United States Senator Susan Collins Visits Troy School
We all were very excited to host a visit from Senator Collins yesterday. Senator Collins spoke about what it is like to be a Senator, shared her perspective on getting along with people, and encouraged students to show up to school on a regular basis in the same way that she shows up for her job. (Senator Collins has a remarkable attendance record in Congress, having never missed a vote.) She also visited the first and second grades, where she read a book to the students. She then was seranaded by the Kindergarten class, who all gave her tulips. It was a magical time at Troy School, from the very start of the day when everyone was working together to prepare for her visit, until the end of the day, when Senator Collins had left and we all could reflect on how proud we were to have shared our school with her for the afternoon.
Troy School is a small elementary school in Maine serving one hundred students from the towns of Troy and Unity, Kindergarten to fifth grade. We are part of RSU #3, which means students will leave here and go to Mt View Middle School and, eventuallly, Mt View High School.
At Troy School we will become stronger learners and positive people by learning everywhere through challenging projects.
Based on the word "CARE".
C - Calm, caring, and kind
A - Always do your best
R - Respectful
E - Embrace Challenges
Our annual visit to Tanglewood gave us a chance to be with fifth grade students from Walker, Morse, and Monroe Schools. Students learned about nature and practiced working as a team.
Fifth Graders: Please take this survey about Tanglewood - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XVY3LQC
Unity College intern Ashley Allen works with students and teachers on a "low ropes course" series of activities to help build teamwork skills and get students to trust one another.
Tanglewood Friends: Morse, Walker, and Monroe fifth grade students all joined the Troy School's fifth graders at Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center in October for two days of learning and team building. Students are looking foward to a follow up three day opportunity at Tanglewood in June.
Troy Volunteer Fire Department Visits Troy School: Members of the Troy Fire Department came to Troy School today to discuss fire safety with the students. The firemen stressed how to prevent fires, as well as what to do if you find yourself trapped in a fire.
Demonstrating how to crawl if you are trapped in a room full of smoke. He is closely followed by students in Mrs. Kaber's class.
From the archives: The First Day of School, 2013
Past Read-a-thon Pictures
Kathy Murray, entomologist with the State of Maine, visits Troy
Troy resident Kathy Murray came in to Troy School on Wednesday to share her knowledge about insects with the Troy students. Students learned how some insects are beneficial to us, while others, like the Asian Longhorned Beetle, can be harmful to us and our environment.
Changes at Troy School as We Move Forward with Proficiency Based Education
At Troy School, we have been working to help students better understand what they are learning, why they are learning it, and how they can show that they have learned it. Classroom teachers are sharing "Measurement Topics" with their students, which outline the progression of learning that happens as students move through their education at Troy School and beyond. When students show that they have mastered a skill, they keep track of their learning and move on to the next skill in the progression. Ideally, we are headed for a school where students aren't in certain grades, but are moving fluidly between levels of learning. A classroom may have multiple levels of learning taking place, or students may be regrouped throughout the day, sometimes changing the teacher they are working with depending on their level of mastery in each subject they are studying. Teachers at Troy School are at different levels of implementation of the proficiency based program, but all are moving to increase their understanding and comfort with the new approach.
The Highest Tower That Can Also Support a Marshmallow
Troy students in fourth and fifth grade classes worked in groups to construct towers given a set amount of materials. The goal was to see how high a tower the group could build, but the tower also needed to support a marshmallow for a given amount of time.
Troy Central School (K-3) opened in January 1951. There were 3 teachers with 4 bus drivers.
In the fall of 1996, Troy Central School opened the doors to a new addition. It was transformed from a small, grades K-3 schoolhouse to a K-6 facility with a complete renovation including, multipurpose room/ gym/cafeteria, art and music space, six classrooms, a planetarium and a new library. Construction of the new addition began in the summer of 1995 and was completed in the fall of 1996.