Leadership School at Camp Kieve

The Middle School  of the Kenenbunks 7th grade classes  have visited the Leadership School at Camp Kieve for 7 years.  This opportunity has been made possible by the  funding by Education Foundation. Students take five required classes each day:  Skills, Relationships, Decision making, Adventure and Team building.  Each class is activity based and has  incorporates class discussions.  Students have the opportunity to have choice activities after the school day is completed which can include : basketball or sports games, tie dying, climbing, arts and crafts, quiet time or just hanging out with friends.

The four day  overnight experience  has transformed many students into more confident self assured individuals.

They learn to become leaders and have their voices heard. they learn to solve problems and attack many challenges along the way.

A quote from  a student

"Communication, decision making, and problem solving, those are the three most important things I learned at The Leadership School of Kieve. Everyone of those things apply to not only my school life but my life outside of school as well. Knowing decision making skills, communication, and problem solving help me to figure out what my success is. "

After school clubs at MSK are fun and provide students with many outdoor activities.

MSK OUTING CLUB   2016

Our  community is surrounded by amazing rivers to fish and canoe, beaches with waves to surf, and mountains to climb. A web of hiking and mountain biking trails connects us to our local forests, lakes, and rivers. The MSK Outing Club is all about getting together to have fun adventuring the outdoors while sharing our passions. The outing club is open to all grades and takes place every Tuesday after school. All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations is posted on the outing club.
website: https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/ or google: rsu21 outing club. For more information contact Nick Costello:  ncostello@rsu21.net



BIKE CLUB

The MSK Bike Club is up and rolling. Sign-ups are outside of room 707.  The bike club will continue every Wednesday through October 26th and will ride on the road to the Eastern Train, ride the trail and then return to MSK in time for the late bus. Please contact advisor Josh Stone at jstone@rsu21.net if you have any questions.

 

GIRL TALK

The Girl Talk group had their first meeting of the school year on Sept 21st. This is a great group of high school girls who are looking to build relationships with middle school girls. Girl Talk is a nationally recognized nonprofit mentoring program that offers fun, positive monthly meetings and friendship-building activities for middle school girls. Girl Talk Chapters are led by high school girls who serve as mentors to help young teenage girls build self-esteem and develop leadership skills. Girl Talk is designed to reach ALL middle school girls! KHS/MSK is one of many chapters! Please contact advisor Jill Lamontagne at jlamontagne@rsu21.net for more information.  You can also find out more about this program at www.mygirltalk.org.

 

Running with Character Program at KES

104 KES Students are participating in a six week program called Running With Character. This is the second year the program has been offered and it is run by head coaches Ms. Dugas and Mrs. Goldburg. Each session will include a healthy snack, a character trait for the day with a story, warm-up activities, and walking/jogging on the Eastern Trail. The grand finale of the program will be a community KES Kid's fun run on June 10th.

Jump for Heart


MLD

MLD recently held their annual Jump for Heart event.  This was a great day filled with tons of action.  From jumping rope and trampolines to double dutch and dancing, students had a blast as they got their hearts pumping and raised money for the American Heart Association.  Students were able to raise over $7500, crushing last years total.  As a reward for their efforts, Mr. Woodcock dressed in a costume of the students' choice to teach for the day.



KCS

KCS recently held their annual Jump for Heart event.  This was a great day filled with tons of action.  From jumping rope and trampolines to double dutch and dancing, students had a blast as they got their hearts pumping and raised money for the American Heart Association.  Students were able to raise over $11,300, crushing last years total.  As a reward for their efforts, Mr. Woodcock and several other teachers (Mr. Nye, Mr. Pierce, and Ms. Miller) spent the night in tents on the roof of the Kennebunkport Consolidated School gym.  

 

STUDENTS STICK IT TO UNDERAGE DRINKING CHCC - Partners with Area Students to Implement Sticker Shock Program

On April 16, CHCC partnered with RSU 21's Captain's Club students, advisors, parents, local law enforcement School Resource Officers (SRO's) and 13 businesses, to run a "Sticker Shock" campaign. Students placed bright neon orange stickers on multi-packs of beer and other alcohol products.  The stickers warn about the penalties for furnishing alcohol to minors. The Spring Sticker Shock event is held as a pre-prom and pre-graduation educational opportunity.

Project Sticker Shock is designed to reach adults who might be tempted to purchase alcohol legally and provide it to minors. The project represents a partnership between youth, retailers, concerned parents and community members, prevention professionals, and law enforcement. The common goals of the activity are to educate potential furnishers, raise public awareness about underage drinking, and to strengthen the deterrent effect of the law against providing alcohol to minors. 

Bill Paterson, Substance Abuse Prevention Project Director at CHCC, explains that "when adults supply alcohol to youth it sends a very mixed message. Underage drinking is not a teen problem, but a community problem.  Adults, youth, law enforcement, and retail stores all need to be part of the solution." 

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KCS Wellness Day

Kennebunkport Consolidated School held its annual Wellness Day on Wednesday, March 6th.  It was a fantastic day filled with many great presenters that touched upon many facets of the 5210 Let’s Go! model that RSU 21 strives to follow. The amazing efforts of the Kennebunkport Consolidated Wellness Team came together to create a day that was valuable for students and staff alike.  The children learned about healthy gardening from farmers who came in from Blackrock Farm.  The seedlings that were planted will be used to start a school garden at the beginning of next year upon completion of the renovation project.  Students also learned about the 5210 model in a presentation from Amy Bouchard from Southern Maine Health care.  Ms. Miller led an action packed session of aerobic activity and the students were treated to a “sugar session” from local parent, Stephanie Redmond, where they learned the deceiving sugar content in many of their favorite drinks.  Dr. Meghan Boucher from Boucher Chiropractic led a terrific session on nutrition with the students and the day was capped of by a giant inflatable obstacle course that was brought in by Nick Wright at Sharp Pencil Creative, Inc. and generously funded by the law firm of Drummond and Drummond.  The second half of the day was well received by teachers as they were also treated to some wellness activities.  Local parent and yoga instructor, Mindy Muse led a session of yoga and Dr. Meghan from Boucher Chiropractic also did a nutrition discussion with the staff as well.

MLD Wellness Day

Mildred L. Day School held its annual Wellness Day on Wednesday, March 6th.  It was a fantastic day filled with many great presenters that touched upon many facets of the 5210 Let’s Go! model that RSU 21 strives to follow. The amazing efforts of the Mildred L. Day Wellness Team came together to create a day that was valuable for students and staff alike. The children learned about healthy and easy snacks created from local produce from farmers who came in from Frinklepod Farm. Students also learned about the 5210 model in a presentation from Kristen Thomas from Southern Maine Health care.  Ms. Caroline from the Academy of Dance led a great session on dance and the students were treated to a “sugar session” from Arundel Recreation Director, Jenn Welch, where they learned the deceiving sugar content in many of their favorite drinks. Local parent and hygienist, Stacy West, led a session on dental hygiene and the effects of the sugar on their teeth and the importance of good dental care.  Finally, the students were crazy active in a jamming boot camp session led by Jen Small, from Trilogy Multisport Training.


Unified Basketball Team

At Kennebunk High School   student activities include the implementation of the Unified Basketball Team.  


The students will be playing in the quarter final game against Bonny Eagle tomorrow (3/8/16 at 4pm).  The game will take place at KHS.  This is a must see for those community members and district students who would like to be inspired by the physical activity, camaraderie, and sense of unity between students of all abilities.  Here is a link to a recent article:


http://www.journaltribune.com/news/2016-03-05/Sports/Rams_cruise_past_Wildcats_in_preliminary_round.html
 

KES Wellness Day

KES Wellness Day

The annual Wellness Day was held March 2nd at KES. This year’s event kicked off with a school assembly featuring five Kennebunk High School Students who shared their favorite ways of incorporating 5210 into their day. After the assembly, every student attended four 20 minute sessions focusing on the different components of 5210. All classes received large trays of assorted fruit for snack as they learned about keeping their bodies and minds healthy. Local doctors, fitness experts, UNE faculty and students, KES staff, parents, and other volunteers all helped lead sessions and make the day a success.


In the afternoon, the staff also participated in several wellness activities including painting, jewelry making, healthy cooking, knitting, reading new children’s literature, and walking on the Eastern Trail.

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MSK has New Educator in Residence

Taylor Boucher is our Educator In Residence from The Leadership School at Kieve. She in a native Mainer, born and raised in Portland. Taylor went to college in the midwest at Earlham College, where she studied Biology and Environmental Studies. This is her first year working at the Leadership School and at MSK and she is beyond thrilled to be here. She is around everyday helping out in different areas by leading activities in classrooms, doing homework help or facilitating PE class. On Tuesdays she helps out with the Outing Club and soon she will be starting a cooking club which will meet every other Thursday. The first cooking club meeting will be next Thursday, February 4th. Hang out and learn the basics of cooking while making yummy, healthy snacks!

Taylor Boucher

Taylor Boucher


RSU 21 receives the GOLD Award


RSU 21 announced that all school cafeterias received the Let's Go Smarter Luncheon Award.


This award honors schools that implement best practices to help reduce waste, increase participation and nudge students to make healthier choices.


This award is specifically awarded to school programs that have implemented a clear district wellness policy that supports healthy behaviors.
 

Day of Caring

On September 18 and 19 all of Mrs Lamontagne's health class students participated in a day or caring. Students walked to the American Legion Hall on Water St. and assisted Veterans in a "spring" cleaning. Veterans were able to share with students the importance of the hall to them, along with stories of their time of duty. United Way also helped with the occasion, and lunch was donated by Hannaford. A great time was had by all!

MLD and KCS - Jump Rope for Heart

Congratulations to MLD and KCS for collecting the most money for Jump Rope for Heart and the American Heart Association Award. Jon Woodcock  received the award on behalf of  KCS and MLD, which took 1 st place in or division ( Division III) raising a total of $7080 and MLD which took 2nd place  in our division( Division III) raising a total of $6435.

KCS - Jump Rope for Heart
MLD - Jump Rope for Heart

Health and Wellness news from KCS and MLD


Staff news: Almost half of the staff at both schools have signed up for the MEA Online program which improves and organizes their own health plan.
-The Wellness Team is in preparations for the upcoming Sock Hop at the end of January and  for the upcoming District Wellness Day in March.

-The Wellness Team held a school wide contest to have the students develop a graphic logo for the Wellness Team.  One logo was selected out of over 60 submissions.  The logo was put into a jpeg format so that it may be used to advertise future events such as the Sock Hop, Wellness Day, Jump for Heart, and Field day and let the community know that these are Wellness Team initiatives.


KCS
-KCS held their annual Sock Hop, which was very successful.  Students and their families (200+ people) flooded the gym at KCS and rocked out to the golden oldies.  A great time was had by all and over $200 and 100 pound of food was collected for the local food pantry.
 

Staff Wellness at MSK

In December the Staff at MSK had the opportunity to participate in their own wellness.  Staff had choices of running, walking or biking the Eastern Trails, Yoga with Maureen Fulford, Volleyball in our gym with James Francois, Circuit training  in the fitness room with Joe Bush, Quiet Reading in the library, jewelry making with Val Baker and Ruth Ellen Cialfi. A healthy continental breakfast was provided by the wellness staff and the cafeteria . 

The Staff  had so much fun they would like to participate in wellness activities  in the spring.