Education briefs

Mar 31, 2014
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Mental health series

ROCKLAND — School counselors from RSU 13 are sponsoring a Mental Health Series that is open to the public. There is no cost to attend these presentations and they will all run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The presentations will all be held at Rockland District Middle School, 30 Broadway, in the cafeteria. Two contact hours will be awarded for each session attended.

On Thursday, April 3, Joanna Schladale will address the impact of witnessing violence on both a child’s school behavior and a child’s capacity to learn. Easy, practical solutions for minimizing negative effects of violence will be provided. On May 1, Annie Gray, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the director of Community Services at Harbor Family Services will present on practical brain based interventions for children in the school setting. Participants will better understand motivation of misbehavior and how to respond more effectively.

For more information and to register for these presentations please visit

Journalism scholarships available

ELLSWORTH  — The Guy P. Gannett Journalism Scholarship Fund seeks applications from Maine students.

The Gannett Scholarship provides renewable support for students majoring in journalism or a field reasonably related, including print, broadcast, or electronic media. The fund helps pay tuition to attend an undergraduate, graduate, trade, or technical school.

The deadline for applications is May 1. To apply online, go to

Applicants must be graduates of Maine high schools or have been home-schooled in Maine. Students will be chosen based on demonstrated interest in journalism through their choice of coursework and extracurricular activities, as well as financial need and academic achievement. In 2013, the average award size was $18,062.

Navigate, sail course for adults

ROCKLAND — Set sail, navigate and explore with Rockland Community Sailing at the Apprenticeshop in partnership with RSU 13 Adult Education. Learn sailing and navigation, safety and related nautical knowledge from Rockland Community Sailing instructors. Then put your new skills into practice while rigging, sailing, and navigating a 25-foot keelboat on Rockland Harbor.

Two three-week sessions of Navigate and Sail will be offered this spring with the first session beginning Tuesday, April 15 and the second session on May 6. Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 to 8 p.m. on classroom days and 5 to 8 p.m. on sailing days.

Pre-registration is necessary as space is limited. For more information, costs, or to sign up contact KC at 594-1800.

Windward Passage––Traditional Sailing Adventures for Teens

CASTINE — Come sail with aboard the 50-foot sloop Vela with Capt. Havilah Hawkins, a second generation schooner captain with 30 years experience in Maine maritime traditions. All 5 day/5 night trips leave from Sedgwick on the Eggemoggin Reach.

The participants are “unplugged” and become part of the working crew, learning time-honored skills of seamanship and teamwork. Exploring the waters and islands of Penobscot Bay, shipmates gain a sense of responsibility, confidence, and respect for the boat, the water and each other.

The program is co-ed and open to youth aged 12–18. No prior sailing experience is required.

Weekly trips run from June 23 through Aug. 23 with six berths available for each session. Interested students are encouraged to apply early as spaces are filled on a first come basis.

For more information and specific dates visit, email, or call 326-0606.

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