• 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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  • Message from the Superintendent - October 26, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 10/26/2018

    October 26, 2018

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Thank you to those of you who attended Fall Town Meeting. We are very thankful for the vote to move ahead to place the question of borrowing on the ballot.

    Information about the proposed elementary school can be found on the district website. Facts, floorplans, pictures of Minot and Decas, and a calculator to determine how much your taxes would increase are just some of the information on the website. Thank you again.

    Last night at the School Committee meeting, building administrators presented about the tremendous work that has occurred in their school buildings over the past year. The dedication of all of the talented faculty and staff in each school has led to remarkable accomplishments in the district over the past year. Each school has unique programs and initiatives that engage students and challenge them to achieve their greatest potential. All of the schools’ improvement plans are driven by the goals and principles set forth in the five-year WPS Strategic Plan. To highlight the exciting endeavors that have been initiated in each school, the principals each shared a video montage before their presentation of this year’s goals. We are extremely proud of the efforts of all of our students, faculty, staff, and administrators and I am excited to share this video series with you each week.

    We begin with the John W. Decas School and Principal, Bethany Chandler. At Decas School, our youngest learners are thriving in early literacy skills. The programs that they are implementing have proven success rates and the levels of literacy we are seeing in our Decas students are unprecedented. The use of outdoor classrooms and creative approaches to instruction make the Decas School an exciting place to learn. Please enjoy our video about the John W. Decas School. https://vimeo.com/296635649

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

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    Weekly Events

    Decas

    10/31/2018 - Early Release Dismissal at 12:55 PM

     

    Minot

    Monday, October 29

    School Council, 3:45 PM in WMS Library

    Wednesday, October 31

    Early Release, 12:45 PM Dismissal

    Happy Halloween!

    Friday, November 2

    Swimming begins for Mrs. Cardoso's and Mrs. Fitzgerald's classes

     

    Middle School

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

    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 PM. The cost is $5.00.

     

    High School

    October 31st - Early release day, Dismissal at 12:15 PM

    November 2nd - Term one grades close

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent, October 19, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 10/19/2018

    October 19, 2018

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Several important events will be occurring next week.

    Town meeting will be held on October 22nd beginning at 7:00 at the Wareham High School Auditorium. The article to approve or deny placing the borrowing for the building of the new elementary school on the November 6th ballot election will be voted by those attending Town Meeting. Facts about the proposed building can be found by visiting Wareham Public Schools Homepage and following the link.  We have included a calculator which will show the potential increase to your homeowner tax bill should the new elementary be approved by voters.

    I am happy to answer any questions about the Elementary Building Project. I can be contacted by email, kshaver-hood@wareham.k12.ma.us. I hope you are able to attend the meeting on Monday evening.

    Tuesday, October 23rd, Decas Elementary will be the site of a Red Ribbon Celebration beginning at 5:00 PM. This event is for the entire family. A special thanks to Denna Semple for her work in coordinating this important event.

    For our final segment of the DESE-inspired aMAzing educators' video series, we end by honoring special education teacher, Jacqueline Tricker, from the John W. Decas School. Mrs. Tricker has been working in Wareham for over 15 years and over those years has helped countless students achieve their goals and lay the groundwork for becoming life-long learners. The Golden Book Award, highlighted in this video, is just one example of Mrs. Tricker’s creativity and demonstrates that she goes above and beyond in providing many opportunities for children to shine at the Decas School.

    We know that there are hundreds of amazing educators in Wareham Public Schools and we are deeply grateful to them all for the tireless work they do each day on behalf of Wareham students and families.

    Please enjoy this video about Mrs. Tricker.

    https://vimeo.com/292372126

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

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    High School

    October 25th - Sophomores college visit 9:00 AM. to 1:00 PM

     

    Middle School

    October 26 - PTA sponsored Halloween Dance for Grades 5&6 students in the cafeteria from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Permission slips go home October 19th. Tickets can be purchased during lunch on October 24th & 25th. Students need to bring in a signed permission slip and $5.00 in order to purchase a ticket. No tickets will be sold at the door.

     

    Minot

    Monday, October 22

    Town Meeting, 7:00 PM at WHS Auditorium

    Childcare is available from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM in the high school gym.

    Tuesday, October 23

    Grade 3 Field Trip. Make sure signed permission slips are in.

     

    Decas

    October 23, Red Ribbon Night @ Decas School 5 PM - 7 PM

    October 26, Early Childhood Special Ed. Screening

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent, October 12, 2018

    Posted by DR. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 10/12/2018

    October 12, 2018

    Dear Wareham Families,

    In continuing our video series highlighting amazing educators in Wareham Public Schools, we now turn to Minot Forest. We would like to recognize the fourth-grade teacher, Mr. Mike Houdlette, for his outstanding work in the profession and for his tireless dedication to shaping the future of Wareham, one student at a time. Mr. Houdlette uses innovative classroom assignments to teach content. He understands that students are engaged when they are actively involved in helping to create their own learning. After school, he is involved in teaching and coaching extracurricular activities as well. He is the club advisor for KKids, a program that is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and runs through the Office of Beyond School Time. In this club, students exercise voice and choice in creating and implementing service learning projects. Each season, students undertake a variety of initiatives, all of which support local causes. Mr. Houdlette understands the importance of giving back to the community and helps promote this throughout the district.

    Please enjoy this video about Minot Forest teacher, Mr. Mike Houdlette. https://vimeo.com/292367539

    Elementary Building Project Information

    Tomorrow, (Saturday) an information session will be held at the Wareham Free Library to share information and answer questions about the Proposed Elementary Building Project.

    After the session concludes, a tour of Minot Forest Elementary will be offered. We anticipate this to begin at approximately 11:30 am.

    Monday, October 15, 2018, another information session for the Proposed Elementary Building Project will be held at the Wareham Middle School Auditorium beginning at 5:00 pm.

    Also, there is an Elementary Building Project link from the Wareham Public Schools homepage which provides a wealth of information about the project.

    I urge you to attend one of the sessions and/or visit the website to learn more about our project.

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

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    Weekly Events 

    High School

    October 15th - SAIL program begins

    October 18th - WHS Open House 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    October 20th - Vikings Threatre Craft Fair WHS cafeteria 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Mattress Madness DECA fundraiser WHS cafeteria - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Middle School

    October 17 - Nature's Classroom meeting in the auditorium at 5:30 PM

    October 26 - PTA sponsored Halloween Dance for Grades 5&6 in the cafeteria from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

     

    Minot

    Saturday, October 13

    Community Forum to answer questions or get information on the proposed new elementary school, 10:00 AM at the Wareham Free Library, Tour of Minot Forest School immediately following (around 11:30 AM) 

    Monday, October 15

    Community Forum to answer questions or get information on the proposed new elementary school, 6:00 PM at WMS Auditorium

    Tuesday, October 16

    School Building Outreach/volunteer meeting

    5:30 PM in the WMS Library

    Wednesday, October 17

    Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria visits grade 4 students

    Thursday, October 18

    Principal's Coffee 9:00 AM and repeated at 6:00 PM WMS LIbrary

     

    Decas

    Decas Events week of 10/15/18

    10/15/18 CARE starts

    10/17/18 Picture Day - All grades

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent, October 5, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 10/4/2018

    October 5, 2018

     

    Dear Wareham Families,

     

    Our teachers are involved in a wide variety of professional development activities on this in-service day. Continually updating and honing one’s skills is essential to the teaching profession. Our Wareham Public Schools educators participate in several in-service days throughout the school year, in which they take workshops and seminars, meet in cohorts, and learn new skills as well as how to apply them in class to enhance the 21st-century learning environment in their classrooms.

     

    In addition, many of our educators take courses outside of school as well. We have a number of faculty each year who are enrolled in graduate programs, such as Masters programs, CAGS programs, and Doctoral programs. In Wareham, we have a community of life-long learners and our teachers instill that love of learning in students each day.

     

    This week, in continuing with our aMAzing teacher series, we would like to recognize an educator at Wareham Middle School, Mrs. Nicole Hyland. Mrs. Hyland is excited about learning and finding new and creative ways to help her students learn as well. Please enjoy this brief video about Mrs. Hyland:


    https://vimeo.com/293133757

     

     

    Best wishes for a long holiday weekend. We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

     

    Weekly Events

     

    High School

    October 9th -   PTA meeting 6:30 PM @ Decas School

                            Athletic Boosters meeting 6:00 PM @  WHS

    October 11th - Drama Club Presents  - One by One 7:00 PM WHS auditorium

    October 13th - Homecoming Dance 7:00 PM WHS cafeteria

     

    Middle School

    October 9th -   PTA meeting at 6:30 PM, Decas cafeteria (grades K-12)

    October 10 -    Picture Day

     

    Minot

    Tuesday, October 9th

    -American Legion Elks Lodge distributes dictionaries to grade 3 students

    -PTA Meeting, 6:30 PM at the Decas School cafetorium

     

    Saturday, October 12

    -Community Forum for questions and information regarding the proposed new elementary school, 10:00 AM at Wareham Free Library

    -Tour of the Minot Forest building immediately following (11:30)

     

    Decas

    10/9/18 PTA Meeting @ 6:30 PM Decas School

    10/11/18 Story Telling Show for Prek & K (During school hours)

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent September 28, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 9/28/2018

    September 28, 2018

    Dear Wareham Families,

    MCAS scores have been released to the public and we are pleased with the scores of our students.

    A few highlights we would like to share include: 

    Between 2007 to 2016 a subgroup in Wareham was designated as needing assistance.  Last year and again this year, no subgroup has been designated as needing assistance.

     

    Accountability Scores ELA                                                 Growth Scores

    High School 

    All students – Exceeded Target                                              Met Target

    Middle School 

    All students – Improved Below Target (1.4)                           Met Target

    Minot

    All students – Exceeded Target                                              Met Target

     

    Accountability Scores Math

    High School

    All Students – Exceeded Target                                             Met Target

    Middle School

    All Students – Improved Below Target (1.5)                          Met Target

    Minot

    All Students – Exceeded Target                                             Exceeded Target

     

    Accountability Scores Science

    High School 

    All Students – Exceeded Target

    Middle School 

    All Students – No Change

     

    I would like to sincerely thank our amazing Wareham Public Schools educators, for without their hard work and commitment to our students, the significant strides our students are achieving would not be made. Their efforts are greatly appreciated.

     

    There are many talented teachers in Wareham Public Schools. Recently, DESE started a campaign that recognizes outstanding teachers in the Commonwealth. We know that we have some of the best teachers in Massachusetts here in Wareham and we also would like to highlight some of them in our own video series. Please enjoy this brief video about Wareham High School ELA Teacher, Mr. John Wilson, Jr.

     


    https://vimeo.com/292236319

     

     

    Best Wishes for a wonderful weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

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    Weekly Update

     

    High School

    October 2nd - School Council Meeting 7:00 AM @ WHS

    October 4th - School Committee Meeting 7:00 PM @ MSC room 320

    Friday, October 5th

    Teacher In-service Day-NO SCHOOL 

    Monday, October  8th

    Columbus Day Holiday-NO SCHOOL 

     

    Middle

    October 1st - Meadow Farms Fundraising orders are due

    October 2nd - Term 1 Progress Reports Issued

    Friday, October 5th

    Teacher In-service Day-NO SCHOOL 

    Monday, October  8th

    Columbus Day Holiday-NO SCHOOL 

     

    Minot

    Monday, October 1st

    School Building Meeting, 5:30 PM in room 228 at MSC

    Tuesday, October 2nd

    Picture Day today. Send in the picture envelopes

    Friday, October 5th

    Teacher In-service Day-NO SCHOOL 

    Monday, October  8th

    Columbus Day Holiday-NO SCHOOL 

     

    Decas

    10/1/2018  Miss. Doyle & Mrs. Matathia Field Trip Lloyd Center

    10/3/2018  Mrs. Jean & Mrs. Bakeman Field Trip Lloyd Center

    10/4/2018  Mr. Roche, Mrs. Nelson & Mrs. Spenard Field Trip Lloyd Center

    Friday, October 5th

    Teacher In-service Day-NO SCHOOL 

    Monday, October  8th

    Columbus Day Holiday-NO SCHOOL 

     

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  • Message from the Superintendent - September 21, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 9/21/2018

    September 21, 2018

     

    Dear Wareham Families,

     

    We are extremely excited about all of the new educators who have joined Wareham Public Schools this school year. We believe that we have secured some of the best and brightest educators in the field. We are pleased to welcome new classroom teachers, specialists, counselors, and subject matter experts. Their knowledge and enthusiasm for the profession will serve our students well.

     

    Each year, new educators are paired with a mentor from Wareham Public Schools who serves as a valued resource, offering educational advice and modeling best practices. In addition, each month, new teachers participate in an induction program en route to gaining a professional license.

     

    This week, at the beginning of their meeting, the new teachers heard from students from the Global Ambassadors Club about how global education in WPS - both home and abroad- has changed their lives and allowed them to be more confident and open-minded. In addition, before the meeting ended, teachers were visited by a team from Plymouth County Federal Teacher’s Credit Union, who had a backpack filled with classroom supplies to give away. Congratulations to Heather Nash on her win and many thanks to the credit union for their donation.

     

    As we finish the last days of summer this week, we look forward to all that a new season has to bring. We look forward to Friday night football games under the lights, Homecoming, and the engaging fall classroom projects and activities our teachers have planned for students.

     

    Best wishes for a wonderful fall weekend.

     

    Sincerely,


    Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood

     

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    Weekly events

     

    High School

    September 28th - Picture Day 

     

    Middle School

    September 24-28 - Some clubs/activities have begun. Please check the school website for list of clubs and start dates

     

    Minot

    Monday, Sept 24

    -Gr 4 Field Trip:

    Lunch will be eaten at school 

    Panzone, Bergamini, Nash, Slazas

    Houghton, Tierney, Heard

     

    -School Council

    4:00 PM in the Front Office conference room

     

    Wednesday, Sept 26

    -Gr 4 Field Trip:

    Lunch will be eaten at school

    DeGrace, (Jan), Snider, Potter, Houdlette

     

    Decas

    9/24/2018 - Decas School Council 3:50 PM

    9/27/2018 - PreK & K Open House/ Mrs. Jacinto Open House 5:30 - 6:30 PM

     

     

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