CALAIS ADVERTISER

Indian Township

Donna Meader-York

 

Indian Township School is underway for the 2017-2018 school year, and we have all kinds of new things happening.  We have a new principal, and a number of new people joining our Indian Township School team.

Matthew Harvey joins us as our new principal. He is originally fromI Bangor, born and raised.  Mr. Harvey earned his MBA from Husson University. He has worked in many different areas which has shaped his perspective. Recently he has worked at Penobscot Job Corps in Bangor, and Penobscot Valley High School / Hichborn Middle School in Howland. He believes in openness and communication. This year he is resetting our focus on the fact that everything we do should be for the benefit of our students.  He has also challenged his staff to talk with our students about their dreams and help them set a vision for the future. Mr. Harvey can be reached at mharvey@indtwpsch.net  We feel lucky to have found him and look forward to a successful school year.

Next, we welcome Shannon Brown as our new Health and Phys. Ed. teacher, Jarod Guillette as our Middle School Science teacher, Carolyn Tinker as our 4th grade teacher, and Lydia Soctomah as our new 2nd grade teacher.  We also welcome Avis Miller, and Lacie Cropley, as new Ed. Techs.  Welcome to Betty Niles as assistant Cook. Betty is no stranger to our kitchen. She worked with us most of the school year last year as a long term substitute. We are pleased to have her on board permanently. With these additions to our team, we can’t help but soar to greater heights this year.

The Book Fair will be open until Tuesday September 19. Daily hours are 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, and 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Please note when coming to the book fair with your child, that we are closed from 11:30 – 1:00 for lunch and lunch coverage.

Students and staff will enjoy attending the Indian Township Health Center’s annual Health Fair on Thursday Sept 14. Soccer for children in grades K through 2 has started on Mondays and Wednesdays through the After School Program. Watch for news about the After School Program’s offerings on our web site indiantownshipschool.net, on our school facebook pages Motahkomiqewi Skulhawossol Indian Township School, and Indian Township School After School Program.

Last spring, we started our Three Sisters School Garden. Throughout the summer, summer squash and zucchini grew in abundance, and was harvested and dropped off at our food pantry. Once school started, we kept our produce and our cook, Ms. Tonya, made a wonderful Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake and served it for lunch, and also fresh summer squash cut up on the salad bar to enjoy raw and dipped in ranch dressing. Both of these creations were a hit with the children. We look forward to whatever else Ms. Tonya comes up with for our zucchini. What is more important is that the students are learning about food sustainability, and about growing our own food supply.

At the end of our school year last year, things were a little hectic, and we forgot to report a very important piece of news. Chayeden Newell, grade 3, had perfect attendance for the entire school year! This is quite the feat. Chayeden did not miss a single day of school, and with that kind of commitment to his education, Chayeden will go far. Congratulations Chayeden, we are very proud of you!

Cross Country Track has started! Our first track meet will be in Calais next Wednesday, September 21. That’s all the news for this week. Until next week, take care of you, and never stop learning.