Archive for March, 2015

Hot off the presses: The Spring issue of Passages Press!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Amazing student writing in this issue, released this week.  Check it out here:

Spring 2015 Passages Press

Life on Planet Residential, by Residential Overnight Counselor Crystal Rose Vaccaro

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Wayfinder Schools in New Gloucester demands academic excellence as well as community living excellence of their students. What is “community living excellence” you ask? In order to graduate, with high marks in “community living excellence”, from Wayfinder Schools, one must maintain a solid and healthy relationship with all community members, participate in all community activities, and learn how to cook, clean, and care for personal spaces. The students at our New Gloucester campus are really nailing residential living; in fact, they are excelling beyond expectation. Gold stars for all of them!!!!

Things were not always so bright and shiny. There was a time when cleaning was a foreign language, a time when bread was not cut on a cutting board, a time when sinks were taken for granted, piles of trash were walked around, and vacuums were tough to push. These were dark times indeed!!! Once, every hundred years, a student is born with a burning passion for, not only completing their residential living obligations, but a drive to be a leader in the name of respecting one’s living space. This individual must possess the ability to see the problem (Dirty dishes.), organize the variables of said problem (Who is responsible for the dirty dishes?), create an appropriate action plan (How do I tell my peers, in a respectful fashion, their dishes are literally growing a new kind of mold and they should probably take care of it?) and finally, bringing a plan of action to the larger community (How can I find the bravery to voice my plan for dealing with the unclaimed, lonely, abandoned dishes, laying in the sink, creating their own eco-system?).

The year is 2015 and our small school, nestled in the renowned moors of New Gloucester, has been gifted a student, complete with all the above attributes of “community living excellence”. This student’s name is Ethan Ward and he cares about whether the dishes get done or not. He cares about establishing fair and just solutions to the problems vexing our otherwise placid residential living space. Residential accountability is Ethan Ward’s middle name. People will write songs about how he pushes our recalcitrant multitudes to be accountable for their forgotten messes! Wayfinder Schools thanks Ethan for being a constant reminder of how accountability and creative problem solving can manifest a kitchen, once sad with neglect, into a sparkly world of wonder where unicorns are often seen to take respite.

Crystal Rose Vaccaro

You Are My Sunshine

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Wonderful Wayfinder student Faith McQuatters recently spent the afternoon singing and teaching ukelele to four 9-year-old girls at Tree Street Youth.  Take a listen! are my sunshine.


faith at tree street

Local Stars take the stage April 10

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Local Stars to take the stage of The Camden Opera House April 10

The 7th annual Dancing with Local Stars will be held on Friday, April 10 at the Camden Opera House. This popular event pairs midcoast celebrities with professional dance instructors who take the stage together to show off their best dance moves in support of Wayfinder Schools.

This year’s incredible cast of stars includes Ben Curtis, Polly Saltonstall, Heather Hearst, Matt Bixby, Owen Casas, Hodding Carter, Betsy Kingsley, Craig Oullette, Erin Ovalle, and Lucinda Ziesing. Each star will be paired with instructors from Swing & Sway Dancing or Kinetic Energy Alive. Together they will will Waltz, Tango, Jive, Foxtrot, Hip Hop and Swing their way into the hearts of audience members, all for a great cause-helping Maine teens graduate from high school.

The show will also include special performances by Studio Red, Shana Bloomstein, Rockport Dance Conservatory, Atlantic Ballet Company, Swing & Sway Dancing, Kinetic Energy Alive and the students of Wayfinder Schools, making for an unforgettable evening in support of Maine kids.

Hair. make-up and transportation for the stars will be provided by The Cutting Room, Beauty Mark and Country Coach Charters. Erin Donovan of Spoon and The Bangor Daily News will MC the show. An after party at The Smokestack Grill will include music by DJ Terry Frank.  This incredible community effort wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of the 2015 Dancing with Local Stars sponsors: Lead Event Sponsor Camden Real Estate Company, Old Port Advisors, Maine Magazine, Pen Bay Pilot, Charles D. Jordan, Jr. Real Estate Appraisal & Consulting, Grand Harbor Inn and Lord Camden Inn.

This show sells out quickly and early purchase of tickets is strongly recommended. Doors open at 6:15 and the show starts at 7:00pm. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under, with prime seating available at $50. Tickets are available at HAVII in Camden and online at

Camden students to host Spaghetti Supper March 13

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Join our Camden Residential staff and students for a Spaghetti Supper and Bake Sale, Friday, March 13 from 5:-6:30 pm at The Masonic Lodge in Rockport.

Student Myranda Robishaw is working with Residential Overnight Counselor Mo El Hajj to plan the event, which will also include musical entertainment by Wayfinder students.

Join us for a great food and music in support of a super-great cause!  Call 236-3000 FMI.

spag supper

Our studio visit with Eric Leppanen

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

CREATIVE ARTS // Camden: Studio Visit with Eric Leppanen

This past Friday Wayfinder students (from Camden’s Campus) had an incredible visit with Eric Leppanen.

Students created individual pour paintings in addition to a single collaborative piece.

As we prepare for our big trip to NYC // MOMA too, in a few weeks this is an incredible experiential art making opportunity for our school.

Big THANKS for having us.

For more information about Eric and his work visit:!


rose and rakeem



happy grey

everyone white

erika paint lid

adding yellow