“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ― John Muir
 2015 School That Shines Award Winner

What is MESA?

MESA offers a unique opportunity to students in grades 6-8 to complete their middle school years in an experiential setting. Through a rigorous, ecology-based curriculum, students will develop 21st century skills. The objective of the program is to give students the opportunity to learn about their surrounding environment; to be introduced to the state curriculum standards through authentic experiences that bring standards to life; and to provide personal growth opportunities creating a culture of leadership and teamwork. Students will design, organize, and implement activities and programs which will enhance district schools and our surrounding towns. 

Learning that is considered "experiential" contains the following elements:

  1. Reflection, critical analysis and synthesis
  2. Opportunities for students to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results
  3. Opportunities for students to engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, or physically
  4. A designed learning experience that includes the possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes, and successes

Located near wetlands, forests and fields, MESA is perfectly situated for place-based education. Place-based education is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum. Emphasizing real-world learning experiences, this approach to education increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens. Community vitality and environmental quality are improved through the active engagement of local citizens, community organizations, and environmental resources in the life of the school.

To download an application, go to the Information tab above or click here. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are due April 14th.

**Parent Info Night April 11th at 5:00pm at Molly Ockett

Email us: mesa@msad72.org


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Announcements-Please scroll down to see more

  • On the threshold of the unknown Thanks to the Perloff Foundation, MESA is able to incorporate 3D printing into our program. Where do we go now? Our imagination is the only limit.A whistle.
    Posted Mar 21, 2017, 10:25 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • MESA's trip to Saphound Maple Company March 17th, MESA along with Bryant Pond 4-H Extension traveled to Saphound Maple Company in Brownfield, Maine. Being the year long theme of ecohydrology, Saphound's Corrie Blodgett not ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2017, 6:48 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • 3/16 TMCC and Cultural Eutrophication Maine Environmental Science Academy worked with teacher naturalist, Mike Dufilho and today we are talkied about how watersheds connect us all. What is point and non source pollution? Cultural eutrophication ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2017, 4:49 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • 3D printing thanks to the Perlff Foundation And we are off. With the help of Paddie and Marcos, we were able to get the 3D printer up and running. What you are looking at is a close ...
    Posted Mar 13, 2017, 2:37 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • 3/7 Bryant Pond Teaches MESA about Circuits
    Posted Mar 9, 2017, 10:31 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Parent Info Night April 11th
    Posted Mar 9, 2017, 10:20 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • MESA's Family Engineering Night Each year, MESA puts on Family Engineering Night giving our students an opportunity to display various facets of engineering through interactive displays. Students have a great opportunity to present and ...
    Posted Mar 2, 2017, 6:43 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Sailing Away via Bryant Pond's Leaf Blower Tuesday February 28th, Phil and Gary of Bryant Pond came down to MESA for the completion of the model boat building unit. Students gained insight into water displacement and what ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2017, 9:21 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Fryeburg Area Rotary Student of the Month Congrats, Marcos. Very well deserved. 
    Posted Feb 14, 2017, 2:21 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • New Date for Family Engineering Night Due to the upcoming snowstorm, we moved Family Engineering Night to March 1st.
    Posted Feb 14, 2017, 5:56 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Topography and Tin Mountain Mike Dufilo came to MESA armed with snowshoes and we ascended a very icy Jockey Cap. Along the way and on the top we discussed how topography affects watersheds.
    Posted Feb 3, 2017, 2:32 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Family Engineering Night Info Please come and see us February 15th. 
    Posted Jan 23, 2017, 3:16 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Snowpack studies with the National Weather Bureau and the Maine USGS MESA each year partakes in the Maine's snowpack studies. Determining density of the snow means we also need to find the snow-water equivalent. Our students have to do ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2017, 9:07 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Hemenway State Park Mike Dufilho, teacher/naturalist, with Tin Mountain brought MESA students to Hemenway State Park to take a look at New England's tallest white pine and also to pound home ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 11:25 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • How does water flow through a tree? Trees are tall, right? So how can water travel all the way up a giant King Pine that is over 120 feet tall? MESA ventured to TMCC to find out ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2017, 9:30 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Snowpack studies with USGS MESA has started taking measurements for the Maine USGS. Students are measuring depth as well as how much water is actually in the snow. We are using instruments that were ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2017, 9:02 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Mousetrap cars with Bryant Pond For the past three weeks, MESA students planned, built, and re-designed their mousetrap cars. Given the task of creating one with a mousetrap, some string, some CDS, some foam ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2017, 8:47 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • MESA loses a dear community partner, mentor, and friend  Dr. Michael Lee Cline, 65, died at his home in Chatham, New Hampshire, January 3, 2017 after a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. Born and raised in Massillon, Ohio, he ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2017, 5:06 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • 3rd Annual Speech Night Oh my. Expectations blown!6th Grade1st: Gabe McKenney2nd: Myles Garland3rd: Myla Gillis7th Grade1st: Rohan Hikel2nd: Nyla Charest & Marcos Barrionuevo3rd: Caileigh Crowe8th Grade ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2016, 11:21 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Braving the cold with Tin Mountain With temperatures perhaps above freezing, the windchill was way below as we ventured outside at the Nature Center to compare different soil types and their respective porosity. 
    Posted Dec 15, 2016, 10:51 AM by Jotham Oliver
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