School scoop

By Mariah Albanese | Oct 15, 2012

My name is Mariah Albanese. I am a junior at Searsport District High School and I'm taking a class this year called senior experience. This class gives me the opportunity to explore the real world and investigate possible future careers. I am interested in writing as a career, and will be writing a biweekly column for The Republican Journal on school news as the student representative for RSU 20. My goal this year is to improve my writing style and recognize what I gain out of experiencing real journalism. I enjoy photography as well, and may be sharing some of my images with you in my columns. I am currently getting in contact with other districts, so for now, please enjoy news from Searsport.

Our digital world

A "digital yearbook" is a new twist to SDHS. This year, the yearbook committee aims for "the yearbook for the Facebook generation," said Raymond Wirth of SDHS. In this yearbook, every student will be associated with a TreeRing log-in. This account allows them to share photos with other students and customize their own two pages to be published in their own personal yearbook. The yearbook is built on a computer and copies are printed for students who order them through TreeRing. This makes yearbooks less expensive and more personalized. TreeRing also plants a tree for every book sold.

Viking pride

A teacher team in SDHS brings together a program called Positive Behavior Interventions Support in hopes of making school a great place to be and learn. The PBIS is a group of students who have had positive behavior recognized. Research shows that behavior is tied in with academics, and if the students look at things positively, then they may not be as swamped in work. The main goal is to make the school more student-centered. If something went wrong, everyone should willingly help each other, instead of being sent to the principal's office. Examples of respect, responsibility and safety have been put into a matrix to which every student was introduced. There was also a poster contest going on so students could express their perspectives on the matrix. What's expected of the students is to raise the bar more on work, but by making expectations easier. The PBIS team would love to have students in grades 6-12 and community members be a part of their meetings.

As part of the ongoing program, students participated in a flash mob one Friday afternoon. At the last half-hour of the day, students in grades 6-12 came down to the gym for an assembly. Winning posters from the PBIS contest were announced. All of a sudden, a song started playing and everyone jumped up and made their way to the middle of the gym. A dance routine took place and of their own free will, other students joined. The afternoon will be remembered, it was a moment unlike any other at Searsport.

“This is Halloween”

Searsport's next play reinforces Halloween this year with “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Auditions have already begun and the theater class is currently working on brainstorming costume ideas and set design. There are more than 60 roles, so everyone can have a part. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a film by Tim Burton about a skeleton who tries to steal Christmas, and faces a great deal of conflict when his idea of turning Halloween town to Christmas doesn't work. He kidnaps Santa Claus, and decides to change Christmas into another Halloween, delivering alternative gifts to children. Many students are looking forward to this play and the Halloween season.

Mariah Albanese is a junior at Searsport District High School and will be working with the Journal this year to cover newsworthy events in RSU 20. Contact Mariah at

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