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Own Your Space : A free download in pdf version of a book that is "a collaborative project to provide free security learning to teens and families online, made available under the Creative Commons Licensing, and made possible by the support of individual and corporate sponsors. Every day, millions of American school children log on or log in and make decisions that can compromise their safety, security, and privacy. We’ve all heard the horror stories of stolen identities, cyber stalking, and perverts on the Internet. Kids need to know how to stay safe online and how to use the Internet in ways that won’t jeopardize their privacy or damage their reputations for years to come."

Image from CC BY-SA Jordan Luca 2013

Our district website has always had a link to Common Sense Media which "is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.  We exist because our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume."  

Parents, sign up at the site to receive information, reviews, and advice that will help you to talk with your children about our digital world.

Last Updated (Thursday, 30 May 2013 07:31)

 
fundingfactoryDid you get some new gadgets for Christmas?  If so, gather together your old cell phones and cartridges and bring them to the basketball games during the next couple of weeks.  There will be a clearly marked box near the door for you to deposit your items.  All of the money we raise will be used for books and e-books in our high school library.  Thank-you for your help.

Last Updated (Monday, 14 January 2013 09:51)

 

Snapshot 2012 is a record of what happens during a typical day at the library.  Sometimes we forget about the wealth of resources right here in our school community and our local library.  Our K-12 students have an excellent library of books to enjoy, our high school students have access to free e-books and audiobooks both through the website and through the Maine InfoNet Library link.  Everyone has access to MARVEL, a huge resource including dictionaries, encyclopedias, newspapers, journals and magazines online.  Are these new to you?  Check them out!

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Last Updated (Friday, 04 January 2013 09:26)

 
A froncommonsensepage article on the BDN today along with a video brings home the devastating effects of online bullying.  An additional article asks parents to check for signs of cyberbullying.  A federal mandate passed in July has made it mandatory for K-12 students to receive lessons on digital citizenship and digital literacy.  Our teachers are using Common Sense Media, a link under resources on our website.  In addition to offering excellent lessons, this site provides a tool for parents to use when selecting books and media for their children.  It also provides advice we can use when talking to our children about social media.  The site does an excellent job in presenting to parents, educators, and students the role of a digital citizen.  Today, living in a powerful online world has many opportunities and challenges.  Responsible use can lead to so many rewarding experiences.  

Last Updated (Friday, 16 November 2012 09:42)

 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection is offering a new publication covering all aspects of financing a college education.  The 60-page "Downeaster Common Sense Guide to Student Loans" outlines different ways to pay for higher education, including scholarships, grants, loans, and other financing methods.  The seven-chapter publication also includes a glossary of terms students and other things parents should know.

 
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