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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

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.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events


 
Wareham High School
 
December 6th
School Council meeting 7:00 a.m. at WHS
Early release day – Dismissal at 12:15
December 7th
Honor Society students to Greater New Bedford Voc Tech to compete in the NHS Honor Bowl leaving WHS at 9:30 a.m.
December 8th
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

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
It has often been said that it is not happy people who are thankful, rather, it is thankful people who are happy. And indeed, in being your Superintendent, there is so much to be thankful for in our school district.
 
I am thankful each day for the grit and determination our students demonstrate as they challenge themselves to achieve in their academic and extracurricular endeavors. I am grateful to our team of compassionate educators, who put their students first, setting high standards and promoting rigor in their classrooms. Thank you to our administrators, who are driven to ensure the success of all students. I give thanks for our paraprofessionals, who work tirelessly to provide individualized instruction and care for students who may face unique challenges. Thank you, to our school nurses, counselors, behaviorists, social workers and psychologists, who care for so many students each day, ensuring their health and wellbeing. Our secretaries are extremely deserving of thanks; working diligently, sometimes greeting each person as they enter a school building, and sometimes behind the scenes, ensuring the smooth operation of programs. Thank you to our bus drivers, who guarantee the safety of our students to and from school each day, to field trips, sporting events, and after school activities. Thank you to our custodial staff for keeping our buildings clean and safe, and working on projects around the schools to make improvements. Thank you to our cafeteria staff who provide our students with nutritious meals.
 
To our parents, guardians, and caregivers, I owe you a debt of gratitude. Thank you for working with us as partners in your child’s education. Thank you for helping your child with homework at night. Thank you for talking with our educators to help your child make progress socially, emotionally and academically. It is truly a blessing to be part of this supportive community.
 
I wish you all an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood
 


Weekly Events


Wareham High School
 
November 21st-
Spirit week continues:
Ugly Sweater Day
November 22nd –
Wear your class color
Pep Rally 1:00 p.m. in the gymnasium
November 23rd
Half Day – dismissal at 10:13 a.m.
 
Wareham Middle School
 
November 17 – School Council meeting from 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
November 18 – Picture Retakes
November 23 – PTA sponsored Pig Race
November 23 – Half day of school, 10:05 dismissal for all students
November 24 – Happy Thanksgiving – No School
November 25 – No School
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Wednesday, Nov 23
Half day of school, 10:50 dismissal for all students
Thursday, Nov 24
Happy Thanksgiving-No School
Friday, Nov 25
No School today
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
11/23/2016 – 1/2 Day School – Dismissal will be at 10:50 AM
11/23/2016 – Grade 2 Balloon Parade
11/24/2016 – No School – Happy Thanksgiving
11/25/2016 – No School

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Boiler/Roof Update at Decas

Dear Decas Families,
 
The temporary boiler is onsite, and hook-ups are slowly progressing. It is our hope the plumbing connections will be completed next week on the temporary unit, and the disconnection of the old boilers will occur.
 
The roof project continues to challenge us with delays as materials and plans have not been forthcoming. A very small amount of prep work will be done on the side of the building, however, work will begin on the roof area soon.
 
There is a possibility, though not definite the roof replacement may begin during the week of November 21st.
If this is the case, first-grade classrooms would be moved on during the weekend of the 19th (given time for the holiday bazaar to end and clean up). Once the move is made, all will remain in their temporary locations (within the building) until the completion of the project. We anticipate the work will take approximately three weeks if all goes as planned.
 
We understand there are many details yet to work out and will be providing updates in a timely fashion.
 
Please know we will support our staff and students in whatever ways we can. As always, I appreciate your flexibility and your willingness to work collaboratively in support of our students.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Shaver-Hood

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
An International Baccalaureate (IB) education prepares students to be active participants in a global society. The IB Learner Profile states that “The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. This philosophy has perhaps, never been more vital.
 
Last week, the IB accreditation team submitted their final report of Wareham High School’s IB site visit. The report outlined a glowing review of the standards, procedures, and programming, implemented since the initial application process began over a year ago. IB Coordinator, Ashlie Yates-Paquin, praised the efforts of all involved in the journey toward the anticipated designation of IB World School status. Ashlie stated, “The results are a green light for the district for the final verification visit this winter. We are now fully prepared and feel very strongly that we will be an IB World School by the end of this school year and in full implementation beginning in August 2017.”
 
This program is a tremendous asset to Wareham Public Schools students. With an IB education, students will have opportunities and skill sets that will set them apart from others as they pursue higher education and careers. Wareham graduates will be well prepared for the ever-changing global economy which they will be entering. It is indeed, an exciting time for Wareham Public Schools, and I am immensely proud to be part of such an open-minded community who put students first.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events

Wareham High School

November 16th
Meet the coaches night 7:00 p.m. in the High School Gymnasium . If you have a child playing a winter sport you should plan on attending.

November 19th
WHS/WMS PTA Buffet Dinner/ Comedy Night!
Salerno’s Function Hall, Onset
Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.
$30 per person, table of 8 for $200
Please contact wmhspta@gmail for tickets

Wareham Middle School

November 10 – PTA meeting at 6:00 P.M. in the library
November 15 – Incoming Grade 5 Orientation from 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. in the auditorium.
November 17 – School Council meeting from 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
November 18 – Picture Retakes

Minot Forest Elementary

Monday, Nov 14 – Minot Forest/Decas School Council Meeting, 4:00 PM at the Decas School
Elementary PTA meeting, 6:30 PM at the Decas School
Thursday, Nov 17 – PTA Chili’s fundraiser. Mention the PTA fundraiser and a portion of the proceeds today will be donated to the PTA
Saturday, Nov 19 – PTA Annual Holiday Fair, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at the Decas School

John W. Decas Elementary

11/13/16  PTA Movie Day @ Flagship Cinema TROLLS 10 AM
11/14/16  School Council Meeting At Decas 4 PM
11/14/16  PTA Meeting At Decas 6:30 PM
11/16/16 – 11/18/16 Mobile Dentist
11/19/16  PTA Holiday Fair Decas School 9 AM – 3 PM

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
We are very proud of our football team as they continued their winning streak last Friday evening and will play tonight. We send the team our good wishes and our congratulations for their outstanding play and hard work they have produced during this season.
 
As you are aware, the voters of Wareham approved several MSBA building projects at recent town meetings.
 
The feasibility study for Minot Forest continues as our Minot Forest building subcommittee continues to meet, the input is being gathered as a report recommending potential site locations and grade configurations is in progress and will be submitted for approval to the MSBA.
 
The boiler replacement and E corridor roof replacement at Decas are proceeding at a much slower pace than anticipated.
 
Originally, it was the intent of the project to have the E corridor roof replaced after the school day. However, due to the unexpected delays which have been out of our control, this will not be possible due to the time of the year.
 
Therefore, before the starting of the E corridor roof replacement, the ten classrooms will be relocated within Decas and will not return to the E corridor until the work has been completed. Parents will be informed before the start of the work and will be informed when the roof has been completed. It is also anticipated that some work will take place on weekends and over holidays.
 
As we are still waiting for the ordering and arrival of necessary materials, it is not anticipated the roof replacement will begin until the latter part of November.
 
Happily, the boiler replacement will begin on Monday. This work is centralized in the boiler room and will not disrupt any classroom within the building. This project is anticipated to take approximately two months. There will be a boiler working throughout the project which will provide heat within the building.
 
Should you have questions about this project, please do not hesitate in contacting the building principal or me.
 
Reminder, no school next Tuesday or Friday.
 
Enjoy the weekend.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events


 
Wareham High School
 
November 8th
SEMASC field trip leaving WHS at 7:30 a.m. & returning at 1:30p.m.
In-Service Day – No school for students
November 10th
PTA meeting 6:00 p.m. in the WMS Library
No after school Sail Program
November 11
Veteran’s Day – No School
 
Wareham Middle School
 
November 7-11: Nature’s Classroom
Thursday, November 10: Report Cards sent home
Thursday, November 10: PTA Meeting
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, Nov 7
Wareham SEPAC Meeting with guest speaker Dr. Mitch Abblet, 6:30-8:00 PM, WMS Library
Tuesday, Nov 8
Teacher Inservice, no school for students
Election Day
Thursday, Nov 10
No after school academic CARE program today
Fri, Nov 11
Veteran’s Day-No School.
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
11/8/16      No School for Children, Staff Inservice Voting Day
11/11/16    No School Veterans Day
11/13/16    PTA Movie Day Trolls will be playing at Flagship Cinema @10 AM

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