81st Annual Maine Drama Festival

In the upcoming weeks, over 2000 students from 70 high schools will be preparing for the 81st  Annual Maine Drama Festival.  
March 9-10, at eight regional competitions across the State, schools will present plays ranging from the classics to original student-written plays.  Schools compete in two classes: Class A (over 550 students) and Class B (less than 550 students). 

At each of the regional competitions, a panel of three judges will decide which performances advance to the State Finals (March 23-24).  The Class A finals will be held at Falmouth High School and Class B will be held at Yarmouth High School.  The outstanding performance at each State Final will be nominated by the judges to participate in the New England Drama Festival (April 26-28 in Guilford, N.H.)

The performance schedules for each of the regional sites will be available on the Maine Drama Council website 

Bucksport High School to Stand UP to Bullying

The Make A Difference Team at Bucksport High School has organized various activities for Stand Up to Bullying Week.  This is a global event during the week of February 27 that helps educate students about bullying and how to effectively stand up to bullies.  Throughout the week, members of the Make A Difference Team will facilitate activities that include encouraging students to sign anti-bullying pledges, applying stickers with anti-bullying messages to lunch items, and encouraging students to celebrate the differences among us.  These are just a few of many activities that will support both victims of bullying and bystanders to take a stand against bullies at Bucksport High School.

To culminate the week, the Make A Difference Team has organized an assembly for the entire student body at 8:00 a.m.

Student artists to be celebrated on 2012-13 laptop screensaver

Twenty student artists will have an audience of more than 72,000 students and teachers for their artwork starting this fall. The 20 students from across Maine have won the honor to have their artwork included in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative laptop screensaver for the 2012-13 school year.

More than 380 Maine students submitted images to be considered for the 2012-13 screensaver. Students and teachers voted on their favorites, and two of the 20 featured works were the top vote getters. An independent panel of three judges selected the other 18 pieces.

Many of the images are photographs, though several students used pencil, paint, clay and other media to create their images.

“The arts are an essential part of the student experience in Maine. The arts offer students the opportunities they need to explore their passions, discover their talents and apply their creativity,” said Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen.

UMaine Career Fair

The University of Maine is holding its annual Career Fair Wednesday, February 1 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the New Balance Student Recreation Center.

Some 85 companies, organizations and graduate school programs have registered to exhibit at the fair this year, and are looking forward to meeting students who could become interns, summer employees or fulltime employees, says Patty Counihan, director of the UMaine Career Center (, organizer of the event.

Typically, about 1,000 or more students descend upon the Career Fair, dressed professionally and armed with portfolios and resumes -- looking to learn about companies, agencies and organizations. An informal chat with a company representative could open the door to a formal job interview, Counihan says.

Many participating employers are Maine-based, she says.

Unity College to Host Maine’s Largest Environmental Career Fair

An annual tradition of connecting employers with job seekers looking for work in the growing “green” job market will once again take place at Unity College.  On Friday, February 10.  Unity College Career Services will host the most extensive environmentally focused career fair to take place in Maine this year, in the Tozier Gymnasium on the Unity campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unity College is located at 90 Quaker Hill Road, Unity.

The environmental career recruitment event is free and open to the general public, though focused on recruitment of recent or anticipated college graduates from across New England.  Sponsored by the Unity College Career Resource Center, the event is expected attract over 60 employers. “Once again our annual environmental career fair generated superior interest from potential employers,” noted Nicole Collins ’00, Unity College Career Consultant & Internship Coordinator.

Coffin Elementary School in Brunswick Celebrates 5-2-1-0

Coffin Elementary School in Brunswick Celebrates 5-2-1-0

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