Center Drive School 17 School Street, Orrington, ME 04474 (207) 825-3697 Copyright © 2017
My last blog post...
Third graders created "goodbye" signs to our friend, David Swett, whose last day was May 31, 2018.
Fifth graders completed their research and presentation on Maine Maritime Academy's Training Ship State of Maine.
Sixth graders completed their "Car Challenge". Challenge Champion was Liam and Runner-Up was Ethan. Look for pics in the "Gallery" page.
Seventh graders completed individual projects on topics of their choosing.
G-T Art group met for the last time this school year.
It's been my pleasure to be part of the Center Drive School Community for the past ten years. Carolyn Horth
Field Trip to Maine Maritime Academy - On April 11, a group of 18 students, six parents and two staff had an amazing experience at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. Students practiced piloting a tugboat and a Coast Guard cruiser in the state-of-the-art bridge simulation rooms. We dined in the "mess deck", and then toured the Training Ship State of Maine (TSSOM). Students learned about the ship's history, and the daily routine aboard the training vessel. TSSOM left Castine on May 11, 2018 for her spring training cruise to Europe and the Mediterranean Sea. Students had an on-board experience on the research vessel, Susan J Clark, and had the opportunity to pilot this vessel, under the captain's supervision. This field trip was a great opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in science, technology, math, and engineering.
Special Olympics - Four eighth grade G-T students volunteered all day at the Penobscot Special Olympics Track and Field competition. They did a great job! Thanks, Silvia, Sydney, Aliah and Dalton! Thanks also to Mrs. Spox for everything she does for all CDS students.
Student Learning - Trimester 3
Art - G-T art students continue to meet weekly for drawing competitions and peer critiques. These sessions are student-led.
Music - G-T music students are preparing their solos for the spring concert at the end of May. See the "Gallery" for photos.
7th grade - Astronomy topics are culminating in individual project-based learning.
6th grade - Astronomy unit culminated in a paper airplane contest - judged on distance, speed and unique design. Overall commander was Colin and co-pilot was Liam. See the "Gallery" for photos.
5th grade - Students are researching and preparing a presentation on the TSSOM. They will share the presentation with their fifth grade classes.
4th grade - Math and individual learning
3rd grade - Book Club - The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
The school year is ending soon, and I will be saying farewell to Center Drive School's gifted and talented students. I'm starting the next chapter of my life; I hope to travel the USA and Canada with my husband and our pets. It has been my pleasure and my privilege to work with CDS students over the past ten years.
Osher Map Library - Mapmaking Contest
Congratulations to Center Drive School student Ella D, whose map, Bouquet of the USA is one of ten finalists in the Osher Map Library's mapmaking contest. Voting ends Monday, April 9 at noon. Please go to
http://contest.oshermaps.org/ and vote for the map you like best.
Penobscot County Spelling Bee - March 3, 2018. Congrats to Dominic and Eva -- great job!!
Field Trip - Our STEM field trip to Maine Maritime Academy is coming right up-- April 11, 2018. Grades 5-8, including Center Drive School, Dedham School and Airline School.
Maine Geographic Bee - April 6 at University of Maine at Farmington - Good Luck Brayden!!!!!!!!
National History Day - April 7 at University of Maine
Student learning - Trimester 3
Grade 8 - Students will be helping out at the Maine Special Olympics May 2, 2018
Grade 7 - Astronomy/Astrophysics/Cosmology
Grade 6 - Astronomy/Astrophysics/Cosmology
Grade 5 - Mini-mini golf and research project
Grade 4 - Math and individual learning
Grade 3 - Book Club
Spring is just around the corner, as you can see by the photo I took in my "dooryard" on March 9! There is much going on right now, and I'd like to bring you up to date.
Gifted-Talented Coordinator for AOS 47 - Congratulations to Patti Currie-Wright, who will be Gifted-Talented Coordinator for Center Drive School and Dedham School, beginning in fall, 2018.
Gifted-Talented Parent Nominations - Nominations for G-T students will be reviewed in the spring, and the identification team will meet in May. Parents wishing to nominate a child may download the nomination forms from the school website (or from this website), and submit a completed nomination to the CDS office by May 1, 2018.
Trimester Summaries - A summary of student learning activities and projects will go home with their report card at the end of this trimester.
STEM Field Trip - Middle School G-T students have the opportunity to travel to Maine Maritime Academy in Castine on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Informational flyers and permission slips have gone home with each student. Please return the permission slips to the office by April 4 at the latest.
Osher Map Library Mapmaking Contest - Fifth grade students are polishing up their map-making skills to create an illustrated map for the map contest. Finished maps are due March 16, 2018.
Maine State Invention Convention at the Cross Center, Bangor - March 17, 2018. Check out the inventions created by middle school students at the Maine Invention Convention. Judging is below:
Maine History Day April 7, 2018 - The Maine competition for National History Day will be held at the University of Maine. Although CDS doesn't have students competing this year, you are still invited to check out this competition. Four CDS students have qualified for the national competition at the University of Maryland.
Special Olympics Track & Field event - May 2, 2018 in Bangor. Eighth grade G-T students have again been invited to help out as volunteers.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field trip to Maine Maritime Academy for GT students in grades 5-8. Details will be given to students during week of February 26. If you wish to receive digital copy of the flyer and the permission form, please email me.
February has been kind of an up-and-down month. Snow days, illnesses, etc. have taken their toll on our GT classes. Here's what's going on this month:
7th - Individual projects, including one student preparing for the Invention Convention, to be held March 14 during the Science Festival. Projects include: a video dictionary; a creative writing project; creation of a new country; and a soccer-themed project.
6th - Space studies are continuing. Early NASA exploratory missions were discussed, and we're watching Apollo 13.
5th - Taking a break from mini-mini golf to create entries for the Osher Map Library contest.
Mapmaking Contest!Inviting all Maine 5th Graders......to enter our Illustrated Mapmaking Contest for the chance to win $1,000 ($500 for you, $500 for your class)!
3rd - Making an advertisement for an old product with a new name, inspired by the book Frindle by Andrew Clements
Back to school after the holidays and multiple snow days! Here's what's going on this month!
Art - Students are working on individual projects -- 3D paper, sketches, characters for a graphic novel...
Music - After a hiatus due to teacher illness, music students have resumed work on their individual goals.
Grade 3 - Reading Club began this month. We'll be engaged in extension projects for their club book. The project hasn't yet been announced, but it will fe FUN!
Grade 4 - Also began this month, with individual work.
Grade 5 - Developing math extension -- designing and building a mini-mini golf hole.
Grade 6 - Began our Space/Astronomy unit with generating questions the students wished to find answers to. Topics include human space exploration, the Big Bang Theory and some very interesting inquiries in theoretical astrophysics.
Grade 7 - Presenting individual extra credit projects in social studies class this month. Each student has outlined and begun working on an individual or partner project of their own interest.
Here's what's been happening!
Art - All G-T art students from Dedham and Center Drive Schools traveled to the Colby College Museum of Art in early November. Students toured the museum with a docent, looking at the symbolism in several works created during and after the American Civil War. There was time to sketch in the gallery; each student chose a painting, and sketched from that painting. We had a hands-on workshop in "assemblages" with the theme of justice/injustice. Students brought their assemblages home with them. Thanks to parents, chaperones, and administrators for supporting this field trip! There are photos in the gallery section of this website.
Music - Students have set their own musicianship goals, and are working hard to achieve them.
Academic G-T - Each student has received an individual report of this trimester's activities. Reports should have gone home with their report cards on 12/8/17. Fifth grade finished researching Trumpeter Swans; sixth grade finished bridges and are beginning a unit on space; seventh grade finished a unit on Medieval times in Europe, culminating with an extra-credit project to share with their social studies class.
If parents did not received their child's Trimester 1 report, please email me and I'll send another.
Happy holidays to you and Happy New Year!
GT Art students in all grades will have a field trip to the Colby College Museum of Art on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Permission slips to be returned to Mrs. Stevens by November 3.
GT Music students continue to work independently on their goals in musicianship.
Grade 5 - working on mini-mini golf
Grade 6 - We broke the toothpick bridges - pics are on the Gallery page of this website.
Grade 7 - We have been traveling back to the middle ages, learning about the feudal system, the Crusades and the Black Death. Pics are on the Gallery page of this website.
First Trimester - September-December, 2017
G-T Art students are creating their own art projects, both inside and outside of regular art classes
G-T Music students are pursuing individual goals in composition and musicianship
G-T Academic students - Grade 5 mini-mini golf; Grade 6 finishing and testing toothpick bridges; Grade 7 enrichment activities in medieval European history; Grade 8 - independent study
Carolyn Horth, Gifted-Talented Coordinator
I have been the G-T coordinator since 2009. In addition, I have taught World Languages at CDS until my semi-retirement. I have Gifted-Talented endorsement in addition to professional teaching certification K-12. My interests are history and world cultures. I love hiking and skiing.