• Adult learners earn diplomas

    Adult learners earn diplomas

    BAR HARBOR — Three graduates of Mount Desert Island Adult & Community Education received their high school diplomas in a graduation ceremony June 14 at MDI High School. They are Matthew Curtis of Bar Harbor, Mable Fitzsimmons of Frenchboro and Kadia Streete of Bar Harbor. A fourth graduate, Alanna Lindsey of Mount Desert, was unable

  • High school awards night

    High school awards night

    BAR HARBOR — The following scholarships and awards were presented at the Mount Desert Island High School Awards Night ceremony on June 7. Learning Area Academic Awards were presented to William Renault, for Technology; Grace Ritter, for Visual Arts; Bonnie Snyder, for Family and Consumer Science; Robert Denegre, for Science; Rosazel Avila, for Art/Digital Media; Jacob Legutko, for World Languages; Takanao Ishimura, for Mathematics; Emerson

  • Bid accepted for school wall repair

    BAR HARBOR — The school board here accepted a $184,000 bid for the waterproofing of the south wall of the Emerson building of Conners Emerson School. The money will be drawn from funds allocated in the school’s budget to address vital repairs to the 85-year-old school. This was one of the tasks flagged as a

  • School staffs get raise

    BAR HARBOR — From secretaries to ed techs and cooks to custodians, support staff in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System are getting a 3.22 percent raise for 2018-2019. School principals and central office administrators will get the same pay increase. The MDIRSS board approved the new pay scales last week. They do not

  • Peace awards

    Peace awards

    BAR HARBOR — Mackenzie Miller, daughter of Tracy and Charlie Miller, Bonnie Snyder, daughter of Ellen Finn and Russel Snyder, and Rosie Avila, daughter of Leilani and Kyle Avila, received the 18th annual Acadia Friends Peace Award at the Mount Desert Island High School Awards Assembly on May 30. Clerk of Acadia Friends Meeting Mary

  • Students dive into research

    Students dive into research

    By Jack Sasner Special to the Islander BAR HARBOR — Two weeks before graduation, five Mount Desert Island High School seniors presented results of their work as interns in research labs at The Jackson Laboratory. The presentation was held in the laboratory’s auditorium on May 24. “I really enjoyed presenting because the research was something

  • Islander students

    Islander students

    Seeking support SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Home-schooled student Kristian Gerrish, 11, has been accepted to attend the Summer Institute for the Gifted at the University of Miami. He has set up an online fundraising page to help raise the $5,000 he’ll need to attend the program. Donations also may be sent to Kristian Gerrish c/o Bethani

  • Science immersion

    Science immersion

    EAST BOOTHBAY — Mount Desert Island High School student Lily Turner spent a week in May living and learning at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The group worked side-by-side with Bigelow Laboratory scientists, went on a research cruise, conducted experiments and learned how to analyze their results as part of the 29th annual Keller

  • Advice to grads: Embrace ‘inner second-grader’

    Advice to grads: Embrace ‘inner second-grader’

    BAR HARBOR— There were cheers and tears in the packed gym at Mount Desert Island High School on Sunday as 117 members of the class of 2018 received their diplomas. It was the school’s 50th commencement ceremony. The commencement speaker was Max Mason, a member of the MDI High class of 2013 who earned a

  • Teachers press board on new contract

    Teachers press board on new contract

    BAR HARBOR — About 30 teachers, most of them wearing badges reading “Great Teachers Make Great Schools,” attended the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) board meeting Monday night to show support for their union in ongoing contract negotiations with a school board panel. Several teachers spoke during the meeting’s public comment periods. Patty