“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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  • Mount Tom, Tin Mountain, and MESA Awesome blue sky day as MESA ascended Mount Tom in Fryeburg to discuss mountain weather. Are temps at the top different than the base? Obviously yes, but why? What about ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2018, 7:52 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Finishing up our Maple Sugaring Findings Large thanks to Corrie Blodgett of SapHound Maple Company for coming back and wrapping up our maple sugaring unit. The students did a great job conveying to her their findings ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2018, 7:50 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Thanks again to the Perloffs Very nice for Dave and Sandy to visit us today and talk all things 3D...3D printing that is. They gave us some tips on how to print more efficiently ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2018, 4:49 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Maine DEP Visits MESA Great to have Laurie Flood of the Maine DEP come down and give our students a lesson on ocean acidification and its effects on marine wildlife.
    Posted Apr 10, 2018, 4:39 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Mountain Top Weather with Mike Dufilho of TMCC Great day today at TMCC. MESA students should be able to tell you why mountain tops receive more precipitation than the valleys below, get more wind, and why its air ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2018, 2:29 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Saphound Maple Company Saphound Maple Company has been an invaluable member of the MESA family this year. Corrie has visited our School multiple times educating our students on the how and why of ...
    Posted Mar 27, 2018, 7:02 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Under Pressure How blessed are we? This video was created by Nyla, an 8th grade student. Here, MESA visited Mike Dufilho of Tin Mountain for a lesson of how high and low ...
    Posted Mar 19, 2018, 7:01 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Astronomy with Tin Mountain On February 8th, MESA travelled to Tin Mountain Conservation Center to work with Mike Dufilho, a teacher naturalist. While there, the students reviewed prior weeks, had a warmup activity, a ...
    Posted Feb 8, 2018, 10:49 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Talking Maple Syrup with George Weston Complete honor today to have George Weston come in today and talk all things maple syrup. The students brought their A-game, asked great questions, and came away learning plenty ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2018, 5:57 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Cathedral Ledge, drumlins, and glaciers with Tin Mountain On February 1st, MESA travelled to Cathedral Ledge to meet with Mike Dufilho of Tin Mountain for our concluding lesson on geology. While there, we discussed drumlins, glaciers, batholiths, and ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2018, 11:06 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Mrs. Lewey is on top of the world Taking advantage of a educational opportunity offered by the Mount Washington Weather Observatory. Mrs. Lewey journeyed up on a snow cat to New England's highest summit.  While there, she ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2018, 11:08 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • The Start of Something Sweet Today MESA ventured to neighboring properties looking for mature maple to tap at a future date. ID'ing maple trees in the winter can be a challenge, but thankfully Corrie ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2018, 8:21 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Tin Mountain takes us to North America's largest glacial erratic. On January 25th, MESA travelled to Madison Boulder to meet with Mike Dufilho of Tin Mountain Conservation Center. The students were wrapping up their unit on geology and orogeny. Students ...
    Posted Jan 25, 2018, 10:11 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Continuing our work with SapHound Maple Company Saphound Maple Company came to MESA today to help us better understand why maple trees produce sap, what the conditions need to be to tap,  and what would be some ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2018, 6:11 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • USGS and NOAA pay MESA a visit MESA was blessed to have Jim of the Maine USGS, as well as Tom and Nicky of  NOAA visit us as we begin our snowpack study. MESA students will be ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2018, 9:55 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Exploring bathymetry Bryant Pond came down to give the students a lesson in bathymetry, the measurement of how deep a body of water might be. Students had to make scale drawings, create ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2018, 6:02 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Oh the weather outside is.. MESA now has its own weather station. The Vantage Pro2 measures many facets of meteorology. Students will be tracking the weather. Soon, you'll be able to check the weather ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2018, 5:53 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • The Wilson Cycle with TMCC On 1/11/17, MESA travelled to the Nature Center to work with teacher naturalist, Mike Dufilho. The students have been studying tectonic plates and how things move below the ...
    Posted Jan 11, 2018, 10:31 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Snowshoes and Orogeny Mike Dufilho came over to MOS and gave MESA its first snowshoe outing of the year. Before talking about plate tectonics and all that jazz, we spent some time going ...
    Posted Dec 21, 2017, 10:29 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • 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
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