RSU 73 schools abuzz with activities

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LIVERMORE FALLS — Regional School Unit 73 directors received an update Thursday about upcoming school events.

At Spruce Mountain Primary School in Livermore, WMTW News 8 will host a Weather in School segment with meteorologist Mallory Brooke on Tuesday, Oct. 10. She will broadcast live from the school gym at 6:10 and 6:40 a.m. before holding an assembly at 8:50 a.m.

On Friday, Oct. 20, Grandparents Day will take place in an open house format from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

The school will also host a Veterans Day lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 7, with pre-kindergarten students only. The rest of the school will celebrate during regularly scheduled lunches on Nov. 9.

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Spruce Mountain Elementary School in Jay is teaming up with Good Shepherd Food Bank to help feed children and families in need, said Principal Chris Hollingsworth. Once per month the school picks up produce from the food bank and distributes it.

Fall sports are underway at Spruce Mountain Middle School in Jay, said Principal Scott Albert.

“Despite having only varsity sports, we didn’t have to cut any students from any squads,” he said.

Earlier this month, sixth-graders attended the Gulf of Maine Research Institute on an educational field trip at no cost to the school district, said Albert.

Recently, eighth-graders planted chestnut trees on the recreation lot behind Spruce Mountain High School in Jay with assistance from high school students. Albert said eighth-graders would study the trees throughout the year to see how they reacted to the soil conditions and climate.

A Yankee Candle fundraiser will take place at the middle school until Oct. 12 to benefit end-of-semester trips.

Last week, Spruce Mountain High School hosted its Homecoming Week. Seniors won the overall competition, which featured different activities and dress up days.

“It was a great week. The kids had a lot of school spirit,” said Principal Thomas Plourde.

“It was wonderful to witness the school and community spirit,” said Superintendent Kenneth Healey, who judged floats at the parade.

There are three Red Cross blood drives being scheduled at the school for later this year.

When asked by the board why students’ SAT test scores increased, Plourde said teachers focused on the college board’s curriculum to help them study for the SAT.

“I just think our teachers are really focused right now, and our students are really together with it,” he said.

bmatulaitis@sunmediagroup.net

Regional School Unit 73 Superintendent’s Office.

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