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Marshwood district takes the classroom outdoors

By Ralph Morang,  Sep 20, 2020 

 SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — The classrooms and hallways of Great Works School were empty and quiet last Thursday morning.

Everyone was outside, but not for recess.

Under a newly constructed wood pavilion behind the school, fourth-grade teacher Sara Allis was prompting her students in solving math problems. Teachers have several “classrooms” outside around the school, including a Reading Garden out front. They are all in service of dealing with the COVID-19 virus: maintaining social distancing and limiting the number of students inside the traditional classrooms. Everyone wears masks, even outdoors.

Allis, using a wireless speaker system, led her class in “traditional math,” “Like your parents learned,” she said. Then there was news about “partial sums.” Students sat apart from each other on plastic buckets, using wipe-off tablets for writing the problems. Students also use the buckets to carry their supplies from classroom to classroom.

Student Owen Graves, of Eliot, said he didn’t like learning math at home. “It was harder,” he said, when last spring, he ended third grade at Eliot Elementary School at home, learning math remotely.

Instead of finishing third grade at Central School in South Berwick last year, Cassidy Thompson said she learned remotely in a tiny room by herself. “I feel more comfortable working with other people,” she said.

Owen agreed. “It’s easier when there’s other people working on the same thing,” he said. “At home, it is easier to mess up.”

With class sizes cut in half, there are 12 fourth grades and 9 fifth grades at Great Works. Students are now spending more than half the school day outside, even lunch. Around 85 students are learning remotely at home full time.

School began with half-day sessions; beginning Monday, sessions will be full-day.

Allis said the school has split the classes in two by hiring more teachers. She said she was a reading specialist at the school, now transitioned to fourth grade.

It was time for some exercise. Allis instructed her class to hit the trail. “Robert,” she said to a student, “lead the way.” Robert replied, “To the stumps!”Screen Shot 2020-09-21 at 10.02.12 PM Screen Shot 2020-09-21 at 10.01.53 PM Screen Shot 2020-09-21 at 10.01.28 PM

A newly cut trail covered with wood chips led to a clearing in a small copse, with tree stumps set out as seats. Students passed other classes meeting on grassy areas. Allis said teachers and custodians bushwhacked the trail up the hill behind the school in August.

Allis announced a game of “Angry Vikings,” a sort of socially distanced “tag,” with Lila Ouellette of Eliot “it.”

“It’s for team-building and listening,” Allis said. “Being outside is safer and good for the kids.”

But with students together again there are constant reminders to wear masks and to keep distancing. “Kids are like magnets with each other,” Allis said.

The outdoor classroom idea at SAD 35 is not newly hatched. Central School has had a “hoop house” for plants for years, and last year, music teacher Kris Bisson at Marshwood Middle School taught her guitar class on a circle of boulders in front of the school.

A discussion of a “dream school” last year led to the construction of the Great Works School outdoor pavilion, funded by the Marshwood Educational Foundation and fundraisers.

Dynamic Solutions of Rollinsford built the pavilion with carpenter Dan Boyle and his son, Caleb Boyle, and Shane Perrin.

Allis said Great Works Principal Jerry Burnell is passionate about getting kids outside – he leads annual fifth-grade trips hiking in Pinkham Notch. She said,

“He has inspired us to dream big when thinking about what we want school to be for our students,” she said.

SAD 35 Director of Communications Vicki Stewart said each school has benefited from the input and work of staff, community volunteers, grants from local organizations, PTOs, district support, and the support of professional landscapers and builders.

With inclement weather coming, students have been advised to have rain gear, and there is talk of using snowshoes later on.

When students must be indoors, all HVAC systems are running at excess of required standards and have been upgraded with ultraviolet ionizers. Desks and tables have been placed at least six feet apart to ensure the safety of all. District officials said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has emphasized that outdoors is best, so it is doing everything possible to maximize the use of outdoor spaces.

District finance manager Ryan Cormier said tents for all schools should be arriving next week. Marshwood High School and Marshwood Middle School will each have two 40- by 100-foot frame tents and Great Works School, Eliot Elementary School and Central School will each have one 40- by 100-foot frame tent. Each tent will be regularly inspected by the local fire departments.

SAD 35 Superintendent of Schools John Caverly said the tents were paid for using federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. He said the tents will be up until Thanksgiving, depending on the weather.

Caverly said in order to keep class size down, the district created new classroom space and hired more teachers for one year, also paid for with CRF funds and CARES Act funding and budget cuts. This enables grades 1-5 students to return to in-person learning, five days a week, while keeping desks 6 feet apart.

“This has truly been a collaborative effort,” Caverly said. “Seeing the children and families the last two weeks has been inspiring.”

Like all teachers last spring, Allis taught her classes remotely, with three children of her own learning remotely from two other schools, and her husband, an ed tech, at home. She said she was ready for that school year to end.

With school reopening this fall with all the precautions, Allis said, “The kids are all very ready to go.”

In Photos:

Fourth-grade teacher Sara Allis teaches a math unit in the new outdoor pavilion at Great Works School in South Berwick, Maine, last week. Classes are meeting outside as much as possible because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Outdoor classrooms” are scattered around the building and into the woods. Next week a 40- by 100-foot tent will be installed for outdoor learning. [Ralph Morang/Seacoastonline]

Fourth-graders Owen Graves of Eliot and Cassidy Thompson of South Berwick stand outside the pavilion built behind Great Works School in South Berwick. Both say they are happy to be with their friends at school, even with masks and distancing, as opposed to the remote learning at home last spring. [Ralph Morang/Seacoastonline]


Fourth-grade teacher Sara Allis lines up her students after a game break at Great Works School in South Berwick last week. Classes are meeting outside, like at this spot called “The Stumps,” as much as possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[Ralph Morang/Seacoastonline]


August 25, 2020
Dear MSAD35 Community,
The start of school is right around the corner and we understand that you will have many questions about what it will look like, and what you and your children can expect as we return to school. The District has done an enormous amount of planning over the summer with the safety of students and staff being the number one factor driving all decisions.

The District Nurses want to assure you that we have been and will continue to keep updated on all information regarding COVID. We have developed protocols for our offices for dealing with the usual nurse office visits, medication administration and how to respond to students or staff who may be exhibiting symptoms of COVID.

We are asking for your help and partnership in keeping our kids, our school environment and our communities as healthy and safe as possible. Please take a few moments to review the items listed below and we will keep you informed of any updates to any recommendations before school starts.

Please use the Pre Assessment Tool for School Attendance (…/inline-f…/Pre-Screening%20Tool_4.pdf) on every child every day.

Please do not administer tylenol or ibuprofen prior to school to reduce a fever.

If your child does not feel well, please keep him/her home.

If you think your child may have been exposed to a person with COVID, please
keep him or her home.

Please read the attached document from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Maine DOE. It is a very thorough guide for families getting prepared for going back to school. Returning to School During the COVID-19 Pandemic…/Return-to-School_v2_8-12-2020_fi…

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty about returning to school and are happy to answer any questions that you may have. If we don’t have the answers, we will do our best to find them for you. The main thing that we need to remember is that in order to successfully keep our schools and communities healthy, we all need to do our part 100% of the time; mask-wearing, distancing, handwashing, and staying home when sick.

Keep safe, keep healthy, and enjoy these summer days!

The MSAD35 School Nurse Team

School Update August 19, 2020

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,


Wow, what a summer this has been! I’m sure everyone is gearing up for the start of school no matter whether you selected in person or remote learning.  I’m also sure that all of you are excited, nervous, have concerns and questions. The purpose of this email is to provide you with SOME information and explain some of the things you can expect between now and September 8th. Please know that the staff at MGWS will be doing everything we can to make your child’s educational experience the best it can be.

Often times I use the phrase ” we are building the plane as we are flying it” and that seems to be the reality these days. Ideas and plans we had in July may not make sense now. Sometimes an idea will come to me in the middle of the night and I’ll start to panic thinking I don’t have an answer for that. I guess what I am saying is that this is an ever-changing situation and we will all need to be flexible as we make our way through this. Here are some things I do know for sure:

* This week we are creating class lists for those students coming to school in person and they will be mailed to you next week.

* We have assembled our Remote Learning Academy staff for GWS and they will be working on the schedule and how that will look for students. That information will be out the following week. You will also receive a survey this week on whether your child needs a school device to participate in the Remote Learning Academy.

* We are setting up a schedule before school opens to invite all the incoming 4th graders and new students to visit GWS. There will be some time restrictions on this so please stay tuned. This will be out next week.

* You will receive another email from the school with information from Lori Scelza ( school nurse ) and myself about the opening of school. This will include things like how many masks to send your child to school with, when to keep students home, drop off/dismissal procedures, etc.

There is so much information to pass on to you but I have decided to send it to space things out a bit. For some of you, this will drive you crazy. For others, it will allow you to breathe. For me, all the decisions have not been made so I can only send things out when I know them. Please know we are all excited about the opening of school, again no matter whether it is students sitting in our classrooms or their living room. Thank you for your patience.


Jerry Burnell


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