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:
While others offer tips, resources and fun games for students such as:
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.
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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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
Anthony Robbins stated, “To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the ways in which we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” Diversity in thinking is one of the founding principles of our great nation. Diversity in communication is also extremely important. In Wareham Public Schools, we constantly strive to excel in communicating to parents, the community, and the world, about our academic offerings, innovative programming, and upcoming events. Some of our methods of communication utilize technology via our district web page, apps, and social media sites. We work with our local newspapers and television station to produce series of articles and videos that inform families and community members about district news. We also communicate through newsletters, flyers and phone calls. None of this, however, can replace the importance of periodically sitting down and having face to face conversations, both in small focus groups and individually. By meeting in person, we have the ability to actively listen to ideas, concerns, and suggestions that others may have. We believe that having numerous ways to communicate information is extremely important and we will continue to use a variety of methods to do so.
Please check out our web site each Friday for my weekly blog post and information about upcoming events at each school at We have a very active Facebook page: Wareham Public Schools. We continue to grow our Twitter, @warehamps, and Instagram warehampublicschools, pages as well.
I would also invite you to attend a coffee on February 2, 2017, I will be sharing information about the FY18 budget and would like to hear your thoughts on this topic as well as other points of discussion that you would like to share. The coffee will be held in room 228 in the Multi-Service Building beginning at 9:00 a.m.
As I have said before and will continue to say, I invite you to call me or to sit down in person, as my door is always open.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

Weekly Events


Wareham High School
January 29th –  PTA Meat Raffle at Shenanigans Bar & Grill from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

February 2nd – AP Informational meeting for Parents/Guardians 6:30 in the WHS auditorium
                       – Bridgewater State University Dual Enrollment informational meeting 7:00 p.m. in the WHS auditorium
                       – IB Informational meeting for Parents/Guardians 7:20 p.m. in the WHS auditorium, 7:40 questions & answers
Wareham Middle School
February 3 – Honor Society Induction at 5:30 P.M. in the auditorium
Minot Forest Elementary
Monday, January 30
Principal’s Coffee, 9:00 AM at Minot Forest
Tuesday, January 31
Band and Chorus Concert, 6:00 PM at Wareham High School Auditorium
Thursday, February 2
Groundhog Day. Will the groundhog see its shadow?
CARE 1st session ends today
Friday, February 3
100th day of school for grades 3 and 4!

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
One of the highlights for me each year, as Superintendent of Schools, is attending the Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Breakfast that is put on each year by the Wareham Boys & Girls Club. This breakfast honors our Wareham students who best exemplify values and ideals espoused by Dr. King. The students awarded, all demonstrate a commitment to leadership, scholarship, and service and we are extremely proud of all of their accomplishments.
Wareham High School senior, Jordan Phillips, did a wonderful job of being the morning’s keynote speaker. A past MLK award recipient himself, Jordan is, indeed, a testament to all of the characteristics that this award honors. The following are some of the Wareham Public Schools students celebrated at this week’s event:
John W. Decas School: Kaylie McKay. Kaylie is kind hearted, respectful of everyone and always seems to do what is right for others on her initiative. On a daily basis, Kaylie helps her friends who need assistance. Her teacher says that Kaylie has a way of bringing out the best in everyone.
Minot Forest Elementary: Rija Rakotoarimanitra-Bunting. Rija demonstrates good citizenship, has a great work ethic, and is eager to learn new things. He serves as a role model to others, offering his assistance and looking out for the welfare of others.
Wareham Middle School: Curtis Briggi. Curtis plays for Gateway Babe Ruth Baseball and Wareham Middle School JBA basketball. He also tutors grade 5 and 7 students in math and volunteers his time at Turning Point.
Wareham Jr. Sr. Cooperative School/PASS Program: Anthony Alford. Anthony recently was in a very serious accident, and even while in out of school, he worked diligently to keep up with his assignments and complete work online to complete his studies and get his diploma. Anthony does not let any circumstances deter him from achieving his goals.
Wareham High School: James Thomas. James is currently a senior. Everyday James, James makes a positive impact and is very active in extracurricular activities. James is an outstanding student and is a wonderful representative for Wareham High School.
Congratulations to each of the students who earned this high honor in our community. We are proud that you represent yourself, your family, your school and your community with such dignity.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood, Superintendent

Weekly Events

Minot Forest Elementary
Wednesday, January 25
Navigate Connections for Student Success 1st Drop-In Session
Woods of Wareham, Manager’s Office
48 Swifts Beach Rd
5:00-7:00 PM 
Wareham staff will be availalble to help answer questions on homework, curriculum, and other topics. 
Wareham Middle School
January 23 – Term 3 Begins
January 24 – School Council meeting at 5:00 P.M.
January 30 – Term 2 Report Cards issued
Wareham High School
January 22nd – Superhero & Princess Pancake Breakfast 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. in the WHS caferteria
January 23rd – New term starts
January 26th – Report cards will be issued
January 29th – PTA Meat Raffle 3:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. at Shenanigans Bar & Grill

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,


We are once again immersed in “budget season” as we collaborate with town officials to finalize the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) school budget.


During the past several years, Wareham Public Schools worked to curtail expenditures by closing buildings, reducing staff, and cutting supplies and materials.  We have re-organized our elementary schools.  We have returned the West Wareham School, the Everett Educational Center, and the Ethel E. Hammond School to the Town of Wareham in an effort to streamline programs offered for our students.   Since 2011, we have reduced over 50 full-time positions and have still maintained class sizes ranging from the low teens to the mid-twenties.


During the past several years, we have continued to expand and enhance academic opportunities for all of our students in Wareham.   We have added additional counselors and social workers in our buildings to help address the social/emotional needs of our students.  We have expanded program opportunities for students by offering Dual Enrollment, STEAM Academy, Humanities Academy, PBIS,  1:1 technology in grades 2 -12, K-2 Focus, OWLS and new math curriculum are just a few of the many examples.


The drivers of our FY18 budget are:

–    Meeting our contractual obligations

–    Allowing for maintenance of our facilities

–    Transportation

–    Supporting technology infrastructure

–    Maintaining student to staff ratios


To summarize, it is our charge to build a budget which supports a quality and rigorous academic experience for all students in Wareham.   We believe the FY18 budget provides the schools with the necessary revenue to deliver the education every child deserves.

I am happy to provide you with additional information regarding programs, services, and opportunities our schools offer on a daily basis for our students.


We appreciate the confidence of the Wareham citizens as you voted to support the Wareham High School roof project, the Decas roof and boiler replacement project, and the Minot Forest feasibility study.


Finally, we do recognize the Town’s difficult financial position and are very grateful for the support which has been and continues to be provided to our students in the Wareham Public Schools.



Thank you for your continued support and I wish you a restful long weekend.




Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood



Weekly Events

High School

January 16th – No School – Martin Luther King Day

January 17th Mid-Term Exams (Full Day)

No SAIL Program


January 18th – Mid-Term Exams (Half Day)

No SAIL program

January 19th – Mid-Term Exams (Half Day)

No SAIL program

January 20th – Mid-Term Exams (Half Day)

No SAIL program

Dual Enrollment students field trip to Bridgewater State University


Middle School

January 17 – Mock Trial for Grades 5&6

January 19 – Grade 5 Gaming Tournament at 5:00 P.M. in the auditorium (preregistration required)

January 19 – School Council meeting at 5:00 P.M.



Monday, January 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Day-No School

Thursday, January 19

Chili’s restaurant fundraiser to benefit PTA

Friday, January 20

Preschool Screenings by Appointment.



1/16/17  Martin Luther King Day – No School

1/17/17-1/2017 FAST Testing


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