Junior NAD in Rochester NY

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Our Baxter seniors went to the Junior National Association for the Deaf conference in Rochester, New York, in early November. The Junior NAD offers deaf and hard of hearing students in 7th through 12th grade opportunities to develop leadership skills, learn and demonstrate citizenship, and meet and interact with students from other schools and states.

“I had a lot fun at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. It was great to meet a lot people from many different states, I had a wonderful time: it was the first time in years that I had a chance to hang out with a large group of deaf students.” Tyler Dufour

“There were so many really cool meetings new friends from so many states. It was so interesting to see and learn different regional ASL signs from the other states. There were a lot of workshops and presentations. I was very excited to meet Nancy Rourke -  she is an awesome deaf artist and I was very lucky to have a 15 minute talk with her! “ Marena Thompson

(Alex Abenchuchan presents an online daily news show, The Daily Moth, in American Sign Language; he is very well known and respected by the deaf citizens of America.)

“Alex is one of our wonderful leaders. He spoke about his own motivation to become a deaf news anchor for our community. He helps us to understand more about what’s going on around the world. He showed us how to be a really good leader and made me feel like I can be a good leader and a good role model. One day I want to be a good leader as a Ford mechanic: Alex is an inspiration.” Tyler Dufour

“I was working on the interview broadcast, my job was adjusting the camera to make it perfect. I was excited to meet Alex because I always watch his news broadcasts on Facebook.” Kamron King

Kamron also liked the presentation “Building Leadership Within You”:

“I would like to be a good leader. I would get around and see everyone, help out anyone with a problem, and talk with them if they’re feeling a little down. I feel good if I can help people: it feels great to me when they are smiling.”


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Learning from the professionals

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On November 18, 2019 two students went to a local restaurant called Mami. This restaurant serves mostly Japanese cuisine. Our two students, Lucky and Bela learned about the kitchen at Mami, stressing mostly upon sanitizing and cleanliness. While there they had the opportunity to cook and make Nutella filled fish shaped pastries. These two students also work our programs coffee cart. Because of their trip to the restaurant, they got some valuable experience that they can apply to their coffee cart work.

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Bulldogs Football



Marlaco just finished a great season with the PHS football team. This was his first season. Marlaco played defense and did a great job. “He is a good player,” said his coach. “He worked hard in practice, and really improved as a player. See you next year, Marlaco!”

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Bulldogs Soccer




Lucky just finished his first season playing for the PHS Freshmen Bulldogs Soccer team. Lucky practiced every day. “Lucky did a great job,” said his coach. “He plays smart: he likes to pass the ball and he showed a lot of awareness on the pitch.” Lucky says “I can’t wait for next season! It was a lot of fun, and I made some great friends in the team. Next year I will score a lot of goals!”


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a second home for Tyler

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Yankee Ford is like my second home because they have a SUPER friendly staff that always keep me busy. I’ve learned so many things from them and this will also apply to my future real-life job.
I have made my own decision about what kind career I want: I want to become a Master Ford Mechanic Technician.

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Deaf tea in Augusta



I feel like my mind was blown in the deaf tea event!
In August someone sent mail to me: ¨You are invited to deaf tea event on September 20.¨
I felt so weird and confused then I asked my friends, “Did you did get any mail for the deaf tea event?¨
My friends said “No.” Two weeks later someone sent me a letter for the deaf tea event: “You JUST GOT AWARD FOR THE DEAF EVENT!”
When I got back to school I asked the teacher about the deaf tea award. I felt so nervous about it!
On September 20 we went to the State House: my heart was really beating; I was nervous and making fun. When the presentations started my brain said, “OMG I’M NOT READY FOR IT!” Then someone started a presentation about me for my award! Everyone started to clap for me. I just got an award for leardership for deaf community.
I felt proud, my heartbeat was GONE and nothing nervous. I just gave a short speech to thank everyone and it was a good experience. I also met the new Governor of Maine, Janet Mills! She said ¨ Wow! nice speech for everyone and congratulations Marena Thompson!” I said thank you to Janet Mills.
I really missed my family at the deaf tea event but I knew my family was so busy. I know my family felt so proud of me.

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my first impressions of PHS


When I first came to PHS, my first impression was “Wow! This is a huge school.” But as the day went on, I got used to it more and more. The first two weeks were crazy! It was definitely a mission to find all the classes, meet your teachers and make new friends. So far, the mission has been pretty successful! It’s weird adjusting to a much bigger school, especially when you come from a small middle school, you can go from knowing everyone to knowing only a handful of students. It’s crazy.
Samantha 2023

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A New Academic Year!

Greetings from the PHS staff to all our returning students: Tyler, Marena, Kamron, Marlaco, Keyana, Lucky, and Bela.

And welcome to our new students: Samantha  and Zachary who join the PHS Freshman Class.

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last year’s news

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