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Donna Meader-York

We would like to send out a special Thank-you to all of the parents, caregivers, and families who attended our Open House on September 9.  Parents were able to visit their child’s class room, and meet their teachers.  The children took great pride in showing off their rooms.  Families were then invited to a spaghetti supper in the cafeteria.  The turnout was remarkable!  It was wonderful to see all of the community support for our students and our school.

On Friday, September 19, the Indian Township Health Center invited our school to attend the annual Health Fair.  The children always get excited to attend.  Beginning at 10:00 AM, our students were treated to train rides and got to visit with the Passamaquoddy Forestry Department, Game Wardens, Housing Authority, Emergency Medical Response, Fire Department, and the Police Department.  The Police Department offered a virtual driving course that showed what it felt like to drive under the influence, or drive with excessive speed.  Students and staff were also invited to participate in a multitude of informational booths with topics ranging from Diabetes screening, and smoking cessation to healthy foods, and environmental issues. All who registered at the Health Fair were given a T-shirt, and entered in a drawing for gift cards, and they even gave away two kayaks!  Just about every booth had a drawing of some kind, and there were too many winners to list here, but a big congratulations goes out to our own Tasja Nicholas, grade 6, who won one of the kayaks.  All visitors were treated to a lunch of salad, chili, grilled cheese, and strawberry shortcake, all eating while drum group Huntley Brook Singers sang and drummed for the crowd.  Once again, our Health Center provided an educational, informative, successful event to our students and community.

Our first Cross Country meet was on September 10 at Robbinston.  Indian Township runners ran hard!  ITS placed 1st over all in the elementary division, with elementary girls placing 2nd. ITS top runners were Dehkin Sockabasin in 1st place boys, and Kendra Hayman in 1st place girls.  Middle school girls placed 2nd overall, and boys placed 1st.  Top runners were Donald Soctomah in 2nd, and Kelsey Jervis in 5th.

   Our second meet was in Princeton, but overall results were not available at press time. Individual results for Indian Township were middle school boys, Donald Soctomah, 2nd place, and girls, Kelsey Jervis, 5th.  Elementary boys, Jacob Sockabasin, was 1st overall, and Dehkin Sockabasin, 2nd.For the girls, Kendra Hayman , 1st overall.  Congratulations to all!  This week’s meet is Wednesday at 4:00 in Woodland.

   Volley Ball has started and our first game was Thursday September 18 at ITS, which ITS lost to Princeton.  Four games were played in total, Princeton winning three to one. Our girls played hard and top scorers for Indian Township were Nakeish Nicholas, 16, and Brooke Neptune, 7. Our next games are on Thursday September 29 at Princeton, and Friday September 30, at Indian Township.

   On Tuesday afternoon, September 16, staff was treated to a workshop on Cultural Sensitivity.  Molly Neptune Parker and her daughter Janet cooked a traditional Passamaquoddy meal, and staff heard from guest speakers, Elizabeth Neptune, tribal historian Donald Soctomah, tribal council member Aaron Dana, Marjorie Withers, and Julie Reynolds. Staff found it very helpful in understanding the Passamaquoddy people and their history, and the effects that history plays on the tribe today. We are hoping for more professional development on this topic soon.

   The After School Program will be up and running soon. We are looking for people who are willing to work with children and teach them an art, craft, or skill which they are passionate about.  Come share your skill and enthusiasm with an enriching activity. For more information, please contact Ms. Donna at the school.  High school students 17 and above may apply!

  Just a reminder that on Friday, October 3, there will be no school for student, as it is a professional development day for staff.

   That’s all the news for this week. Until next week, take care of yourselves, and keep learning!