Commissioner's Update from the Maine Department of Education.
Maine DOE Commissioner's Update
December 6, 2012

As educators it often feels like we're in the business of addressing problems, so it's important that we also celebrate the solutions – as we try to do in our weekly Updates. This week we can point to three schools that are doing it well: Maine DOE has nominated Longfellow Elementary School in Portland, Williams-Cone Elementary School in Topsham and Yarmouth Elementary School to be 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Each of the three nominated schools has student achievement in the top 15 percent in Maine for both reading and math. The federal Education department will announce awardees in September 2013. Good luck to all our nominees, and thanks for the work you are doing to raise student achievement.

— Stephen Bowen




More Notices
Reporting Calendar
Administrative Letters


Three Maine schools nominated for national distinction

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Education nominated three schools – Longfellow Elementary School in Portland, Williams-Cone Elementary School in Topsham and Yarmouth Elementary School – to be 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools. | More

Competitive USM scholarship opportunity for STEM students

The University of Southern Maine Pioneers Program, a college learning community bringing together Maine’s best and brightest students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, is accepting applications for the 2013-14 academic year. | More

Join webinar on new Common Core skills report

Achieve will host an informational American Diploma Project Network webinar on the release of its new report, “Understanding the Skills in the Common Core State Standards." | More

Portland students learn American Sign Language

Lyman Moore Middle School is the first middle school in Maine to offer American Sign Language classes. | More

Community spirit award open to grades 5 through 8

Maine students in grades 5 through 8 who have volunteered over the past year may apply for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award and inspire other young people to follow their example. | More

Call for nominations for two science competitions

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is now accepting nominations for four Agriscience Awards and four Life Science Awards to be awarded in July 2013 in Washington, D.C. | More

Communities invited to explore local Civil War history

The Maine Historical Society and Maine Humanities Council are offering 10 Maine communities the opportunity to explore their local Civil War history through a new joint program, “Local & Legendary: Maine and the Civil War.” | More


Press Releases
From the Commissioner
 The Messalonskee High School Ladies Chorus performed during the Celebration of Arts Education athte Blaine House.
The Messalonskee High School Ladies Chorus performed in front of Maine's First Lady Ann LePage and State Board Chair Steven Pound during the Celebration of Arts Education at the Blaine House on Nov. 28. Student artists from Leone Donovan's classes were honored for their artwork on display in the Maine DOE office. | More

Your Turn

Do you have a photo or story from your school that we should feature in this Update? Send it in!

Share this Update

Like Commissioner's Update – Maine schools nominated on Facebook share on Twitter
Forward to a friend

Follow us on Twitter

 Commissioner Bowen
Twitter Account not yet Authorized
Maine DOE Logo Maine DOE Newsroom

Related Websites

Maine Department of Education
Maine DOE Newsroom
Maine Education News Clips
Grants and Funding Opportunities
Contact Us

Manage Your Updates

Subscribe to this Newsletter
Update Preferences