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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Method, Uncertainty & Thinking: A Visit from Dr. Beal

Method, Uncertainty & Thinking: A Visit from Dr. Beal

What kind of evidence does one need to gather in order to be scientifically ‘certain’ that something is true? Can one always be certain? 

As part of an investigation into scientific method, uncertainty, and thinking, Breakwater 5/6 students received a visit from Dr. Brian Beal, Professor of Marine Ecology at the University of Maine Machias and nationally recognized scientist.

Denny Church, Breakwater Grade 5/6 Associate, writes about it…

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Faculty PD: Inquiry, Discovery and Skill Building in Math Education

Faculty PD: Inquiry, Discovery and Skill Building in Math Education

Good instruction provides for the learning of math facts and skills, and fully understands that to use those skills learners require the conceptual understandings, mindset and character traits that are built from emergent, curiosity-led, authentic explorations. Breakwater teachers bring this understanding to our classrooms everyday, and are excited and committed to better refining our approach. Read on to learn more....

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Embodied Mindfulness Course For Parents

Embodied Mindfulness Course For Parents

This Embodied Mindfulness class teaches an active practice where participants learn how to use the widely acknowledged mind-body connection to implement or improve intentional parenting skills. Registration is open for this six week course at a special introductory cost to welcome our community to the Breakwater Parent and Professional Development programs.

Dates, details and registration information is here...

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Step Up Night!

Step Up Night!

Breakwater’s toddler through eighth grade structure is among our greatest assets. It allows us a carefully constructed continuum of academic and social preparation where skills intentionally build on one another. Faculty communicate and collaborate within and across all grade levels allowing teachers to really understand each child as they progress. With Step Up Night (Thursday, March 2) we invite current families to join us in building strong, effective partnerships in support of the amazing children we serve.   Learn more...

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Mt. Cardigan: 5th Grade's Three Day Adventure

Mt. Cardigan: 5th Grade's Three Day Adventure

The 5th grade’s upcoming trip to Mt. Cardigan is one in a series of overnight trips at Breakwater that in recent years have begun in third grade. The goals of our outdoor, overnight programming are both immediate and far-reaching, including team-building, improving group-process and conflict resolution skills, developing self-confidence, environmental awareness, resilience, empathy and sense of place in the world. And, of course: to have an incredible amount of fun!  Learn more ... about Mt. Cardigan and other annual overnight adventures!

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PD: Supporting Cultural and Gender Diversity

PD: Supporting Cultural and Gender Diversity

Breakwater believes that the diversity of our school community enhances our ability to implement our Mission. We are fully committed to developing a continual, productive dialogue that encourages students and faculty to talk openly and effectively about complex, sensitive and sometimes difficult issues. To open an intentional dialogue around how teachers and administrators actively acknowledge and support each child, faculty recently engaged in two professional development trainings around culture and gender diversity.  Read more...

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Middle School Civics, Jed Bloom, and Johana Rivera

Middle School Civics, Jed Bloom, and Johana Rivera

How do citizens make a change in their community and the world? How does an idea become a law? How do social movements work? These are the big questions many of us are thinking about in 2017. The 7th and 8th graders at Breakwater are doing more than thinking - they are engaged in an integrated, immersive Civics Unit, and one student is speaking up in the greater community for a cause. Middle School teacher Jed Bloom and 8th grader Johana Rivera tell us more...

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Curiosity is Life.

Curiosity is Life.

In the John Knight Curiosity Lab, students are encouraged to ask how does it work, why does it work that way, and how could it work. In development at Breakwater, the Curiosity Lab is a physical space designed to not only spark imagination, but scaffold it to help learners develop key readiness skills such as STEM, grit, resilience and self-confidence, and a broader curiosity mindset that prepares them to be active contributors, creators and entrepreneurs. Curious? Read more about Breakwater's tinkering program and the Curiosity Lab...

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