Thursday, September 27, 2001

Cape students respond to attacks

Published in the Current

At the September meeting of the Cape Elizabeth School Board, students and administrators spoke about the schools’ reactions to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

The Sept. 20 meeting, postponed from Sept. 11 due to the attacks, also saw this year’s first presentations from the high school and middle school student representatives to the board.

David Greenwood and Christopher Roy, seniors at Cape High School, said they were proud of the way the high school students responded to the terrorism. Some seniors donated blood at local blood drives, while others, including Greenwood and Roy, painted the rock on Rt. 77. The students also are looking to create a memorial for the emergency workers killed during rescue attempts.

Greenwood and Roy also reported the new administration is popular, saying new principal Jeff Shedd received an 89 percent approval rating in a Period C survey in the cafeteria.

Middle school representatives Brianna Bowen and Lily Hoffman said middle school students also were working to benefit victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, by collecting donations, holding a bake sale and selling ribbons.

Bowen and Hoffman also said Sally Foster Gift Wrap sales will begin Sept. 21 and continue through Oct. 4 to raise funds for the sixth and seventh grade outdoor experience trips.

In other business, the School Board also:
Received information about the college admissions and college choices of the Cape High School class of 2001. Ninety percent of the 112-member class is pursuing post-secondary education, 94 percent of whom are attending four-year colleges. Eight percent of the class is seeking employment or working prior to further education, and two percent are entering the military.

Heard the superintendent’s and principals’ reports on the opening of school, which
included reference to how the schools handled the issue of telling students about the
Sept. 11 attacks, and the students’ efforts to help victims. Pond Cove students are holding a penny drive; middle school students are selling ribbons; over 60 high school students have signed up for a brand-new Volunteer Club.

Heard the superintendent’s report on future direction planning and the Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation.

Heard reports from the finance, policy and facilities subcommittees.

Approved new fall coaches for the middle school. Sarah Jordan will coach 8th grade
girls soccer. Tim Thompson will coach 7th grade girls soccer. Jeremy LaRose will coach 7th grade field hockey. Ben Putnam will be an assistant coach for 7th and 8th grade tennis.

Approved co-curricular fee positions throughout the district, including the senior
class advisor, high school student advisory council advisors, Bartleby advisor, and fall
art club advisor. Also appointed were the 7th grade representative to the student assistance team and several mentors for new teachers.

Received a request from teacher Andy Strout to defer his sabbatical for one year,
and a request from teacher Richard Rothlisberger to have a sabbatical for 2002-2003.

Noted that those who know men and women serving in the military should notify
board member Kevin Sweeney. A group of teachers and students has volunteered to
write them letters to keep their morale up.

The school board’s next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the town council chambers.