[DOE-Arts] News #1 from Argy

Nestor, Argy Argy.Nestor at maine.gov
Mon Jan 29 16:39:18 EST 2007

GREETINGS from Argy's cubby with a view of the State House dome!  My
cubicle at the Department of Education in the Cross building is a double
wide with a great view.  For those of you that aren't familiar, the
Cross building is connected to the State House by an underground tunnel
and the Department of Education takes the entire 5th floor.


Your name has been added to this list-serve because you were kind enough
to take a few minutes and fill out the survey after receiving a letter
from me in the fall.  The letter was sent to 1224 arts teachers and 350
participated in the survey.  YAHOO!


The purpose of this list-serve is to send you information that is
related specifically to Arts education and education in general.  My
goal is to send a brief message about twice a month.  If you want to
communicate directly with me please email me at: argy.nestor at maine.gov
<mailto:argy.nestor at maine.gov> 


If you would like to communicate with the entire list-serve please send
your message to: doe-arts at lists.maine.gov and I will post it to the


I said there would be a door prize for someone(s) who had participated
in filling out the survey and the winners are: Lisa Marin, a Visual Arts
teacher for grades K-12 at Moosabec Community School in Jonesport-Beals
and Robert Helstrom a band teacher for grades 7-12 in Ft. Fairfield.
They will each receive a year's membership to the Maine Alliance for
Arts Education plus an art print (Lisa) and a life size Hannaford cut
out of a tuba player named Hanni (Robert).  CONGRATULATIONS!


What is happening at the Department of Education?  The governor's
proposal for the reorganization of the school districts is keeping folks
busy.  PLEASE go to: http://www.maine.gov/education/  and read the
proposal.  It is important that you look at this information so you can
become better informed on what will be discussed in this session of the


On January 29th representative members of the Arts are Basic Coalition
(ABC) which is made up of Maine Alliance for Arts Education, Maine Music
Educators Association, Maine Art Educators Association, Dance Education
in Maine Schools, Maine Drama Council and Very Special Arts will be
meeting with the Commissioner of Education, Susan Gendron, to discuss
arts education topics.  I will be there as well and will keep you posted
on the outcomes of the meeting.


If you haven't looked at the proposed revisions of the Maine Learning
Results they are online at


Also, there are crosswalks (showing where the 1997 and 2007 MLR
overlap).  To view the crosswalks go to: 

The proposed revisions will be going to the legislature this session and
we should know the outcome sometime in April. 


I have been visiting school districts throughout the state (over 100
classrooms) and will be sharing some of what I have learned in this
list-serve.  To those of you I have visited THANK YOU for sharing your
classrooms and schools with me and for answering my follow-up questions.
Teachers of the ARTS ARE THE BEST!  We have SOOOOOOOO much to be proud


Make it a great day,

Argy Nestor

Visual and Performing Arts Specialist

Maine Department of Education

23 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0023


fax: 624-6821

argy.nestor at maine.gov



Make it a great day,



Ms. Argy Nestor

Visual and Performing Arts Specialist

Maine Department of Education

23 State House Station 

Augusta, Maine 04333-0023

Tel. 207-624-6825

Fax 207-624-6821




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