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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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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
 
Over the last weeks of school each year, I have the honor of attending different award ceremonies. This week I attended the Athletic Awards at Wareham High School, which celebrated many accomplished athletes in their various sports. Next week, we will be honoring our graduating seniors on June 2nd at our annual Academic Honor Celebration. During this outstanding evening, some our 2016 soon to be graduates will be awarded scholarships with a total accumulation of over a quarter of million dollars! Fantastic!!!!
 
I, along with many others know our students are wonderful students and over the past few years, I have noticed that there are certain character traits that our award recipients share in common, such as Motivation, Versatility, and Perseverance.
 
As Motivated students, our award winners realize the importance of education and of doing things to the best of their ability. They recognize that if something is worth doing, then it is worth doing it well and to the best of their ability.
 
As Versatile students, many have had to juggle many things, such as school work, after school activities and athletics, family life, friends, work, and evening and weekend commitments. They organized their time and energy in such a way that their education always remained a priority.
 
And they have shown Perseverance through it all. From the beginning of the year until the last school day, they would not be satisfied with anything less than the best. When it was difficult, they sought help and studied harder, but they never gave up.
 
These outstanding traits will be of great benefit in college and post-secondary pursuits. We applaud their work and congratulate each and every one of our students, their teachers for their tremendous dedication and their families for their continuous support.
 
Please wish for a sunny day and join us as we celebrate our 2016 Wareham High School Graduation on June 3, 2016, 6:30 at Spillane Field and our Night School Graduation on June 1st beginning at
 
Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events

 
Wareham High School
 
May 30th – No School (Memorial Day)
May 31st – Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal (outside pending weather) 9:00am – 10:30 am
June 1st – MCAS Science – Session 1
                  Senior Picnic & Slide Show 12:30 pm @ WHS
June 2nd – MCAS Science – Session 2
                  Senior Awards Night 7:00 PM in the High School Auditorium
                  Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal (Inside) 9:00 am – 10:30 am
                  Cap & Gown Pick Up 10:30 am (all debts must be 100% paid             
June 3rd –  2016 Graduation 6:30 PM on Spillane Field.                
June 4th –  Rain Date for Graduation 6:30 PM on Spillane Field.
 
Wareham Middle School
 

June 1 & 2 – Wareham Band Boosters assembly after lunch on Spillane Field.
June 2 – Incoming Grade 5 students visit the Middle School
June 2 – Drama Club field trip to Burt Wood School of Performing Arts
June 2 – PTA meeting at 3:15 P.M.
June 2 – Talent Show at 6:00 P.M.
June 3 – Students of the Month Breakfast for Parents/Guardians at 8:30A.M.
June 3 – Student Council field trip to Gifts to Give & Carousel
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Tuesday, May 31 – Wareham Historical Society performs presentation to grade 3 students
Wednesday, June 1 – Field trip to Waquoit Bay for Mrs. McNally and Mrs. Jensen’s classes
Thursday, June 2 – Grade 4 visits Wareham Middle School for a Tour
                  – Field trip to Wareham Historical Society for Ms. Conlon, Mrs. Shearer, Mrs. DiGiovanni, and Mrs. Quimby’s classes
                  – Last day for the after-school CARE academic program
Friday, June 3 – Field trip to Wareham Historical Society for Ms. Johnson, Mrs. Letourneau, Ms. DeGrace, Mrs. Cardoso, and Mrs. Fitzgerald’s classes
 
John W. Decas Elementary
 
6/1/2016 Kindergarten – Team 2 Field Day 9:15 AM – 11:15 AM.
               Kindergarten – Team 1 Field Day 12:15 PM – 2:15 PM
6/2/2016 Grade 1 Team 1 Field Day 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
               Decas Art Show 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
6/3/2016 Grade 1 Team 2 Field Day 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
               Grades Close

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