Education

  • Get fit while learning island history 

    Get fit while learning island history 

    BAR HARBOR –The Mount Desert Island YMCA’s new fitness challenge to the local community, Fit in the Streets, is designed to get people out and exercising. Each station of Museum in the Streets has a corresponding fitness challenge.   People of all ages can participate. Take a photo of you or your family completing a challenge and post it to your social media with the hasthtag, #FitintheStreets. Tag the MDI

  • School system welcomes new employees 

    School system welcomes new employees 

    BAR HARBOR — Thirteen new employees are joining the Mount Desert Island Regional School System this year.   Eight other employees are changing schools within the district. And four people who have worked in the local schools in the past are returning this year.  The brand-new employees are school psychologists, Stephanie Logue and Daniel Rynkiewicz, who will be based in the

  • Martel to retire from Harbor House 

    Martel to retire from Harbor House 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— As Harbor House Children’s Center celebrates its 35th anniversary this month, it will say goodbye to one of its most integral members, current director MaryEllen Martel.   “She’s been the face of that program for a very long time,” said Ingrid Kachmar, executive director of the Harbor House Community Center. “She is a great teacher, particularly when she

  • UMaine scholarship fund

    ORONO—University of Maine Foundation President Jeffery Mills and First National Bank President Tony McKim announce a $25,000 pledge from the bank in support of the newly established MDI Leaders Group of the University of Maine. The group was established in August 2017 when its first event was hosted in Bar Harbor, sponsored by First National Bank. Since then, the group

  • How do we talk to kids about race? 

    How do we talk to kids about race? 

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — “Race and racism has a very violent history in our country. It’s hard for white parents to talk to white kids because it’s scary,” said Sirohi Kumar, who is soon to be a junior at Mount Desert Island High School. “A big fear is that they’ll get it wrong… The other option is, your children

  • Seasonal families adding to school numbers

    Seasonal families adding to school numbers

    By Sarah Hinckley and Liz Graves  [email protected]     MOUNT DESERT—There isn’t a better place to live through a pandemic than MDI,” said Mount Desert Elementary School Principal Gloria Delsandro in a conversation with the Islander this week.   That sentiment seems to be shared by a number of families who typically only spend the summer season on Mount Desert Island.

  • Free curriculum turns compassion into action 

    Free curriculum turns compassion into action 

    BAR HARBOR—As teachers are scrambling to find curriculums to help them educate virtually in a school year that’s been tossed into chaos by COVID-19, a lifeline is being thrown to educators by author and former CNN journalist, Jennifer Skiff, originally from Bar Harbor. Skiff, whose book “Rescuing Ladybugs: Inspirational Encounters with Animals that Changed the World,” has won

  • SAT Prep Matters online course

    SAT Prep Matters online course

    BELFAST — Preparation for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will be the focus of two upcoming online classes through the Hutchinson Center this fall.   The online course, Prep Matters, is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who plan to take the SAT this fall. The course will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays,

  • MPA delays decision on high school sports season

    MPA delays decision on high school sports season

    By Mike Lowe  PORTLAND PRESS HERALD  [email protected]  BAR HARBOR — The Maine Principals’ Association on Tuesday delayed its decision on whether high school sports will be played this fall as the group awaits further guidance from state officials.  MPA officials are trying to get clarification from the state on the differences between return to school safety

  • Childcare centers collaborating with schools 

    Childcare centers collaborating with schools 

    BAR HARBOR—When schools and businesses closed in March in response to COVID-19, the Mount Desert Island YMCA furloughed 80 percent of its staff and closed its doors to the public except for children of hospital staff and other essential workers.   In a couple of weeks, when school begins remotely throughout the district, the YMCA is again planning to