Decas News

Upcoming Events 9/8-9/11

Middle School
Student Council elections will take place in homerooms from Sept 8-11
FAST testing Sept 8, 9, 10, 11
PTA Meeting on Sept 10 at 6PM in the Library
STEAM – Grade 7 – Field trip Camp Lyndon – Sept. 10th
Monday, Sept 7-Labor Day, No School
Tuesday, Sept 8-First Day of Preschool and Boys and Girls Club begins
Tuesday, Sept 8-Grade 4 students will assemble in the morning for a band instrument demonstration
Wednesday, Sept 9-Open House at Minot Forest for grade 3 families. 4:15-5:00 meeting with Mrs. Seamans, 5:00- 6:00 visit with teachers.
Thursday, Sept 10-Open House at Minot Forest for grade 4 families. 4:15-5:00 meeting with Mrs. Seamans, 5:00- 6:00 visit with teachers.
Friday, Sept 11-Preschool screening, by appointment at Minot Forest.
Friday, Sept 11-All forms from families are due today
Friday, Sept 11-Patriot Day
High School
Monday, September 7th – No School
Thursday, September 10th – PTA Meeting 6pm @ WMS.
Monday – No School
September 8th first day of Kindergarten
September 8th Grades 1 & 2 picture day
September 10th Kindergarten picture day

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PowerSchool Service Upgrade Announcement

Wareham Public Schools have scheduled a large scale upgrade with PowerSchool to better serve our students, teachers, staff, and parents. This upgrade will help better support our PowerSchool services and better prepare us for future integration and technology demands. This upgrade will also increase speed and access within PowerSchool while decreasing periods of unavailability.
The scheduled upgrade will begin on Friday, September 11 at 1:00 PM EST. Our technology staff will be working directly with PowerSchool on this upgrade. The upgrade should be completed no later than Sunday, September 13 at 1:00 PM EST.
PowerSchool services, including teacher gradebook, parent access, and administrative login will not be available during this time.
We appreciate your patience during this upgrade and will continue to post updates as they become available.

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Bus Transportation for 15′-16′ School Year UPDATED

Back to School – Bus Information:
All routes are subject to change at any time.
Please check back to for updated route information and bus numbers.
We encourage parents and students to:

  • Do not be tardy for the bus. Getting to the bus stop 5 to 10 minutes prior to the arrival of the bus prevents rushing.
  • Stay 10 giant steps away from the outside of the bus.
  • Follow all safety protocols when walking to bus stops or when waiting at bus stops and
    never engage in horseplay at a bus stop and never wait in the street.
  • Wait for the bus to stop completely before approaching or preparing to leave.
  • Before approaching a school bus to get on, wait until it comes to a complete stop and
    activates flashing red lights. Be alert if crossing to a bus to ensure that cars have stopped.
  • Wait until the driver lets you know it is OK to cross the street or walk in front of the bus.
  • Always sit properly on the bus. Avoid standing and obey bus driver’s instructions.
  • No horseplay, shouting or yelling while getting on or off or riding on a school bus. Always be
    courteous and respectful of others.
  • Avoid picking up any items they may have dropped near the bus. Instead ask the driver
    for help.
  • Stay away from the bus wheels at all times.
  • Keep hands and arms inside of the bus and never throw anything from a school bus.
  • Wait until the bus stops before getting out of your seat.
  • Always be aware of other traffic when getting off of a school bus.
    Promoting the safety of children in Wareham is the most important obligation responsible adults share.
    By taking a few minutes to review these suggestions, much can be done to enhance the school environment.
    Children are our most precious commodities. I ask parents and students to join with us in making this
    school year safe, healthy and productive for all.
    With the increase in mobile technology, students and motorists can easily become distracted. The few
    seconds it takes to talk on a cell phone, text or change songs can take a student’s focus off of walking safely to the bus stop or cause a motorist to not see a bus’s important safety features like stop arms and warning lights.
    Motorists should remember that wherever there is a school bus, there are children around. Always heed
    the school bus stop lights. When the stop lights are activated, children are entering or exiting the bus, and motorists must stop until the area is clear.
    Wareham is focused on delivering safe and reliable transportation to the students of the community every single day.

    UPDATED 8.28.2015

    Back to School Letter

    2016 MINOT AM routes

    2016 HS-MS-CoOp AM routes

    2016 DECAS AM routes

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    Welcome to our 2015-16 School Year!

    Welcome to our 2015-16 School Year!

    Preparations for our opening day of school are winding down as we excitedly count down the days to the opening bell.
    Our focus this year, as in the past, is providing our students with a high-quality, academic challenging, and supportive educational environment. We have reconfigured several positions, which existed in past years, to positions which will provide additional support for our students and teachers, as we are committed to creating a positive and rigorous learning environment. It is our expectation that all who enter our doors remain respectful to all, ready and willing to learn.
    Taking pictures on the first day of school is a tradition for many families. We would love to see those precious first day photos. Please connect with us on social media and share your pictures, thoughts and stories using the hashtags #backtoschool and #vikingpride.
    FB: Wareham Public Schools
    Twitter: @WarehamPS
    Instagram: warehampublicschools
    Listed below are upcoming events in our schools. Please look for weekly updates during the school year.
    I anticipate that this will be our best school year yet. If at any time during the year I may be of help to you, please do not hesitate in contacting me.
    Dr. Shaver-Hood
    August 26, 2015 – Family Back to School Night at Decas 5:30 – 7:00 PM
    August 31 Grades 1 & 2 Start school
    August 31 – Sept. 3rd Kindergarten orientation appointments
    September 8th first day of Kindergarten
    September 8th Grades 1 & 2 picture day
    September 10th Kindergarten picture day
    Aug 27- Family Back to School Night at Minot 5:30 -7:00 PM
    Aug 31-First day for grades 1-12
    Sept 4-No School
    Sept 7-No School
    Sept 8-First day for preschool and kindergarten
    Sept 8-Boys and Girls Club starts
    Sept 11-Preschool screening by appointment
    Sept 15-Early Release 12:50 for grades 3, and 4 and 10:50 for preschool
    Sept 21-PTA meeting, 6:30 at Decas
    Sept 28-Principal’s Coffee, 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM
    Sept 29-School Picture Day
    Book Fair – Sept 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
    Open House – Sept 24, 5-6:30PM
    Tuesday, August 25 at 6pm WHS Meet the Fall Coaches Night (Auditorium)
    Saturday, September 26 at 2pm WHS Athletic Booster Club Trip to Foxwoods

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    Summer Reading Grades 3 & 4

    Greetings Families, Caregivers and Students! Happy summer! We hope that you are enjoying the warmer days and longer moments to be outside. We also hope that you are relaxing here and there with a good book! We have posted a list of recommended reading for entering Grade 3 and Grade 4 students at Minot Forest School. We have also posted some sample templates that might help your child write a book talk, as well as a template to use. If you already have the ones that were sent home, don’t worry! These are the same. If the original notices found their way to a beach and never came back, here is some clarification. First, we want all of our kids to read. We hope that each child can have the opportunity to pick out a book of their own interest because the benefits are so positive, but we know that is not always possible. Therefore we have copies of the books that were used in the past available to children who can’t otherwise get a book. Each child needs to read at least one book and then prepare a book talk about it. The postings include websites that you can go to for more information and help. The template is there to guide you. Be as creative as you like. One book is the minimum; with reading more is always better! To make things even easier the Library now has extended hours, Spinney is open a few days a week and the Friends of the Library will be holding one of their wonderful used book sales shortly. So enjoy your summer and dive into some books and have fun!


    Summer Reading

    Sample Book Talk Template 1

    Book Talk Tips

    Summer Reading Websites

    Book List Recommendations

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    Letter to Parents/Guardians

    Dear Parents/Guardians,
    As we quickly approach the last day of school, our students, faculty and staff are gearing up to what we hope will be a relaxing and fun-filled summer vacation. For school and district administrators, this is an exciting time as well. It is a time to reflect on the successes of the past year and to put the final pieces in place for initiatives that will continue to improve our district even more in the coming school year.
    We continually seek to improve, reach new heights and offer unique and challenging programming for all students. Your input is a valued and essential piece of the planning process. Please share your thoughts with us by completing a nine (9) question survey (link is attached) July 1, 2015.

    I hope your child has enjoyed the educational journey and has grown socially and academically during this past year. Now it is time to look forward to summertime fun and rejuvenation.
    Please look for summer updates as well as previews of coming events. We will be frequently updating the website and regularly posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I invite you to join us on social media if you have not as yet.
    We are grateful for your support, humbled by your trust and are eagerly awaiting greeting your children on August 31st.
    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

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