15 Decas fourth-graders join National Honor Society

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Decas Elementary Principal Christine Panarese hands a certificate to fourth-grader Maya Brown during the induction ceremony on November 13.

Decas Elementary Principal Christine Panarese hands a certificate to fourth-grader Maya Brown during the induction ceremony on November 13.

The John W. Decas Elementary School inducted 15 fourth-grade students into the National Elementary Honor Society on Wednesday, November 13.

The school started the first chapter of the national organization in this area in 2012. Membership is based on students’ academic achievement and character, among other criteria.

The students must also demonstrate four very important qualities — scholarship, responsibility, service, and leadership.

This year’s inductees are: Amaya Anderson, Sheridan Bancroft, Maya Brown, Anajae Council, Nikolas Daher, Kyle Finn, Riley Fox, Allison Horton, Jake Lukk, Olivia Powers, Colton Rasmussen, Noah Reardon, Patrick Spenard, Abby Wiksten, and Riley Gomes.

Congratulations to all!

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Decas Elementary awarded accreditation

Decas Elementary faculty and a student celebrate accreditation.

Decas Elementary faculty and a student celebrate accreditation.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children has awarded accreditation to the John W. Decas Elementary School’s kindergarten program.

Accreditation of the school ensures continued federal funding for Wareham Public Schools’ kindergarten program as a whole. Minot Forest Elementary and the East Wareham Early Childhood Center are also accredited by the Association.

“This is a really big win for our kindergarten teachers, seek ” said Decas Elementary Principal Christine Panarese.

The School Department began offering free-of-charge, try full-day kindergarten for all Wareham students in 2012. Federal support of the program made it cost neutral for both the School Department and taxpayers.

The accreditation of each of the district’s schools offering early education provides extra assurance that the grant funding supporting the kindergarten program will be maintained.

“This achievement is a testament to the outstanding work happening in our schools,” said Wareham Public Schools Superintendent Kimberly Shaver-Hood. “Thank you to the Decas Elementary faculty for your hard work, and a special thank you to Assistant Principal Nancy Ames, who was instrumental in guiding the school through this process.”

The attributes considered by the Association during the accreditation process are: the relationship between children and adults; curriculum; teaching; assessment of child progress; whether the program promotes the health and safety of children; teachers; relationships with families; community relationships; the physical environment; leadership and management.

For more information about the National Association for the Education of Young Children, visit www.naeyc.org.

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Wareham students' scarecrows awarded in contest

Minot Forest Elementary - Ms. Montrond's second-graders - "Great school spirit," children's category

Minot Forest Elementary – Ms. Montrond’s second-graders – “Great school spirit,” children’s category. Photo courtesy: Wareham Week

The results of the Onset Bay Association’s Scarecrow Festival are in, and our own John W. Decas Elementary, Minot Forest Elementary, and Wareham Middle School scarecrows were awarded!

Ms. Barton gave some background about her classes’ scarecrow: “It was Douglass 7A, with help and supplies from Mr. Junier, Mrs. Snider and Ms. Barton. Students who assisted designing and building “Brock” the Striking Viking after school were Samantha Chalmers, Lauren Anderson, Jayden Tucy, Hannah Phillips, Olivia Calvin, Sarah Perry, Vicki Correia, Tory Crockett, Isis Davis, Jack Woods, Dillon Lacourse, and Austin Maxim.  Special thanks goes to Mr. Harold Irving of “Gone Hollywood,” who kept a watchful eye on Brock while the whimsical viking hung out in front of Mr. Irving’s salon.”

Congratulations to all!

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Minot Forest hosts special dinner for MCAS scholars

Students and their parents enjoy a spaghetti dinner.

Students and their parents enjoy a spaghetti dinner.

Minot Forest Elementary hosted a special dinner for MCAS scholars and their parents on Wednesday, viagra November 13.

Principal Joan Seamans treated the 4th-grade students to a spaghetti feast to celebrate their “advanced” score on the MCAS test they took last spring. Because there were so many students who scored highly, viagra sale a separate dinner was scheduled on November 14 for the students who scored “proficient.”

Congratulations to the students and their parents!

The MCAS scholars show off their certificates for scoring "advanced."

The MCAS scholars show off their certificates for scoring “advanced.”

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Students encouraged to pay it forward, improve situations

Jordan and Aaron Polansky do push-ups together. Jordan wants to be a professional football player when he grows up. Polansky encouraged him to make his dream a reality by working hard.

Jordan and Aaron Polansky do push-ups together. Jordan wants to be a professional football player when he grows up. Polansky encouraged him to make his dream a reality by working hard.

Wareham Middle School 7th- and 8th-graders were encouraged to pay it forward and make an effort to improve situations during a lively presentation by Aaron L. Polansky on Friday, health November 8, viagra sale which had some students changing their socks and doing push-ups.

Polansky, who serves as assistant principal at Bristol County Agricultural High School, was named Virco/NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year for 2013. His philosophy is that if we are kind, honest, and work to improve situations, we can be proud of who we are. Through wearing his “GeekSox,” Polansky says, he is reminded to focus on what is important in life.

Polansky stressed the importance of community, of making decisions rather than dreams, and of loving all the things you do in life. He encouraged the students to be comfortable in their hypothetical GeekSox and focus on these important things.

Some Wareham students got a pair of GeekSox during the presentation. Others got T-shirts. A few were given $5, and if they paid it forward, were given $25 with the expectation that they would keep a portion of it for themselves and use the rest of it to, again, pay it forward.

The presentation was hosted by the Office of Beyond School Time, which also brought in Wareham native Brett “Ooch” Outchcunis to speak to 5th- and 6th-graders. Ooch used his love of yo-yo tricks to teach students to take what they are passionate about in life and make it into a career.

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Students win photo contest, recognized in Science Scope

The big winners! Janice L. Barton's Team 7A science classes.

The big winners! Janice L. Barton’s Team 7A science classes.

Wareham Middle School students in Janice L. Barton’s Team 7A science classes won Science Scope’s Mystery Photo Contest for October, and were featured in the teachers’ journal for the accomplishment.

The mystery photo was… neurons!

Science Scope is the National Science Teachers Association’s journal for middle and high school science teachers.

Barton’s students complete a “daily challenge” at the beginning of each class. The challenge is based on the skills students are learning. Barton saw the mystery photo in the journal, and because the class has a unit on anatomy and body systems, she said: “I thought it would be fun to add a little ‘real life’ twist and the element of competition.”

The students rose to the challenge.

“With enthusiasm, each student guessed individually, and then we discussed it in class,” Barton recalled. “The majority of students in each class came up with either ‘neuron’ or ‘nerve cell.’ I sent it in, and we were all pleasantly surprised to find we had won!”

The prize? Barton and her class get to choose an item from the “NSTA Recommends” catalog. Barton says she and the students will pick a book or activity that as many students as possible can enjoy.

And, the teacher notes, “we plan to continue sending guesses in!”

Congratulations to all!

A snippet of Science Scope’s recognition of our Wareham Middle School students. Click the photo to see the full page!

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