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Rollins Named Rotary Club's Student Of The Month

posted by Seth Cole

Congratulations to eighth grader Bowman Rollins, who was named Shapleigh School's Rotary Club of Kittery's Student of the Month for April. Bowman was honored at the Rotary's monthly Student of the Month Breakfast, held at Kittery Estates, on Tuesday April 24.

Some quotes from staff about Bowman:

"Bowman is such a joy -he comes in to school every morning smiling and enthusiastic. He makes us all smile with his positive energy and we’ve been so impressed with all of his accomplishments this year, academic and otherwise."

"It has been such a pleasure to work alongside Bowman this school year. He is very conscientious, particularly when it comes to due dates for assignments. He is never late with, and is often one of the first students to complete the assignment. I'm always excited to proofread Bowman's writing projects; not only are they informative, they can be entertaining too. He has a fantastic sense of humour that lightens my day and makes me laugh. Bowman will persevere at an assignment, changing parts of it, and adding to it until it is just how he wants it. He is a joy to be around - kind hearted, smiling from ear to ear, a good listener - and phenomenal note taker. His typing skills are unbelievable; he's so fast and accurate! He leaves the rest of us in the dust. I am so proud of all you have done this year. You truly deserve this honour as Student of the Month. Congratulations."

"Bowman is wonderful to have in class. He has been in chorus for the past two years during which I have witnessed his dedication, humour, and love for singing. Bowman also has a strong dramatic side that we got to see more of this year as he starred as Vlad Vladikoff in our production of Seussical the Musical. I’m so happy to hear that he is being honored!"

"In seventh grade, Bowman was such a dynamite kid to work with. He showed a willingness to do his school work, an enthusiasm for Five Nights at Freddy's, some terrific public speaking skills, and a contagious smile. I am happy to be able to see him this year as part of the Civil Rights team too. Bravo!!"

"Bo is also active in scouting. He has cheerfully volunteered his time for the Kittery community in several service projects including, but not limited to: Helping the VFW place flags on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day, helping build the new flag collection boxes you see around Kittery and Eliot, helping with several food drives for the Footprints food pantry, and, helping with Christmas Tree sales and community breakfasts at the Lions Club. Bo is a great kid, and an involved citizen too!"

"I have known Bowman since he was very young and have seen him grow exponentially through the years, this year he has matured greatly both academically and socially. He strives to get is work done and is polite to teachers and peers. His humor and wit are enjoyable and contagious, way to go Bow!"

"Bowman is a young man who brings a great deal of joy to those around him- in school, in church and within our community. My first introduction to Bowman was in 4th grade watching him present a humorous biography about his favorite Marvel hero creator, Stan Lee. I watched in amazement as Bowman described the many contributions that Stan Lee had made developing new superheroes and taking this genre to a new level. As I stood marveling at Bo's technological expertise, at the tender age of 10, I realized several other teachers and staff members had joined us for his entertaining presentation and narration. I remember thinking that Bowman would be a student I would talk about later in life, saying "I knew him when......" And now he is being recognized for his tenaciousness, hard work and involvement within our community. Congratulations, Bowman, this is a perfect award to a very amazing young man!"

Kittery Serves Community Expo Set For May 1

posted by Seth Cole

Join us on Tuesday, May 1 from 5-6:30pm at STAR Theatre at the Kittery Community Center to learn about ways to give back in our neighborhood. Local agencies will be available to offer information about volunteer opportunities within their organizations and connect you in new ways to our community. A free event - visit for more information.

Help Shapleigh's OM Team Reach The World Finals!

posted Apr 17, 2018, 7:03 PM by Seth Cole

Shapleigh School Odyessy of the Mind sixth graders are fundraising to cover their traveling expenses as well as room and board for their trip to Ames, Iowa to participate in the 2018 World Finals May 23-26. The team consists of Cheyene, Emilio, Charlotte, Lilly-Anne and Caroline and coach Tammy Masse. The team will be fundraising through the months of May and June, and will be sharing photos and video as the team advances through this new endeavor.

Click here to visit their GoFundMe site.

Sixth Grade Explores Gulf Of Maine Research Institute

posted Apr 11, 2018, 8:20 AM by Seth Cole

Mr. Bertrand’s and Mrs. Casey’s sixth grade homerooms took a field trip to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The hands-on program explores five species found in the Gulf of Maine and how their relationships are changing over time. On Thursday, April 12, Mr. Harris’ and Mrs. Roy’s homerooms will get to attend and explore!

Click here to view pictures from the field trip (thank you Mrs. Casey for the pictures!)

Myles Seckler Finishes Sixth At State Geographic Bee

posted Apr 10, 2018, 5:12 AM by Seth Cole

Fifth grader Myles Seckler represented Shapleigh School at the Maine National Geographic State Bee held at the University of Maine Farmington on Friday, April 7. There were 100 students in grades 4-8 competing for the state title. Myles advanced to the final round after a tie-breaker and finished in sixth place overall. Congratulations Myles!

Shapleigh OM Team Qualifies For World Meet!

posted Apr 9, 2018, 8:22 AM by Seth Cole   [ updated Apr 10, 2018, 3:17 AM ]

Shapleigh School's sixth grade Odyssey of the Mind team placed second in the State Meet on Saturday, April 7, and therefore has qualified for the World Finals next month! Those students -
Cheyene Grow, Emilio Jakubek, Charlotte Masse, Lilly-Anne Swasey and Caroline Todd - will competed in the World Finals at Iowa State University May 23-26.

Also, Shapleigh's fifth grade OM team competed in Saturday's State Meet in Biddeford and performed very well, but didn't advance to the World Finals.

For more information on the Odyssey of the Mind 2018 World Finals, click here.

Track & Field Practice Begins Monday, Schedule Announced

posted Apr 6, 2018, 6:56 AM by Seth Cole

Shapleigh School's track and field program will begin practicing after school on Monday, April 9. All student-athletes signed up should come to practice prepared. Practices will be held weekdays from 2:30-3:45pm, and will be led by co-coaches Steve Frost and Wes Rhames.

The season consists of five May meets, starting with a competition May 2 at Marshwood. Shapleigh will end the season with two home meets: May 23 and May 30.

Click here to view the complete schedule.

Support Traip Service Learning Project!

posted Apr 2, 2018, 10:47 AM by Seth Cole   [ updated Apr 2, 2018, 10:48 AM ]

Students at Traip Academy are doing a service learning project to benefit the less fortunate citizens in the seacoast community. They are working with the organization Crossroads, which is located in Portsmouth, N.H.
Visit their GoFundMe page ( to donate. Email Carla Landers at if you have any questions.

Shapleigh Shark News Monthly Newsletter Now Out!

posted Apr 2, 2018, 8:17 AM by Seth Cole

The Shapleigh Shark News monthly newsletter for March is now available. Read about news that took place in all five grade levels during a busy month, including:

-Fourth graders receiving regular visits from sixth grade "Book Buddies".
-Fifth graders enjoying a school-wide "Civil Rights Day",
-Sixth graders digging in to the novel "The Cay",
-Seventh graders getting closer to completing their personal narratives, and
-Eighth graders learning about the Gilded Age in America.

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

Liedecke Named Shapleigh's Student Of The Month

posted Mar 27, 2018, 5:15 AM by Seth Cole   [ updated Mar 27, 2018, 8:01 AM ]

Shapleigh School seventh grader Victoria Liedecke was named Shapleigh School's Rotary Club of Kittery's Student of the Month for March, it was recently announced. Liedecke was honored at the Rotary's monthly Student of the Month Breakfast, held at Kittery Estates, on Tuesday, March 27.

Some quotes from Shapleigh staff about Tori:

"Tori is a wonderfully earnest student who tries her very best on all the work that is asked of her. When the work is difficult for her, she feels comfortable asking for help. She takes pride in school and sees the value of listening, working hard, and being kind to her peers and teachers. I love having Tori in class and I look forward to watching her grow even more as we finish the seventh grade year together and she goes brightly into her future."

"Tori is an outstanding student! In art class she is creative and an awesome problem solver! She works hard and always pushes herself to create high quality work."

"Tori is part of our Student 2 Student Club. She is also one of Shapleigh’s Student 2 Student ambassadors. She assists incoming military and new students when they arrive at Shapleigh by giving school tours and helping out when students need support. Earlier this year we had a younger student who was struggling with his dad being deployed. Tori didn’t hesitate to jump in and help out by eating lunch with him a few times to give him a little extra attention and support during a tough time. Tori is a caring, thoughtful and kind Student! She is a sweetheart and we are so lucky to have her as a student at Shapleigh. She inspires others with her positive attitude and generous spirit! Way to go Tori. You deserve this special recognition. You rock!"

"Tory exemplifies the model of an inquisitive learner.  She is a pleasure to have as a member of the Shapleigh student body and a hard working member of the class of 2023."

"Tori has had a great impact on her friends and classmates, often not being aware that she is influencing  their work habits and attitudes toward their 7th grade learning skills.  She always brings a demeanor full of infectious good spirit and energy and brightens our days at Shapleigh." 


"Victoria (Tori)  'sets the bar' very high for herself and works diligently to achieve her goals.  Often she creates an academic atmosphere that encourages her friends and classmates to attain similar goals.  She is a pleasure to work and interact with and I always look forward to WIN (our 7th grade study times) when she comes to check on the homework board to add to her personal goal list or more often, to subtract work already completed."

"We are all pleased that she has been chosen to represent Shapleigh as Student of the Month." 

"Tori is a great addition to Shapleigh.  She is positive, helpful and on task. Congrats Tori!!!"

"She was a mature and dedicated member of garden group last year."


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