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Community Engagement

The New School Presents: Octopus Odyssey

Thursday, February 15th, The New School Presents brings you a conversation with Dr. Beth Orcutt of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and the artist Michel Droge (visiting Assistant Professor at Bates College), focusing on art, ocean conservation, and discovery. The event begins at 5pm at Sacred Profane Brewing in Biddeford with an open gallery. Presentations commence at 6pm. Here's what Bigelow Laboratory has to say about the event: If you’ve heard the buzz about the four new species of octopus discovered during the #OctoOdyssey expeditions last year, this is your chance to hear directly from Michel, who joined for the [...]

Build a Robot!

We're looking for students to join our FIRST Robotics Competition team. If you are in grades 9-12 (and/or homeschooling) and are in the ages of 14-18, you are invited to join us! In the sport, teams of students build and program industrial-sized robots to play a difficult field game against other teams. It's as close to real-world engineering as a student can get! We'll be building a robot in January and February, getting it ready for our competitions in March. There is no fee for participants. Practices will be at the Maine Mall on [...]

A Busy End of the Semester!

Learning does look different here. Over the past few weeks, our students have been conducting learning in and out of the classroom. Some recent highlights: Our Archeology class visited the Real Pirates Museum in Salem, MA, to learn about underwater archeology. Highlights of the trip included examining the world's only fully authenticated pirate treasure ever discovered. On the most recent Giving Back Day, students visted the Center for Wildlife and the Biddeford Food Pantry to volunteer with community organizations. Last week, our students visted Chef Figgy [...]

Bowls of Hope – November 11

Join us for Bowls of Hope: a fundraising event on Saturday, November 11, from 5:00-7:00 PM at St. David's Episcopal Church, 138 York St, Kennebunk. Bowls of Hope is planned as a warm, cozy night of wonderful soups and bread from local restaurants. Sample the soups, then fill a handmade bowl with your favorite soup and grab some bread for dipping. Bowls are handmade by The New School's students and local artisans, and are yours to keep after the event! There will also be a raffle and silent auction items. Proceeds from this event will be directed two ways: [...]

Murder Mystery Dinner @TNS

Join us at The New School on Saturday, October 21, at 6 PM for a night of mullets, murder, and mayhem — our Murder Mystery dinner theater will allow you to step back in time to experience Homecoming Homicide. Play the role of a student or faculty member at Homecoming 1985.  Before the main course, someone will die and everyone will be a suspect.  Work together with your fellow diners to solve the murder and enjoy a locally sourced five-course meal planned and prepared by members of The New School Community. Money raised at this dinner will support our [...]

Raising Salmon

Students in the Watershed and Ecology class ventured north to release their Atlantic salmon fry.  Out of 200 eggs, 193 hated and developed into fry.  That's an amazing success rate!  Students involved in raising the Atlantic salmon named all of the eggs when they arrived at the school.  They read all 200 names of the fish before releasing them.  As part of their senior project,  Alex Morin created a companion website to educate people about Atlantic Salmon. Click here to learn more about their great work!

Racism is a Virus: A Conversation with Asian American Youth in Maine

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine recently hosted a youth panel discussion about the impact of anti-Asian racism on Asian American youth living in the state. Racism Is A Virus: A Conversation with Asian American Youth in Maine hopes to raise awareness about the historical roots of anti-Asian prejudice in the US and recent rise in hate crimes and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans. Youth panelists from around the state will share their experiences as Asian American teens growing up in white majority communities in Maine. The discussion was organized by a senior [...]

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES INTENSIVE 2019

For our regional intensive this year, students collaborated with the teachers to design an in-depth study of Indigenous People in New England. Our study focused primarily on the 5 Wabanaki tribes in Maine and the Wampanoag of Massachusetts. We visited the Penobscot and Wampanoag nations to spend time with the tribes to understand their experiences from their perspectives. Through our experiences we came face to face with complicated issues such as: Native American Identity and Representation The Impacts of Racism, Settler Colonialism and Genocide The Role of Land and the Relationship Between Sovereign Nations Traditional Life vs. Contemporary Life [...]

Students Team With Town For Climate Justice

The New School has a solid commitment to climate justice. Students gathered during the summer break to work with Social Studies teacher, Brad Lopes, in conjunction with the Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee of Kennebunk. They attended the Select Board Meeting in Kennebunk on August 14 to urge the town to join the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and to sign a Commitment Letter to take action for the improved health of our environment. The town voted unanimously to sign the agreement. The New School will research our current use of resources with the support of the [...]

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