“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 10th (New date) at 5:00pm at Molly Ockett

Email us: mesa@msad72.org

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  • Be Good People. Make Good Choices. “So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 ...
    Posted Jun 21, 2017, 4:14 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • MESA Goes to Biddeford Pool with TMCC On June 15th, Mike Dufilho of Tin Mountain Conservation Center led MESA on a trip to Biddeford Pool to finalize the program's exploration of the Saco. It seems only ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 7:18 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Maine Lakes Association Takes MESA on Kezar Lake On June 13, 2017, MESA travelled to Kezar Lake to meet with Phil Mullvile and Peter Kallin of the Maine Lakes Society. The trip was facilitated by Heinrich Wurm of ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2017, 6:23 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • LAUNCHING OF THE SEA PERCHES Finally it happened. There were enough groups done so that some MESA students were able to ride down to Lovewell Pond. Nevermind the hoards of mosquitoes, it was a beauty ...
    Posted May 23, 2017, 8:35 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • At the Confluence of the Ellis and Saco Rivers On May 18th, Mike Dufilho of Tin Mountain took the MESA program to the place where the Ellis empties into the Saco. While there, students were able to do biological ...
    Posted May 23, 2017, 2:57 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Sea Perches with Bryant Pond We're getting closer, right? Hats off to the students working together in small groups and trying to follow a rather complicated process to create these vehicles. Launching next week ...
    Posted May 20, 2017, 5:46 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Saco Lake With TMCC and MESA 5/11 Today MESA ventured to Crawford Notch to explore Saco Lake, the start of the Saco River. The trip is the beginning of the end of sorts. All year students have ...
    Posted May 11, 2017, 6:11 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Teacher Appreciation Week This week, it would be sad to never appreciate those for whom we enjoy working with every day: the middle schooler. Photos by Mazy and Emma
    Posted May 9, 2017, 10:26 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Finishing up on Sea Perches Almost there! The groups worked on using adhesive to put the propellers to the motor, worked on some soldering, and tinkered with  the panel board.
    Posted May 9, 2017, 7:51 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Let there be flight With funds leftover from a recent grant, MESA was able to purchase a drone. Whether it be looking for Long's Bullrush or simply seeking new heights, we are quite ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2017, 6:35 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Testing water quality at the Rockwell Sanctuary On Thursday, MESA travelled to Tin Mountain to continue its effort to better understand water quality testing with teacher naturalist, Mike Dufilho. 
    Posted Apr 28, 2017, 6:32 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • Sea Perches with Bryant Pond Bryant Pond 4H Extension came down and the students were able to continue working on their sea perches. Not only a great project for students so that they can work ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2017, 7:40 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • MESA in the Conway Daily Sun Great write up about how our students are contributing to a larger cause.
    Posted Apr 7, 2017, 3:35 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • Change of Date for Parent Night Due to the up coming Poland Spring Info Night, MESA has moved its Parent Night to April 10th. 
    Posted Apr 3, 2017, 10:24 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • North Conway Water Precinct On March 30th, MESA visited the North Conway Water Precinct. From start to finish, MESA students was exposed to how wastewater enters the facility, how it is treated, and then ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2017, 7:43 AM by Jotham Oliver
  • MESA begins sea perch construction Working with Bryant Pond 4-H extension, MESA began work on creating sea perches. Once completed, these sea perches could be used in a variety of settings for MESA in ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2017, 5:13 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • MESA continues with snowpack study MESA continues to collect data for the Maine USGS in an effort to determine how much water is indeed sitting waiting to melt in that snow. Our data is then ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2017, 5:10 PM by Jotham Oliver
  • 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
  • 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
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