Waynflete invites high school students to “Can We?” event on May 10

Waynflete encourages high schoolers from across Maine to join with students from seven Maine schools as they engage candidates for governor in dialogue about bringing their vision for a better Maine and a better nation into reality. Topics will range from gun violence to race relations. Don’t miss this unique and important engagement with American democracy.

Thursday, May 10
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Westbrook Performing Arts Center
471 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook

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Reflections on the 2018 New England Youth Identity Summit

After a weekend of pure energy from the Summit, the vibe this past Monday around school was a mix of the usual exhaustion with a hint of something else—something rooted in perspective. The main goal of this year’s Summit was to gain perspective on new ideas and ways of thinking. There were moments of mutual agreement and moments of unease, but at the end of it all, the main message was an uplifting sense of hope and new ideas for our generation in the years to come.

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Nick Jenkins ’18 recognized with Rotary Youth Service Award

On March 23, I was honored to receive the Rotary Youth Service Award from the Portland Rotary Club. I was instructed to be at the Holiday Inn by the Bay with my parents at 12:00pm. I did not know what to expect, but upon arrival we were greeted with such kindness and generosity that I soon saw what great people the members are.

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Resisting the irresistible: fighting back against the power of addictive technology

This is a guest post by Waynflete parent (’20, ’22, and ’25) Jonathan R. Werner. Jonathan is a library and instructional technology specialist at Cape Elizabeth Middle School.

Let me be clear. I am no technophobe. In fact, I spend my days surrounded by technology working with 5th through 8th graders at Cape Elizabeth Middle School where every student has their own school-issued device. I spend my evenings and weekends with Nicholas, Julia, and Elliott, each of whom has a device, too. And this tech can—and frequently does—transform their learning.

But that transformative learning isn’t all tech is capable of. It has a much darker side. And there is actually an army of people, an entire industry, working very hard to keep us focused on our devices…and not on our real lives.  Unfortunately, I found out the hard way just how difficult it is to resist this industry’s efforts. Continue reading “Resisting the irresistible: fighting back against the power of addictive technology”