WHS News

Events for the Week of May 26, 2015

High School
 
PARCC and Senior Finals – Tuesday – Friday morning
Senior exit interviews – late morning and afternoon – this week
 
Middle School
 
May Student of the Month Selections
Relay for Life Meeting – May 26th 5:30pm to 8:30pm – WMS Library
School Council Meeting – May 28th – 5:00 pm
Grade 5 Field Trip
 
East Wareham Partnership for Student Success
 
No events this week
 
Minot Forest Elementary
 
Band /Chorus Concert – WHS Auditorium – 6:00 pm
School Assembly – Choose To Be Nice
 
Decas Elementary
 
Kindergarten – Nutrition Education Program – Tuesday and Wednesday
Art Show – 4:00pm to 8:00pm – Grade K – 2nd
Grade 2 visit to Minot Forest Elementary – May 29th

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Letter from the Superintendent

Good morning,
 
Improving communication with our Wareham families is a goal of our district and I need your help.
 
If you could share this link and encourage participation as I am seeking input on how we can further bridge communication between our schools, parents/guardians, and community.
 
By completing this brief survey, your voice will be heard. I appreciate your help and look forward to sharing all the great things that are happening in our schools.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Shaver-Hood

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JralEo8xWozR4u9qe1DNJvHW0kL7ZdCf61adqbRZQUg/viewform?embedded=true

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Important Dates: WHS

Important Dates: Wareham High School

April

17th – Term 3 Report Cards Issued
School closes for April Vacation
27th – School Opens
June

1st Senior Final Exam Make up
5th Graduation Day (Rain Date June 6th)
23rd-26th – Final Exams Underclassman
29th–Final Exam Make up / Last Day of School (1/2 day)
May

4th AP Testing – Environmental Science & Chemistry
5th AP Testing – Calculus
6th AP Testing – Literature and Composition
8th AP TestingStudio Art & US History
11th AP Testing – Biology
12th MCAS Math Session 1 – Grade 10
13th MCAS Math Session 2 – Grade 10
13th AP Testing – English Language and Composition
13th AP Testing – Statistics
15th AP Testing – MicroEconomics
18th & 19th – PARCC EOY ELA – Grade 11
20th & 22nd – PARCC EOY ELA – Grade 9
21st – Early Release
25th – Memorial Day
26th – 29th – Senior Final Exams
26th & 27th – PARCC EOY Math – Grade 11
28th & 29th – PARCC EOY Math – Grade 9

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A message from the school nurses:

2.4.2015
The school nurses would like to inform and reassure parents that we are tracking any and all symptoms that may be related to the recent multi-state outbreak of measles. To date there have been no reported cases in Massachusetts. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention believes it is likely that a visitor who was infected with measles visited a theme park on the West Coast during their infectious period.

Measles is a disease caused by a virus. It may present as cold or flu symptoms at first. A few days later a red blotchy rash starts on the face, and then spreads to the body. It is most dangerous for children under the age of 5 and those with a weakened immune system.

All school age children in Massachusetts are required to have 2 doses of the MMR (Mumps, Measles and Rubella) vaccine to attend. The first dose should not be given before the child’s first birthday. The second dose is required before the child starts kindergarten.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your childs’s pediatrician.

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Accelerated Academy Students Visit College Campuses

Class of 2014 valedictorian and current Wheaton College freshman Emma Wynne speaks to the Accelerated Academic Academy during their tour.

Class of 2014 valedictorian and current Wheaton College freshman Emma Wynne speaks to the Accelerated Academic Academy during their tour.

Nearly 40 8th-grade students who are enrolled in the Wareham High School Accelerated Academic Academy got a look at college life during visits to Wheaton College in Norton and Stonehill College in Easton last week.

The students, who take advanced, freshmen-level courses in addition to their 8th-grade requirements, heard from Wareham alum attending the schools — including Class of 2014 Valedictorian Emma Wynne at Wheaton — and met with admissions counselors during the visits.

 

Accelerated Academy students visit Stonehill College.

Accelerated Academy students visit Stonehill College.

 

Stonehill College freshman Michaela Bottino, a 2014 WHS graduate, speaks to the Accelerated Academic Academy students.

Stonehill College freshman Michaela Bottino, a 2014 WHS graduate, speaks to the Accelerated Academic Academy students.

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SUPERINTENDENT’S BLOG: How do we inspire grit?

What determines our students’ success in school? In athletics? In personal challenges?

What determines our own success — in our classrooms, in our relationships with our colleagues, families, and friends, and in our homes?

If you ask Angela Lee Duckworth, a University of Pennsylvania assistant professor of psychology who spent five years teaching math in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York public schools, the answer doesn’t have to do with our overall aptitude, where we live, our financial standing, or any other advantages we may have in life.

It has to do more with our personalities, Duckworth says. More specifically: grit.

Grit is sticking with your future — day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years — and working really hard to make that future a reality.
– Duckworth

Perhaps you’ve seen her TED Talk. If not, I highly recommend giving it a watch: http://www.ted.com/speakers/angela_lee_duckworth

“I was firmly convinced,” Duckworth says, “that every one of my students could learn the material if they worked hard and long enough.”

Perhaps you’ve seen it in your own classroom: A student with an above-average IQ struggles, while a student with an average IQ or other educational hurdle excels because he or she perseveres.

Perseverance can be the difference between a C average and a B average. “Acceptable” grades and GREAT grades.

How will we inspire grit in our students? How will we encourage them to persevere? To flourish?

It could be the difference between falling through the cracks or walking across Spillane Field at graduation.

Share your thoughts, experiences, and ideas with me. E-mail them to kshaver-hood@wareham.k12.ma.us, and we’ll add them to this blog.

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SUPERINTENDENT'S BLOG: How do we inspire grit?

What determines our students’ success in school? In athletics? In personal challenges?

What determines our own success — in our classrooms, in our relationships with our colleagues, families, and friends, and in our homes?

If you ask Angela Lee Duckworth, a University of Pennsylvania assistant professor of psychology who spent five years teaching math in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York public schools, the answer doesn’t have to do with our overall aptitude, where we live, our financial standing, or any other advantages we may have in life.

It has to do more with our personalities, Duckworth says. More specifically: grit.

Grit is sticking with your future — day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years — and working really hard to make that future a reality.
– Duckworth

Perhaps you’ve seen her TED Talk. If not, I highly recommend giving it a watch: http://www.ted.com/speakers/angela_lee_duckworth

“I was firmly convinced,” Duckworth says, “that every one of my students could learn the material if they worked hard and long enough.”

Perhaps you’ve seen it in your own classroom: A student with an above-average IQ struggles, while a student with an average IQ or other educational hurdle excels because he or she perseveres.

Perseverance can be the difference between a C average and a B average. “Acceptable” grades and GREAT grades.

How will we inspire grit in our students? How will we encourage them to persevere? To flourish?

It could be the difference between falling through the cracks or walking across Spillane Field at graduation.

Share your thoughts, experiences, and ideas with me. E-mail them to kshaver-hood@wareham.k12.ma.us, and we’ll add them to this blog.

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