|Walker Elementary School||Walker Wildcats|
Walker School is a small elementary school with ninety-nine students, pre-K
through grade five, serving the towns of Liberty and Montville, Maine.
Our fifth grade students had another positive experience at Tanglewood this past fall.
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We were in the Maine Sunday Telegram recently:
We were also in the MOFGA quarterly newsletter for the fall (the one that goes out in September during the fair.)
Students on the Garden Committee worked all September in preparation for our Common Ground Fair
presentation. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/jessicanatale/videos/10209686366148594/
We have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/walkerschool/
Our garden program has a Facebook page:
Greta, Cialla, Brooke, and Paige talk to their class about life during Colonial times after they presented a play that they had
created. The girls discussed differences in what boys and girls did during Colonial times and also spoke about how life back
than and life now is different.
Characters and Reindeer Games
Walker School students and staff recently came to school dressed as characters from
their favorite books. This led into a literacy night event, where parents, students,
and teachers all participated in character related games and activities. We also
celebrated the season with an afternoon of crafts led by the Student Leadership
Team, culminating in the Reindeer Games, during which Batman made an
appearance. . . riding a tricycle!
Walker at Tanglewood (along with Morse, Monroe, and Troy)
We spent a lot of time at Tanglewood getting to know students from other schools to
help make next year's transition to Mt. View Middle School easier.
In this picture, students from all four schools work together on a team-building challenge.
Christine came along with us. Much of our learning took place outdoors.
We studied ecosystems, sustainability, and what it all means in the Maine woods.
Tanglewood was a fun time!
Maple Sugaring at Haystack Mountain Farm
Haystack Mountain Farm in March to see Elise Brown's syrup operation and
learn how its done. Thank you Elise for inviting us!
Approaching the sugar shack. A wood fired evaporator will boil the sap down.
Collecting sap. Fran Gonzalez and Walker students gather sap to bring back to
the shack. It takes thirty to forty gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup!
Boiling down the sap in the evaporator. Most of the sap is water. The water
is removed by boiling it off. During the process of making one gallon of sap, over
thirty gallons of water are separated out by turning it to steam.
Unity Comes to Liberty
Just before April vacation, three students from Unity College came to
Walker to spend three afternoons with the third, fourth, and fifth
grade students. The students worked on team building, learned about
the environment, and ended the third afternoon by climbing
Haystack Mountain. Through the process, they learned a bit
more about themselves, improved their abilities to work together
as a team, and discovered some abilities they didn't know they had.
Changes at Walker School as We Move Forward
with Proficiency Based Education
At Walker 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 Walker 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 Walker 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.
Walker Vegetables, and students, go to the
Common Ground Fair
Walker students worked with Katie Morabito, our FoodCorps service member to determine qualities that
make a prize winning vegetable. The students then compared their qualities with the qualities that MOFGA
uses to rate vegetables. After comparing the two sets of standards, the students chose vegetables from our
greenhouse to enter in the fair. The chosen cucumbers won a blue ribbon, while the tomatoes won a red.
The History of Walker School- (writings from Liberty Town Reports and the Walker Banner)
On Sunday night, December 30, 1935 the Liberty High School buildings and their contents burned. The superintending school
committee called a meeting to take necessary steps to secure temporary quarters to house the school for the remainder of the year.
High school and primary schools were held in the basement of the Community Hall. The grammar school moved to the second floor
of what is now the Liberty Tool Company.
The Walker family (Donald, Miss Katherine and Miss Madge) came to the town's aid as there was little insurance and money
was in short supply. Construction for the new school began on September 10, 1936. Donald Walker asked Carol Banks to oversee the
school's construction. Mr. Banks put in many hours. Many other local people worked on the school as well.
The school was finished and a dedication was held on January 16, 1937. Six hundred people were in attendance?
The Town of Liberty felt extremely fortunate. They had a beautiful new brick building with a slate roof. The building had steam heat
fired by a wood boiler. There were indoor bathrooms, running water and a drinking fountain in the main hall. There were fire hoses
both up and downstairs. There were rooms for recreation, science and stenography. There was a Principal's Office (where it is today)
and a boiler room. Clayborn Stickney was the first janitor.
The town named the school "Walker High School" and it opened officially on September 13, 1937 with students primary age through high
school. In 1964 the high school students were moved to Mount View, in 1970 grades 7 and 8 were moved to Mount View and in 2009 the
6th grade students were moved to Mount View. Walker continues as a PreK - 5 school today with approximately 95 students.