Education

  • DNA Day brings students to JAX

    DNA Day brings students to JAX

    BAR HARBOR — More than 100 middle school students from four schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System spent part of last Wednesday — National DNA Day — at The Jackson Laboratory learning how scientists are using genetics research to better understand complex diseases. “I’ve found that some of my kids are now

  • Mustang reunion planned

    MOUNT DESERT — A Mount Desert High School Mustang reunion for graduating Classes from 1951 through 1968 plus undergraduates through 1973 will be held at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15. Visit the Mount Desert Mustang Facebook page.

  • Tong, former president of Kiribati, to speak at COA commencement

    Tong, former president of Kiribati, to speak at COA commencement

    BAR HARBOR — Anote Tong, the fourth president of the Republic of Kiribati, will be College of the Atlantic’s 2018 commencement speaker. President Tong, who led Kiribati (pronounced Ki-ri-bas) from 2003 to 2016, has become one of the strongest voices championing the fight against climate change, especially from the developing world and those nations most

  • Second forum on school safety set

    Second forum on school safety set

    BAR HARBOR — The second public forum on safety and security in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System will be held in the band room at MDI High School on Thursday, May 10, at 6 p.m. About 150 people attended the first forum, on March 6, which was prompted by the mass shooting three

  • Business scholarships available

    Business scholarships available

    ELLSWORTH — Applications are currently being accepted for the Maine Community Foundation’s Patriot Education Scholarship Fund. This renewable scholarship supports graduates of a Maine high school who are enrolled part-time (minimum of nine credit hours) or full-time in pursuit of a business degree and who will be entering their freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year

  • ‘Road less traveled’ scholarship offered

    ‘Road less traveled’ scholarship offered

    ELLSWORTH — Maine residents over the age of 18 who are on a “road less traveled” and are seeking educational experiences that will change their life and the lives of people around them are invited to apply for a James and Marilyn Rockefeller Transition Scholarship. The next application deadline for the Rockefeller Transition Scholarship is

  • Playground project set for June ballot

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR – “Marilyn, can you read the motion back to us?” asked Dan Norwood, chair of the Board of Selectmen. His request was met with laughter from the selectmen and residents who attended the Tuesday meeting. They were 40 minutes into a discussion about proposed upgrades to the playground at Pemetic Elementary School, which

  • Pre-K to launch if voters OK funds

    Pre-K to launch if voters OK funds

    TRENTON — Trenton Elementary School this fall will become the first school in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System to have a prekindergarten program if voters at the May 15 town meeting approve funding for it. Voters will be asked to provide $58,000 in local tax money, roughly half of the anticipated first-year cost.

  • Gun control resolution passed by school board

    Gun control resolution passed by school board

    BAR HARBOR — A resolution asking elected official at all levels to enact “common sense gun measures and other laws” to protect the “health, safety and security of students, teachers, staff and others” was adopted unanimously by the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) board Monday night. The resolution, introduced by Caroline Pryor, was

  • Schools’ insurance costs staying flat

    Schools’ insurance costs staying flat

    BAR HARBOR — None of the schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) will see any increase in health insurance premiums for next year. Budgeting for insurance coverage is always a guessing game because all of the schools must have their budgets finalized, or nearly so, before Anthem Blue Cross & Blue