[DOE-Arts] Memorial Day weekend!

Argy Nestor argy.nestor at maine.gov
Wed May 30 05:59:09 EDT 2012

The weekend was filled with recognition of the holiday as it was intended, to remember the soldiers who died in the Civil War, originally called Decoration Day. And, it also provided a chance to enjoy a gorgeous weekend on the water, in the garden, and with friends and family. Sadness struck when I heard the news of the passing of art teacher Jackie McTigue. No doubt, she will be sorely missed by her students and her school community and family. It was a reminder for me to "do good work" and to "live each day to the fullest"! I wish you well as you finish out the last days of May 2012.

I am looking for those of you who are retiring this year. Please send me your name, school, and years you've taught so I can include the information in a blog post. Or if you have a colleague who is retiring, please send me their information. THANKS!

The last in the series of Maine Arts Assessment Initiative webinars took place last Wednesday. The Commissioner of Education, Steve Bowen, was the guest. You can access the archive by clicking here. A great big thank you to Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring for the outstanding work they've done this school year facilitating seven webinars. They are all archived with meeting plans at http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/vpa/assessment.html. This is the direct link to last weeks archive:

Maine Arts Assessment Initiative Phase 2
The Teacher Leaders have been selected, their wiki has been set up, and the work continues with the MAAI. You can keep abreast of the opportunities to learn by following the blog posts or go to http://maineartsassessment.pbworks.com.

Blog posts
Below are the latest blog posts since I wrote last week. Please note the one in orange is related to the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. Thanks to everyone who has sent information to include in the meartsed blog. You can access them at http://meartsed.wordpress.com/.

Another Arts Teachers' Story: Shari Tarleton - Brunswick Jr. High School music teacher and teacher leader
Arts Night at Bonny Eagle - Celebrating the arts in Standish
Eagles Have Landed - OMG, Suzanne Goulet's experience
All-state Music Conference - Music teachers and students on the UMaine campus
In Today's News - Jackie McTigue, art teacher from Glenburn Elementary School
UMaine Museum of Art: Eva Wagner - Read about the good work going on at the museum
Media Release - 1000 students make music
In Today's News - Buckfield Junior - Senior High School holds first annual art and music night
Hampden Academy Bronco - Art teacher Leah Olson shares about artist Forest Hart working with students
In Today's News - Leonard Middle School Music Educator Shianne Priest and "Stars that Shine"
Tomorrow at UMaine - MLTI student conference featured music making
Camden Rockport Middle School - ARTS ALIVE Night

As you move into the last phase of the school year, please make every day the best it can be for you and your students. Thank you for the important work you do each day in classrooms across the state of Maine!

Make it a great last couple of days of May,

Argy Nestor
Visual and Performing Arts Specialist
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
fax: 207-624-6821
argy.nestor at maine.gov

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