Christine Knowles hits the airwaves

Christine Knowles, our Executive Education Director, recently sat down to record a podcast with Kim Lloyd.   Kim and Christine talked about using a narrative approach to the process of education, and Christine discusses how allowing students to be a part of the democratic process of their own education helps invest them more in the process You can listen to it  here.    

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 [...]


High School HUMANITIES Long-Term Substitute Looking for a different kind of teaching experience? The New School in Kennebunk is an innovative, democratic high-school. We are looking for a compassionate, dynamic, and motivated individual for a long-term substitute teaching position in the Humanities. Teachers at The New School trust and support the capacity of young people to be responsible for their own learning. The successful candidate will be passionate about learning and enjoy collaborating with both students and teachers to design student-centered curricula.  Interested in joining our team? We need someone who can start March 1 and teach with us [...]


Early Sunday morning, the frost on our green metal roof was just starting to melt and drip off, and  TNS families were already armed  with shovels and rakes and implements of destruction for our fantastic fall facilities work day. Yard work  was the name of the game, today. Noah Tetreault brought in the heavy  machinery and moved a ton of soil,  brush, and detritus with his excavator. The rain garden was completely  cut back; several gardens were re claimed from invasive plants like  bittersweet and multiflora rose, and  our picnic tables were given some  much needed love and attention. [...]


Graduation will be held in person at TNS on Saturday July 25 at 10:00 am.  Because we are limiting our in-person attendance for graduation to less than 50 people to comply with COVID-19 public safety measures, we will be live-streaming the ceremony. The link to register to attend is available now on our website. We also have our live viewing link on Facebook. A professionally filmed version of graduation will also appear on our YouTube page.  Invitations have been sent out to graduating families, staff, student participants, and other community members. We are asking people who have received an [...]


At the end of every semester, The New School celebrates our students' learning with a public display of their accomplishments.  We call this event LEAP Night (Learning Exhibits and Performances). LEAP is an important tradition at TNS, and unfortunately the quarantine prevented us from holding an in-person event this spring. We still wanted to celebrate our students' accomplishments and share their learning with the public.  Thus, was VEAP created.  Please enjoy our Virtual Exhibits and Performances of the  students' spring learning. THE NEW SCHOOL'S VEAP GALLERY 2020 ZABRINA RICHARDS, JUNIOR, ARUNDEL LIBBY VERDELLI, SOPHOMORE, SOUTH PORTLAND WYATT LAPRISE, SENIOR, [...]


A letter of gratitude to our amazing staff of teachers- from the Board of Directors: We just want to say thank you for all you do for our students.  You truly do nourish them in every way.  You not only help them expand their minds and their horizons.  You are their sunshine.  You protect them from the storms. You watch over them, guide them, encourage them, help them stand tall and be all that they can be and then send  them out into the world.  Just like every gardener we know. The way you rose to the occasion during [...]


Hello TNS Community, As many of you know, our school has been collaborating with the Town of Kennebunk and Energy Efficiency Committee to inventory greenhouse gas emissions. A group of 3 students--Chloe Brown, Jayden Boyd & Jethro Cheiken--will present our results to the Select board tomorrow evening at 6:30pm meeting on Zoom. We would love to have your support in the audience; please consider attending the meeting to learn more about the incredible work the entire class, and students past, have accomplished! CLIMATE CHANGE RESULTS MEETING LINK We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night! Ally Muir [...]

Congratulations Claire!

Claire Brown, a senior at the New School, recently received some exciting news from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont.  She has been selected from a competitive pool of candidates to receive a S-STEM Grant. These scholarships are awarded to students who expressed strong interest in the S-STEM objectives of nurturing data-savvy scientists and science-savvy mathematicians. Claire, who plans to major in Environmental Science at St. Michaels next fall, was offered the opportunity to apply for this scholarship with her acceptance letter. In applying for the S-STEM Grant, Claire was asked to describe how Environmental Science relates to a [...]

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