• Superintendents Blog, January 17, 2020

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 1/17/2020

    January 17, 2020

    Dear Wareham Families,

    “Minot Forest KKids” is an elementary school club that focuses on service learning that is student-led and student-driven. It is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Bourne and Wareham and the Office of Beyond School Time, and promotes student activism and advocacy. Under the direction of club advisor, Mr. Michael Houdlette, the Minot KKids recently began a project to raise awareness for the plight of animals who have suffered greatly, due to the tragic fires in Australia. As well, they are supporting local efforts by creating beautiful, heartfelt cards to send to the Hope Factory to distribute to hospitalized children in Massachusetts.

    When Wareham students enter the middle school they are eligible to join the Builder’s Club, and students in grades eight through twelve may elect to join the Key Club, both of which are Kiwanis Club affiliates. Students in all three of these clubs engage in leadership skills by developing service projects that help both the local community, as well as the global community. Middle school Builder’s Club students partner with the CARE STAGE program to participate in the weekend backpack food initiative, providing nutritious meals and snacks for students in need each weekend. WHS Key Clubbers will spend their day off of school on Monday with club advisor, Col. Matthew Stanton, visiting the Hope Factory in Pocasset to help with their efforts to bring smiles to the faces of hospitalized youth. We are extremely proud of all of our WPS students who belong to each one of these organizations and commend them on the tremendous work they are doing to make a difference in our world.

    As a reminder, there is no school for students today, Friday, January 17th due to in-service. On Monday, January 20th, all Wareham Public Schools will be closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. All schools will resume their regular schedules on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

    High School

    January 20th - No School, Martin Luther King Day

    January 21st - Mid-terms begin - Full day of school

    January 22nd - Mid-terms - Half day of school

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

    AP/IB Dual Enrollment Parent Informational Night 6:00 PM

    January 24th - Mid-terms & Make up day - Half day of school

    January 25th - Snow Ball Dance @ WHS 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

     

    Decas

    1/20/20 - No School - Martin Luther King Day

    1/21/20 - 1/24/20 Mobile Dentist

     

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  • Weekly Events, January 10, 2020

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 1/10/2020

    Weekly Events

     

    Minot

    Tuesday, January 14

    PTA meeting, 6:30 PM at WMS Library

     

    Friday, January 17

    In-service day for staff

    No School for students

     

    Monday, January 20

    Martin Luther King Jr Holiday

    No School

     

    High School

    January 14th - PTA meeting at 6:00 PM WMS

     

    January 16th - DECA Fashion Show 6:30 PM WHS auditorium

    Grades Close for Term 2

     

    January 17th - Staff In-Service Day - No School

     

     

     

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  • Superintendent's Blog, January 3, 2020

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 1/3/2020

    January 3, 2020

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday vacation and that your year is off to a great start. The new year is a wonderful time for students to have a fresh start, or gain new perspective on their academic performance. It’s a time of new beginnings, and although the school year is well underway, it’s a great point in the year for students to take stock of how they are doing in their classes thus far. Encourage your children to ask themselves what their greatest strengths have been so far this school year. What areas do they feel they could improve upon? And what steps do they need to take to make those improvements happen? If your child is looking for ideas and suggestions to help them progress in certain skills, please remind them to reach out to their teachers or counselors for assistance. In Wareham Public Schools, we all stand ready to help every child meet their goals and achieve success. We look forward to a positive and productive 2020.

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

    Weekly Events

     

    Decas

    1/7/20 Ms. Wood & Mrs. Sampson field trip to Library

     

    Minot

    Monday, January 6

    School Building Committee Meeting, 6:00 MSC Rm 228

     

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  • Superintendent's Blog, December 20, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 12/20/2019

    December 20, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    As we break for the holiday vacation, I want to wish each of you a peaceful week. Whether it is time spent with family and friends, or time devoted to self-care, may this season bring you the very best. The holiday break is a wonderful opportunity for students to relax and celebrate a job well done thus far in the academic year. It also can provide a chance for students to get caught up on work in which they may be behind, or to move ahead in some subjects. As well, it is a perfect time to engage in pleasure reading, simply for the joy of a good book. Encourage your child to read over this holiday break. Books make great gifts, and a trip to the Wareham Free Library can be an enjoyable way to spend a family day together over the holiday vacation that doesn’t cost any money. Goal setting for the new year ahead is also a cost-free activity that families can do together over the break. Ask your children to think about what they would like to accomplish in 2020. It could be finishing a chapter book on their own, making the Honor Roll, becoming Student of the Month, or any number of lofty goals.

     

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend and a joyful holiday week.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

    Minot

    School resumes on January 2, 2020

    New swim session starting on January 3 for Mrs. Martins and Ms. Drinkwater's classes.

     

    Happy Holidays to all! 

     

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  • Superintendent's Blog, December 13, 2019

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-hood on 12/13/2019

    December 13, 2019

    Dear Wareham Families,

    The spirit of giving is alive and well in the Wareham Public Schools and in the Wareham community. Last Saturday, over 100 new coats were given away at the Multiservice Center at the Beyond School Time annual coat drive, along with refreshments and many picture books. In addition, the WPS bus drivers held their annual “Stuff the Bus” event, which was highly successful in collecting gifts for those who need them this holiday season. WHS faculty have been instrumental in coordinating gift and clothing drives at the high school. WHS culinary classes have been busy whipping up holiday treats for the Kendrick House and turkey meals for those in need. And tomorrow at 9 am, the high school will host a fun run to raise money for the Scotty Monteiro, Jr. Foundation.

    At WMS, students have been involved with assisting efforts at “Gifts to Give,” an organization focused on giving to those in need. Middle schoolers have also been writing out cards to spread cheer to residents at Sippican Nursing Home. Minot chorus students will soon be singing an internationally-themed performance to senior citizens at the Council on Aging at the Multiservice Center. And the CARE Operation Grandpals class will be visiting seniors at All-American Assisted Living for their annual holiday party next week. The Wareham Fire Department will be spreading some holiday cheer to Decas students and the Wareham Police Department is collecting sealed letters for Santa right up until 12/24 in the Santa Letter Mailbox in front of the police station.

    If you are a family in need this holiday season, please reach out to your building principal to see if one of the many school or community resources available might be able to assist. Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

     

    Weekly Events

     

    Decas

    12/16/19 - School Council 3:30 PM

                      All Grades: Jeff Dunn Sing A Long

    12/17/19 - Mrs. Pires & Mrs. McQuade will go to the Library

    12/18/19 - Grade 2 Fire Safety

                      Mrs. Lefrancois & Mrs Greene will go to the Library

                      Ms. Kais & Mrs. Jacinto Polar Express Performance 9:30 AM

    12/19/19 - Mr. Roche How the Grinch Stole Christmas Performance 9:30 AM

                      Mrs. Snider How the Grinch Stole Christmas Performance 1:15 PM

    12/20/19 - 1/2 Day of School dismissal will be at 10:55 AM. No Beyond School Time

     

    Minot

    Tuesday, December 17

    School Council Meeting, 3:45 in WMS Library

    Wednesday, December 18

    Chorus performs for the COA

    Thursday, December 19

    Around the World Sing along with Jeff Dunn

    Friday, December 20

    Half Day, 10:45 dismissal

    Winter Vacation-No School

    December 23-Jan. 1

    Happy Holidays!

     

    Middle School

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

    December 19 - Grade 6 Field Trip to A Christmas Carol

    December 20 - Half Day.  Dismissal is at 10:05 AM

    December 23 - January 1, 2020 - Vacation

     

    High School

    December 18th - WHS Winter Concert 6:00 PM in the auditorium

    December 20th - Half Day - dismissal will be at 10:13 AM

     

     

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  • 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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