The WinterKids Winter Games 2020 got 32 Maine schools (2 in every county in Maine), including 7,332 kids and 1087 teachers and support staff (superintendents, principals, vice principals, school nutrition, guidance, maintenance, bus drivers, and more) to take their classrooms outside this winter, learning, playing, and taking advantage of the magic that is Winter in Maine!

Continue reading for a play by play rundown of what happened during this year’s Winter Games!


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This month-long challenge was aligned with STEAM and focused on outdoor physical activity, nutrition, and family engagement. Entire communities wrapped their arms around these schools to support and get involved themselves. Schools were supported by 82 different businesses and local organizations!!! The snowball effect is real friends!

Each week, schools were given different challenges to complete throughout the week. They were scored on a rubric that allowed them to earn points that also took into account guest speakers, non-teaching staff participation, social media shares, community collaboration, and more.


Week 1: Outdoor Physical Activity & Science

Ways to Succeed

  • Student Participation
  • Complete 5 physical activity challenges from the WinterKids Elementary or Preschool GOAL
  • Non-Teaching Staff Participation
  • Guest Speaker
  • Social Media
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Weekly Wild Card: VIDEO

Scoring Rubric

Week 1 Rubric Winter Games 2020

The theme for Week 1 was Outdoor Physical Activity and Science. After kicking off the Winter Games with their opening ceremonies, Students completed 5 physical activity challenges from the WinterKids Elementary or Preschool GOAL.

Just look at how they took their science lessons outside and stayed active all week long!


Week 2: Nutrition & Math

Ways to Succeed

  • Student Participation
  • Complete 5 nutrition challenges from the WinterKids Elementary or Preschool GOAL
  • Non-Teaching Staff Participation
  • Guest Speaker
  • Social Media
  • Nutrition Collaboration
  • Weekly Wild Card: MEME

Scoring Rubric

Week 2 Rubric Winter Games 2020

The theme for Week 2 was Nutrition and Math, sponsored by Backyard Farms. Students completed 5 nutrition challenges from the WinterKids Elementary or Preschool GOAL.

Check out all the fun they had learning about nutrition & math:

And OH, the MEMES!


Week 3: Family Engagement & Art

Ways to Succeed

  • Student & Family Participation: return a completed family activity BINGO card.
  • Non-Teaching Staff Participation
  • Guest Speaker
  • Social Media
  • Family Engagement
  • Weekly Wild Card: PHOTO

Scoring Rubric

Week 3 Rubric Winter Games 2020

The theme for Week 3 was Family Engagement & Art, sponsored by 5210 Let’s Go! Students took home bingo cards with many outdoor activities to do with their families.

Check out these awesome photos of healthy, winter fun that happened all across Maine!


Week 4: Winter Carnival & Technology / Engineering

Ways to Succeed

  • Student Participation
  • Hold a School-Wide Winter Carnival
  • Non-Teaching Staff Participation
  • Guest Speaker
  • Social Media
  • Closing Ceremony
  • Weekly Wild Card: BOOMERANG VIDEO

Scoring Rubric

Week 4 Rubric Winter Games 2020

The theme for Week 4 Winter Carnival and Technology / Engineering. Students enjoyed learning technology and engineering skills that allowed them to do fun and creative things both outdoors and indoors, and celebrated their final week of the Winter Games!


Weekly Wild Card Winners

Each week schools had an opportunity to enter the Wild Card competition for a chance to win ONE additional point. Here were our weekly winners:


Tie Breaker

As week 4 of the games wrapped up, 6 schools were in a one-way tie for first place! The final tie-breaker challenge for the Top 6 in first place was to create a snow likeness of their school principal. Here were their submissions:

In the end, three schools had to be chosen to take top honors with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, but the truth is, every participating school is a winner in our eyes. So much hard work was put in by every single one. We are so very proud!


Participating Schools:

Final Scores

Gold Medal

Prescott Memorial School, Washington

Silver Medal

Jonesport Elementary School, Jonesport

Bronze Medal

Dr. Levesque Elementary School,
Frenchville


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4th Place

Leroy H Smith School, Winterport

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5th Place

West Bath School, West Bath

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6th Place

Bay Ridge Elementary School, Cutler

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Tied for 7th Place:

Ames Elementary School, Searsmont
Fairview Elementary School, Auburn
Helen Thompson School, W. Gardiner
Whitefield Elementary, Whitefield

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Tied for 8th Place:

Edna Libby Elementary School, Standish
Glenburn Elementary School, Glenburn
HB Emery Jr Memorial School, Limington

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Tied for 9th Place:

Ash Point Community School, Owls Head
Brownville Elementary School, Brownville
Sabattus Primary School, Sabattus
Swan’s Island School, Swan’s Island

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10th Place:

Waterboro Elementary School, Waterboro

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11th Place:

Bristol Consolidated School, Pemaquid

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12th Place:

Harrison Elementary School, Harrison

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13th Place:

Fort Kent Elementary School, Fort Kent

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Tied for 14th Place:

Andover Elementary School, Andover
Carrabec Community School, Carrabec

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15th Place:

Rangeley Lakes Regional School, Rangeley

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16th Place:

Beech Hill School, Otis

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Tied for 17th Place:

Madison Elementary School, Madison
Greenville Consolidated School, Greenville

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18th Place:

Spruce Mountain Elementary, Jay

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19th Place:

Katahdin Elementary School, Stacyville

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20th Place:

Fisher Mitchell School, Bath

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21st Place:

Dirigo Elementary School, Peru

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22nd Place:

Vassalboro Community School, Vassalboro

Thank you To Our Sponsors!

Our Major Community Sponsor, Hannaford Supermarkets, surprised our Gold Medal winning team AND the WinterKids team with a $5,000 match, granting Prescott Memorial School $10,000!

We’re so grateful for their support, as well as the support of our other sponsors, all of whom made the Winter Games 2020 possible:


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