Houlton Battle of the Books Team Takes 4th Place

Houlton Elementary Battle of the Books team.

The Houlton Elementary “Battle of the Books” team beat out 199 teams to take 4th place in the recent state competition.  The students, coached by teacher, Anissa Young, spent months reading and studying a wide variety of literature, and then demonstrated their knowledge in an online event. Congratulations to 5th graders  (left to right) Skylar Mattson, Dylan Petersen, Christian Sandorff and Joey Repphun.

Bread Baking Gives Rise to Community Service

A group of Middle School students prepare rolls in food science class.

This past February, Hudson Middle School students in Deb Gangnon’s 8th grade Food Science/Snack Shop classes baked and donated bread to HOME (Hudson Outreach Meal for Everyone) Program. Students also served a meal at Bethel Lutheran Church.  Brian Ullom, one of the coordinators of the meals at Bethel Lutheran Church said guests were very appreciative and the student baked breads were a hit.

As part of this class, students learn the science behind baking bread. Once they learn the basics of bread baking, they explore recipe writing and the science involved to create their own original versions of whole wheat bread. Along the way, students learn how ingredients interact with each other, about food photography, and nutrition analysis. This project was sponsored in part by the King Arthur Flour Company, not only to encourage students to learn how to bake and the science behind it, but also give students the opportunity to serve their community.  As part of the program called “Bake for Good”, King Arthur Flour Company donates the flour and yeast used for the donations.

A group of students are adding toppings to their dinner rolls.  Two students making crescents in food science class.

Three cheesie buns on a wooden cutting board.

A student shapes bread dough into pretzel shapes  Two students work with bread dough creating flat bread.

Bagels arranged on a plate and cooling rack.

Two students are working together with their bread dough ingredients.  A student is rolling her bread dough with a rolling pin.

Two crescents with chocolate and powdered sugar on top.

A group of students decorate their crescents in food science class. Three boys show off their braided bread.

A large group of students are gathered around a table with their completed baked breads.

A large group of students are gathered around a table with their completed baked breads.

A large group of students are gathered around a table with their completed baked breads.

Three boys sitting with the braided bread they baked.

A group of students shape bread dough for bagels.

Three boys are cutting bread dough for rolls.