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Maine Central Institute – 2014 October

Via phone call:
Had a brief exchange about the meeting cancellation – Academic Dean and several others out of town or other commitments. Susie did report on continued efforts to recruit new team members. two parents, one teacher, and four students (one from each grade level) will be joining. In addition, two teachers with previous sporadic participation will be leaving the team. Tossed around the idea of me meeting with Academic Dean or Headmaster regarding school wide support.
The college trip to Boston is now a one day trip (vs. an overnight) due to logistics. Date is Nov. 14. They will be visiting Colleges of the Fenway and BU. Target is 40 students and will be open to juniors.

They guidance office offered an evening session for parents on using Naviance and no one showed.

Susie really liked the college bowl program she learned about at the Peer Learning session and is thinking of how to implement a version at MCI withing the school system using HS student mentors.
Oct. 15 was Ready, Set Career Day. Went very well. About 25 employers attended and interacted with over 100 students. Students participated in four 20 minute sessions. Surveys were collected from all participants. Event was for seniors during an underclass testing day.

Susie will be coming to the Belfast meeting at the end of the month as we both agreed it would be beneficial seeing how another team operates. She will meet me there.
Also planning another faculty coffee hour due to the success of the September event.

Four-year grant aids in followup on Telstar grads

The Bethel Citizen – Thur Aug 2, 2012

Thanks to a new four-year, $10,500-a-year grant from the MELMAC Foundation, Telstar will continue to take classes of students on college visits, and Ted Davis will continue follow-up calls to new high school grads to ask them about their plans.

Those activities are among the components of a nine-year-old effort here to get Telstar High School students to make post-secondary educational plans – and then follow through with them.

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Carrabec elevates the bar

The Morning Sentinal – Thur Feb 2, 2012

ANSON — Eleven sophomores at Carrabec High School sat in a classroom Wednesday beneath painted ceiling tiles depicting the colleges they dream of attending: Harvard University, Marist College, University of Georgia, University of New England.

The students were selected specially to participate in a new program this year called Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, which targets “students in the middle.” They are smart students but can benefit from learning new study skills and taking demanding courses.

Like the rest of the school serving Anson, Embden, Solon and New Portland, they already are showing remarkable improvement.

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Post-Secondary Work – Valley Students Outpace Others

Morning Sentinal – Sun Jan 13, 2008

BINGHAM — In what educators call a culture shift, Valley High School increased the percentage of its students going on to post-secondary schools by more than 36 percent over four years.

The percentage of Valley High School students going on to post-secondary education increased from 54 percent in 2003 to 96 percent in 2006, according to the MELMAC Education Foundation. That is the most of 28 high schools that received a foundation grant during that period.

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