Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
“All boys and all girls, without any exception, have the right to a quality education.” This is the quote that is painted on the wall in the community room in our sister school, Escola Secundaria Alfredo da Cruz Silvia, on the island of Santiago in Cabo Verde.
 
This February vacation, a group of Wareham staff, students and families traveled to Cabo Verde to attend school and teach classes in this school, where we have had a partnership for over a dozen years. Having hosted students and teachers from Santiago just a few years ago here in Wareham, the group was thrilled to be able to experience Cape Verdean life and culture last week.
 
Students were all assigned a school buddy for the week, and almost instantly, bonds were formed. Despite vast differences in traditions, language, and economic backgrounds, students all found many commonalities. Our students enjoyed time spent with their school buddies in classes, on the basketball court and during free time. The lessons they learned about life, language and culture on this African island, where many on the trip have or have had ancestors, are priceless. And I have no doubt that the friendships formed and the memories made will last a lifetime.
 
I am extremely proud of the response our Wareham students, staff and families had when they heard about the economic difficulties that prevent many students at our sister school from graduating. Students have to walk long distances to school, sometimes up to two hours each way on a daily basis. They need a school uniform and a physical education uniform as well as books. The cost of one year of education and transportation for a student at our sister school is the equivalent of $20 USD. Sadly, this cost is often too steep for many families and results in students dropping out of school before graduation.
 
Upon hearing this, our group took it upon themselves to sponsor 30 students collectively. The generosity shown by this group is tremendous yet not surprising in the least. Moreover, our Global Ambassadors have stated that they will not rest until all students at our sister school have the opportunity to attend. There are approximately 120 more students at risk for dropping out and in desperate need of a sponsor. The Global Ambassadors will be holding fundraisers to raise awareness and funds to help the rest of these students in need. We commend their efforts to honor the motto of our sister school and to represent Wareham Public Schools so well.
 
If you would like to sponsor a student for a year for $20, please contact me at kshaver-hood@wareham.k12.ma.us or Maureen Manning, Director of Global Education, at mmanning@wareham.k12.ma.us and your contribution will go directly to a student’s yearly fee. You will receive a photo and a thank you letter from your student as well. And like our Wareham students, you will be helping make the world a better place.
 
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood
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Weekly Events


 
Wareham High School
 
March 7th – Meet the Coaches Night 7:00 p.m. in the WHS Gymnasium, for all students playing a spring sport.
March 9th – PTA meeting 6:00 p.m. in the WMS Library
          – Students attending the Massachusetts State DECA Conference and Competition
March 10th – Students attending the Massachusetts State DECA Conference and Competition
March 11th – Students attending the Massachusetts State DECA Conference and Competition
 
Wareham Middle School
 
Next Week is Spirit Week. Students must follow school rules with regards to clothing and attire. 
 
Monday: Future You Day
Tuesday: Decades Day – 5th grade (50s), 6th grade (60s), 7th grade (70s), 8th grade (80s)
Wednesday: Mismatch Day
Thursday: Colors Day – 5th grade (red), 6th grade (purple), 7th grade (blue), 8th grade (green)
Friday: Twins Day
March 9 – Staff & Students Dodgeball Game at 6:00 p.m. in the gym
March 9 – PTA Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, March 6
Term 2 grades close
Friday, March 10
Preschool Peer Model Screening, by appointment
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
3/6 & 3/8 Kindergarten Registration 4:00-7:00 PM
3/6 – 3/9 Kindergarten Registration 9-11:30 AM & 12:30-2:00 PM
3/6 – 3/10 Book Fair for students during their school day
3/8 – Book Fair Family Night 5:30-7 PM
3/11- Jump Rope for Heart 9:00- Noon
 
1st Annual Faculty Basketball Game
 

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Message from the Superintendent

Dear Wareham Families,

 

One word that comes up frequently when discussing students, faculty, and staff in Wareham Public Schools is, “persistence.” Defined by Merriam-Webster, persistence is, “the action or fact of persisting; the quality or state of being persistent; especially:  perseverance; the quality that allows someone to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult or opposed by other people.  Persistence is indeed a highly admirable quality and is shown by many of our educators and students in Wareham.

 

The job of educating our nation’s youth, making countless vital decisions based on research and best practice each and every day, makes the profession rewarding but also challenging. Add in the fact that some decisions may be harshly criticized by others without a full range of knowledge of all the facts involved, and the task can seem quite daunting.

 

Our educators continue to show persistence on a daily basis, as they plan and deliver innovative curriculum, using highly effective instructional practices. Our students demonstrate persistence as they work through the complex material, not giving up, even when it’s difficult. Some of these students are also persevering through learning challenges and home difficulties; nevertheless, they persist.

 

I am extremely proud of our Wareham students and their educators for the grit, determination, and persistence that they show day after day, month after month, year after year, as they work to achieve their goals. As a community, we should stand behind them, offering them encouragement, support, and praise.

 

I hope you enjoy your February vacation and I look forward to welcoming back our students, faculty, and staff on Monday morning, February 27, 2017.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

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2017 WHS DECA 3rd Annual Home & Living Show

 

2017 WHS DECA 3rd Annual Home & Living Show

Connecting local businesses with local clients

Join other local businesses and Wareham High School DECA at the 3rd Annual Home & Living Show

 

WAREHAM, MA February 20, 2017–

Wareham DECA is proud to present their 3rd Annual Home & Living Show on Saturday, March 18th 10-4 and Sunday, March 19th 12-4.  Wareham DECA is an association of marketing, management, and entrepreneurial students who are academically prepared, civically conscious, professionally oriented, and emerging leaders who aspire to make a difference in their community.

 

These talented and driven young people are presenting a professional venue at a value for both the vendors and the attendees.  While students receive real-world experience in sales, marketing and customer relations , our vendors make connections with local clients.  

 

The WHS DECA Home & Living Show will include businesses from the following industries:  builders, home improvement companies, generator companies, mortgage companies, banks, painters, electricians, lumber yards, landscapers, solar companies, insurance companies, health clubs, assisted living companies and so much more.

 

There are just a couple more spots available for interested vendors and they are just waiting for your business!  Fun 107 will be working with WHS DECA to promote the event over the next 3 weeks and will broadcast live from the expo floor on Saturday, March 18th! So secure your booth now!

 

Attendees to the Home & Living show are afforded free admission as they are exposed to the outstanding reputable businesses here in their own community and have the chance to win great door prizes!

 

All proceeds generated will go directly to the funding of the DECA students’ travel and registration costs to their district, state and national competitions where these students will showcase their mastery of business concepts.

 

For interested vendors:  contact us at kcarman172@aol.com or mmaurice@wareham.k12.ma.us  or call 508 889-7123 or 508 291-3510 ext 117

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
February is a short month, to begin with, and for school time, it is even shorter, with February vacation and now these two snow days. There are many different ways to keep the learning going while your child is out of school.
 
Take a visit to the Wareham Free Library. Our library has much to offer families. In addition to quiet studying spaces, they have a number of activities planned each month. Here are some of the events for February:
 
Feb 11 10:00 AM Playgroup
Feb 14 10:30 AM Winter Storytime
Feb 16 10:30 AM Winter Storytime
Feb 16 6:00 PM Winter Storytime
Feb 21 10:30 AM Winter Storytime
 
There are also ways to keep the momentum of learning going from home via online websites. Some of our favorites are individualized and keep track of student’s progress such as:
 
Prodigygame.com
ReadTheory.org
 
While others offer tips, resources and fun games for students such as:
 
Redingrockets.org
Coolmath-games.com
 
During these days off, I hope you will set aside time to read together as a family. Research shows that maintaining at least twenty minutes each day of reading, will help prevent learning loss during time away from the classroom. Also, reading together as a family helps promote a love of reading and learning, and creates bonds and memories that can last a lifetime.
 
Best wishes for a great weekend, and stay safe in this unpredictable New England weather.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood
 
As a special reminder – School vacation week: February 20-24
School resumes on February 27, 2017, normal school hours


Weekly Events


 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, February 13
2nd session of CARE begins
School Council meeting, 4:00 PM at Minot
PTA meeting 6:30 PM at Minot
 
Tuesday, February 14
Valentine’s Day
Early Release. Preschool dismissal at 10:50 AM. Elementary dismissal at 12:50.
 
Wednesday, February 15
Select grade 4 students will take the National NAEP assessment
 
Thursday, February 16
Chili’s restaurant fundraiser to benefit the PTA
 
Wareham Middle School
 
February 14 – Early Release
February 16 – PTA meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. Please note change in location.
February 16 – School Council meeting at 5:00 p.m.
 
Wareham High School
 
February 14th
Early Release Day – Dismissal at 12:10 p.m.

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