Shawsheen Elementary School Profile
The Shawsheen Elementary School is located at
298 Shawsheen Avenue. The school serves grades one through three, with
twenty-three classes. There are seven first grade, seven second grade, and seven
third grade classrooms. We also have two primary special education classrooms,
one focused on students with severe special needs and the other on children
diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). The school contains a
gymnasium, a cafetorium, an art room, a music room, a library, and several
support staff rooms.
In addition to 23 classroom teachers,
the school has an art
teacher, a music teacher, a librarian, and a physical education
teacher. Special education staff members include two learning specialists, a
speech and language pathologist, and a physical therapist. We contract for occupational
services. Reading support services are provided by three reading specialists. The school
also has one full-time nurse. The office
personnel include the principal, the assistant principal, the guidance
counselor. and the school secretary.
The media center has three computers. The computers
assist students with research during their library
time. Each classroom is equipped with a least one computer system. The school
also houses a 23 station computer lab where children engage in the CCC
Successmaker program in the content area of Math and Language Arts. All third grade students
participate in a keyboarding program called Bernie's Travels for a two
week period in September. Thereafter, third grade students report weekly to the
lab to work on Study Island and to conduct some research for curriculum study or
projects. We also have a cart of 20 AlphaSmart Boards available for our third grade students to
continue to practice keyboarding skills. Students are then able to use these Boards to
work on their writing assignments.
An extended day program called
C.A.R.E.S. is offered before and
after school at the Shawsheen. Global Child, a fee-based foreign language
program, is offered once weekly, two terms per year, after school.
Students have an opportunity to learn Spanish if parents choose
to enroll their children.
There are several parent involvement
opportunities at the Shawsheen School. The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is very
active. They conduct several fundraising activities that provide funds for
enrichment programs. They also sponsor
several family social events throughout the school year. A School Advisory
Council (SAC) consisting of parents and faculty work in an advisory capacity
with the principal, discussing a variety of school-related issues and developing
a school improvement plan. Parents also volunteer in classrooms, the library,
the cafeteria, the office, and the computer lab.
The Shawsheen School is a student-centered
facility committed to its mission of helping our student population to maximize
their academic potential and to learn meaningful life attitudes and values. In
this way, we are assisting our students as they move on their way to becoming
productive, successful adults and responsible citizens.