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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Maureen Manning, Director of Global Education, at email@example.com 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.
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood
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