Anne Leslie

Plastadermy?

You’ve never seen animal trophies quite like these–no taxidermy required! Chewonki Elementary and Middle School seventh- and eight-graders just finished using plaster, fabric, raffia, paper, paint, and other materials to create and mount the heads (and in some cases, bodies) of creatures from around the globe that are critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable to threats. …

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Welcome Semester 64!

Blue sky, eager faculty, and fresh snow greeted arriving students on Wednesday, January 22, the first day of Maine Coast Semester 64. Parents and siblings helped unpack students’ belongings from cars while our workhorse Bob, with Farm Manager Megan Phillips at the reins, clopped back and forth between the parking lot and cabins, pulling wagon …

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Ho-Ho-Ho-liday Craft Fair

All of a sudden, it’s the season: time for the Chewonki Holiday Craft Fair! Makers of all ages sold one-of-a-kind gifts to the Chewonki community and the public at this year’s lively fair, which took place on Tuesday, December 10, in the Center for Environmental Education’s Chapin Hall. The youngest sellers were nine Chewonki Elementary …

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Cetacean Curves

Maine Coast Semester math teachers Katie Curtis and Liz Burroughs had their precalculus students doing something fishy last week: calculating an equation to describe the curve of a pilot whale’s spine and then plotting points of the curve on a swath of graph paper. One student, Dylan Stachtiaris, went farther, using graphing software called Desmos …

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A Few Maps of Home

Most of us, consciously or unconsciously, carry in our heads annotated maps of the places we love. Maine Coast Semester English teacher Sarah Rebick asked her “Literature and the Land” students each to make a map of “the place they think of as home,” she explains, at the start of Semester 63 in September. Those …

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Exploring The Lobster Coast with Colin Woodard

In November, the award-winning author, journalist, and culture critic Colin Woodard joined us at Chewonki to speak to Maine Coast Semester students about Maine history and identity. He’s the perfect person to do it; he dissected Maine in his bestselling book The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier, exploring his …

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Ars Longa; Dies Breves

Forgive us for playing with Hippocrates’s words, but during these short days in Maine, when sunlit hours are fleeting, art shines far-reaching light on Chewonki Neck. Maine Coast Semester 63’s creative work, from drawings and photographs to ceramics and hand-made brooms, is on exhibit in the Center for Environmental Maine Coast Semester 63. Semester students …

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Learning to See

Seventh-graders from Camden Rockport Middle School in Camden, Maine, were poking around Chewonki recently, notebooks in hand. What was most noticeable about them was how intently they were looking. They quietly scrutinized the farm animals, the November forest, and the shoreline.  Camden Rockport Middle School is among the schools with whom Chewonki Outdoor Classroom works, …

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Chewonki Elementary and Middle School Announces New Name

Wiscasset, Maine. Applause and cheers from students, parents, teachers, and Chewonki staff on Thursday marked the unveiling of a new name for the Elementary School at Chewonki, now officially Chewonki Elementary and Middle School. The school began in 2015 as a small venture powered by a big dream, one teacher, one teaching assistant, and nine …

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