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Kailey Ouellette graduated from Portland High School this week. All of us congratulate Kailey for reaching this landmark in her life. Kailey joined us last year. It was a big change for her. This is how Kailey described her first basketball tournament with the GBSD team:

“I moved to the Government Baxter School for the Deaf program at Portland High School last year. I was with more deaf students and staff and I felt more comfortable. It is a very friendly school. The basketball coach, Matt Welch, asked me to join the team. I was not ready to play because the tournament was very soon. But Matt said, “ Do you want to be our manager?”  I said, “ Yes please that would be great!”

In Rome, New York, there were nine teams and there were about 100 students and staff, who all signed.

When we got to the gym the first time I couldn’t move! I just stood and stared. There were so many deaf people and I noticed there were so many teams all using American Sign Language. Matt said, “ Do you see that?” I was speechless. I felt so awesome and happy.”

Kailey said this week: “I feel very proud to graduate this week. I was very happy at Portland High School. It was great for me.”

We wish Kailey every happiness and success in her future.


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sea dogs sink rubber ducks

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In the 7th inning the score was the Akron Rubber Ducks 8, Portland Sea Dogs 5. The Portland fans got behind the team and the Sea Dogs batters hit 8 runs in a great 8th inning comeback. The Sea Dogs coach said after winning the game: “We were struggling at the bottom of the 7th, but the fans got right behind us, the GBSD group most of all, and they inspired our hitters to do the job. I just wish they could make it to every game.”

It was a beautiful summer day and all the students had a great day out at the ballpark.

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job shadow


I went to the hotel. I had a great time.In the morning. I put on a nice shirt and went to the school. I went to the hotel at 9:30 a.m. There were about thirty other students. The manager  was called Kevin. Went to breakfast. The breakfast was free! All the students went to the meeting. Kevin showed YouTube and phone with key lock for the doors. Kevin gave us a packet with a fancy pen with flashlight! A man showed us around the hotel. We all saw the kitchen and the laundry and the bedroom and the car park and the clean and the swimming pool. The group went to the lobby. We all asked the staff about the hotel. The staff answered our questions. The staff were nice. We had lunch. Then we got on the bus I went back to PHS. The hotel was beautiful. The staff were friendly. I had a good time.

Joshua Hoskins


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academic bowl

Asad, Kailey, Taylor and Emma did a wonderful job competing in the Academic Bowl with different schools at the Indiana School for the Deaf in February.  We won three games and lost six games.  The students did a wonderful job and showed GREAT spirit.

“It was great! I loved it,” said Asad.

Two days in a row, the weather was awesome –  around 70 degrees. There were even some tornado warnings!  The next day, it was 30 degrees and snowy.

Many thanks to Jonathan Connick for his great support and teamwork.

I will miss you all.  Come and visit me in the sunshine state. Best Lenore Boerner.

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Top Row: Jonathan Connick and Lenore Boerner. Bottom Row:  Einstein (our substitute), Asad, Kailey, Emma and Taylor



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In science, Colin and Joshua are working on a unit called Force, Stability and Motion. We made an experiment to measure the acceleration, speed and deceleration of a golf ball we rolled down a ramp. “It is important to be accurate,” says Josh, who put the yellow tiles in the right places.

In the video, each pair of yellow tiles marks exactly 100cm.

We carefully recorded the times as the ball passed each 100cm marker:  100cm – 0.8s, 200cm – 1.3s, 300cm – 1.9s, 400cm – 2.6s, 500cm – 3.3s, 600cm – 4.0s, 700cm – 5.0s, 800cm – 6.2s, 900cm – 9.0s. (It was nice of the ball to stop right on the line!)

Then we used our data to graph the results:


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student of the quarter


Mr Divinsky and student of the quarter, Tessa Kidwell

Mr Divinsky and student of the quarter, Tessa Kidwell

Congratulations to Tessa Kidwell for earning the Student of the Quarter award at PATHS. ‘She is doing a great job at Food Services,’ said her teacher Mr. Divinsky, ‘and she deserves this award.’

Tessa said, “I love PATHS: I like the other students and I like Mr. Divinsky. I am very happy!”

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a snake in the hand…



In Mr Talarico’s excellent biology class in the first semester, Cole and Colin learned about ecology. They saw some live animals, including a bat, an owl and a snake. Some students and staff were a little nervous, but Cole and Colin had no fears in holding a snake. ‘This is so cool!’ said Colin. Cole was very impressed at the snake’s skin: ‘It is very smooth!’ he noted.

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my favorite season


I love Winter. I love snow. It is pretty.

I like Christmas. I like music, books, presents, cartoons, games, movies and dinner. I like playing in the snow. I like playing snowballs, building a snowman, making angels.

I like shoveling snow! My mom asks me then I move snow with a snow shovel. My mom says, ‘thank you good girl.’

Winter is beautiful.  I like trees, water ice, animals, and everything is white.

Winter in Maine is a great time of year.

Tessa Kidwell.

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my favorite season


I love summer in Maine. Summer is a great time for playing outside. I like swimming. I like playing in my yard. I love basketball and soccer.

I like the temperatures in the summer. Some days are really hot, 90 degrees. I like hot days. In the summer I can wear shorts and a t-shirt.

Summer is a pretty time of year. I like the blue sky. I like the yellow sun. I like the green grass. I like the flowers and the colorful rainbows.

I do not like winter. I do not like the snow. I do not like the cold!

Summer is my favorite time of year.

Josh Hoskins.

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