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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
During the past week, two students enrolled at Wareham High School, chose to make comments referencing shooting in the school.  In both situations the prompt action by teachers, Deans, Administration, and the School Resource Officer, resulted in the students being promptly removed from school and arrested.  At no time did the students possess any weapons, nor does it appear that either had immediate access to weapons. On both occasions, information informing the public was placed on our website, as presenting the community with accurate and timely information, within the scope allowed by law, is important to us.
 
Maintaining student and staff safety is our number one priority.  It is imperative for our students to understand that should they choose to make either direct statements or ones alluding to compromising the security of our students and staff, they will be removed from school, arrested, and charged with making terrorist threats.  I strongly urge you to have a conversation with your child regarding the seriousness of making such remarks and the life-altering consequences which will follow.   
 
I understand at times students may make statements joking around with peers, out of frustration, or that such remarks may be a “plead for help.” I would ask you to urge your child to seek advice and help from, a parent, a school counselor or social worker, a teacher or administrator, or a trusted adult, as such actions as witnessed this week will likely have long-term consequences for both the students involved and for their families.
 
Again, I appreciate the prompt actions demonstrated by our facility and Administration at Wareham High School, our School Resource Officer, Chief Kevin Walsh and the Wareham Police Department.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Shaver-Hood

Weekly Events

Wareham High School
 
May 11th 
RENT! School Edition 7:00 p.m. in the WHS auditorium
PTA meeting WMS @ 6:00 p.m.
May 12th​
​RENT! School Edition 7:00 p.m. in the WHS auditorium
​May 13th​
​​RENT! School Edition 7:00 p.m. in the WHS auditorium
See link for pricing
​May 14th
​RENT! School Edition 
​12:00 p.m. show​. 
​10:30 Brunch in the WHS cafeteria
See link for pricing
https://vct.yapsody.com/event/index/89251/vtc-presents-rent-school-edition
 
Wareham Middle School
 
May 8 – Grades 6 & 7 Math MCAS
May 9 – Grades 6 & & Math MCAS
May 11 – PTA meeting at 6:00 P.M. in the cafeteria
Dates for Upcoming Field Days
Grade 5 – June 7 (rain date June 12)
Grade 6 – June 8 (rain date June 13)
Grade 7 – June 9 (rain date June 14)
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
May 8-12
Teacher Appreciation Week
May 9
Teacher Appreciation Day
No Homework Club today
May 10
School Nurses’ Day
MCAS-Grade 4 Math
NAVIGATE Drop In Session, 5:00 at Woods of Wareham
May 11
MCAS-Grade 4 Math
No Homework Club today
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
5/8/2017    Kindergarten Screening
5/9/2017    Kindergarten Screening
5/10/2017  Kindergarten Screening
5/10/2017  Mr. Roche/Mrs. Nelson Mother’s Day Tea 5 PM – 7 PM
5/11/2017  Kindergarten Screening

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
Strong and innovative leaders are essential to the success of any organization. At Wareham Middle School we are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Peter Steedman on board this year as the building leader. He has brought a wealth of knowledge and creativity to Wareham from his vast experience teaching and leading across the globe.
 
One of the inventive initiatives he has implemented at Wareham Middle School this year helps to foster the leadership capacity of middle schoolers. Dr. Steedman runs a Leadership Café every two weeks as a way to recognize and acknowledge students who have shown leadership skills in their classes, as well as a way of building capacity in this area. In this pilot program, teachers select one student, every other week, who has demonstrated skills that make them a positive role model among their peers.
 
The group of selected students meets with Dr. Steedman in the library and enjoys a healthy snack of smoothies and granola bars, provided by the Food Services Department. They begin by discussing their ideas about what is working in the school, and what needs to be improved, and they offer suggestions about how to make the improvements. Dr. Steedman leads the group in a variety of team-building activities, such as “Two-Minute Mysteries,” which are brain teasers that require students to cast aside pre-conceived notions and to expand their thinking about a topic to discover clues that will lead them to the answer. Students then participate in a group team building activity in which they have to work together to solve a problem, using creative solutions.
 
When asked what lessons they learn from the Leadership Café, students gave the following responses: teamwork, be yourself, don’t give up, express yourself, and collaborate.
 
We are proud of our Wareham Middle School Leaders and know that they will carry the skill sets they have developed in the Leadership Café into the hallways and classrooms, to further strengthen and unify the camaraderie in the building.
 
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

Weekly Events

 
Wareham High School
May 2nd
WHS School Council Meeting 7:00 a.m. 
Early Release 12:15 p.m.
 
May 4th
College Night for Juniors (students and Parents) 7:00 p.m. in the WHS Auditorium.
May 6th
SAT Testing will be held in the WHS cafeteria @ 7:30 a.m.
 
Wareham Middle School
 
May 4 – Spaghetti supper and tour at 5:00PM for incoming grade 5 students
May 5 – Grade 7 Dance from 6:30PM-9:00PM
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Tuesday, May 2
Early Release
10:50 dismissal for preschool
12:50 dismissal for elementary
 
Wednesday, May 3
Fun Run for preschool held at Minot 
AM-Fillion, Dinsmoor, Lemire, Roberge, Owens
10:00-proceed out back
10:10-10:30 Fun Run (Families are welcome and can meet outside)
 
PM-Fillion, Dinsmoor, Lemire
12:45-proceed outside
12:55-1:15 Fun Run (Families are welcome and can meet outside)
 
Thursday, May 4
Fun Run 
Grade 3 held at Decas
9:50-10:50 Fun Run (Families are welcome and can meet on the Decas Field) 
 
Grade 4 held at Decas
10:50-11:50 Fun Run (Families are welcome and can meet on the Decas Field) 
 
Free Spaghetti Supper and Tours
Grade 4 students and families
5:00 PM at Wareham Middle School
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
Monday 5/1/17  No CARE
Tuesday 5/2/17  Early Release Dismissal will be at 12:50 PM – No CARE
Thursday 5/4/17 
Boosterthon – Fun Run
Grade 2  8:50 – 9:50 AM
Grade 1  12:30 – 1:30 PM
Grade K  1:30 – 2:30 PM

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
This week I hosted a “Coffee and Conversation” event at the Multiservice Center and had the pleasure of meeting with some leaders in the community who offer outstanding free resources to Wareham students and families.
 
Heidi Collins and Lucy Loureiro from the Southeast Center for Independent Living (SCIL) discussed the support they provide students with learning disabilities. From assistance with passing the driver’s permit test to offering paid internships, their programming affords many opportunities for students on IEPs and 504s. The contact information for SCIL is hcollins@secil.org or 508-679-9210.
 
Eleni Dupuis from the Wareham office of Women Infants and Children (WIC) handed out brochures and talked about the free food that many families of young children are entitled to if they meet the income eligibility requirements. This includes pregnant and breastfeeding mothers as well as teen mothers. Once again, WIC is providing vouchers for Farmer’s Market produce this spring and summer. To learn if you qualify for the free food vouchers, please contact Eleni at edupuis@healthimperatives.org.
 
Kathleen Wilbur from Seven Hills Behavioral Health Southeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership runs free smoking cessation programs for adults in the area throughout the year. At the meeting, she gave examples of how the tobacco industry is marketing specifically to youth by packaging their products like candy, and by using bubblegum, grape, chocolate and other flavorings in their products. She will be presenting about this marketing ploy at the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren group in May. To find out more about these, or other related programs, contact Kathy at kmwilbur5@gmail.com or 774-634-3955.
 
Representing the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, were Kathleen Minnock, Site Manager and Yvonne Hitchens, LICSW. They have had their site in the Shaw’s plaza in Wareham for a year and offer comprehensive health services to families without a Primary Care Physician. They offer help for those without medical insurance as well. Their point of contact is Kathleen Minnock kathleenm@gnbchc.org or 508-742-3810.
 
In Wareham, we know that educating the whole child means making sure that all needs are addressed, including educational, emotional, behavioral, medical, vocational and nutritional. It’s often said that it takes a village to raise a child and I am honored to be part of such a pro-active and caring community.
 
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

Weekly Events


 
Reminder to all: No School – April 14th through 21st
 
Wareham High School
 
April 10th- WHS Booster meeting 6:oo p.m. WHS conference room
April 12th – Basketball game between WHS and WMS staff – 6:00 pm – H.S. gym
April 14th – No School
 
Wareham Middle School
Next week no events schedule
Upcoming events include:
April 25 & 26 – Grades 7&8 ELA MCAS
April 27 – School Council Meeting at 5:00 P.M.
April 27 – Grades 7&8 Gaming Tournament at 5:00 P.M. in the auditorium
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, April 10
MCAS Grades 3 and 4
Elementary PTA meeting, 6:30 at Minot
Tuesday, April 11
MCAS Grades 3 and 4
Wednesday, April 12
MCAS Grade 3
Thursday, April 13
Chili’s restaurant fundraiser to support PTA
Friday, April 14
No School
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
Monday, April 10
Elementary PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm at Minot 
Tuesday, April 11
JA in a Day, Grade 1 – Junior Achievement
Wednesday, April 12
STEAM Night, 6:00pm-7:00pm 
Thursday, April 13
Wampanoag Tribal Dancers, Grade K, 8:45am
Chili’s restaurant fundraiser to support PTA
Friday, April 14
No School

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
Talent. This is the word that kept coming to mind throughout the week, as I was out in the schools for activities and events and out in the community for various meetings. I am continually impressed by the many and varied talents displayed by our Wareham Public Schools students.
 
On Monday evening, I met with a group of Wareham juniors and seniors who traveled to Cabo Verde during February vacation to visit our sister school in Santa Cruz. Also at the meeting were WPS staff, parents and community members. This group of students, along with several others who could not be in attendance that evening, have launched an organization they call the Wareham/Cabo Verde Support Team, to support students at our sister school with tuition and uniform fees.
 
They are in the process of collecting donations to help prevent 150 students from dropping out this year, as they cannot afford the $20 fee. As I sat and listened to them speak about what they have already accomplished, along with their plans for the future of the organization, I was keenly aware of the talents in this group. Their organizational and communication skills were evident as I listened to them explain about the work about which they are so passionate.
 
I am also highly impressed with the talents of the Lady Vikings basketball team both on and off the courts. This Tuesday they were recognized by Town Selectmen for earning the 2017 Girls’ Basketball Team Sportsmanship Award from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. This remarkable group of young women received this award from MIAA earlier this month at TD Garden in Boston for their sportsmanship and integrity. Their fundraising efforts this season for the “Maddie Strong Game” showed their talents of compassion and determination. Their hard work resulted in raising over $4,000 for a young girl who is battling cancer.
 
On Wednesday morning, I had the pleasure of attending the Wareham Middle School Drama Club presentation of Peter Pan, Jr. What a delightful show these middle school students put on. The talents of these young students truly shone on the stage, through their singing, choreography and humorous dialogue. Bravo to all the students, teachers and parents involved in this fantastic production!
 
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

Weekly Events


 
Wareham High School
April 4th
Early Release Day –  Dismissal at 12:15 p.m.
Astronomy Night at WHS in the parking lot 7:30 p.m. (Cloud date will be April 6th)
April 5th
Honor Bowl at WHS from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
April 6th
Report cards will be issued
PTA meeting 6:00 p.m. WMS Library
April 7th
Black Out Dance 7:00p.m.- 10:00 p.m. in the WHS cafeteria
 
Wareham Middle School
April 3 – Grade 5 ELA MCAS
April 5 – Grade 5&6 ELA MCAS
April 6 – Grade 5&6 ELA MCAS
April 6 – PTA meeting at 6:00 P.M. in the cafeteria
 
Minot Forest Elementary
Monday, April 3
School Building Committee Tour of Minot 10:00 AM
Tuesday, April 4
School Building Committee Tour of Minot 10:00 AM
Early Release, 10:50 dismissal for preschool and 12:50 dismissal for Elementary
Town Elections
Wednesday, April 5
School Building Committee Meeting, 5:00 at MSC, room 228
Friday, April 7
ELA MCAS testing for grade 4
 
John W. Decas Elementary
4/4/17  Early Release – Dismissal will begin at 12:50 PM
4/6/17 “Our Town” display created by all kindergarteners in the main bus lobby

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
Although it may not feel like it, spring finally arrived this week. And as we look forward to warmer temperatures and milder weather, the plans for summer in Wareham Public Schools are already well under way. Each year the CARE Summer Program, through the Office of Beyond School Time, provides over 200 students with a five-week summer camp experience that is STEAM-focused and project-based. Programming incorporates physical fitness, book clubs for mandatory summer reading, service learning projects and much more. The following is just a partial list of some of the many classes offered:
 
Builders/Youth Empowerment Club
 
Currently, students are focusing on the hunger in the community and have set up a food bank at the Middle School that fills over 50 backpacks that students take home each Friday. It was an eye-opening experience for students and staff alike to discover the impact nationally, regionally and within the local community food insecurity has on individuals and families. The more information that was gained, the more determined students became to educate others to make an impact to improve the situation locally. This club is co-sponsored by WPS partner, the Kiwanis Club of Bourne and Wareham.
 
Sailing
 
This program, in collaboration with CARE partner, Buzzards Bay Coalition (BBC), is presently being developed to offer sailing lessons in this year’s summer program. With BBC’s acquisition of Wicket’s Island in Onset, MA, they have agreed to offer the lessons to Summer CARE Camp students.
 
Strings and Things
 
During the summer of 2017, this class will be offered to 20 students, as additional violins are being purchased. In addition to the enjoyment of playing a musical instrument, there is also much research citing the benefits of playing a musical instrument in relation to cognitive development in children. It is anticipated that in the future, more stringed instruments will be added, such as the viola, cello, and bass.
 
Sculpting
 
New to the CARE summer camp program 2017 will be a sculpting class using air-dry clay for students in grades K-2. Each student will learn and perform at their individual ability. Students will use sculpting materials to create three-dimensional pieces of work.
 
Books Alive
 
The CARE enhancement grant will enable the expansion of the literacy program from two classes to four classes this summer. Implemented last summer, a Title 1 Reading Specialist/Interventionist and a 3rd-grade classroom teacher created a literacy program that included integrating art, music, and movement into reading and was based on an example that the two teachers had seen at a conference called,” Books Alive!”
 
Claymation
 
Ever wonder how those clay figures were created for cartoons and movies? This class uncovers the secrets to bringing clay figures to life. Students work in teams in planning, producing and screening their clay animation movie. Students develop storyboards and scripts, create clay characters, background scenery and produce the stop-motion animation images with a digital camera.
 
K Literacy Summer Club
 
For students who still need time to reach specific milestones, the Early Literacy Program provides 100 hours of neurologically and developmentally considered interventions for students. The students attending will be those who need extra support for their successful transition to 1st grade.
 
For more information about any of our summer offerings, please contact Jane Fondulis at fondulis@wareham.k12.m.us. Have a wonderful weekend.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

Weekly Events

 
Minot Forest Elementary School
 
Monday, March 27
Principal’s Coffee, 9:00 AM
Wednesday, March 29
Grade 4 students will visit WMS to see the play Peter Pan
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
3/28/2017  Student Learning Expedition
 
Wareham High School
March 30th
Mr. Wareham in the WHS auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
March 31st
Term 3 grades will close
 
Wareham Middle School
 
March 29 – Drama Club presents Peter Pan Jr in the auditorium at 5PM & 7PM
March 30 – Grade 6 movie night in the auditorium at 5:30 PM
March 31 – Term 3 Ends

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
“Top of the morning”! Today is a day that many celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Even those who are not of Irish decent often proudly don green attire, prepare a boiled dinner and gather with family and friends. Cultural celebrations can indeed reach across communities and amongst ethnic groups.
 
Last night’s International Night was indeed, a testament to that. Minot Forest, once again, opened its doors to the community to honor world cultures and heritage. Wareham families, staff and the community volunteered to host tables representing dozens of countries, including Ireland, Italy, China, Japan, Morocco, Ecuador, Cabo Verde and much more. Table hosts arranged beautiful displays with information, artifacts, and foods from the countries they were highlighting.
 
There were games and activities for children and multicultural performances by dance and musical groups. Many local restaurants sponsored this event as well, by providing foods with an ethnic flair.
 
This event has been in Wareham for well over a decade, and it is one that is cherished in our community, for it brings people of different backgrounds together to celebrate and honor multiculturalism. Last night was a demonstration of global education at its finest, and my thanks go out to all those who participated in the planning and facilitating of this special tradition in our district.
 
For photos of last night’s event, please visit our Facebook page: Wareham Public Schools. Have a wonderful weekend.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood
 

Weekly Events


 
Wareham High School
 
March 18th
DECA Home Show at Wareham High School 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
March 19th
DECA Home Show at WHS  12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
March 22nd
School Committee meeting 7:00 p.m. at WMS auditorium
Dual Enrollment Informational night for upcoming  8th graders will be held  in the WHS auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
March 23rd
UPDATED: Cloud Shapers has been postponed. A new date for the show will be available shortly.
The Viking Theatre Company will present their festival play “Cloud Shapers”
 
Wareham Middle School
 
March 20- School Council – 5:00 PM
March 29 – Drama Club presents Peter Pan Jr in the auditorium at 5PM & 7PM
March 30 – Grade 6 movie night in the auditorium at 5:30 PM
March 31 – Term 3 Ends
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Monday, March 20
No after school CARE classes
School Council, 4:00 at Decas
Elementary PTA 6:30 at Decas
Wednesday, March 22
Report cards go home
Thursday, March 23
Chili’s Restaurant fundraiser to support the PTA
Friday, March 24
Preschool Peer Model Screening, by appointment
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
3/20/2017  School Council Mtg 4 PM @ Decas
3/20/2017  PTA meeting 6:30 @ Decas
3/21/2017  Junior Achievement in a Day- Grade 2
3/22/2017  Report Cards go home

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