• Message from the Superintendent, January 11, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 1/11/2019

    January 11, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Each day, faculty and staff at the John W. Decas School implement Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and it has truly become part of the fabric of the school. PBIS is a strengths-based model that encourages positive behaviors and concentrates on the prevention of negative ones. Decas has a PBIS team of staff who have been trained in the model and who help lead PBIS initiatives in the school for both students and colleagues. Some of the core components of the program include: high expectations, direct behavioral instruction, the establishment and regulation of routines, and recognition systems. At the Decas School, these features have helped add a new layer to the positive culture and climate within the school. Please enjoy the video in the link below that highlights some of the innovative ways in which Decas teachers are implementing the components of the PBIS model: https://vimeo.com/309156952

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

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    Weekly Events

    MINOT

    Monday, Jan 14

    Principal's Coffee, 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM

    Middle School Library

    Tuesday, Jan 15

    Wareham PTA meeting, 6:30 PM at the WMS Library

    Wednesday, Jan 16

    No Wednesday swimming classes today

    Thursday, Jan 17

    Chorus will perform for the Council on Aging Seniors

    Friday, Jan 18

    No School for Students -Teacher Inservice

    Monday, Jan 21

    No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

     

     

    MIDDLE SCHOOL

    January 15 - PTA meeting at 6:30 PM in the library

    January 17 - School Council Meeting at 5:15 PM

    Winter Concert at 6:00 PM in the auditorium

    January 18 - Teacher In-service Day - No school for students

    January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No school

    January 23 - Term 2 ends

    January 30 - Report Cards are issued

     

    HIGH SCHOOL

    January 15th - PTA meeting 6:30 PM Wareham Middle School

    January 17th - Term 2 grades close

    Washington DC parent meeting 6:00 PM Wareham High School auditorium

    January 18th - Teacher In-Service Day - No School for students

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent, January 4, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberley Shaver-Hood on 1/4/2019

    January 4, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Happy New Year to each of you. As we end this first, brief week of school of 2019, it is a good opportunity for students to reflect upon the first four months of school and to look ahead to what the remainder of the school year has to bring. Encourage your children to consider the areas in which they have excelled so far this academic year. What do they perceive as some of their best strengths? In which areas might they improve?

    January is a great time for students to set goals for themselves for what they would like to accomplish from now until the end of June. Perhaps it’s reading a certain number of pages, or chapters, or books each month, or improving organizational skills so as to be better prepared for upcoming tests and projects. Breaking down overarching goals into shorter manageable mini-goals or tasks may be a good strategy for many students. Help your children celebrate the progress they are making along the way.

    Whatever goals, or resolutions, or intentions you and your children have set for 2019, I wish all of you great success. All of us here in Wareham Public Schools want to help our students achieve each of their goals and reach their full potential.

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

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    Weekly Events

    Decas

    1/8/19 Field Trip Miss. Fitzgerald Library 11:45 AM

    1/9/19 Field Trip Ms. Medeiros Library 11:45 AM

     

    Minot

    Wednesday, January 9

    Grade 3 will be participating in the second Writing Day assessment.

     

    Middle School

    January 15 - PTA meeting at 6:30 PM in the library.

    January 17 - School Council Meeting at 5:30 PM.

    January 17 - Winter Concert at 6:00 PM in the auditorium.

    January 18 - Teacher In-service Day. No school for students.

     

    High School

    January 8th - School Council Meeting @ 7:00 AM

     

    January 10th & 11th - DECA students going to Districts - Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center Hyannis, MA

     

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent, December 14, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Kimberley Shaver-Hood on 12/14/2018

    December 14, 2018

    Dear Wareham Families,

    As we head into the final week of school before the holidays, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of those in the school community who have given of their time and resources to help make the holiday season a little brighter for those less fortunate. The spirit of giving is alive and well in Wareham, and the outpouring of kindness toward others is truly heartwarming.

    In Wareham, there are heroes among us. I would like to recognize the tremendous efforts of Decas teachers, Michelle Skolnik and Manny Borges and Decas school nurse, Sheila Braley, in helping to save a student’s life through their quick actions administering CPR and contacting the EMTs. Life can change in an instant and emergencies can happen when you least expect it, and this Decas team jumped immediately into life-saving mode when a crisis arose. We are extremely thankful to these Decas heroes and commend them for their courageous actions.

    This week, we received the official vote of the Massachusetts School Building Authority for the Elementary School Building Project. We are grateful to all who have provided their time, effort, and expertise to assist in this project thus far and are excited for the future of Wareham.

    I would also like to remind Wareham families that next Friday will be a half day of school, as students depart for their holiday break.

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

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    Decas

    12/18/2018 Mrs. Kais, Mrs. Skolnik, Mrs. Jacinto Polar Express 9:30 AM

    12/20/2018 Mr. Roche & Mrs. Nelson How the Grinch Stole Christmas 10:15 AM

                      Mrs. Snider Holiday Songfest 1 PM

    12/21/2018 Half Day School, School will dismiss at 10:55 AM

     

     

    Minot

    Monday, Dec 17

    Principal's Coffee, 9:00 AM in the WMS Library

    School Council, 3:45 PM, WMS Library

    School Building Committee Meeting, 5:30 PM, MSC, Rm 228

    Wednesday, Dec 19

    Wednesday Session 2 swimming classes end today

    Thursday, Dec 20

    Music Around the World with Mr. Jeff Dunn

    Friday, Dec 21

    Half Day of School, 10:45 AM dismissal for Minot

    Vacation is from Dec 24-January 1. School reopens Jan 2, 2019

     

    Middle School

    December 19 - Project Contemporary Competitiveness (PCC) parent information night in the auditorium at 6:00PM for grades 7-10.

    December 21 - Half Day for students. Dismissal is at 10:02AM.

     

    High School

    December 19th - PCC Information Night 6:00 PM, WHS auditorium

                              Astronomy Night 6:30 PM, WHS

    December 20th - School Committee Meeting 7:00 PM

    December 21st - Half Day - Dismissal @ 10:15 AM

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent, December 7, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 12/7/2018

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Next week is a very busy week, and it begins tomorrow with the annual PTA Elementary Holiday Fair. The fun begins at 9:00 AM at Decas Elementary.  Food, entertainment, games, and plenty of items to purchase will be available for your shopping pleasure.

    The High School Winter Music concert will be held on December 13th beginning at 7:00 PM at the WHS auditorium and tickets are still available for the Holiday Tribute to the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Doors will open at 6:30 PM

    Finally, The Onset Bay Association will host “Christmas in the Parks,” 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM, (see attached flyer)

    Enjoy your weekend.

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood

     

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    Weekly Events

     

    Wareham High School

    December 11th - PTA Meeting @ Decas School 6:30 PM

    December 13th - WHS Winter Music Concert 7:00 PM in the WHS auditorium

    Team pictures for all winter sports will be taken in the gym at 2:30 PM

    December 15th - Wareham Music Boosters presents "Ornament" Southern New England's Premier Rock Orchestra at 7:00 PM in the WHS auditorium - $12 general admission $8 students & seniors.

     

    Middle School

    December 8th - PTA sponsored Holiday Fair at Decas School from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.

    December 11th - Term 2 Progress Reports will be distributed.

    December 11th - PTA Meeting at Decas School at 6:30 PM.

    December 12th - ASLP Meeting from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM in the auditorium. Invited guests only please.

    December 13th - PTA sponsored Paint Party Fundraiser in the art room from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM. Reservations were due December 4th.

    December 14th - Grade 6 Field Trip to the Zeiterion to see "A Christmas Carol"

     

    Minot

    Tuesday, December 11th

    PTA Meeting, 6:30 PM at Decas

    Friday, December 14th

    Friday swim classes end today

    Junior Achievement program for Grade 3 classes

    Report cards go home today

     

    Decas

    12/11/18 PTA meeting at Decas 6:30 PM

                       Mrs. McQuade field trip to the Library

    12/12/18 Ms. Wood field trip to the Library

    12/14/18 Report Cards go home

     Christmas in the Parks

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent, November 30, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 11/30/2018

    November 30, 2018

    Dear Wareham Families, 

    As we close out the last day of November, we celebrate the great things that were accomplished during the month, as well as look forward to the events and activities that are ahead in December. We congratulate our Wareham Public Schools students who were honored last night at the School Committee meeting for their excellence in academic achievement. Their hard work and determination have paid in dividends with outstanding MCAS scores. We also honor to recognize and congratulate the John and Abigail Adams, high school senior award recipients.

    We congratulate Nicholas Dix and Ethan Osley, as each of them has earned a full scholarship to the G20 Youth Summit in Beijing, China this February through a partnership with the WPS Global Education Department and Knovva Academy in Boston. Nick and Ethan will join dozens of other high school students from around the world to participate in leadership seminars led by professors from Harvard University and MIT.

    Last night was the opening night of the Viking Theatre’s “A Streetcar Named Desire.” If you missed this moving performance by our talented high school actors, it’s playing throughout the weekend in the high school auditorium. Showtimes tonight and Saturday night are at 7:00 PM, with a matinee at 12:00 PM on Sunday.

    This weekend is one of holiday celebrations and of giving in Wareham. The Office of Beyond School Time (BST) is hosting the annual coat giveaway on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in Room 227 of the Multiservice Center, thanks to the generous donations of Dr. Christopher Thornell and his clients, as well as those of other local benefactors. Refreshments will be served and children will receive a new book through BST’s CFCE grant.

    An opportunity for holiday giving is the Stuff a Bus event happening on Saturday. If you are able, please bring an unwrapped toy, book, clothing item, gift card, or non-perishable food staple to the parking lot next to the Wareham Fire Department from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, where our WPS bus drivers will be waiting to share a holiday greeting and add your gift to one of our WPS school buses. Donations benefit the Turning Point holiday giving program. And the annual Wareham Holiday Parade occurs on Saturday afternoon as well. It will start at the high school and proceed down Main Street, ending in Besse Park for a tree lighting.

    Whatever you and your family decide to do on this eventful weekend, we hope that it brings you peace and joy. Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

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    WEEKLY EVENTS

     

    DECAS

    12/4/18 Early release dismissal at 12:55 PM / Parent Teacher Conference 1:15 PM to 6:45 PM

    12/5/18 Mrs. Sampson field trip to the Library

    12/8/18 Decas PTA Holiday Fair

     

     

    MINOT

    Saturday, Dec 1

    Coats for Kids 10:00 AM -2:00 PM

    Multi-Service Center, Room 227

    Sunday, Dec 2

    Hanukkah begins

    Monday, Dec 3

    FAST assessments begin today

    Tuesday, Dec 4

    Early Release, 12:45 PM dismissal

    Parent Conferences by appointment, 1:30-3:30, 4:30-7:30

    Saturday, Dec 8

    PTA Holiday Fair, Decas School

    9:00 AM -3:00 PM

     

     

    MIDDLE SCHOOL

    December 1 - Student Council will be participating in the Wareham Christmas Parade

    December 4 - Early Release Day. Dismissal at 12:02 PM

    December 11 - Term 2 Progress Reports Issued

     

     

    HIGH SCHOOL

    December 4th - Early Release day - dismissal at 12:15 PM

                               School Council Meeting @ 7:00 AM

     

    SEE BELOW – VERY EXCITING EVENT AND GREAT OPPORTUNITY

    Ornament Orchestra @ WHS December 15th

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  • Message from the Superintendent, November 21, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 11/21/2018

    November 21, 2018

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Tonight, the annual Thanksgiving football game will begin at 6:00 PM at Spillane Field. Dress warmly and come to cheer on our Viking Team.

    Today, marks the beginning the Thanksgiving recess. School resumes at normal time, Monday, November 26th.

    I wish you much happiness this Thanksgiving and hope that you have a day filled with joy and gratitude.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood

     

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    Weekly Events

    Decas

    11/26/2018 Mobile Dentist

    11/27/2018 Mobile Dentist

                      Picture Re-takes

                      Mrs. Lefrancois field trip to Library

    11/28/2018 Mobile Dentist

                      Mrs. Nault field trip to Library

    11/30/2018 Grade K-2 grades close

     

    Middle School

    November 27 High Honor Student Breakfast from 8:00 AM - 8:40 AM in the cafeteria

     

    High School

    November 26th-Winter sports begin

    November 29th-Viking Theatre Presents "Street Car Desire" 7:00 PM WHS auditorium

                            School Committee meeting 6:30 PM WMS auditorium

    November 30th -Viking Theatre Presents "Street Car Desire" 7:00 PM WHS auditorium

     

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent, November 16, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 11/16/2018

    November 16, 2018

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Our students, faculty, and staff were honored to celebrate veterans at our many Veterans Day activities and events that happened throughout WPS over the past week. From Veterans Day breakfasts, to having veteran guest speakers in classrooms, to writing thank you cards, our students were eager to recognize the tremendous service and sacrifices of those who served and protected our country.

    This week, we conclude our most recent video series with a piece that features Wareham High School. WHS provides a rigorous and well-balanced high school education that is second to none. From IB, to AP, to business, athletics, arts, clubs, and vocational classes, WHS truly offers something exceptional for everyone. Please enjoy our video about Wareham High School:

    https://vimeo.com/296639016

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

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    WEEKLY EVENTS

    High School

    November 20th - Pep rally 1:00 PM

    November 21st - Half day dismissal at 10:15 AM

    November 22nd - Happy Thanksgiving - No School

    November 23rd - No School

     

    Middle School

    November 19 - Picture Retakes

    November 19 - Meadow Farms Fundraiser pickup in the main lobby from 4:00 PM-7:00PM

    November 21 - Half Day. Dismissal is at 10:02 AM

    November 21 - PTA sponsored Pig Races

     

    Minot

    Monday, November 19

    School Council, 3:45 PM, WMS Library

    Tuesday, November 20

    Principal’s Coffee

    9:00 AM and 6:00 PM, WMS Library

    Wednesday, November 21

    Half day, 10:45 AM dismissal for Minot

    Turkey Trot $1.00 donation will be given to the YMCA to support Thanksgiving meal baskets.

    Create a T-shirt and wear it that day for the Walk.

    Thursday, November 22

    Happy Thanksgiving! No School today

    Friday, November 23

    No School today

     

    Decas

    11/21/2018 1/2 Day of School dismissal will be at 10:55 AM

    11/22/2018 No School, Thanksgiving

    11/23/2018 No School

     

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent, November 9, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 11/9/2018

    Dear Wareham Families,

    This week, community members came out in great numbers to vote for the future of Wareham. With a yes vote on Question 4, Wareham voted for a new elementary building for Wareham students. Our students will benefit immensely from being taught in a state-of-the-art building that is conducive to 21st century teaching and learning. We are excited about what the future will bring for Wareham students as a result of this vote, and we are immensely appreciative of the Wareham community for putting students first. Again, THANK YOU!

    As we continue our video series from the School Improvement Plan presentations, we move on to Wareham Middle School. WMS offers 1:1 technology, a working cranberry bog, outdoor classrooms, Viking Times, and an exceptional drama program- to name just a few of the many highlights. Please enjoy this Wareham Middle School video to learn more about the many opportunities at WMS. https://vimeo.com/296779172

    Best wishes for a wonderful long weekend. We are grateful to all veterans for their service to our country and seek to honor them on Veteran’s Day and every day.

    Sincerely, Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

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    Weekly Events

     

    DECAS 11/12/18 No School - Veteran's Day

    11/13/18 PTA Meeting at WMS 6:30 PM

     

    MINOT

    Sunday, November 11

    Veteran's Day. Thank you to all who serve and have served. 

    Monday, November 12

    No School-Veteran's Day Holiday

    Tuesday, November 13

    PTA meeting, 6:30 PM in the Middle School Library 

    Thursday, November 15

    School Committee Meeting

    Student MCAS recognition 

     

    MIDDLE SCHOOL

    November 12 No School

    November 12 through 16 - Nature's Classroom for Grade 7 students 

    November 13 Term 1 Report Cards go home with students

    November 13 PTA meeting at 6:30PM in the library 

    November 19 Picture Retakes

    November 19 Meadow Farms Fundraiser pickup in the main lobby from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM

     

    HIGH SCHOOL Monday, November 12 No School - Veterans Day

    Tuesday, November 13th Parent 8th grade meeting for the Washington DC trip 6:00 PM WHS auditorium

                        PTA meeting 6:30 WMS Library

    Thursday, November 15th School Committee Meeting 7:00 WMS auditorium

    Saturday, November 17th PTA Comedy Night Fundraiser @ Salerno's seaside Function Hall 6:30 PM

     

     

    SEE BELOW – COMEDY NIGHT FUNDRAISER INFORMATION

    Comedy Night Fundraiser

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  • Thank you for the vote!

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 11/7/2018

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

     

    Thank you very much for your support in the polls yesterday.

    We are thrilled to have this opportunity for a new elementary building for the young residents of Wareham.

    Please visit our website regularly as we will post updates on our projects.

     

    Again, thank you.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent, November 2, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 11/2/2018

    November 2, 2018 

    Dear Wareham Families,

    This week, we enter into a new month and close out an academic term. We begin Daylight Savings Time this weekend as well. Changes are often a time for reflection; thinking about what has been accomplished, as well as the great things that are ahead. In reflecting upon the past academic year, Principal Joan Seamans of Minot Forest highlighted many achievements of Minot students and staff in the Minot Forest video presented to the School Committee last week. From exciting behavioral incentive programs to academic projects that have students demonstrating their innovation and creativity, Minot Forest has much to offer our elementary students. Please enjoy this week's video on Minot Forest. https://vimeo.com/296849667

    November 6th, voting day, a very important one for the Wareham Public Schools youngest and future Wareham Elementary students. I hope everyone is able to take time on Tuesday to cast your vote. Again, visit our website for information about the proposed Elementary Building.

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

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    Weekly Events

    High School

    November 5th - Term 2 begins

    November 6th - Meet the Coaches night @ 6:00 PM WHS gymnasium

                            School Council meeting @ 7:00 a.m. WHS

    November 7th - College Financial Aid night presented by MEFA 6:00 PM WHS auditorium

    November 8th - Picture re-take day

    November 9th - Report cards will be distributed to students

     

    Middle School

    November 1 - Nature's Classroom fundraiser orders are due along with final payment of $150.00 and health forms. Drop off is in main lobby between 6:00 PM-7:00 PM. No personal checks will be accepted.

    November 2 - Student Council Field Trip

    November 5 - Term 1 Grades Close

    November 9 - Gaming tournament for Grades 5-7 in the auditorium from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM. Doors open at 4:45. The cost is $5.00.

    November 13 - PTA meeting at 6:30 in the library

     

    Minot

    Sunday, November 4

    Daylight Savings Time. Did you turn your clocks back an hour?

    Monday, November 5

    Bus Evacuation for Elementary

    Tuesday, November 6

    Election Day. Please vote today.

    Picture retake day

    Bus Evacuation for Elementary continues

     

    Decas

    11/6/18 Voting Day

    11/8/18  Beyond School Time Literacy Night @ Decas School 5:30 PM

    11/9/18  Veteran's Day Ceremony 8:00 AM

     

     

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