Watershed SchoolHigh School in Camden, Maine
Our Scientific Observation class is getting ready for the Maine State Science Fair on Saturday.
Caleb categorized the 8 main starts in the constellation Orion through their spectrum. He took images through a diffraction grating which shows the spectrum of the star. He then analyzed the spectra through the software RSpec, which showed him the star's letter type.
The countdown to the Maine State Science Fair is on! Our 9th graders are finalizing their projects this week.
Daniel worked on trying to find the shape of the lunar orbit around the earth. To do this, he's taking pictures of the moon for 27 days in order to get a complete lunar phase. He then measured the diameter of the moon in pixels. Once he had the photographs, he created a sine graph, which showed him the smallest and largest diameters. From that, he was able to determine the apogee and perigee. Finally, he used an equation to calculate the eccentricity, which measures how far an ellipse is from a perfect circle.
Since yesterday was a snow day, many of our students participated in a make-up Walkout this morning. They held a 17-second moment of silence to honor the victims of the Parkland shooting. They then walked through town, and finished up the Walkout with thoughts on what the moment meant to them, and how they can continue the conversation and take additional action on eliminating gun violence.
Watershed alumni and Wellesley College junior Louisa Crane is currently participating in SEA Semester / Sea Education Association. Read about her experience aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, one of SEA's tall research vessels.
Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just…Almost.
One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.
ALMOST, MAINE: It’s love. But not quite.
Thanks to the work of Watershed School students Alex Facq, Lyra Kalajian, and Hallie Arno Macdougal, Camden Hills High School students Marco D'Amato, Leo Kalajian, and Meredith Luce, and the Camden Town Energy Committee, last night the Camden Select Board voted on and unanimously approved to join the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of city leaders addressing climate change by pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the future impacts of climate change. Camden is the first town in Maine to commit to this important coalition.
Conversation and Compassion: Forging A Response To Gun Violence
by William M. Galloway, Head of School
At Watershed School, it all starts with a conversation. Listening to understand, responding to others, disagreeing and agreeing, finding a path forward together- this is the Watershed Way. In light of the recent tragedy in Parkland, Watershed School has been engaged in conversations with students, parents, and faculty. We are taking time to reflect and deliberate on a me...aningful response as individuals, as members of the Watershed School community, as residents of midcoast Maine, and as citizens of the United States.
Though we have not yet decided how we will use the 17 minutes on March 14th, we strive to make real the premises outlined by Amitai Etzioni in his book, The New Golden Rule: Community and Morality in a Democratic Society, in which he states, “If the community’s moral course deeply offends my ultimate values, I must refuse, rebel, object, try to join with like-minded others to change the course, act as a conscientious objector, demonstrate peacefully, and even engage in civil disobedience”. To this end, there grows among us a powerful drive to act with the goal of ending gun violence.
At the same time, we acknowledge and are moved with compassion toward the families directly impacted by these events. Honoring the lives and the loss of 17 young people, we search together for a message of hope and care that will reverberate through time to the families suffering now and long into the future. We try to put ourselves in their shoes and ask ourselves how we can help. Our instincts are to reach out to those struggling to reclaim their lives and gather strength enough to carry on.
On Monday, we gather again at Watershed School to continue our conversation during our weekly All School Meeting. Please join the conversation as we forge a way forward together that can support effective community action and/or meaningful expressions of compassion. For more information, contact Watershed School at 230-7341 or email@example.com.
Congratulations to Junior Mara Carpenter and Senior Emma Wilton for their success at the Take Center State Dance Challenge in Waterville last weekend. Their many awards included the Senior Outstanding Dance Scholarship (Mara), 1st Place Advanced Teen Small Group Overall (Emma and Mara's group), and 2nd Place Advanced Teen Large Group Overall (Emma's group).