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.
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.
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.
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!”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a wonderful weekend.
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood
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
Mr. Wareham in the WHS auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
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