Great Works School Students Ice Skate after School

On Thursday, January 16th, members of the Marshwood Great Works School Wellness Committee took a group of 20 students to the Waterhouse Center in Kennebunk to ice skate. Students joined in this after-school activity and had the opportunity to skate at this facility for more than an hour. Many students commented that they had a great experience. Screen Shot 2020-01-22 at 7.34.25 AM Screen Shot 2020-01-22 at 7.36.22 AM Screen Shot 2020-01-22 at 7.36.38 AM Screen Shot 2020-01-22 at 7.37.05 AMThe Wellness Committee strives to build support for healthy practices in school and out of school. Committee members who were chaperones for this trip included staff members Mrs. Shaw, Mr. Pollock, Ms. McAllister, and Mr. Winchester.

Marshwood Great Works School’s 13th annual National Geography Bee 

Marshwood Great Works School’s 13th annual National Geography Bee

Eleven students participated in the 13th annual National Geography Bee at Marshwood Great Works School on January 14th. Orrin Culp Dechant, a fifth-grader in Ms Morse’s class won first place with Mabel Emery winning second place and Emily Keith finishing in third place. 
 The school competition is the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography but also ancient and world civilizations, cultures and physical features. 
 The National Geographic Society developed the GeoBee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. 
 School champions, including Orrin, will take an online qualifying test. Then up to 100 of the top test scorers in each state become eligible to compete in their state GeoBee on March 27th. The winner of the state bee receives an all-expenses-paid trip to participate in the national championship where students compete for scholarships and an opportunity to travel with the National Geographic Endeavour II on an expedition to the Galapagos Islands. 
 Good luck to Orrin Culp Dechant and congratulations to all the remarkable students who participated in our school-level bee: Catelin Jussaume, Sophia Bogh, Emily Keith, Sophia St Cyr, JD Anderson, Luci Cox, Mabel Emery, Kate Starkey, Quince Anderson, Ryder Webber.

Marshwood Great Works winter concert 2019

Marshwood Great Works winter concert 2019
December 10, 2019
The Marshwood Great Works School held the 2019 Winter Band and Chorus Concert for students and some family members Tuesday afternoon and again at 7pm in the evening. The Chorus is directed by Janice Marro and band is directed by Dave Miller.[Deb Cram/ and Seacoastonline]
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Hi Everyone!

Do you want to help collect food for people in our community?  We are trying to make a difference for people who may need some help.  Every class has a different item to collect, but any food donation will be welcome.  Start bringing in food and let’s see if we can reach our school goal of 800 items and make an elected MGWS  staff person dress up like a turkey!

Mrs. McAllister – pasta and spaghetti sauce

Mrs. Burke – crackers and granola bars

Mrs. Williams – peanut butter and jelly

Ms. DeMace – pancake mix and syrup

Ms. Beyea – hot chocolate, cookie mixes, bread mixes

Ms. Humiston – bottle/canned juice and juice boxes

Mrs. Morrison – hot or cold cereal


Mrs. Girouard – canned fruit and canned vegetables

Mrs. Morse – canned tuna and canned beans

Mrs. McPherson – mac-n-cheese and pasta

Mrs. Starkey – peanut butter and jelly

Mrs. Lindgren – muffin, bread, biscuit mixes

Mr. Winchester – canned soup and stew

Mrs. Bousquet – Thanksgiving supplies: canned pumpkin, canned cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, cornbread mix, and canned vegetables


Flu Clinic at Marshwood Great Works has been Rescheduled

Flu Clinic at Marshwood Great Works has been Rescheduled

The flu clinic that was supposed to happen yesterday, has been rescheduled to next Thursday, Oct. 24 from 4p-7p at MGWS.

Any staff member, student, or family members can get their flu shot at this clinic.  If you already signed up, just plan to be here next week.

I have attached the health permission form to this email and you do need to fill in the insurance portion of the form.Screen Shot 2019-10-18 at 10.28.36 AM

Lori Scelza, R.N.

Marshwood Great Works School

South Berwick, ME 03908

phone- 207-384-4010

Schedule Changes

Dear Great Works School Families,

As you know, Parent/Teacher Conferences from Oct. 17th needed to be rescheduled.  The new date is: Thursday, November 7th, from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. If this is a conflict for you please contact your child’s teacher.


The rescheduled Family Night for the Book Fair is Monday, Oct. 21st, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  We will also have pie sampling for the annual PTO Pie Sale Fundraiser.


The Flu Clinic is rescheduled to Thursday, Oct. 24th, during Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Additional forms available online. 

Hope all of you have your power restored!  Any questions feel free to call (207-384-4010).

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: Ø Posting on the district’s Facebook page 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!


Mary Nash, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools

MGWS Holiday Boutique

December 5, 2019 Dear Parents/Guardians: We are putting out a reminder regarding the GWS Holiday Boutique that will be here before you know it. This is a three-day event where students can purchase gift items for the holidays. Prices are low with nothing costing more than $3.00 and many items under…

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