8th Grade 8/26/10
Students were selected
for this program in order to meet their unique needs and aspirations.
By creating small, cohesive groups we mean to maximize the learning
of every student, preparing them for the transition to the 8th
and 9th grade school. Being on the Station Maine gig, commanding
a crew of their peers, forcing themselves out on the water winter
and summer, has shown to give students the confidence that will
allow them to push ahead and begin to succeed in school and in
Needs of students criteria
- Require smaller grouping
to develop good habits such as homework completion and classroom
- Below average daily
- Emotional uniqueness
portray lack of confidence
- Require more individualized
- Need to improve motivation
- Below average group
Overriding goal: To
impact the aspirations of our students
Goals and data we will
collect to determine if program is successful:
1. Student performing
on standardized testing
2. The number of office referrals
4. Improved parent involvement/awareness
5. Grades improve from last year to this year
Anecdotal data to be
1. Increased class participation
2. Homework quality and on-time
3. Work ethic
4. Improved attitude in classroom and about school
5. Social interaction with peers
6. Responsibility for ones own actions
7. Leadership skills
8. Improved fitness levels
9. Increased awareness of our unique cultural identity as coastal
10. Raised levels of self-confidence born of success in a unique
and challenging program
11. Increased respect for authority
Bus arrives at RDMS at 12:25 daily, picks up 7 students, transports
to Station Maine. Return trip from Station Maine, pick up at
1:40, back to school by 1:45 p.m.
Summary of Goals and Data
1. Student performance
on standardized testing
The NWEA math scores
moved up to a total overall increase for the cohort 5.3 RIT points.
One boy went up 30 RIT points. One boy and one girl each moved
up 15 RIT points, another 14 points, and a girl up 7 points.
Some lost, of course. The greatest loss was 9 RIT points, but
there were extenuating circumstances for this child beyond the
reach of our intervention attempts. The reading scores raised
overall by 17 RIT points for the cohort, again with increases
ranging individually form 1 to 11 RIT points. We had two students
who took a plunge of -11 and one -13, one of these two also having
extenuating circumstances beyond the reach of our intervention
2. The number of office
The number of lesser
offense office referrals (not suspensions) decreased by ¼
fewer. The number of suspensions overall remained nearly the
same, but the students receiving suspensions changed. One student
in particular who was easily provoked and was highly volatile
last year was this year able to remain calm, to speak truthfully,
and own his mistakes. There are others with the same story. The
big difference this year is that the volatile high level incidents
were reduced. One student entered this year on probation and
was a frequent flier last school year. This child
came off probation and made the honor roll all year. He became
a mentor to younger children, a strong participant in the bike
repair shop, and went on the Honor Roll field trip. On the bus
ride he told his teacher that he just couldnt believe he
was there. He never thought he could do it.
Attendance for this group
of students was up 3.5%
4. Improved parent
In the beginning of the
school year we had 100% of these parents in attendance at the
8th grade open house. As the year progressed we had fewer numbers
of interactions with the parents, but in comparison to last year
the fewer numbers was due to the fact that the parents report
their children as being happy. We had many comments from different
parents that their child was notably different this year; happier
overall. These students became more of their own advocate, which
is not at all where they were last year or in past years.
5. Grades improve
from last year to this year
Only one student came
close to failing this year. Other than this one student none
of the students came close to failing grades. Students did their
work this year, which is what brought them perilously close to
failed grades last year.
Anecdotal data collected:
1. Increased class
No particular note of
2. Homework quality
and on time
The girls in particular
improved on these criteria. A small number of boys improved considerably.
3. Work ethic
This year the students
were not constantly being chased to get work in,
which is a change from last year.
4. Improved attitude
in classroom and about school
Each student and administrator
has a story about one or more students who definitely changed
in attitude. For some it was much less whining and complaining.
For others it was less backtalk. Students became softer,
more willing to be counseled, to listen, to work with authority.
5. Social interaction
Last year this group
of students was simply not nice at all to each other. This year
that became, over time, a different story for many. Many students
became roll models and advocates for others they felt needed
for ones own actions
There was a definite
improvement for most students. This is a direct result of the
actual rowing training as taught by Muriel Curtis.
7. Leadership skills
After several weeks of
orientation every student, without exception, was required to
command the gig in increasingly complicated circumstances vis
a vis wind and tide, both with and without the rudder, which
necessitated actually commanding their peers for every required
maneuver. Students learned, remarkably quickly, to cover their
mates back because some day hes going to cover yours.
While some students clearly rose up as better boat handlers,
every student, without exception, grew in leadership skills.
8. Improved fitness
Rowing is an esoteric
skill requiring unique muscle memory. Students struggled the
first several weeks but their bodies hardened to the task, growing
to where crews would choose fight a considerable head-wind to
Owls Head and back for no reason more than the challenge
9. Increased awareness
of their unique cultural identity as coastal Mainers
Once the fear factor
wore off students began to look up and take pride in their harbor.
They would often point out landmarks and re-tell the histories
of these points of interest on the Working Waterfront. They took
great pleasure in curious seals and ospreys, and took pride in
the realization of how few students in America enjoy the freedom
of an open boat or master the skills necessary to row one.
10. Raised levels
of self confidence born of success in a unique and challenging
Absolutely, hands down,
the one area that improved dramatically for most students. There
were some students who ended up dropping out of the rowing program,
but the majority of students truly began to believe they are
successful. The transference of this belief to their lives as
students has begun.
11. Increased respect
Mrs. Hollicker saw these
students far less than last year, but reports that when interacting
with the students, there was a totally different response from
the kids. For example, one student used to blow up and fly off
the handle last year, but this year came into her office and
was able to calmly talk about whatever the problem was and problem-solve
ways to change the situation. These students were able to turn
things around and get back into class quite quickly, which is
quite different from last year.
Adrian - My experience with Station
Maine this year was that I was having fun and working at the
same time. I dont do that all the time.
that rowing is harder than it looks and so is teamwork. Also,
I learned that I am stronger than I look.
Katie M. - Everybody on the boat has
to work together and listen if you want to go somewhere.
Once I was steering the boat and I had to do a figure eight in
a certain space. I had to push off the buoys with the boat hook.
I am a lot stronger than I thought I was.
Savannah - Steering the boat and giving
commands on my own is a little scary for me. I had to holler
out really loudly to tell my shipmates how and where to row while
What I learned about myself is I can do a lot;
I just have to try and not give up.
Kelsie - I learned that teamwork is
important because if you dont work and listen to your team
on the water then you could end up in a bad situation. I also
learned that you need to try new things, they could end up being
I learned that I am stronger than I thought
and to push myself harder.
Jessica - Lifting the oars was kind of
hard though. Staying in rhythm with your partners was tough,
but once I got it, it made me feel like I could actually do something.
Dallas - [Rowing] is good for practicing
listening skills, communication and cooperation.
need to communicate and cooperate to row their best and for the
boat to operate smoother
and go faster.
Stephen - What I learned about rowing
was that you can go fast when everyone on the team is working
with each other and when everyone does their best.
thing I learned was that when it is rainy and windy and the waves
are high, everyone needs to get their strokes on time and every
time. If they dont the waves could turn us
really needed to work hard and as hard as they could because
it was hard sometimes, and if they didnt do their best
then it would be harder.
Katie C. - At first we really sucked
at it, our oars smacking into each other and we couldnt
keep up with each other.
Once we got back to the dock,
we knew that rowing was our thing. ... Going to Station Maine,
I had no idea that it would change me completely, and not in
a bad way. I have become more outgoing and more self-confident.
It helped me make new friends and to be more physically fit.
It made my dad proud that I was doing something I love and made
me feel good. It made me change my whole perspective on life
too, before I had no idea what I wanted to do when I finished
high school. Now, I have a better idea of what that is. Station
Mane taught me respect, tolerance and so many other great qualities.
Just from making that decision at open house, it changed my life
literally. It made me proud of myself as well. It changed me
physically and mentally. Im a happier person and I am a
lot stronger than I used to be. Station Maine has had a huge
positive impact on me, and on my life ahead.