In addition to the many interscholastic athletic opportunities available to students, Gould Academy offers the option to take part in co-curricular activities that promote healthy living and develop lifelong skills through participation.
Nordic Skiing Development Program
The Nordic Skiing Development Program is designed for students interested in Nordic skiing, but who have no formal training. This program is intended to teach introductory techniques and set a foundation for later training with the Prep Nordic Team or the Gould Academy Competition Program’s Nordic Team.
Learn to Ski/Ride Program
The Gould Learn to Ski/Ride Program is designed for students who have little or no formal skiing or snowboarding training. The goal of this program is to learn the fundamentals required to ski or snowboard independently. Once a student has mastered the basics, he/she would move to the competitive Prep Alpine, Prep Snowboarding, or even Gould Academy Competition Program.
Farm and Forest Program
Housed in an on-campus barn built by students, the Farm and Forest Program offers students experiential learning through organic farming, forestry, and care of animals that include cows, horses, sheep, chickens, rabbits, and goats. Offered as a fall and/or spring co-curricular, students participate in a range of activities including tapping trees and making maple syrup, visiting regional agricultural fairs, working on nearby farms, using draft horses to harvest trees, planting organic vegetables to harvest for the local pantry, and tending to the campus compost pile.
Physical Performance is open to students with backgrounds or interests in acting, improvisation, and/or dance. Through the structure of play, students craft a fall and/or spring performance that incorporates dancing, singing, and acting. Students explore the boundaries between the forms to see how narrative can be conveyed through physical movement and vocal presentation. Past performances have included The Laramie Project, Macbeth, Metamorphosis, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Lucky Stiff, and The Sound of Music.
Offered throughout all three seasons, Gould’s Outing Club allows students to make the most of their surroundings through learning map and compass skills, climbing mountains in nearby state and national forests, ice and rock climbing, Wilderness First Aid courses, skinning up snow-covered mountain peaks (and then skiing down), and camping trips.
For students interested in helping others either learn to ski or snowboard or participate in an on-snow sport, Gould Academy offers two co-curricular instruction programs: Rugrats, where students help local elementary students learn how to ski/snowboard, and the Maine Adaptive Instruction Development Program, where students train to assist winter enthusiasts with physical disabilities.
The only program of its kind recognized by the National Ski Patrol, Gould’s Ski Patrol Program offers accomplished skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to train with Sunday River Resort’s Ski Patrol. Students complete 80+ hours of training in addition to a series of tests, before eventually becoming certified “jacketed” ski patrollers themselves.
Dean of Athletics and Co-Curricular Activities
Ms. Stevens grew up in southern Maine in the town of Wells, and after graduating from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, returned to Maine to pursue a teaching career. While teaching special education at Gorham High School, she earned her M.S. in Special Education from the University of Southern Maine. Most recently, Ms. Stevens was the special services coordinator at Fryeburg Academy along with their dorm head, junior varsity girls soccer coach, and softball coach. At Gould, Ms. Stevens is the Director of the Academic Skills Program. Beyond the classroom Ms. Stevens’ lives an active lifestyle training and participating in sprint triathlons and alpine skiing. A champion relaxer as well, she knits, reads, and follows all sports.. Ms. Stevens lives on campus with her husband, Laddie Stevens. Her father, Stephen L. Smith, is a Gould alum from the class of ’58.