Winter Break:  No School Friday, December 22- Monday January 1

The LAST DAY of school will be Thursday, Dec. 21st.

For GWS, CES and EES:  Thursday, Dec. 21st will be an Early Release Day, with dismissal the same time as every other Early Release Thursday. There will be no Learning Labs or other Enrichment Activities that afternoon.Morning and afternoon

Pre-K will have the normal Thursday schedule for dismissal and arrival.

For MMS and MHS: Thursday, Dec. 21st will be a Late Start Day the same as every Late Start Thursday.

Updated Emergency Procedures and Protocols

Dear Members of the Marshwood Community,

At various times throughout the year, our region experiences both anticipated weather events such as snow storms, wind and ice storms as well as unanticipated emergency events such as power outages. In the fall of 2012, the district worked together with the Emergency Management Directors for both Eliot and South Berwick, each town’s Chief of Police, Fire Chief and Public Works Directors to develop a coherent set of emergency protocols and a communication system for both anticipated weather events and for unanticipated emergency events. These clear protocols essentially require me to gather as much information as possible to make an informed decision regarding our schools’ opening, closing or delayed start times before 5:30 a.m. and then to communicate any change to our usual school opening times to over 2,600 contacts. Since weather and conditions surrounding other unanticipated emergency events can change quickly, there will always be a myriad of nuanced contingencies that present themselves within the decisionmaking process. As a result, there may be occasions when you decide to keep your child home when our schools are open. Notwithstanding the decision of the district to open, close or delay the start of its schools, as your child’s parent, you are the best judge of what road and weather conditions you believe are safe or unsafe for your family’s travel. If you believe that your child(ren) should not come to school during an inclement weather event, you should keep your child home. In these cases, your child will be listed as having an “excused” absence and any schoolwork missed on that day will be able to be completed in a timely manner. Finally, although we cannot predict what media systems will be operational or offline at your home or workplace during a weather event or other unanticipated emergency, we have developed numerous pathways for delivering information regarding our schools’ status. These information pathways include: Ø Posting on the district’s website front page: www.rsu35.org Ø Posting on the district’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/MarshwoodSchools/258524500918045 Ø Notification via TV channels 6, 8 & 13 Ø Notification via radio stations WTSN, the Portland Radio Group, WHEB/WERZ Ø Phone message and email via Connect-ED It is my hope that at least one platform of information will be available to you during a storm or other emergency event so that you can have the latest information regarding your child’s school status. As your Superintendent I want to assure you that I hold the safety of our students and staff as my highest priority and I strive to make the best decision I can with the best available information I have at the time regarding school closings or delayed starts. Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Mary Nash, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools

Exciting News!  The Marshwood and Kittery Adult Education programs are pleased to announce that Nancy Mann and Donna Bethke-Borg received awards at last week’s Maine Adult Education Association Annual Conference.

Exciting News!  The Marshwood and Kittery Adult Education programs are pleased to announce that Nancy Mann and Donna Bethke-Borg received awards at last week’s Maine Adult Education Association Annual Conference.
Nancy received the Maine Adult Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year
Award,
Donna received the Distinguished Service In Adult Education (Volunteer) Award,

School Resource Officer Jeff Upton

SRO Jeff Upton

Serving RSU #35 and the Town of South Berwick

jeff.upton@rsu35.org

website:  https://sites.google.com/a/rsu35.org/school-resource-officer-jeff-upton/

This site is set up to be a resource to the entire RSU #35 community in both South Berwick and Eliot.  It is not all inclusive of the issues that our students and parents face on a day to day basis, but it does provide information for many of the topics that are brought up throughout the school year.  If there is information that you feel would be helpful on this site, please email me so that I can get the information out.  Also, please understand that this is a basic resource and you are more than welcome to call me or email me should you have further questions.

Marshwood Adult Education is Very Proud of Their Former Student, Maryna Shuliakouskaya

for photos: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20170109/woman-learns-english-then-opens-aroma-joes

Woman learns English, Then Opens Aroma Joe’s

Jan 9, 2017 at 3:59  By Mark Kobzik news@seacoastonline.com

KITTERY, Maine – When Maryna Shuliakouskaya arrived in the United States from Belarus, a small landlocked country on Russia’s border, she didn’t speak any English. Now, 10 years later, she has opened her third Aroma Joe’s franchise in Kittery.

“I’ve already been in the United States for 10 years and looking back another five, I feel like I was born in the business world,” Shuliakouskaya said. “My dad always tried to open some kind of business during some pretty tough years back home. Belarus is right next to Russia, it’s part of the former Soviet Union, and it was pretty hard to open your own business. Especially under a communist government.”

She arrived in the United States having completed five years of college education at home. Her plan was to stay long enough to make $5,000 and then return home to Belarus. When she met her future husband, Adam Young, those plans changed.

Shuliakouskaya’s first job was with Young at the Weathervane restaurant in Kittery. She began to teach herself English, along with help from Adam, by studying receipts to learn the names of food and drinks.

“She caught my eye because of how hard working she is. She brings a passion to the work that she does. One reason I felt attracted to her was her drive to succeed,” Young said.

Only three months after meeting, Shuliakouskaya and Young married and have been business partners ever since. They work together to run three Aroma Joe’s franchises, with Young managing the newest location in Kittery.

Shuliakouskaya had almost graduated with a computer science degree in Belarus, but she had to drop out once she decided to stay in the United States.

“You pretty much feel like you’re someone and then you’re no one. I’m a dreamer, so I wasn’t going to give up. There were times when I was ready to pack my clothes and go back,” she said.

Without speaking English, she continued working various jobs until deciding that she wanted more. Shuliakouskaya completed math and English courses at Marshwood High School’s Adult Education program before she went to York County Community College, the first of three colleges in the United States where she has earned degrees.

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At one point Shuliakouskaya lost her work visa and couldn’t drive or work. As Young described it, she was housebound taking care of their newborn baby. But with the help of Young and others, Shuliakouskaya started making it to classes at Marshwood High School. Steve Boillot, her language teacher, visited her home to study and even helped her get admitted to the University of Southern Maine.

She obtained a degree in international business at USM before going to Southern New Hampshire University for her master’s in marketing. Between classes and her jobs, Shuliakouskaya was working 70-80 hours a week. Now she says her life is even busier with owning a business, being a marketing director for Subway, and raising the couple’s children Nellie, 8, and Nadia, 5 months, at their home in Eliot.

In 2013, Shuliakouskaya was approached by her boss at Subway, where she had been a manager and later a marketing assistant, with the offer of opening an Aroma Joe’s. Two years later, she opened her second location in Gorham. The Kittery location opened in November.

Shuliakouskaya now gives inspirational talks to students at Thornton Academy and Marshwood High School, and she also teaches business and marketing at Great Bay Community College. She tells her students that working hard means giving your best effort to everything you do.

“You can achieve something if you work really hard. Don’t give yourself excuses, I hate excuses. You have time for everything. When someone tells me ‘I didn’t have time,’ I lose my mind. Time is for everything. It depends on how you prioritize,” Shuliakouskaya said.

“What was your comment? asked Young.

“You can sleep when you’re dead,” Shuliakouskaya replied.

In Photos

Adam Young and Maryna Shuliakouskaya of Eliot in their recently opened Aroma Joe’s Coffee shop at the new Rockwell Center on Route 236 in Kittery. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

Maryna Shuliakouskaya and her husband, Adam Young, who live in Eliot, recently opened an Aroma Joe’s coffee shop on Route 236 in Kittery. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

Adam Young and Maryna Shuliakouskaya of Eliot in their recently opened Aroma Joe’s Coffee shop at the new Rockwell Center on Route 236 in Kittery. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

Maryna Shuliakouskaya and her husband, Adam Young, who live in Eliot, recently opened an Aroma Joe’s coffee shop on Route 236 in Kittery. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline