School Year 2010-2011

Math IXL and Accelerated Reader

Date:  Winter 2011 Amount: $5,249   Software packages for Math IXL and Accelerated Reader are purchased for Kennebunkport Consolidated School. Current users and teachers at Kennebunk Elementary School and Sea Road School highly recommend Math IXL and Accelerated Reader.

Imagination Playground

Date:  Winter 2011 Amount:  $3,600   KES will get a mobile playground structure that allows for creative collaborative play that correlates with school-wide wellness initiatives.  RSU#21 also secured a grant for this purchase.

Smart Board

Date:  Winter 2011 Amount: $4,000   KHS Art Department will get a Smart Board to pilot use of technology in that department.

Stability Balls

Date: Winter 2011 Amount: $899   Two classrooms at Sea Road School get stability balls.  Stability balls have been a great success at Kennebunk Elementary School.

Stability Balls

Date:  Winter 2011 Amount:  $952.50   Two classrooms at Consolidated School get stability balls. Stability balls have been a great success at Kennebunk Elementary School.

Model UN

Date:  Winter 2011 Amount:  $960   Nine students and one teacher attended MIT Model UN conference in New York in February.  Student delegation split up into committees to discuss real issues that UN members might address.

Host Nicaraguan Artist

Date: Winter 2011 Amount:  $650   International artist-in-residence Marlon Moreno from Leon, Nicaragua worked with students to create a mural at MSK with International Baccalaureate Themes.

National Science Conference

Date:  Winter 2011 Amount:  $1,690   Two science teachers from MSK attended The National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco. The teachers learned about embracing technology in the classroom; accessing language through science and mathematics; exploring earth, wind and fire; and building scientific minds.

Rams Cup

Date:  Fall 2010 Amount:  $400   Sixth grade language students competed in first annual Rams Cup soccer tournament.  Students studied the importance of soccer to French and Spanish speaking cultures.  The event supported the French/Spanish Geography Unit and included Physical Education and Arts as well.

Young Diplomats Club

Date:  Fall 2010 Amount:  $1,700   Students in the Young Diplomats Club at the Middle School of the Kennebunks visited the Japanese Consulate in Boston, and the club hosted speakers to bring awareness of global issues to students.  MSK is an International Baccalaureate Learner Profile School; the club provides an outlet for students to learn about other cultures.

Mildred L. Day Library

Date:  Fall 2010 Amount:  $4,000   The library at the Arundel elementary school will receive new books and professional oversight to support and enhance the RSU#21 curriculum for K-5 students.

Metacognitive Thinking

Date:  Fall 2010 Amount:  $$6,197.31   A Pilot Program will be developed to teach Metacognitive Higher Order Thinking Skills in third grade. Today’s students must be able to read and process large amounts of material; the program will put together a curriculum that will teach critical thinking skills at an earlier age.

Outdoor Classroom

Date:  Fall 2010 Amount:  $1,250   A three-season classroom will be constructed at Mildred L. Day school in Arundel to provide students and teachers with an opportunity to use the environment to support educational activities, including those in allied arts.

KHS Radio Station

Date:  Fall 2010 Amount:  $5,800   Kennebunk High School will establish a Digital Network radio station in 2011 to broadcast student related programming, including news, sports, music and talk shows.  The station will be an extracurricular activity for students interested in journalism and broadcasting.

Learning and the Brain

Date:  Fall 2010 Amount:  $3,000   Five RSU#21 staff members attended the semi-annual Learning and the Brain Conference in Boston.  The theme of this session was “No Brain Left Behind: Improving Teaching, Testing and Treatment.” The neuroscience of learning was explored along with strategies to improve teaching, learning and memory. Interventions for struggling students were Read the full article…

Workshop for Suicide Prevention

Date: Spring 2010 Amount: $588.00 Forty RSU#21 staff attended a Gatekeepers’ Workshop for suicide prevention to learn protocol for handling students with suicidal thoughts.

Responsive Classroom

Date: Spring 2010 Amount: $2,275.00 Three Kennebunk Elementary School teachers received training in the Responsive Classroom approach, which focuses on creating a positive learning environment through social and behavioral skill development.

Literacy Conference

Date: Spring 2010 Amount: $2,688.00 Kennebunkport Consolidated School teachers attended the Literacy for All conference to learn new literacy strategies.

Written Language

Date: Spring 2010 Amount: $6,000.00 Mildred L. Day teachers learn methods for teaching written language used at the three other RSU#21 elementary schools.

Training for Adventure Course

Date: Spring 2010 Amount: $5,665.00 Twenty-two Middle School of the Kennebunks staff received introductory or advanced training in the use of the adventure course.

The Daily Five

Date: Spring 2010 Amount: $2,961.00 Grade 1 and multiage teachers attended a conference on the The Daily Five, an approach to literacy instruction.