Dear Wareham Families,
Throughout years of education reform initiatives, one phrase that always gets much press is the plea for school systems to get,” back to the basics.” This statement is often accompanied by stories of, “back in my day…,” when the Three Rs ruled and testing had a much different connotation than it does today. Educating today’s youth, however, is ever more complex than simply adhering to the instruction of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Teachers in 2016 are not only providing content area instruction in these and numerous other subjects but also, they are sheltering this content for learners from over a dozen different countries.
They are providing accommodations for students who have a wide range of learning challenges. They are offering social/emotional, academic learning for students who have experienced trauma. They are taking attendance while children eat free breakfast in their classrooms- many of whom would otherwise go without. And they are making sure that their names get on the right lists so that students in need will receive holiday meals and gifts.
Also, the instruction that teachers deliver each day must be designed so as to engage a new generation of learners, who rely heavily on technology. Teachers are helping students to think creatively, to innovate, and to take risks. They are preparing them to become citizens of the world in a 24-hour global economy, in which they will be competing for jobs with people from every corner of the earth. Moreover, many of these jobs have yet even to be created. But we know that when the time comes, our Wareham Public Schools students will be ready, because our faculty has embedded all of the crosses-curricular content knowledge students will need within real world application, to develop skills that will serve them well as they enter college or the work-force.
We are extremely fortunate to have a wealth of talented educators in Wareham who work tirelessly to design innovative instruction for 21st-century learners. Our heartfelt thanks and admiration goes out to these talented professionals.
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood
Wareham High School
School Council meeting 7:00 a.m. at WHS
Early release day – Dismissal at 12:15
Honor Society students to Greater New Bedford Voc Tech to compete in the NHS Honor Bowl leaving WHS at 9:30 a.m.
WMS/WHS PTA meeting at WMS Library 6:00 p.m.
Wareham Middle School
December 6 – Early Release Day. Dismissal is at 12:05 P.M.
December 8 – PTA meeting at 6:00PM in the library.
December 8 – PTA sponsored Paint Day in the cafeteria from 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Students must have a signed permission slip to participate.
Minot Forest Elementary
Tuesday, December 6 -Early Release. Preschool dismissal is 10:50 AM and Elementary dismissal is 12:50 PM.
Parent/Teacher Conferences, 1:30-3:30 PM and 4:30-7:30 PM by appointment
Thursday, December 8- Policy Review Committee Meeting, 5:00 PM, Rm 228 at the Multi-Service Center
John W. Decas Elementary
12/6/2016 Early Release Dismissal will be at 12:50 PM
12/6/2016 Parent Conferences Grades K-2