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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,

 

We are once again immersed in “budget season” as we collaborate with town officials to finalize the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) school budget.

 

During the past several years, Wareham Public Schools worked to curtail expenditures by closing buildings, reducing staff, and cutting supplies and materials.  We have re-organized our elementary schools.  We have returned the West Wareham School, the Everett Educational Center, and the Ethel E. Hammond School to the Town of Wareham in an effort to streamline programs offered for our students.   Since 2011, we have reduced over 50 full-time positions and have still maintained class sizes ranging from the low teens to the mid-twenties.

 

During the past several years, we have continued to expand and enhance academic opportunities for all of our students in Wareham.   We have added additional counselors and social workers in our buildings to help address the social/emotional needs of our students.  We have expanded program opportunities for students by offering Dual Enrollment, STEAM Academy, Humanities Academy, PBIS,  1:1 technology in grades 2 -12, K-2 Focus, OWLS and new math curriculum are just a few of the many examples.

 

The drivers of our FY18 budget are:

–    Meeting our contractual obligations

–    Allowing for maintenance of our facilities

–    Transportation

–    Supporting technology infrastructure

–    Maintaining student to staff ratios

 

To summarize, it is our charge to build a budget which supports a quality and rigorous academic experience for all students in Wareham.   We believe the FY18 budget provides the schools with the necessary revenue to deliver the education every child deserves.

I am happy to provide you with additional information regarding programs, services, and opportunities our schools offer on a daily basis for our students.

 

We appreciate the confidence of the Wareham citizens as you voted to support the Wareham High School roof project, the Decas roof and boiler replacement project, and the Minot Forest feasibility study.

 

Finally, we do recognize the Town’s difficult financial position and are very grateful for the support which has been and continues to be provided to our students in the Wareham Public Schools.

 

 

Thank you for your continued support and I wish you a restful long weekend.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

 


 

Weekly Events

High School

January 16th – No School – Martin Luther King Day

January 17th Mid-Term Exams (Full Day)

No SAIL Program

 

January 18th – Mid-Term Exams (Half Day)

No SAIL program

January 19th – Mid-Term Exams (Half Day)

No SAIL program

January 20th – Mid-Term Exams (Half Day)

No SAIL program

Dual Enrollment students field trip to Bridgewater State University

 

Middle School

January 17 – Mock Trial for Grades 5&6

January 19 – Grade 5 Gaming Tournament at 5:00 P.M. in the auditorium (preregistration required)

January 19 – School Council meeting at 5:00 P.M.

 

Minot

Monday, January 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Day-No School

Thursday, January 19

Chili’s restaurant fundraiser to benefit PTA

Friday, January 20

Preschool Screenings by Appointment.

 

Decas

1/16/17  Martin Luther King Day – No School

1/17/17-1/2017 FAST Testing

 

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
I hope you all enjoyed a peaceful holiday season. The new year is upon us and in Wareham Public Schools, we have started 2017 with tremendous energy and enthusiasm. There is much in store for students in the coming months. Here is a list of some important dates over the next several weeks to put on your 2017 calendars:
 
• ACCESS for ELLs ~ (ELL students in grades K-12) January 5 – February 8, 2017
• Martin Luther King, Jr. Day~ January 16, 2017, Schools Closed
MLK Award Breakfast to be held at the Wareham Boys and Girls Club, located in Onset.
• SAT Reasoning Test ~ (Juniors and Seniors – Varied Test Centers) January 21, 2017
• ACT ~(Juniors and Seniors – Varied Test Centers) February 11, 2017
• MCAS High School Biology Test ~ (Students in grades 10, 11, or 12 who have not earned a CD in Science and Technology/ Engineering) February 6 & 7, 2017
• Early Release Day~ February 14, 2017
• February Vacation~ Schools close 2/17/17 at the end of the school day and reopen on 2/27/17
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events


 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
1/9/17   Minot/Decas School Council  @ Decas 4 PM
1/9/17   Minot/Decas PTA Mtg @ Decas 6:30 PM
1/12/17 No CARE
1/16/17 Martin Luther King Day – No School
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, January 9
Minot/Decas School Council meeting, 4:00 PM at Decas
Elementary PTA meeting, 6:30 PM at Decas
 
Thursday, January 12
No CARE program today
 
Wareham Middle School
 
January 10 – Mock Trial for Grades 5&6
January 12 – PTA meeting at 6:00PM in the library
 
Wareham High School
January 12th – PTA meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the WMS Library

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
As we enter the holiday season, we also prepare to close out one calendar year and begin another. This is always a time for reflection; calling to mind that which we have accomplished over the past year and that which we seek to achieve in the coming one. This week’s blog is a compilation of many of the highlights from the past year for Wareham Public Schools:
 
• Providing 1:1 technology for all students in grades 2-12
• Implementing the highly- acclaimed K-2 Focus program at Decas Elementary
• Implementing a unified curriculum in Minot’s preschool program
• Initiating a Humanities Academy at Wareham Middle School
• Welcoming Dr. Peter Steedman as the new WMS Principal
• Minot Forest KKids raising money so they can offer Kiva loans to people in developing countries
• Achieving candidacy status in the International Baccalaureate Diploma and Middle Years Programmes at Wareham High School
• The revitalization of the WMS Drama Club brought us an incredible production of the musical, “Annie”
• The WHS Culinary Program baked and donated cookies and brownies to voters at each of the polling stations on election day
• Our Beyond School Time before and after day care program has doubled its enrollment, offering needed child care for Wareham families at the lowest prices in the area
• Students in the STAGE/Builder’s Club providing backpacks of food to 50 students each weekend
• Our alumni, such as Jordan Rezendes, Darien Fernandez are thriving and breaking athletic records in their collegiate careers
• WMS student, Indiana Troupe, was selected to travel to Indiana as a Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador
• Many anti-bullying presentations happened in all schools in the district
• The Summer CARE program created a new partnership with the Water Department this year, to teach students about the water filtration process
• A great WHS Football season….
• Outstanding students, faculty, staff, and administrators
 
This list is only a partial list of all the wonderful opportunities that have occurred for our students during this past year. Thank you to all who work to provide these outstanding experiences in our schools. We look forward to returning to school on January 3rd.
 
We continue to be very grateful to the parents and guardians, and citizens of Wareham for their support and encouragement for all members of our school community. My best wishes for a peaceful holiday season. https://vimeo.com/196393479
 
Sincerely,

Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
With the upcoming school vacation week, there are countless opportunities to keep your child learning and engaged, all while having a great time as a family. Here is a list of 5 great websites that offer some excellent suggestions about low cost/no cost family activities in the area:
 
http://www.massvacation.com/50-under-50/
http://visitsemass.com/family-fun/family-fun
http://www.visit-massachusetts.com/state/90-great-things-to-do-in-massachusetts/
http://destinationnewbedford.org/free-activities/
https://www.bostoncentral.com/events/fair.php
 
From seasonal fun to physical fitness ideas, to local historical tours, there is truly something for all to be found on these lists. And we would love to hear about some of the activities you do on your break! Please tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with a photo of your holiday vacation family activity.
 
As a reminder, all schools will close at the end of the school day on December 22nd and will re-open on January 3rd.
Best wishes for the holiday season.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events

 
Wareham High School/Wareham Middle School
 
We wish all Vikings a very merry holiday season and best wishes for 2017!
 
Minot/Decas
 
12/19/16   School Council Meeting @ Minot 4 PM 
12/19/16   PTA Meeting @ Minot 6:30 PM

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School Council Posting

 Minot Forest and John W. Decas School Council

Posting for meeting:
 
2016/2017
 
Meeting times and location: The next combined School Council meeting will be held at the Minot Forest Elementary School, 63 Minot Avenue, Wareham, MA. Meetings will be at 4:00 PM and will end by 5:30 PM unless otherwise posted.
 
Date of Meeting:
 
12/19/16 at the Minot Forest School
 
Agenda
 
December 19, 2016
 

  • Approval of minutes from November 14, 2016
  • Updates on:
  • Enrollment, Enrollment projections, Budget
  • Review and discuss collection from other districts regarding discipline codes in handbooks
  • Any other business (not reasonably anticipated 48 hours prior to the posting of the meeting)

 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Joan M. Seamans
 
Principal

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
This week I received a pleasant and unusual surprise in the mail. An octogenarian from Stockton, California, sent me an antique postcard of a painting of the Congregational Church and Everett Center. In his letter, he stated the importance of preserving and remembering one’s community’s history.
 
He then shared his philosophy of the “redistribution of happiness.” He had come across the postcard in his travels and light of his outlook on life, decided to look Wareham Public Schools up on the internet and send it my way.   In his letter, he wrote how our world could use a little more “redistribution of happiness” and hoped that receiving the postcard and his letter brought us joy.
 
Indeed, it did. This philosophy of paying it forward is one that is also near and dear to my heart.  Whether you call it paying it forward or redistributing happiness, or participating in random acts of kindness, I believe these small benevolences towards strangers spread positivity and send positive energy.
 
Is there a time during this holiday season, during which you can “redistribute some happiness?” If so, I would love to hear about it. In the next few weeks before vacation, I ask you to post examples of spreading joy to strangers on social media, tagging Wareham Public Schools and using the hashtag #redistributehappiness, in honor of the octogenarian, whose thoughtfulness traveled 3,108 miles.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events

John W. Decas Elementary
 
12/14/16  Report cards go home
 
12/19/16 First graders move to new classrooms, roof project begins
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Wednesday, December 14
Report Cards go home for K-4 students
 
Thursday, December 15
Grade 4 Open House at WMS-6:00-7:00. Students will play flashlight tag in the building while parents meet with 5th grade teachers, Department Heads, students and Administrators.
 
Wareham Middle School
 
December 12 – 16 PTA sponsored Book Fair
December 15 – School Council Meeting 5-6 P.M.
December 15 – Incoming Grade 5 Orientation for parents and students 6-7 PM in the auditorium
 
Wareham High School
 
December 12th – Second session of the SAIL program begins
December 14th – 8th Grade Parent Orientation Night
December 15th –  Winter Concert 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
Throughout years of education reform initiatives, one phrase that always gets much press is the plea for school systems to get,” back to the basics.” This statement is often accompanied by stories of, “back in my day…,” when the Three Rs ruled and testing had a much different connotation than it does today. Educating today’s youth, however, is ever more complex than simply adhering to the instruction of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Teachers in 2016 are not only providing content area instruction in these and numerous other subjects but also, they are sheltering this content for learners from over a dozen different countries.
 
They are providing accommodations for students who have a wide range of learning challenges. They are offering social/emotional, academic learning for students who have experienced trauma. They are taking attendance while children eat free breakfast in their classrooms- many of whom would otherwise go without. And they are making sure that their names get on the right lists so that students in need will receive holiday meals and gifts.
 
Also, the instruction that teachers deliver each day must be designed so as to engage a new generation of learners, who rely heavily on technology. Teachers are helping students to think creatively, to innovate, and to take risks. They are preparing them to become citizens of the world in a 24-hour global economy, in which they will be competing for jobs with people from every corner of the earth. Moreover, many of these jobs have yet even to be created. But we know that when the time comes, our Wareham Public Schools students will be ready, because our faculty has embedded all of the crosses-curricular content knowledge students will need within real world application, to develop skills that will serve them well as they enter college or the work-force.
 
We are extremely fortunate to have a wealth of talented educators in Wareham who work tirelessly to design innovative instruction for 21st-century learners. Our heartfelt thanks and admiration goes out to these talented professionals.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events


 
Wareham High School
 
December 6th
School Council meeting 7:00 a.m. at WHS
Early release day – Dismissal at 12:15
December 7th
Honor Society students to Greater New Bedford Voc Tech to compete in the NHS Honor Bowl leaving WHS at 9:30 a.m.
December 8th
WMS/WHS PTA meeting at WMS Library 6:00 p.m.
 
Wareham Middle School
 
December 6 – Early Release Day. Dismissal is at 12:05 P.M.
December 8 – PTA meeting at 6:00PM in the library.
December 8 – PTA sponsored Paint Day in the cafeteria from 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Students must have a signed permission slip to participate.
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Tuesday, December 6 -Early Release. Preschool dismissal is 10:50 AM and Elementary dismissal is 12:50 PM.
Parent/Teacher Conferences, 1:30-3:30 PM and 4:30-7:30 PM by appointment
Thursday, December 8- Policy Review Committee Meeting, 5:00 PM, Rm 228 at the Multi-Service Center
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
12/6/2016   Early Release Dismissal will be at 12:50 PM
12/6/2016   Parent Conferences Grades K-2

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