• Message from the Superintendent, March 15, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 3/15/2019

    March 15, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Last week I sent a letter to the editors of local newspapers, and posted on the Wareham Public Schools web site and social media sites, information about the many opportunities that are available to Wareham High School students. The following are some impressive statistics that I mention in that letter:

    40% of our current high school students are enrolled in an International Baccalaureate Course 30% of students are enrolled in an Advanced Placement Course

    17 students are enrolled in the Bridgewater State University Dual Enrollment Program

    39 8th grade students are enrolled in 9th-grade courses

    60% of graduates attend a four-year college/university

    25% of graduates attend a two-year college

    Graduates earn over $400,000 in local scholarships

     

    I believe that this brief video captures the essence of Wareham High School, while highlighting the wide variety of academic, athletic, and extracurricular choices that WHS students have. Please enjoy: https://vimeo.com/323257282

    I hope you take a few minutes and see the outstanding opportunities Wareham High School offers to our students.

     

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

    Weekly Events

    High School

    March 19th - WHS Open House for all current 7th grade students/parents 6:00 PM

    March 21st - WHS/WMS Faculty Basketball Game 6:00 PM in the WHS gymnasium

    March 23rd - Spring Fling Dance 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

     

    Middle School

    March 21 - Middle School vs High School Faculty Basketball Game at 6:00 PM in the High School gym

    March 27 - Drama Club Production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. Performances at 5:00 PM & 7:00 PM

     

    Minot

    Sunday, March 17

    Happy St. Patrick's Day

    Monday, March 18

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

    Wednesday, March 20

    Welcome Spring!

    Thursday, March 21

    Celebrating International Night for Prek-4 families, 5:30 -7:00 PM at the Decas School

    Term 2 grades close

     

    Decas

    3/21/19 - Grades Close

    International Night 5:30 - 7:00 PM

    3/22/19 - Junior Achievement Grade 2

    PreK Screening

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent, March 8, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 3/8/2019

    March 8, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    A district-wide Kindergarten Registration will be held for parents and guardians who have students who will be entering Kindergarten in September, 2019, at the John W. Decas Elementary School at 760 Main Street in Wareham. Registration will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, from 9:00-11:30 AM and 12:30-2:00 PM. A second day of registration will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 AM, 12:30-2:00 PM, and 4:00-7:00 PM. Please bring a birth certificate, photo identification, proof of residence, and proof of up-to-date immunizations with you to register your student.

    Kindergarten teaching and learning at Decas is innovative, creative, and high energy. Students are engaged in interactive and enjoyable lessons, while achieving unprecedented literacy levels. Please enjoy this brief video that highlights some of the best our Kindergarten program has to offer. https://vimeo.com/318594336/ff39df9ad3

     

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

    Events for week of 3/11/19

    Decas

    3/12/19 Kindergarten Registration

                 PTA meeting @ WMS 6:30 PM

    3/13/19 Kindergarten Registration

    3/14/19 Kindergarten going to the Zeiterion

                 Beyond School Time Literacy Night 5:30 - 7:30 PM

    3/15/19 PreK Screening

     

    Minot

    Sunday, March 10

    Daylight Savings Time. Did you turn your clock ahead one hour?

     

    Tuesday, March 12

    Wareham PTA meeting, 6:30 PM at WMS library

     

    Middle School

    March 27 - Drama Club Production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. Performances at 5:00PM & 7:00PM.

     

    High School

    March 12th - PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m. Wareham Middle School

                        Badminton Tournament 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

     

    March 13th - Badminton Tournament 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

     

    March 15th - Credit for Life Presentation for Seniors 7:40 AM, WHS Gym

                         JROTC Military Ball 6:00 PM, WHS Cafeteria

     

    March 16th - DECA Home Show 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

     

    March 17th - DECA Home Show 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

     

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent, March 1, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 3/1/2019

    March 1, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    An essential skill in 21st-century learning is the ability to work cooperatively. Students must learn to problem solve with peers, engage in discussion, practice reciprocity, and co-create projects. These are all essential skills that will serve them well throughout their academic years. Moreover, they are skill sets that will be vital for them upon graduation, as they enter college, the military, or the workforce.

    In Wareham Public Schools, our teachers provide daily direct instruction and practice in cooperative learning. They continually create curriculum to challenge all students in cooperative learning activities so that our students have the tools they need to be successful in their academic life and beyond. An excellent example of cooperative learning in action is the M & M program at Wareham Middle School and Minot. This program pairs elementary and middle school students in cross-grade literacy activities that engage and excite students in both schools. Please enjoy this brief video of the M & M program in action: https://vimeo.com/315716394/ae342819a3

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

    WEEKLY EVENTS

    HIGH SCHOOL

    March 5th - School Council Meeting 7:00 AM

                   8th Grade Parent Open House 6:00 PM

    March 6th - Meet the Coaches Night 6:00 PM, WHS Gym

    Festival Home Show - The Other Room 7:30 PM

    March 7th thru 9th - DECA students will be attending the Massachusetts State DECA Conference and Competition.

     

    MIDDLE SCHOOL

    February 28-March 8 - Boosterthon Fun Run PTA Fundraiser

    March 4 - Term 3 Progress Reports Issued

    March 4-7 - Spirit Week

    March 8 - PTA sponsored Boosterthon Fun Run

    March 14 - School Council Meeting at 5:30P

     

    MINOT

    Week of March 4-Boostherthon fundraising continues this week. Students will be seeking pledges until Friday.

    Friday, March 8 - Fun Run Glow Run is today! Gr 3 will be at 9:00 and Gr 4 will be at 10:00.

    Parents may attend for the Elementary Glow Run only.

     

    DECAS

    3/8/19 Early Childhood Screening

     

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent, February 15, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 2/15/2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Some of the local events of the past weeks have brought to light, the injustices, inequities, and prejudices that often lie below the surface and that are not part of our daily conversation.  Listening to the local, state, and national news, we continuously hear of actions of intolerance, discrimination, and hatred; unfortunately, many individuals may accept this as part of the “norm.”  For some, it may be easier to turn a blind eye to injustice when it occurs in other communities, and to people, we do not know. Please know that this does happen in Wareham, and to people, we do know and care about: our students, our staff, and members of our community. 

    In an email to our staff yesterday, I shared that I am deeply saddened that any person would be disrespected and degraded because of race, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs. We are told as children “that sticks and stones may break our bones but that words will never harm us.” But we know this to be far from the truth. Many of us have memories and lasting wounds of hurtful comments which have been made to us.  It is quite likely that we have also made hurtful and negative comments to others.  Maybe we spoke these words in the heat of the moment or in response to the remarks made to us, regardless of why no one deserves to be treated with disrespect.  Throughout history, people have long made grandiose statements that all humans should be treated equally. What happens when their actions do not live up to their words?

    As members of the Wareham community, part of the question is how do we remove the injustices with which we are faced. Perhaps our approach should be that, instead of having expectations that people should adapt to certain norms, we should look at the inequities that are causing these problems and decide how we can address them in a positive way that puts an end to violence of words and actions.

    This week marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic shootings in Parkland. A positive measure that arose from the despair was the forward movement of student action in the face of injustices. Now, more than ever, students are taking a stand for what they believe in. They are acting with the courage to stand up for righteousness. In the last several weeks, some of our students have been placed in difficult situations and had they not acted with maturity; the results could have turned out quite differently. I commend our students for the dignity with which they have responded to the degrading situations in which they have been placed. Our students are not part of the problem, but part of the solution and should be viewed as role models who are wise beyond their years.

    I have often said that one of the hallmarks of our community is its rich diversity. I have found our school community in Wareham, to be a very welcoming one, and a community that readily embraces diversity.  I appreciate how members of the high school community, as well as many in the community of Wareham at large, promote social justice and stand up for equality for all~not just in words, but far more importantly, in deeds.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

    Weekly Events

    Vacation Week – All Schools

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  • Message from the Superintendent, February 1, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 2/1/2019

    February 1, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Each January, one of the highlights in our community is the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast hosted by The Boys & Girls Club of Wareham. The theme of the 2019 MLK breakfast was “I have a dream, I can achieve it.” At the event, select Wareham students were recognized for their strength of character. The students chosen to receive the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. awards embody many of the characteristic espoused by Dr. King, such as leadership, determination, and dedication to social justice.

    As I have stated, when I think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the words that come to mind are caring, honesty, determination, and integrity. The MLK award recipients certainly demonstrate these traits in their words and actions. In all, ten Wareham youth were honored: Renneanna Dillen, Isaiah Borges, Julia Michaels, Malachi Samuels, Antonius Salib, Taness James, Andrew Nee, Perisa Tavares, Cecelia Chismer, and Lillian Briggs. We applaud each of these students for their commitment to dreaming big, and achieving their dreams. We look forward to hearing about the great things that are in store for each of these remarkable students.

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

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    WEEKLY EVENTS

    HIGH SCHOOL

    February 5th - WHS School Council meeting 7:00 AM

    February 7th - School Committee meeting 7:00 PM

     

    MIDDLE SCHOOL, MINOT, DECAS

    No events this week

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent, January 25, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 1/25/2019

    January 25, 2019 

    Dear Wareham Families,

    We live in uncertain times. Many families in Wareham and across the US live paycheck to paycheck, working hard, sometimes in multiple jobs, to provide for their family. So what happens when the paychecks stop coming with little to no warning? This has happened to a number of Wareham families who have been impacted by the recent government shutdown. The stress and hardships that have been experienced by many government workers across the nation is happening here, in our own community. Some of our families are undergoing extreme difficulties as a result of the shutdown. They are struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table, and they do not know when their next paycheck will be coming.

    One thing about Wareham is that when faced with adversity, community members rally together to help one another. In an effort to assist Wareham families affected by the shutdown, we will be collecting donations beginning today. We are seeking donations of non-perishable food items, grocery and gas gift cards (not to exceed $20.00), and any other donations that you feel may help these families in their time of need. Donations can be brought to the following locations: school lobbies at Decas, Minot, WMS, and WHS, the Office of Beyond School Time Room 227 at Multiservice Center, and at WHS basketball games. Please consider contributing to this effort. No donation is too small.

    I ask that you keep these families in your thoughts this weekend and until the government reopens.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

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    WEEKLY EVENTS

     

    DECAS

    January 29 - Early Release Day, dismissal at 12:55 PM

                         Morning PreK will be dismissed at their regular time, 11:00 AM

                         No afternoon PreK on January 29th

     

    MINOT

    Monday, January 28

    School Council, 3:45 PM in the WMS Library

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

    Tuesday, January 29

    We are excited to welcome an exchange student over the next few weeks from China!

    Early Release, 12:45 PM Dismissal

    Friday, February 1

    Patriot's Day. Wear your Patriot's gear or red, white, and blue colors!

     

    MIDDLE SCHOOL

    January 29 - Early Release Day. Dismissal at 12:02PM

    January 30 - Report Cards are issued

    February 1 - New England Patriots' Day. Wear your Patriots' gear!

     

    HIGH SCHOOL

    January 28th - Term 3 begins

    January 29th - Early Release Day - Dismissal @ 12:15 PM

    February 1st - Report cards go home

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent, Janaury 18, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 1/18/2019

    January 18, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Each month, new faculty and staff in the Wareham Public Schools (WPS) meet as a cohort to learn in-depth about some of the numerous initiatives and programs happening in the district. This week the Office of Beyond School Time (BST) was highlighted in the new teacher training session. BST offers a wide variety of academic, enrichment, and engagement opportunities for students, families, and community members. Some of the many programs include the following: CARE 21st CCLC programming, CFCE Family and Community Engagement activities, Community Cafes, before and after school care, PCHP home visits, Grandparents (& other non-traditional caregivers) Raising Grandchildren support group, fee-based programs, and service learning initiatives, to name just a few. We are thrilled that WPS offers such a vast array of comprehensive programming that meets the needs of students and families through BST.

    I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the talented students who performed in last night’s Winter Concert at Wareham Middle School (WMS). WMS music teacher, Ms. Hagarty conducted the band and chorus in many moving and inspirational musical pieces. A crowd favorite last night was the uplifting performance of “This is Me,” by the WMS chorus.

    Congratulations also goes out to the WPS teachers who received mini-grants from Cape Cod 5. We appreciate the continued generosity of Cape Cod 5 and applaud the WPS educators who took the initiative to write grants to fund innovative classroom projects in order to enhance their students’ learning.

    I am hoping that the wintery weather that is scheduled to be upon us passes us by, and I send you my best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

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    Weekly Events

    High School

    January 21st - No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    January 22nd - Mid-terms begin - Full day of school

    January 23rd - Mid-terms - Half day of school

    January 24th - Mid-terms - Half day of school

    January 25th - Mid-terms & Make up day - Half day of school

    January 26th - AP English Saturday Session - 7:30 AM @ WHS

                            Snow Ball Dance @ WHS 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM $10 at the door

     

    Middle School

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

    January 23rd - Term 2 ends

    January 30th - Report Cards are issued

     

    Decas

    1/21/19  No School - Martin Luther King Day

    1/23/19  Mrs. Travers Field Trip to the Library

    1/25/19  Early Childhood Special Ed. Screening

     

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  • 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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