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Shapleigh Students Shine At Holiday Concert

posted Dec 14, 2018, 2:27 AM by Seth Cole

Hundreds of Shapleigh School students helped ring in the holiday season at the annual Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 13 in the Shapleigh Gymnasium. Fourth and fifth grade students performed first, singing such songs as "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" under the direction of chorus director Jayne Segedy, and playing songs including the classic "Hot Cross Buns" under the guidance of band director Jon Roth. after an intermission, the 6-8th grade band and chorus students took stage. The Shapleigh Jazz Sharks began by performing three songs, finishing with "A Jazzy Merry Christmas",then  the sixth grade chorus sung four songs, ending with "Sleigh Ride". The sixth grade band then played three songs, ending with "Carol of the Bells", and the 7-8th grade chorus performed four holiday classics, ending with "How Can I Keep From Singing?" with solos from Isabell Satenstein, Quintillion's. McPherson and Madeline Pitcairn. Finally, the 7-8th grade band played four songs, with "All is Calm" featuring Noelle Denholm and Jade Gilman.

Listen to the 4-5th Grade Concert here (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) - thank you to Quinn Butler for filming.

Holiday Gift Wrapping Station To Benefit Kittery Special Olympics

posted Dec 13, 2018, 8:24 AM by Seth Cole

Come to the Customer Service Center at 306 US Route 1 (next to the Kittery Trading Post) on Saturday December 15 from 10am-2pm to get your holiday gifts wrapped. All donations will go towards Kittery's Special Olympics program. Thank you to all the volunteers for helping with the wrapping!

Japan Informational Meeting Set For Dec. 19

posted Dec 5, 2018, 6:24 AM by Seth Cole

An informational family meeting regarding the upcoming trip to Japan for 6-9th graders is set for Wednesday, December 19 at 6pm in the Shapleigh School library. Kittery students and their families have created an Exchange Program with the Oirase and Rokunohe provinces in Japan that has lasted more than 25 years, and Kittery students have the opportunity to visit Japan in August 2019. RSVP Robin Walker at if you plan on attending this no-obligation meeting. Click here for more information.

Shapleigh Shark News For November Now Available

posted Dec 3, 2018, 5:22 AM by Seth Cole

The Shapleigh Shark News monthly newsletter for November is now available! Read about news and events that took place in all five grade levels, including:

-4th graders completing a "Marshmallow Challenge" STEM activity,
-5th graders creating commercials for healthy foods,
-6th graders demonstrating strong Habits Of Work and getting reading for the "HOWies",
-7th graders sharing their strengths on "Strength Day", and
-8th graders exploring the process of directed inquiry in science class.

Click here to read the November Shapleigh Shark News (created by Assistant Principal Katelyn Beach).

Tucker Johnson Named Shapleigh's Student Of The Month

posted Nov 27, 2018, 8:00 AM by Seth Cole

Shapleigh School eighth grader Tucker Johnson was named the Rotary Club of Kittery's Student of the Month for November, it was recently announced. Johnson was honored at the Rotary's monthly breakfast, held at Kittery Estates, on Tuesday, November 27.

Some quotes from staff about Johnson:

"I have had the pleasure of working with Tucker the last three years in Brass Ensemble. Tucker is a vital member of our ensemble for many reasons: he is a wonderful musician who works hard at trombone and has developed into quite the young musician! He also is a great leader among his peers. He has a way of effortlessly making others, especially our younger students in the ensemble, feel comfortable trying new things, making mistakes, and learning. I am so glad to see Tucker recognized for his overall wonderful qualities as a student and member of our Shapleigh school community."

"I'm delighted to see that Tucker has been selected as the 8th grade Student of the Month. This is a fabulous choice as Tucker is a hard worker and is constantly engaged in his earning. He is kind to all, stays out of drama, and a pleasure to have in class. Congratulations, Tucker, on a job well done. Continued success in the remainder of the school year and beyond."

"Tucker has been an invaluable member of the Shapleigh band program playing trombone for the past four years. He is always eager to learn, is a leader in both concert and jazz band, and brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to every rehearsal. He's always making suggestions for how to improve the music we are playing ("Can we change this note to a higher one? Would it sound good to put a crescendo on this note?") which I love. A real thinking musician! Well done Tucker!"

"I'm sure I am echoing most of my team when I say that Tucker always has a smile on his face and is extremely hard-working. He perseveres through any and every challenge and always makes sure to ask questions and participates in class everyday. It truly is a pleasure having Tucker in class!" 

Shapleigh Takes Part In World Record 2018 STACK UP!

posted Nov 8, 2018, 8:29 AM by Seth Cole   [ updated Nov 8, 2018, 8:41 AM ]

Hundreds of Shapleigh School students from all five grade levels took part in the annual 2018 STACK UP! on Thursday, November 8. STACK UP is an annual worldwide event to see how many people can participate in sport stacking, with Guinness World Records set nearly every year, and organized by the World Sport Stacking Association. Shapleigh has taken part in the event for several years, under the direction of seventh grade science teacher Corrine Gagnon. Nice work students!

Click here to track progress of the 2018 STACK UP! and to see if another world record was set.

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Click here for pictures from today's action at Shapleigh.

Shapleigh Celebrates Annual Veteran's Day Breakfast

posted Nov 8, 2018, 8:15 AM by Seth Cole

Shapleigh School held its annual Veteran's Day Breakfast on Thursday, November 8, 2018. Dozens of students, family and friends from all five grade levels took time to honor veterans for their service. Thank you to all who attended and helped organize (and to Superintendent Waddell for the photos - click here to view on Shapleigh's Facebook page).

Shapleigh's Annual Food Drive To Run Nov. 6-16

posted Nov 5, 2018, 11:40 AM by Seth Cole

Shapleigh School's annual food drive starts on Tuesday, November 6. In partnership with Kittery Baskets, students are encouraged to bring in non-perishable (and non-expired) food items by November 16. The grade level that collects the most food with enjoy an ice cream party! See attached below for more information.

Shapleigh Basketball Tryouts To Take Place Nov. 7-9

posted Nov 2, 2018, 12:27 PM by Seth Cole

Basketball tryouts for Shapleigh School seventh and eighth grade boys and girls will take place Wednesday, November 7 through Friday, November 9. The 7th and 8th grade girls will try out from 2:30-4:30pm each day, and the 7th and 8th grade boys will try out from 4:30-6:30pm each day. All students must have an updated physical on file in the nurse's office, and have proof of insurance, in order to participate. Try-outs will be run by Traip Academy varsity basketball coaches, and the Shapleigh basketball coaches.

For more information, please contact Mike Roberge at 207-439-1121 or

Shapleigh Shark News October Newsletter Now Available

posted Nov 1, 2018, 12:05 PM by Seth Cole

The Shapleigh Shark News October Newsletter is now available! Read about news that took place throughout October in all five grade levels, including:

-Fourth graders learning about the geography of Maine and investigating important Maine landforms,
-Fifth graders using the Engineering Design Process to plan, create, build and improve solar ovens,
-Sixth graders honoring their classmate, Casey Savage, with a beautiful new memorial bench,
-Seventh graders sharing their love of reading by serving as Reading Buddies for fourth graders, and
-Eighth graders exploring the impact of modern technology while reading the short story "The Veldt".

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

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