Our 8th-grade students have a period during their day dedicated to interdisciplinary or project-based learning where they do a variety of projects. This year for the first time some of our students entered the C-SPAN StudentCAM contest, What does it mean to be American. This year C-SPAN received 2,923 StudentCam documentaries from over 6,300 middle school and high school students representing 48 states and Washington DC. 150 of the documentaries were awarded prizes (monetary). Freeport Middle School earned two of these. We submitted 9 videos and had 2 award winners. Freeport Middle School had the only winning submissions from Maine. Students interviewed Paul Lepage, Chellie Pingree, Angus King, Sarah Gideon, Susan Collins, Jared Golden, Susan Nurse, Dr. Becky Foley and several local authors and activists in the production of their videos. All of the kids did a great job producing the videos.
The following students are the national award winners:
3rd Place Middle School Level: Al Dawson, Zane Aguiar, Will Morris
Honorable Mention Middle School Level: Lauren Roussel, Isla Wilson
The testing season is about to begin. Over the next three weeks we will be doing the MEA testing in all three grades in ELA and math (6 hours total). After vacation, we will do the NWEA math and reading testing in all grades (about 2-3 hours total). In mid-May, we will do one morning of MEA science in the 8th grade.