Shawsheen Elementary School Profile
The Shawsheen Elementary School is located at 298 Shawsheen Avenue. The school
serves grades one through three, with twenty-one classes. There are six first
grade, six second grade, and six 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, a health room and several support staff rooms.
In addition to 21 classroom teachers, the school has an art teacher, a music
teacher, a librarian, a health teacher and a physical education teacher.
Special education staff members include two learning specialists, two speech and
language pathologists, 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
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 Study Island, Reading Eggs and other web based programs in the
content area of Math and Language Arts. Students also utilize the lab to
implement the technology standards working on power points and much more.
Thereafter, third grade students report weekly to the lab to work on Study
Island and to conduct some research for curriculum study or projects. All
classrooms also utilize the computer lab once a week for a set time and have an
opportunity to work on extended projects in the lab with teacher assistance.
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