George B. Weatherbee
School Board Report - November 2022
Mission and Vision
Mission: All Weatherbee School staff is committed to joining students, parents and community in providing a safe, positive and challenging learning environment, which enables all students to reach their individual potential.
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Building Climate and Data Literacy for Maine's Middle Schoolers.
Each year, GMRI hosts nearly 10,000 Maine middle schoolers in its LabVenture program — a hands-on, interactive, authentic investigation of the changing Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Completely free for Maine schools, nearly 70% of the state of Maine's fifth and sixth grade cohort experience LabVenture annually. This month, all of our 5th grade classrooms travelled to Portland for an ecology lab. At the lab, students use authentic tools of science and methods of inquiry to explore many of the same questions about the Gulf of Maine that research scientists at GMRI are addressing.
BOBCATS AT PLAY
WB Celebrates HA State Champions!
Each family participated in a scavenger hunt.
Families played games, explored classrooms and learned about our wonderful programs.
Best of all we connected as a community to celebrate learning!
Scavenger hunt raffles winners won WB maple syrup and prizes!
Parent Teacher Conferences
WE LEARNED THIS:
2022 WEATHERBEE & MCGRAW TRUNK-OR-TREAT
THANK YOU TO OUR HA VOLUNTEERS, HAMPDEN PUBLIC SAFETY AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS!
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
Maine Outdoor Education Mini Grant Winner!
Weatherbee has been selected to receive one of the Maine Environmental Education Association’s 2022-2023 Mini-Grants for Outdoor Learning in the amount of $1500. To qualify, we had to show how our programming connects young Mainers to their local environment and to get youth outside learning! We are so grateful for the financial support for Mr. Plaisted's physical education program. This allows dynamic integrated units like biking, making Maine maple syrup and apple cider that combine life fitness with science and health. The Mini-Grants for Outdoor Learning Program has given out $350K to over 15,000 students in all 16 counties across the state. This is our second year in a row that we have received a grant.
DRILLS: 1 LOCKDOWN, 1 SECURE, 2 HOLDS, 4 EVACUATIONS
Educating Since 1803
The RSU #22 school district is comprised of the four towns of Hampden, Newburgh, Winterport and Frankfort. Currently there are approximately 2360 students receiving an education at our seven schools.
Four of the schools are elementary schools: Earl C.McGraw (grades PreK-2) and George B. Weatherbee (grades 3-5) in Hampden, Newburgh Early Childhood Center (PreK only) in Newburgh, and Leroy H. Smith (grades K-4) in Winterport.
Two of the schools are middle schools: (grades 6-8) at Reeds Brook serving Hampden and Newburgh and (grades 5-8) at Samuel L. Wagner serving Winterport.
Hampden Academy (grades 9-12), is the single high school for the district. Total district enrollment is 2360 students who are instructed and supported by 375 administrators, teachers, specialists, and staff.