• Superintendent's Blog, December 6, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberley Shaver-Hood on 12/6/2019

    December 6, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Now that the first snowfall of the year has come our way, it is important to remind students to dress appropriately for the colder weather. Exposed skin in freezing temperatures, even for brief amounts of time, can lead to frostbite. Are you, your family members, or families you know in need of a winter coat, hat, or gloves? The Office of Beyond School Time is hosting the WPS Annual Coat Drive tomorrow, December 7, 2019 in the Wareham Multiservice Center, Room 227 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

    This annual coat giveaway began decades ago at the Ethel E. Hammond School with former and current faculty and staff members Dona Swinamer, Betsy Dunn, and Helene Owen, to name a few key figures, leading the efforts there. Many thanks to all involved with BST, particularly Patricia Gagnon and Katarina Wynne for their assistance in organizing the event again this year. We would not be able to host the coat drive without the generosity of many community members, business, and organizations, especially Thornell Chiropractic and the Onset Bay Association, who continue to support this drive year after year. Dr. Chris Thornell just dropped off well over 100 brand-new coats last Tuesday! Tags have been removed and hundreds of new and gently used coats in many colors, styles, and sizes are awaiting their new owners. Stop by for a coat, refreshments, and a picture book, courtesy of the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant.

     

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

    Weekly Events

     

    Decas 

    12/10/19 Early Release Dismissal at 12:55 / No PM PreK

    Parent Teacher Conferences

    12/11/19 Report Cards go Home

    Ms. Medeiros and Miss. Fitzgerald classes will go to the Library

     

    Minot

    Monday, December 9

    -Book Fair for students today. Students will visit the book fair in the morning.

    -School Building Committee Meeting, 6:00 PM, MSC room 228

     

    Tuesday, December 10

    -Early Release, 12:45 dismissal

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

     

    Wednesday, December 11

    Report cards go home today. Sign the white copy and return it in the envelope by 12/18.

     

    Thursday, December 12

    -Parent conferences for Mrs. Bergamini and Mrs. Panzone's classes by appointment

    3:00-7:00 PM

    -School Committee Meeting, Public Hearing on proposed budget, 7:00 WMS Auditorium

     

    Friday, December 13

    -JBA Basketball Day. Wear any basketball jersey to support our community teams

    -Last swim class for session 2

    -Junior Achievement Program for grade 3 classes today

     

    Middle School

    December 7 - Wareham Village Association Christmas Parade at 3:00 PM

    December 10 - Early Release Day. Dismissal at 12:02 PM

    December 10 & 11 - Book Fair in the Library

    December 11 - Term 2 Progress Reports Issued

    December 12 - Safe Schools Alliance and Student Council Field Trip to Gifts to Give

     

    High School

    December 10th - Early Release Day - Dismissal @ 12:15 PM

     

     

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  • Superintendent's Blog, November 22 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 11/22/2019

    November 22, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Last week, students at Wareham Middle School celebrated World Kindness Day to promote the importance of being kind to oneself, to others, and to the world. Wareham Middle School was one of only 20 locations in the United States to kick off the “Be the ‘I’ in Kindness Project.” As a result, they were one of the first locations to receive a “Be the ‘I’ in Kindness” banner. The phrase “Be the ‘I’ in Kindness” is written on the banner and leaves a space where the letter ‘I’ would be. Students pose in that space to complete the phrase, and to remind themselves and others that kindness begins with each individual. After a week, the banner will be passed on to another school, business, or workplace, as a reminder of the importance of kindness and how we each can play a role in spreading kindness to others. This project sparked many conversations about why kindness matters and about how individuals can demonstrate kindness to themselves and others. We are proud of our WMS students and faculty in helping to spread this important message within the school, town, and country. Hopefully it will encourage others to have discussions with friends and family members about what kindness means to them and how it can be promoted in every home and community.

     

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

     

    Visit the ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAIR – DECAS ELEMENTARY

    Tomorrow, November 23rd – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

     

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  • Superintendent's Blog, November 15, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 11/15/2019

    November 15, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    This week, many of our 7th graders at Wareham Middle School attended Nature’s Classroom, a hands-on environmental education program. During this unique experience each year, students receive lessons in core content classes in a new environment that focuses on nature and the outdoors. WMS students have consistently returned after their time at Nature’s Classroom, with new perspectives about their learning.

    The final video in our School Improvement Plan vlog series features Wareham Middle School and shares in-depth about the learning experiences of our middle school students. In this video, you will hear how members of the WMS community built a culture of collective vision through voice and agency. You’ll learn how increased choice has led to student empowerment and a change of culture at WMS. Please enjoy our video about Wareham Middle School. https://vimeo.com/364607170/1bdcef820b

     

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

    Events

     

    Decas

    11/21/19 Lifetouch picture retakes

    11/23/19 Holiday Fair - Decas Gym 9 AM - 3 PM

     

    Minot

    Monday, Nov 18

    Principal's Coffee, 9:00 AM

     

    Tuesday, Nov 19

    School Council,3:45 PM

     

    Saturday, Nov 23

    Holiday Fair 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    John W. Decas School

     

    Middle School

    November 27 - PTA sponsored Pig Races

    November 27 - Dismissal at 10:05 AM (Breakfast & Lunch will be served)

    November 28 & 29 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

     

     

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  • Superintendent's Blog, November 8, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 11/8/2019

    November 8, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    As we enter into this holiday weekend, I would like to take a moment to honor all of the veterans in our community who have served this country. We have a number of faculty and staff members who are veterans, as well as parents, guardians, and community members who have served this great nation.  A special thank you to Mrs. Russo, Mrs. Chandler and the Decas staff for honoring our Veterans and Service Providers today at the third annual breakfast. Thank you to all that they have done and continue to do for us and our country.

    In continuing with our School Improvement Plan video series, this week’s vlog highlights Minot. Minot students, faculty, staff, and administrators have a focus on strengthening skills, expressing individuality, and creating community. The emphasis on student voice, on social emotional learning, and on encouraging others to be their best, all lends itself to the three tenets they have identified as core values. We hope you enjoy this video: https://vimeo.com/365983272/60c58598df

     

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

    High School

    November 11th - NoSchool - Veterans Day

    November 12th - Meet the Coaches Night 6:00 PM WHS

    November 15th - Honor Roll Breakfast WHS Cafe 8:00 AM

     

    Middle School

    November 8th - Term 1 Report Cards Issued

    November 8th - Gaming Tournament in the auditorium from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Tickets are $5.00. Tickets will be sold during lunch periods the week of November 4th.

    November 11th - Veterans Day/No School

    November 11th – 15th - Nature's Classroom for Grade 7 students who signed up to attend

    November 27th - Dismissal at 10:05 AM (Breakfast & Lunch will be served)

    November 28th & 29th - Thanksgiving Break - No School

     

    Minot

    November 11th

    Veteran's Day Holiday-No School

    Thank you to all our current and past military service members for your service.

    November 12th

    PTA meeting, 6:30 PM at the John W. Decas School

    November 15th

    Support Wareham Tigers by wearing their team colors of white, orange and black

     

    Decas

    11/11/19 - No School - Veterans Day

    11/14/19 - Literacy Night 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

     

     

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  • Superintendent's Blog - November 1, 2019

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

    November 1, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Looking back on this week, I want to thank the many Wareham Public Schools faculty, staff, students, parents, administrators, and community members, who were involved in the planning and organizing of Haunted Hallways and Red Ribbon Night on Thursday. We had over 1,000 people at Wareham High School over the course of the evening, and it was a wonderful event that involved hundreds of families who participated in fall-themed activities, and were provided many resources as well. 

    This week’s vlog highlights the video for the John W. Decas School Improvement Plan. Learn about the motivation of Decas students and the pedagogy and curriculum used by Decas faculty. As the young man in the opening frame states, “I just want to get smarter.” That sentiment is one shared by countless Decas students. This video showcases some of the innovative teaching methods that are implemented at Decas that are deeply connected to the student-centered learning and the student motivation that is evident in every classroom at Decas School. Please enjoy our video: https://vimeo.com/362818855/316de4d416

     

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

    Events

     

    High School

    November 4th - Start of Term 2

    November 5th - School Council @ 7:00 AM

    November 6th - Financial Aid Planning Night 6:30 PM. WHS auditorium

    November 7th - Picture retake day

    November 8th - Report cards issued

     

    Middle School

    November 4th - Term 1 Grades Close

    November 8th - Term 1 Report Cards Issued

    November 8th - Gaming Tournament in the auditorium from 5:00 PM - 7:00PM. Tickets are $5.00. Tickets will be sold during lunch periods the week of November 4th.

    November 11th - Veterans Day/No School

    November 11th – 15th - Nature's Classroom for Grade 7 students who signed up to attend

     

    Minot

    Sunday, November 3rd

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

    Monday, November 4th

    Picture retake day today

    School Building Committee Meeting, 6:00 PM, MSC Room 228

    Tuesday, November 5th

    First half of grade 3 classes have a field trip to NE Aquarium

    New Unified Arts classes begin today

    Wednesday, November 6th

    Unified Sports Day at Tabor Academy for select classes

    Thursday, November 7th

    Second half of grade 3 classes have a field trip to NE Aquarium

     

    Decas

    11/8/19 - Veterans Day Ceremony 8 AM

    Miss Doyle's class to All American Assisted Living Field Trip

    11/11/19 - No School - Veterans Day

     

    Game Night

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  • Superintendent's Blog - October 25, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 10/25/2019

    October 25, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    In Wareham Public Schools, we are continually striving for improved excellence and increased opportunities for students. As such, a committee is established in each school in the district, made up of teachers, parents, and administrators who work collaboratively to help develop improvements that are aligned with my Superintendent goals, as well as with the district Strategic Plan. This month, principals presented their School Improvement Plans to the School Committee. Along with a PowerPoint presentation, they each showed a video highlighting school improvement goals and efforts specific to their building. Today and over the next three weeks, my vlog will showcase these videos. Please enjoy the first in the series, which features Wareham High School. https://vimeo.com/361507650/e077b98ffd

     

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

     

    Weekly Events

     

    Decas

    10/30/2019 Red Ribbon Event 5-7 PM

    10/31/2019 Early Release - Dismissal will be at 12:55 PM

    11/3/2019 Turn clocks back 1 hour

     

    Minot

    Wednesday, Oct 30

    The Energized Guzy-Powered Up assembly for students

    Haunted Hallways at WHS. Find the Minot staff helping.

    Thursday, Oct 31

    Early Release 12: 45 dismissal

    No costumes today please

    Friday, November 1

    Day of the Dead Art Show

     

    Middle School

    October 25 - PTA sponsored Halloween Dance for Grades 5 & 6 from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM in the cafeteria. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased during lunch period on Oct 23rd and Oct 24th.

    October 31 - Early Release Day. Dismissal at 12:02 PM

     

    High School

    October 30th - Haunted Hallways 4:30 PM- 6:30 PM

    October 31st - Early Release Day – dismissal @ 12:15 PM

    November 1st - End of Term 1

     

    Red Ribbon - October 30, 2019

     

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  • Superintendent's Blog - October 18, 2019

    Posted by Dr Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 10/18/2019

    October 18, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    At John W. Decas Elementary, in addition to engaging in a creative curriculum, our youngest students learn to be respectful, responsible, and safe. Decas students are involved in literacy, numeracy, and movement activities that are embedded throughout all aspects of the day. In this week’s vlog, hear from several Decas students as they recite the Decas pledge, describe their high energy learning environment, and discuss their favorite parts of each day. I hope you enjoy this video: https://vimeo.com/345028225

     

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

     

    Weekly Events

     

    Decas

    10/22/19 Rescheduled Field Trip Grade 2 to the Lloyd Center: Mrs. Bakeman/Mrs. Matathia/Miss Doyle

     

    Minot

    Monday, October 21

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

    School Building Committee Meeting, 6:00 PM, MSC Rm 228

    Tuesday, October 22

    School Council Meeting, 3:45 PM in the WMS Library

    Wednesday, October 23

    Bus Evacuation Drills for half of the buses

    Thursday, October 24

    Bus Evacuation Drills for the other half of the buses

    Friday, October 25

    Minot Forest supports Wareham Tiger Football Cheerleader Day

    Wear team colors to include orange, black, or white

     

    Middle School

    October 25 - PTA sponsored Halloween Dance for Grades 5 & 6 from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM in the cafeteria. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased during lunch period on Oct 23rd and Oct 24th.

    October 31 - Early Release Day. Dismissal at 12:02 PM

     

    High School

    October 22nd - English 10 classes will be visiting area colleges.

     

     

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  • Superintendent's Blog - October 11, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 10/11/2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    One of the mottos at Minot has always been, “A Place to Grow.” This week’s vlog demonstrates that the motto still rings true. Follow two Minot students throughout the day as they share with you their favorite parts of belonging to the Minot community. These students explain the opportunities they have for experiential learning in the outdoors. They highlight different programs available to them after school, such as Beyond School Time day care, the CARE program, and KKids. And they mention some of the service learning projects in which Minot students participate. Please enjoy: https://vimeo.com/345027642.

     

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

     

    Weekly Events

     

    HIGH SCHOOL

    October 14th - No School - Columbus Day

    October 16th - PSAT Testing

    All Cape College Day Barnstable HS 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    October 19th - VTC Craft Fair @ WHS from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

     

    MIDDLE SCHOOL

    October 14th - Columbus Day, No School

    October 25th - PTA sponsored Halloween Dance for Grades 5 & 6 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM in the cafeteria. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased during lunch period on Oct 23rd and Oct 24th.

     

    MINOT

    Monday, October 14th

    No School-Columbus Day Holiday

    Thursday, October 17th

    School Committee Meeting, 7:00 PM, MSC 3rd floor

    School Improvement Plans will be presented

     

    Friday, October 18th

    Grade 4 Field Trip. Please make sure written permission slips are sent in to the teacher.

     

    November 2, 2019 - Game Night Fundraiser  

     

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  • Superintendent's Blog - October 4, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 10/4/2019

    October 4, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Wareham Middle School is a vibrant learning community where students state that lessons and activities are, “interactive and fun.” This week’s vlog features two WMS students. Follow them throughout their school and learn about the variety of offerings for Wareham students in grades 5-7. Highlights include engaging social studies lessons in which history comes to life through creative and student-centered instruction such as treasure hunts and historical role play. After school favorites include the drama and art clubs, in which students get to express their creativity even long after the school day ends. We hope you enjoy this video about Wareham Middle School: https://vimeo.com/345026951

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

    Events for week of 10/7/2019

     

    Decas

    10/7/19 - Mr. Roche/Mrs. Spenard class Field Trip to Lloyd Center

    10/8/19 - Mrs. Kent/Miss Bennett class Field Trip to Lloyd Center

    10/9/19 - Ms. Burke/Mrs. Snider class Field Trip to Lloyd Center

    10/10/19 - Mrs. Bakeman/Mrs. Matathia/Miss Doyle class Field Trip to Lloyd Center

    10/14/19 - No School Columbus Day

     

    Minot

    Monday, October 7

    Wareham Firefighters greet Minot Forest students in the morning with a special hello

    Tuesday, October 8

    Wareham PTA meeting, 6:30 PM at the Middle School Library

     

    Middle School

    October 8 - PTA Meeting at 6:30 PM in the Library

    October 9 - Picture Day

     

    High School

    October 8th - PTA meeting @ 6:30 PM WMS Library

     

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  • Superintendent's Blog - September 20, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 9/20/2019

    September 20, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    The social emotional health of a school district has a far greater reach than the limits of the walls of a classroom. Today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders in our community. Indeed, the strength of a community is its citizens. When I speak to community members and ask about school memories that have stayed with them over the years, it is not the content or the curriculum that they cite. It is the relationships they made with their teachers that are always at the forefront of their memories. People remember teachers who took an interest in them personally; teachers who let them know that they were heard, valued, and cared about. People remember teachers who created a climate of community within the classroom.

    We recently sat down with two active and involved residents of Wareham to gain their perspective on the role of a school system as the heart of a community, and what they specifically remember about the teachers they had many decades ago. My thanks go out to Geoff Worrell and Claire Smith for taking the time to share their thoughts on film: https://vimeo.com/349055018/7d4a9a21c5 

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

     

    Weekly Events

     

    Decas

    9/23/19 - School Council Meeting at Decas 3:30 PM

    9/26/19 - Open House Grades PreK & K, 5 PM - 6:30 PM

     

    Minot

    Monday, September 23

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

    Friday, September 27

    Student Ambassador applications are due today

    Tuesday, October 1

    Picture Day at Minot Forest

    Thursday, October 3

    School Committee Meeting-MCAS presentations

    7:00 PM, MSC, 3rd floor

    Friday, October 4

    Inservice Day - No School for students

     

    Middle School

    September 19 - School Council Meeting at 5:30 PM

    October 2 - Term 1 Progress Reports Issued

    October 4 - In-service Day - No School

    October 8 - PTA Meeting at 6:30 PM in the Library

    October 9 - Picture Day

     

    High School

    Tuesday, September 24th - WHS Open House from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Thursday, September 26th - Team pictures for all fall sports 2:30 PM

     

     

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