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A new Governor Baxter School for the Deaf sign has been erected at the entryway to Mackworth Island.
The Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is providing new options for learning. "Statewide, we are looking at more than 800 we know of that could be serviced... and we want to be the go-to agency for schools with kids who are deaf and hard of hearing and we are building that reputation" says O.J. Logue, the Executive Director Of Maine Educational Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
At the board meeting, I will be introducing to you our new PSO coordinator, Kevin Bohlin, from Concord, New Hampshire. We are thrilled to have his expertise and energy. Liz Seal, Teacher of Deaf for Public School Outreach has recently resigned her position with December 17th as her last day. We wish her well.
For the past few months, the leadership team has been working with pro bono strategist, Mark Falbo.
Much has occurred in the past month which you will glean from the other directors’ reports. MECDHH/GBSD has established a clear presence in Maine and across the country. Our staff and school board member serve on many important boards and commissions related to deafness.
Preschool summer program will run July 10 - August 2, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9-12.
For more information, please contact Lori Levesque at 781-6305 or by email
From the Office of the Executive Director
This report will be brief due to our recent BOD meeting on February 15th and the occurrence of school vacation week.
GBSD/MECDHH’s Academic Bowl Team was well represented by Captain’s Emma Foster and Taylor Gagnon along with teammates Cole Crossman and Marina Thompson. This team was led by our two coaches: Jonathan Connick and Emily Brachly. The event occurred on February 17th & 18th and took place at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs. They competed against 20 other teams and advanced to the quarter finals. Emma and Taylor were honored with medals for being participants for the past 4 Academic Bowls. Congratulations to all of our students and coaches for representing GBSD/MECDHH so well.
Hopefully, everyone has recovered from all the recent storms we have had. It has been difficult to provide smooth and continuous educational services with so many school cancellations and delays. I greatly appreciate the support of the Board to be flexible in rescheduling. Hopefully, we will resume our regular meeting schedule.
Hard to believe that we are already into another year! Here's wishing a wonderful year for all board members who so unselfishly give of their time.
As you are aware, John Shattuck had to step down as board chair due to request from the Attorney General's office. We are most fortunate that Jason White has willingly stepped into this role. Michelle is able to remain in her capacity as vice chair. The transition between John and Jason has gone very smoothly.
Request for Proposals
The cold winds of January have led to some snowy days in February that have been disruptive to say the least. Despite nature’s wrath, school continues!
It has been a very busy month for the Academic Department with many exciting things happening in our Portland Schools-based programs.
We are seeking an experienced educational leader with a strong commitment to our vision and mission. This leader must have strong communication skills as reflected in fluency in ASL and English, and support bilingual and bimodal programs as part of a continuum of services.
The Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Governor Baxter School for the Deaf (MECDHH/GBSD) with early intervention programs and offices on Mackworth Island (located outside of Portland ME) is charged with the provision of statewide services to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing from birth through age twenty.
The month of April is always a very busy one and highlighted with progress reporting, mandated assessments, training opportunities, IEP meetings, course scheduling and planning for the summer and fall months.
The Academic Department and classroom programs have been very busy the past several months and as we transition into January and the second half of the school year.
Believe it or not, 2015 is quickly coming to a close and, at this time of year, it is good to take stock of some of the accomplishments thus far in the school year and also look ahead to upcoming events.
The 2015-2016 school year is now into its second month and classroom programs K - 12 are establishing firmer routines and schedules, completing various student assessments and refining instructional approaches to meet diverse student needs.
The Maine Chapter of Hands & Voices / Guide By Your Side Program recently had their first statewide conference, "Working Together For Success."
Cathy Lushman receives an award from the "Deaf Communit of Maine" September 17th, 2015
The Twelfth Annual Mackworth Island Show & Shine
Sunday, July 26, 2015 (10am - 2pm)Mackworth Island, Falmouth, Maine
ASL Winter/Spring/Summer Courses 2015 :
Academic DepartmentAs the temperatures are becoming much cooler, the past month has been a busy one for the Academic Department as we are now getting deeper into the school year where learning expectations and routines are becoming firmly established. Believe it or not, the first 50 plus days of school are already behind us! Teachers have been working diligently developing engaging units of study and lessons that are both aligned with standards of the Common Core and the Maine Learning Results. With the assistance of our curriculum consultant, Deborah Howard, teachers have been learning how to look at and develop units of study for our students that meet Common Core standards and focus on learning outcomes.
Mackworth Preschool now has openings for Hearing Children.
With about four weeks remaining in the 2013-2014 school year, the warmer temperatures of May seem to remind us of how far we have come. It also reminds of how much work lies ahead to prepare for the coming summer program and the start of the 2014-2015 school year. While we must certainly look ahead, there is still a lot of instructional time left to the current school year and it is during these final weeks that providing lots of structured learning activities and enrichment opportunities are the most important of all. Additionally, supporting our students, families and staff members for all of the transitions that come with the end of one year and the beginning of another becomes a key focus for the academic department. Clearly, this is a busy time of year.
A look at the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing's
work training program at PHS
Recently held competition at Rochester School for the Deaf, New York
A deaf student receives an extra special gift from officer Behnke who takes time out of her day, every day, to say hello to Christian Lemelin.
Interested in learning American Sign Language?
The Main Educational Center For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing teams up with Boston Children's Hospital and Clerc Center to revise the cochlear implant guidelines they helped create!