SUPERINTENDENT’S BLOG: Busy during Spring Break!

The Vikings took on Case on Thursday morning.

The Vikings played Case on Thursday morning.

It’s Spring Break, but the activity at Wareham Public Schools hasn’t slowed down.

Our athletes are competing in tennis, track, softball, and baseball throughout the week. Want to catch a game or a meet? Check out the schedule at SouthCoastConference.org!

A Lady Vikings pitcher takes on Case on Thursday.

A Lady Vikings pitcher takes on Case on Thursday.

Our Office of Beyond School Time, which provides experiences and programming for students and families in the hours and weeks that students are not in school, has also been quite busy: Thanks to grant-funding and generous donations from our neighbors throughout the Wareham community and beyond, we are able to provide free lunches for children from Tuesday through Friday during Spring Break.

Superintendent Kimberly Shaver-Hood and Maureen Manning of the Office of Beyond School Time handed out lunches and books in Onset this week.

Superintendent Kimberly Shaver-Hood and Maureen Manning of the Office of Beyond School Time handing out lunches and books in Onset this week. 

Lunches are offered from 12 to 1 p.m. at Wareham Middle School, the Woods at Wareham apartments off of Swifts Beach Road, and at the Onset Band Shell.

In just our first two days, we gave out 207 lunches! I had a wonderful time handing out the bags at the Band Shell in Onset. It was so nice to see so many smiling faces!

Thank you very much to everyone who made this possible for our children.

We are excited to have our students return to school on April 28. The rest of the school year is going to fly by! Here are just a few things that are coming up.

MCAS testing in May: We will provide a full spring MCAS exam schedule on the warehamps.org homepage. Students should make sure to eat a good breakfast and get a full night’s rest before the tests!

May 6 is National Teacher Day: I can’t say it enough: Thank you, our teachers, every day, for all that you do to ensure our Wareham Public Schools students get an excellent, competitive, 21st-Century education.

Kindergarten Information Night: Will you have a kindergartner in Wareham schools next year? An informational meeting will be held Thursday, May 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Decas Elementary, located at 760 Main Street.

I hope everyone has a safe, enjoyable remainder of Spring Break. See you on Monday!

Kimberly Shaver-Hood

 

Superintendent Kimberly Shaver-Hood and Maureen Manning of the Office of Beyond School Time handed out lunches and books in Onset this week.

Lunches filled a cart at Wareham Middle School on Tuesday.

Lunches available for students this week

Lunches filled a cart at Wareham Middle School on Tuesday.

Lunches filled a cart at Wareham Middle School on Tuesday.

Wareham Public Schools and the Office of Beyond School Time will offer free lunch for children from Tuesday through Friday of this week, April vacation, from 12 to 1 p.m.

Lunches will be distributed at Wareham Middle School, the Woods at Wareham apartments off of Swifts Beach Road, and the Onset Band Shell.

All children, regardless of need, will receive a free lunch while supplies last. The first 75 children at each location will also receive a free book.

This program is made possible through grant funding and generous donations from our neighbors.


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Reptiles invade Wareham High School

An unlikely visitor to the Wareham High School library!

An unlikely visitor to the Wareham High School library!

Reptiles invaded the Wareham High School library on Wednesday to give students in Craig Berriault’s science classes an up close and personal look at their studies.

The reptiles were escorted by Jeffrey Beatriz of Acushnet-based pet store Cold Blooded Pets. Students were introduced to everything from corn, ball, and king snakes to a bearded dragon and a tortoise. (A couple of tarantulas were also thrown in the reptile mix…!)

Check out the video and photos below!


Budding journalists in Wareham schools

Decas Elementary teacher Mike Houdlette gives students the latest copies of their stories to revise.

Decas Elementary teacher Mike Houdlette gives students the latest copies of their stories to revise.

Decas Elementary 4th-graders who are working on publishing a school newspaper this spring got a little help from mentors at Wareham High on Tuesday.

John Flynn’s high school journalism students, who recently published their spring edition of “The Viking Times,” assisted Mike Houdlette’s elementary students with editing their stories, choosing the ones that would appear on their front page, and worked on laying out the paper.

We can’t wait to see the published product!

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Costa Rica  A Touch of the Tropics

Costa Rica trip open to incoming freshmen, meeting May 7

Costa Rica  A Touch of the Tropics

Click the image above to visit the EF Educational Tours website to learn more about the trip!

Wareham High School’s planned trip to Costa Rica during February break of 2015 is still enrolling! The trip is now open to incoming freshmen in addition to high school students. An informational meeting for current 8th-grade students will be held Wednesday, May 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Wareham Middle School library.

For more about the trip, including a video and information about an opportunity to win a $20,000 college scholarship, click here.