WHS Senior Wins Camera in Video Contest

Quinn Staley with her GoPro camera and Stephanie Soares

Quinn Staley with her GoPro camera and Stephanie Soares

Congratulations to Wareham High School Senior Quinn Staley, who was awarded a GoPro camera after winning the prize for the third week of the Buzzards Bay Film Festival’s Summer Cell Phone Cinema contest.

Quinn received her camera this week. Last spring, she and her AP Environmental Science classmates shot the video under the direction of teacher Stephanie Soares. The video, edited by Quinn, documents a field trip on which the class assisted the Buzzards Bay Coalition with water testing.

Congratulations to all involved!

Check out the video:

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Thank You, Veterans

Thanks to the generosity of the many community members who donated to our Flag for Every Veteran project, our Wareham Middle School and High School students were able to place 1,800 flags — one for each of Wareham’s veterans — down Viking Drive on the morning of Monday, November 10, in recognition of Veterans Day.

The flags will be displayed proudly through Veterans Day and will be carefully removed on Wednesday. Smaller displays of flags are displayed at the Minot Forest and Decas elementary schools.

Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood thanks all who assisted Wareham Public Schools with this initiative. Thank you to the community and to all of our veterans.

View the slideshow and video below to see the flags being placed along Viking Drive.

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Senator Pacheco Visits WHS

State Senator Marc Pacheco speaks with Wareham High School students on Monday, October 27.

State Senator Marc Pacheco speaks with Wareham High School students on Monday, October 27.

State Senator Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton) had an opportunity to hear the concerns and suggestions of Wareham High School students during a visit to the school on Monday, October 27.

Prompted by students’ questions, Pacheco discussed everything from the upcoming change from MCAS exams to PARCC assessments to the cost of college tuition.

“It’s a huge issue,” Pacheco said of student debt. “It’s an issue, quite frankly, that is going to stifle our economy if we’re not able to resolve it.”

Pacheco, who attended the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and was employed in various areas of public service before obtaining his master’s in public administration from Suffolk University, also had some career advice for students.

“Don’t only look at the money,” the senator advised. “If there’s something that makes you happy, makes you feel good … that you’re making a difference in society…” embark on that career, Pacheco said.

Students were appreciative of the opportunity to talk with the senator.

“It was important to talk to him just so that he knows what students think is important,” said Wareham High School junior Madisen Semple, “and we know where he stands in our community.”

Senior Quinn Staley noted that the senator was very informative about the “pressing issues that our state and country face today.”

Madison St.Julien, also a senior, echoed her fellow students’ sentiments.

“It was a great opportunity for the students to put their input in tense situations in Massachusetts and hear opinions from someone who has a great influence on them,” St.Julien said.

Senior Kaylyn Lockyer said Pacheco answered all her questions thoroughly.

“It was great to have someone take their time to listen to us students. He made sure to pay attention to us and was very nice,” Lockyer noted. “He even took a selfie with me!”

Wareham Public Schools thanks Senator Pacheco for taking time out of his schedule to visit our high school students.

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Local Colleges Host WHS Sophomores

Wareham High School sophomores explore Wheaton College.

Wareham High School sophomores explore Wheaton College.

On Tuesday, sale October 21, discount a total of 140 Wareham High School sophomores, generic traveling in small groups, had the opportunity to visit one of five area colleges: Bridgewater State University, Salve Regina, Stonehill College, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and Wheaton College.

The visits gave sophomores a chance to hear about programs and get a look at college life. Wareham Public Schools thanks the schools for hosting our students!

Sophomores visit Wheaton College.

Sophomores visit Wheaton College.

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Students visit Salve Regina University in Newport, RI.

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Students visit Salve Regina University in Newport, RI.

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Information About Enterovirus, Ebola

This information is from Commissioner Mitchell Chester and the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Almost all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-confirmed cases this year of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infection have been among children.  Many of the children had asthma or a history of wheezing.  Many parents continue to be worried about the outbreak and want information about what they can do to prevent illness and protect themselves and their families.  The CDC has developed information and resources for parents about EV-D68.

Below are CDC resources about EV-D68 developed for parents:

Web Feature, “What Parents Need to Know About Enterovirus D68”
Drop-in newsletter article (matte article), “Parents: Learn the Facts about Enterovirus D68”
Fact sheet for parents, “What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D68”
General questions and answers for the public
Infographic: Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68

As enterovirus season is expected to taper off, flu activity usually begins to increase in October.  While there is not a vaccine to prevent illness from enteroviruses,  the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.  Many resources for parents and others can be found on the CDC flu web site.  CDC recommends that ALL children 6 months old or older get a flu vaccine.

Ebola Information: 
The President has made control of Ebola a top national security priority, and we as a nation have spent more than $100 million fighting this outbreak since the first cases were reported last March in Africa.  Our national health system has the capacity and expertise to quickly detect and contain this disease and is working with states and school districts to ensure the safety of our students and school employees.

The CDC is continually updating its information on Ebola, information that can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.

Additional Information:
Ebola FAQ
Talking with Children about Ebola
Recognizing and Reducing Signs of Anxiety in Times of Crisis

Parents: If you have concerns about any of these issues, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school.

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