Friday May 26th 2023 BUS #14 MHS/MMS AM run is running approximately 10-12 minutes late.
District School Budget Passes at District Budget Meeting
No School May 29 Memorial Day
Dear Families, In order to provide easier access to mandatory vaccines, we are partnering with Northern Light Home Care and Hospice to provide these clinics for our students on May 25th 2023 MHS from 10:30-12 MMS from 1 - 2:30 pm Please read the Vaccine Information Statement attached to this letter and complete the attached Vaccine Immunization Record/Consent form and return to school by May 18th. All forms must be filled out completely. Children presenting with an incomplete form may not receive a vaccine. There will be no out of pocket cost and no child will be turned away due to inability to pay. Consent Form https://5il.co/1u3dr Meningococcal VIS https://5il.co/1u3ds Tdap VIS https://5il.co/1u3dt Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. The Marshwood District Nurses Please note the highlighted sections below for immunizations required for entry into the 7th and 12th grades. If your student has received immunizations recently, please request a copy of their updated records and send them in to your child’s school nurse. Maine School Immunization Requirements All children enrolled in a public or private school in Maine must have the following immunizations. Required for Kindergarten entry: • 5 DTaP (4 DTaP if 4th is given on or after 4th birthday) • 4 Polio (3 Polio if the 3rd is given on or after the 4th birthday) • 2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) • 2 Varicella (chickenpox) Required for PreK entry: • 4 DTaP • 3 Polio • 1 MMR • 1 Varicella (chickenpox) Required for 7th grade entry: • All previously required vaccines • 1 Tdap • 1 Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4) Required for 12th grade entry: • All previously required vaccines • 2 MCV4 (only one dose is required if the 1st dose is given on or after 16th birthday)
Important Dates as the School Year Begins to Wind Down: May 17, 2023 is the District 2023-2024 School Budget Meeting. May 25, 2023 is the last Late Start / Early Release day. The three remaining Thursdays will be the length of a typical Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday. June 8, 2023 Walk the Halls- our seniors will be visiting our elementary schools to say farewell to their former educators. June 9, 2023 - Marshwood High School Graduation June 13, 2023 - District Budget Validation Referendum 8am - 8pm at either Marshwood Middle School for our Eliot families or South Berwick Town Hall for our South Berwick families. June 16, 2023 - Last day of school. The last day is a half day.
There is a New MSAD 35 Resource for Families. A family resource page (Hawk Hub) is located here: (https://sites.google.com/rsu35.org/marshwoodparentpage...) This web page is a dedicated parent website for important resources and general information.
Members of the Marshwood Community, It is incredible how time moves so quickly. I have been told many times that the days are long but the years move fast. This notion hit me right between the eyes last Wednesday morning, as I was provided the wonderful opportunity to meet with five exemplary students attending the Sanford Regional Technical Center to hear about their experiences over the past school year. I want to thank Coop, Chloe, Sarah, Ashley, and Sam for the incredible experience. I so enjoyed hearing about each of your journeys and your post-high school plans. It was also an important opportunity for me to hear directly from students about how we can better support individuals enrolled at both Marshwood High School and Sanford Regional Technical Center. What also struck me was how time gets away from us all. It always brings me joy to see young people preparing to leave Marshwood High School to begin their adult lives after high school. Each of them confidently shared their thoughts and aspirations. One of the students happened to be a bat boy on a youth baseball team I had coached when he was six years old; I was amazed by the growth of that little boy, and his transformation into a confident, young adult. Where does the time go?! In an interesting opportunity for perspective, I had the pleasure of experiencing the kindergarten concert earlier this week at Central School. Kate Smith was masterful in orchestrating 80 young learners. The students showed their love of learning with an enthusiastic performance & I particularly enjoyed their rendition of “This Little Light of Mine”, finger lights and all. This opportunity to be impacted by some of our youngest learners, and then by those that are beginning to reflect on their time at Marshwood, solidified the importance of every student’s journey, the importance of feeling part of a learning community, and the importance of differentiating and creating engaging learning environments for all students. These same lessons benefit adults and children alike, every day. I’m sure many parents are feeling similar sentiments as Marshwood High School’s graduation approaches. Watching children who went from infants to being obsessed with Blue’s Clues and Polly Pockets, to attending their first Middle School dance, to young adults prepared to create their own stories, generates so many feelings. Spring is always a great time to reflect and celebrate growth. I also want to share a new resource for families. We have created a family resource page (Hawk Hub) located here. (https://sites.google.com/rsu35.org/marshwoodparentpage...) This web page is a dedicated parent website for important resources and general information. At times, the District is asked to share information that may be helpful for parents, but that is not directly school-related; that type of important information will be located on this site. The resource page will evolve over time and we hope it is helpful for everyone. If you are looking to learn more about managing smartphones and social media for younger children, we have a link to the Wait Until 8th website. If you are looking to learn about community youth activities, you can find useful links there as well. In addition, here are some important dates as the school year begins to wind down: May 17, 2023 is the District 2023-2024 School Budget Meeting. May 25, 2023 is the last Late Start / Early Release day. The three remaining Thursdays will be the length of a typical Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday. June 8, 2023 Walk the Halls- our seniors will be visiting our elementary schools to say farewell to their former educators. June 9, 2023 - Marshwood High School Graduation June 13, 2023 - District Budget Validation Referendum 8am - 8pm at either Marshwood Middle School for our Eliot families or South Berwick Town Hall for our South Berwick families. June 16, 2023 - Last day of school. The last day is a half day. August 30, 2023 - First student day of the 2023-2024 School Year. Thank you all for your continued support. Every day of the school year it is my priority to be in each of our schools to connect, observe and support our students and staff. It is my honor to be a small part of your children’s lives. To those parents of Seniors: you are in my thoughts and in my heart. Enjoy every moment! In partnership, John Caverly
JUNE 16 is the last day of school. It’s a half day.
Good News from the Marshwood School Board There is a link to School Board Presentations: https://www.rsu35.org/page/board-presentations
Maine School Administrative District No. 35 Board of Directors – Regular Meeting Agenda Marshwood High School – Learning Center Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at. 7:00 PM Complete agenda :Board Agenda for April 26, 2023 https://5il.co/1t47v https://www.rsu35.org/page/board-meeting-stream-information Budget Workshop 5:00 P.M. Finance and Facilities Meeting 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM Budget Workshop - Technology - Facilities - Central Office - Special Education - Federal Grants - Adult Education 7:00 PM Call to Order Pledge of Allegiance
Registration for MSAD 35 pre-kindergarten students and new students from Kindergarten through grade 12 is open. Registration for district pre-kindergarten and new students from Kindergarten through 3rd grade at https://rsu35.sites.thrillshare.com/page/student-registration
Substitute Teaching In Marshwood Now is the Time to Sign up for Substitute Teaching in Marshwood MSAD 35 Please see below for the instructions and links for the Maine Department of Education Criminal History Record Check certificate. The Certification office number is 207-624-6603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The MDOE CHRC Certificate is a three-step process: (1) register online (IdentoGO) to have prints taken at a local facility https://me.ibtfingerprint.com/ ($55 - please register under Maine Department of Education, New Hire) (2) set up an account with MDOE via this link https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/cert_create_account.pdf (3) submit the MDOE initial application for a "non-teaching" CHRC credential electronically via the above link. ($15) Follow these links for instructions for setting up the MDOE account and submitting the MDOE initial application to this email. MDOE How To Submit an Initial Application https://5il.co/1l3l5 MDOE How To Create an Account https://5il.co/1l3ld Please provide email@example.com with a receipt for IdentoGO registration and a receipt upon submission of the MDOE initial application. Contact Therese Letellier at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
Good Afternoon I first want to say thank you for all of the community support over the past two days. This has been a uniquely challenging situation. At 8:45 this morning, four of our five schools were still without power. I am happy to say that as of 1:30 this afternoon, power has been restored to all MSAD 35 buildings. Central Maine Power has a large number of crews hard at work, restoring power to both communities. Route 236 was closed earlier today and has now been reopened. I am writing to let the community know that it is my intention to have a normal school day tomorrow. That being said, there may still be a number of road closures and homes without power in the morning. If families cannot or do not feel it is safe to send their children to school, your student’s absence will be excused. If you rely on district transportation and your road is closed, our Transportation Department will share with you some common stops later this evening where your child could meet the school bus tomorrow morning. Our current areas of concern seem to be focused towards the Wells side of South Berwick. Respectfully, John Caverly Superintendent of Schools
A Letter from Superintendent John Caverly December 8th, 2022 Dear Marshwood Community, I hope this note finds you all well. It has been a wonderful start to the school year. To have our buildings in full use and students engaged in multiple opportunities has been such a gift. I must share with you: I am so proud of the work of our district staff over the past 3 months. They have worked tirelessly to create a safe learning environment for all learners that supports the individual learning needs of our students. Prior to the fall break, our community faced a violent critical incident hoax at Sanford High School and Sanford Regional Vocational Center that brought forth our greatest fear, the safety of our students. As you know, the safety of our students, staff, and community is our top priority. In the wake of this event, the district has taken a number of steps to review our response and test our systems. We have met as individual schools, as district leaders, and with both the Eliot and South Berwick Police Departments. These meetings have been focused on reviewing our communication protocols and procedures to ensure the safety of all. As part of that work, I wanted to notify the community that we will continue to focus on our building-level crisis planning. This includes age-appropriate safety drills in addition to our typical fire drills. What may be appropriate at Marshwood High School may be drastically different from what occurs in our elementary schools, based on the age and development of the students. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s principal. It pains me that we live in a world where we need to be concerned about school violence, but we cannot turn a blind eye to this. It is the district's goal to strike the balance between creating a safe environment for all, while not creating fear for anyone or compromising our primary purpose of educating children. As always, I appreciate the community support as we work together to keep our community safe. Thank you John Caverly Superintendent of Schools MSAD 35
Maine School Administrative District No. 35 Board of Directors – Regular Meeting Agenda Marshwood High School – Learning Center Wednesday, December 7, 2022 – 7:00 PM For complete agenda go to: https://5il.co/1livs https://www.rsu35.org/page/board-meeting-stream-information Reminder: As of March 9, 2022 all MSAD 35 building recommended/optional masking indoors. 6:30 PM Wellness Committee 7:00 PM Call to Order
MSAD #35 has the following anticipated vacancies: Educational Technician III - Reading Intervention (Part-time) - Central School - School Year 2022-2023 If interested, please contact Nina D'Aran at email@example.com. Closing date for applications - when a suitable candidate is found. Food Service Worker - Part-time (4 hours per day) - Marshwood Middle School School Year 2022-2023 If interested, please contact Karan Pfingst at firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for applications - when a suitable candidate is found. Equal Opportunity Employer Lunch Monitor - Marshwood Middle School - School Year 2022-2023 Approximately 3 hours per day - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Hourly rate of pay: $15.75 If interested, please contact David Creech at email@example.com. Closing date for applications - when a suitable candidate is found.
MSAD 35 Emergency Snow Day Procedures For pdf: MSAD 35 Emergency Snow Day Procedures https://5il.co/1l1v7 November 18, 2022 Dear Members of the Marshwood Community, As the northern part of Maine experienced its first significant winter weather event this week, I wanted to send out a short note about MSAD 35’s inclement weather procedures. Over the past few years, other school districts across the state and country have moved away from traditional snow days and adopted remote learning days. To that end, MSAD 35 will continue to have traditional snow days. Allowing students, the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of a snow day and go out and enjoy the snow is something that I believe they need and all look forward to. I wanted to share the process that MSAD 35 will be using when assessing driving conditions during winter weather. A number of variables have to be considered as weather conditions in South Eliot, which may vary greatly compared to Rodier Road in South Berwick. As a result, MSAD 35 has always partnered with the Town of Eliot and the Town of South Berwick Emergency Management Directors, as well as each community’s Chief of Police, Fire Chief, and Public Works Director to create clear emergency protocols in the event of a severe weather event or an unanticipated emergency. These protocols provide clear collaborative communication between the towns, the State of Maine, and the school district. In essence, I will gather as much information as possible to make an informed decision regarding our school’s opening, closing, or having a delayed start time and then communicate that information by 5:45 am with members of our school district. Over the past 9 years, some families have questioned why the phone calls to cancel school are so early in the morning; the reality is that our school buses begin their morning routine as early as 5:50 am with the first students being picked up at approximately 6:20 am. Some children are required to walk to their bus stops, up to ½ mile, and will be leaving their homes by 6:00 am. Below you will see listed the various outlets where MSAD 35 will post information in the event of a change in our school’s daily status. ● Posting on the district’s website front page: www.rsu35.org ● Posting on the district’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marshwood-Schools/258524500918045 ● Notification via TV channels WCSH Channel 6, WMTW Channel 8 & WGME Channel 13 ● Phone message and email via Thrillshare Earlier in October, I used the Thrillshare calling feature to share important information with the community. That phone call created some confusion as the calling number appeared to originate from Little Rock, Arkansas. I am pleased to share with you that we have worked with Thrillshare and they have assured the District that those emergency phone calls will originate from our local number. It is also important to note that weather conditions can vary across our district and there may be times that you as a parent, may decide to keep your child home when school is open because you feel the conditions are unsafe. I want to assure you that the district will support you in your decision, as we believe that if you as a parent do not feel it is safe to have your child or children attend school, you should keep your children home. If you decide to keep your student home due to unsafe weather conditions, the absence will be considered “excused”. Any work that may be missed may be made up in a reasonable period of time. I also want to provide some clarity for three different scenarios that have caused some confusion in the past that may occur again due to the timing of the inclement weather. - Two Hour Delays – A two-hour delay will result in all schools moving their start times forward 2 hours. Bus pickup times will be 2 hours later than normal. There will be no morning Pre-Kindergarten with a Two-Hour Delay. - Two Hour Delay on a Delayed Start Thursday – A two-hour delay on an Early Release/Delayed Start Thursday will result in all schools starting two hours later than a typical day. For example, Marshwood Middle School typically starts at 7:30 am, but if a 2-hour delay were needed, school would start at 9:30. The Elementary School would start two hours later and still release at the Thursday early release time. - Sanford Regional Technical Center / other out-of-district schools are open but MSAD 35 is closed – When this occurs, there will be no school for all MSAD 35 students. Safety is the priority. Providing a safe environment for our students and staff is our priority. Thank you for your continued support! Sincerely, John S. Caverly, M.Ed. Superintendent of Schools
Good Neighbors and Friendship in the Heart of South Berwick Central School and the Avesta Young Street Apartments are located in the heart of South Berwick, Maine. Bill and Layla love their home in the Young Street Apartments. The apartments designed by the local Lassel Architects were ready for occupancy in 2017. The 28-unit apartment complex is perfectly located between the South Berwick Library and Central Elementary School and its Outdoor Classroom. Bill left his career in the marine industry in Florida to settle in South Berwick. Many locals recognize him because he spent his early years directing traffic in the town square. Bill says he loved his apartment right away, especially because residents are allowed to have pets. It has big windows that allow light to stream in and those big windows also allow him to hear the joyous sounds of children, their families, and the Central School staff who are entering and leaving the school’s main entrance. For the full story and pictures follow this link: Good Neighbors in the Heart of South Berwick https://5il.co/1kjs2
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All Marshwood Students are Eligible for Free Meals MSAD #35 announces its policy to serve nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Effective August 31, 2022, through June 30, 2023, all students registered and enrolled in Marshwood Schools are eligible for free meals regardless of household income. Lunch and breakfast are provided for students in K-12 and Pre-K students will be provided with either breakfast or lunch depending on the session they attend (AM/PM). Students that bring cold lunch and order milk, will be charged $.40.