Archive for September, 2014

There’s something for everyone at the Farm to Sea Auction!

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Be sure to join us for The 2014 Farm to Sea Auction on Thursday, October 9 from 6-9:30 at The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel.

This year’s event will include live & silent auctions, light dinner & drinks, live music by The Aeterna Trio and the chance to bid on everything from Disney World passes and Red Sox tickets to a week’s stay in a beautiful French vicarage.   The auction also includes fabulous art and jewelry, fine dining, weekend get-a-ways, theater packages and more.

All proceeds benefit Wayfinder Schools and the more than 80 Maine teens we’ll serve this year.

Tickets are $75.00 and are available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/849093

Thank you to our generous event sponsors: Maine Magazine, Investment Management & Consulting Group, UBS, Royal River Books, Pine State Trading Company, H.M. Payson & Company, Morgan Stanley and Mary J Herman Consulting.

See you there!

9/29/14 Update-Partial List of Auction Items:

One week’s stay in a French Vicarage, Burgundy

One week’s stay Panther Pond, Maine

2 nights at Migis Lodge, Sebago Lake

Overnight, Camden Harbor Inn

Membership, Portland Museum of Art

Lift Tickets, Saddleback

Lift Tickets, Cranmore

4 box seats, Boston Red Sox

Tickets, Portland Sea Dogs

Tickets, Portland Pirates

Membership, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Dinner for 4, Blackpoint Inn

Brunch for 4, Haraseeket Inn

4 Day Park Hopper Pass, Disney World

Tickets, Portland Symphony Orchestra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Board Member Melissa Duffy in September’s Maine Magazine!

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

This month’s Maine Magazine features a wonderful piece of guest writing by our very own Melissa Duffy!  As part of Maine Magazine’s 48 Hours series, Melissa and her husband, John, spent two days exploring Greenville, and found plenty of surprises along the way!  You can read Melissa’s piece here:

Melissa Duffy 48 Hours

Not only that, you can win your own chance to guest write for 48 Hours, by attending our Farm to Sea Auction on October 9!  Just one of the fabulous and unusual 2014 Farm to Sea Auction items: The chance to be a guest writer for Maine Magazine!  This package includes two nights accommodations, a spending allowance and behind the scenes time with Maine magazine staff.

Don’t miss your chance!  Tickets are available here:

http://farmtosea.bpt.me/

 

 


Passages by the Numbers

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

We recently completed three days of staff trainings and workshops in preparation for the students’ arrival this week.  All three workshop days were held at our Opportunity Farm Campus in New Gloucester, and included both Residential and Passages Program staff. On the agenda:  Substance Abuse Prevention, Mediation & Restorative Justice, Cultural Competency, Emergency Action Plans and more.  During these three days we also relaxed by the fire, roasted marshmallows, went running and swimming, took photos, went for walks, read and sketched, slept in tents or dorm rooms, and enjoyed some amazing corn, beets and tomatoes from our very own gardens!

One of our workshop sessions with Tree Street Youth

One of our workshop sessions with Tree Street Youth

One of the highlights of the three workshops days, however, was the presentation of Passages outcome data collected by researchers at The REACH (Research Evaluation Assistance for Change) Collaborative. Lead Researcher Dr. Maryann Corsello and intern Tiffany Foster conducted the research over the course of the 2013-2014 school year.

Back Row, L-R: Dr. Maryann Corsello of The Reach Collaborative, Passages Teacher Fern Hilyard, Wayfinder Schools COO Bob Dunfey, Wayfinder Schools CEO & Head of Schools Dr. Dorothy Foote, Passages Teachers Joy Knowlton, Cindy Stevenson and Erica Gates, and Passages Curriculum Consultant Andrea Itkin. Front Row, L-R: Tiffany Foster of REACH, Passages Teachers Stephanie Whiting and Cora Townsend, and Passages Program Director Martha Kempe.  (Missing from photo is Passages Teacher Katy Finch).

Back Row, L-R: Dr. Maryann Corsello of The Reach Collaborative, Passages Teacher Fern Hilyard, Wayfinder Schools COO Bob Dunfey, Wayfinder Schools CEO & Head of Schools Dr. Dorothy Foote, Passages Teachers Joy Knowlton, Cindy Stevenson and Erica Gates, and Passages Curriculum Consultant Andrea Itkin. Front Row, L-R: Tiffany Foster of REACH, Passages Teachers Stephanie Whiting and Cora Townsend, and Passages Program Director Martha Kempe. (Missing from photo is Passages Teacher Katy Finch).

In September 2013, REACH staff met with Passages Program Director Martha Kempe to review current data collection instruments including “Social motivation in the secondary classroom: Assessing teacher-student relationships from both perspectives,” (Gehlbach, Brinkworth & Harris, Harvard University) and 16 Habits of Mind (Kallick and Costa). They also developed a “Strengths Analysis” of the Passages Program model in conjunction with Passages staff, and all three instruments were used to measure Passages data over the next few months.

By June of 2014, 74% of students (including a few who graduated at the end of this school year) had completed at least one survey. The results were compiled over the summer…and now…the moment we were waiting for!

REACH data

Outcome data collected by REACH indicate that:

91% of Passages students are confident they will graduate from high school

93% reported that Passages has positively influenced their education

93% reported that they enjoy learning from their teacher

95% reported their teacher was encouraging

96% indicated it was important to have the one-on-one learning style

98% rated their sessions with their teacher as motivating

100% reported their teacher was friendly

100% of students felt their teachers are respectful towards them, and

100% reported their teachers care about their success

Additionally, students offered the following comments:

“I love the Passages Program. It allows me to get my diploma when I’ve gotten all my work done, while being able to stay home and take care of my daughter, clean the house and have a job while getting my education done on time.”

“I love the Passages Program. I thought I was going to have to drop out of school but now I’m going to be graduating in the fall.”

“I love this program a lot better than regular high school. It may be different but definitely no bullying!!”

“I love the program; it is a great experience!”

“I love it.  The best school.”

“I’m glad I’m in this program.  I’ve come a long way with school and I’m proud!”

“I’ve been learning more in this program than when I was in regular school.  My teacher is nice to me and I’m learning stuff that I really need to know like budgeting and self-care, etc.”

” I love it!”

“A great way for me to find my way!”

“I love going to the workshops and meeting new people.”

“Without this program life would’ve been hard.”

“I have learned how to budget my money better and interact with other moms.”

” I have learned a lot but most importantly about my child and how she grows and learns.”

“Without this program I don’t know what I would’ve done academically or emotionally. This program has changed my life in so many ways.”

” Wonderful, caring people.”

“This school is amazing. They REALLY, REALLY care about us.”

“I loved this program and am proud to call myself a graduate.”

Congratulations Passages students and staff and thank you to The REACH Collaborative.  The research will continue into the coming school year, with additional data tracked in the areas of parenting knowledge and skill, parenting confidence, community connection, life and job skills development and more.

Passages will serve more than 60 Maine teens this year in York, Cumberland, Knox, Waldo, Lincoln, Androscoggin, Washington and Sagadahoc counties.  For more information about The Passages Program, contact Passages Program Director Martha Kempe at marthak@wayfinderschools.org or Admissions Coordinator Pamela Simpkins at pamelas@wayfinderschools.org
 

 


Fall Events in Camden & New Gloucester!

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Save the date for these Fall 2014 Events in Camden & New Gloucester!

In addition to our Farm to Sea Auction on October 9 in downtown Portland, we have three wonderful on-campus events coming up this fall:

On Thursday, October 16 we’ll host our Fall Open House at our Camden Campus on 79 Washington Street in Camden.  This event includes cookies and cider, pumpkin decorating, school tours and a chance to meet our staff, students and midcoast board members. Free & family friendly! 4-6pm.

On Thursday, October 30 we’ll host our first annual Harvest Supper & Paper Lantern Parade at our Opportunity Farm Campus in New Gloucester.  This event will include a harvest dinner from our Opportunity Farm gardens, music, field games, a marshmallow roast and a delightful paper lantern parade.  Costumes encouraged!  This event is free & family friendly, donations welcomed. 4-7pm.

barn On Thursday, November 20 we’ll host our annual Global Thanksgiving at our Opportunity Farm Campus in New Gloucester. This popular event includes a fabulous meal of international dishes prepared by our students, as well as the presentation of student research about international food and customs.  5-8pm.

Hope to see you at one event, or all three!  

 


First Day of School in Camden

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Our Camden Campus was filled with joyful noise yesterday as the Residential Program students arrived, full of excitement and ready to spend the academic year living together in our cozy farmhouse on Washington Street.  We started they day at noon with a family potluck and unpacking, then a welcoming circle.  Students had school tours and they walked down to High Mountain Hall to see where their graduation ceremony will be held in the spring-keeping their eyes on the prize!

camden wayfinders day one!

At six they ate dinner together around the dining table (spaghetti and meatballs and salad plus our homemade bread and pickles-and a vegetarian option of course!). And by 7:00 they were all gathered in the living room, Papi on guitar; Rose on violin; Noah on improvised drums; Rakeem on piano; everyone together on vocals. You’d never know that this group had just met only hours earlier.

They’ll go through the next year together, full of adventures and learning and challenges and fun.  But for this week, they’ll be settling into their routine, beginning classes in Reading, Creative Arts, Career Explorations, American Sign Language, Media Arts, Theater, Green Initiative and Documentary Film. They’ll eat dinner together, go out for ice cream, hike the Breakwater, get ready for their trip to Mount Dessert Island.  They’ll work on their chores, hold mock interviews, find job placements. So much is ahead. But for today, eight new students have come together to set out on this new adventure together, and we’re so happy they’re here.

Welcome Erika, Myranda, Emily, Jacob, Papi, Rose, Noah and Rakeem-our Camden Residential Program Class of 2015!

 

 


Reposting from December 2013: Our time with Hope Elephants

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

From December 2013

With Creative Arts Coordinator Alexis Iammarino

During three recent Art Workshops, the Camden students and I loaned our talents and energies to an educational outreach project of Hope Elephants. Together, we created a large-scale mural panel for this local wildlife conservation organization.Unknown

We made a visit to the Elephant Barn with Dr. Jim Laurita, and Lindsay Pinchbeck at Sweet Tree Arts hosted us in her community arts space to work on our panel.

Participating groups were asked to illustrate themes that relate to the Hope Elephant’s mission: to provide a unique and caring home for injured and aging elephants, and to provide an educational program that inspires visitors to participate in wildlife conservation.

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Our group’s panel contains symbolic imagery of various elephant mythologies in Asia and Africa, the story of ancient elephants and the modern day African Savannah. mystical

Initiated by the Hope Elephants organization, this mural project engaged several local school groups and young artists, including Wayfinder Schools, in creating original art for their elephant barn in Hope. This project, like all their educational and outreach programs will raise awareness about wildlife conservation and the need to protect and preserve elephants.

everyone mural

Thank you Dr. Jim Laurita.  You will be missed.


There’s something for everyone at The Farm to Sea Auction!

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Be sure to join us for The 2014 Farm to Sea Auction on Thursday, October 9 from 6-9:30 at The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel.

This year’s event will include live & silent auctions, light dinner & drinks, live music by The Aeterna Trio and the chance to bid on everything from Disney World passes and Red Sox tickets to a week’s stay in a beautiful French vicarage.   The auction also includes fabulous art and jewelry, fine dining, weekend get-a-ways, theater packages and more.

All proceeds benefit Wayfinder Schools and the more than 80 Maine teens we’ll serve this year.

Tickets are $75.00 and are available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/849093

Thank you to our generous event sponsors: Maine Magazine, Investment Management & Consulting Group, UBS, Royal River Books, Pine State Trading Company, H.M. Payson & Company, Morgan Stanley and Mary J Herman Consulting.

See you there!

9/29/14 Update-Partial List of Auction Items:

One week’s stay in a French Vicarage, Burgundy

One week’s stay Panther Pond, Maine

2 nights at Migis Lodge, Sebago Lake

Overnight, Camden Harbor Inn

Membership, Portland Museum of Art

Lift Tickets, Saddleback

Lift Tickets, Cranmore

4 box seats, Boston Red Sox

Tickets, Portland Sea Dogs

Tickets, Portland Pirates

Membership, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Dinner for 4, Blackpoint Inn

Brunch for 4, Haraseeket Inn

4 Day Park Hopper Pass, Disney World

Tickets, Portland Symphony Orchestra