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Shapleigh Takes Part In "I Am Jazz" Event

posted by Seth Cole

Shapleigh School students and staff participated on February 27 in the Jazz and Friends National Day of School and Community Readings, an event sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). 

All students and staff viewed a video of Jazz Jennings, one of the authors of the book "I Am Jazz", reading the story. We hope that by viewing this video together as a school community, all of our students will feel safe, welcome, and respected.

Click here to view the reading of the story.

Portland Stage Company Visit Shapleigh 7th And 8th Graders

posted Feb 25, 2020, 9:36 AM by Seth Cole

The Portland Stage Company visited Shapleigh School 7th and 8th graders this morning. They performed A Midsummer Night's Dream, and worked with students on Shakespeare. Thanks for the visit Portland Stage!

Shapleigh Shark News For January Now Available!

posted Feb 16, 2020, 3:46 AM by Seth Cole

The Shapleigh Shark News for January is now available. Read about news that took place in all five grade levels during a full few weeks in January, including:

-4th graders exploring the Boston Museum of Science,
-5th graders Elyse D'Auteuil and Nathan Wilcox competing in the school-wide geography bee,
-6th graders selecting activities they were interest in during last month's Intervention Day,
-7th grader teacher Corrine Gagnon named a Future Goals Teacher of the Month, and
-8th graders deep in the study of the Civil War.

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

Suicide Prevention Conversation To Take Place March 9

posted Feb 12, 2020, 7:40 AM by Seth Cole

A suicide prevention conversation with local leading experts will take place on Monday, March 9 from 6-8pm at the Kittery Community Center. Panelists will share their personal experiences of losing a sibling and a child to suicide. Following the panel, there will be an informal discussion of resources and support services available from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to parents, teachers and loved ones. The evening will conclude with a discussion of emotional well-being of youth led by Dr. Rick Alleva, Youth & Family Resiliency Specialist at the University of NH.

See attached below for more information.

Guest Chef Day Returns To Shapleigh February 11

posted Feb 10, 2020, 10:04 AM by Seth Cole

Tuesday, February 11 is another Chef Visit Day throughout Kittery schools! Lunch at Shapleigh School features guest chef Matt Louis from Portsmouth's Moxy Restaurant, and includes beef chili as a topping for a baked potato bar! 

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Support Kittery Odyssey Of The Mind - Buy A Fun Pass!

posted Feb 10, 2020, 9:52 AM by Seth Cole

Want to save money and help out Kittery Odyssey of the Mind? Buy The Fun Pass coupon book and you will receive incredible savings at family amusement & theme parks, ski mountain resorts, adventure parks, farms & zoos, museums, water parks, scenic railroad tours, whale watches and active fun like rock climbing, ziplines, and trampoline parks! 
Click here to purchase today or tomorrow and take advantage of these savings during vacation week!

Vote Daily For Mrs. Gagnon - Most Valuable Teacher!

posted Feb 3, 2020, 5:17 AM by Seth Cole   [ updated Feb 3, 2020, 5:25 AM ]

Shapleigh School seventh grade science teacher Corrine Gagnon is being honored as a Boston Bruins Future Goals Most Valuable Teacher! The program is now looking to expand this recognition, by including her on and entering her in the Most Valuable Teacher (MVT) program!  You can vote DAILY the entire month of February!  Please feel free to share this link with family and friends.  Mrs. Gagnon is more than deserving of this honor and we appreciate any and all your support! Go Mrs. Gagnon and go Bruins!!


Please visit this link DAILY to VOTE - it only takes ONE CLICK!

Meals 4 Kids Coming To Kittery February 12

posted Jan 29, 2020, 9:18 AM by Seth Cole   [ updated Jan 29, 2020, 9:20 AM ]

Meals 4 Kids will be at Kittery Post Office, next to Kennebunk Savings Bank, on Wednesday February 12th from 2:15-4pm.  The M4K program is part of Gather, a non-profit Hunger Relief Organization located in Portsmouth. See the attachment below for more information.

Anna Housley Named Shapleigh Student Of The Month

posted Jan 28, 2020, 11:33 AM by Seth Cole   [ updated Jan 29, 2020, 8:55 AM ]

Fourth grader Anna Housley was named the Shapleigh School's Rotary Club of Kittery Student of the Month for January, it was recently announced. Housley was honored at the rotary's monthly breakfast, held at Kittery Estates, on Tuesday January 28. 

Some quotes from staff about Anna:

Mrs. Sutherland (art)- It has been a pleasure to get to know Anna in art class this year. She is an outstanding art student who always walks through the door with a positive attitude and ready to learn. Anna approaches all of her work with thought, care and imagination. She inspires other students with her creativity and original ideas. Way to go Anna! You are a super star!

Mr. Bertand (STEM)- Anna looks at problems as a challenge and is willing to take advice and try new solutions with a smile. She is always kind and willing to help out when other students are stuck.

Mrs. Martin (school counselor)- Anna is a kind, supportive classmate who is willing to advocate for herself and others. She works hard, has fun and is always respectful to staff and students alike. Anna leads by example with a gentle, yet assertive confidence. Anna's presence makes Shapleigh a better place.

Mr. Rhames (PE)- Anna is a powerhouse in PE and has been since day 1! It was obvious from the beginning of school that she is a leader amongst her peers! I have really enjoyed having her in class and know that she is going to do great things! Congrats Anna!

Miss Foster (Health)- Anna is a great choice for Student of the month because she possesses so many great qualities we look for when we choose a student to recognize. She is patient, thoughtful, a great listener, a hard worker, and she always has a positive attitude! Anna also has a great sense of humor and her classmates have a lot of respect for her and her ideas. I am so happy to be able to recognize Anna as the student of the month!

Mrs. Pearl (4th Grade homeroom)- I was so happy to hear that Anna was chosen as student of the month. I feel very fortunate to have Anna in my class this year....she has been a role model student since the first day she entered our 4th grade classroom.

Anna is gentle and kind with an amazing spirit. Anna's soft ways make her a wonderful friend and peer and she's always the student that is willing to help. When I think of Anna I think back to something Fred Rogers said many years ago. He said, "Always look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping and where there is help there is hope." That's you Anna! Congratulations for this recognition, it's well deserved. Keep spreading your help and hope for yourself, for others and for our world. I'm so proud of you! Love, Mrs. Pearl

Pictures taken by Superintendent Eric Waddell

Fourth Graders Visit Boston Museum Of Science

posted Jan 28, 2020, 11:22 AM by Seth Cole   [ updated Jan 28, 2020, 11:44 AM ]

Shapleigh School fourth graders explored the Boston Museum of Science on Monday, January 27. Students and chaperones enjoyed a wide variety of exhibits and displays, learning more about such things as lightning and storm safety, birds, wind, and dinosaurs. Students enjoyed lunch at the Museum as well. A fun time was had by all! For more information, visit (Picture taken by Kerry Waters)

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