Education

  • MDI Schools closed until April 27: Remote learning a possibility

    MDI Schools closed until April 27: Remote learning a possibility

    BAR HARBOR — All schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System will remain closed until April 27 to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak, Superintendent Marc Gousse announced Monday.  He said a top priority now is putting in place systems for remote learning for students at all grade levels.  “We are setting up teacher face pages on school

  • COVID-19 response: Cleaning, feeding, teaching is schools’ focus

    COVID-19 response: Cleaning, feeding, teaching is schools’ focus

    BAR HARBOR — Cleaning school buildings from top to bottom, getting food to children who need it and setting up a system for remote learning are the top priorities for Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic threat.  All schools in the system, which have been closed since Monday, will remain

  • High school pilots remote learning 

    High school pilots remote learning 

    BAR HARBOR —With in-person classes cancelled until at least March 30 because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mount Desert Island High School will pilot a remote learning platform tomorrow (Wednesday).  The platform is to be piloted for freshmen at 9 a.m., for sophomores at 10 a.m., with juniors at 11 a.m. and with seniors at noon. 

  • New faculty chair  focuses on environment

    New faculty chair focuses on environment

    BAR HARBOR — An endowed faculty position in environmental science has been created at College of the Atlantic as part of the school’s $50 million Broad Reach capital campaign. The establishment of the Kim M. Wentworth Chair in Environmental Studies will lead students toward a deeper love and respect for the environment while giving them

  • Islander Students

    Islander Students

    Stonehill announces Dean’s List EASTON, MA — Kelsey Shaw, of Bar Harbor, a member of the Class of 2020, has been named to the Fall 2019 Dean’s List at Stonehill College. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must have a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better and must have completed successfully all

  • PTO hosts Black History Month competition

    PTO hosts Black History Month competition

      SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Even though the call for artwork celebrating Black History Month at Pemetic Elementary School didn’t go out until mid-February, half-way through the month celebrating achievements by African Americans and recognizing their significant contributions in U.S. history, there was a specific reason the school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) found it an important

  • MDI results mixed on student health survey

    MDI results mixed on student health survey

      BAR HARBOR — On several indicators of wellbeing, students at Mount Desert Island High School scored higher than their counterparts across the state on the 2019 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, a joint project of the Maine Department of Education and Maine Department of Health and Human Services. But they lagged behind in some

  • Mount Desert Island High School welcomes the class of 2024

    Mount Desert Island High School welcomes the class of 2024

    BAR HARBOR — On Thursday, March 5, Mount Desert Island High School will host Incoming 9th Grade Night. The event is designed to introduce students and their parents to the personalities, programs, and opportunities that the Trojans offer. The evening begin at 5 p.m. with a warm welcome by student volunteers in the lobby of

  • High school costs up some; town assessments up more

    High school costs up some; town assessments up more

    BAR HARBOR — The $11.99 million budget for Mount Desert Island High School for next year is, technically, 5.98 percent higher than the current year’s budget. That is somewhat misleading, though, because the budget calls for the school to spend $350,000 for an electric bus to replace an old diesel-powered bus. Of that cost, $280,000