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Check out these 2 Leadership School EIR Testimonials

The winter Educator in Residence program has continued to provide an optimal way of deepening our impact in a select number of school communities. We have continued to expand the scope of The Leadership School impact by serving each EIR school and community for ten weeks in the winter. The role of the Educator in Residence is tailored to meet each school’s needs, as each school works with us to create a memorandum of understanding that outlines the goals and objectives of the program. We selected the nine schools based on each school communities demonstration of a high level to commitment and enthusiasm to the mission of the Leadership School. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

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Reconnecting

Hey, Dick!

Staying in touch is obviously something I stink at, I’m afraid. I sent you a note, and you replied (some two years ago?!), about how we’d be better about staying in touch than we’d been in the previous twenty years. Life is always busy and complicated! But was speaking with Henry today and remembered that I wanted to send you the attached pic from, I would guess, 1989 or 1990. My all-time starting five.

You asked what I do. I am working in education, as the communications director for a private tutoring company and its affiliated public charity. So much like Kieve, we cover the full range, from the very well off to the most needy and deserving. I would not be surprised if some of your NYC campers were also our clients.

My dad passed away after my first summer as a counselor, right when I started college. Pancreatic cancer got him at 46. Way too young. My mom and brother are still around and in good health, touch wood. My mom is still a huge fan of you and Nancy for all that you did to help her boys grow into not entirely disreputable men. She is very much hoping my boys will get a few summers in Nobleboro too when they are ready.

Very much hoping to be able to make a visit up this summer and have a look at the place–it’s been too damn long. Can’t wait to catch up with you then. In the meantime, much love, respect and lifelong adoration.

Charlie Loxton (Kieve 1980-1986, Council Staff 1989-1992)

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The 2nd Reunion Down Under

THE SECOND AUSTRALIAN KIEVE REUNION …… 11- 15 January 2016…

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With a 20 year organization – ‘Councillors don’t rush these things’ – two 1953/1954 season KIEVE councillors, with supports from Betsy Lee at Camp in Nobleboro, finally had the KIEVE banner flying in the January semi-tropical summer breezes at ‘Terranora’ (The Wakefield property ) high above the Tweed River & South Pacific Ocean in northern New South Wales. AUSTRALIA .    The weather and seafood / shellfish perfect all week !

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Bill Taggart (now almost 80) and originally from Belmont, MA is a graduate of Belmont Hill School and the hockey goalie on BHS’ teams of the early fifties. He is a 1958 graduate of Williams College and served the USCG as a Lieutenant. For many years he was employed by IBM. He’s retired today living with his wife Lil in Boulder, Colorado.

‘Bo-Bub’ Wakefield (80) is from Dover, MA. He is a Hall of Fame football lineman at Noble & Greenough School . An honour graduate of Middlebury College and a 4-years varsity ice hockey player. He served two overseas tours as Captain, US Marine Corps.  For many years he worked worldwide in Project Logistics & Support.  He with Australian wife Katherine retired only four years ago to their property at ‘Terranora’.

** Herb Stokinger (Milton Academy & KIEVE Director) brought both young men into KIEVE’s history books .

This Second Reunion Down-Under’ was approved for early 2016 by Dick and Henry Kennedy. In wearing the Camp uniform, the Reunion fondly saluted the early 50’s KIEVE leaders and their staff. Aunt Harriet Walker Kennedy and her camp director Herb Stokinger; senior councillors Dick and his twin Don Kennedy Jr… Waterfront Director, Maine Guide/ & Rockport HS Football Coach Larry Plumber. Not ever to be forgotten was the essential kitchen team of Don Weston and his wife Peg.wakefield_03

The outstanding 1953 KIEVE memory for all involved was the Allagash Trip final photos taken with Plummer & Wakefield (in full ‘House of David’ beards) loading canoes & campers onto the KIEVE truck driven by Don Jr. to make the pick-up at St. John village. The windy-cramped 10-hour truck-trip back to Camp was made worthwhile with the 0130 ‘welcome’ by ‘Stokey’, Charlie Flynn, Bill Taggart and Nibby Hinchman ..

It took all 14 of us ‘trippers’ a week just to clean ourselves and our equipment; but with this successful Allagash round-trip completed, all of the eleven camper-paddlers had earned the title of Maine Voyager.

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Kieve – down under…

A note from Bo Wakefield – Kieve Staff ’53 & ‘54

To Henry Kennedy –Director .

It is a long way back to a Kieve and a Maine summertime !

Yes – Sure I remember Aunt Harriet; and Mr. Stokeinger as camp director .

(I was a tackle/ linebacker on the N&G undefeated football team  that whipped ‘Stoky’s’

Milton Academy in 1952 / 53 .…  Stoky & I were voyagers from Camp Wabun in Ontario)

I best remember Larry Plumber as the Waterfront Director & our guide on the 1953 Allagash paddle ! ( I have a great twilight waterfront photo of Larry & I planning that Allagash !)

Enough said – I’ll save something for the Kieve 90th ! If you want more ?

I’ve just experienced a surprise 80th birthday gathering ( see attached photos) at the

Yacht Club in Southport,  Australia.. It’s a long story in 64 chapters from Damariscotta

to 4-years of college hockey and 9-years a USMC officer; then marrying an Australian

girl and living worldwide! Now we have been retired 4-years on rural property high

above the South Pacific ocean at Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia.

It is a long story we won’t try to unearth here; maybe for a Kieve 90th Note ?

( The birthday cake photo attached sums me up pretty well !

“ All Aussie on the surface – but always a Yankee inside “ )

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During this surprise birthday gathering last Saturday – from out of nowhere came the most amazing birthday gift .. Two shirts and an ‘Kieve’ hat in MOXIE colors !

Unbelievable it was ! I don’t think I had ever related my Keive experiences to any

of my four children !  Now I am blessed with a brand shirts & orange ball-cap !

I wore the hat on and off all afternoon, and all the way driving home !

 

To you Henry , and to all Kieve people involved in getting that gift out here – may

I thank each for your kindness to an elder camp councillor!  I’ll never forget !

You made a Kieve elder very happy on his 80th ! I guess middle-age is from now !

But I also am writing this e-note today with a further commercial request of your staff !

During mid-January in the 2016 year – we will host another elder Kieve staffer !

From Boulder, Colorado we expect a 5-day visit from Bill Taggart (Belmont Hill and BH

Hockey ’52-53 ) and his Canadian wife Lil.   We have not seen Bill & Lil in 23 years! Undoubtedly during our reunion we will unearth the never be repeated  Kieve ‘stories’ long forgotten.

For the occasion of this very first Kieve reunion ‘DOWN UNDER’ we will have ‘fly’ the

Kieve colors ..

Thus I would like to PURCHASE four Kieve shirts & one ballcap !

One men’s and one x-large men’s polo shirt

One men’s Kieve grey Tee and one x-large Kieve grey T.

One only ball-cap !

Thanking you in greatest anticipation – Why two shirt sizes ?

Bill Taggart might well have enlarged in the last 23 years!

My very best wishes all of you involved with Camp Kieve ..

Sincere Regards …. ‘Bo’ Wakefield … Staff K’53-54

Note: The ‘Bubby’ name died 60 years ago!

Who ever heard  a Marine Corps Captain named ‘Bubby’ ?

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Kieve – Ted Cooke

I came to the hilltop a shy, “husky” boy just a few days short of my 12th birthday with 17 armpit hairs and a busted up leg to my name.

Knowing nothing and no one when I arrived, I walked to South Harris from my first meal at Pasquaney. While passing Innisfree, a man asked if I was Teddy Cooke. Shell-shocked from the cacophony of “ins” and “outs,” cups on plates, and palms on wood, I must have stammered, “Yes, how did you know?”

He told me that he knew because I was going to be the only one they sent back in better shape than received, and then introduced himself as the Charlie Richardson. As the rain fell during the session’s first flag, that was the very first thing I learned upon that hilltop – here, I mattered.

The next day I learned that everything had names. They were places, things and people, all with identities fueled by a lore that seemed otherworldly at first. They were strange and foreign, but these new words soon became sacred to me. I quickly noticed that one didn’t just learn these new words; one embraced, touched, and depended on them.

Knowing what these new words meant became a necessity. What was a Digits? Or, was it a he? How did one earn their A-Game? Why was the Will Georgi as sage as an owl, and yet cool as a cucumber? What kinds of noodles are used to set up a tent? How did the Spencer Cherry make everyone double over with laughter and keep a straight face? Why did ground spice make dank taste better? How did the Charlie Brown know so much about how the world worked? What was in the basement of The Buck? Did the Old School Yogg age in human years? How tall was the Henry Chance? And, what the heck was a pannikin?

My lexicon didn’t just grow that first summer, it exploded.

Words I thought I knew took on new meanings. I learned how to police, not to sit on a yoke, what a flag represented, and what a taut blue tarp in the rain truly meant. I rapidly understood how important two noodles were, how miserable and wonderful tubbing could be, that a stake wedged under a root was art, and what true danger could be found inside of a full ammo box.

Words merged together and created new ones. I learned how to pack a river duffle, never to let go of a t-grip, a mud pond was nothing to be trifled with, and the true versatility of a rain fly. I rapidly understood that your table boy was your best friend, a proper T-rescue could save a life, how a J-stroke could make your Disco 169 dance, and even though I had no idea how a Crazy Creek worked – I needed one.

Then there were the totally unknown. They, shrouded in mist, were the most fascinating to learn. Portage, Therm-a-Rest, wannigan, gunnel, Allagash, deet, Katahdin, OBH, Coleman, resupply, and The One.

These words were treasures, nuggets found while floundering in the river. When I returned home, they would be my rare currency.

These words, like the names of those once etched in the old cabins, are ingrained in the stories we tell each other. The tastes, feelings, smells, sights, and sounds of Kieve, forever fuel these stories. These words are the crucial pieces that allow us to remember why these memories are so important.

These are the memories of campfires, rapids, accomplishments, sunrises, sunsets, rain, hail, heat, hunger, summits, mud, stone, blisters, cold, blood, bumps, warmth, joy, camaraderie, and satisfaction.

The amount of learning and teaching from these men I witnessed as a boy and later took part in as a young man was staggering – it never ceased.

Sitting in my office, I take comfort that just ten years younger than I, my baby brother Peter (‘07-’14) already treasures these words. I relish the thought of young men like him building memories with these words for the next 10, 20, 30, and 90 years to come. My hope is that these words will always be there for young people when they need them most, to be able to transcend whatever life throws at them. Whether it is heartbreak, grief, adversity, loss, or just plain brutal honest difficulty, the memories that they have built will aid them in their perseverance.

Kieve is as large a part of me as anything. It has given me friends, strength, self-awareness, and a sense of duty to better the world for others. Kievers and our memories collectively shared will always make me laugh and cry the most.

(Ted 2nd from left as a Head Bunkhouse Counselor in 2006)

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I Know Who You Are – Mac King

I know who you are.

Whether you opened this book (the new “90th” book due out this summer)  and immediately sought out the section devoted to the ’90s and 2000s, or you read every page up to this point and my “I know who you are” opening has now led you to reconsider why you set out on this course in the first place, or you simply found yourself existing in the same space as this tome, chances seem good you’re what my friend Sam refers to as “one of us” (before construing that as a compliment, you should know I once watched Sam pee on his own head during a trip to the White Mountains when we were 10).

Every subsequent Kieve generation boasts its own war stories, rock stars and idols, too-popular-to-sign-up-for activities of the summer, chants that echoed deeper and deeper into the caverns of our brains as the school year languished into its colder months, raft skits, Ritz Skits, odd-couple friendships, characters, jokes and tripping mishaps. So, do you need me to recount the time my friend Sam peed on his own head? Probably not. As an aspiring adult, I recognize it’s kind of gross. But as a South Bunkerhillian, 18 summers ago, it was about the most impressive and enviable feat I’d ever witnessed.

I know who you are because you wouldn’t read any of this if you didn’t love and understand this place enough to even consider browsing 90 years of stories waxing poetic about different variations on the same theme.

Kieve is a verb. This book covered that in its introduction. Kieve is also a smattering of paths, fields and cabins at the end of a wooded peninsula on a lake in Midcoast Maine.

A place.

The stillness of the lake in the morning, the leaves talking to the wind at Harriet House on a sticky afternoon, and the disappearing silhouette of the flagpole at dusk all add to the wonder of the Kieve experience, but we’d be fools in the most Chewonkee-sense of the word to think the Kieve magic lives at the end of West Neck Road.

Nay. That magic, that charm, that twinkle-in-the-eye, -we’re-all-in-on-the-joke mischievous creativity lies inside Kieve’s people.

And Kieve is people, by people, for people, about people. We nurture and mold them, certainly. But Kieve is as much about instilling that hyper energy I’ve found nowhere else on earth (and for which I’ve searched everywhere), that set of values every alumn carries with him for life and that roguish sense of humor a Kiever recognizes immediately in a kindred spirit as it is about unleashing and unlocking those gifts.

For every JK kid who goes on to complete Kieve West, we seem to start every summer with another 18-year-old JC persuaded to work at a summer camp whose name he can’t pronounce by his college roommate. That rook then integrates him- (or her-!) self into our legions of legacy counselors, improving the camp dynamic with fresh material and an innovative way to run archery. As Sam would say, he or she’s one of us.

For current, former and future counselors, none of us will ever work in such an infectious environment again, waking up before sunrise to construct a baseball field, staying up through sunrise to edit a movie, building upon every day, every evening activity, every announcement to ensure the following one is bigger, better and more absurd.

I spent eight years as a camper with the same 13 cabin-mates, returned to work on staff with at least nine of those 13, still speak daily with most of those nine, gather regularly with my Kieve family to cause trouble away from the peninsula, and consider my group of Kieve friends my best friends. I even lucked into (I don’t know how) a future wife I kidnapped from the Ritz.

I feel special, but my Kieve experience is not unique. Every posse of campers and counselors must leave at some point, and when they do their generation seems to huddle up, close ranks and form a Kieve outpost comprised of chants, stories and memories preserved in time by the people who made them possible.

In so many ways, Kieve made me possible. I learned the kind of person I wanted to become at camp and continue to build myself into that person. Kieve gave me my friends, a few skills and a lot of implausible stories. I navigate the world confident in my ability to execute a flawless pain-dive in nearly any depth, temperature and consistency of water. I can’t imagine raising a son who didn’t own the same skillset, honed during a decade of Kieve summers. I chose a career I deemed most similar to the writing, directing and producing of an Aqua Attack sequence. And I managed to glean an actual tidbit of life philosophy from that same HBC on whose watch/behind whose back Sam peed on his own head to the amazement of me and my fellow cabin-mates: Drape a compass over the parts you value most and venture out into the woods in search of glory and Oreos.

Mac King on the Allagash in 2005

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Winter 2015 EIR Conclusion

The Five Most Important Things I Learned This Winter:

  • Being an EIR has been such a rewarding experience both personally and professionally. We’re able to become part of a community and incorporate TLS into students and teachers everyday lives. The experience requires you to navigate a new school environment, getting to know the teachers and students and building relationships with both to be able to provide formal and informal TLS curriculum within their traditional classrooms. -Mims, Bucksport Middle School

  • I learned that a restorative circle can be used at any age level in any circumstance. – Kelsea, Bristol Consolidated School
  • I am so privileged to have served as Lyman Moore’s Educator in Residence. I learned how to build relationships with students from myriad cultures by building their trust , to help them achieve their goals. – Leah, Lyman Moore Middle School
  • This winter at Loranger Middle School has really taught me to appreciate each and every interaction with students regardless of what we are talking about or how long the conversation is. If you go out of your way to be kind and respectful to students, they almost always return the favor. It has been a blast and a privilege to work with all of the students at Loranger and I will really miss spending my days here. – Paul, Loranger Middle School
  •  I cannot stress enough how important it is to build connections with your students. It’s one thing to know their strengths and weaknesses in the classroom; however, it is equally important to get to know them beyond that context. When you make an effort and show a genuine interest, you are showing students that you care, which allows them to comfortably open up to you. At King, I was personally able to connect with students by teaching our curriculum, providing academic support in their core classes, seeing them in gym, volunteering with the track team and eating lunch with them. The relationships I have built are based on a foundation of taking time to learn things about the students that I wouldn’t be able to learn by just teaching them.  In the words of Jim Grout, “When all else fails, give them your heart – Sam, King Middle School

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Final Words From Tyler Pace… 

It’s been such an honor and a pleasure serving the Searsport community, and I can’t think of any place in the world I’d rather have spent the winter. Each day offers up interactions with amazing young people and phenomenal educators, and each day proves the value of what we’re doing with the EIR program.

If I could summarize this value I’d point to a trip I just took with the Sophomore Class to Kieve. It was the students’ second journey to the end of the West Neck Road (they came in the 8th grade, as well) and proffered a great bookend to their TLS experience. We laughed and played in the snow. We had a big fire at the point and slid around on the thick ice covering the lake. We talked about goals and addressed concerns. We sent it on the Target Jump in the Buck. At the end of the program, short though it was, the students unanimously agreed that the class felt more together and relaxed. They felt less stressed and more confident. I heard a lot of laughter.

As I walked through the halls of the high school this morning, knowing I only have two more days as an EIR at Searsport, I felt sad and happy all at once. Sad, because I knew I’d have to leave what can only be described as an amazing place to work and play. Happy, because I could sense that our organization has, in some small ways, enabled and empowered this community to celebrate its strengths and face its struggles with positive determination.

 

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Loranger EIR

Hi, my name is Paul McCarthy and this is my 5th year working for Kieve-Wavus and my first winter working as an EIR. Everyone at the school calls me Pablo and this has been a long running nickname given to me by a former Kieve employee (Forrest). This winter I have spent my EIR time at Loranger Middle School in Old Orchard Beach. Loranger Middle School ranges from 4th to 8th grade and I primarily work with the 6th and 8th graders. Last fall, the 6th graders went to Kieve for a week to learn and practice the values and lessons of the Leadership School. The 7th and 8th graders went to Kieve last spring for 3 days each. The current 5th graders will be taking a field trip to Kieve this spring to check out the campus and get an idea of how things work for their upcoming week at Kieve next fall. Loranger is one of our most loyal schools and they do a great job integrating Kieve as much as possible.

Loranger has a Learning Lab time that students can use to catch up on work. I spend one of these blocks with a group of 6th graders each day and we play games and do activities that help guide them to be better leaders in the school. The games are meant to get them moving and break up the school day a bit. Our activities highlight communication, taking positive risks and building healthy relationships.

During the 6th – 8th lunches, I open up the gym for some students each day to blow off some steam and get a mini-recess in before going back to classes. One day a week I try to go over to Old Orchard Beach High School to reunite with some of my former students and try to come up with new ideas for each of the schools.

I observe and participate in many of the gym classes for the 6th – 8th grades also. We have done floor hockey and volleyball units with the students. It is amazing to watch them progress through the units and see the improvement and confidence building. Sometimes, I have played in the volleyball and floor hockey games to help out and dish out some friendly smack-talk with the students.

After school is over, we have basketball and floor hockey leagues. The basketball league gives the students a chance to practice their skills and have some fun. The floor hockey league is very competitive and the faculty even has a team. I play on this faculty team and we will complete the season undefeated. I have found that being around a lot after school has been key to me reaching a lot of students. After school, students are more relaxed and we are able to chat and hang out. I also help out 8th graders after school sometimes to help them get their grades up or to finish homework.

 Star Week

A big part of the EIR mission at Loranger is the preparation and completion of Star Week.

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T = Tolerant of others

A = Aware of Responsibility

 R = Respectful

Each grade at Loranger had a day dedicated to them during the week:

4th = Friday was spent making bicycles out of pipe cleaners for our guest, Chris Poulos.

5th = Thursday was spent with some of our Kieve staff as an introduction to how we roll at the Leadership School. During our assembly, they taught the 4th grade about LEADSTAR, which is important for clear communication.

6th = Monday was spent with some of our Kieve staff to reinforce what they learned at Kieve in the fall and how to make it last forever. They told the 5th graders not to worry about their upcoming time at the Leadership School and that they will learn a lot and have a great time.

7th = Tuesday, we had two guest speakers who lived through and witnessed the Holocaust and they described their unique experiences and answered questions for the students. During the assembly, the students presented what they learned from the Holocaust unit and from the visiting Holocaust survivors.

8th = Wednesday was spent with some of our Kieve staff to practice leadership and give positive advice about leadership to the younger students in the school. They described how to be a positive leader to the 7th grade at the assembly and also described what they learned through their time with our TLS educators.

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I would like to give a big shout out to Matt Michaud for his hard work and dedication getting ready for this huge week. He was always prepared for my questions and helped me get ready and make this winter and Star Week a great experience for our students and teachers.

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Chris Poulos was our guest of honor at the Star Week assembly. Chris is a former World Champion in Flatland Biking. He came to school to not only show us his stunts and bikes, but to talk to the students about how to act and grow. He talked about respect, how we treat people, taking chances and learning from our mistakes. These all relate to the Kieve learning model as well as what the students did all week to practice being a Star. Chris really reinforced everything we are striving for at Kieve as well as Loranger Middle School. Thank you Chris and thank you to all of the visiting Kieve staff and Loranger staff who helped make this a great Star Week!

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Paul “Pablo” McCarthy, Loranger EIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

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King EIR

It is hard to believe that we have just two short weeks left in our EIR program this winter. Time has certainly been flying by. It feels like just yesterday I stepped into the halls of King Middle School to do my site visit in November. I have had the pleasure of working primarily with Rhonda Janelle, the physical education teacher, this winter. I have had the chance to build stronger connections with the seventh grade students that came to Kieve in the fall as well as meet, get to know, and teach many Knights over the past few months.

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My role at King varies based on the day. The school is broken up into two houses: York and Windsor. The teachers in York 6 are especially supportive of The Leadership School. Each week, one of the teachers gives up their classes for the entire day to allow me to teach our curriculum. These students are getting a jump start for their visit to TLS next fall. This week I am going to have each of them write a letter to themselves about what they have learned this winter, that I will deliver to them when they come to Kieve next year.

The Windsor 6 teachers have given me the opportunity to work with students one on one in the classroom. I have tutored students in all different subjects, primarily working with ELL students and students with learning disabilities. It allows me to build stronger connections with them while simultaneously providing academic support.

As a school that recognizes the importance of expeditionary learning, every student is part of a “Crew” that meets four times each week. I have been working closely with a York 7 crew full of students that were at Kieve this fall. We have been able to review what they learned at TLS, attempt new team building challenges and introduce other parts of our curriculum. In addition to crew, we are together for academic crew and targeted learning time, where I provide academic support to whoever needs it.

King has introduced four new academic mindsets into their school this year. The eighth grade asked me to create and teach them initiatives that they could run with their students for the remainder of the school year with a goal for the students to fully understand what each of the mindsets means. Every eighth grader will have to give a presentation at the end of the year on the mindsets.  So far, this endeavor has been off to a great start.

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On top of seeing the students in the classroom, I am able to work with them daily in the gym with Rhonda. King is fortunate enough to have some climbing as a unit, including a climbing wall, a traversing wall and some high elements. With some snow day delays, we have finally put our students through belay school and have them climbing as much as possible. The sixth graders are especially excited for this opportunity and are even more excited to get on our course at TLS.

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Being at King has allowed me to become integrated into the Portland community. I have been helping coach the track team at King, which really gives me the opportunity to build stronger relationships with the students and get to connect with them on a deeper level. I have also been volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. In addition to doing a general shift each week, Kieve has agreed to fund TLS staff being guest chefs at RMH once a month –where we can go in and cook dinner for the families staying there.

2015 EIR’s Will Hackett, Sam Copland, Dave Berndtson and Hannah Lovejoy at the Ronald McDonald House

Beyond being at King, I have had the chance to visit other schools this winter through “Kieve days.” Of special importance to me, I had the pleasure of teaching at MSK. I got to teach the group of students that I taught in the fall at TLS. It was great to see how much they remembered and how easily they apply what they learned. The Kieve day at Loranger Middle School reunited me with one of my favorite cabin of girls from the fall. During February vacation, we worked Adventure Camp at Kieve, where I met a lot of local students. Kelsea and I were in charge of the 4th, 5th and 6th graders. We had a blast playing in the snow, making pretzels inside, and climbing on the indoor course.

In addition to all of this, I have had the opportunity to learn more as an educator. This past weekend, Kelsea, Hanne, Cam, Will and I attended the High 5 Symposium in Brattleboro, VT. We each got to attend different workshops that taught us new activities, introduced us to other incredible educators in our field and learned a lot overall. I also got to take a ME Guide Course this winter. I passed and am now a registered recreational guide, which makes me feel even more ready to work at Wavus this summer.

I look forward to getting the most out of my final weeks at King. I will continue to work with the students in the classroom, providing academic support and teaching our curriculum. We will try to give them as much climbing time as possible before I am back at TLS. And I am excited to continue working with the members of the track team. I plan to return for their championship meet in April. In addition, King holds a talent sho   w each spring to raise money for their students to come to Kieve in the fall. I plan on recruiting some co-workers and performing in it to support the students and their fundraising efforts.

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Bucksport EIR

Although I’ve only been at Bucksport Middle School for eight weeks,  the teachers and students have been so welcoming and opened their classrooms to me, it feels like I’ve been there all year. I’ve experienced nothing but positive vibes as I’ve gotten to know all of their wonderful faces.

During my eight weeks at Bucksport, I have been able to: provide weekly TLS programming to seventh and eighth grade classrooms, use my math background to work one on one with students, tell all of the riddles I keep in my back pocket, provide a parent information night for seventh grade parents, plan a “Kieve Day” for the eighth grade, and form amazing bonds with the students.

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Bucksport students participate in pipeline activity

My favorite part of this experience is getting to know the students. Most of my days are spent simply talking with students and being a positive role model.

In recent months, the town of Bucksport has suffered the closing of its mill, leaving many families suddenly jobless. This has effected both the school and so many of the students that I have come to know. I only hope that my presence can add some positivity to their day, if only in a small way.

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In closing, I can’t believe this time has flown by so fast! I’m so thankful to Bucksport for having me and can’t wait to wrap up these next three weeks and get the seventh grade to The Leadership School in April.

Mims Montgomery, Bucksport EIR

Mims Montgomery, Bucksport EIR

 

 

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