Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
With the many mild and sunny days we had during February vacation, it was easy to hope that spring was right around the corner. On a day like today, many of us are forced to exercise our patience as we face another snow day. 
 
Our Wareham Public Schools educators excel at being patient. They show patience to their students each day when they use wait time so that students can process information and formulate a response. They demonstrate patience when they work with students, long after the day has ended, to help them grasp difficult concepts. When spring does finally arrive, spring fever inevitably hits, and our educators must exhibit much patience, as thoughts of summer vacation dance in and out of the minds of our students.
 
As we all patiently await the milder temperatures, let us enjoy the experiences that each day has to offer. I hope you have a peaceful and productive snow day today and wish you an enjoyable weekend.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

Weekly Events

 
Wareham High School
 
March 16th – National Honor Society Induction 6:00 p.m. in the WHS auditorium
March 17th – Credit for Life (Seniors)
                    – Color Guard & Military Ball @ 6:00 p.m. in the WHS cafeteria
March 18th – DECA Home Show 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
March 19th – DECA Home Show 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 
Wareham Middle School
 
March 16 – School Council Meeting at 5:00 p.m.
March 17 – PTA sponsored grade 6 dance at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Sunday, March 12 – Daylight Savings Time. Did you set your clocks an hour ahead?
Thursday, March 16 – International Night for Prek-4 families
                   – Minot Forest School 5:30-7:00 PM
Friday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
                  – Preschool Special Education Screenings, by appointment
Saturday, March 18 – Jump Rope for Heart, 9-12 at Minot Forest, Send in your fundraising envelopes
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
3/11/2017   Jump Rope for Heart – 9-11:30am
3/14/2017  Junior Achievement – Grade 1
3/16/2017  Decas/Minot PTA International Night at Minot 5:30 PM

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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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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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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.
 
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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