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Page 10 THE QUODDY TIDES 9 February, 2018 THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK presented the Tiger and Tigerette basketball teams with a First Hoop check for $2,400 at the game on February 6. The Eastport branch employees raised the money for the Shead High School Athletic Department through the bank's annual First Hoop program. (Don Dunbar photo) DOWNEAST A u c :ibN CO Dastardly Dick's Dog Boarding and Care Day care, boarding, exercise, love DAYCARE $10/DAY BOARDING OVERNIGHT $20 for 1 dog $35 for 2 dogs $45 for 3 dogs 6 Kendall Head Road Eastport, ME 04631 (207) 344-8457 or 344-8460 This Valentine's Day give the gift of Dunkin' Share the LOVE with personalized & heart-shaped donuts @ or include a DD card in your sweetheart s Valentine 131 North Street, Calais 207 454-3301 Christ Episcopal Church Welcomes You! 21 Key St Eastport, ME 04631 853-4598 Sunday Services at 10 a.m. A welcoming and affirming congregation Sunday School & Kids' Club Info at 214-2117 New toYou Thrift Shop 9 Brighton Avenue 853-4222 wicked coffee PROUDLY SERVING DUNN BROS. Tue.-Fri. 7:00-2:00 62 Water Street, Eastport 853-2090 COFFEE For Two Weeks Only m- February 13 to February 26 Morning Coffee, Pastries, Breakfast, and Gab 8:30 to 11:30 Tuesday through Friday NO LUNCHES Think of us for meetings, discussion groups, clubs Available for private dinners/gatherings WE'RE HERE FOR YOU! Board asked to fund by Edward French At the January 31 Eastport School Committee meeting, Regina Grabovac, Farm to School coordinator at Healthy Acadia, which has been supporting the FoodCorps program in Washington Coun- ty, asked the board to consider taking over the financial support and supervision for the area FoodCorps service member, Sa- mantha Cottone, since Healthy Acadia will no longer be doing so. FoodCorps provides the "boots on the ground" for Farm to School efforts that encourage stu- dents to learn about growing gardens, cooking and healthy eating. Costs to the school would include a $7,500 service fee, travel reimbursements and supplies. The service member could be shared between two schools in the area. Board Chair Will Bradbury said there is support in the Eastport schools for the pro- gram and added that the board would con- sider the request during the upcoming budget process. Board member Jon Calame gave a pre- sentation on pathways to academic rigor. Noting that the schools' leadership team had previously presented information about testing data, in which he said the Eastport schools have not done well at breaking the 50% mark for proficiency, Calame offered information about inte- grating knowledge using qualitative path- ways, instead of the quantitative test measurements. Such a pathway stresses the importance of students having the mo- tivation to learn and seeing the relevance of the knowledge. As examples of what students "would get jazzed about in East- port," he offered the topics of tidal power, in which students would also learn about the tides, or the decline in herring popula- tions, in which students would come to understand the complexity of food chains and fluctuations over life stages. He hoped the schools would continue to discuss us- ing "a qualitative approach to rigor." During the meeting, Chair Wall Brad- bury thanked Chris Gardner, executive di- rector of the Eastport Port Authority, for all that the port authority does for the schools, including transporting basketball Did you know The Quoddy Tides has the largest circulation of any newspaper published in Washington County. FoodCorps member players-to games and helping with the boiler project. He also recognized other partnerships, including with the arts cen- ter and the Coast Guard, and pointed out that Shead students attend one of the best vocational programs in the state at St. Cro- ix Regional Technical Center. Superintendent Ken Johnson reported on the appointments of Corey Sullivan as the junior high boys' basketball coach, Dana Bowen as the junior high girls' bas- ketball coach and Constance Knight as an educational technician II. Principal Paul Theriault told the board that the school is looking to have grades 3-8 be part of the Invention Convention, which will be held on March 17 as part of the Maine Science Festival in Bangor. Helen Charov, former executive director of the Connecticut Invention Convention, explained that the STEM program has stu- dents identify a problem, such as moving snow, invent a solution and build a proto- type. The board accepted first readings on policies on cell phone use by students and staff and revisions to the policies on school committee meetings and home- schooling participation in school pro- grams. Theriault noted that the freshman English class had held discussions on cell phone use and would be presenting their thoughts to the school board. Calame suggested that the board con- sider a policy on school and family part- nership that is used in the Portland schools. Since the Eastport schools al- ready have a similar policy for Title 1 students, Bradbury suggested that Calame and board member Elizabeth Hastings- Renner work together on merging them. In addition, Calame offered to scan all of the schools' policies so they can be acces- sible online. Noting that police officer Michael Donahe was at the meeting, Bradbury said an incident had occurred recently when an adult came into the school and reported at the front office that they were going one place but actually went to another part of the school. "Security is an issue," said Bradbury, adding that if the schools had security cameras the movements of the person could have been tracked. At the end of the meeting an executive session was held on a personnel matter. Following the session, the superintendent was directed to write a letter to a parent to clarify building policies. The next meeting of the board was moved to Wednesday, February 28. Washington County Community Co!+!ege dllllll!"D Discover Choices Creo~,e Success One College Drive, Calais, Maine 04619 II II ru in WCCC offers the lowest tuition rate in New EnglamL Stay close to home and choose an affordable start towards your Bachelor's Degree. 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