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Shapleigh's Annual Food Drive In Its Final Week

posted Dec 6, 2019, 7:33 AM by Seth Cole

Shapleigh School's annual food drive is in its final week of collection! Students will "race" to collect as much food as possible by Friday, December 13 to support local families. The grade that collects the most food will receive a special treat of their choosing. Each grade is collecting specific types of non-perishable food. Kittery Baskets, partnering with Footprints, will then build holiday food baskets for local families. Thank you for your help! Your donations help to feed 100+ families in the Kittery area.

4th Grade: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Canned Green Beans, Fried Onions
5th Grade: Cranberry Sauce, Gravy
6th Grade: Canned Peas, Carrots, Corn
7th Grade: Boxed Mashed Potatoes, Canned/Sweet Yams
8th Grade: Boxed Stuffing, Gravy

In addition to the items listed by grade level, we are also looking for: cereal, canned fruit, pasta, peanut butter, and macaroni and cheese.

Volunteers Needed for Chef Day December 10

posted Dec 4, 2019, 9:31 AM by Seth Cole

Calling all volunteers! We need two people to volunteer in the Shapleigh cafeteria for Chef Day on 12/10. Chef George Bezanson of Earth's Harvest in Dover, will be helping out in the kitchen, serving up chicken, vegetarian and vegan enchiladas in a house made sauce, and featuring David Vargas' Vida Tortillas!

Please click on the link below to sign up and we thank you for your support!

Seventh Graders Celebrate "Show Your Strength" Day

posted Nov 26, 2019, 5:34 PM by Seth Cole

Shapleigh School seventh graders showcased their talents and celebrated their uniqueness during "Show Your Strength" Day On Tuesday, November 26. Each student chose something about themselves that they consider a strength, and then had five minutes to show off their strength in front of peers and teachers. Talents were as diverse as the class itself, ranging from gaming to drawing, singing and dancing to athletic achievements. Students demonstrated courage performing in front of many classmates. Congrats all!

Nick Martine Named Shapleigh Student Of The Month

posted Nov 26, 2019, 5:21 PM by Seth Cole   [ updated Nov 26, 2019, 5:21 PM ]

Shapleigh School eighth grader Nick Martine was named the Rotary Club of Kittery's Shapleigh School Student of the Month for November. Martine was honored at the Rotary's monthly breakfast, held at Kittery Estates, on Tuesday, November 26. Shapleigh physical education teacher Wes Rhames spoke on Nick's behalf (Photos courtesy of Superintendent Eric Waddell).

Shapleigh School Merchandise Available For Purchase Until Dec. 1

posted Nov 25, 2019, 11:38 AM by Seth Cole

We recently had a request to open an online store with SHAPLEIGH SCHOOL merchandise. Your wish is our command!! Hop online to place your order of Shapleigh School tees, sweatshirts, and other fun items from the comfort of your very own couch!

- Store will close at midnight on Sunday, Dec. 1st. NO extensions.
- Orders will be ready for pickup on/around Dec 19th.
- You may choose to ship to yourself OR choose pickup from our rep. Most likely this will happen at Traip, scheduled to coincide with a girls home basketball game.
Click here to start shopping!

Shapleigh Completes Third Year Of Biomimicry Program

posted Nov 19, 2019, 10:37 AM by Seth Cole

A group of Shapleigh School seventh and eighth graders completed "Biomimicry" - an engineering opportunity created by Tufts University - on Tuesday November 19. Students had to solve an engineering problem based on nature.  The students were challenged to create a prototype of a mechanism that could be used to remove rubble caused by natural disasters.  In order to be successful, their prototype had to move paper.

This is the third year that Shapleigh has had the opportunity to run the TERC/TUFTS created curriculum as part of their pilot of the program. For more information, visit the Tufts School of Engineering.

Thank you to Blayne Matty, Karissa Lemont and Corrine Gagnon for piloting the program.

Shapleigh Honors Veterans At Annual Pancake Breakfast

posted Nov 13, 2019, 11:31 AM by Seth Cole

Shapleigh School honored dozens of veterans and active duty service members on Tuesday, November 12 at its annual Pancake Breakfast in the cafeteria. Students and families came together and enjoyed a delicious meal (including bacon!), as the school's way of saying thank you for your service.

Click here to see photos from the breakfast (thank you to assistant principal Michelle Perry for the photos).

Shapleigh Shark News Monthly Newsletter Now Available

posted Nov 8, 2019, 2:52 PM by Seth Cole

The Shapleigh Shark News monthly newsletter is now available! Read about news that took place in all five grade levels over the last few weeks, including:

-4th graders using the Engineering & Design Process to create blades of a windmill,
-5th graders planning, building, and creating solar ovens out of shoe boxes (thank you Kittery Trading Post!),
-6th graders exploring science in "Inspiration Hour" by researching a topic of interest to them,
-7th graders learning about executive functioning skills and creating SMART goals, and
-8th graders walking the 3-mile Freedom Trail in Boston learning about the American Revolution.

Click here to read the newsletter (compiled by assistant principal Michelle Perry)

Shapleigh Announces Basketball Schedule, Practice Times

posted Oct 29, 2019, 5:12 AM by Seth Cole

The Shapleigh School basketball schedules and practice times for the 2019-20 season have been announced by Activities Director Mike Roberge. 

All four teams (boys 7th and 8th grade, and girls 7th and 8th grade) will have two days of tryouts/evaluations, on Monday Nov. 4 and Tuesday Nov. 5. The boys will try out from 2:30-4:30pm, followed by the girls from 4:30-6:30pm. All four teams are scheduled to play their first game of the season on Nov. 25, and the season runs until late January.

All students must have an updated physical on file in the nurse's office to participate. Email school nurse Brenda Bladen at for more information. All students must have proof of insurance, and families are asked to complete ZippSlip Online Emergency Forms by Friday Nov. 8. Email for more information.

See attached for the game and practice schedules.

French, Walters Named Students of the Month

posted Oct 22, 2019, 5:49 AM by Seth Cole   [ updated Oct 22, 2019, 8:24 AM ]

Shapleigh School sixth grader Noelle French, and seventh grader Leanna Walters, were named the Rotary Club of Kittery's Students of the Month for October and September, respectively. French and Walters were recognized at the rotary's Breakfast of the Month, held at Kittery Estates, on Tuesday October 22.

Quotes from staff about Noelle (pictured at left): "Noelle is in her second year of playing on the clarinet and it has been a treat to listen to her skills grow and improve on a daily basis. Noelle is a hard worker who gives maximum effort at every band rehearsal and the hard work is really paying off. She is a wonderful young lady who impresses me with her attitude, maturity, and desire to improve. Congratulations on this well-earned award Noelle!"

"I am so thankful to have Noelle in my class this year. She is a constant source of curiosity and brings a lot of life to the classroom. She is patient of the learning curve of others, participates with enthusiasm and a "can do" attitude. Noelle puts out the best product that she can in everything that she does. Her sense of humor and old soul compassion are powerful tools that will be indispensable in all pursuits. Bravo Noelle!!"

"Noelle is such a joy to have in Homeroom. She is hardworking and kind. When other students are struggling, she's the first to offer a helping hand. She is very conscientious and stays on top of her work, even though she has a busy schedule with Band and GT during WIN and field hockey after school. She is a talented writer who is always trying to improve her craft, and I often get to challenge her with 7th and 8th grade writing expectations! She is so deserving of student of the month."

"Having Noelle for two years in a row for health class has been fantastic. She asks thoughtful questions and positively participates in any activity we might be doing. I always notice how often she is inclusive of others. She goes out of her way to be helpful to anyone and her empathy sets a fantastic example. She has a strong work ethic and is enthusiastic about learning. Noelle truly personifies all of the qualities we look for when we select the student of the month and our whole RA team was in agreement that she is a great choice!"

"It has been a pleasure to work with Noelle in art class. She never backs down from a creative challenge and is always up for whatever we are learning about in art class. I admire her positive attitude and the dedication and passion that she brings to her work. Way to go Noelle!" 

"I was the lucky 4th grade teacher for Noelle. I realized very quickly that Noelle was going to be one of those students that helped me become a better teacher. She is high achieving and knowledgeable in all subject areas and is eager to learn more and challenge herself. She is such a talented writer. She is not only a positive role model for her peers academically, but socially as well. She is kind, helpful and always positive. Just two weeks ago I witnessed her at the school dance reach out to help another student who was alone and pull them into her group. These are things she does, even when no one is watching!" 

Quotes from staff about Leanna (pictured at right):

"Leanna Walters is the epitome of kindness. She is never anything but kind to everyone around her."

"Leanna..... sweet, caring, kind, super bright, but always humble."

"Leanna was a joy to teach in fourth grade. She has a lot of knowledge to share. She is kind, compassionate and a special part of our Shapleigh School Community. Congratulations Leanna! I am so proud of you!"

"Leanna is always thinking about how others might feel in any given situation. She treats peers and staff with kindness and respect and is not afraid to speak up and encourage her peers to do the same."

"Leanna Walters joined the band as a 7th grader for the first time this year and I am so glad she did! She has been a tireless worker as she has quickly mastered various percussion instruments and is already one of the leaders of that section! She brings energy and enthusiasm with her to rehearsal every day and makes a point of improving her skills every moment. Way to go Leanna!"

"Although I have not known Leanna for long, I appreciate her willingness to let me know what's going on with her, and she is always honest, open and kind. She wants to do the right thing, and tries her best to do so. She is accepting, hard-working, and always reading or working on Sudoku or figuring out how to create her own. I am so happy to have her as a student this year!"

"I have been fortunate enough to have Leanna in class for the past three years as a reading teacher and now as a health teacher, and regardless of the subject, her inquisitive nature and helpfulness are clear. Not only does Leanna work hard to understand the content, she seeks a challenge whenever possible. She is always the first to offer help to a peer or a teacher, and is kind to all. She is a great choice for the student of the month!"

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