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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
Each week, there are a multitude of activities that occur in and around our school campuses, and even far beyond, in which our students truly shine.
 
On Saturday, April 23rd, Wareham Middle School students participated in the Regional Science Fair at Regis College. I’d like to acknowledge all of the students who worked so diligently to prepare exhibits for this competition, as well as their teacher, Ms. Kim Scott. The following students placed and will be moving on to the State Science Fair in June:
 
Honorable mention:
Colton Rasmussen “How Much Gas does your Favorite Beverage Have?”
Tim Halpin, Kyle Vermilya, and Joshua Alpert “Stop the Pop”
Wane Parker Jr., Noah Marriott, and James Fitzgerald “The Turbinator”
Olivia Powers and Chloe Hogan “Smile”
 
And in first place, we send our congratulations to Jordan DeMedeiros for his “Renewable Energy Complex (REC)” exhibit.
 
This month, the annual Scotty Awards were held across the district. The Scotty awards are presented to students who demonstrate excellence in kindness, leadership and citizenship. This year the Decas students who best exemplified these ideals in each grade are: Kindergartener, Austin Lassiter, first grade student, Meadow Diede , and second grader, Brendan Spenard. Congratulations to the Scotty Award winners in all of our Wareham schools!
 
1,100 miles from Wareham, at DECA Nationals last week, WHS student Brett McSherry placed as a medalist in this highly competitive annual exposition held in Nashville, Tennessee this year. We are extremely proud of Brett for his outstanding accomplishment and of all of our DECA students in the work that they do in their entrepreneurial classes and beyond the school day.
 
Last night I attended the Wareham High School Art show. I was thoroughly inspired by all of the creativity expressed by the students through paintings, drawings, pottery and sculpture. The painter’s tape designs, in particular, really stood out to me. The middle school and high school students who participated in this gallery showing have incredibly superb talent.
 
These four events are just a handful of examples of the many weekly opportunities in which our students are highlighted for their exemplary achievements. In the last several weeks of school there are many more activities that we hope you will attend. Please check out our web site and social media pages for announcements of coming events.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events

 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Tuesday, May 3-Teacher Appreciation Day
Tuesday, May 3-Early Release. 10:50 AM for preschool, 12:50 for K-4.
Wednesday, May 4-Gr 3 goes on the Minot ForestTrail Hike
Friday, May 6 Boosterthon Fun Run at Decas. Students will be bused over. 
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
May 3 – Early Release Day 
May 6 – Fun Run – PTA Boosterthon fundraising event
       
Wareham Middle School
 
May 5 – Staff vs. Students Basketball Game at 6:00 P.M.
May 13 – Term 4 progress reports go home
May 9-20 – Math/Science MCAS
May 26 – Grade 7 students will be placing flags at local cemeteries for veterans
 
Wareham High School
 
Monday, May 2 Drug Story Theater 7pm Wareham HIgh School Auditorium 
Tuesday, May 3 early release 
Wednesday, May 4 Elks Student of the Month Banquet 6pm Wareham Elks Club 
Wednesday, May 4 College Night for Juniors 7pm Wareham HIgh School Auditorium 
Thursday, May 5 Key Club – Emergency Preparedness Presentation 7pm Wareham HIgh School Auditorium 
Saturday, May 7 Promenade 4:30pm. Wareham HIgh School Auditorium. Followed by the prom at 6pm at Lake Pearl in Wrentham. 

      

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Message from the Superintendent

Dear Wareham Families,
 
Today I write to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of the Wareham voters who attended last night’s Town Meeting and unanimously voted to approve the Feasibility Study for Minot Forest School through the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). This study will undoubtedly lead to vastly improved learning conditions for generations of students in Wareham. I am incredibly thankful as well, that the article to replace the Decas School roof was also passed. Having the support of so many people last night, sends a strong message that our citizens believe in the future of a strong and vibrant Wareham. In Wareham Public Schools, in everything we do, we put students first. At last evening’s meeting, residents did exactly that as well. And for this, we are all truly grateful.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
Special congratulations to our Wareham Middle School Drama Club for their recent OUTSTANDING production, “Annie”. Words as, tremendous, extraordinary, and exceptional came to mind as I watched our students perform. Thank you and thank you to all adults who supported this experience for our students.
 
Over the past several weeks you have likely heard mention of the much needed repairs at Minot Forest Elementary School. With Minot passing the mid century mark this year, many of these repairs are long overdue. From replacing the original boiler and generator to upgrading the electrical system to meet the needs of 21st-century technology, the list continues to grow. The needs of our students have always been and will continue to be our top priority. In order to meet these needs it is imperative that repairs and upgrades are made as soon as possible.
 
Recently, one of our Minot teachers and her students made a video highlighting the outdated windows, tiles, equipment and the like. Minot principal, Joan Seamans, gave tours to parents and community members last week as well. It is vital that we share information with our community so that voters may make an informed decision at town meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016, regarding the opportunity we have been given by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA).
 
Minot is one of several schools that has been chosen by the MSBA to enter into a feasibility study. Through this study process, architects would identify the best options for the school. These options could include repairs, renovations and/or building projects. The town would then be eligible for a 71.58% reimbursement of the cost of the study.
 
I urge you to attend town meeting on the 25th, and have your voice heard about the future of Minot Forest and the future of our community’s children.
 
 
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Kimberly Shaver- Hood

Weekly Events


 
Wareham Middle School
 
April 25 – May 5 – Penny Wars
April 27 – Grades 7 & 8 Field Trip to Museum of Fine Arts
April 28 – Art Show from 6:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. at the High School
April 28 – PTA Gaming Tournament from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Middle School auditorium
April 28 – School Council Meeting at 5:00 P.M.
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, April 25-Town Meeting
Tuesday, April 26-PTA’s Boosterthon Fundraiser Rally with students
Tuesday, April 26-Cape Cod Canal presentation to grade 3
Wednesday, April 27-Administrative Professional’s Day
Thursday, April 28-Grade 4 Family Math Night, 6:00-7:30
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
April 27 – Boosterthon Pep Rally 
April 28-May 5 – Boosterthon Team Days 
April 24-April 30 – National TV Turnoff Week
 
Wareham High School
 
April 27th
School Committee Meeting 7:00 p.m. at WMS
Global Education Team will be attending the Annual Diversity Day at Cape Cod Community College.
April 28th
WHS/WMS Art Fair is being held at Wareham High School from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
“Words are powerful. Words make a difference. They can open doors and close doors.”– R.M. Engelhard
 
The words we use with our children do make a very big difference, indeed. Driving home from the ball fields, many parents often want to discuss their children’s game, play by play. They engage their children in discussions about great catches made, as well as about strategies to improve for the next game. However, there has been much discussion of late about the impact that overanalyzing youth sports performance has in negatively affecting children’s enjoyment of the game. These conversations tend to close doors to parent/child communication. Rather, child psychologists state that five words that are far more impactful are, “I love watching you play.”
 
The same can hold true for discussions about children’s school performance at home. How many parents have asked their children, “What did you do in school today?” only to be met with the response, “Nothing.” By simply rephrasing their words, parents can gain much more meaningful insight into their child’s school day. Questions such as, “What brought you joy in school today?” “Who did you sit with at lunch today?” “What is the most interesting thing you learned today?” all invite a much deeper “door opening” conversation.
 
President Obama, as busy as his job is, makes time for family meals as often as his schedule allows. He has a dinner-time routine with his daughters, during which they discuss their “Roses and Thorns.” During “Roses,” they talk about the best or most beautiful part of their day. In “Thorns” they have an opportunity to share a difficult or prickly situation they encountered. Again, the reframing of the conversation and the specific choice of words provides an opportunity for children to share the more important details about the lives that they live when they are away from their parents.
 
• For suggestions on talking to your child about sports please visit http://changingthegameproject.com/the-ride-home-after-the-game/
• For a list of questions to ask your child about school that are “door opening” questions, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz-evans/25-ways-to-ask-your-kids-so-how-was-school-today-without-asking-them-so-how-was-school-today_b_5738338.html
• For more on “Roses and Thorns,” check out http://thefamilydinnerproject.org/fun/rose-and-thorn/
 
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events – April 11


 
Wareham High School
April 14th – 
JROTC Awards Night 6:00 p.m. in the WHS Auditorium
PTA Fundraiser Papa Ginos
 
Wareham Middle School
April 12 – Term 3 report cards go home
April 13 – Drama Club presents “Annie Kids” at 5:00 P.M. & 7:00 P.M.
April 14 – Spaghetti Supper for families of grade 4 students at 5:30 P.M.
April 14 – PTA meeting at 6:00 P.M. in the library
NOTE:  Staff vs Students basketball game schedule for April 8 has been postponed
 
Minot Forest Elementary
Monday, April 11-School Council Meeting, 4:00 PM at Minot
Monday, April 11-PTA meeting, 6:30 PM at Minot
Monday, April 11-Mobile Dentist will be at Minot

Tuesday, April 12-Principal’s Coffee, 6:00 PM. Informational Meeting and tour
Tuesday, April 12-Mobile Dentist will be at Minot

Wednesday, April 13-Grade 4 travels to WMS to see “Annie”
Wednesday, April 13- Mobile Dentist will be at Minot

Thursday, April 14-Grade 4 students and families are invited to the WMS for a spaghetti dinner from 5:30-7:30

Friday, April 15-Hat Day at Minot. Donate to wear a hat for the day. Proceeds go towards decreasing the cost of the grade four yearbook. 
 
John W. Decas Elementary
4/11 PTA Meeting at Minot 6:30 PM
4/12  Mrs. Kuppens K class to Wareham Public Library Field Trip
4/14  Mrs. Nault K class to Wareham Public Library Field Trip
4/14  Chili’s PTA fundraiser 4-8 PM
4/18 – 4/22 April School Vacation
 
PTA
 
Look what’s coming to an elementary schools near you? The “ALL STARS FUN RUN” a Six day in school enrichment program that ends with a day of fun for all students and families. For a sneak peek check out this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l_HHpKU5U8

Watch your local backpacks for more school specific information!

Thank you for your support of the Wareham Elementary PTA

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
This week I would like to extend a special congratulation to a fifth grader at Wareham Middle School, Indiana Troupe. Indiana was informed this week that he was one of only four students in Massachusetts to be chosen as an NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador. Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) is a school-based physical education and health program created by the National Dairy Council, The National Football League and the USDA to promote health and wellness for students. FUTP60 is giving Indiana an all-expenses paid trip to their summer convention, which will be held this July at Purdue University. There, he will get to brainstorm with other youth ambassadors from around the country who share his passion for living a healthy lifestyle. Also, Indiana will get to meet and greet some of the NFL’s greatest players.
 
Indiana’s Physical Education teacher and Running Team coach, Ms. Nichole Stahmer, is extremely proud of Indiana’s accomplishments as well. She mentioned that his dedication to the program, coupled with his leadership abilities, made him stand out and be recognized by the organization. For the FUTP60 lessons at WMS, students competed in a series of physical challenges, in which they were in competition with themselves, trying to beat their best score. Ms. Stahmer said that Indiana not only completed all of the challenges in school with enthusiasm but also, he created his challenges for his family at home. Sharing the love of physical fitness and health is at the heart of this program, and Indiana has indeed, excelled at this. Ms. Stahmer stated, “Indiana’s enthusiasm in contagious! He is such an inspiration to others.”
 
So as Indiana heads off to Indiana this summer, we send him our congratulations and our very best wishes. We are extremely proud of what he has accomplished and know that he will be an exemplary representative of Wareham Public Schools and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
 
To learn more about this program, please visit www.fueluptoplay60.com. Have a wonderful and safe weekend.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood
Superintendent

Weekly Events


 
Wareham Middle School
 
April 4 – MCAS for grades 7&8
April 5 – Term 3 ends/grades close
April 5 – Early Release Day at 12:05PM
April 7 – Honor Society Induction at 6:00PM
 
Wareham High School
 
April 5th – Early Release – dismissal will be at 12:10 p.m.
              – WHS School Council @ 7:00 a.m.
April 7th – PTA Meeting 6:00 p.m. at WMS          
              – Mr. Wareham 7:00 p.m. in the WHS auditorium             
              – Report Cards Issued
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, April 4 – Grade 4 MCAS testing
Tuesday, April 5 – Early Release: 10:50 AM dismissal for all preschool and 12:50 PM dismissal for grades 3 and 4. 
Tuesday, April 5 – Town Elections, Voting at Minot Forest
Wednesday, April 6 – Grade 4 MCAS testing
Thursday, April 7 – Grade 4 MCAS testing
Friday, April 8 – Preschool Peer Screening Day, by appointment
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
April 5 – Early Release, School will release at 12:50 PM
April 7 – Kindergarten (Mrs. Williams/Mrs. McQuade) Play 6:15  – 8 PM

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