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Kittery's Got Talent Set For March 20

posted Jan 15, 2020, 11:41 AM by Seth Cole

Save the date! Kittery’s Got Talent is returning to the Shapleigh Stage on Friday, March 20th, 2020. Mitchell and Shapleigh student auditions will be held the week after February break, so start getting those acts together! Are you interested in getting more involved? The talent show takes many hands to pull off and is an amazing night for our community. Please join us! Email

Fundraiser At Blitz To Benefit Shapleigh Odyssey Of The Mind

posted Jan 13, 2020, 11:43 AM by Seth Cole

A fundraiser to benefit the Shapleigh School Odyssey of the Mind will take place on Thursday, January 16 from 3:30-7pm at Blitz Trampoline Park in Portsmouth, NH. Twenty percent of ticket sales will go towards the Shapleigh OM program. See attached for more information.

Kittery Welcomes Friends From Japan For 26th Time

posted Jan 8, 2020, 5:35 PM by Seth Cole

For the 26th time, Kittery welcomes our friends from from Oirase and Rokunohe in the prefecture of Aomori, Japan. Twelve Japanese students and their chaperones arrived in Boston on Monday, January 6, and after a day tour of the city, arrived in Kittery in time for dinner and ice skating Tuesday evening. Wednesday featured the Opening Assembly held in the Shapleigh School gymnasium. Thursday will showcase Japanese student cultural presentations, and Friday will including a field trip to Traip Academy to use their climbing wall, and a trip to Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth.

Check back for more news and pictures from the trip (photos can also be found on Shapleigh's Facebook page).

Pictured, left to right: Takiguchi Takayuki, Superintendent of Schools for Rokunohe, Shapleigh Principal Anne Ellis, and Kittery Superintendent Eric Waddell present Mr. Takayuki with a gift.

Chef-To-School Series Continues Heirloom Harvest Project

posted Jan 8, 2020, 7:49 AM by Seth Cole

The Kittery School Nutrition Program and longtime volunteer chef David Vargas are excited to continue the Heirloom Harvest Project -- Chef-to-School Series in the New Year. On January 14th, Kittery’s school nutrition program staff will be joined by talented chefs from three local restaurants working together to rework approved USDA approved recipes to reduce fat and sodium while introducing locally sourced ingredients.

Brendan Vesey of Newmarket’s The Joinery, Jeremy Glover of Portsmouth’s Raleigh Wine Bar and Eatery, and David Vargas of Vida Cantina in Portsmouth lend their talents to this month’s project.

January’s lunch menu will include a choice of homemade soups and handcrafted sandwiches to choose from at each of Kittery’s schools. The Chefs have crafted sauces and sandwich toppings to share with students including a ranch dressing from scratch to go on bbq ranch chicken sandwiches, Caesar dressing for chicken caesar wrap sandwiches, and a sauce for turkey and cheese paninis, as well as a vegetarian panini option.

If you want to know more or are interested in volunteering for Heirloom Harvest Project – Chef to School series, please contact Wendy Collins, Director Kittery School Nutrition Program or Chef David Vargas

The Chef-to-School Series is a collaboration between the school district, skilled local chefs, and local farmers/food producers who share a common vision. Chef David refers to this approach as "COMMUNITY-TO-TABLE", and we hope Kittery’s students and families are as excited about this project as we are!

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Shapleigh Shark News For November/December Now Available

posted Jan 6, 2020, 9:45 AM by Seth Cole

The Shapleigh Shark News for November/December is now available! Read about news that took place in all five grade levels to close out 2019, including:

-the 4th grade's annual Marshmallow Challenge, as students built the highest freestanding structure that would support a marshmallow,
-5th graders practicing math and science skills - and giving back to the global community - on,
-the 6th grade's annual field trip to the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA to see A Christmas Carol,
-7th graders showing off their talents and interests - and building confidence and gaining self-esteem - during Strength Day, and
-8th graders producing engaging projects for science and social studies  

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

Shapleigh Holds Annual "Give Back" Day

posted Jan 2, 2020, 12:01 PM by Seth Cole   [ updated Jan 6, 2020, 8:29 AM ]

All Shapleigh School students and staff members took party in the school's annual "Give Back" Day on Wednesday, December 18. Grade levels took part in activities designed to give back to the community in some way. The day culminated with an all-school assembly and the singing of caroles! Events included:

-4th graders taking part in a presentation from the Newmarket (N.H.) Hot Shots Jump Ropers, then challenging themselves in Jump Rope for Heart
-5th graders making Boomerang Bags and sewing shirts
-6th graders learning about the Gather Food Pantry and how the organization helps area residents,
-7th graders engaging in a presentation from the Center for Wildlife in York and making enrichment toys for ambassador animals, and
-8th graders making fleece blankets and hearing from Hospice Northern Light.

Click here to view pictures from Give Back Day.

Jack May Named Shapleigh December Of The Month

posted Jan 2, 2020, 10:20 AM by Seth Cole

Shapleigh School fifth grader Jack May was named Shapleigh School's Rotary Club of Kittery Student of the Month, it was recently announced. May was honored at the rotary's annual breakfast, held at Kittery Estates, on Tuesday, December 17.

Photos taken by Superintendent Eric Waddell

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!

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