WEAG to host screening of “Before the Flood” on March 21

The Waynflete Environmental Action Group (WEAG) is a student-led activity that raises awareness about environmental issues in our community. On Wednesday, March 21, WEAG will present a screening of Before the Flood. The film follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he examines current-day impacts of climate change. The picture also features President Obama, Pope Francis, and a host of climate experts.

While the topic is somewhat dark, there is also a hopeful side of the movie demonstrated by forward-thinking individuals like Elon Musk. It is a great documentary that generates lots of discussion around the issue of climate change and how it affects us.

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Riley Mayes ’18 Receives 2018 Girls Rock! Award

Congratulations to Riley Mayes ’18 who was chosen to receive a 2018 Girls Rock! award. Hardy Girls Healthy Women, Moxie Maine Magazine, The Maine Girls’ Academy, and National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman joined together for a night of celebrating Maine girls for their personal, academic, athletic, and humanitarian achievements at the recent awards ceremony.

Riley has a particular skill and interest in unifying all genders toward a school and community climate of safety and healthy sexuality by preventing gender based violence among young people. At Waynflete, Riley became a member of the RAPS (Raising Awareness & Providing Support) program: a group that focuses on the physical and mental well-being of the students. She has developed and delivered the Safer Sexuality Program to Freshman students as part of her leadership role within the program. Riley spent a summer abroad studying sexuality in Amsterdam. Shortly after her summer experience, Riley began volunteering for Maine Boys to Men. She spent the last two summers meeting with Boys to Men staff to review and write their 12 Hour High School curriculum specifically in the areas of healthy sexuality, healthy relationships, online harassment, sexting and technology respect.  Additionally, Riley assisted Maine Boys to Men create the RSVP Rally program, is a member of the Youth Advisory Council, served on panels and facilitated events at other schools. She participated in a Train the Trainer Model and then was responsible as the Lead facilitator of a three hour training to 40 students. She seeks authentically to partner men and women, boys and girls in dialogue that opens hearts and changes actions.

Read about the event and the other award winners

This Week in Upper School – 3/12/18

Tuesday, March 13

10:55 – Assembly (no announcements today)

Thursday, March 15

11:25 – short announcements followed by a presentation from Girls Leadership

Green Tip:

On March 21 there will be a movie night from 6:30 to around 9 in the auditorium here at school sponsored by WEAG! The movie will be “Before The Flood” which is about our constantly changing climate hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio. It is a great film with lots of things to talk about, so there will be a group dialogue after the movie. We hope to see you there, and look forward to more information at this weeks anouncement assembly. 

UMF professor visits Astrophysics class

Astrophysics students welcomed Chris Magri, Astronomy and Physics professor at University of Maine Farmington, to class today. Dr. Magri discussed his research involving RADAR imaging of asteroids.

Dr. Magri reviewed asteroid study missions that are currently underway, including OSIRIS-REx (launched last year to take samples of the asteroid Bennu and return to Earth), and Psyche (launching in 2022 to orbit a metallic asteroid). Researchers hope that Psyche will provide insights into how planets form. The class was also interested in discussing Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs)—specifically, what are the chances we’ll be hit by one we haven’t seen yet! Dr. Magri also brought a 3D model of the asteroid Betulia that he helped characterize through imaging.

Astrophysics is one of three Upper School electives for which students can obtain college credit at the University of Maine (the others are Advanced Biology and Calculus II).

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