Principal's Report

Young School

"Principal’s Report"

Dr. Peter E. Harrison, Principal

December 2018


Parent Teacher Conferences

Classroom teachers have reported a high rate of parent participation in the November Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Classroom teachers and specialists were prepared to share their impressions relative to the development of students, including academically, socially, physically, and emotionally.  Parents had the opportunity to ask questions that they had relative to their child’s development, including progress toward grade level benchmarks.

“Dress Like A Penguin Day”…Young School Community Learns from Penguins

Young School, in memory of a beloved member of our community, celebrated the second annual “Dress Like A Penguin Day”.  Jacob Thompson loved penguins, and learned life lessons from them, just like we are doing now. The following lessons were borrowed and summarized from an article, “15 Love Lessons Everyone Should Learn From Penguins” (Yes Penguins)”.  Penguins often dance with joy at the sight of someone they love. When they get cold, they huddle together to find warmth. Penguins look out for each other. They love to gather with friends and family to have fun and play. Penguins are happy, rarely get discouraged, and rarely give up on their goals.  Penguins remember to stop and take in the view. Penguins recognize that raising a child is a shared responsibility. You can count on them to build a comfortable nest for their children. Penguins squawk and oftentimes engage in lively discussions and arguments. They get in each other’s faces, but they usually resolve their differences in a positive fashion.  They’ve learned to argue fairly, effectively, and almost never hold grudges. Learn more about penguins at the following site:

Young School Team Consults With SMS Project Based Learning Team On Budget

Our Young School Budget Team reached out to students from Saco Middle School to enlist their support in creating a solution that would result in determining whether or not, circular tables would accommodate our current student population during lunchtime.  Teams of students, using details provided by Young School personnel, through the application of budget analysis, measurement, and researching various table styles, presented Dr. Harrison and Mr. Black with their findings. The impressive proposals have proven to be informative.  We extend our thanks to the students and teachers, who participated in this project-based learning experiences.

Community Service

Students and their families have been invited to participate in the annual “Giving Tree” activity that is designed to support regional families in need during the holiday season.  Our Young School families have donated in excess of 150 items to the Salvation Army, the organization that sponsors this event.

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