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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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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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 warehamps.org. 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.
 
Sincerely,
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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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.
 
Sincerely,
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.

 

Sincerely,

 

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.

 

Minot

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.

 

Decas

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

1/17/17-1/2017 FAST Testing

 

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
I hope you all enjoyed a peaceful holiday season. The new year is upon us and in Wareham Public Schools, we have started 2017 with tremendous energy and enthusiasm. There is much in store for students in the coming months. Here is a list of some important dates over the next several weeks to put on your 2017 calendars:
 
• ACCESS for ELLs ~ (ELL students in grades K-12) January 5 – February 8, 2017
• Martin Luther King, Jr. Day~ January 16, 2017, Schools Closed
MLK Award Breakfast to be held at the Wareham Boys and Girls Club, located in Onset.
• SAT Reasoning Test ~ (Juniors and Seniors – Varied Test Centers) January 21, 2017
• ACT ~(Juniors and Seniors – Varied Test Centers) February 11, 2017
• MCAS High School Biology Test ~ (Students in grades 10, 11, or 12 who have not earned a CD in Science and Technology/ Engineering) February 6 & 7, 2017
• Early Release Day~ February 14, 2017
• February Vacation~ Schools close 2/17/17 at the end of the school day and reopen on 2/27/17
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events


 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
1/9/17   Minot/Decas School Council  @ Decas 4 PM
1/9/17   Minot/Decas PTA Mtg @ Decas 6:30 PM
1/12/17 No CARE
1/16/17 Martin Luther King Day – No School
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, January 9
Minot/Decas School Council meeting, 4:00 PM at Decas
Elementary PTA meeting, 6:30 PM at Decas
 
Thursday, January 12
No CARE program today
 
Wareham Middle School
 
January 10 – Mock Trial for Grades 5&6
January 12 – PTA meeting at 6:00PM in the library
 
Wareham High School
January 12th – PTA meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the WMS Library

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Dear Wareham Families,
 
As we enter the holiday season, we also prepare to close out one calendar year and begin another. This is always a time for reflection; calling to mind that which we have accomplished over the past year and that which we seek to achieve in the coming one. This week’s blog is a compilation of many of the highlights from the past year for Wareham Public Schools:
 
• Providing 1:1 technology for all students in grades 2-12
• Implementing the highly- acclaimed K-2 Focus program at Decas Elementary
• Implementing a unified curriculum in Minot’s preschool program
• Initiating a Humanities Academy at Wareham Middle School
• Welcoming Dr. Peter Steedman as the new WMS Principal
• Minot Forest KKids raising money so they can offer Kiva loans to people in developing countries
• Achieving candidacy status in the International Baccalaureate Diploma and Middle Years Programmes at Wareham High School
• The revitalization of the WMS Drama Club brought us an incredible production of the musical, “Annie”
• The WHS Culinary Program baked and donated cookies and brownies to voters at each of the polling stations on election day
• Our Beyond School Time before and after day care program has doubled its enrollment, offering needed child care for Wareham families at the lowest prices in the area
• Students in the STAGE/Builder’s Club providing backpacks of food to 50 students each weekend
• Our alumni, such as Jordan Rezendes, Darien Fernandez are thriving and breaking athletic records in their collegiate careers
• WMS student, Indiana Troupe, was selected to travel to Indiana as a Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador
• Many anti-bullying presentations happened in all schools in the district
• The Summer CARE program created a new partnership with the Water Department this year, to teach students about the water filtration process
• A great WHS Football season….
• Outstanding students, faculty, staff, and administrators
 
This list is only a partial list of all the wonderful opportunities that have occurred for our students during this past year. Thank you to all who work to provide these outstanding experiences in our schools. We look forward to returning to school on January 3rd.
 
We continue to be very grateful to the parents and guardians, and citizens of Wareham for their support and encouragement for all members of our school community. My best wishes for a peaceful holiday season. https://vimeo.com/196393479
 
Sincerely,

Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

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