Tag Archives: Saco

Arts Education Leads the Way

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As a student, teacher, and parent, I have long valued the traditional forms of education. If students studied what I considered the core subjects of education – English, history, mathematics, and science – that seemed the most beneficial and I expected those studies would have the greatest impact on a person’s professional and personal life. […]

A Story in Every Face – Humans of Thornton Academy

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SACO – As a teacher, I am always looking for a way to engage my students and get them more involved in the work we are doing in class. Part of that search for meaningful work often leads me to look at the tools, systems, and the projects my colleagues are using in their courses. […]

One of the Best Lessons for Students and Teachers

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SACO – For teachers, Saturdays are often days to catch up on grading, sleep in a bit later, and generally recharge for the coming week. This past Saturday, as 150 students from 16 different high schools gathered at Thornton Academy, I was again reminded why I chose to leave the corporate world behind and enter […]

Ballroom Dancing Comes to a Maine Classroom

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SACO – High school students, especially boys, may be reticent about sharing their interests and passions. More than anything, they often want to remain as a part of the crowd of students that sometimes silently fill the hallways and classrooms of their school.  When Vojtech (“Vojta”) Machtyka decided to leave his home in the Czech […]

Saco’s Stackpole Bridge is literally history etched in stone

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By Inga Browne, Contributing Writer   SACO – What makes Saco such a special community? Why have we chosen to live here? Perhaps it’s the schools and the strong family values. Perhaps it’s the city’s diverse geography and broad range of living experiences. These span from the oceanside community, the historic mill complex, the downtown with […]

Thornton Academy senior works toward political future

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  SACO – Most high school seniors spend their final fall semester in school worrying about their favorite team, friends and what they are going to do when their high school years come to an end. Porter Washington, an 18-year-old senior at Thornton Academy, did think about these things, but during the fall semester of […]

‘Hoops for Hayley’ propels TA team

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SACO – Most coaches go out of their way to keep players from thinking about anything other than the game or match at hand. But for Eric Marston, coach of the Thornton Academy girls’ basketball team, this year is anything but ordinary: after seven league games, with the team wearing their hearts on their uniform […]

Eastern Washington and the Coeur D’Alene Nation

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Sometimes the story I’m writing takes a little detour or two as the story unfolds. One of the main characters in the novel comes from an area of southern California that is only 50 miles or so from the Mexican border, but this character’s mother (Anna Martinez) was born and raised on the border between […]

Sometimes Slower is Better – Bike to Work Day

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SACO – Cities and cycling enthusiasts across the nation have named May as the “Bike to Work” month, and Friday, May 16, the city of Portland and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine decided to join the fun. As someone who admittedly already has a close relationship with his bike, I decided to join them. As a […]