Indian Island School


Indian Island School is a Bureau of Indian Affairs(BIA) Grant School located on an island in the Penobscot River near Old Town, Maine, approximately 14 miles north of Bangor, Maine.

Indian Island School , in its pursuit of excellence in education, strives to continuously upgrade the quality of educational opportunities provided to all its students. With effective collaboration among home, school, and community partnerships, Indian Island School is preparing for growth and change through instruction, leadership, staff development assessment, and technology. This growth and change will be enhanced by maintaining and incorporating the rich Penobscot heritage in what we do.

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October 29th, 2001: 6:00-7:00pm
Halloween Open Mike Night

A beautiful Indian Summer has extended itself well past the days of harvest, into the haunting days of Halloween and winter solstice here in New England. Monday night, Oct. 29th was no exception. What now is being referred to as a "wildly" successful night by staff from the Indian Island school, was an amazing night of ghouls, monsters, princesses, and vampires sharing their best scary songs, stories and jokes. At my count, about one hundred students, parents and teachers representing each grade from kindergarten to eighth participated in the Halloween-fest.
Students each received an "If I Can Read" project dinosaur hat and a library bag of tricks and treats. The tricks and treats were greatly appreciated, but I believe it was the dinosaur hats that took the greatest notice. New and never before seen fashion statements emerged almost instantly, from the backwards slightly tilted to the left visor, to the three on one alternating from front to back version, or the always fun, ring the visor on the pointed witches hat version!
The efforts of librarian Betty Cashman and educator Karen Thomes brought the entire school together. The library was decorated with work completed by the middle grade students and their art instructor, including gravestones, a stage of shadow mansions, and paper-mache and straw, life-size zombies. The music instructor led the younger students through scary sing-a-longs, and the another teacher acted as the ghoulish host for the night- in full skeletal costume! Refreshments were provided by all, complete with faux rats and cockroaches squirming among the dip and cookies, and gummy worms frozen into the ice cubes in the punch bowl! This was a night not soon to be forgotten!
Thanks to all who helped put together such a "wildly" successful time!

Ghoulishly yours,
Susie Husted

December 5, 2004
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