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Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 30, 2012
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The first day of school is Tuesday, September 4. The school day is from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Interim Principal Joshua Jones, 8 Mill Street, P.O. Box 1629, Blue Hill, 04614; 374-5501, /> Website:


Joshua Jones joins the Blue Hill Harbor School this year as a lead advisor and interim principal. He graduated with a B.A. in Peace & Global Studies at Earlham College in 1999, finished his master’s at the University of Maine in 2007, and is now finishing his doctorate in counselor education. He has been working with teens since 1991 in many capacities, but especially enjoys adventure education, ethics and philosophy.

Andrew Dillon is in his fourth year as lead advisor. He studied music at Bennington College, graduating in 1985 with a BA in music, and has been teaching private drum lessons for the past 10 years.

In 1993 he entered the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco and in 1994 was awarded a master’s of science in traditional Chinese medicine. During his tenure at the college, he was a member of the adjunct faculty.

Judy Mathewson will return for her fifth year, working as a project advisor specializing in English language arts. She earned her BA at Vassar College and her master’s in journalism from Columbia University. Before becoming a teacher, she worked as a journalist for various news agencies and publications. She also works as a freelance copy editor.

Larry Cassis will return for his fourth year as a consultant in math, science and technology and has over 20 years experience in education. He also oversees IT services at the Sedgwick Elementary School.

Ron Stanko will return for a third year as a project advisor specializing in science and agriculture. He has over 40 years experience as a science teacher.


The bus schedule is the same as in 2011-2012. For information, call 469-7673.


Estimated enrollment: 12-14 students. The Blue Hill Harbor School is an “Approved Private School” under Maine law, and, therefore, students may attend tuition-free from towns that traditionally offer a choice of high schools. The program is unique to Maine, but not nationally. The school is affiliated with 40 other EdVisions schools from coast to coast. The student-centered, project-based EdVisions model was developed 15 years ago in Henderson, Minn., and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has sponsored its successful replication. Due to the nature of this project-based educational model, enrollment at the Blue Hill Harbor School is open throughout the year. Design essentials of the EdVisions program include self-directed, project-based learning, a small learning community, personal learning plans, and authentic assessment. To learn more about EdVisions, visit

August 30-31 - Faculty In-service
September 4 - First school day
October 1-5 - Student-Parent-Advisor Conferences (after school)
October 8 - Columbus Day
October 12 - Noon Dismissal
October 31 - End of 1st Quarter
November 12 - Veterans Day
November 21 - Noon Dismissal: Thanksgiving Holiday
November 22-25 - Thanksgiving Holiday
December 7 - Noon Dismissal
December 22-January 6 - Winter Holiday
January 4 - Faculty In-service
January 18 - Noon Dismissal / End of 2nd Quarter
January 21 - Martin Luther King Day
February 1 - Noon Dismissal
February 16-24 - February Holiday
March 15 - Noon Dismissal
March 29 - End of 3rd Quarter
April 5 - Noon Dismissal
April 13-21 - April Holiday
May 27 - Memorial Day
June 8 - Graduation
June 11 - Last day of school
June 12-14 - Class days (if necessary to make up for snow days)
June 17-18 - Faculty In-service (could be earlier depending on snow day make-up)