Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
Although it may not feel like it, spring finally arrived this week. And as we look forward to warmer temperatures and milder weather, the plans for summer in Wareham Public Schools are already well under way. Each year the CARE Summer Program, through the Office of Beyond School Time, provides over 200 students with a five-week summer camp experience that is STEAM-focused and project-based. Programming incorporates physical fitness, book clubs for mandatory summer reading, service learning projects and much more. The following is just a partial list of some of the many classes offered:
 
Builders/Youth Empowerment Club
 
Currently, students are focusing on the hunger in the community and have set up a food bank at the Middle School that fills over 50 backpacks that students take home each Friday. It was an eye-opening experience for students and staff alike to discover the impact nationally, regionally and within the local community food insecurity has on individuals and families. The more information that was gained, the more determined students became to educate others to make an impact to improve the situation locally. This club is co-sponsored by WPS partner, the Kiwanis Club of Bourne and Wareham.
 
Sailing
 
This program, in collaboration with CARE partner, Buzzards Bay Coalition (BBC), is presently being developed to offer sailing lessons in this year’s summer program. With BBC’s acquisition of Wicket’s Island in Onset, MA, they have agreed to offer the lessons to Summer CARE Camp students.
 
Strings and Things
 
During the summer of 2017, this class will be offered to 20 students, as additional violins are being purchased. In addition to the enjoyment of playing a musical instrument, there is also much research citing the benefits of playing a musical instrument in relation to cognitive development in children. It is anticipated that in the future, more stringed instruments will be added, such as the viola, cello, and bass.
 
Sculpting
 
New to the CARE summer camp program 2017 will be a sculpting class using air-dry clay for students in grades K-2. Each student will learn and perform at their individual ability. Students will use sculpting materials to create three-dimensional pieces of work.
 
Books Alive
 
The CARE enhancement grant will enable the expansion of the literacy program from two classes to four classes this summer. Implemented last summer, a Title 1 Reading Specialist/Interventionist and a 3rd-grade classroom teacher created a literacy program that included integrating art, music, and movement into reading and was based on an example that the two teachers had seen at a conference called,” Books Alive!”
 
Claymation
 
Ever wonder how those clay figures were created for cartoons and movies? This class uncovers the secrets to bringing clay figures to life. Students work in teams in planning, producing and screening their clay animation movie. Students develop storyboards and scripts, create clay characters, background scenery and produce the stop-motion animation images with a digital camera.
 
K Literacy Summer Club
 
For students who still need time to reach specific milestones, the Early Literacy Program provides 100 hours of neurologically and developmentally considered interventions for students. The students attending will be those who need extra support for their successful transition to 1st grade.
 
For more information about any of our summer offerings, please contact Jane Fondulis at fondulis@wareham.k12.m.us. Have a wonderful weekend.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

Weekly Events

 
Minot Forest Elementary School
 
Monday, March 27
Principal’s Coffee, 9:00 AM
Wednesday, March 29
Grade 4 students will visit WMS to see the play Peter Pan
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
3/28/2017  Student Learning Expedition
 
Wareham High School
March 30th
Mr. Wareham in the WHS auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
March 31st
Term 3 grades will close
 
Wareham Middle School
 
March 29 – Drama Club presents Peter Pan Jr in the auditorium at 5PM & 7PM
March 30 – Grade 6 movie night in the auditorium at 5:30 PM
March 31 – Term 3 Ends

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
“Top of the morning”! Today is a day that many celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Even those who are not of Irish decent often proudly don green attire, prepare a boiled dinner and gather with family and friends. Cultural celebrations can indeed reach across communities and amongst ethnic groups.
 
Last night’s International Night was indeed, a testament to that. Minot Forest, once again, opened its doors to the community to honor world cultures and heritage. Wareham families, staff and the community volunteered to host tables representing dozens of countries, including Ireland, Italy, China, Japan, Morocco, Ecuador, Cabo Verde and much more. Table hosts arranged beautiful displays with information, artifacts, and foods from the countries they were highlighting.
 
There were games and activities for children and multicultural performances by dance and musical groups. Many local restaurants sponsored this event as well, by providing foods with an ethnic flair.
 
This event has been in Wareham for well over a decade, and it is one that is cherished in our community, for it brings people of different backgrounds together to celebrate and honor multiculturalism. Last night was a demonstration of global education at its finest, and my thanks go out to all those who participated in the planning and facilitating of this special tradition in our district.
 
For photos of last night’s event, please visit our Facebook page: Wareham Public Schools. Have a wonderful weekend.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood
 


Weekly Events


 
Wareham High School
 
March 18th
DECA Home Show at Wareham High School 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
March 19th
DECA Home Show at WHS  12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
March 22nd
School Committee meeting 7:00 p.m. at WMS auditorium
Dual Enrollment Informational night for upcoming  8th graders will be held  in the WHS auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
March 23rd
UPDATED: Cloud Shapers has been postponed. A new date for the show will be available shortly.
The Viking Theatre Company will present their festival play “Cloud Shapers”
 
Wareham Middle School
 
March 20- School Council – 5:00 PM
March 29 – Drama Club presents Peter Pan Jr in the auditorium at 5PM & 7PM
March 30 – Grade 6 movie night in the auditorium at 5:30 PM
March 31 – Term 3 Ends
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, March 20
No after school CARE classes
School Council, 4:00 at Decas
Elementary PTA 6:30 at Decas
Wednesday, March 22
Report cards go home
Thursday, March 23
Chili’s Restaurant fundraiser to support the PTA
Friday, March 24
Preschool Peer Model Screening, by appointment
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
3/20/2017  School Council Mtg 4 PM @ Decas
3/20/2017  PTA meeting 6:30 @ Decas
3/21/2017  Junior Achievement in a Day- Grade 2
3/22/2017  Report Cards go home

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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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2017 WHS DECA 3rd Annual Home & Living Show

 

2017 WHS DECA 3rd Annual Home & Living Show

Connecting local businesses with local clients

Join other local businesses and Wareham High School DECA at the 3rd Annual Home & Living Show

 

WAREHAM, MA February 20, 2017–

Wareham DECA is proud to present their 3rd Annual Home & Living Show on Saturday, March 18th 10-4 and Sunday, March 19th 12-4.  Wareham DECA is an association of marketing, management, and entrepreneurial students who are academically prepared, civically conscious, professionally oriented, and emerging leaders who aspire to make a difference in their community.

 

These talented and driven young people are presenting a professional venue at a value for both the vendors and the attendees.  While students receive real-world experience in sales, marketing and customer relations , our vendors make connections with local clients.  

 

The WHS DECA Home & Living Show will include businesses from the following industries:  builders, home improvement companies, generator companies, mortgage companies, banks, painters, electricians, lumber yards, landscapers, solar companies, insurance companies, health clubs, assisted living companies and so much more.

 

There are just a couple more spots available for interested vendors and they are just waiting for your business!  Fun 107 will be working with WHS DECA to promote the event over the next 3 weeks and will broadcast live from the expo floor on Saturday, March 18th! So secure your booth now!

 

Attendees to the Home & Living show are afforded free admission as they are exposed to the outstanding reputable businesses here in their own community and have the chance to win great door prizes!

 

All proceeds generated will go directly to the funding of the DECA students’ travel and registration costs to their district, state and national competitions where these students will showcase their mastery of business concepts.

 

For interested vendors:  contact us at kcarman172@aol.com or mmaurice@wareham.k12.ma.us  or call 508 889-7123 or 508 291-3510 ext 117

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