“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 2018-2019 school year are due April 13th.

**Parent Info Night April 9th from 5-6pm.

Email us: mesa@msad72.org

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Announcements-Please scroll down to see more

  • Saphound Maple Company The beginning of a great partnership project, in which SapHound will be helping MESA students tap trees and learn all about the maple sugaring process.
    Posted Dec 15, 2017, 10:08 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • 4th Annual Speech Night Every year, we out do the previous year. This year was no exception. Laughter and plenty of tears, the performances were out of this world. 
    Posted Dec 13, 2017, 7:39 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Generating Energy Using Wind Turbines with Bryant Pond On December 12th, 2017, Bryant Pond came down to MESA and continued their lesson on wind turbines. Students were tasked to construct a wind turbine that would generate the most ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2017, 8:12 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • 4th Annual Speech Night December 7th is MESA's 4th Annual Speech Night. The speeches start at 6pm in Molly Ockett's new auditorium. Sixth Graders will recite Gettysburg, 7th graders have a selection ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2017, 4:58 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • MESA thanks Phil of Bryant Pond for everything he did for us. For five years, Phil was the constant when it came to Bryant Pond. He was there for the overnights. He was there most Tuesdays when they came down for the ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2017, 3:31 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Wind and Pressure with Bryant Pond On November 14th, Bryant Pond visited MESA for two lessons: one on pressure and the other was an activity about harnessing wind.
    Posted Nov 14, 2017, 10:25 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • TMCC leads MESA to Rattlesnake Gorge On November 9th, 2017 MESA travelled to Rattlesnake Gorge to close out our exploration of igneous rock. Mike Dufilho of Tin Mountain led the students through a review of the ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 6:39 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Enviroscape put to task with Bryant Pond Tuesday, Bryant Pond came and the students were able to put their creations to the test. Fans and all sorts of wind generating gizmos were revved up to see if ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2017, 4:12 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • TMCC Takes MESA to Whitehorse Ledge ON November 2nd, Mike Dufilho led MESA to Whitehorse Ledge for an exploration in geological exfoliation, batholiths, and plutons. Kinda a soaker of a day, but students were able to ...
    Posted Nov 2, 2017, 11:26 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Intrusive and Extrusive Minerals On October 26th, MESA visited the Tin Mountain Nature Center. Mike Dufilho led the students through a lesson of the differences between intrusive and extrusive minerals. While there, students went ...
    Posted Oct 26, 2017, 10:46 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Enviroscapes or enviromesses? Gary braved the stormy weather to come down from Bryant Pond and have the students continue their enviroscapes. Quite a messy process: flour, cocoa powder, sand, gravel, Monopoly houses.....In ...
    Posted Oct 24, 2017, 5:12 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Square Ledge-Most Scenic Trip Ever? In an effort to get a better understanding of schist and other wonders of geology teacher naturalist Mike Dufilho took MESA up Square Ledge. It might have been the most ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2017, 4:47 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Bingo was his name "o" Over the course of the past few class days, students in ELA having been brushing up on their Latin/Greek affixes and roots. Sure, there have been a Kahoots or ...
    Posted Oct 18, 2017, 9:22 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Creating Their Own Enviroscapes Bryant Pond educators Danielle and Jeff came down to MESAworld today and gave us a lesson on hurricanes. After taking many notes, students rolled their sleeves up and began creating ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2017, 7:48 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Crawford Notch with Mike Dufilho On October 12, MESA went to Crawford Notch guided by Mike Dufilho of Tin Mountain Conservation Center. While there, students were able to examine how rocks change from igneous to ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2017, 10:35 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Tom Henderson takes MESA cranberry picking On Wednesday October 11th, MESA was invited by Tom Henderson of the Greater Lovell Land Trust to go cranberry picking. While there, Tom was able to give the students a ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2017, 11:49 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • TMCC Takes MESA to the Redstone Quarry On October 5th, Mike Dufilho took the Maine Environmental Science Academy to the Redstone Quarry to further explore the rock cycle, as well as the rich local history there.
    Posted Oct 10, 2017, 2:31 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Inversion experienced Inversion. Jockey Cap. Opportunity seized. That's placed-based experiential learning!
    Posted Oct 4, 2017, 5:05 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • TMCC's Quarry Trail On Sept. 28th MESA visited TMCC at the Nature Center. While there Mike Dufilho met with the students and outlined the day. From there, we hiked into the old quarry ...
    Posted Sep 28, 2017, 11:04 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • GLLT's Tom Henderson takes MESA to the Kezar River Reserve On Tuesday September 26th, Tom Henderson of the Greater Lovell Land Trust took MESA on a experiential outing to the Kezar River Reserve. While there, Tom was able to educate ...
    Posted Sep 26, 2017, 10:08 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • TMCC Takes MESA to the Moat Mtn. Mineral Site Trail. On September 21st, Mike Dufilho led MESA on an expedition to an effort to explore the world of rock hounding. MESA is in the beginning stages of its year long ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2017, 1:40 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • MESA Spends Time with Pietree's Scott Miller We had a fantastic day at Pie Tree Orchard! Students took copious amounts of notes and peppered Scott Miller, Head Orchardist, with questions. They learned the impacts of climate/weather ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2017, 10:19 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Bryant Pond Overnight 2017 The camera misses so much, but here's an attempt of our three days at Bryant Pond.
    Posted Sep 14, 2017, 5:24 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Taking it on the road MESA got some quality saddle time in today as we practiced "taking the lane" (also known as turning left). 
    Posted Sep 7, 2017, 10:52 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • The Tin Mountain Experience Begins Mike Dufilho of Tin Mountain Conservation Center came to MESA and started the year off setting some ground rules and expectations. Students started with a game called the Great Wind ...
    Posted Sep 7, 2017, 6:48 AM by Jotham Oliver
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