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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
Monday marks the 100th Day of school for our teachers and students. I wanted to take a moment and reflect upon many accomplishments throughout Wareham Public Schools in just 100 days. In the past 100 school days, we have had numerous teachers receive awards, honors, and recognition at the state, national and international levels. We have witnessed successful athletic seasons in various sports. Our National Honor Society inducted twenty-two outstanding students into our High School Chapter this week. Our students in the STEAM Academy harvested cranberries from their bog this fall. We have seen our students take top awards in academic and entrepreneurial competitions. We have enjoyed watching our students perform in “Noises Off,” in choral and instrumental performances and in before and after school clubs and activities. We have had over two dozen visitors from China participate in exchange programs to learn from best teaching practices in WPS.
 
We are indeed proud, of all that our students and teachers have achieved in this short time. However, we will not be content to sit idly by, resting on our past accomplishments. Rather, we continually raise the bar for ourselves and our students- always reaching, always striving, always seeking the next victory. On that note, I hope you enjoy this special 100th-day video. https://vimeo.com/153922573 Have a wonderful weekend.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events


 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
February 8, 2016- 100th Day Parade – PTA Meeting @ Minot 6:30 PM
February 8, 2016 – School Council Mtg 4-5:30 PM @ Decas
February 12, 2016 – Gateway Dental Presentation Gr. 2
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, February 8th – Minot/Decas School Council meeting, 4:00 PM at Minot
Monday, February 8th – Elementary PTA meeting, 6:30 PM at Minot
Monday, February 8th – 100th Day of school for grades 1-4
 
Wareham Middle School
 
February 11th – PTA Meeting in the library at 6:00 P.M.
February 23rd – Science Fair from 5:00P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (building-wide)
February 24th – Snow Date for the Science Fair
 
Wareham High School
 
February 11th – WMS/WHS PTA Meeting 6:00 p.m. Middle School Library
 
February Vacation begins at the close of school on February 12, 2016.
School resumes on February 22, 2016

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events February 1

Greetings Wareham Families,
 
Next Friday evening, February 5th our Wareham Girls Basketball team is teaming up with the Dick Melloni Youth Foundation to raise money for Trey Miranda, a Wareham High School student. Please join us at 6:30 pm at the high school gym for this worthy event.
 
The Class of 2017 has done a wonderful job supporting Trey and his family and has raised $2,000 so far. Trey has a difficult road ahead, so your support will mean so much to Trey and his family.
 
This past Monday, we welcomed nine students and a teacher from Shanghai, China. Our guests will be attending classes to get a flavor of American classroom life. We are very appreciative of the opportunity for our students to meet, and to learn about education in China and about Chinese culture. It is our hope that we will be able to send students and teachers to China next year to continue this exchange program, allowing our students the chance to study in Chinese classrooms, to learn some Mandarin and to experience an opportunity of a lifetime. Expanding global awareness for our students is vital, as we know our students are part of an increasingly fast-pace global environment which impacts virtually everything we do in today’s world.
 
If you have a few minutes, here is a short “Did You Know” video which highlights globalization in the age of “Big Data” and constant connectedness. https://youtu.be/uqZiIO0YI7Y
 
Thank you and enjoy your week.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood
Superintendent

Weekly Events: February 1

 
Wareham High School
 
February 2nd
Early Release – Dismissal at 12:10 p.m.
School Council meeting 7:00 a.m.
February 3rd
National Honor Society Induction at 5:00 p.m.
February 4th
The Superlative Night is a fun way to celebrate the traditional yearbook favorites.  Each year students are nominated and voted by their peers for fun superlatives such as “Most Likely to be Famous” and “Best to take home to Mom and Dad”.  Students are asked to dress up.  Nominated students are free, parents $5, Students $2.
 
Wareham Middle School
 
February 1 – Term 2 report cards go home
February 1 – Field trip to Gillette Stadium for Grade 8 non STEAM students
February 2 – Early Release Day. Dismissal is at 12:05PM
February 3 – Assembly for Grade 8 students to discuss high school schedules for next school year
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
February 2 -Early Release. 10:50 for preschool, 12:50 for Grades K-4
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
February 2 -Early release. Dismissal at 12:50 PM

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Mega Bus Stops for Students living within one mile of their school

Mega Bus Stops for Students living within one mile of their school
 
Due to the recent snow fall, we will offer transportation to students within 1 mile from their school on Monday, January 25, 2016. The stops will be as follows:
 

  • Middle School/ High School: Shaws Parking Lot 7:10 to 7:20 am
  • Minot Forest: First Citizens Bank Parking Lot 8:10 to 8:20 am
  • Decas School: Island Brook Road at Main Street 8:10 to 8:20 am
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    Mega Bus stops are pick up locations that are provided to students that live within 1 mile of the school and bus transportation is not normally provided. These bus stops are activated by the Superintendent in conjunction with the School Resource Office and Operation Manager on days of extremely inclement weather. These stops will be provided in the morning and afternoon. In the morning, when these stop are initiated, all buses that go by the stop will stop at these locations and each bus will load as many students as possible until all students have been picked up. In the afternoon a specific bus route number will take all students to the stop. The bus number will be assigned that afternoon based on ridership. At the stop students will off load, a parent must be present for kindergarten students.

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    Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

    Dear Wareham Families,
     
    Webster defines the word, “transition” as a passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another; a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another.
     
    As we transition from one school term into the next, and from January into February, I am excited about the promise that a new month and a new term always brings. February has many events, holidays and activities that await: Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, February Vacation and the 100th Day of School, to name a few.
     
    As we transition into this next month, Wareham Public Schools continues to move and evolve each day, into an increasingly rigorous educational environment that is developing students’ minds and preparing them for 21st-century opportunities.
     
    We are a district on the move, continually building upon past successes, while simultaneously setting ever higher goals for student achievement and district-wide change.
     
    In this way, we are constantly in a state of transition. We will never be satisfied with the status quo. We will always set our sights on providing the most innovative, creative and challenging learning opportunities for all of our students.
     
    Wareham Public Schools is on the move. Thank you for being our partners on this journey.
     
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

    Weekly Events

    Wareham High School
     
    January 23rd – MS/HS PTA Comedy Night, Salerno’s Seaside Function Hall @ 6:00 p.m.
    January 24th – WHS National Honor Society Induction will be held @ 1:00 p.m.
    January 27th – School Committee meeting 7:00 p.m. at WMS
    January 28th – Report cards issued
     
    Minot Forest Elementary
     
    January 26 – Band and Chorus concert 6:00 PM at WHS Auditorium.
     
    John W. Decas Elementary
     
    January 27 – Student Learning Expedition – all day, volunteers needed. Please contact the Main Office at 508-291-3530.
    January 27 – Wareham School Committee Mtg
     
    Wareham Middle School
     
    January 25 – Term 2 ends
    January 27 – School Committee at 7PM in the auditorium
    January 29 – Groups of students will be visiting the Bristol County House of Corrections, with Officer Baptiste and middle school counselors

  • January students of the month will be announced
  • The superintendent will continue to meet with student focus groups regarding the principal search
  • Three visitors from our partner school in China will be shadowing 2 of our students for two days the week of January 25th and the following week for just one day.
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    Upcoming Events
     
    February 1 – Term 2 report cards go home
    February 2 – Early Release. Dismissal is at 12:05PM
    February 3 – Writing Day (Persuasive)

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    Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events 1/18

    Greeting Wareham Families,
     
    Great things are happening in our school district and I would like to share a couple of things with you.
     
    While our Elementary Schools and our Middle School qualifies for 100% free and reduce breakfast and lunch every school day, we worry about our students having nutritional meals over the weekend. A club at the middle school, The Youth Empowerment through Service/Builder’s Club under the direction of Janice Barton is starting a new program called STAGE, Students Taking Action for the Good of Everyone. Students will be very discreetly identifies and adult volunteers will provide them with nourishing food to take home for weekends. Our students involved in the STAGE club will be raising monies and looking for donates in support of this worthy endeavor.
     
    DECA students strike again!!!!
     
    Over 100 DECA students attending District 1 competition this past month. Our students did great!! Sixty (60) students will be advancing to the state finals in March. We are very proud of all who attended the competition as they did a superior job.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

    Weekly Events

     
    Wareham High School
     
    January 18th – No School – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    January 19th – Mid term Exams – full day of school
    January 20th – Mid term Exams – half day of school
    January 21st – Mid term Exams – half day of school
    January 22nd -Mid term Exams – half day of school
    January 24th – National Honor Society students will be inducted at 5:00 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.
     
    John W. Decas Elementary
     
    1/18/16 No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    1/21/16 CANCELLED – PTA Fundraiser Papa Gino’s 4-8 PM
    1/22/16 Ice Safety Program grades K-2
    1/27/16 Student Learning Expedition. Looking for volunteers if interested please contact Donna Noonan at 508-291-3530 ext.13.
     
    Minot Forest Elementary
     
    January 18-No School, Martin Luther King Jr Day
    January 18- MLK Breakfast, 9:00 at the Hammond School
    January 20-Wear black articles of clothing for “Blackout Bullying, No name calling” campaign
    January 20-Wareham Fire Dept to speak to Minot students about Ice Safety
    January 22-Preschool special education screenings, by appointment at Minot Forest School
     
    Special Education – PAC
     
    The Wareham Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) is hosting representatives from the following agencies; Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, the Department of Developmental Services, and the Department of Mental Health to inform parents about the eligibility process and potential support services available after high school. This informative meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 20th from 6 p.m. -8 p.m. at the Wareham Middle School Library.
     
    Wareham Middle School
     
    January 16 – Project 351 Annual Launch & Service Day at Faneuil Hall, Boston. Natalia Moulding, grade 8 student, will be representing the Middle School.
    January 18 – MLK Breakfast at the Boys & Girls Club. Jasmine Black from the Middle School will be receiving a Citizenship Award.
    January 19 & 20 – Dr. Shaver-Hood will be meeting with students regarding the upcoming principal search.
    January 20 – American Heart Association Assembly in Auditorium 11:00am-2:00pm to discuss: nutrition, fitness & cardiovascular health to students.
    January 21 – School Council meeting at 5:00 P.M. in the main office conference room.
    January 22 – Groups of students will be visiting the Bristol County House of Corrections with Officer Baptiste and middle school guidance counselors.
    January 22 – Jermaine Wiggins, former New England Patriots player, will be meeting middle school students along with the National Dairy Council. (We are expecting a surprise guest as well!)
    January 25 – Term 2 ends.

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    Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events 1/11

    Dear Wareham Families,

     

    When I was younger and saw the forecast for snow, my hope was always for the inches to turn into feet of the white stuff in hopes there would not be school for days. Now, I cringe at the mere mention of snow, and I am counting the days until spring.

     

    As we are currently in the midst of winter, the possibility of a snow day is ever present. Some of you may wonder how I make the decision to either delay or cancel school and why the announcement may not come until the early morning hour. This decision is not made in isolation and involves communication with many others.

     

    When there is a threat of a potential storm, which may cause a delay or closure, information about the current road conditions, weather forecast, and the timing of the storm are all weighed carefully when making this decision.  Input is sought from our grounds crew, who plow the school grounds, also from the town’s road department, and discussion with surrounding town superintendents.

     

    Once a decision is made, information is shared on various television stations, social media, our district website, and by a telephone call and/or text to families.

     

    Please know that the safety of our students is the number one priority when making the decision to close or delay school.

     

    As always, I thank you for your understanding and support.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood

     

    Weekly Events

    Decas

    January 11 - Decas School Council 4 PM

    January 11 - Decas/Minot PTA meeting at Decas 6:30 PM

     

    Minot

    January 11 Elementary PTA Meeting, 6:30 PM at Decas

     

    Wareham Middle School

    January 9 – VEX Robotics Tournament at Bristol Community College (Junior Engineering Club)

    January 11 – Writing Day

    January 14 – PTA Meeting 6PM in the High School Library

     

    Wareham High School

    January 12 - There will be the annual 9th Grade Parent/Student Orientation Night for current 8th grade students starting at 5:30 in the WHS cafeteria.

    Culinary students will be attending a field trip to Cape Cod Coffee.

    January 14 – There will be an informational meeting regarding the possible move of 8th grade students to the high school at 7:00 p.m.  Meeting for all interested parties for Q & A regarding potential move of 8th grade to WHS.

    Culinary students will be attending a field trip to Cape Cod Coffee.

    PTA meeting 6:00 p.m. at Wareham High School

    January 15 - Term 2 will end

     

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