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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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    Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

    Dear Wareham Families,
     
    The clock is ticking down on another outstanding year in Wareham Public Schools. This time of year is filled with the excitement of field trips, field days, awards ceremonies, class presentations, final exams, graduation and end of the year celebrations.
     
    I began the year talking about the many qualities of Vikings that allowed them to be so successful in their quests, such as loyalty, determination, grit, and perseverance. It is these qualities that have led to so many of the stories behind my weekly blog post for families, as well as my monthly Viking Tales newsletter for staff. I am so proud of the many accomplishments of our students and staff. You have broken through barriers, exceeded many goals and worked through any adversity you may have faced. You are Vikings, and that is precisely what Vikings do.
     
    Amidst the joy that accomplishments bring and the excitement of celebrations, there is deep sadness as well. The Wareham Public Schools has lost a beloved member of its family this week, Trey Miranda. Our hearts are broken. We will remember Trey for many things, perhaps most of all, his fighting spirit. A true Viking, indeed.
     
    Although students are bringing closure to the 2015/16 school year, our work for the next school year is already well underway. We will be building upon the strengths in programming that has been put in place to enhance learning opportunities for students. We will continue adding technology and integrating it into all aspects of the curriculum, becoming a 1:1 district. We will continue to add to the unparalleled opportunities that Wareham Public Schools offers for students in this region.
     
    My best wishes to you all for a peaceful, relaxing and well-deserved summer vacation. Please keep an eye on the website and FaceBook pages over the summer for news on our summer programming, as well as reminders for fall activities. Sincerely,
     
    Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood
     


    Weekly Events


     
    John W. Decas Elementary
     
    6/13/16 – Decas/Minot School Council Meeting @ Minot 4PM
    6/13/16 – PTA Meeting @ Minot 6:30 PM
    6/14/16 – Bring a Book to the Beach Day
    6/14/16 – Grade 1, Team 1 Buttonwood Zoo
    6/15/16 – Grade 1, Team 2 Buttonwood Zoo
    6/15/16 – Bring a Book to the Beach Day – Raindate
    6/16/16 – Mrs. Jop’s Readers Theatre 1:45 PM
    6/16/16 – Don’t Trash Wareham Program
    6/16/16 – Kindergarten Teddy Bear Picnic
    6/17/16 – Last day of school – Dismissal @ 10:50 AM.
     
    Wareham High School
     
    June 9th – Underclassmen Academic Awards – 7:00 p.m.
    June 13th – Final Exams – 1 & 2 Class Periods 3 & 4 (Full Day)
    Dual Enrollment  Exam period 1  7:40 am – 9:10 am
    Exam period 2  9:15 am – 10:45 a.m.
    Step Up Day for 8th graders 8:30 am
    June 14th – Exams 3 & 4 ( Half Day)
    June 15th – Exams 5 & 6 (Half Day)
     
    Wareham Middle School
     
    June 14 – Grade 6 (Team B) Cape Cod Canal Cruise
    June 14 – Grade 7 Whale Watch field trip
    June 14 – Grade 8 Boston Harbor Cruise
    June 14, 15, 16 – Grade 5 field trips to Buttonwood Park Zoo & Awards Ceremonies
    June 15 – Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony in the high school gym at 5:00 P.M.
    June 16 – Grade 6 Awards
     
    Minot Forest Elementary
     
    Monday, June 13
    Grade 4 Field Day for McNally, Jensen, Martins, Tetreault, Scannell
    Grade 3 Field trip to Plimoth Plantation-all classes
    School Council 4:00 at Minot Forest
    PTA meeting 6:30 at Minot Forest
    Volunteer Reception 6:30 at Minot Forest
    Wednesday, June 15
    Preschool end of the year celebration 2:00
    Thursday, June 16
    Grade 4 Awards Ceremony:
    9:30-Revene, Tierney, Panzone, Hennigan, Potter, Houdlette
    10:15-McNally, Jensen, Martins, Tetreault, Scannell, Houghton
    Friday, June 17
    Last day of school, 10:50 dismissal. Happy Summer!

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    Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

    Dear Wareham Families,

     

    With summer vacation quickly approaching, I wanted to highlight the phenomenon of Summer Learning Loss. Summer Learning Loss, or SLL, is the decline in achievement that occurs when students are not actively involved in learning opportunities during the ten weeks of summer vacation. Countless studies conducted about the devastating effects that SLL has on students, especially those who are already falling behind. Research shows that many students demonstrate a three to six-month decline in academics when they are not actively engaged in learning activities during the summer months. For a student who may be several months behind academically already, SLL could put them a whole academic year behind their peers, thus widening the achievement gap.

     

    Fortunately, there are many ways to lessen the effects of SLL. Wareham Public Schools students are given summer reading lists of books and assignments that need to be completed over the summer. This should be a project that is discussed at home before the school year ends. Students should have a plan for when they will be reading and working on assignments to prevent tasks from being completed at the last minute. Always keep books on hand. Tuck some in a beach bag for reading after a picnic lunch on the beach before heading back in the water. Keep one in the glove compartment for reading in the stands during a sibling’s ball game. And having books downloaded to an electronic device is always a great option as well.

     

    Wareham Public Schools offers the summer CARE program through the 21st CCLC grant for economically disadvantaged students entering grades K-8. In summer CARE, registered students have the opportunity to participate in academic and enrichment activities that are specifically targeted at SLL prevention. The Beyond School Time Kids’ Summer Camp also offers these classes for a small fee.

     

    Day trips are another engaging way to get students excited about learning. The Highland Street Foundation offers free admission to all at 80 different locations through their Free Fun Fridays Foundation. From museums to zoos to botanical gardens- all of the attractions offered free through this program are ideal for sparking imagination, creativity and providing learning opportunities.

     

    This evening, I will be celebrating the past twelve years of learning of each of our Wareham High School 2016 graduates. The ceremony begins at 6:00 pm on Spillane Field. All are welcome. I hope to see you there.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood

     

     

    Weekly Events

     

    High School

     

    Thursday, June 9

    -Underclassmen Awards Night @ 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium

    -Top 10% dinner 5:30 p.m. in the WHS Cafeteria

     

    Middle School

     

    June 6, 7, 8

    Grades 5-7 Field Days

     

    Tuesday, June 7

    District wide Band Concert in the High School auditorium at 6:00 P.M.

     

    Friday, June 10

    -Honor Society field trip to Canobie Lake Park

    -Grade 6 (Team A) Cape Cod Canal Cruise

    -Grade 7 STEAM Awards

     

    Minot

     

    Monday, June 6

    -Preschool Fun Bus Program

    -Field trip to Waquoit Bay for Mrs. Revene, Mrs. Potter, and Mrs. Houghton’s classes

    -Principal’s Coffee 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Decas second grade families are welcome to attend for a tour and to meet the administrative team

     

    Tuesday, June 7

    -Band Day Concert, 6:00 PM at WHS. Bands from Elementary, Middle, and High School will perform

    -Book Fair is open today

     

    Wednesday, June 8

    -Grade 3 Field Day for Ms. DeGrace, Ms. Conlon, Mrs. Cardoso, Mrs. DiGiovanni, and Mrs. Quimby

    -Book Fair is open today

     

    Thursday, June 9

    -Grade 3 Field Day for Ms. Johnson, Mrs. Letourneau, Mrs. Shearer, Mrs. Fitzgerald, Miss Tierney, Ms. Scannell, and Mrs. Houghton

    -Book Fair is open today

    -Book Fair Family Night 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

     

    Friday, June 10

    -Grade 4 Field Day for Mrs. Revene, Miss Tierney, Mrs. Panzone, Mrs. Hennigan, Mr. Houdlette, Mrs. Potter

    -Grade 3 Story Telling presentation by Mr. Gillman, 2:00 PM

     

    Decas

     

    Monday, June 6

    Grade 2, Team 1 Field Day

     

    Tuesday, June 7

    Grade 2, Team 2 Field Day

     

    Wednesday, June 8

    Gateman Readers will be at Decas

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