What's Happening

As Watershed School looks forward to a year of enriching and expanding both its curriculum and its campus, Maine-based foundations have stepped up this summer to support the initiative. Maine Community Foundation recently awarded Watershed School two grants, one in the amount of $25,000 from the directors of the component fund of the foundation. Additionally, Watershed received a second grant from the same foundation to support a science lab and climate change resource center in its new...
Watershed School has received a prestigious grant in the amount of $75,000 from the Edward E. Ford Foundation. The Edward E. Ford Foundation, which challenges and inspires schools to leverage their unique talents, expertise, and resources to advance best practice in teaching and learning, provides grants to strengthen and support independent secondary schools. “The Edward E. Ford Foundation grant sets the stage for our upcoming capital campaign,” says Chris Davis, Watershed...
Watershed School will hold a 15th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 9 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at Watershed School, 1 Free Street, in Camden. The party will feature music by members of the Gawler Family, a street contra dance with caller Chrissy Fowler, and food by local restaurants and sponsors. A reception following Watershed’s commencement will be held from 6:00 - 7:00, and will include music by current and past Watershed students. The contra dance, which will close Free Street...
On June 9, 2018, Watershed School is throwing a 15th Anniversary party, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at their new home at One Free Street in Camden. The public is invited. The festive gathering, with food from community sponsors, contra-dancing and live music, celebrates a legacy of quality learning and rich community and school partnerships.   Watershed School, Midcoast Maine’s only independent high school, opened its doors in 2003 in Rockland. Since 2012 the school has called Camden home...
The 2018 Maine State Science Fair (MSSF) was a huge success, and the excited buzz emanating from the Thomas College gymnasium provided solid evidence for that claim. On March 24, nearly 300 Maine teens exhibited their science and engineering projects to their peers, teachers, parents, and judges. Representing 30 high schools, these students vied for nearly 100 awards including scholarships and a chance to compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). As they do every...
Back row: Alex Facq, Jacob Faunce, Bea Buckley. Front row: Hallie MacDougal, Nick Ryan 17-year-old Hallie Macdougal is passionate about plankton. A senior at Watershed School in Camden, Hallie has been studying the effects of climate change on the ocean since she started high school. Watershed School allows students to pursue their desired field of study during elective periods, and Hallie has chosen to put her time and energy into marine science and climate change. Her research has...
Watershed School has purchased the building located at One Free Street, just one block from their current location.   Built in 1994, One Free Street is over 7,500 square feet, more than double the size of Watershed’s current space. The additional space will mean more classrooms, a bigger gathering area, and enough room for additional facilities such as science, design and metalsmithing labs, a library, a student lounge, and a kitchen.   The move comes just as Watershed...
For the second year in a row, a Watershed Junior has scored a perfect 800 on a section of the SAT. Last year, a student scored an 800 on the Verbal section; this year, a student scored an 800 on the Math section. Watershed currently has a Junior class of eight.   As part of the Watershed experience, every student receives personalized, expert test preparation advice for college admissions. Dr. Mary Smyth, Watershed’s math teacher, has been coaching SAT prep, as well as other...
Sea level rise is considered one of the most profound long-term effects of climate change, yet the public is almost completely unaware of the magnitude of the problem.  On Wednesday, May 31st from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the Camden Public Library, Watershed School students will present their research on the impacts of sea level rise on the Town of Camden.  Area residents are invited to attend and learn more about the students’ research on the causes of sea level rise, projections for...
Each spring, Watershed School seniors design and complete a semester-long project based on a topic they'd like to explore further. This year's projects contain the unifying theme of “making the world a better place." Topics include the creation of a mural for the city of Hallowell’s efforts to be a welcoming city, art in education, working in Maine government, creating community through sharing histories, working with refugees in Maine, volunteering with Habitat...

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