Middle School of the Kennebunks

NASA Astronaut Appearance

Schools:  Entire RSU21 School District, K-12  Amount: $1,500.00  Applicant: Katie Hawes, Superintendent Jessica Meir, a female astronaut who was raised in Caribou, Maine will spend May 3rd in our district in a series of presentations. This program will support our S T E M initiatives, raise student aspirations, and offer a female role model in a STEM Read the full article…

LEGO Robotics North American Championship

School: Middle School of the Kennebunks  Amount: $2,000.00  Applicants:  Dr. Stephen Marquis, SRS Principal and Coach “Those Wile E. Coyotes”, a First LEGO League robotics team comprised of seven (7) Middle School of the Kennebunks students took First Place in Programming at the Maine State First Lego League (FLL) Championship,  following their first place showing at the Read the full article…

K-8 Robotics

Schools: Middle School of the Kennebunks, Kennebunk Elementary, Kennebunk Consolidated, Mildred Day, Sea Road  Amount: $17,534.00  Applicants:  Dr. Phil Potenziano and Sheila Wells,  Assistant Superintendent and STEM Coordinator  This grant will expand all RSU21 K-8 students’ exposure to robotics, with the integration of updated robotics within the core science curriculum. By updating equipment and materials in STEM / Robotics, the Read the full article…

Camp Kieve Leadership School

School:  Middle School of the Kennebunks  Amount:  $13,500.00  Applicant: Jeff Rodman, Principal    The 7th grade class from the Middle School of the Kennebunks will attend the Leadership School at Camp Kieve in October. While at Camp Kieve, 7th graders will have the opportunity to work on team building, healthy decision making, communications, and other self-development Read the full article…

Digital Keyboard Replacement

School: Middle School of the Kennebunks,   Amount: $1,399.00,   Name of Applicant:  Karen Mathews, MSK Choral Director    Grant money will be used to purchase a Yamaha 88-Key Stage Piano. The digital keyboard will be used to accompany chorus rehearsals, accompany school musicals and is used by students in piano class.

Most Likely to Succeed Program

Schools: RSU21 District-Wide,  Amount: $736.00  Name of Applicant: Dr. Phil Potenziano,  Assistant Superintendent    RSU 21 would like to hold a district and  community book talk. Fifty copies of the book, Most Likely to Succeed.’ Preparing our Kids for the Innovative Era,  by Tony Wagner & Ted Dintersmith will be provided to school staff, and to Read the full article…

Camp Kieve Leadership Program

School: Middle School of the Kennebunks,  Amount: $14,500.00,   Name of Applicant: Jeff Rodman, MSK Principal     The 7th grade class from the Middle School of the Kennebunks will attend the Leadership School at Camp Kieve in October. While at Camp Kieve, 7th graders will have the opportunity to work on team building, healthy decision making, Read the full article…

Telling Room Field Trip

School: Middle School of the Kennebunks  Amount: $3,000.00 Name of Applicant: Sara Clinehens, 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher The 6th grade will visit the nationally recognized Telling Room in Portland, Maine to spend a morning as a working writer.  Students will be trained in interview skills and take to the streets of Portland in small groups to Read the full article…

EconoBunk

School: Middle School of the Kennebunks School Year: 2015-2016  Amount:$3,340  Names of Applicant: Tom Taylor/Ruth Ellen Cialfi Econobunk is an economic and civics based program where students will be involved in hands-on, experiential learning. In this 8 week interdisciplinary unit the teachers, students, and parents experience mathematics, civics, social studies, and literacy through real-life problems, teamwork and Read the full article…

3D Printing Program Expansion

School: Middle School of the Kennebunks   Amount: $5798.00   Names of Applicant: Mary McCarthy and Evan Chase,  MSK Art and STEM Teachers    The purchase of 2 MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers (Fifth Generation Models) will expand the new 3D printing and design program.  These new 3D printers will allow students in all grades Read the full article…

Travis Roy Motivational Speaker

School: Middle School of the Kennebunks Amount: $1,000.00 Travis Roy’s motivational presentation to all middle school students and staff will focus on goal setting, hard work, perseverance, and grit. Travis Roy was a 20 year old hockey player who eleven seconds into his first game for Boston University was checked into the boards and paralyzed. His Read the full article…

The Science and Math Behind Pixar

School: Middle School of the Kennebunks Amount: $1,500.00 This project is a collaboration among the 8th grade teachers at MSK, introducing 8th grade students to the science and math behind PIXAR productions. Students will discover how science, math engineering and math STEM are applied to create PIXAR’s award-winning films at this limited engagement exhibit at the Boston Read the full article…

Educator in Residence

School: Middle School of the Kennebunks School Year: 2015-2016  Amount: $5,000.00.  For 12 weeks, an Camp Kieve Leadership School Educator will work within MSK to provide an extension of the Camp Kieve/Leadership School experience for all MSK students and staff.  The goal for teachers and staff is that by working with the EiR to observe, Read the full article…

3D Printer

Schools:  Middle School of the Kennebunks  Amount: $2,738  This grant will allow for the purchase of a 3D printer to be used in both the STEM and Art (STEAM) programs by all 6th – 8th graders at Middle School of the Kennebunks.  This technology can be used with existing programs and will support IB goals Read the full article…

RSU21 Band Instruments

Schools: Kennebunkport Consolidated School, Middle School of the Kennebunks, Mildred L Day School, Sea Road School. Amount: $16,500. Twenty five instruments will be purchased to give students in grades 4-8 the opportunity to experience playing an instrument in the school band. This grant will positively impact the band program from grades 4-12 as more students become members of Read the full article…

SRS/MSK Lego Robotics Team

Schools:  Sea Road School; Middle School of the Kennebunks  Date: May 2015  Amount: $2,130 After placing second at the state robotics meet in Augusta, this group of students from Sea Road School and Middle School of the Kennebunks was invited to participate in the First Robotics Open Africa Championship in Johannesburg in May. They were also invited Read the full article…

Camp Kieve

School: Middle School of the Kennebunks  Date: October 2015  Amount: $12,500  Once again, Middle School of the Kennebunks 7th graders will attend the Leadership School at Camp Kieve in October. While at Camp Kieve 7th graders will have the opportunity to work on team building, healthy decision making, communications, and other self-development practices.  A daylong Read the full article…

Trills and Thrills Music Festival

School: Middle School of the Kennebunks  Date: May 2015  Amount: $3,000  In May the Middle School of the Kennebunks bands will be traveling to the Trills and Thrills Music Festival in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.  While there they will perform for two professional adjudicators and receive both written and recorded feedback. This will be a great opportunity Read the full article…

MSK Tesla Waffles Lego Robotics Team

School:  Middle School of the Kennebunks  Date:  May 2015  Amount:  $2,130  As a result of their First Place performance at the Maine FIRST LEGO League Championship, Team Tesla Waffles has earned an invitation to the North American Open Championship at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad (San Diego), California. The Championship takes place May 15-17, 2015. During the formal Read the full article…

Experience ARTS

School:  Middle School of the Kennebunks  Date:  Spring 2015  Amount:  $2,525  Experience ARTS, a continuation of the program developed and conducted by River Tree Arts during February 2012 and June 2014, allows sixth grade students in small groups to experience hand-on learning in the area of their choice. Exhibiting artists and performing musicians will conduct workshops, chosen by Read the full article…

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference

School:  Kennebunk Elementary School, Kennebunkport Consolidated School, Mildred L. Day School, Sea Road School, Middle School of the Kennebunks, Kennebunk High School  Date:  Spring 2015  Amount:  $3442  Six teachers representing elementary, middle, and high school will attend and improve their math instruction for students. Information will be shared with other teachers during content area / Read the full article…

Leadership School Educator in Residence

School:  Middle School of the Kennebunks Date:  School Year 2014-2015 Amount:  $5000 MSK students and staff will work with an Educator in Residence from Camp Kieve’s Leadership School for ten weeks this winter. The EiR goals include supporting the mission of the leadership school: positive risk-taking, the ability to set meaningful goals, making healthy decisions, Read the full article…

Girl Talk

School:  Middle School of the Kennebunks and Kennebunk High School Date: School Year 2014-15 Amount:  $575 High school girls will mentor middle school girls, inspiring them and guiding them through structured meetings.

Learning and the Brain Conference

Professional Development for 3 teachers, STEM coordinator and KES principal Date: Spring 2014 Amount: $6714 Teachers, RSU 21 STEM coordinator, and KES principal attend Learning and the Brain Conference focused on “The Science of Smarter Minds: Teaching to Think, Create and Innovate for School and Careers.”  Topics included: ways to promote critical and creative thinking Read the full article…

Experience the Arts

School:   Middle School of the Kennebunks Date: Spring 2014 Amount: $2150 MSK 6th grade students choose from among 12 workshops that will expose them to visual arts, dance, metal smithing, music and theater.  Instructors from River Tree Arts come in to MSK to teach the children.  This program was well received by MSK students Read the full article…

NSTA Conference

Professional Development for MSK Science Dept. Date: Winter/Spring 2014 Amount: $3214 MSK science teachers will attend National Science Teacher Association conference in Boston in April to focus on two area:  Science and Literacy: A Symbiotic Relationship,  and Engineering and Science: Technological Partners. Strengthened literacy skills empower students to access science content and communicate understanding.  Second, Read the full article…

Camp Kieve

Date: Spring 2013 Amount: $12,000 Middle School of the Kennebunks 7th graders will attend the Leadership School at Camp Kieve in October to work on team building, healthy decision making, communications, and other self development practices.  The program includes a day long session at MSK followed by three days at Camp Kieve in which the Read the full article…

Educator in Residence at MSK/Camp Kieve

Date: Fall 2013 Amount: $4,400 The Leadership School at Camp Kieve will send a facilitator to the Middle School of the Kennebunks this winter to work with grades 6-8 using hands on student participation and activities.  The program is intended to deepen the impact of the residential program at Camp Kieve experienced by 7th graders Read the full article…

MaineStage at MSK and KHS

Date: Spring 2013 Amount: $3,200 MaineStage is a process-based resident theater company that provides educational outreach.  This program consists of three elements: a 75 minute version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth followed by an interactive “talkback” after the play  in which actors engage students in discussion about themes and characters.  There are also workshops in class run by cast Read the full article…