Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
Throughout years of education reform initiatives, one phrase that always gets much press is the plea for school systems to get,” back to the basics.” This statement is often accompanied by stories of, “back in my day…,” when the Three Rs ruled and testing had a much different connotation than it does today. Educating today’s youth, however, is ever more complex than simply adhering to the instruction of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Teachers in 2016 are not only providing content area instruction in these and numerous other subjects but also, they are sheltering this content for learners from over a dozen different countries.
 
They are providing accommodations for students who have a wide range of learning challenges. They are offering social/emotional, academic learning for students who have experienced trauma. They are taking attendance while children eat free breakfast in their classrooms- many of whom would otherwise go without. And they are making sure that their names get on the right lists so that students in need will receive holiday meals and gifts.
 
Also, the instruction that teachers deliver each day must be designed so as to engage a new generation of learners, who rely heavily on technology. Teachers are helping students to think creatively, to innovate, and to take risks. They are preparing them to become citizens of the world in a 24-hour global economy, in which they will be competing for jobs with people from every corner of the earth. Moreover, many of these jobs have yet even to be created. But we know that when the time comes, our Wareham Public Schools students will be ready, because our faculty has embedded all of the crosses-curricular content knowledge students will need within real world application, to develop skills that will serve them well as they enter college or the work-force.
 
We are extremely fortunate to have a wealth of talented educators in Wareham who work tirelessly to design innovative instruction for 21st-century learners. Our heartfelt thanks and admiration goes out to these talented professionals.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events


 
Wareham High School
 
December 6th
School Council meeting 7:00 a.m. at WHS
Early release day – Dismissal at 12:15
December 7th
Honor Society students to Greater New Bedford Voc Tech to compete in the NHS Honor Bowl leaving WHS at 9:30 a.m.
December 8th
WMS/WHS PTA meeting at WMS Library 6:00 p.m.
 
Wareham Middle School
 
December 6 – Early Release Day. Dismissal is at 12:05 P.M.
December 8 – PTA meeting at 6:00PM in the library.
December 8 – PTA sponsored Paint Day in the cafeteria from 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Students must have a signed permission slip to participate.
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Tuesday, December 6 -Early Release. Preschool dismissal is 10:50 AM and Elementary dismissal is 12:50 PM.
Parent/Teacher Conferences, 1:30-3:30 PM and 4:30-7:30 PM by appointment
Thursday, December 8- Policy Review Committee Meeting, 5:00 PM, Rm 228 at the Multi-Service Center
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
12/6/2016   Early Release Dismissal will be at 12:50 PM
12/6/2016   Parent Conferences Grades K-2

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
It has often been said that it is not happy people who are thankful, rather, it is thankful people who are happy. And indeed, in being your Superintendent, there is so much to be thankful for in our school district.
 
I am thankful each day for the grit and determination our students demonstrate as they challenge themselves to achieve in their academic and extracurricular endeavors. I am grateful to our team of compassionate educators, who put their students first, setting high standards and promoting rigor in their classrooms. Thank you to our administrators, who are driven to ensure the success of all students. I give thanks for our paraprofessionals, who work tirelessly to provide individualized instruction and care for students who may face unique challenges. Thank you, to our school nurses, counselors, behaviorists, social workers and psychologists, who care for so many students each day, ensuring their health and wellbeing. Our secretaries are extremely deserving of thanks; working diligently, sometimes greeting each person as they enter a school building, and sometimes behind the scenes, ensuring the smooth operation of programs. Thank you to our bus drivers, who guarantee the safety of our students to and from school each day, to field trips, sporting events, and after school activities. Thank you to our custodial staff for keeping our buildings clean and safe, and working on projects around the schools to make improvements. Thank you to our cafeteria staff who provide our students with nutritious meals.
 
To our parents, guardians, and caregivers, I owe you a debt of gratitude. Thank you for working with us as partners in your child’s education. Thank you for helping your child with homework at night. Thank you for talking with our educators to help your child make progress socially, emotionally and academically. It is truly a blessing to be part of this supportive community.
 
I wish you all an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood
 


Weekly Events


Wareham High School
 
November 21st-
Spirit week continues:
Ugly Sweater Day
November 22nd –
Wear your class color
Pep Rally 1:00 p.m. in the gymnasium
November 23rd
Half Day – dismissal at 10:13 a.m.
 
Wareham Middle School
 
November 17 – School Council meeting from 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
November 18 – Picture Retakes
November 23 – PTA sponsored Pig Race
November 23 – Half day of school, 10:05 dismissal for all students
November 24 – Happy Thanksgiving – No School
November 25 – No School
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Wednesday, Nov 23
Half day of school, 10:50 dismissal for all students
Thursday, Nov 24
Happy Thanksgiving-No School
Friday, Nov 25
No School today
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
11/23/2016 – 1/2 Day School – Dismissal will be at 10:50 AM
11/23/2016 – Grade 2 Balloon Parade
11/24/2016 – No School – Happy Thanksgiving
11/25/2016 – No School

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
An International Baccalaureate (IB) education prepares students to be active participants in a global society. The IB Learner Profile states that “The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. This philosophy has perhaps, never been more vital.
 
Last week, the IB accreditation team submitted their final report of Wareham High School’s IB site visit. The report outlined a glowing review of the standards, procedures, and programming, implemented since the initial application process began over a year ago. IB Coordinator, Ashlie Yates-Paquin, praised the efforts of all involved in the journey toward the anticipated designation of IB World School status. Ashlie stated, “The results are a green light for the district for the final verification visit this winter. We are now fully prepared and feel very strongly that we will be an IB World School by the end of this school year and in full implementation beginning in August 2017.”
 
This program is a tremendous asset to Wareham Public Schools students. With an IB education, students will have opportunities and skill sets that will set them apart from others as they pursue higher education and careers. Wareham graduates will be well prepared for the ever-changing global economy which they will be entering. It is indeed, an exciting time for Wareham Public Schools, and I am immensely proud to be part of such an open-minded community who put students first.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events

Wareham High School

November 16th
Meet the coaches night 7:00 p.m. in the High School Gymnasium . If you have a child playing a winter sport you should plan on attending.

November 19th
WHS/WMS PTA Buffet Dinner/ Comedy Night!
Salerno’s Function Hall, Onset
Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.
$30 per person, table of 8 for $200
Please contact wmhspta@gmail for tickets

Wareham Middle School

November 10 – PTA meeting at 6:00 P.M. in the library
November 15 – Incoming Grade 5 Orientation from 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. in the auditorium.
November 17 – School Council meeting from 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
November 18 – Picture Retakes

Minot Forest Elementary

Monday, Nov 14 – Minot Forest/Decas School Council Meeting, 4:00 PM at the Decas School
Elementary PTA meeting, 6:30 PM at the Decas School
Thursday, Nov 17 – PTA Chili’s fundraiser. Mention the PTA fundraiser and a portion of the proceeds today will be donated to the PTA
Saturday, Nov 19 – PTA Annual Holiday Fair, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at the Decas School

John W. Decas Elementary

11/13/16  PTA Movie Day @ Flagship Cinema TROLLS 10 AM
11/14/16  School Council Meeting At Decas 4 PM
11/14/16  PTA Meeting At Decas 6:30 PM
11/16/16 – 11/18/16 Mobile Dentist
11/19/16  PTA Holiday Fair Decas School 9 AM – 3 PM

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
We are very proud of our football team as they continued their winning streak last Friday evening and will play tonight. We send the team our good wishes and our congratulations for their outstanding play and hard work they have produced during this season.
 
As you are aware, the voters of Wareham approved several MSBA building projects at recent town meetings.
 
The feasibility study for Minot Forest continues as our Minot Forest building subcommittee continues to meet, the input is being gathered as a report recommending potential site locations and grade configurations is in progress and will be submitted for approval to the MSBA.
 
The boiler replacement and E corridor roof replacement at Decas are proceeding at a much slower pace than anticipated.
 
Originally, it was the intent of the project to have the E corridor roof replaced after the school day. However, due to the unexpected delays which have been out of our control, this will not be possible due to the time of the year.
 
Therefore, before the starting of the E corridor roof replacement, the ten classrooms will be relocated within Decas and will not return to the E corridor until the work has been completed. Parents will be informed before the start of the work and will be informed when the roof has been completed. It is also anticipated that some work will take place on weekends and over holidays.
 
As we are still waiting for the ordering and arrival of necessary materials, it is not anticipated the roof replacement will begin until the latter part of November.
 
Happily, the boiler replacement will begin on Monday. This work is centralized in the boiler room and will not disrupt any classroom within the building. This project is anticipated to take approximately two months. There will be a boiler working throughout the project which will provide heat within the building.
 
Should you have questions about this project, please do not hesitate in contacting the building principal or me.
 
Reminder, no school next Tuesday or Friday.
 
Enjoy the weekend.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events


 
Wareham High School
 
November 8th
SEMASC field trip leaving WHS at 7:30 a.m. & returning at 1:30p.m.
In-Service Day – No school for students
November 10th
PTA meeting 6:00 p.m. in the WMS Library
No after school Sail Program
November 11
Veteran’s Day – No School
 
Wareham Middle School
 
November 7-11: Nature’s Classroom
Thursday, November 10: Report Cards sent home
Thursday, November 10: PTA Meeting
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, Nov 7
Wareham SEPAC Meeting with guest speaker Dr. Mitch Abblet, 6:30-8:00 PM, WMS Library
Tuesday, Nov 8
Teacher Inservice, no school for students
Election Day
Thursday, Nov 10
No after school academic CARE program today
Fri, Nov 11
Veteran’s Day-No School.
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
11/8/16      No School for Children, Staff Inservice Voting Day
11/11/16    No School Veterans Day
11/13/16    PTA Movie Day Trolls will be playing at Flagship Cinema @10 AM

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
Continuing the Journey
 
“Best wishes”, “What are you going to do after you graduate?”, “What do you want to be?”, and “Where are you going to school?” are all questions our seniors are asked many times during the course of their senior year.
 
Many of our seniors have submitted their applications or are in the final stages of doing so and will be anxiously awaiting acceptance notifications in the very near future.
 
Here are a few of the colleges and universities last years’ graduates are attending:
 

Mississippi State University
Johnson and Wales University
Assumption College
University of Massachusetts
Suffolk University
Utica College
University of Maine
Bentley University
Wheaton College
Stonehill College
Rhode Island College
Emmanuel College
Bryant University
Bridgewater University
MCPSH University
University of Connecticut
Framingham State University
Salem State

 
Students who graduated from Wareham High School are prepared to meet the challenges which await them as they move on into their next educational experience and we credit their success on their hard work, determination, and the outstanding education they received in Wareham Public Schools.
 
Wareham Football Team News
 
Congratulations to the Wareham Football Team as they earned a share of the South Coast Conference Small School Division Title. Our Vikings take the field, tonight, Oct. 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Division 3A playoff game. Please come and support our team.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood
Superintendent


WEEKLY EVENTS


 
WAREHAM HIGH SCHOOL
November 1st – School Council meeting 7:00 a.m. at WHS
November 5th – SAT testing at WHS
 
WAREHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL
October 28 – PTA sponsored Grade 5 Halloween Dance from 6-8:30 P.M. in the cafeteria
November 3 – Envisions Math Night from 5-6:30 P.M. for parents/guardians. Parents/guardians of students in grades 3-5 will meet in the library.  Parents/guardians of students in grades 6-8 will meet in Room A119.
Childcare is not available.
 
MINOT FOREST ELEMENTARY
Monday, October 31
Halloween. Students do not wear costumes at school.
   
Thursday, November 3
Picture retake day. Send in payment with the order form if your child was absent. If you are asking for pictures to be retaken, please send back the entire package with a note explaining what you did not like about them. 
 
Math Parent/Guardian Workshop for grades 3-5 with the new EnVision program, Wareham Middle School Library, 5:00-6:30 PM. 
 
JOHN W. DECAS ELEMENTARY
11/01/16   Picture Re-take day for grades K-2
Trolls

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
If you have a student at Wareham Middle School, you may have heard your child mention “Viking Time.” Viking Time is a new concept, initiated by WMS Principal, Dr. Peter Steedman. Dr. Steedman wanted to offer an opportunity in which students and teachers at WMS could engage in conversations about current events, school initiatives and topics of interest. It is a way to bring the school community together around a common theme each week and to allow time for meaningful discussions.
 
Viking Time is held each Wednesday during the engagement block. Students, teachers, and administrators are getting involved planning these unifying discussions. During the week of World Peace Day, teacher Kim Scott created a Viking Time lesson for WMS to prepare for the One Day, One Goal event. Dr. Steedman created a Viking Time lesson to give students background information and history about Beijing, China in advance of this month’s Global Education student exchange program. WMS student, Indiana Troupe, created a lesson about Fuel Up to Play 360. Another Viking Time lesson centered around being media savvy when watching television, reading articles and perusing social media during this election season.
 
Only two months into the school year and this new practice at WMS has become a highly anticipated weekly event. I look forward to hearing about new topics proposed by members of the WMS school community for future Viking Times lessons.
 
Do you have an idea for Viking Time? If so, please contact Dr. Steedman at psteedman@wareham.k12.ma.us.
 
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

Weekly Events

 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, Oct 24
Principal’s Coffee, 9:00 and 6:00 in the cafeteria 
 
Tuesday, Oct 25
Grade 3 Field Trip to Plimoth Plantation
 
Wareham Middle School
 
October 26 – PTA sponsored Grade 6 Game Tournament from 5-7 P.M. in the auditorium
 
October 26 – Nature’s Classroom Meeting from 6-7:00 P.M. in the main lobby.  Final payment and paperwork due.
 
October 28 – PTA sponsored Grade 5 Halloween Dance from 6-8:30 P.M. in the cafeteria
 
Wareham High School
October 24th
 
Varsity Girls Soccer away @ Bristol Aggie 3:30 p.m.
Varsity Field Hockey VS Westport @ @ WHS 3:30 p.m.
Varsity Boys Soccer VS Bristol Aggie WHS @ 6:30 p.m.
 
October 25th
 
Varsity Girls Soccer VS Bishop Connolly WHS at 3:30 p.m.
Varsity Volleyball VS GNBR WHS @ 6:00 p.m.
 
October 27th
 
Financial Aid night @ 7:00 p.m. in the WHS auditorium – If you have a Junior or Senior that will be attending a 2 or 4 year college you should attend.
 
October 28th
 
Varsity Girls Soccer VS Middleboro WHS @ 3:30 p.m.
 
PTA News
 
The PTA is sponsoring a 5th grade Halloween Dance on Friday October 28th from 6-8:30pm. Permission slips are being sent home this Friday, Oct.21st, and tickets will be sold at the end of school lunches on Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 26th & 27th).  Tickets are $5.00 each and students must have a signed permission slip to purchase.
 
Wareham HS DECA
 
1 AnnualMattressSaleFundraiser!!
Saturday October 22nd
 
Our Wareham High School DECA Program will be sponsoring our first annual mattress sale on Saturday, October 22nd. This one-day fundraiser will be held in the Wareham High School Gym from 10am to 5pm and profits from this sale will help pay for competitive events and fund trips that would otherwise be unavailable for the students in the WHS DECA Program.
 
This has been a very successful fundraiser in local school districts for the past 10 years and we are very excited to be able to sponsor this event here for Wareham High School for the first time.
Three major, national brands will be available: Simmons Beautyrest, Restonic, & Therapedic. They are all brand new with guaranteed manufacturer warranties and will discounted 30% – 50% off retail off retail giving the community an opportunity to purchase the same brand new, name brand mattresses that are found in stores, but at lower prices with full manufacturer warranties. Much higher quality for price than a retail store!
 
There will be 24 different mattress sets to choose from, available in all sizes, price ranges, delivery and free lay-a-way will be available. Styles include plush sets, pillow-top sets, latex, memory foam, gel beds, and Adjustable Beds. Bed frames, luxury pillows and mattress protectors are also available
Floor models will be on display at Wareham High School Gym from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, October 22.
 
Every purchase benefits the students, so if you, or anyone you know is in the market for a new mattress or could replace another mattress in your home…check out this fundraiser!! If you need a new mattress before this sale or have any questions, please contact Jack Isaacs of Custom Fundraising Solutions at jisaacs@customfundraisingsolutions.com.

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
The National Youth Leadership Council defines service-learning as, “an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs.”
 
For decades, Wareham Public Schools has had a history of exemplary service learning projects, and we have long been recognized as leaders in this area. To this day, students at all different grade levels are continuing to use their skills & knowledge to make a major impact in the Wareham community.
 
One such student group that is immersed in service-learning activities is the Youth Empowerment/Builders Club at the Wareham Middle School, an after school program, sponsored by 21st Century grant funds, along with community partner, the Kiwanis Club of Bourne and Wareham.
 
Over the past few years, some teachers received grant sponsored training in service-learning strategies, and moreover, in empowering youth to make a difference in the community.
 
The Youth Empowerment/Builders Club researched potential areas of community need and was most struck by the prevalence of hungry students in their school-particularly on weekends when meals are not readily available to them.
 
After choosing hunger as their primary area of focus, these students then researched a variety of highly recognized, long-standing, successful programming in ending student hunger, such as the “End 68″ weekend backpack program.
 
The students then created a protocol for collecting backpacks, nonperishable food items and devised a confidential method of having students receive a weekend food backpack through the nurse’s office. They solicited donations, participated in fundraisers and obtained media coverage for their efforts.
 
Their persistence and hard work have resulted in a weekly program in which over fifty students receive food laden backpacks every Friday. Each pack contains enough food to feed a family for the weekend.
 
We are so proud of these caring students and their advisors for the tremendous service they are providing for our school community. And with additional donations, more students in more schools will also be able to utilize this program as well.
 
If you would like to donate to this worthy effort, please contact me and I will be happy to see that your donation gets into the hands of hungry students.
 
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events


 
Wareham High School
 
October 17th – Re-take day for pictures
                         – Varsity & JV Field Hockey @ Apponequet 3:30 p.m.
                          – JV Football @ GNBVT 3:30 p.m.
                          – Varsity & JV Boys Soccer @ Bishop Connolly 3:30 p.m.
October 18th – Early Release Day – dismissal @ 12:10 p.m.
                          – JV Boys Soccer @ ORR 3:30 p.m.
                          – Varsity & JV Volleyball @ Dighton Rehoboth 5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
October 19th – School Committee meeting @ 7:00 p.m. WMS auditorium
October 20th – Open House from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
                          – Varsity & JV Soccer @ Upper Cape 3:30 p.m.
October 21st – Varsity & JV Field Hockey @ Fairhaven 3:30 p.m.
                          – Varsity & JV Soccer @ Middleboro 3:30 p.m.
                          – Varsity Football @ WHS 7:00 p.m.
 
Wareham Middle School
 
October 18 – Early Release Day, Dismissal is at 12:05 P.M.
October 20 – School Council, 5:00 – 6:00 P.M.
Upcoming Events
October 26 – PTA sponsored Grade 6 Game Tournament from 5-7 P.M. in the auditorium
October 28 – PTA sponsored Grade 5 Halloween Dance from 6-8:30 P.M. in the cafeteria
 
Minot Forest Elementary School
 
October 17-21 Book Fair at Minot Forest School 
October 17-21 Bus Safety Week
October 19-21 Mobile Dentist returns to Minot
 
October 17 – Minot Forest and John W. Decas School Council, 4:00 PM at Minot Forest
Elementary PTA meeting, 6:30 PM at Minot Forest
Grade 4 – Rms 21, 22, 23, 25, 27 will visit the Cranberry Bogs today
October 18 – Early Release Day
Preschool dismisses at 10:50 AM and Elementary dismissal is 12:50 PM.
Family Night at the Book Fair, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM
October 20 – Bus Evacuation practice
October 21 – Grade 4 – Rms 24, 26, 28, 29, 17, 40 will visit the Cranberry Bogs today
 
John W. Decas Elementary School
 
October 17 -Joint Elementary School Council @ Minot 4:00 PM
Joint Elementary PTA Meeting @ Minot 6:30 PM
October 18 – Early Release Day~ 12:50 PM Dismissal
October 21 -Team Building Day – Decas Field – Parents are welcomed! 
Grade 1- 9:30-11:00
Grade K – 11:00-12:30
Grade 2 – 1:00-2:30

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
As a lifelong educator, I believe that having grit and perseverance is essential to long-term student success. I have often spoken about these key traits, and how possessing them can have a major impact on one’s academic journey.
 
A leading researcher on the concept of grit is Dr. Angela Duckworth, head of the Character Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Duckworth asserts that while talent and IQ are important, grit and determination are better indicators of success in any field. After studying the impact of grit and perseverance on years of student performance, she compiled her findings in her first book, that came out several months ago, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. The book became an instant bestseller on the New York Times list.
 
I leave you with this quote by Dr. Duckworth, one that I hope that you will share with your children this weekend. “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals.  Grit has stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day-in and day-out/ and working hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
 
Have a wonderful weekend.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events


 
Wareham High School
 
October 10th –  Columbus Day, No School
                         – JV Football @ WHS 11:00 a.m.
                         – Varsity Boys Soccer 2:00 p.m. @ WHS
                        – Golf @ Bay Pointe Country Club 3:30 p.m.
 
October 12th – Varsity & JV Boys Soccer @ Fairhaven
                         – Varsity & JV Soccer @ WHS 5:30 p.m.
 
October 14th – Varsity & JV Field Hockey @ Bourne 3:30p.m.
                          – Varsity & JV Girls Soccer @ Seekonk  3:30 p.m.
                          – Varsity & JV Volleyball @ Seekonk 5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
                          – Varsity Football @ GNBVT @ 7:00 p.m.
                          – Cheerleaders to GNBVT
                          – Golf – Conference Championship @ Bay Pointe 3:30 p.m.
 
Wareham Middle School
 
October 12 – Picture Day
October 13 – PTA meeting at 6:00 P.M. in the Middle School library
 
Upcoming Events
October 26 – PTA sponsored Grade 6 Game Tournament from 5-7 P.M. in the auditorium
October 28 – PTA sponsored Grade 5 Halloween Dance from 6-8:30 P.M. in the cafeteria
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, Oct 10
No School-Columbus Day
Tuesday, Oct 11
CARE program begins
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
10/3 – 10/7   Grade 2 classrooms will go to the Lloyd Center in North Dartmouth

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events 10.3.16

Dear Wareham Families,
 
I recently came across this poem by an anonymous author, who wrote about two sculptors, working in tandem, to gently and carefully help one another mold a young mind. The poem serves as a creative reminder of the importance of the relationship and connection between school and home. In Wareham Public Schools, parents and guardians are essential partners, working together with faculty and staff, to create optimal learning opportunities for students. Parents and guardians are children’s first teachers, and indeed, no one knows them better. Therefore, it is essential that teachers and caregivers work in unison, to provide each other with information and support, to best serve our students.
 
We are extremely fortunate in Wareham, to have such collaborative partnerships with our students’ families. Our Wareham families are invested and engaged in the education of their children, and this is evident with each email, phone call and visits our teachers and administrators receive. We thank you for your input, your suggestions and your willingness to work in unison with us. I look forward to continued partnerships with all Wareham families this school year.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events


 
Wareham High School
 
October 4th – School Council meeting at 7:00 a.m. WHS conference room
 
Wareham Middle School
 
Friday, September 30: Progress Reports will be sent home today.  Please take time to review the grades and comments provided by the teacher.  If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact the teacher directly to learn what the student can do to improve his or her grades.  Working collaboratively between home and school can produce dramatic improvements in student achievement.
 
Thursday, October 6th: Lopes Field Playground Design Day for 5th Graders (8:00 am-9:00 am).
 
All 5th grade parents, please join us for a Design Day Celebration  at Minot Forest  Elementary School from 6-7 PM.
This event will celebrate the unveiling of the new student designed playground for Lopes Field!
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Sunday, October 2
Elementary PTA sponsors the movie Storks at Flagship Cinema, Wareham. Cost is $5 per person. Doors open at 9:15 AM and the movie begins at 10:00. This is a first come, first serve. 
 
Monday, October 3
Pictures due back today on your child’s dream playground to replace the existing Lopes Playground in Onset. 
 
Thursday, October 6
Design Day. Designers will meet with grade three and four students to listen to their ideas about their dream playground to replace the existing Lopes Playground in Onset.  
 
6:00-7:00 PM-Playground Design Reveal at Minot Forest. The designers will show the design they drew based on the ideas generated during the day by the students at all schools. 
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
10/3 – 10/7   Grade 2 classrooms will go to the Lloyd Center in North Dartmouth
10/6/16       Playground Pep Rally  @ Minot Forest School 6 PM

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events 9/26/2016

Dear Wareham Families,
 
This Wednesday, September 21, we celebrated World Peace Day. Officially recognized in 2001, this day of peace is celebrated internationally, with many countries honoring peace in a variety of ways. In the US, the Peace Bell is rung at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The bell is made up of coins donated by children worldwide. A gift from Japan, the bell’s inscription reads, “Long live absolute world peace.”
 
Wareham Middle School celebrated World Peace Day on Wednesday by participating in the peaceoneday.org’s “One Day, One Goal” campaign. With the notion that soccer, known internationally as football, unites people and transcends such barriers and language and economic divides, this campaign encourages people across the world to play 30 minutes of non-competitive soccer on September 21st. And that is precisely what Wareham Middle School teachers and students did.
 
Last week, teachers used their “Viking Time” periods to discuss concepts of peace with students and to brainstorm ideas that promote peace in the schools and community. And on Wednesday afternoon, everyone at the Middle School headed outdoors for some peaceful and enjoyable exercise with soccer balls. A highlight of the event was when students in Ms. Kim Scott’s class addressed the crowd to present their ideas about peace.
 
We have posted some pictures of the event on our social media sites. You can search for them using the hashtag #WorldPeaceinWareham.
OneDayOneGoal
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events


Wareham High School
September 26th – Varsity Girls Soccer @ Bishop Connolly HS
September 27th – Golf @ Case – Touissett Country Club
September 28th – Golf @ Bourne
September 29th – 25th Anniversary of Wareham High School
September 30th – Football @ Fairhaven
                        – Volleyball @ GNBVT
                        – Field Hockey @ Apponequet
                             
Wareham HS DECA
1 Annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser!!
Saturday October 22nd
 
Our Wareham High School DECA Program will be sponsoring our first annual mattress sale on Saturday, October 22nd. This one-day fundraiser will be held in the Wareham High School Gym from 10am to 5pm and profits from this sale will help pay for competitive events and fund trips that would otherwise be unavailable for the students in the WHS DECA Program
This has been a very successful fundraiser in local school districts for the past 10 years and we are very excited to be able to sponsor this event here for Wareham High School for the first time.
 
Three major, national brands will be available: Simmons Beautyrest, Restonic, & Therapedic. They are all brand new with guaranteed manufacturer warranties and will discounted 30% – 50% off retail off retail giving the community an opportunity to purchase the same brand new, name brand mattresses that are found in stores, but at lower prices with full manufacturer warranties. Much higher quality for price than a retail store!
 
There will be 24 different mattress sets to choose from, available in all sizes, price ranges, delivery and free lay-a-way will be available. Styles include plush sets, pillow-top sets, latex, memory foam, gel beds, and Adjustable Beds. Bed frames, luxury pillows and mattress protectors are also available
Floor models will be on display at Wareham High School Gym from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, October 22.
 
Every purchase benefits the students, so if you, or anyone you know is in the market for a new mattress or could replace another mattress in your home…check out this fundraiser.
 
Wareham Middle School
 
The PTA needs your help. They have many fun activities that require volunteers; Some of the events include dances, a comedy show, meat raffle, and gaming tournaments. They need items for the raffle and silent auction table at the Comedy Show scheduled for November 19th. They would love to have help with ticket sales for the Comedy Show as well.  The PTA website is www.wmhspta.com or like the PTA Facebook page Wareham Middle & High School PTA. They look forward to meeting you!
 
September 28 – Nature’s Classroom (last day to register/first payment is due)  – Main Lobby from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
September 30 – Grade 7 Humanities Academy On Campus Field Trip
October 12 – Picture Day
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, Sept 25 Principal’s Coffee, 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM in the Minot cafeteria
Tuesday, Sept 26 Picture Day! Please send in the picture envelopes with the money inside.
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
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