Letter from the Superintendent

Good morning,
 
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.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Shaver-Hood

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JralEo8xWozR4u9qe1DNJvHW0kL7ZdCf61adqbRZQUg/viewform?embedded=true

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Michelle Montrond, Winner of the Loretta Quinlan Award

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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Superintendent’s Blog

“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.

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May  2015
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  • WMS - Report Cards go home today
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 2, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • MF Clarinet & Trumpet lessons
    Starts: 7:40 am
    Ends: May 1, 2015 - 8:25 am
    Location: music room
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  • MF National Teacher Appreciation Week
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 9, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Kindergarten Screening
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 9, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • MF MCAS Gr 3
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 6, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • MF K-Kids Socks for Sox Collection
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 1, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Description: Donate a pair of new sox for a chance to win tix.
  • WMS - Math Session I MCAS Grades 5 & 8
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 5, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • MF Band all students
    Starts: 7:40 am
    Ends: May 4, 2015 - 8:25 am
    Location: music rm
  • WMS - Strategic Planning Committee Mtg. in Library
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: May 4, 2015 - 8:30 pm
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  • MF Cinco de Mayo
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 6, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • MF National Teacher Appreciation Day
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 6, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • WMS- Math Session II MCAS Grades 5 & 8
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 6, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • MF Chorus
    Starts: 7:40 am
    Ends: May 5, 2015 - 8:25 am
    Location: music room
6
  • MF MCAS Gr 4
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 8, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • School Committee Meeting

    Starts: 12:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 am, May 7, 2015

  • MF National School Nurse Day
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 7, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • WMS- Math Session I MCAS Grades 6 & 7
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 7, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • MF School Cmt Recognition Night
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: May 6, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Location: WMS aud
  • WMS - School Committee (Recognition Night) in Auditorium
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: May 6, 2015 - 10:00 pm
    Location: Auditorium
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  • WMS - Math Session II MCAS Grades 6 & 7
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 8, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • MF CARE summer application deadline
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 8, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • WMS - SPED PAC Meeting in Library
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: May 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Library
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  • MF Hat Day
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 9, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Description: Fundrasier to raise money for Nepal Earthquake relief. Students who donate money up to $1 can wear their hat during the day.
  • MF Band all students
    Starts: 7:40 am
    Ends: May 8, 2015 - 8:25 am
    Location: music room
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  • MF Band
    Starts: 7:40 am
    Ends: May 11, 2015 - 8:25 am
    Location: music rm
  • MF - School Council
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: May 11, 2015 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Minot Forest
  • School Council
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: May 11, 2015 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Minot Forest Elementary School, 63 Minot Avenue, Wareham, MA 02571, United States
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  • WMS- Science Session I MCAS - Grades 5 & 8
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 13, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • MF Chorus
    Starts: 7:40 am
    Ends: May 12, 2015 - 8:25 am
    Location: music room
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  • Mobile Dentist
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 14, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: Decas
  • WMS - Science Session II MCAS Grades 5 & 8
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 14, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • MF Band
    Starts: 7:40 am
    Ends: May 13, 2015 - 8:25 am
    Location: music room
  • MF PK Parent Conf by appt
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: May 13, 2015 - 3:00 pm
  • MF PK Parent Conf by appt
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: May 13, 2015 - 7:00 pm
  • WMS - Honor Society Induction Ceremony in Auditorium
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: May 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Auditorium
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  • MF last day of tutoring
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 15, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Mobile Dentist
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 15, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: Decas
  • MF Chorus
    Starts: 7:40 am
    Ends: May 14, 2015 - 8:25 am
    Location: music room
  • MF PK Parent Conf by appt
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: May 14, 2015 - 3:00 pm
  • WMS - PTA Meeting in Library
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: May 14, 2015 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Library
15
  • MF Band
    Starts: 7:40 am
    Ends: May 15, 2015 - 8:25 am
    Location: music room
  • MF PK Parent Conf by appt
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: May 15, 2015 - 11:00 am
16
  • MF Armed Forces Day
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 17, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • MF Band
    Starts: 7:40 am
    Ends: May 18, 2015 - 8:25 am
    Location: music rm
  • MF - School Council
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: May 18, 2015 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Minot Forest
  • PTA Meeting (Minot Caf)
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: May 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm
  • MF Elem PTA Mtg
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: May 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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  • MF Chorus
    Starts: 7:40 am
    Ends: May 19, 2015 - 8:25 am
    Location: music room
  • WMS - Point Person Mtg. in Library
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: May 19, 2015 - 11:30 am
    Location: Library
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  • School Committee Meeting

    Starts: 12:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 am, May 21, 2015

  • Mobile Dentist @ Decas
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 21, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • WMS - Benchmark 4 ELA/Math
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 22, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • MF Band
    Starts: 7:40 am
    Ends: May 20, 2015 - 8:25 am
    Location: music room
  • WMS - Transportation Staff In-Service in Auditorium
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: May 20, 2015 - 11:00 am
    Location: Service in Auditorium
  • WMS - School Committee Executive Session Meeting in Library
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: May 20, 2015 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Library
  • School Committee Meeting
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: May 20, 2015 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Wareham Middle: Wareham Middle School, 4 Viking Dr, Wareham, MA 02571, United States
  • WMS - School Committee Meeting in Auditorium from 7p-10pm
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: May 20, 2015 - 10:00 pm
    Location: Auditorium
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  • No CARE
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 22, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Last Day for Boks
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 22, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • MF Early Release
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 22, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Description: Grades 3 & 4 dismissal at 12:50. PreK dismissal at 10:50. No after school CARE program.
  • WMS - Early Release
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 22, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • MF Chorus
    Starts: 7:40 am
    Ends: May 21, 2015 - 8:25 am
    Location: music room
  • Early Release Day
    Starts: 12:50 pm
    Ends: May 21, 2015 - 12:50 pm
  • Kindergarten Meet & Greet
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: May 21, 2015 - 3:00 pm
    Location: John William Decas School, 760 Main Street, Wareham, MA 02571, United States
  • WMS - Professional Development for CARE Staff in Library
    Starts: 2:45 pm
    Ends: May 21, 2015 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Library
  • Kindergarten ice cream social for new K students SY15/16
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: May 21, 2015 - 7:00 pm
    Location: John W Decas School
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  • MF Band
    Starts: 7:40 am
    Ends: May 22, 2015 - 8:25 am
    Location: music room
  • MF Railroad Safety
    Starts: 9:45 am
    Ends: May 22, 2015 - 11:30 am
    Description: Gr 4 9:00-9:45, PK 10:00-10:30, Gr 3 10:45-11:30
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  • MF Memorial Day - no school
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 26, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • WMS - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 26, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • MF FAST Assessments
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 6, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • MF Chorus
    Starts: 7:40 am
    Ends: May 26, 2015 - 8:25 am
    Location: music room
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  • MF Band
    Starts: 7:40 am
    Ends: May 27, 2015 - 8:25 am
    Location: music room
  • MF Spring Band & Chorus Concert
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: May 27, 2015 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Wareham High School Aud
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  • WMS - Beyond School Time -Service Learning ALL DAY in Library
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 29, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: Library
  • Decas Art Show
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: May 28, 2015 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Decas Cor A, B & C
  • WMS - School Council Mtg in Main Office Conf. rm.
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: May 28, 2015 - 6:00 pm
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  • WMS -Progress reports sent home
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 30, 2015 - 12:00 am
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