• 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

  • Former president addresses grads

    Former president addresses grads

    BAR HARBOR — There once were two neighbors, said Anote Tong, former president of the Republic of Kiribati, to the group gathered at the College of the Atlantic’s commencement ceremony Saturday. One of them had a tree in his driveway that made turning around in his car difficult. So he cut the tree. It fell

  • Teacher honored

    Teacher honored

    BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club awarded its 14th annual Golden Apple Award to Mount Desert Island High School teacher Megan McOsker. McOsker is the school’s gifted and talented coordinator. She also teaches computer science and coaches the robotics team. Club member Lisa Horsch Clark presented the award at an MDI High

  • MDI High to hold 50th commencement

    MDI High to hold 50th commencement

    BAR HARBOR — About 120 seniors will don caps and gowns and receive their diplomas at Mount Desert Island High School’s 49th annual graduation ceremony this Sunday, June 10. The ceremony will be held in the school gym starting at 2 p.m. This year’s commencement speaker is Max Mason, who was president of the high