Education

  • High school changes addressed in online Q&A 

    High school changes addressed in online Q&A 

    How early classes will start at Mount Desert Island High School next fall and when they will end – and how the hours in between will be structured – appear to be of great interest to a lot of people. About 120 people registered for an hour-long virtual Q&A session on the subject last Thursday evening, and many of them submitted questions and comments. 

  • Gousse plans to retire in 2022 

    Gousse plans to retire in 2022 

    Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System since July 2016, has told the school system board he plans to retire effective Jan. 1, 2022. But he said he would stay on through June 2022 if the board wants him to. 

  • Localizing climate action  

    Localizing climate action  

    The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine will host a talk by David Reidmiller, director of the Climate Center at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), about how global climate action can be applied here in Maine on Monday, March 22, from 3-4 p.m. 

  • Four-day high school delayed one week 

    Four-day high school delayed one week 

    Last Friday, four days after announcing that all Mount Desert Island High School students who had been attending classes in person only two days a week could be in the building four days a week starting this past Monday, March 15, Principal Matt Haney said the change was being delayed until March 22. 

  • Sparky the Fire Dog celebrates his 70th birthday

    Sparky the Fire Dog celebrates his 70th birthday

    Sparky the Fire Dog®, the official mascot of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), celebrates his 70th birthday this month, reflecting on a legacy and impact that spans the generations: Kids know and love him, parents grew up with him and grandparents remember his messages of fire safety.

  • Students catch and learn in Frozen Classroom

    Students catch and learn in Frozen Classroom

    Since 2003, Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary (SMWS) wildlife ecologist Billy Helprin, aquatic limnologist Tom Lawrence and Conners Emerson science teacher Brian Cote have been taking students to various waters around the island for Frozen Classroom field days. 

  • Schools plan a return to normal in the fall

    Schools plan a return to normal in the fall

    “It is our full intent to have all of our students and all of our staff back in our buildings five days per week in all of our schools for the 2021-22 school year,” Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, told the school system board Monday night. 

  • Citizen petition forces school withdrawal vote 

    Citizen petition forces school withdrawal vote 

    The ongoing debate about whether the Trenton Elementary School should remain part of its current school district, the Mount Desert Islander Regional School System (AOS 91), will continue at the town’s annual meeting. Susan Sargent brought forth a citizens’ petition at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting Tuesday to get the issue on the warrant.  

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