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PCHS Students Learn More than Academics

posted Jun 8, 2017, 8:51 AM by cpriest@sad4.org   [ updated Nov 28, 2017, 11:28 AM by Roxanne Chase ]

health fair photo

health fair photo

health fair photo
health fair photo

Middle and High School Students from S.A.D. 4 enjoyed a recent spring fling that was about some different kinds of learning. The first half the day was devoted to the district’s member communities with a wide variety of service projects. The students then joined local business presenters for a barbecue lunch before visiting a health fair focused on teaching kids how to stay healthy and safe throughout the summer and beyond.


Principal John Keane likes the program because it integrates well with the typical academic learning but also goes far beyond it. “It’s an opportunity to teach soft skills—life skills—and have some fun in the process. The kids play an important role beyond participating—they actually help design the program, contacting those who help make it possible and even help with the setup and planning.” Keane pointed out that the Pirate Volunteer and Positive Action Clubs played an important role and “Social Students Teacher Emily Wilson volunteered a lot of her time to help as a coordinator.”


Community service projects in the morning were selected after surveying local communities regarding what would be helpful. Some students helped an elderly couple with their farm while others did roadside clean up. One team assisted with the landscaping at the Guilford Library. Younger student performed school-based projects of the sort that give them a sense of ownership of the campus.


Health Fair presentations found the students engaged with the presenters on a wide variety of topics. The Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department offered experiential learning including distracted driver simulation, the power of wearing seatbelts, and trying to walk wearing goggles that simulated being under the influence. Nearly thirty local resource organizations such as Spruce Run, Charlotte White, Mayo Regional Hospital, the JD Foundation and Community Fitness offered students information and conversation on topics ranging from reducing anxiety to suicide prevention and eating and drinking healthy.


Students from Greenville High School were also invited to attend the health fair. “We wanted this to become an expanded community event,” Keane commented. “We wanted to try a number of different ideas and approaches to see what worked best.” Students and staff are now evaluating the day to aid in future planning.


Keane further noted that students and staff are grateful to the community for supporting the program and look forward to making it an annual tradition at Piscataquis Community Secondary School. “As our motto says, ‘S.A.D. 4 is a great place to learn.’”

Photos and article by Walter Boomsma

PCHS Teacher Heather Doherty named Conservation District Educator of the Year!

posted Jun 4, 2017, 4:00 PM by cpriest@sad4.org   [ updated Nov 28, 2017, 11:29 AM by Roxanne Chase ]

PCHS Teacher Heather Doherty named Conservation District Educator of the Year!

The PCSWCD will be honoring Doherty at the underclassmen awards ceremony at PCHS on Thursday, June 15 at 8:30 a.m. The public is welcome to join us as we celebrate Doherty and present her with this well-deserved award.

On behalf of the PCSWCD, congratulations to Doherty! We thank her for her continued effort to educate our youth about the importance of protecting and conserving our natural resources!

PCHS Envirothon

posted May 31, 2017, 1:09 PM by cpriest@sad4.org   [ updated Nov 28, 2017, 11:30 AM by Roxanne Chase ]

The PCHS Envirothon team competed in the Regional Envirothon at Kents Hill in Readfield Maine on May 18.  Out of the 19 teams present, PCHS came in 3rd place and earned a trip to the State Envirothon at Aghaloma Farms in Knox Maine on May 25.  At the state envirothon PCHS placed 6 out of the top 12 teams in the state.  64 teams competed across the state in this years regional envirothon events.

Envirothon is a state- and nation-wide environmental competition where high school students test their knowledge of natural resources and current environmental issues. Teams consisting of 3-5 students compete first at a regional level, answering questions and solving hands-on problems at five stations: Wildlife, Water/Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, and a Current Natural Resource Issue. This year’s current issue is “Urban/Community Forestry.”

Team Members:  Kyle Kain, John Armstrong, Adam Bagley, Danika Hill, Ethan Chadwick and Hannah Bagley (alternate).

envirothon team photo  photo of envirothon plaque

Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Award

posted May 31, 2017, 7:12 AM by cpriest@sad4.org   [ updated Nov 28, 2017, 11:31 AM by Roxanne Chase ]


The PCHS Environmental Science Class and teacher Heather Doherty were awarded the Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Award for 2017 during a ceremony at Unity College on 4/7/17.

For the full story, check it out at the Maine Woods Forever website: http://mainewoodsforever.org/teddy-roosevelt-maine-conservation-award-2017-winners-announced/

"The Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Award recognizes young people and youth organizations whose efforts are in the spirit of Roosevelt's conservation ethic and achievements, and recognizes what Maine's young people are doing to conserve our forest heritage, with an eye to their potential as future conservation leaders."


Maine School Immunization Requirements Rule

posted Feb 8, 2017, 7:35 AM by cpriest@sad4.org   [ updated Feb 8, 2017, 7:35 AM by SAD 4 Tech Director ]

Maine School Immunization Requirements Rule

On December 20, 2016, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education revised the Maine School Immunization Requirements rule. The changes further align Maine’s immunization rules with current national recommendations and serve to better protect the health of all Maine people. The following two changes were made:

-Effective immediately, the expulsion period for varicella disease (chicken pox) has increased from 16 to 21 days. This means that if a case of chicken pox is confirmed in your school and exclusions are recommended, any child who has not provided proof of immunization or history of disease will be unable to attend school or any school related activity for 21 days after symptom onset of the LAST case.

-Effective for the 2017-2018 school year, all students entering, advancing, or transferring into seven grade will need to receive one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis) vaccine before attendance is allowed. This Tdap requirement is for 7th grade students only, students in grades 8-12 are not required, but it is highly recommended.

You can find the link to the rule (Chapter 126/261) here: https://mainedoenews.net/2017/01/05/revisions-to-chapter-126-261-regulation/

Please keep this in mind as you take your student to the doctor between now and September. The doctor’s office can fax an updated immunization record to the school at 876-4628. In summary, if your student who will be entering 7th grade in September does not have an updated Dtap on record, he/she will not be able to begin the school year.

Wendy Viera, RN 

New Weather Station

posted Dec 20, 2016, 8:14 AM by cpriest@sad4.org   [ updated Dec 20, 2016, 8:14 AM by SAD 4 Tech Director ]

Rochelle Titcomb received a grant this summer from the Perloff Family Foundation for a weather station project. We now have a really nice new working weather station on the PCES roof. A web cam will also go up there in the future.

If you'd like to check out the current weather, you can check it out here on Rainwise:

Or here on Weather Underground:

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