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O Pioneers!

Eleven high school juniors are attached to a plow, substituting their human-power for the horse-power normally provided by Bob, our Suffolk Punch draft horse. The students plant their feet, lean forward, and haul with all their might. The plow moves ten feet, then ten more, before the students drop the rope with a collective groan …

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From Sauerkraut to Sketch-up, Connecting to the Natural World through Craft

The study of human ecology, or the relationship between humans and the natural world, is an important thread that runs through all aspects of Maine Coast Semester. In last week’s human ecology seminars, students explored our relationship to technology and sustainability through the lenses of energy, farming and food systems. Looking at philosophies ranging from …

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Maine Coast Semester Alumni Take on New Roles and Responsibility at Salt Marsh Farm

Chewonki recently welcomed back Maine Coast Semester 59 alumni Phoebe, and Semester 57 alumni Grayson, as summer farm workers at Salt Marsh Farm. Phoebe, a rising senior at Dwight Englewood School in New Jersey, first came to Chewonki in the fall of 2017. She says the best part of her new role is “hanging out …

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Maine Coast Semester Bids a Fond Farewell to Chris Percy

Chris Percy, long time Maine Coast Semester Spanish teacher, dean of residential life, and photographer, has a way of standing that lets you know he is ready for anything. Shoulders squared, back straight, face full of anticipation, like an eager kid. Boisterous class? He can deal. Challenging student? He’s by their side. He’s equally game …

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A Distant Holla: Illuminating Overlooked Narratives at the Portland Museum of Art

After a rowdy, 45-minute bus ride from Wiscasset to Portland, we arrived at the Portland Museum of Art for our highly anticipated art field trip to the 2018 Biennial. After donning pink stickers and milling about in the lobby, we were given the opportunity to look around the museum. Very Chewonki-like, classmates pointed out familiar …

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Getting a Taste of the College Experience

Each spring, we offer a special college counseling program for our spring students (current high school juniors) to think and talk about their future and what they might want out of college in light of their Maine Coast Semester experience. Although some of our students are well into the process already, some haven’t begun to …

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A Time All Their Own: Students Spend Two Days Alone in the Woods

Every Maine Coast Semester student has the chance to spend 48 hours camping alone on Chewonki Neck. They set off for their “solos” with the same basic supplies; what they do out there is up to them. “This is a time all their own,” says teaching fellow Drew Higgins. Semester 60 students went on their …

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