Beacon school news, Oct. 13

Posted Oct. 07, 2011, at 10:34 p.m.

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Mid-Coast School of Technology open house

ROCKLAND — Parents, guardians and community members are invited to attend the Fall Parent-Teacher Conference and Open House 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Mid-Coast School of Technology. The event will begin with the hospitality program serving a spaghetti dinner 5-7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance through the school or at the door. The cost is $5, $3 children 12 and under.

Parents and community members will have the opportunity to meet with technology and academic instructors in the classroom and shop areas.

A special invitation is extended to the freshmen and sophomores of local sending high schools to stop by to see what is available for programs.

Volunteer adult tutors

Volunteer tutors are needed in Waldoboro and Camden to help adults in learning centers. Five Town CSD Adult and Community Education will offer a free class, Volunteer Tutor Training, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the YMCA’s Teen Center in downtown Camden. Learn how to work one-on-one with adults to assist them with their educational goals, such as improving reading and writing skills, and earning a GED. There is no charge, but call the adult ed office to register. A light lunch will be provided to participants. Call Adult Ed at 236-2089, option 5, or visit http://fivetowns.maineadulted.org.

Tuscany raffle

ROCKLAND — Penobscot School is sponsoring A Week in Tuscany raffle as part of celebrating 25 years of service to midcoast communities.

Penobscot School, a not-for-profit center for language learning and cultural exchange, is selling 200 raffle tickets at $100 each. Raffle proceeds will fund new programs and building improvements.

First prize is a trip for four to a villa in Tuscany and $1,000 toward travel expenses. The villa is owned by Nancy Harmon Jenkins, Penobscot School student and a part-time resident of Camden. Jenkins will welcome the lucky winner, along with the winner’s three guests, to her villa in the spring of 2012.

Second prize is a $200 gift certificate to Amalfi’s On the Water. Third prize is an assortment of organic wines from Chartrand Imports.

Winners will be announced in November. Purchase tickets at http://www.penobscot.us/, at the school at 28 Gay St. or call 594-1084.

Accounting course

ROCKPORT — Five Town CSD Adult Ed has a program that makes it easy to take high-quality, noncredit online courses. It has partnered with ed2go to offer hundreds of online, instructor-led courses.

Five Town Adult Ed has more than 300 instructor-facilitated online courses. Students have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course, and access to the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A professional instructor facilitates every course, pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback and facilitating discussions.

To learn more, call Five Town CSD Adult Ed at 236-7800, option 5, or visit http://www.fivetowns.maineadulted.org.

Farm to School Program

WISCASSET — The Morris Farm, Focus on Agriculture in Rural Maine Schools and the Wiscasset Primary School announced a new collaborative Farm to School Program. A grant from a private foundation has enabled the Morris Farm to hire a farm to school coordinator who is located in the Wiscasset Primary School. The work is an expansion of an existing Farm to School Project in the Damariscotta area.

Abby Plummer, the new farm to school coordinator at Wiscasset Primary School, will work with classroom teachers and students to complement the existing curriculum with work in the Morris Farm Wiscasset Primary School Garden. Children will learn science, reading and math as they harvest, cook and eat food from the garden this fall. Plummer will conduct FARMS “taste tests” in classrooms, allowing students to enjoy local, seasonal produce and in some cases meet the farmers who grew it. Plummer also will assist Theresa Meehan, school cafeteria manager, with a new composting program during school lunch.

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