• June 29, 2020 - Letter from the Superintendent

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 6/29/2020

    June 29, 2020

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    Thank you very much for your help and support during the past four months.  We have missed your children, and we are hoping we will be able to greet your children as they walk through the doors in the fall. 

    Last week, DESE released initial guidance outlining three possible back to school scenarios and have requested the district develop plans for each.  The plans are:

    1. In-person learning with new safety requirements
    2. Hybrid learning
    3. Remote learning

    To provide you with a brief overview of the work which will occur this summer as we develop the required plans.

    1. Formation of a committee comprised of parents, teachers, staff, School Committee members, and administrators. This committee will be instrumental in the design of the plans.
    2. Collect and analyze the survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5YFJTM6) results with the committee.
    3. Provide a link on the website for questions to be asked by parents, students, and community members.
    4. Provide updates as we have information to share with you.
    5. Formally share the three developed plans.

    We hope to be in a position to greet your children in their classroom in the fall if we are able to meet the required guidelines as maintaining the health and safety of your children and our staff is our number one priority.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with your questions or concerns.

    Again, thank you for your time and support.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood

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  • Superintendent's Blog, March 25, 2020

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 3/25/2020

    March 25, 2020 

    Dear Wareham Families,

    This afternoon, Governor Baker announced that all schools in the Commonwealth close until May 4, 2020. 

    We miss seeing our students and staff members and would much rather be in school, but right now, our priority must be the health and wellbeing of all citizens. So, we plan to continue and expand online academic opportunities for your children.

    If your child cannot access work that is provided, please contact your child’s building principal. Please make arrangements to obtain packets of lessons for your child to work on during this time.

    I realize this is a very stressful time for many reasons. Some of the questions I have been asked revolve around high school activities – Prom, Honor’s Night, and Graduation. As of now, there have not been any decisions to cancel or postpone these events. I assure you, our principals will seek input before making any decisions.

    We are not the same without our students. I hope they know how much we miss and care about them. Please make sure they are connecting with their teachers, counselors, and administrators at their schools. We know that there is nothing better than face-to-face instruction; however, we hope that through this, we become stronger.

    Please stay safe and healthy,

    Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood

     

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  • Superintendent's Blog, March 20, 2020

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 3/20/2020

     March 20, 2020

    Dear Wareham Families,

    I am very proud of our Wareham staff and how they have risen to meet the needs of our students.

    Our cafeteria staff has tirelessly prepared numerous breakfasts and lunches.  Some of our bus drivers have helped by bringing meals to the designated distribution sites.  Custodians are thoroughly cleaning every inch in our buildings, so the buildings will be ready for your child’s return.  Our secretaries are answering questions and a valued resource for all.

    Beginning Tuesday, our students will begin our educational enhancement program.  Our faculty during the past several weeks have been developing plans as we continue to educate our students during school closure.  Not only have they developed plans, but they have also found and created a variety of resources.  Our para-professionals are ready and will be offering support and encouragement to our students.  All are looking forward to connecting with your children as we miss seeing them.

    A special thanks go to our administrators as they have coordinated with their families and their staff.

    Please have your child keep an eye out for communication coming from the schools.  We also will have resources listed on the WPS website beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out as we are here to support your child during this challenging new learning adventure.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Stay healthy and safe. 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood

     

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  • Superintendent's Blog, March 6, 2020

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 3/6/2020

    March 6, 2020

    Wareham Families,

    We continue to closely monitor information regarding the Coronavirus and the implication for our schools. Our custodians are spending additional time cleaning and disinfecting our schools.

    As this is rapidly changing situation we are continuedly seeking information for our local Board of Health, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and State Board of Health.

    For your reference and guidance, I have listed below a website which is updated regularly.

    If you have any questions, please contact me.

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

     

    Weekly events

     

    Decas

    3/10/20 Kindergarten Registration 9 AM - 2:30 PM

    Book Fair

    3/11/20 Kindergarten Registration 9 AM - 2:30 PM & 4 PM - 7 PM

    Book Fair / Family Night Book Fair 5 PM - 7:30 PM

    3/12/20 Grades Close / Book Fair

    3/13/20 Book Fair

     

    Minot

    Sunday, March 8

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

    Tuesday, March 10

    Wareham PTA Meeting, 6:30 PM, WMS Library

     

    Middle School

    3/10/20 PTA meeting 6:30@ WMS

    3/12/20 Dual Enrollment Presentation at WHS at 6 PM

    3/17/20 Early Release Day Dismissal @12:02

    3/20/20 Grade 7 Field Trip Museum of Fine Arts Boston

    3/27/20 Drama Presentation Tickets must be purchased ahead of time

     

    High School

    March 10th - PTA Meeting - Middle School Library 6:30 PM

    Career Fair for Juniors WHS gymnasium 8:30 AM

    March 12th - Dual Enrollment Parent Presentation 6:00 PM, WHS auditorium

    March 13th - Credit for Life for seniors 8:15 AM in the gymnasium

     

     

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  • Superintendent's Blog, February 28, 2020

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 2/28/2020

    February 28, 2020

    Dear Wareham Families,

    Wareham Public Schools is in continual contact with local, state and federal health departments and agencies for guidance and will post information on our website.

    The public is encouraged to take everyday preventive actions that are always recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the flu.

    Recommended suggestions:

    1. Avoid close contact with sick people. While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
    2. It is also important for students and staff to stay home if symptomatic with a fever. Students should not return to school until they are fever-free for 24 hours. Cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated.
    3. Frequently wash hands with soap and water for 1 minute. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
    4. Additional information -Instructional Video: http://bit.ly/handwashvideo and the CDC is updating its website daily with the latest information and advice for the public at http://bit.ly/guidelinescdc

    Our school nurses are very happy to answer any questions which you may have regarding the precautions we are taking to keep our students healthy.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood

     

     

    Events

     

    Minot

    Monday, March 2

    Dr. Seuss' Birthday

    Read Across America Day

    School Building Meeting, 6:00 PM MSC Rm 228

    Continue entering Boosterthon pledges at Funrun.com

    Tuesday, March 3

    Presidential Primary Voting

    Continue entering Boosterthon pledges at Funrun.com

    Thursday, March 5

    Boostherthon Glow Run

    Saturday, March 7

    Turn your clocks ahead one hour when you go to bed

    Sunday, March 8

    Daylight Savings time

     

    High School

    March 3rd - School Council meeting 7:00 AM

    March 4th - MEFA Presentation on Financial Aid 6:00 PM

    March 5th - Meet the Coaches Night 6:00 PM

     

    Middle School

    March 4 - Term 3 Progress Reports Issued

    March 5 - Boosterthon Dance Fit

    March 10 - PTA meeting at 6:30 PM in the WMS library

    March 17 - Early Release Day. Dismissal at 12:02 PM

     

    Decas

    3/3/20 Boys & Girls Club closed

     

     

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  • Events for the Week of February 10, 2020

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 2/9/2020

    WEEKLY EVENTS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 10th

     

    Minot

    Monday, February 10

    The School Building Committee meeting has been cancelled.

    Tuesday, February 11

    School Council, 3:45 PM

    PTA Meeting, 6:30 PM at John W Decas School

    Friday, February 14

    Happy Valentine's Day

    Last swim class for Ms. Drinkwater and Mrs. Martin's classes

    February 17-21

    School Vacation Week

     

    High School

    February 11th - PTA meeting 6:30 PM Decas Cafeteria

     

    Decas

    2/13/20 - Hall of Presidents 6 PM Mrs. Harunk's and Mrs. Allen's classes

    2/14/20 - Gateway Dental Presentation for grade1

     

     

     

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  • Superintendent's Blog, February 3, 2020

    Posted by Dr. Kimberley Shaver-Hood on 2/3/2020

    Dear Families and Community Members,

    If you have not reviewed the Facebook page describing our new elementary school, I urge you to check it out.  https://www.facebook.com/WarehamESBuildingProject/  This site provides information about the school, a virtual tour of the building, and opportunity to ask questions about the new building.  Information is updated on a regular basis and will continue to be throughout building construction.

    Last week, School Committee member Joyce Bacchiocchi and I attending the Board of Selectmen Meeting as we were seeking their approval in placing articles on the Spring Town Meeting Warrant.  The articles included; endorsement of moving two applications forward to MSBA for the accelerated repair of the HVAC systems at Wareham High School and partial roof replacement and HVAC repairs at the Wareham Middle School, both received approval. 

    One article which was voted down was the article which would allow our citizens of Wareham the ability to name the new elementary school.  Honoring traditions and our past have been and continues to be a very important part of our school district, and we will not change this belief.  However, we hope to continue to honor our past and move forward into the future by providing the citizens of Wareham the opportunity to be a part of naming our new elementary school.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood

     

    Weekly Events

     

    High School

    February 4th - School Council Meeting 7:00 AM

    February 7th - Honors Breakfast 8:00 AM

     

    Minot

    Sunday, February 2

    Groundhog Day. Will we have an early spring?

    Wednesday, February 5

    Grade level assemblies

    Thursday, February 6

    100th Day of School

    Last day of Session 1 for the CARE program

     

    Decas

    2/6/2020 - Session 1 of CARE ends

     

     

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  • Events for the Week of January 27, 2020

    Posted by Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood on 1/27/2020

    Events for the Week of January 27th

     

    High School

    January 27th - Term 3 begins

    January 31st - Report cards will be issued to students

     

    Middle School

     

    Minot

    Monday, January 27

    Principal's Coffee, 9:00 AM, Wareham Middle School Library

    Tuesday, January 28

    Ms. Money presentation to grades 3 and 4 students

    Friday, January 31

    Our community team we are celebrating this month is Gateway Youth Hockey Day. Wear blue colors today.

     

    Decas

    1/27/2020 - Decas School council 3:30 PM

     

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  • 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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