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In our school, we have over seventy enrolled children, and they all continually amaze us! This page serves as a place to honor them and feature some of their work!
Cushnoc Academy National Geographic Bee Results
On Tuesday, 10 student contestants participated in our 8th annual Geography Bee and were faced with some pretty tough questions, especially compared to the preliminary bee questions from the week before!
Congratulations to all 10 students!
And, special congratulations to our top 3 placers:
3rd Place...Sawyer Templeton (8th grade)
2nd Place...Jordan Bell (6th grade)
1st Place...Isaac Bell (8th grade)
Isaac will now take a written Qualifying Test to attempt to qualify for the Maine State Geographic Bee to be held at the end of March. Top 100 scorers from the state of Maine with qualify. Good luck Isaac!
School-level Spelling Bee Winners
We recently held our 4th Annual School-level Spelling Bee with contestants from the 4th through 8th grade. Congratulations to the following:
1st place: Thomas Gingras 5th grade
2nd place: Ian Gervais 7th grade
Maine is ME Art Contest Winner
Congratulations to Ian Gervais (5th grade)! His art work, created for the "Maine is ME" contest sponsored by First Lady Ann LePage, was one of 30 pieces of art chosen from over 800 submissions by K-8 students throughout the state. The selected artwork will be featured in the First Lady’s upcoming family-friendly Love.Read.Learn!™ Baby Journal, to be published in partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation. The journal is a scrapbook-style booklet that promotes literacy and health to Maine families with newborn babies and will be provided at no cost to parents of newborns in 2013. His work depicted a person paddling in a canoe on a Maine river.
Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest Winner
Congratulations to 8th grader Anna Peterson, whose essay on "Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence," was chosen as the winning essay of the local DAR Chapter contest (Samuel Grant-Mary Kelton Dummer chapter). Her essay will now proceed on to the state competition.
American Mathematics Competition (AMC8) Winners
We recently received award notifications for the 10 students in grade 6-7-8 who participated in the national math competition in November. Our school-level awards were as follows:
Some recent quotes from current Primary students about what they like about Stepping Stones:
"I like our school because my friends are nice." (Thomas, age 4)
"I like Spanish class because I like learning Spanish." (Lillith, age 5)
"I like everything at Montessori school.” (Jordan C., age 3)
"I love my school because I love Miss Jen.” (Rylee, age 5)
"If you want to learn, come to this school.” (Lucy, age 5)
Some recent quotes from current Lower Elementary students when asked what they would tell other families about our school:
“If you want your kids to have fun let them go here. The teachers are really nice here and almost the first day you get here you make friends.” (Geneva, grade 2)
“I think you should come here because we have great materials that you can learn from.” (Ellie, grade 2)
“I like this school because I can work at my own level.” (Max, grade 3)
“You get to play Quick Pix, you have recess, and the Country Feasts!” (Ian, grade 1)
“You get Saxon math. You get to play fun games. You get to play games on the computer. You get to have fun outside. You learn many things. You get to study different countries. You get to study different animals.” (Liam, grade 2)
“It’s fun, I’m learning Spanish, I have country studies, I learned all my South American countries, and the teachers are nice.” (Christiana, grade 3)
“Just come here because it is so fun!” (Zander, grade 2)
Here is what current Upper Elementary students have to say about their school:
“This is the best school ever! It is a very hands-on school and you learn a lot. This school has goats that you can go feed at recess. I like how we learn about the timeline and dinosaurs.” (Ariana, grade 5)
“The learning environment is different here. We get to use a lot of hands-on tools to help us understand new concepts better.” (Carlene, grade 7)
“I am very excited about the Windmill Project and we do lots of history at this school, which I like. Odyssey of the Mind is an interesting and fun after school club!” (Joshua, grade 5)
“At Stepping Stones Montessori School you REALLY learn. You get to do hands-on work and I really mean it. You can help feed goats. You can make lots of new friends because everyone is friendly…it’s heaven!” (Anna, grade 4)
“A school isn’t for racing through things…It’s about making new friends, learning new things…and having fun!” (Tessa, grade 5)
“The child wants to do something sensible.”