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Shakespeare Is Invading the AP Literature Class

Throughout this past week, we have been reading Hamlet in class, portraying different characters and discussing the meanings behind Shakespeare’s words. While we had only made it through about Act I, we still decided to go and watch the performance anyways. The performance we watched wasn’t done live, but in fact being streamed to the theater in Damariscotta. A fellow student, Madison Stahle thinks “The play was engaging in how it was an accurate depiction of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, with a modern twist.” Despite how long the production was, a little over three hours, and the Shakespearean English, many students still found it to be entertaining and enjoyed the show. Another student, Molly Thibault thought “It was a very well put together production. It really helped me understand the language of the play by seeing it in action.” Overall it was a good experience for our class to create a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s work.

Rolling into Robotics!

      Right now at BRHS Ms. Higgins’ Advanced Robotics class is preparing to compete in the regional VEX competition, where groups of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to compete with other teams from around the world. The skills that the students learn in the class are put to the test on competition day as students learn lifelong skills in leadership, teamwork, and communication.

The Holiday Cheer is Lighting Up BRHS

img_0903The Festival of Lights and Gardens Aglow have been taking over our small town. Driving through town you’ll see many businesses and restaurants that are decked out in twinkling lights. Our school will soon be added to the list. On Tuesday, November 22nd, BRHS seniors will spend the day decorating our school so it can glow along with the rest of the illuminated town. This will be the second year that Gardens Aglow has been bringing business to our little town. This year they doubled the size of the display as well as the number of lights; the previous year there was 130,000 lights and now this year there are 360,000. Last year 36,000 people arrived to view this beautiful light show. This year they plan to bring in more visitors, around 50,000. Some factors that they hope to contribute to the growing number of visitors are: the larger amount of the lights, more food options, including food trucks and a s’mores station, and the 2 free tickets that were sent out to home within Boothbay, Southport, Edgecomb, East Boothbay, and Boothbay Harbor. There is also a competition that the Botanical Gardens is putting on which is a contest for residents of the town that live on a public road. The goal of the contest is to have the prettiest, biggest, and brightest display in town. The first place winner receives $2,500! Our school can’t wait to participate in this community-wide phenomena.

School Accreditation

The school accreditation is coming up. The accreditation committee will be arriving October 30th and be staying until November 2nd. The NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation is for the school to be reviewed by an outside, non-bias organization.  They will be shadowing students on and off on Monday and Tuesday. There are seven standards: curriculum, instruction, assessment of and for student learning, core values and beliefs, school culture and leadership, school resources for learning, and community resources for learning. The school needs to show evidence of those seven standards in order to be accredited. Our school did a self study and rated themselves on each of these standards. The NEASC committee will evaluate our self study and see if their findings are similar. They will then either provide commendations or recommendations for our school to thrive.

Homecoming

Homecoming week is here and filled with festive events! The week will consist of theme days, hallway decorating, a pep rally, a bonfire and parade, homecoming games, and concluding with the dance Saturday night. On Tuesday  the 11th, the theme days will begin with pajama day. Wednesday will follow with America day and that afternoon there will be both a field hockey game against Telstar and soccer game against Lisbon. Thursday will be a fun filled day, beginning with theme day which consists of each class dressing like their hallway theme. Freshmen theme of choice is the 2016 presidential race. Sophomore’s theme is sleep. Junior’s is haunted house, and Senior’s theme is a winter wonderland. The day will be cut short at 11:30 to provide students with time to remove their hallway decorations and move them onto their floats. That night will conclude with a parade at 6:00 that will run through town, with the bonfire, immediately following, which will last around two hours and have concessions provided. Friday will be spirit day as well as a pep rally in the afternoon and a football game that night against Telstar. The week will come to a close following the dance at the Carousel Theater Saturday night.

First Annual Job Fair

On March 16th, all students from grade 8 through 12 was given a chance to browse just a few of the summer job and career opportunities open to them.  There were 28 tables set up by local and community organizations.  Some of the organizations include the Coast Guard, Hannaford, Boothbay Register, and Boothbay Harbor Country Club, just to name a few.  The event went on all day to give each student ample time to get ideas about different career options.  The job fair was a requirement of the Melmac Grant granted by the Melmac Education Foundation for $18,000.

Political Caucuses

The Lincoln County republican and democratic caucuses took place on March 5th and 6th, respectively.  A little over 700 people attended the March 5th Republican Caucus at Wiscasset Middle High School.  U.S. Senator Ted Cruz received 325 of 746 votes and won with 43.5% of votes. New York billionaire Donald Trump received 270 votes or 36.1%. Ohio Governor John Kasich received 92 votes or 12.3% and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio received 50 votes or 6.7%.  In the state of Maine, Senator Cruz won the Maine caucus with 45.8% of votes. Trump received 32.6% of votes.  Kasich earned 12.2% of votes and Rubio received 6.6%.  On Sunday, March 6th, the democratic caucus was held around Lincoln County.  Almost 3,000 people came out to support their candidate and cast their vote in the primary election.  At the end of the day, Hillary Clinton ended with a total of 30 delegates.  Bernie Sanders ended with a total of 61 delegates from around Lincoln County.  Sanders also won the State of Maine caucus with a total of 64.9 percent of all votes.

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