 is working on an initiative to support all students with finals week support kits. Kits are filled with ten fun and helpful items for students who are hard a work preparing for finals. The kits let students know that their community supports their efforts. Funds raised through the initiative go to the class of 2023 Project Graduation. $10 will sponsor a survival kit for a Sanford High School student. They are looking for over 900 sponsors. Please consider sponsoring! If you would like to sponsor a student (or 2 or 3), at a suggested sponsorship of $10/student, you can donate by: Venmo @SHSPG – Comment: Finals Kit, or send a check made out to SHS Project Graduation 2023 to Sanford High School, Attn: A. Taylor, Project Grad Treasurer, 100 Alumni Blvd., Sanford ME 04073.

At the 2023 Sanford Wrestling Annual Tournament held at SHS this weekend, Spartans James Blood (113 lbs) and Conor Hill (195 lbs) won their weight classes, while Christopher Chaplick took home the Ken Hover Memorial Award for most outstanding Sanford wrestler. The Spartans Varsity wrestling team took fourth place overall in field of 31 teams from across Maine and New England.

Sanford Regional Technical Center

On December 13, Students in SRTC’s Law Enforcement Program used the program cruiser for training. Officer Thornton led the training as students used the skills they learned to go over how to properly execute a vehicle stop. Students in the Law Enforcement Program receive instruction similar to that of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Course content includes defensive tactics, drill and ceremony, criminal investigation, domestic violence, use of force, low-risk and high-risk vehicle stops, crash investigation, and much more.

SkillsUSA students at SRTC hosted a holiday party for students from the Carl J. Lamb and Sanford High School Stars programs the Wednesday before Christmas. SRTC has been hosting an annual holiday party for these students for over twenty years. SkillsUSA Advisor Joe Bolduc, and his student leadership team, along with Carl J. Lamb teacher Kathryn McCall were vital in coordinating this party. Nearly sixty students experienced this event at SRTC.  When the students from Carl J. Lamb arrive, they are “buddied” up with a SRTC student to participate in this event. Activities included cookie and ornament decorating, playing games, watching movies, and photos with Frosty and the Spartan the mascot. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving more than 265,000 high school and college students enrolled in career and technical education programs. It provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character.

Sanford Middle School

See this week’s News Notes for an item about two very special Sanford Middle School students.

Margaret Chase Smith School

MCS kicked off this month with an assembly to roll out their new theme of kindness. Students will be going home with a kindness bingo board, and they are challenged to complete 10 of the 25 activities on the board. At school, they will be given a snowflake sticker when they are “caught being kind.”

Sanford Pride Elementary School

During the month of December, SPE Kindergarten and Pre-K students have been reading different versions of the Gingerbread Man story and looking for the missing Gingerbread Man throughout the school. The students “baked” a big gingerbread man and then he escaped was on the run for most of the month of December. The Gingerbread Man was spotted in various locations around Sanford, including Central Furniture, Hannaford and Wendy’s. Eventually he was captured by SRO Joe Jourdain and returned to the school unharmed.

Carl J. Lamb School

CJL had its first staff variety show for the students in December (see photo at top). Staff performed stand-up comedy, improv, singing at much more!

BRIDGE Program

Students in the BRIDGE Program decorated wreaths for the holidays and sold them to raise funds for activities.

St. Thomas School

Congratulations to (l -r) Adrianna Gauthier and Sookie Merrill, who placed first and second respectively in the Knights of Columbus essay competition about how young Catholics can evangelize their faith. And congratulations to the students who captured the “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster competition (l-r): Easton Payeur (1st – grades K-2), David Doiron (2nd – grades K-2), Maxwell Bean (1st – grades 3-5), Amelia Rice (1st – grades 6-8), and DJ Guillemette (2nd – grades 6-8). Missing from the photo is Cat Maurice (2nd – grades 3-5). Great work, everyone!

Sanford Christian Academy

The SCA Christmas play was a HUGE success this year! Miss Kim, Miss Abigail, and Mrs. Elisabeth were thanked for all the hard work put into making the show incredible.