Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
Henry Moore said, “To be an artist is to believe in life.” Every child at Decas Elementary is indeed, an artist. This was never more evident than at last night’s annual Art Show, entitled “The Beauty of Drawing,” organized by veteran WPS art teacher, Mrs. Ellen Osborn.
 
On display in the hallways were hundreds of unique pieces of art crafted by hand by our Decas students. There were self-portraits and portraits of famous Americans in front of the American flag. One section featured a series of creative and colorful animals. Each piece was exceptional in its own right.
 
In the main hallway, students and their guests were asked to vote for their favorite artist by placing a star sticker underneath a poster of the artist’s biography. Further down the hall was a section created by our youngest Decas students, called, “Our Town.” This integrated project involved a school-to-home partnership. Students worked with their families to create a model of their homes out of recycled materials. In their K2 Focus classes, they created the buildings and roads, connecting the town together.
 
Art itself, has a powerful way of making connections. Thursday’s Art Show was a prime example of that. As students and families roamed through the school that had been transformed into a gallery for the evening, connections were being made. Caregivers bonded with their children over their artwork, and many discussions arose about the choice of color, subject or medium.
 
A highlight of the evening was also the celebration of Mrs. Osborn’s career in the Wareham Public Schools. Her love of students and their artwork was evident in every piece carefully displayed on each wall. Her passion for instilling a love of art in students is truly inspirational. She was presented with a large, colorful and decorative cake from her colleagues and the sentiment on the cake was a fitting tribute to a woman who has given so much to the children of Wareham. “Thank you for bringing color into our world, Mrs. Osborn.” We would like to commend Mrs. Osborn on her final art show in Wareham Public Schools, and on a successful and meaningful career. We are forever grateful.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events

 
Wareham High School
May 29th
No School – Memorial Day
May 31st
Senior Athletics Awards Night 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria
June 1st
Underclassmen Awards Night 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium
 
Wareham Middle School
May 22 – Grade 7 Academic Presentation at 6:00PM in the auditorium for current grade 6 families.
 
Minot Forest Elementary
Monday, May 29
No school-Memorial Day
 
Field Day Information: 
May 30-Grade 3 for the following classes: 
Ms. Conlon, Ms. DeGrace, Mrs. Cardoso, Mrs. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Houghton
 
May 31-Grade 3 for the following classes: 
Mrs. Letourneau, Ms. Johnson, Mrs. Martins, Ms. Tetreault, Mrs. Pol, Mrs. Diaz
 
May 31- Junior Achievment Day for grade 4
 
June 1-Grade 4 for the following classes: 
Mrs. Panzone, Mrs. Jensen, Mrs. Caldedonia, Mrs. Hennigan, Mrs. Shearer
 
June 2-Grade 4 for the following classes: 
Mrs. Revene, Mr. Houdlette, Mrs. Potter, Ms. Tierney
 
Rain dates: June 5,6,7
 
John W. Decas Elementary
5/29/17  No School – Memorial Day
5/30/17  Grades Close
5/31/17  Scholastic Book Fair / Mrs. Nelson’s class field trip
6/1/17    Scholastic Book Fair / Mrs. Jean’s class field trip / Literacy Night 6 -7 PM
6/2/17    Scholastic Book Fair / Mrs. Bakeman’s class field trip 

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
How wonderful to see the sun back this week! With temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s, it is perfect weather for ice cream. Last night I had the pleasure of helping to serve up over two hundred ice cream sundaes for incoming Kindergarten students and their families. The annual Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) Ice Cream Social is a great opportunity for preschool students and their families to gather together each spring, share a sweet treat, and listen to stories about getting ready for kindergarten.
 
Reading the books to the children last night, was the special guest, Mother Goose. Decas Principal, Donna Noonan donned her Mother Goose outfit and her basket of books and joined the CFCE Council for this special event.
 
Also helping dish out the sundaes were Judy Caporiccio and Geoff Swett from the School Committee, Maureen Manning, Director of Global Education & Family/Community Engagement, WPS Assistant Principal, Denise Tobin, who chaired this event, Decas APs Bethany Chandler & Sara Russo, and School Nurse, Sheila Braley. Also volunteering their time to assist at the event were several preschool teachers from Little People’s College and Marianne Murphy, Coordinator of the Parent-Child Home Program.
 
The CFCE Council offers a wide variety of free programming throughout the year, including Community Cafes at the Multiservice Center, playgroups at the Wareham Free Library, teen parent groups at the Middle School and Family Literacy Nights at the two elementary schools.
 
Coming up next is the CFCE Pop-Up Kindergarten on May 24 and June 7 from 5:30-7 at Decas School. At these events, parents and caregivers will receive a presentation about Decas Kindergarten expectations and will be able to participate in a Q & A, while students experience a mini kindergarten lesson in an adjacent room. Then parents join their children for a facilitated caregiver and child activity with an Early Childhood Consultant. To register for either or both of these nights, please email CFCE secretary, Jennifer Scully at jscully@wareham.k12.ma.us.
 
It looks like this beautiful weather will continue throughout the weekend. I hope you take the time to enjoy it with your family and friends.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events


 
Wareham High School
 
May 21st – 
DECA spaghetti dinner/auction 5:00 p.m. in the WHS cafeteria
Wareham Middle School
May 22 – Grade 7 Academic Presentation at 6:00PM in the auditorium for current grade 6 families
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, May 22
Principal’s Coffee, 9:00 AM
Wednesday, May 24
Band and Chorus Concert, 6:00 PM at WHS Auditorium
Friday, May 26
WMS Student Council visits grade 4 students
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
5/22 Jop/Pettraca~Animal Project 2:00 PM
5/22 Field Day for Spenard, Roche, Jean, Gillis and Nelson 9-2:30
5/23 Field Trip to Marine Life Center 9-11 (Gillis)
5/23 Field Trip to Marine Center 11:30-1:30 (Spenard and Skolnik)
5/23 Field Day for Matathia, Bakeman, Doyle, Bennett and Kent 9-2:30
5/24 Field Trip to Marine Life Center for Kent
5/25 Art Show 5-7
5/26 Field Trip to Marine Life Center for Roche and Skolnik 11:30-1:30
5/26 Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast 8:30-9:00
5/29 No School ~Memorial Day

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Message from the Superintendent

Dear Wareham Families,
 
With spring now in full swing, students, teachers, coaches and administrators are busy in a flurry of exciting activities. Tonight the Wareham High School production of “Rent! School Edition!” opens and runs nightly through Saturday from 7:00-9:00 pm. On Sunday, they will partner with the WHS Culinary Department to offer a Mother’s Day brunch at 10:30 a.m. followed by a matinee at 12:00 p.m.
 
Elsewhere in the district, students are applying the knowledge they have gained during the year, by completing their MCAS assessments. Parents and guardians of preschoolers are heading to parent conferences and bringing their children to Kindergarten screenings and the Annual CFCE Ice Cream Social, held at Decas School. Field trips are happening at almost every grade level, offering our students an opportunity for experiential learning that ties into their curriculum. Some of the other spring events planned include band and chorus concerts, talent shows, and field day. All of these performances offer chances for our students to showcase the many and varied talents that they possess.
 
Students across the districts are studying for end of term assessments, final exams, and preparing book reports, projects and portfolios that give others a glimpse into what they have worked so hard towards all year long. Our sports teams are on the fields practicing and participating in games, matches and meets; representing their school and community with pride and dignity. In addition, many students are gearing up for prom night, awards nights and commencement ceremonies.
 
We are indeed, proud of all of our students and their various areas of accomplishment. I hope they, and you, take time, amidst the flurry of activity that always accompanies this time of year, to pause and reflect on the personal successes that they have experienced this school year.
 
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend. And to all mothers, grandmothers and those who fulfil a mothering role in our students’ lives, I wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
During the past week, two students enrolled at Wareham High School, chose to make comments referencing shooting in the school.  In both situations the prompt action by teachers, Deans, Administration, and the School Resource Officer, resulted in the students being promptly removed from school and arrested.  At no time did the students possess any weapons, nor does it appear that either had immediate access to weapons. On both occasions, information informing the public was placed on our website, as presenting the community with accurate and timely information, within the scope allowed by law, is important to us.
 
Maintaining student and staff safety is our number one priority.  It is imperative for our students to understand that should they choose to make either direct statements or ones alluding to compromising the security of our students and staff, they will be removed from school, arrested, and charged with making terrorist threats.  I strongly urge you to have a conversation with your child regarding the seriousness of making such remarks and the life-altering consequences which will follow.   
 
I understand at times students may make statements joking around with peers, out of frustration, or that such remarks may be a “plead for help.” I would ask you to urge your child to seek advice and help from, a parent, a school counselor or social worker, a teacher or administrator, or a trusted adult, as such actions as witnessed this week will likely have long-term consequences for both the students involved and for their families.
 
Again, I appreciate the prompt actions demonstrated by our facility and Administration at Wareham High School, our School Resource Officer, Chief Kevin Walsh and the Wareham Police Department.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Shaver-Hood

Weekly Events

Wareham High School
 
May 11th 
RENT! School Edition 7:00 p.m. in the WHS auditorium
PTA meeting WMS @ 6:00 p.m.
May 12th​
​RENT! School Edition 7:00 p.m. in the WHS auditorium
​May 13th​
​​RENT! School Edition 7:00 p.m. in the WHS auditorium
See link for pricing
​May 14th
​RENT! School Edition 
​12:00 p.m. show​. 
​10:30 Brunch in the WHS cafeteria
See link for pricing

https://vct.yapsody.com/event/index/89251/vtc-presents-rent-school-edition

 
Wareham Middle School
 
May 8 – Grades 6 & 7 Math MCAS
May 9 – Grades 6 & & Math MCAS
May 11 – PTA meeting at 6:00 P.M. in the cafeteria
Dates for Upcoming Field Days
Grade 5 – June 7 (rain date June 12)
Grade 6 – June 8 (rain date June 13)
Grade 7 – June 9 (rain date June 14)
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
May 8-12
Teacher Appreciation Week
May 9
Teacher Appreciation Day
No Homework Club today
May 10
School Nurses’ Day
MCAS-Grade 4 Math
NAVIGATE Drop In Session, 5:00 at Woods of Wareham
May 11
MCAS-Grade 4 Math
No Homework Club today
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
5/8/2017    Kindergarten Screening
5/9/2017    Kindergarten Screening
5/10/2017  Kindergarten Screening
5/10/2017  Mr. Roche/Mrs. Nelson Mother’s Day Tea 5 PM – 7 PM
5/11/2017  Kindergarten Screening

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Message from the Superintendent

A student recently enrolled in Wareham High School made a statement today in school regarding shooting up the school. A teacher heard this statement and promptly notified Administration. The student quickly was removed from school, and the Wareham Police Department have made an arrest. We take a very serious stance in protecting our students and staff in the Wareham Schools. I appreciate the work of the High School Administration, the School Resource Officer, as well as the close collaboration with Chief Walsh and the Wareham Police Department.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Shaver-Hood

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Message from the Superintendent

A student enrolled in Wareham High School sent a social media message yesterday, indicating a possible intent for a school shooting.
 
Upon learning of the message, High School Administration quickly responded as well as the School Resource Officer and the student allegedly sending the message was promptly removed from the high school. At no time during the situation were any high school students in danger.
 
I appreciate the quick response of our administrators and School Resource Officer in handling the situation and keeping our students safety as the number one priority.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Shaver-Hood

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
Strong and innovative leaders are essential to the success of any organization. At Wareham Middle School we are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Peter Steedman on board this year as the building leader. He has brought a wealth of knowledge and creativity to Wareham from his vast experience teaching and leading across the globe.
 
One of the inventive initiatives he has implemented at Wareham Middle School this year helps to foster the leadership capacity of middle schoolers. Dr. Steedman runs a Leadership Café every two weeks as a way to recognize and acknowledge students who have shown leadership skills in their classes, as well as a way of building capacity in this area. In this pilot program, teachers select one student, every other week, who has demonstrated skills that make them a positive role model among their peers.
 
The group of selected students meets with Dr. Steedman in the library and enjoys a healthy snack of smoothies and granola bars, provided by the Food Services Department. They begin by discussing their ideas about what is working in the school, and what needs to be improved, and they offer suggestions about how to make the improvements. Dr. Steedman leads the group in a variety of team-building activities, such as “Two-Minute Mysteries,” which are brain teasers that require students to cast aside pre-conceived notions and to expand their thinking about a topic to discover clues that will lead them to the answer. Students then participate in a group team building activity in which they have to work together to solve a problem, using creative solutions.
 
When asked what lessons they learn from the Leadership Café, students gave the following responses: teamwork, be yourself, don’t give up, express yourself, and collaborate.
 
We are proud of our Wareham Middle School Leaders and know that they will carry the skill sets they have developed in the Leadership Café into the hallways and classrooms, to further strengthen and unify the camaraderie in the building.
 
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events

 
Wareham High School
May 2nd
WHS School Council Meeting 7:00 a.m. 
Early Release 12:15 p.m.
 
May 4th
College Night for Juniors (students and Parents) 7:00 p.m. in the WHS Auditorium.
May 6th
SAT Testing will be held in the WHS cafeteria @ 7:30 a.m.
 
Wareham Middle School
 
May 4 – Spaghetti supper and tour at 5:00PM for incoming grade 5 students
May 5 – Grade 7 Dance from 6:30PM-9:00PM
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Tuesday, May 2
Early Release
10:50 dismissal for preschool
12:50 dismissal for elementary
 
Wednesday, May 3
Fun Run for preschool held at Minot 
AM-Fillion, Dinsmoor, Lemire, Roberge, Owens
10:00-proceed out back
10:10-10:30 Fun Run (Families are welcome and can meet outside)
 
PM-Fillion, Dinsmoor, Lemire
12:45-proceed outside
12:55-1:15 Fun Run (Families are welcome and can meet outside)
 
Thursday, May 4
Fun Run 
Grade 3 held at Decas
9:50-10:50 Fun Run (Families are welcome and can meet on the Decas Field) 
 
Grade 4 held at Decas
10:50-11:50 Fun Run (Families are welcome and can meet on the Decas Field) 
 
Free Spaghetti Supper and Tours
Grade 4 students and families
5:00 PM at Wareham Middle School
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
Monday 5/1/17  No CARE
Tuesday 5/2/17  Early Release Dismissal will be at 12:50 PM – No CARE
Thursday 5/4/17 
Boosterthon – Fun Run
Grade 2  8:50 – 9:50 AM
Grade 1  12:30 – 1:30 PM
Grade K  1:30 – 2:30 PM

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