May 11, 2020
Thank you to the communities of Eliot, South Berwick and Rollinsford for your continued support during this challenging time. It is hard to believe that our second month of remote learning is coming to a close. What a challenging time this has been for all of us.
I recently sent an email to our amazing staff to express my gratitude for all that they do. Included in that email was the sentiment that our students will not get this time back and we need to make every effort to make this time as special as possible, even amidst difficult circumstances. Although things are not the way we wish they were, this is the only time a student may be in first grade or graduate from high school.
Early last week, the district received additional guidance from the Department of Education and Governor’s Office; it included their recommendations for graduation celebrations. As you may know, the Governor’s recommendations included limiting gatherings to less than 50 people through August. This, and subsequent recommendations from the Department of Education, specified limiting total attendees at a graduation ceremony to 50; this number would include all staff. Larger schools could divide the graduating class into smaller groups to accommodate the CDC guidelines. The Governor’s directive provided us with a clear picture for our district and eliminated the possibility of holding a “traditional” graduation ceremony, which normally includes more than 1000 people at the stadium or inside the school building. We are committed to making this time special for our seniors and their families. It will be special, but will look different than the traditional graduation we envisioned six months ago. We ask that you stay tuned: plans for an alternative graduation ceremony will be provided by Friday, May 15th.
The Marshwood High School Administration, Class Advisors and Graduation Coordinator are working with students to re-imagine what graduation looks like at MHS. I am proud that we are valuing the voices of our seniors as we make plans to celebrate their accomplishments. The senior class officers have done an amazing job during this difficult time. Part of their work has included surveying all members of the class of 2020 to gather their feedback with regards to graduation activities. Thank you for all of your hard work Ruby, Neil, Matthew, Alaina, Rory and Kayci. I know that this was not your vision for graduation, but you have been a shining example of what makes Marshwood so special.
I also wanted to provide an update regarding our district budget meeting, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 13th, 2020. Due to the Governor’s Stay Safer at Home Order, the district budget meeting has been postponed until Wednesday, June 17th. That meeting will be held at Marshwood High School at 7:00pm. The district will meet all CDC safety requirements in order to create a safe environment for our voters.
Here are important upcoming dates for our district:
- Friday, May 22nd, 2020 – Reading Day
- Monday, May 25th, 2020 – Memorial Day (no school)
- Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 – School Board honors retirees and Class of 2020 top ten students
- Friday, June 5th, 2020 – Graduation and Last day of School
- Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 – Budget Validation Referendum at local voting sites
Thank you for all of your support.