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Watershed School is proud to announce that one of the members of its senior class has been named a National Merit Finalist for 2016. In recent years there have been several finalists each year from local high schools, but this year Jesse Dunn of Waldoboro is one of only two local students who made the cut.   Watershed has a history of producing National Merit winners. In the school's 13 year history it can boast of 3 finalists and 4 commended students among its graduates. Since the...
Reason for Being   Once in a while, someone articulates anew and with great clarity the reason why Watershed School exists.  In a recent Atlantic magazine article by Jessica Lahey entitled, When Success Leads to Failure, we find the source of our own inspiration and the very real threat to learning.  In it, Lahey comes clean with a parent worried about her daughter “[whose] grades are fine; I’m not worried about that, but she just doesn’t seem to love...
It was quite a weekend for Watershed skiers! Congratulations to Ella Simon for her first place finish at the KVAC/MVC Giant Slalom race at Black Mtn, Jillian Galloway (first place) and Hallie Macdougal (third place) for the U19 Girls at the Seacoast Classic Combi Race at the Snow Bowl, and Warren Galloway (first place), Peter Galloway (second place), and Jesse Dunn (third place) for the U19 Boys at the Seacoast Classic. .
Watershed Students Spend Martin Luther King Day at Bates College   For the past 12 years, Watershed School has chosen to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., not by taking the day off from school, but instead by learning more about his life's work and the civil rights challenges facing contemporary society. On January 18, Watershed students traveled to Bates College to hear a keynote address and to join Bates students and faculty in a series of...
29 January 2016   WATERSHED STUDENTS MAP THEIR OWN DNA IN UNIQUE PROJECT                 Biology students at Camden’s Watershed School are using high-tech equipment from the Jackson Laboratory to determine whether they have two genes associated with athletic abilities: either power/speed or endurance related. The project is being taught by Watershed instructor Phil Gerard, who spent part of last summer as a...
The first group of sophomores and juniors have taken the new redesigned PSAT from the CollegeBoard and the results are in. Watershed students exceeded the national average by a significant amount. "I was confident that our students would do well on the new test," said Mary Smyth, Watershed math teacher and testing advisor. "The new PSAT rewards students who can provide evidence for their statements, can write persuasively, and who are used to reading historical sources with...
Watershed Teacher shoots stars and becomes one.  Read more by clicking on this link.
"Communities of Character" Op-Ed column by David Brooks reflects much of what Watershed School does best.  During this week's All-School Meeting, Watershed students and faculty read Brooks' article in small groups and discussed ways in which Watershed already builds community with intention and explored ideas for how to strengthen our community going forward.
Faculty member Pete Kalajian spoke at the Advanced Imaging Conference (AIC) in San Jose, California last week. AIC is the world's largest gathering for advanced astrophotographers, with over 400 attendees this year. Pete spoke about the arcane topic of flat fielding, an essential calibration step in the production of high quality astronomical images for science and aesthetic imaging. Pete invented a series of panels to provide the even light source necessary for proper flat fielding,...

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