Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
Over the last weeks of school each year, I have the honor of attending different award ceremonies. This week I attended the Athletic Awards at Wareham High School, which celebrated many accomplished athletes in their various sports. Next week, we will be honoring our graduating seniors on June 2nd at our annual Academic Honor Celebration. During this outstanding evening, some our 2016 soon to be graduates will be awarded scholarships with a total accumulation of over a quarter of million dollars! Fantastic!!!!
I, along with many others know our students are wonderful students and over the past few years, I have noticed that there are certain character traits that our award recipients share in common, such as Motivation, Versatility, and Perseverance.
As Motivated students, our award winners realize the importance of education and of doing things to the best of their ability. They recognize that if something is worth doing, then it is worth doing it well and to the best of their ability.
As Versatile students, many have had to juggle many things, such as school work, after school activities and athletics, family life, friends, work, and evening and weekend commitments. They organized their time and energy in such a way that their education always remained a priority.
And they have shown Perseverance through it all. From the beginning of the year until the last school day, they would not be satisfied with anything less than the best. When it was difficult, they sought help and studied harder, but they never gave up.
These outstanding traits will be of great benefit in college and post-secondary pursuits. We applaud their work and congratulate each and every one of our students, their teachers for their tremendous dedication and their families for their continuous support.
Please wish for a sunny day and join us as we celebrate our 2016 Wareham High School Graduation on June 3, 2016, 6:30 at Spillane Field and our Night School Graduation on June 1st beginning at
Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend.
Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood

Weekly Events

Wareham High School
May 30th – No School (Memorial Day)
May 31st – Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal (outside pending weather) 9:00am – 10:30 am
June 1st – MCAS Science – Session 1
                  Senior Picnic & Slide Show 12:30 pm @ WHS
June 2nd – MCAS Science – Session 2
                  Senior Awards Night 7:00 PM in the High School Auditorium
                  Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal (Inside) 9:00 am – 10:30 am
                  Cap & Gown Pick Up 10:30 am (all debts must be 100% paid             
June 3rd –  2016 Graduation 6:30 PM on Spillane Field.                
June 4th –  Rain Date for Graduation 6:30 PM on Spillane Field.
Wareham Middle School

June 1 & 2 – Wareham Band Boosters assembly after lunch on Spillane Field.
June 2 – Incoming Grade 5 students visit the Middle School
June 2 – Drama Club field trip to Burt Wood School of Performing Arts
June 2 – PTA meeting at 3:15 P.M.
June 2 – Talent Show at 6:00 P.M.
June 3 – Students of the Month Breakfast for Parents/Guardians at 8:30A.M.
June 3 – Student Council field trip to Gifts to Give & Carousel
Minot Forest Elementary
Tuesday, May 31 – Wareham Historical Society performs presentation to grade 3 students
Wednesday, June 1 – Field trip to Waquoit Bay for Mrs. McNally and Mrs. Jensen’s classes
Thursday, June 2 – Grade 4 visits Wareham Middle School for a Tour
                  – Field trip to Wareham Historical Society for Ms. Conlon, Mrs. Shearer, Mrs. DiGiovanni, and Mrs. Quimby’s classes
                  – Last day for the after-school CARE academic program
Friday, June 3 – Field trip to Wareham Historical Society for Ms. Johnson, Mrs. Letourneau, Ms. DeGrace, Mrs. Cardoso, and Mrs. Fitzgerald’s classes
John W. Decas Elementary
6/1/2016 Kindergarten – Team 2 Field Day 9:15 AM – 11:15 AM.
               Kindergarten – Team 1 Field Day 12:15 PM – 2:15 PM
6/2/2016 Grade 1 Team 1 Field Day 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
               Decas Art Show 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
6/3/2016 Grade 1 Team 2 Field Day 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
               Grades Close

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Parent Survey

Dear Parents / Guardians,
Those working at the Wareham Public Schools wish to “provide challenging, innovative, and engaging educational experiences; fostering a global understanding and a competitive advantage” for your child(ren) (WPS, Vision, 2016).
Your feedback on this survey is one way we can continue to improve your child’s(ren) educational experiences as we reflect on our current practices.
Please click this link:
Thank you in advance for your participation.
Wareham Public Schools

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
This Friday, I would like to recognize Decas Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Darlene McQuade. Mrs. McQuade and her colleagues teaching Kindergarten are using the K2 Focus initiative developed by Boston Public Schools, Early Childhood and Special Education educators, along with college professors of Early Childhood Education.
The K2 Focus program is a comprehensive approach to teaching literacy and math that is theme-based and teaches critical thinking and problem-solving skills through a combination of direct instruction in mini-lessons, followed by hands-on, creative, project-based center work.
Mrs. McQuade has implemented this program so effectively, her work has been recognized at the state level. She was selected to have her lesson filmed by PBS this week so that it can serve as a model to other teachers who would like to implement this program. The video crew from WGBH was at Decas this week filming in her class.
We are extremely proud of Mrs. McQuade and her colleagues, as they are outstanding educators who are very dedicated to our students and the profession. We are thrilled that the work of Wareham teachers is being recognized as exceptional and used as a model for others across the Commonwealth.
In the coming weeks, my Friday blog posts will highlight other features of cutting-edge educational programming in Wareham that is putting our district in the forefront in providing 21st-century learning opportunities for our students.
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

Weekly Events

Wareham High School
May 23rd – Senior Final Exam Periods 5 & 6
May 24th – Senior Final Exam Periods 1 & 2 -Senior Athletic Awards 7:00 PM WHS Cafeteria
May 25th – Senior Final Exam 7 & 8
May 26th – Senior Final Exam 3 & 4
May 27th – Senior Final Exam (make up exams)
Wareham Middle School
May 20-27 – Beijing students visiting
May 20 – Students will be voting in a simulated general election
May 26 – Grade 7 Non-STEAM students will be placing flags on local cemeteries for veterans
May 27 – Grade 8 field trip to Fort Phoenix & Carousel
Minot Forest Elementary
Mon. May 23
Principal’s Coffee, 9:00 AM
Band students perform for grade 3 students, 9:20
School Council, 4:00 at Decas
Tues. May 24
Filed trip for Ms. DeGrace, Mrs. Cardoso, and Mrs. Shearer’s classes
Junior Achievement volunteers teach lessons to grade 4 students
Wed. May 25
Field trip for Mr. Houdlette’s class
Band and Chorus Concert, 6:00 PM at WHS
Field trip for Ms. Conlon, Mrs. DiGiovanni, and Mrs. Quimby’s classes
Thurs. May 26
Field trip for Ms. Johnson and Mrs. Letourneau’s classes
Fri, May 27
Happy 50th Birthday, Minot Forest! Students and staff are invited to dress from the 60’s era. 
John W. Decas Elementary
Monday, May 23
4:00 School Council at Decas
Friday, May 27
1:30 Opening Olympic Field Day Ceremony
Monday, May 30
No School – Memorial Day
Monday, May 23
4:00 School Council at Decas
Friday, May 27
1:30 Opening Olympic Field Day Ceremony
Monday, May 30
No School – Memorial Day

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,


Award winning country music singer, Terri Clark, sings a song about the unsung hero. The lyrics recognize the quiet determination and dedication of someone who works tirelessly behind the screens- not for the applause, but simply for the love of the job.

“While others long to steal the spotlight

You work your magic quietly-

‘Cause you’re not in it for the glory,

The love you give comes naturally.”

Patricia Nelson and Patrick Roche exemplify the concept of the unsung hero. Since 2004, this duo has spent countless hours helping their students plan and prepare for a special event that honors and celebrates those who serve in a motherly role.

Each year, Nelson and Roche host a Mother’s Day Tea, where female caregivers, including Nelson & Roche’s own mothers, are treated to homemade baked goods, plants, and poetry.

Since its inception, this has become a highly anticipated event for students and families in Nelson and Roche’s classes. A highlight of the tea is the letters that the students write to their special person. They are heartfelt and worked on over a period of time, with edits and revisions being completed by the students, to ensure that the results are just right for the celebration.

I would like to thank Ms. Nelson and Mr. Roche for starting this special tradition in Wareham Public Schools. You work your magic quietly and naturally, and the result of your labors is indeed, spectacular.




Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events



Monday, May 16

PTA, 6:30 PM at Decas

Tuesday, May 17

Preschool conferences by appointment during the day

Wednesday, May 18

-Grade 2 visits and tours Minot Forest School

-Preschool conferences by appointment during the day

Thursday, May 19

-Preschool conferences by appointment during the day

-Grade 4 Chorus performs during the day for grade 3 students

Friday, May 20

-Preschool Peer Screening in the morning

-Field trip for Mrs. Martins, Ms. Tetreault, and Mrs. Scannell’s fourth grade to Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

-Free Family Fun Event, sponsored by PTA, 6:00-8:00 PM at WHS


High School

May 15th – DECA Spaghetti Dinner/Auction 5:00 PM in the High School Cafeteria. Tickets are $5.

May 17th - MCAS Math Session 1

May 18th - MCAS Math Session 2


Middle School

May 16 – Grade 8 Panoramic Photo at 1:00 P.M.

May 16 & 17 – Grades 5&8 Science MCAS




May 16  Mobile Dentist

School Council MTG @ Decas 4 PM

PTA MTG @ Decas 6:30 PM

May 17  Mobile Dentist

May 18  Grade 2 to visit Minot

May 19  Incoming Kindergarten Ice Cream Social at Decas 6 PM

May 20  PTA Family Fun Night at WHS 6 PM

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May 2016

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • School Committee School Recognition
  • Minot and Decas School Council
  • PTA Pre K-4 Decas
  • PTA Fundraiser Papa Ginos
  • PTA Family Fun Night for Decas and Minot
  • Minot & Decas School Council
  • Minot Principal's Coffee
  • Minot Principal's Coffee
  • School Committee
  • WMS School Council
To download the 2015-2016 District Calendar, click here