Parent Survey

Dear Parents / Guardians,
Those working at the Wareham Public Schools wish to “provide challenging, innovative, and engaging educational experiences; fostering a global understanding and a competitive advantage” for your child(ren) (WPS, Vision, 2016).
Your feedback on this survey is one way we can continue to improve your child’s(ren) educational experiences as we reflect on our current practices.
Please click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YGYSJW3
Thank you in advance for your participation.
Wareham Public Schools

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
This Friday, I would like to recognize Decas Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Darlene McQuade. Mrs. McQuade and her colleagues teaching Kindergarten are using the K2 Focus initiative developed by Boston Public Schools, Early Childhood and Special Education educators, along with college professors of Early Childhood Education.
The K2 Focus program is a comprehensive approach to teaching literacy and math that is theme-based and teaches critical thinking and problem-solving skills through a combination of direct instruction in mini-lessons, followed by hands-on, creative, project-based center work.
Mrs. McQuade has implemented this program so effectively, her work has been recognized at the state level. She was selected to have her lesson filmed by PBS this week so that it can serve as a model to other teachers who would like to implement this program. The video crew from WGBH was at Decas this week filming in her class.
We are extremely proud of Mrs. McQuade and her colleagues, as they are outstanding educators who are very dedicated to our students and the profession. We are thrilled that the work of Wareham teachers is being recognized as exceptional and used as a model for others across the Commonwealth.
In the coming weeks, my Friday blog posts will highlight other features of cutting-edge educational programming in Wareham that is putting our district in the forefront in providing 21st-century learning opportunities for our students.
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

Weekly Events

Wareham High School
May 23rd – Senior Final Exam Periods 5 & 6
May 24th – Senior Final Exam Periods 1 & 2 -Senior Athletic Awards 7:00 PM WHS Cafeteria
May 25th – Senior Final Exam 7 & 8
May 26th – Senior Final Exam 3 & 4
May 27th – Senior Final Exam (make up exams)
Wareham Middle School
May 20-27 – Beijing students visiting
May 20 – Students will be voting in a simulated general election
May 26 – Grade 7 Non-STEAM students will be placing flags on local cemeteries for veterans
May 27 – Grade 8 field trip to Fort Phoenix & Carousel
Minot Forest Elementary
Mon. May 23
Principal’s Coffee, 9:00 AM
Band students perform for grade 3 students, 9:20
School Council, 4:00 at Decas
Tues. May 24
Filed trip for Ms. DeGrace, Mrs. Cardoso, and Mrs. Shearer’s classes
Junior Achievement volunteers teach lessons to grade 4 students
Wed. May 25
Field trip for Mr. Houdlette’s class
Band and Chorus Concert, 6:00 PM at WHS
Field trip for Ms. Conlon, Mrs. DiGiovanni, and Mrs. Quimby’s classes
Thurs. May 26
Field trip for Ms. Johnson and Mrs. Letourneau’s classes
Fri, May 27
Happy 50th Birthday, Minot Forest! Students and staff are invited to dress from the 60’s era. 
John W. Decas Elementary
Monday, May 23
4:00 School Council at Decas
Friday, May 27
1:30 Opening Olympic Field Day Ceremony
Monday, May 30
No School – Memorial Day
Monday, May 23
4:00 School Council at Decas
Friday, May 27
1:30 Opening Olympic Field Day Ceremony
Monday, May 30
No School – Memorial Day

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,


Award winning country music singer, Terri Clark, sings a song about the unsung hero. The lyrics recognize the quiet determination and dedication of someone who works tirelessly behind the screens- not for the applause, but simply for the love of the job.

“While others long to steal the spotlight

You work your magic quietly-

‘Cause you’re not in it for the glory,

The love you give comes naturally.”

Patricia Nelson and Patrick Roche exemplify the concept of the unsung hero. Since 2004, this duo has spent countless hours helping their students plan and prepare for a special event that honors and celebrates those who serve in a motherly role.

Each year, Nelson and Roche host a Mother’s Day Tea, where female caregivers, including Nelson & Roche’s own mothers, are treated to homemade baked goods, plants, and poetry.

Since its inception, this has become a highly anticipated event for students and families in Nelson and Roche’s classes. A highlight of the tea is the letters that the students write to their special person. They are heartfelt and worked on over a period of time, with edits and revisions being completed by the students, to ensure that the results are just right for the celebration.

I would like to thank Ms. Nelson and Mr. Roche for starting this special tradition in Wareham Public Schools. You work your magic quietly and naturally, and the result of your labors is indeed, spectacular.




Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood


Weekly Events



Monday, May 16

PTA, 6:30 PM at Decas

Tuesday, May 17

Preschool conferences by appointment during the day

Wednesday, May 18

-Grade 2 visits and tours Minot Forest School

-Preschool conferences by appointment during the day

Thursday, May 19

-Preschool conferences by appointment during the day

-Grade 4 Chorus performs during the day for grade 3 students

Friday, May 20

-Preschool Peer Screening in the morning

-Field trip for Mrs. Martins, Ms. Tetreault, and Mrs. Scannell’s fourth grade to Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

-Free Family Fun Event, sponsored by PTA, 6:00-8:00 PM at WHS


High School

May 15th – DECA Spaghetti Dinner/Auction 5:00 PM in the High School Cafeteria. Tickets are $5.

May 17th - MCAS Math Session 1

May 18th - MCAS Math Session 2


Middle School

May 16 – Grade 8 Panoramic Photo at 1:00 P.M.

May 16 & 17 – Grades 5&8 Science MCAS




May 16  Mobile Dentist

School Council MTG @ Decas 4 PM

PTA MTG @ Decas 6:30 PM

May 17  Mobile Dentist

May 18  Grade 2 to visit Minot

May 19  Incoming Kindergarten Ice Cream Social at Decas 6 PM

May 20  PTA Family Fun Night at WHS 6 PM

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Message from the Superintendent | Weekly Events

Dear Wareham Families,
As we conclude Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week today, let us acknowledge that we have a deep appreciation and respect for our Wareham Public Schools teachers/staff 365 days each year. Our faculty and staff are some of the most dedicated and driven educators in the profession, whom I have had the pleasure of knowing. Many spend countless hours after school, nights, weekends, vacations and summer, increasing their knowledge of content and pedagogy in workshops and classes or teaching in enrichment programming and preparing lessons to inspire and engage students.
Our teachers/staff set high standards for all students and give students the message that they can achieve and that they will never give up on them, even if they have given up on themselves.  Our teachers/staff care about educating the whole child and ensure that the proper strategies and resources are in place to do so.
Perhaps one of the most telling examples of the impact and impression Wareham teachers/staff impart upon their students can be told by looking at a large number of WPS teachers who are products of the Wareham school system themselves. Somewhere along the way in their Wareham education, they were inspired to teach, and we are grateful that they chose their hometown in which to educate future generations of students.
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

Weekly Events

Wareham Middle School
May Students of the Month will be announced next Friday
May 9–20 – MCAS
May 12 – Introduction to STEAM Academy & Humanities Academy for current grade 6 parents at 5:30PM in the auditorium
May 13 – Term 4 progress reports go home
May 20-27 , Students from Beijing will be visiting
May 26 – Grade 7 students will place flags at local cemeteries for veterans
Minot Forest Elementary
Monday, May 9-Grade 3 MCAS testing
Tuesday, May 10-Grade 3 MCAS testing
Wednesday, May 11-Grade 4 MCAS testing
Wednesday, May 11-Nurse’s Day
Wednesday, May 11-Preschool parent conferences by appointment 4:30-6:30 
Thursday, May 12- MCAS Grade 4
Friday, May 13-Waquoit Bay Reserve field trip for Mrs. Hennigan and Mrs. Panzone’s classes
John W. Decas Elementary
May 9 – 12 Kindergarten Screening
May 10th -Mrs Jacobs class to Library
May 11th -School Committee Meeting WMS
May 12th -Mrs Travers/Mrs Jean/Miss Augustson to Library
May 13th- Mrs Harunk’s class to Fire station
Wareham High School
May 7th – Promenade 4:00 PM WHS Auditorium. Followed by the prom at 6:00 PM at Lake Pearl in Wrentham.
May 9th – AP Testing – Biology
May 11th – AP Testing – Language & Comp
May 12th – AP Testing – statistics (12:00 PM)
                – Legally Blonde The Musical 7:00 PM in the WHS Auditorium $10 Students & Seniors $12 General Admission
May 13th – AP Microeconomics
                – Legally Blonde The Musical 7:00 PM  in the WHs Auditorium $10 Students & Seniors  $12 General Admission
May 14th – Legally Blonde – 5:00 PM in the WHS Auditorium ( With awards after the show) $10 Students & Seniors $12 General Admission
                – Drive for Ford from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM @ Town Hall
Wareham High School DECA program in conjunction with Wareham Ford will be holding “Drive 4UR School.”  This event is “free;”  Please come to the Wareham Town Hall Parking lot from 9 am – 3:00 pm to test drive one of six brand new Ford vehicles that Wareham Ford has donated for the day.  For each test drive Wareham Ford will donate $20 to the Wareham DECA Program. We hope to raise $6,000 for our program!
May 15th – DECA Spaghetti Dinner/Auction 5:00 PM in the WHS Cafeteria.

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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.
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 7pm 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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