Education

  • 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

  • COA to celebrate 45th commencement

    COA to celebrate 45th commencement

    BAR HARBOR — The College of the Atlantic’s annual graduation ceremony is set to take place on the school’s north lawn on Saturday, June 9, at 2 p.m. Educators, entrepreneurs, artists and scientists are among 78 students from 27 states and 13 nations who are set to receive human ecology degrees. Anote Tong, fourth president

  • Pay gap cited in teacher talks

    Pay gap cited in teacher talks

    BAR HARBOR — Teachers in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) make less money on average and pay more for health insurance than teachers in what the Maine Education Association (MEA) says are comparable school districts in Maine. The MDIRSS teachers are using those comparisons to press for higher salaries and a smaller

  • Islander students

    Islander students

    Student project takes second in statewide history contest ORONO — Sophia Anderson and Gaia Daul, students at Conners Emerson School, placed second in the junior group division of the statewide National History Day competition at the University of Maine. The theme of this year’s contest was “Conflict and compromise in American history.” Anderson and Daul’s