September 2, 2014 · 10:41 pm
It has become a tradition for parents and townspeople to gather in the schoolyard as students arrive for their first day at the two room Ashley Bryan School. Everyone is there to wish them well, to see who the new students are, and to feel good about our special island school and its community support.
The crew from Great Cranberry arrives by boat and begins the short walk up from the dock. There are 6 students from Great Cranberry and one teacher and one aide who travel by boat every morning. This morning there were also all of the teachers for Art, Music, Phys. Ed and French. The principal was there too. It made for a solid group of educational energy surrounding the school. The inter island students were all happy to reconnect after a busy summer. All around the school yard parents of students, and other community members want to celebrate what a unique school we have.
I hope these photos evoke the anticiption that hovered in the air this morning.
There were many more friends from the community than there were students. There are 16 students in all covering every grade from K through 8 with the exception of 7th grade. It looks like it’s going to be an exciting year!
Teachers Lauren and Audrey asked people to exuberantly make suggestions of goals for the year and then Ashley Bryan read them out and worried that the students will have to work too hard to learn all of these things! I don’t know if you can zoom in on the list, but the suggestions are things like: Laughter, building, discovery, adventure, wonder, fun, awesomeness, cooperation and friendship.
Below, someone who couldn’t care less!
Then the kids got together for a group picture, and they insisted that all the community members get in for the second picture.
At last the students lined up from youngest grade to oldest grade, to move into the school as they were introduced by the teachers.
I hope everyone got the photos they wanted, else they’ll have to wait until next year to get another shot at the first day of school. Wishing a great year to all of the students and teachers at the Ashley Bryan School!
September 3, 2013 · 10:14 am
The quiet school yard soon starts to fill with friends from the community, arriving teachers and students.
Ashley Bryan calls it the “That’s ME!” school.
Teachers Audrey Noether and Lauren Simmons welcome everyone and ask for hopes and good wishes from the group.
This year’s art teacher, Mary Lyman, is totally overwhelmed by all of the things Ashley has just asked her to memorize. (….just kidding M and A…)
Here’s to a great year for all of the new and returning students and their new teachers!
The Ashley Bryan School will have 12 (13?) students this year in grades K through 8. My husband and all of his siblings attended this school, their father attended this school, and both of our sons attended this school. A great island tradition.
April 5, 2012 · 9:49 pm
…at the Ashley Bryan School. On Wednesday I went back for the follow up art class to work with the older students (grades 4 through 8) to finish the pendants and charm necklaces they started 2 weeks ago. Before we got back to work I showed them an article I found, in a past Ornament magazine, about the American sculptor Alexander Calder .
The students gave a very satisfying “Ahhhh” of recognition between Calder’s pieces and the hammered wire spirals and wire wrapped pieces they were making. Technique and art appreciation rolled into one afternoon. Yes!
Everyone was happy with their work. You can’t ask for much more than that!
My participation in the class was the result of a request from Meg, one of the two 8th grade students. Thank you for asking, Meg. I had a really great time!
One of Meg’s finished pieces:
Instead of saying “cheese!” I asked the students to say…”Alexander Calder!”
Halfway through the afternoon, the older students switched rooms with the younger group, who had been in music class. These specials take place every Wednesday afternoon at the Ashley Bryan School on Islesford. This time I stayed to do a beaded elastic bracelet project with the younger students. (grades K through 3)
Serious workers! And beautiful results!
Our two-room island elementary school is the same school my husband attended as a child, and his father attended as a child. Our sons, now age 29, attended this school as well. It is a pretty special school in a pretty special place. I never take living here for granted.