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Ledgemere In Need Of School Bus Drivers

posted Feb 12, 2018, 10:47 AM by Seth Cole

Ledgemere Transportation - Kittery's school bus provider - is in need of school bus drivers. A great job for stay-at-home parents, retirees, and anybody looking for extra income. For more information, see attachment below, or contact:

Sean O'Sullivan
Driver Recruiter - Northeast Region
Cell: 508.782.0394

Kittery Odyssey Of The Mind Fundraisers On Tap

posted Feb 9, 2018, 7:50 AM by Seth Cole

Kittery Odyssey of the Mind has two fundraisers scheduled. The BreathNH FunPass booklets are on sale; reserve one today (February 9th) via an email to and you can receive it in time to use during February vacation. To see all of the participating attractions go to: Please make checks payable to: Kittery OM.

Also, due to the poor weather this past Wednesday, Robert’s Maine Grill postponed its Community Supper supporting Kittery OM to TUESDAY, February 13th. Bring your valentine(s) out the night before and avoid the crowds!

Kittery Recreation Valentine's Events Set For Saturday

posted Feb 6, 2018, 1:15 PM by Seth Cole

Kittery Recreation is offering a pair of Valentine's events on Saturday, February 10. A special Valentine's Dance will take place at Star Theatre, while Parent/Son Bowling will be held at Bowl-O-Rama in Portsmouth. See attachment below (or click here) for more details.

Shapleigh Sharks News For January Now Available!

posted Feb 5, 2018, 4:52 AM by Seth Cole

The Shapleigh Sharks News for January is now available! Read about news from all five grade levels that took place during the last few weeks, including:

-Fourth graders learning about sound transmission and creation from Mad Science of Maine!
-Fifth graders learning about energy and phase changes by making (and tasting) ice cream in science!
-Sixth graders making creatures that were displayed at the Brave Boat Headwaters outdoor event this past Saturday!
-Seventh graders on the Civil Rights team completing a poster campaign about inclusiveness!
-Eighth graders presenting summative projects to show what they learned during their Lord of the Flies unit!

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

Shapleigh Teacher Featured In Seacoast Newspaper

posted Feb 2, 2018, 9:30 AM by Seth Cole   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 9:40 AM ]

Shapleigh School educational technician Andrea Ardito is featured in Friday's Portsmouth Herald and on the Seacoast Online website. Ardith, in her second year at Shapleigh, is set to open Nest, a small interior design shop featuring rehabilitated and repurposed furniture as well as resale clothing. Ardito will hold a grand opening of Nest on Friday from 4-7pm, and on Saturday from 11am-5pm.

Nest is located at 230 State Road in Kittery.

Click here to read the full article (written by Alex LaCasse).

Picture by Ioanna Raptis.

Marquis, Velandry Named Students Of The Month

posted Jan 30, 2018, 9:39 AM by Seth Cole

Shapleigh School fifth grader Quinn Marquis, and fourth grader Luna Velandry, were named Shapleigh School's Rotary Club of Kittery's Students of the Month for January, it was recently announced. Marquis and Velandry were honored at the Rotary's monthly Student of the Month Breakfast, held at Kittery Estates, on Tuesday, January 30. 

Some quotes from staff about Quinn:

"Quinn is a quiet but determined student. She has all of the attributes of a top student. She is conscientious and hardworking. Yet she will not be the one to toot her own horn or to detract from other student's accomplishments. To the contrary, she is more likely to assist other students who may be struggling. She is also willing to help her teachers. Quinn has a great sense of humor, a strong work ethic, and willingness to help. We're lucky to have such an amazing student in 5th grade."

"Quinn is an amazing girl who is a role model in and out of the classroom. She works very hard to stay caught up on her work and to push herself to get ahead and complete challenges when they are available. She is attentive to directions and respectful to everyone she meets. Quinn is always on the lookout for how to help others, whether it is a peer or a teacher, and she does everything with a smile on her face! I thoroughly enjoy having her kind heart, strong work ethic, and positive attitude in class each day!"

A quote from staff about Luna:

"Luna is an exemplary student and a role model to her classmates. She has a passion for reading that is contagious and inspires me to read more! She is always so excited to share the newest book she has started and share how amazing it is and how much I will love it. Her love of reading spreads to others and she has encouraged many classmates to try books they normally would not. That is such a gift! I look forward every day to hearing what she has learned or what funny anecdote she has to share. Luna strives to do her best in everything that she works on. She is dedicated and driven. Her excitement for learning is enviable. She has a style and confidence that is all her own. I love this about her. She is such a joy to have in the classroom!"

Fourth Grade Explores Boston Museum Of Science

posted Jan 30, 2018, 5:12 AM by Seth Cole   [ updated Jan 31, 2018, 4:38 AM ]

Shapleigh School fourth graders spent the day on Monday, January 29 exploring the Museum of Science, Boston. While there, students and adults alike took part in a wide variety of STEM-related activities (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). They finished the day off with an amazing Omni show called Dream Big about engineering in our world!

The Museum of Science has served millions of students. To learn more, click here.

Pictures below taken by fourth grade teacher Kerry Waters.


Fifth Grade Excels In County Sumdog Contest!

posted Jan 26, 2018, 5:05 AM by Seth Cole

Shapleigh School fifth graders shined in the Sumdog York County Math Contest this past week. Three of Shapleigh's fifth grade classes finished in the top seven, with Ms. Foster's class winning the contest, Mr. Bennington's class placing fifth, and Mrs. Bertrand's class finishing seventh. Three Shapleigh fifth graders also finished in the top-10 based on the number of questions they answered correctly, as Phinian Fifield won with a score of 960, Sienna Graham placing third with 944, and Elias Holben taking ninth with 903.

As a result of their victory, Ms. Foster's class receives a six-month Sumdog mathematics subscription. Congrats students!

Explore Brave Boat Headwaters On February 3!

posted Jan 26, 2018, 4:44 AM by Seth Cole

Hike, ski or snowshoe Brave Boat Headwaters on Saturday, February 3 from 10am-2pm. While out there, seek creatures made by Shapleigh School sixth graders, and enjoy some hot cocoa and treats! Thank you Kittery Land Trust, Kittery Art Association and the Kittery K-8 PTA for sponsoring!

See the attachment below (or click here) for more information.

State Of Our Kittery Youth Presentation Set For Monday

posted Jan 24, 2018, 11:04 AM by Seth Cole

"State of Our Kittery Youth", a presentation and discussion open to all members of the community, will take place on Monday, January 29 at 6pm at the Kittery Community Center. Join us as we explore the latest Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey results for Kittery, followed by a chance to ask our panelists your questions. 

See the attachment below, email Jane Durgin, or click here for more information.

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