OHS STEM and Liberal Arts Academy News
Photos: Alexis Iammarino
Arts in Action and OHS Students Team Up to Brighten Up Our Community
RSU 13's Adult & Community Education Youth Arts Program, Arts in Action, collaborated in August with The Apprenticeshop and One Community Many Voices staff to offer a three-week mural arts engagement with local youth to paint the length of the Main Street elevation at Rockland's own school for traditional wooden boatbuilding and seamanship. Eight Oceanside High School students participated as interns in the program, contributing 20 hours of their time to learn about the processes by which a mural is created. Four of those students are members of the Liberal Arts Academy at Oceanside and will use their internship experience as part of their career exploration requirements. The mural work is supported by an ongoing grant from the Anonimo Foundation that RSU13 Adult & Community Ed has been managing for over 25 years to fund fine arts education and opportunities outside of the school day. Make sure to drive by and check out their beautiful piece of artwork that brightens our community.
OHS Students who participated in the program are (*LA Academy):
Claire Caveney Snyder *
Dri Nascimento Barcellos
Vandeslaine Nascimento Barcellos
Microplastics and our Oceans: An Interview on World Oceans Day
Thank you for joining us today for our interview about the dangers of microplastics in our oceans, and what solutions may be out there for us to tackle.
For more information about ocean pollution and ways you can get involved:
For more information about Herring Gut Learning Center:
OHS Graduation 2020: Eight Students Receive
STEM and Liberal Arts Academy Endorsement
On June 9, eight Seniors will graduate with the STEM and Liberal Arts Academy endorsement. They completed the requirements needed to for the endorsement and to receive the Academy cord and medallion.
It has been an odd Senior year, from starting the year out under construction to finishing the year remotely. They have persisted, and it is with a heavy heart that Ms. Cross doesn’t get to hand them their earned medals before graduation day. We are very proud of their accomplishments during their high school career and excited to see where their future takes them. We wish them all success!
Jacqueline Daggett Clark University Molecular Biology
Lydia Gamage Husson University Physical Therapy (6-yr program)
Liberal Arts Academy
Krista Butler Worcester State University Communication Sciences & Disorders
Julia Clough University of Maine Finance/Pre-Law
Keegan Fitzgerald University of Maine Business
Claudia Fox University of Maine Nursing
Jose Pereira Bennington College Sociology/Media Studies/Visual Art
Marina Lamkins University of Maine Computer Engineering
OHS STEM and Liberal Arts Academy Zooms
with Michigan State University Professor
On April 16th, students from the OHS academic Academy programs had the opportunity to participate in a live webinar with Professor Rachel Morris from Michigan State University. Professor Morris, originally from Waldoboro, Maine, teaches pathology, molecular diagnostics, and writing, and serves as the graduate program director at MSU. She earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of Maine at Augusta. She earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (specialization: Microbiology) from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI in 2011. Her postdoctoral research was completed both in the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University and in the University of Michigan Medical School (Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases).
During her live webinar, Professor Morris talked about her unique educational journey to become a professor. Most striking was the fact that she embraced every opportunity given to her, even when it didn’t seem like it was necessarily her area of interest or passion. She discovered early on that embracing curiosity and opportunity led to opened doors that she didn’t necessarily expect.
Professor Morris went on to address the most pressing issue of our time: the coronavirus. Part of her job is to train students to do the kind of testing that presently is needed to identify infectious diseases. Many of the students she has trained are in the frontline of this pandemic. Professor Morris walked students through the scientific process of testing and discussed the issues around testing for antibodies. She even revealed that she has volunteered in her own state to be a covid tracer, people who will work with those identified with Covid-19 to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious.
This webinar gave students the opportunity to learn about the journey of someone who has chosen a career in science, and it also gave students some insight into events that are presently significant to their everyday lives.
The STEM and Liberal Arts students were very grateful for the time that Professor Morris contributed to their learning. We all appreciate her sharing of knowledge and experience, but also her great sense of humor and ease that made our Zoom time with her so valuable.
OCEANSIDE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ACCEPTED TO FBI’S 2020 YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Congratulations to Jacob Carroll for his acceptance to the 2020 Youth Leadership Program (YLP) at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Jacob is a Sophomore at Oceanside and is in the school’s STEM Academy program. The selection process for the YLP is very difficult, including both a written application process and an in-person interview with a panel of experts. There are two ways that a student can be chosen to attend this program. They can apply through their regional FBI National Academy Associate, which chooses only one student in New England. Or, through the national organization FBI LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Administration), which also only chooses one student in the whole nation to represent them. Jacob had the honor of being chosen by FBI LEEDA out of hundreds of applicants. Each year, the Youth Leadership Program accepts only 60 students, ages 14-16, from across the world. In addition, Jacob will receive a $1000 award towards his further education. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus, he will have to wait and attend the program in 2021. Please join us in celebrating this great young man, his many accomplishments and hard work, and this great honor he has earned. As FBI-LEEDA stated in their letter of acceptance, “The abilities and leadership you have exhibited reflect greatly on you, your family, and community.” Sending out lots of Mariner Pride to Jacob!!
MidCoast Forum on Foreign Relations: "The Health of the World's Oceans" by Dr. Deborah Bronk
On January 13, OHS students from the Liberal Arts and STEM Academy attended the monthly meeting of the MidCoast Forum on Foreign Relations. This months speaker was Dr. Deborah Bronk, the President and CEO of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay, Maine. Dr. Bronk has done pioneering research into how organisms take up and produce nitrogen. She has led or participated in over 50 research expeditions from the Arctic and Antarctica. She has served as the President of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography and Director of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation.
The topic of her presentation was the health of the oceans. She shared with us the research that she and other scientist have done in the Arctic and Antarctic that pertains to the problems with polar cap icemelt caused by global warming. She noted that some of the major problems of melting ice and warming waters were the impact of subsistence fishing on natives, erosion as a result of the loss of permafrost, the loss of Albedo (the reflection of radiation on the surface of ice), increased sea level, changes of distribution of sea organism, increased ocean stratification, and increased ocean acidification. One interesting thing we learned is that kelp is considered a carbon sponge and reduces acidity. Baby lobsters and shellfish struggle to develop in acidified water because their shells do not develop as well. Kelp aquaculture actually helps improve water quality for all aquatic animals.
Students attending the Forum were: Erin Corcoran, Heather Stephenson, Morgan Mitchell, Katherine Freeman, and Ella Andrews.
Studying Micro Plastics with Herring Gut Learning Center
The G&T and STEM Academy Freshmen spent two days in November with Herring Gut Learning Center studying micro-plastics. The first day brought them down to Herring Gut in Port Clyde, where the students sorted the water samples they gathered during their outing on the Schooner Olad in October. After sorting, the students learned to identify micro plastics by eye and through a microscope. They created a data chart to keep track of the amount and size of plastics that they found.
On the second day, the students once again went out into the field where they took samples from Rockland Harbor and the Breakwater. They discovered some of the difficulties that arise with field research, including the importance of choosing locations and the inclement conditions that scientists can face as they do their research (it was VERY cold). Students had to sort these samples on site, however, they did get to return to the sunny new cafeteria to do further analysis and record their findings.
The next step in the project will begin in the Spring, when students must design a service project connected to the issues of micro plastics in the environment.
Careers in Marine Science Day
(November 6, 2019) The State of Maine's Department of Marine Resources recently held their annual Careers in Marine Science Day for high school students. Three students from the STEM Academy program - Ahlivia Morris, Brady Marchessault, and Will Eaton - travelled to Boothbay to participate in this day meant to familiarize students with career opportunities in this field. Students had sessions with staff scientists, educators, and marine patrol officer where they learned not only about the work and research of the Department of Marine Resources, but also the kinds of training necessary to attain those positions. Session topics included: research and management around whales, lobsters, scallops, and urchins, the role and responsibilities of an aquarist, the duties of a Marine Patrol officer, and the work of the Biotoxins and Water Quality Lab. It was a very informative day.
Measuring baby lobster
Filtering water for phytoplankton
MidCoast Forum on Foreign Relations: David Stoll on Guatemalan Migration
(September 21, 2019) Students from the STEM and Liberal Arts Academy at Oceanside High School attended the monthly MidCoast Forum on Foreign Relations. This monthly opportunity is generously provided to students in the STEM and Liberal Arts Academy program by the members of the MidCoast Forum. It gives participating students the chance to hear nationally and internationally known experts speak on topics that are relevant to our times.
This month's speaker was Professor David Stoll from Middlebury College in Vermont. Professor Stoll has worked extensively with indigenous communities in Guatemala since the 1980s. He offered unique insight and perspective on the economic and social impact of migration to the United States on the lives of rural Guatemalans.
Next month's forum is October 14th.
Featured speaker: Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, advocacy director at the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Topic: Enemies of the People: the Shifting Frontlines of Journalism
Coastal Maine Ecology on Hurricane Island: An OHS STEM Academy Adventure
Nine students and two teachers from Oceanside High School’s STEM Academy program used some of their last few days of summer vacation to do field research with the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, August 26th through August 28th.
The students spent their days on Hurricane Island’s magnificent coastline, beaches, and trails, learning about the ecology of coastal Maine. Students employed field research tools such as quadrats and transect lines in order to learn what it takes to be a field scientist along the shoreline. Students got their hands dirty solving real-world problems: the variations of Green Crabs, barnacles, and seaweed in different intertidal zones. Once their field research was complete, students graphed and analyzed their data, and presented their conclusions to a group of peers from Connecticut who also were doing research on the island.
In addition to research, they were able to experience life off-the-grid, ask questions about the sustainable systems that make the island run, and learn about aquaculture farming by helping sort baby scallops from spat bags and observing how kelp is grown. Amidst the science work, students and teachers had the chance to explore the remains of the once thriving granite mining town, and go on hikes to discover the breath-taking beauty of Hurricane Island.
Reflecting on their three days on Hurricane Island, one student said that she really liked “being taught outdoors, getting to actually do science rather than just learning it in the classroom.” Another agreed and noted that the opportunity to do hands-on science was invaluable. Several found the history of the island itself almost as interesting as the research. They all appreciated how welcoming the whole Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership staff was and how they made science so much fun. Even though it was tough to give up those summer days, they said they were thankful that their teachers set up the opportunity for them.
Students who participated in Coastal Maine Ecology on Hurricane Island: Ella Andrews, Erin Corcoran, Will Eaton, Lainie Hooper, Marina Lamkins, Brady Marchessault, Ahlivia Morris, Andrew Peaco, and James Weinand. Their teachers were John Hagin and Jennifer Cross.
The OHS Stem Academy would like to thank the Alicia Fund for making this incredible opportunity possible.
More Photos of our Adventure
OHS Graduation 2019: Thirteen Students Receive STEM and Liberal Arts Academy Endorsement
On June 11, thirteen Seniors graduated with the STEM and Liberal Arts Academy endorsement. They successfully completed all the requirements needed to receive the endorsement on their diploma and to march with the Academy cord and medallion. Both the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2019 were in the STEM and Liberal Arts Academy program. We also had our first graduate, Beatrice Weinand, receive both endorsements. In addition, all of our Academy Seniors were Honor Graduates.
We are very proud of their accomplishments during their high school career and excited to see where their future takes them. We wish them all success!
Mattie Hooper Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL
Anthony Radzimirski Husson University, Bangor, ME
Tamra Miller Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME
Ella Finger Champlain College, Burlington, VT
Igli Bixhaku Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME
Philomena Marsh University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
Zachariah Cody Colby College, Waterville, ME
Laura Boutin Husson University, Bangor, ME
Abraham Lemole Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Alexander Mahar University of Maine, Honors College, Orono, ME
Beatrice Weinand Smith College, Northampton, MA
Aidan Andrews University of Maine, Honors College, Orono, ME
Matthew Thomas Young Clark University, Worcester, MA
Liberal Arts and STEM Academy Students Attend the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations Monthly Meeting
The Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations hosted Oceanside’s STEM and Liberal Arts Academy students at their monthly member forum and lunch. The speaker for June was Anne Barnard, a New York Times journalist, who led the coverage of the war in Syria for six year. She was the Beirut bureau chief, which gave her the opportunity to provide reporting from across the Middle East.
The topic of her presentation was about the civil war in Syria and where it is taking our foreign policy. The students learned about the origins of the conflict and how the situation has become much more complex over the years. Relevant to our students, she discussed how the United States have supported the rebel side in the conflict, and the Russians and Iranians are supporting the present government. During the question and answer time, Alexa Barstow’s question was chosen. Alexa asked Barnard how her world outlook has been changed by covering the conflict. Barnard replied that she has truly come to understand that it is the civilians in any conflict that truly bear the brunt of any war. The stats for the war are crushing - 5.6 million people have fled Syria since 2011. 6.6 million are internally displaced from their home because of the fighting. Over 400,000 have died. And thousands and thousands still live in war zones, where conflict is daily raging. This information seemed to touch the students the most, as they thought about the innocent people who have been victimized in their own country.
The students who attended the June 10 meeting were: Alexa Barstow, Ella Andrews, Lydia Laslavic, Morgan Mitchell, and Esme Freeman. We are very thankful for the opportunity that the members of the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations gives to Oceanside to be part of this valuable learning experience.
Hurricane Island Center of Science and Learning: Teacher Day
(April 22, 2019) Five OHS teachers - John Hagin, Pete Conover, Emily Cashen, Rachel Johndrow, and Jennifer Goode - took advantage of an invitation from Hurricane Island Center of Science and Learning to participate in their Teacher Day on April 22nd. The teachers were able to explore and learn more about the programs offered by Hurricane Island that can benefit their students. Although it was a misty day, it was exciting to tour the facilities and take a full island hike that gave them the opportunity to talk with the Hurricane Island staff about programming possibilities, including the STEM Academy “Coastal Maine Ecology” course that will be happening August 26-28. The exciting prospects for programming is not limited to science topics, they also offer interdisciplinary offerings merging history, art, math, and English into their programs to meet a teacher’s needs.
It was a great day on the island that definitely inspired everyone to think about ways to integrate hands-on learning into their curriculum.
Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations
Speaker Series: Matthew Goodwin, "National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy"
(April 15, 2019) . Recently two of our Academy students, Bea Weinand and Alex Mahar, gave up an afternoon of vacation to attend the Mid-Coast Forum of Foreign Relations’ monthly speaker series. The Forum generously has invited Academy students to join them for these monthly events to hear some of the premier experts on international policy, including current and former U.S. and foreign government officials, academics, working journalists, international businesspeople, and foreign policy specialists. They speak on various topics that are relevant to the times we are living in.
April’s speaker was Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics at Rutherford College, University of Kent,UK, and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. He has authored many books on British and European politics, and his latest, National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy, was the inspiration for his speech to the Forum. It was an incredibly informative, inside look at the issues surrounding Brexit, their impact on the United Kingdom and Europe, and the role that populism played and is playing in the political changes all over Europe.
Not only did we have an enlightened afternoon, but also a delicious one as the Forum also invited us to stay for lunch. The students got to talk with the Forum members who are all accomplished individuals in their own fields, and have a passion for foreign relations. We are very grateful for their willingness and enthusiasm for inviting us to be part of their monthly events.
Coastal Maine Ecology on Hurricane Island, August 26-28:
An OHS STEM ACADEMY ADVENTURE!!
Through the support of the Alicia Fund, STEM Academy students have the chance to have an adventure on Hurricane Island from August 26-28. Two teachers (including Ms. Goode) and 10 students will spend a fun-filled, educational three days and two nights on that beautiful island.
We will spend our days on the magnificent coastline, beaches, and trails, learning about the ecology of coastal Maine. We will practice sampling methods and learn what it takes to be a field scientist, in the forest, on the shoreline, and in the water. Students will get their hands dirty as they solve real-world problems: find out what it means to run an aquaculture farm, or understand the effect of invasive species. They will experience life off-the-grid, asking questions about the sustainable systems that make the island run. This program will allow students to sample different ecological and marine field research models, and to imagine themselves as scientist, fisherman, or farmer. They will tackle challenges with their classmates, and discover the breath-taking natural beauty of Hurricane Island and its surrounding islands.
STEM and Liberal Arts Academy Students Meet Rep. Chellie Pingree
(March 20, 2019) Six of Oceanside’s STEM and Liberal Arts Academy students had the honor of attending the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at the Samoset Resort on Wednesday, March 20. The keynote speaker was Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Maine’s 1st District Representative. Krista Butler, Jackie Daggett, Marina Lamkins, Lainie Hooper, Katherine Freeman, and Jacob Carroll enjoyed a delicious breakfast and an opportunity to learn a little bit about the inner workings of government and the policy issues that Representative Pingree feels are most pressing for Maine. For the students, her comments concerning student loans and climate change stood out the most. The students expressed afterwards that they felt the experience was very valuable and that they walked away much more informed. In fact, one student even had the chance to use what she learned in a class later that day.
Oceanside’s Academy program is very appreciative of the opportunity that Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce’s invite to their Business Breakfast.
Portfolio Presentations at OHS Career Day
(March 12, 2019) The Seniors in the STEM and Liberal Arts Academy presented their portfolios at Career Day today as part of their endorsement requirements. Their audiences had the chance to learn about their various job shadows and internships, and how those opportunities helped to not only enrich their high school years but also to shape their future goals. They received a lot of positive feedback from the audiences about their sessions. The Academy program was very well represented. They will share their portfolios again in May when they travel to the district’s eighth grade classrooms. Below you will find two of the presentations that were given by Abe LeMole and Zachariah Cody.
(Feb 8, 2019) Congratulations to the thirteen Seniors who have turned in their Academy portfolios. The portfolios represent an accumulation of hard work and valuable experiences during their four years here at Oceanside High School. There were eight STEM Academy candidates: Alex Mahar, Anthony Radzimirski, Abe LeMole, Zachariah Cody, Igli Bixhaku, Mattie Hooper, Ella Finger, and Tamra Miller. There were four Liberal Arts candidates: Matthew Young, Philomena Marsh, Aidan Andrews, and Laura Boutin. And for the first time, a student has completed BOTH a STEM Academy and a Liberal Arts Academy endorsement, which was no small feat: Bea Weinand.
The Academy students now are preparing their visual presentations to give at Career Day and to the district 8th graders in the Spring to complete their final Academy requirements.
Oceanside High School and the Academy Program appreciates the support of these community businesses and organizations in helping these students to get both job shadow and internship opportunities:
Lonza Stephens Waring Yacht
Bath Iron Works Fisher Engineering
Maine State House YMCA
Pen Bay Hospital Gerald Weinand Architect, Inc.
Trekkers UMaine Science Labs
Wind Solutions St. George Elementary
Bigelow Laboratory Herring Gut Learning Center
Greta Van Campen Studio CMCA
Rockland Public Library John Spear Campaign
Leadership Initiative New Hope for Women
Neuropsychology and Concussion Management Assoc.
OHS competes in Maine Public's High School Quiz Show 2019 Tournament.
Watch Oceanside High School’s Trivia Team (all part of Academy!) compete in Maine Public’s High School Quiz Show on Thursday, February 7th at 8:00pm. It will also be rebroadcast the following Sunday if you miss it the first time.
This is Season 3 of the High School Quiz Show. Over sixty schools from across Maine took a qualifying test in October to determine which sixteen schools would face off. Schools are battling for a $1,000 prize and the chance to compete in the High School Quiz Show Invitational against the champions of WGBH’s High School Quiz Show, Rhode Island PBS’ High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island and New Hampshire PBS’ Granite State Challenge.
Oceanside’s Trivia Team is Abe LeMole, Alex Mahar, Bea Weinand, and Aidan Andrews, with alternates Matthew Young and Philomena Marsh. This is the second year that Oceanside has qualified for the competition.
Tune in on February 7th to cheer them on! Go Marriners!
Class of 2019 Portfolios Due
(Jan. 15, 2019) - The Class of 2019 STEM and Liberal Arts Academy candidates are wrapping up their Academy requirements this month. Students should have finished, or soon will be finishing, their Senior Capstone Experience. The Academy Portfolio is due to Ms. Goode on January 31 no later than 2:00 pm. A portfolio checklist and any other forms needed to complete the portfolio can be found on the Academy Google Classroom or from Ms. Goode.
STEM Academy goes to UMaine
On November 28, 2018, five members of the OHS STEM Academy traveled with Ms. Goode to the University of Maine in Orono for tours of three of their lab facilities: the Aquaculture Research Center, the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, and the Climate Change Institute. The students were Mattie Hooper, Marina Lamkins, Erin Corcoran, Katherine Freeman, and Lainie Hooper.
During the visits, students got the opportunity to see the work being done in each of these facilities first hand. They talked with the scientists and engineers that were actively involved in research, connecting their academic learning to real life experience.
At the Aquaculture Research Center, students learned about the benefits and negatives of aquaculture and the skills needed to conduct research in aquaculture or Marine Sciences. Designed and constructed by students, ARC helps support ongoing research and teaching, and provides hands-on opportunities for students interested in the business side of aquaculture. During their visit students were able to see farm-raised salmon, ornamental clown fish, and met a very interesting American Lungfish named Henrietta who apparently has a habit of escaping her tank.
The Advanced Structures and Composites Center was the next stop in the tour. It is an impressive 100,000 ft. research facility that employs 150 people – the majority being college students. The students learned that it is a world-leading center for research that includes material sciences, manufacturing, and the engineering of composites and structures. The students got the opportunity to see examples of research and development done in cooperation with NASA and the US military among others. They were introduced to the newest project being undertaken – off shore windmills. They also got to see firsthand the process by which the facility tests the massive wind blades of windmills. To top off the visit, students were able to visit the Ocean Engineering Lab where the impact of wave and wind can be tested on structures.
The final stop of the day was to the Climate Change Institute. This is the hub for all climate change research on campus. Many departments interlink here as they try to understand the role of the interactions of humans and the natural on the long-term changes in our climate. The students got to see research in action as scientists carried out their analysis of ice cores taken from Peru on one of their recent expeditions. They spoke at length with another scientist about her work with sedimentary cores, and her plans to research sedimentary layers in the Gulf of Maine to increase our understanding of the changes happening close to home. Probably one of the more memorable moments of our day came when we entered a freezer that was -25F and full of ice cores from throughout the world, including an ice core from Antarctica that the students got to touch (through the protective plastic packaging).
Overall, it was an informative day that gave everyone a picture of the exciting work being done in the science fields at the University of Maine. It also gave students a better idea of how their learning today can be applied to real-world issues in their future.