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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...
Months before the Camden Conference convenes each year in February, Watershed School seniors begin Senior Seminar, an intensive course that focuses on the event’s topic. The students each select a different book from the public reading list provided by the Camden Conference, and they study relevant current events through all possible media resources. The seniors also attend presentations in the local area and benefit from the lectures of guest speakers who are invited to Watershed....
Watershed School has kicked off its second semester with new courses designed to connect high school students with urgent and relevant issues facing both the mid-coast region and the larger world of which they are a part. Watershed’s classes, by design, connect high school curriculum with contemporary national and world events while also teaching the context from which these current issues emerged.   Marine Science- As part of Watershed’s chemistry course, Cindy Heil, PhD,...
Watershed School is offering Math Matters, an after-school math class for college-bound sophomores and juniors who want to refresh and expand their math skills in preparation for classroom and testing success. The class will focus on core math concepts needed for success in high school math, college admissions, and beyond. The goals of the class are to increase recognition of problem types, strengthen skills through repetition, assemble a “toolkit” of problem-solving strategies, and...
It’s been a busy fall at Watershed School. Enrollment inquiries are at a record pace, both for incoming Freshmen as well as mid-year transfers. For students interested in mid-year transfers, the second semester begins with Watershed’s annual Project Week, which starts on Tuesday, January 3 and culminates on Tuesday, January 10 with a final student presentation. Each year, Watershed students choose a topic of interest and connect with a subject matter expert, known as an SME....

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