Cranes for Change: Student Initiated Service Learning

Cranes for Change: Student Initiated Service Learning

Cranes for Change is the self-adopted name a group of Breakwater fourth graders have chosen to describe a project inspired during their semester long integrated study of history’s peacemakers. After reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr, the students began folding small origami cranes and stringing them. Together, they set a goal to make a thousand paper cranes and formed a plan for how their efforts might benefit others. 

Learn more about the student initiated service project, paper cranes and fundraising bake sale on Friday, May 26, at 1:30pm ...

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Capstone Projects 2017

Capstone Projects 2017

The Capstone Project is a year long process in which Breakwater's 8th grade students pursue independent research on a topic of their choice, produce a substantial paper that reflects a deep understanding of the subject, conduct a visual and oral presentation before an audience, and, with the guidance of faculty and community mentors, complete a product inspired by their topic and a gift to the school from which they will soon graduate. 

Read more about Breakwater's Capstones, project topics, thesis statements, and upcoming events through which you can support our 8th grade researchers….

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Community Testimonials from Teacher Appreciation Week!

Community Testimonials from Teacher Appreciation Week!

Our teachers are the foundation of our school.  We have a faculty made up of some of the most creative, principled and hard working people one can ever hope to have guide our children. We are sincerely grateful for the talent, time and energy that each of our teachers bring to our learning environment. 

In advance of Teacher Appreciation Week 2017 we solicited testimonials from our community of parents and students recognizing the Breakwater faculty. Here are a few.

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Welcome Kalyn Sullivan!

Welcome Kalyn Sullivan!

We are delighted to announce that Kalyn Sullivan has accepted the position of 1/2 teacher beginning in the 2017/18 school year. She will join current 1/2 teacher Julia Beckett, Marjorie Haley, in her continued role as Literacy Specialist, and Claire Martin in her new role as toddler-grade 2 Curiosity Lab/ Inquiry Integration Coach, to round out our exceptional teaching team.

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First and Second Grade Heroes

First and Second Grade Heroes

What makes a hero? In a months long integrated unit, first and second graders collaboratively defined heroes as “people who change their world and community”. The children chose individuals to study that ranged from human rights activists, to politicians, environmentalists, entertainers, a sports legend, a theoretical physicist, a high-wire artist and more.

Read about our student's investigative process and research, and see images their Hero Trading Cards here...

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Alumni Spotlight: Meredith Coolidge, '11

Alumni Spotlight: Meredith Coolidge, '11

Meredith Coolidge graduated with the class of 2011 after attending Breakwater for nine years. 

In this funny and heartfelt Q&A, Meredith updates us on her adventures, shares a story, remembers faculty, and describes what a Breakwater education means to her.

Are you a Breakwater alumni? Join us Saturday, April 29 for an Alumni Reunion at the Bayside Bowl in Portland from 1-4pm. RSVP here!

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Civics, State House & Honorary Page Program

Civics, State House & Honorary Page Program

When the Maine Senate is convened, the public is invited to visit and see what happens during a Legislative Session. Through a lottery process, several of our students were invited to serve as Honorary Pages at the State House in Augusta.

This opportunity comes as part of the Breakwater 7th and 8th grade's continuing investigation of American civics. Learn more here…

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