SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED FOR SUMMER VACATION
SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE OPEN MON-FRI 8 AM TO 4 PM
MGWS: JULY 5 – AUG 11 – MON, TUES, WED – 7AM TO 1PM;
FOR THUR & FRI WILL VARY CALL AHEAD
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!
Mary Nash, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools
Important Dates for MSAD 35 Sept. 13- Late Start/Early Release begins Oct. 5- No School-Teacher Workshop Day Oct. 8-No School November 12-No School Nov. 21-23-No School Dec. 24-Jan. 1-Holiday Vacation
Great Works School Open House Tuesday, August 28 5:00-6:30 Stop in to visit classrooms and greet teachers and specialists. Principal Burnell will meet with families in the gym at 6:15 to share information about the first day of school: September 4th
Marshwood Great Works School will be hiring a Cafeteria /Recess monitor for 10 hours per week starting in September. If you are interested, you should contact Principal Jerry Burnell at 384-4010 or email @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday the Marshwood Middle School 5th grade band led by Dave Miller, Band Director, performed for Central School’s third grade students on the front lawn. Then the students participated an “Instrument Petting Zoo” an annual event hosted by Kate Smith, Central School Music teacher, to help them figure out…
On June 11th, Marshwood Great Works School’s fourth and fifth grade students shared the video games they designed and produced. Students, families, staff and community members met in the gym to view and play the student-designed games. All students at MGWS spent their school year working on collaborative technology, art…