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Sixth Grades Explore Gulf Of Maine Research Institute

posted Apr 12, 2019, 10:03 AM by Seth Cole

Shapleigh School sixth graders explored the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland on April 11 and 12. GMRI pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges, and is dedicated to the resilience of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the communities that depend on it.

Click here to view photos from the field trip (taken by sixth grade teachers Miranda Casey and Lauren Roy).

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Shapleigh To Celebrate Purple Up! For Military Kids April 10

posted Apr 8, 2019, 11:20 AM by Seth Cole

Shapleigh School will pay tribute to its dozens of students from military families on Wednesday, April 10 with "Purple Up!". Students and staff are encouraged to wear purple, as purple is a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices. Purple indicates that all branches of the military are supported; Air Force blue, Army green, Navy blue, Marine red, and Coast Guard blue combine together as a single color, purple.

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.

The Month of the Military Child is part of the legacy left by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. He established the Defense Department commemoration in 1986.

Click here to learn more.

Shapleigh Shark News Monthly Newsletter Now Available!

posted Apr 3, 2019, 9:39 AM by Seth Cole

The Shapleigh Shark News March Monthly Newsletter is now available! Read about news that took place in all five grade levels last month, including:

-4th graders Elyse D'Auteuil and Remick Matty among those representing Shapleigh in the national Doodle 4 Google contest,
-5th graders using informational writing techniques to teach others about different creatures,
-6th graders immersing themselves in Canadian culture in social studies class,
-7th graders among those that took part in the Seacoast Soul Models' 10-week program, and
-8th graders researching the Gilded Age and reading Lord of the Flies.

Click here to read the newsletter (compiled by assistant principal Katelyn Beach).

Kittery's Got Talent Now Online!

posted Apr 2, 2019, 5:54 AM by Seth Cole

Kittery's Got Talent 2019 is now online! Watch all of the great Shapleigh School performances from last Friday's show that benefitted the Kittery K-8 PTA. Thank you to Charles Denault and Camden Wiles for filming and editing.

Click here to watch the show.

Hale Named Shapleigh's March Student Of The Month

posted Mar 26, 2019, 12:22 PM by Seth Cole   [ updated Mar 29, 2019, 11:01 AM ]

Shapleigh School eighth grader Emerson Hale was named the Rotary Club of Kittery's Student of the Month for March, it was recently announced. Emme was honored at the rotary's monthly breakfast held at Kittery Estates on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

Pictured: Emme with her parents, and eighth grade mathematics teacher Tracie Ankermann (picture taken by Superintendent Eric Waddell).

Some quotes from staff:

"I'm so happy to hear that Emme Hale is selected for Student of the Month. It's hard to believe it was 5 years ago that she was in my third grade class over at Mitchell. The 8-year old Emme was a hard worker who set high expectations for herself. She was always a positive role model for her peers and treated everyone with kindness and respect. From what I hear, all these positive qualities haven't changed a bit. I do have to put in a plug that I love watching her play basketball too. A leader on and off the court!"

"As a coach of Emme's in soccer for years I can tell you that she gives all of herself and does a great job at showing proper sportswomanship during athletics. As a community member with a daughter who is very friendly with Emme, she is always a welcomed guest in our home as she is polite and exhibits refreshing manners."

"Emme is a wonderful writer, a conscientious student, an engaged learner in the classroom, and a role model for her peers. I enjoyed teaching her and I am proud of her continued success in school."

"Emme has always been a driven, hard working student. But she also maintains a great attitude and is willing to help teachers and kids. She takes her work and athletics seriously, but she also has a kind heart for helping others. It has been a pleasure to watch her grow and mature into such a wonderful student over the years. She is well deserving of this award."

Kittery's Got Talent Set For March 29

posted Mar 26, 2019, 4:58 AM by Seth Cole

Kittery's Got Talent, featuring Shapleigh School and Mitchell school students, takes place on Friday, March 29. The biggest fundraiser of the year for the Kittery K-8 PTA, the Shapleigh doors will open at 4pm. Mitchell students will perform from 4:30-5:30pm, and Shapleigh students from 6-7:30pm. 

In addition, food trucks from local restaurants Blue Mermaid Island Grill and Burrito Betty's will be on site, and a basket raffle will be featured (with a grand prize of Disney Hopper passes!)

Admission is just $4 per person, or $15 for a family of four or more.

For more information, visit the Kittery K-8 PTA on Facebook or Instagram, or email Kari Economou.

Shapleigh Telling Room Students Celebrate Book Release

posted Mar 20, 2019, 7:41 AM by Seth Cole

Forty Shapleigh School students celebrated their book release on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Star Theatre in the Kittery Community Center. This celebration was the culmination of a 12-week writing residency with Teaching Artist Elisabeth Aroneau from the Telling Room. Students were elated to see the finished product after months of work. They shared selections from their work to a packed audience of friends, family and community members.  

At left: seventh grader Samantha Bailey (with her parents). Bailey's work was selected to be published in the Telling Room's anthology, Sparks, this spring.

Shapleigh Doodle 4 Google Finalists Announced

posted Mar 19, 2019, 9:05 AM by Seth Cole

Shapleigh School students in grades 4-6 recently submitted entries in the Doodle 4 Google Contest. This year the theme from Google was "When I grow up I hope...". Over 200 Shapleigh artists came up with creative ways to illustrate their ideas. Congratulations and best of luck to the following 13 students who will represent our school in Google's national contest (in no particlar order):

4th grade: Remick M., Elyse D. 
5th grade: Luna V., Abby P., Mackenzie M. 
6th Grade: Ollie M., Elivia M., Ian S., Sienna G., Meredith M., Franny B., Nahlah R., Myles S.

Click here to view the doodles of the 13 finalists.

Chorus On Stage At Music In Our Schools Concert

posted Mar 15, 2019, 6:44 AM by Seth Cole   [ updated Mar 15, 2019, 6:52 AM ]

Dozens of Shapleigh School and Traip Academy singers took the stage at the National Music in our Schools Month Choral Concert in the Shapleigh gymnasium on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Led by Shapleigh choral director Jayne Segedy, Traip choral director Lawrence Wescott, and pianist Rebecca Austin-Bolster, 10 songs were performed.

Click here for the 4th grade select chorus singing Path to the Moon (all videos filmed by seventh grader Lilly-Anne Swasey)
Click here for the 4th grade select chorus singing Chase Your Blues Away
Click here for the 6th grade chorus singing Mansions in the Sky
Click here for the 6th grade chorus singing The Rhythm of Life
Click here for the 7-8th grade chorus singing Keep on Believing
Click here for the 7-8th grade chorus singing Let the River Run
Click here for the Traip chorus singing Now is the Month of Maying
Click here for the Traip chorus singing Niska Banja
Click here for the Traip chorus singing Down by the Riverside
Click here for the combined choruses singing I Am But a Small Voice (featuring solos by fourth grader Annabella Cenkner, sixth grader Jonas Byrne and 12th grader Leneah Herrin).

Social Media Forum Set For March 25

posted Mar 12, 2019, 3:15 AM by Seth Cole

The Kittery Community Center will host a Social Media Forum for Parents and Adolescents on Monday, March 25 from 6-8pm. This forum will give parents and their adolescents the opportunity to discuss the role of social media in their lives. Group work will involve activities and discussions that foster healthy social media discussions. This forum is for parents and adolescents to attend together. RSVP here for the workshop and for childcare. For more information and resources from previous events, check out the CTBH website:

Also, Families First has announced a series of upcoming Family Programs and Parenting Classes in Portsmouth, Seabrook and Somersworth, NH. For more information, visit

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