Improving communication with our Wareham families is a goal of our district and I need your help.
If you could share this link and encourage participation as I am seeking input on how we can further bridge communication between our schools, parents/guardians, and community.
By completing this brief survey, your voice will be heard. I appreciate your help and look forward to sharing all the great things that are happening in our schools.
Michelle Montrond in her 35 year career as an educator in the Wareham Public Schools, has been an integral part of the education of Wareham’s students, in and out of her second grade classroom. This year Michelle will retire after an outstanding career in teaching.
Whether Michelle is working on a committee or dealing with a daily issue at school, she truly cares about getting people to work together. She has a talent for seeing a problem from another person’s point of view. When things get tense, a clever or funny comment from her puts everyone at ease. People listen to what she has to say because they know she speaks with honesty and integrity.
Michelle has contributed tirelessly to her profession and community throughout her 35 year career in her hometown of Wareham. Her dedication demonstrates all the wonderful attributes that made her this year’s winner of the Loretta Quinlan Award, the highest honor given to a teacher in Plymouth County. Congratulations, Michelle! The very best of wishes!
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“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”– Ken Robinson
In his TED Talks, Ken Robinson argues that schools have educated students to become good workers rather than creative thinkers. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” he says. Education is meant to bring people into the future, and this is very true at WPS where our mission is to prepare students for all of life’s responsibilities, challenges and opportunities.
At times in a school system, creativity and the arts may not be as highly regarded as other, more “useful” subjects that may prepare a student to score well on a standardized test. We realize talent and potential comes in many forms and as educators it is our responsibility to provide our students with opportunities and experiences, which unlock their potential.
WPS acknowledges that there are multiple types of intelligence and ways of learning, and we strive to create an environment that fosters creativity and innovation in the classroom and beyond school time. It is well known that young students especially have restless, curious minds and are full of energy. To tap into these great characteristics of a young person, for example, students at Decas use stability balls instead of traditional chairs to help stimulate movement and learning and Minot has Foreign Language opportunities before school. The Middle School is STEAM Academy is developing an Outdoor Classroom and our High School has numerous opportunities for students to excel. I have witnessed firsthand how creating positive opportunities enhance the students’ ability to work productively and creatively.
I have found that children are not afraid to give “wrong” answers and are constantly saying and doing new things. It is our job to encourage this capacity for innovation rather than educating them out of creativity and making them afraid of being wrong, as Ken Robinson would say. Our task as educators is to prepare students for the future, one that will be original and unlike anything we ourselves have yet to see.