~Marshwood Middle School~News for 2019-2020

~Marshwood Middle School~ ~Marshwood Middle School~News for 2019-2020

626 H.L. Dow Highway

Eliot, Maine 03903


  Phone:  (207) 439-1399


Anthony A. Bourbon



  Fax:  (207) 439-3504


Kevin Fillion

Asst. Principal/Athletics


August 1, 2019

Parents & Guardians,


It is my sincere hope this letter finds you all well and enjoying the summer weather unique to New England. The 2019-2020 school year will be upon us soon. I hope you are ready for an exciting, interesting, and challenging school year. A Marshwood “Hawk Pride” welcome to you all.


Over the summer months, we have been busy hiring new staff, creating student programs, and completing regular maintenance to the MMS building and grounds. Kudos for the hard work and efforts put forth by our very talented custodial team and administrative assistants. We are making excellent progress getting ready for the opening of school and look forward to the return of our students and staff.


Our first student day of the 2019- 2020 school year is Tuesday, September 3, 2019. On regular school days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday) the first bell rings at 7:23 AM followed by a late bell at 7:30 AM. On late start Thursdays, the first bell rings at 8:53 AM followed by a late bell at 9:00 AM. Staff supervision of students begins at 7:00 AM each morning including Thursdays. If you plan to drive your student to school, please plan your arrival to MMS no earlier than 7:00 AM. The table below contains the different schedules that will be used throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Our first late start Thursday for the 2019- 2020 school year is scheduled for Thursday, September 12, 2019 and every Thursday thereafter. The final late start Thursday date will be announced as we approach the closing weeks of the 2019-2020 school year.


Reg. Day Schedule: M, T, W, F Late Start Thursday Schedule: Delayed Start Schedule (Weather):
7:23 am – first bell

7:30 am – late bell

2:20 pm – announcements

2:28 pm – first wave dismissal

2:30 pm – second wave dismissal

8:53 am – first bell

9:00 am – late bell

2:20 pm – announcements

2:28 pm – first wave dismissal

2:30 pm – second wave dismissal

9:23 am – first bell

9:30 am – late bell

2:20 pm – announcements

2:28 pm – first wave dismissal

2:30 pm – second wave dismissal


The MSAD #35 Transportation Department is currently working on establishing the 2019-2020 bus stop locations and times for both morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off for all South Berwick, Eliot and Rollinsford students. Transportation inquiries should be made to Heather Webster, MSAD #35 Transportation Coordinator, by e-mail at heather.webster@rsu35.org or by phone (207) 384-4681. Specific questions regarding Rollinsford student transportation should be directed to First Student Incorporated at (603) 692-4406 or SAU #56 business administrator at (603) 692-4450. Rollinsford students bused to Marshwood Middle School can access the MSAD #35 website at http://www.rsu35.org or the SAU #56 website at www.sau56.org for the posting of 2019-2020 bus routes, pick-up and drop-off times. All South Berwick, Eliot, and Rollinsford bus route information will be available using the Transfinder iPortal found on the MSAD #35 transportation website by Friday, August 16th. Late bus transportation will be available to all South Berwick, Eliot and Rollinsford students who remain after school for athletics, intramurals, clubs, activities and/or extra help beginning on Wednesday, September 4th. Late bus transportation will depart MMS at approximately 4:00 PM daily. Late bus transportation is available Monday through Thursday. No late bus on Fridays.


Students will have many opportunities to become connected and involved at Marshwood Middle School. We offer a variety of activities, intramurals and interscholastic athletic choices throughout the school year. A schedule of intramural offerings for the entire school year will be posted on the MMS website once school begins. Examples of intramural choices are robotics, challenge course, sewing & crafts, piano, guitar, art, fitness, and gym games. Students are also encouraged to explore participating in a variety of club offerings such as recycling, yearbook, student council, and drama. Fall interscholastic athletics begin on Wednesday, September 4th with the following sports being offered: 7th girls soccer, 8th girls soccer, 7th boys soccer, 8th boys soccer, 7th girls field hockey, 8th girls field hockey, and 6th, 7th, & 8th girls and boys cross country. MMS athletic eligibility requires all prospective athletes to complete mandatory paperwork to include providing proof of health insurance and a current physical within the past 13 months. More athletic and activity information will be provided to our students once school begins. Sport team registration information can be found on the MMS website by going to Departments, Athletics and Parental Forms. Advance athletic registration is encouraged and can be accomplished by visiting the on-line registration document titled FormReleaf. The on-line athletic registration document can be found by visiting the MSAD #35 website, click on the Department tab, and then the Athletic Department heading. 


Infinite Campus (I.C.) will continue to be used as a communication tool between teachers, students, and parents. Infinite Campus is one of several ways students and parents can monitor academic achievement and progress. All students and their parents will be assigned usernames and passwords to gain access to personal I.C. information. Please know that I.C. should not be used as the single source to determine a student’s academic progress. Students and parents are encouraged to visit team homework web pages, reference class notes, schedule extra help with teachers, and utilize their school agenda book as additional tools for managing academic progress.


In order to keep open lines of communication between the school and home, it is very important that the school is provided with updated home, cell, and work phone numbers, as well as e-mail addresses. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses will be used during the course of the school year to communicate important school information. You may edit e-mail information as changes occur by signing into your I.C. portal and going into contact preferences. All students will receive a Census Verification form on the first day of school that needs to be reviewed, corrections made if necessary, and sent back to school by the conclusion of the first week of school.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019, from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. has been scheduled as our New Student Orientation / Gr. 6 Open House date. This event is open to all 6th, 7th & 8th grade students and their parents who will be new to the district and/or Marshwood Middle School this fall. This is an opportunity for any student new to MMS to view the school, meet some teachers, and have questions answered. Personnel attending this event from MMS will be the team leader teachers, the school nurse, the guidance counselors, the building administration, and representatives from the districts transportation and food service programs.



The following is a list of important start to the 2019-2020 school year dates to remember.

Wednesday, August 28th New Student Orientation / Gr. 6 Open House 6:00 P.M
Tuesday, September 3th First Day Of School
Wednesday, September 4th Middle School Fall Sports Season Begins / Late Bus Begins Running
Wednesday, September 11th

Thursday, September 12th

7th & 8th Grade Open House/MLTI Laptop Parent Meeting 6:00 PM

Middle School Fall Team Pictures

Thursday, September 12th First Late Start Thursday
Friday, September 13th School Pictures 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Thursday, November 21st Fall Parent / Teacher Conferences 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Monday, November 25th Fall Parent / Teacher Conferences 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM


2019-2020 Quarter Start & End Dates:

Quarter #1: Begins: Tuesday, September 3rd  Ends: Wednesday, November 6th 
Quarter #2: Begins: Thursday, November 7th Ends: Friday, January 24th  
Quarter #3: Begins: Monday, January 27th  Ends: Thursday, April 2nd
Quarter #4: Begins: Friday, April 3rd  Ends: Tuesday, June 9th


I hope this letter is helpful as you begin planning for your child’s return to school. As always, your questions and inquiries are welcome. The Marshwood Middle School faculty, staff, and administration look forward to creating partnerships with our students, parents, and the communities of South Berwick, Eliot, and Rollinsford to assist in providing the highest quality educational experiences for all students.



Anthony A. Bourbon


Marshwood Middle School

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