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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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Weekly Events | 9/19/2016


Weekly Events


 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
Monday, Sept 19 – Decas/Minot PTA meeting at Decas 6 PM
Wednesday, Sept 21 – Parenting the Snapchat Generation – Sponsored by the Scotty Monteiro Foundation 7:00-8:30pm WHS
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, Sept 19 – Elementary PTA meeting, 6:30 PM at the Decas School Cafetorium
Tuesday, Sept 20 – Grade 3 Adult Parent/Guardian Open House 
5:00-5:30 in the Cafetorium with Mrs. Seamans
5:30-6:30 in the classroom
Thursday, Sept 22 – Anti-Bullying presentation for grade 3 and 4 students today sponsored by the Middle/High PTA and the Scotty Monteiro Foundation
Grade 4 Adult Parent/Guardian Open House 
5:00-5:30 in the Cafetorium with Mrs. Seamans
5:30-6:30 in the classroom
 
Wareham Middle School
 
September 20 – Meadow Farms fundraiser orders are due.
September 21 – Jerry Ackerman anti-bullying Parent Presentation at 7:00PM in the High School auditorium.  ALL parents from Wareham are invited to the “SNAP CHAT GENERATION ASSEMBLY. This presentation is sponsored by the Scotty Monteiro Jr. Foundation.
September 21 – The world recognizes UN International Peace Day.  Around the globe, this is celebrated by the One Day One Goal event.  Our students will participate in this event. For more information on One Day One Goal – please see this link:  http://www.peaceoneday.org/campaigns/one-day-one-goal
 
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!
 
Wareham High School
 
September 19th – Wareham Athletic Boosters Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the WHS Conference Room.
September 21st – School Committee Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. WMS auditorium
Parenting Seminar “Parenting the Snapchat Generation”   7:00 p.m. in the WHS auditorium.  All parents are welcome!
September 24th – Homecoming 7:00 p.m. at WHS

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events 9.12

Dear Wareham Families,
 
As I was walking to the parking lot one evening this week, I looked over at Spillane Field and was delighted to see the many activities taking place on campus. The Viking football team was running drills, preparing for an exciting new season, the Viking girls’ soccer team was practicing in preparation for their upcoming match. And our Viking marching band was working with their director, Mr. Alex Breault, to get ready for the halftime show.
 
I am extremely proud of the many after school activities that Wareham Public Schools has to offer our students, not only at the high school but in every grade level and at every school in our district. Wareham students have a wide variety of learning and enrichment offerings beyond the school day, in the areas of community service, the Arts, sports and more.
 
Our students have the opportunity to participate in service projects through such after school organizations are as K-Kids, Builders Club, and Key Club, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Wareham and Bourne. Service Learning is also an integral part of the Youth Empowerment Club in the middle school and Global Ambassadors and Jr. ROTC at the high school. Band and Chorus are offered to students starting at the elementary school, and Drama is an option for students in the middle and high schools. Our sports teams are also consistently expanding their reach and with grade, eight students, now able to join high school sports, we are opening up new doors for our athletes. 
 
This year, all schools in Wareham have after school 21st Community Learning Centers funding. These CARE grant programs funded offer students in grades K-12 free, project based-STEAM curriculum in classes such as Organic Gardening, Robotics, and Cooking with Math, to name just a few.  The list of clubs that are available at each school continues to grow each year as well, allowing students increasing variety in their choice of classes that extend their learning beyond the school hours.
 
For more information about what each school has to offer, please visit our district website at www.warehamps.org. Also, we are frequently posting and tweeting about events on social media and I invite you to join us online at Wareham Public Schools on Facebook, @warehamps on Twitter and warehampublicschools on Instagram. I hope to see you at an upcoming fall game, presentation or performance.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

Weekly Events

 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
9/13/16 – Early Release, dismissal will begin at 12:50 PM
9/15/16 – Grades 1 & 2 Open House 6 – 7 PM
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Tuesday, Sept 13 – Early Release Day. Preschool dismissal is 10:50 AM. Elementary dismissal is 12:50 PM. There are no preschool afternoon classes. 
 
Wareham Middle School
 
Tuesday September 13 – Early Release Day. Dismissal is at 12:05PM.
Wednesday September 14 – Open House from 5:00-6:30 PM.  Please join us with your children so you can meet the teachers and learn about the exciting and dynamic curriculum offered by the Middle School.
Wednesday September 14 – Nature’s Classroom Parent Informational Meeting at 6:45 PM in the auditorium.
Thursday September 15 – School Council at 5-6 PM in the main office conference room.
 
Wareham High School
 
September 12th – Picture Day
September 13th – Early Release Day – Dismissal at 12:10 p.m.

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events 9/5/16

Dear Wareham Families,
 
Our first week of school for the 2016/17 year was a great success. As I visited classrooms this week, my senses were truly engaged as I took in the vibrant atmosphere that was present in each of the schools. I was keenly aware of the positive energy that was felt in the main lobbies and hallways. I noticed students engaged in hands-on activities. I witnessed teachers explain concepts to students using various methods of instruction. I heard the clicking of keys on new Chromebooks, as each student in grades 2-12 now has 1:1 technology. I also heard laughter, as students and teachers shared stories about their summer vacation antics.
 
We are indeed, off to a wonderful start. Many thanks are due to our custodial staff who worked tirelessly this summer, moving and cleaning classrooms, preparing our schools for the students’ arrival. Our teachers have also worked hard this summer, many taking classes and attending professional development opportunities to create new pathways of learning for students this year.
 
This school year, we will build upon the successes of the past few years. Our students, our teachers, and our programs have earned many accolades and much recognition. While we are extremely proud of all that has been accomplished, we know that there is still more we can do. As educators, we will never stop reaching for the next level, and encouraging our students to do the same.
 
Best wishes for a relaxing holiday weekend.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events


 
Minot Forest Elementary
 

  • Monday, Sept. 5 – No School-Labor Day
  • Tuesday, Sept. 6 – First day of school for preschool and kindergarten
  • Thursday, Sept. 8 – State Primary, Voting Day
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    John W. Decas Elementary
     

  • 9/5/16 No School – Labor Day
  • 9/6/16 Picture Day for Grades 1 & 2
  • 9/6/16 1st Day for Kindergarten
  • 9/8/16 Picture Day for Grade K
  • 9/8/16 Town Elections
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    Wareham Middle School
     

  • September 6 – Students return.  Welcome Back!  We hope you had a great Labor Day Weekend.  Meadow Farms distribution begins.
  • September 8 – PTA Meeting at 7:00 in the Middle School library.
  • Please be aware that late buses start on Thursday, September 15th.
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    Wareham High School
     

  • Monday, September 5th – No School
  • Tuesday, September 6th – Volleyball @ Taunton
                           – Golf @ Case – Touissant Country Club
  • Wednesday, September 7th – Girls JV & Varsity Soccer games at Home
                             – Boys  Varsity Boys Soccer @ Holbrook
                             – JV & Varsity Volleyball @ Bishop Connolly
  • Thursday, September 8th – PTA Meeting 6:00 p.m. Wareham Middle School Library
                            – Golf @ Fairhaven – Whaling City
  • Friday, September 9th – Wareham High School Football game @ ORR
                          – Field Hockey @ Seekonk
                          – Varsity Boys Soccer @ Bishop Connolly
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    Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events 8/29/16

    Dear Wareham Families,
     
    On Wednesday, we welcomed our Wareham Public Schools faculty and staff back for the start of the 2016/17 school year. We celebrated their many accomplishments over the past year and highlighted exciting new improvements and initiatives that are in store for this coming year. 
     
    Wareham students, will be well prepared to meet any challenges they face. In a society that relies on 21st-century technology, our students will have 1:1 technology in Grades 2-12.
     
    Decas Elementary will be in the full implementation of the innovative K2 Focus~ a highly regarded and creative early childhood curriculum from Boston Public Schools.
     
    Both Minot Forest and Wareham Middle School have applied to become PBIS schools, encouraging good citizenship and positive behaviors school-wide. 
     
    Wareham Middle School welcomes its new principal, Dr. Peter Steedman, who brings much experience and knowledge to his new role. Monday will mark the beginning of the brand new Humanities Academy at WMS as well.
     
    Wareham High School’s International Baccalaureate Candidacy Programs have expanded to both the Diploma Program and the Middle Years Program, meaning IB for all. 
     
    Our Global Education Programs are ever-expanding to include new schools in new countries; preparing our students to participate in a global society.
     
    In addition to innovations in our programming, our facilities are also experiencing improvements. At Minot Forest School we will begin the next steps in the MSBA Building Project this fall, and the new roof for E corridor and boiler project at Decas will be completed by November.
     
    Please enjoy the video in the link below, highlighting these coming attractions for Wareham Public Schools for 2016/17.
     
    https://youtu.be/ZFeHSHg3F_U
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euCqCGGuKZU
     
    https://youtu.be/hUZneqB59KI
     
    We greatly look forward to welcoming your children on Monday.
     
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood


    Weekly Events


     
    John W. Decas Elementary
     

  • 8/29/16 First Day of School Grades 1& 2
        Kindergarten Orientation by appointment
  • 8/30/16  Kindergarten Orientation by appointment
  • 8/31/16  Kindergarten Orientation by appointment
  • 9/1/16   Kindergarten Parent Visit – 1/2 class each session – 9 AM – 11 AM or 12 PM – 2 PM by appointment
  • 9/2/16   No School
  • 9/5/16   No School
  • 9/6/16   First Day for Kindergarten
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    Minot Forest Elementary
     

  • August 29- Welcome Back Everyone! First day of school for our third and fourth graders. 8:25 arrival and 2:45 dismissal. Don’t forget a note if you are not taking a bus home. 
  • Week of Aug 29-Sept 1: Orientation by appointment for our preschool families.
  • September 2-No School today. Enjoy the long weekend. No School on Monday, Sept.5.  See everyone on Tuesday, September 6. Sept. 6 will be the first day for preschool and kindergarten.
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    Wareham Middle School
     

  • August 29: Welcome to Wareham Middle School! School starts promptly at at 7:40.  Please be in your Homeroom at this time.  Please remember that cell phones have no place at Wareham Middle School.  School ends at 2:02.  Late buses will start in a few weeks.  This year is going to be awesome!
  • September 2 & September 5:  No School.
  • September 6:  School resumes.  All signed parental forms are due back to your Homeroom Teacher on this day.
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    Wareham High School
     

  • August 29 – Opening day of school. Welcome Back
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    Message from the Superintendent

    Dear Wareham Families,
     
    We have now passed the halfway point of summer vacation, and I hope that you are enjoying a relaxing and enjoyable break. There has been lots of activity, and much learning is happening on our campuses all summer long.
     
    The Summer CARE program is educating over 250 students entering grades K-8 in hands-on, project-based, STEAM-focused curriculum. Their theme this summer is, “We Are the World,”
    and highlights a major district initiative-Global Education. To that end, we are also excited to welcome 43 Chinese exchange students on Monday, to the CARE program from Qingdao, in the northeast region of China. Students will be attending classes with their Wareham school buddies, as well as offering courses in Chinese culture and traditions throughout the week.
     
    Another new collaboration this summer is with the Wareham Fire District Water Department. As part of their “Protect and Conserve” campaign, specialists at the Water and Sewer Departments will be working with students next week at Wareham Middle School as well as at their facility, to teach about the importance of protecting and conserving the local water supply.
     
    Meanwhile, we are busy making preparations for the new school year. Buildings are being cleaned, buses have been purchased, and educators have been in classes, attending professional development and are ready to welcoming all of our students at the end of August. Until then, best wishes for the rest of your summer holiday.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    ​Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood​

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