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The Compass, 10/12/19

posted Oct 13, 2019, 12:50 PM by Charles Hamm

     Peak foliage is particularly beautiful this year. It’s summer’s last gift before our world transitions and we turn our clocks back. In the meantime, Islesboro Central School continues to reflect on present practices and future initiatives. Our work as educators blends from one week to the next, not unlike the seasons. This past week was right on par with previous weeks.

     We began with our High School students spending two days and nights at Bowdoin College. It’s a beautiful campus and the perfect time of the year to visit. Mid-week gave us a gorgeous, sunny day, to celebrate the completion of our solar array. The entire school community and local well-wishers, joined us as we flipped the switch to our ground installed solar array. Clean, renewable, solar energy will provide us with 40% of our electrical needs. We are proud to complete this project. Solar energy supports our efforts to shrink our carbon footprint and lesson our dependence on fossil fuels. Special thanks to TL Tutor, Ryan Martin, Sally McDonough, Dick Cilley, Supt. Bob England, the ICS School Board, Hans Albee, Jennifer Albee, Scott Sienkiewicz, Paul Grindle, Gabe Pendleton, our neighbors Corky and Sharon, and the entire Islesboro community, for making our transition to solar, possible. 

     Students did not have school Friday. Staff attended an all day conference, hosted by the Island Institute, at Region 8 Tech Center. The new Region 8 facility is remarkable, the food they prepared was delicious, and the Island Institute did a great job putting together a full day. Networking with other coastal and island school staff is always a treat. Maine’s Commissioner of Education, Pendor Makin, was the keynote speaker. She spoke sincerely of the valuable work we do in schools and gave a heartfelt and uplifting message in her opening remarks. 

     Enjoy the long weekend, everybody. We’ll pick up where we left off, on Tuesday. 


Chuck Hamm                                                                                                                

Head of School