Please check this page frequently as it will be changed regularly to provide the most up-to-date information about program developments This page is for informational purposes only. Last updated: July 30, 2013.
Greetings and welcome to Blueberry Harvest School! We are excited about our new theme at this year’s summer program. Learning Maine will be three weeks of engaged learning that will be innovative, “hands on” activities-based, thematic, interdisciplinary, and fun!
Week One: Maritime Magic: Everyone will read, conduct experiments, discuss, and complete group projects with learning focused on the ocean and/or intertidal zone. Downeast Institute has agreed to bring their touch tank in on Wednesday August 7th. On Friday we have a field trip scheduled to go swimming at University of Maine at Machias to swim in the pool and to Roque Bluffs Beach.
Week Two: Ecosystems: Relationships and Interdependencies: Students explore basic ecology and interconnections and interdependencies of those organisms that live in community. We will be actively working to understand ecological systems and some of the basic concepts of ecology. Additionally we have a tour for the older children of the college campus at UMM. On Friday we will hike on Petit Manan Point, out to a wild beach to search for tracks and treasures of the marine environment.
Week Three: Sustainable Food Systems: Lessons will focus on where our food comes from, how seeds grow, and how a farm ecosystem works. At the end of the week, students will visit a farm to meet not only the people who farm the land, but pet the animals and, with any luck, milk a cow, or help feed chickens, pigs, horses, or other farm animals. Some of us may get the chance to go out on a fishing boat. The oldest children may have a chance to go sailing with Petit Manan Yacht Club.
This is YOUR school. We want to hear your feedback, so please let your Community Liaisons and our staff know how you feel about your child’s experience. You are also always welcome to visit. We especially hope that you’ll be able to join us on August 15 for Parent’s Night and Community Learning Celebration (in the evening).
IAN F. YAFFE, Executive Director
(207) 619-2822 or email@example.com
Related Publications and Forms:
- Informational Flyer (English)
- Informational Flyer (Spanish)
- Parent and Student Handbook (English)
- Parent and Student Handbook (Spanish)
- Bus Schedule (English)
- Bus Schedule (Spanish)
- Enrollment Form
Program Purpose: The Blueberry Harvest School is a hands-on, student-centered, educational summer program for the eligible children (ages 3-13) of migratory workers as certified by the Maine Migrant Education Program during the blueberry harvest in Washington County. The program lasts approximately three to four weeks and is conducted in accordance with Title 1, Part C, Sections 1301-1309 of the No Child Left Behind Act; 34 CFR, Parts 200.81-200.89; Maine Migrant Education Program’s Service Delivery Plan; and Education Evolving: Maine’s Plan for Putting Learners First (Maine Department of Education’s Strategic Plan). The Blueberry Harvest School delivers services that will address the challenging aspects of the families’ migrant lifestyles and foster self-esteem, competence, and independence among all students. It is designed to ensure that each child enrolled in the program receives full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging State academic content and achievement standards that all children are expected to meet.
Program Design & Introduction: The 2013 Blueberry Harvest School will be centered around the theme of “Learning Maine.” It will be innovative, “hands-on” activity-based, thematic, interdisciplinary, and engaging for students, parents, and staff. Each week, lessons will concentrate on a different theme that will culminate in a field trip that will make the learning real. Currently proposed weekly themes include Maritime Magic, Ecosystems-Relationships and Interdependencies, and Sustainable Agriculture. Blueberry Harvest School staff will also visit the camps each week to update parents on the learning their children are experiencing, detail the field trip, and preview the activities for the coming week. Thank you for wanting to be a part of the Blueberry Harvest Team! We look forward to reviewing your application and supporting materials.
Program Dates, Times, & Location: The Blueberry Harvest School will open on Monday, August 5, 2013 and run through Friday, August 23. The school day will begin at approximately 7:30 a.m. and end around 3:00 p.m. with transportation provided to/from various locations in Washington County. The 2013 Blueberry Harvest School will be located at Harrington Elementary School in Harrington, ME.
Employment: All positions have been filled. Thanks for your interest!