Award Year: 2018

Mast Way Elementary School

23 Mast Road
Lee, NH, 03861-6567

(603) 659-3001

Ms. Carrie Vaich, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Oyster River Coop School District

School Website


Working together to engage all learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 85%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • ELL: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 24%
Mast Way students planting mums

Mast Way students planting mums

Mast Way School is a welcoming, caring, and safe schoolhouse where staff remain true to supporting all aspects of every child's development. We put great care into crafting curriculum focused around academic, social-emotional, developmental, and physical growth for our students. Knowing that all students are individuals, we celebrate student strengths while supporting weaker areas as needed. Rich opportunities to explore through physical education, technology/engineering, music, art, and literacy are infused into the culture of our school. Blending classroom and real-world learning through field lessons and hands-on activities with local community members and historians make learning meaningful to our young learners. Our PTO supports many of these authentic learning activities for our students.

Events such as all school meetings provide opportunities for students to view themselves as part of a greater community and share their learning through various modalities in an exciting manner with their peers. We believe in honoring traditions yet, are always seeking innovative practices to support our learners. Our teachers utilize their creativity on a daily basis to engage students and provide rich instruction throughout the year. Staff develop school-wide themes to strengthen a thread of continuity throughout the school house.

Partnering with parents and guardians provides us the opportunity to develop long-lasting connections. Many parents still volunteer at Mast Way even after their students move onto upper grade levels, a true sign of the Mast Way family. Mast Way is a special place where we strive to maintain a shared vision aligned with the Oyster River district mission, 'Working Together to Engage All Learners.'