Source: HWRHS Athletics update
The Hamilton-Wenham Integrated Preschool at Winthrop School announces two open houses for parents that are interested in enrolling their children for the 2018-2019 school year. Open houses are scheduled for Wednesday, November 1 and again on November 8, from 1:30pm-2:30pm, at Winthrop Elementary School, 325 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA.
Parents are invited to meet the teachers, visit the classrooms, and participate in a short parent-directed questionnaire about their child’s development.
The Hamilton-Wenham Integrated Preschool is a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, speech/language and pre-academic development of children 3 and 4-years-old.
For more information or to register for an open house, contact Lisa Cheney, Preschool Coordinator, at 978-468-5489, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us online at our website at www.HamiltonWenhamPreschool.weebly.com.
Turf Field Permit Update
On September 5th, the Hamilton Planning Board unanimously voted to issue a permit for the HWRSD’s proposal to install two artificial turf fields, a new track and lighting at HWRHS. The next step in the process is to have the project permitted by the Hamilton Conservation Commission. The January 2017 public presentation on this project is available here.
RFQ for Designer Services for MS/HS Environmental Control System
On August 10, 2017, the HWRSD issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Design Services for the Building Automation System at the Middle and High School Complex. The ultimate cost of these design services will not exceed $80,000. Responses to the RFQ are due by 10:00 AM on Friday, September 15, 2017. Copies of the full RFQ are available at the HWRSD Business Office, 5 School St., Wenham, MA.
This is the first step in our project to replace the Building Automation System, which controls the heating, ventilation and air conditioning for the two schools. The new system will provide not only control for the major HVAC components of the building, but also provide classroom-level control of the heating and ventilation systems. The cost of both the design work and the installation of the new Building Automation System will be paid entirely through a $500,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division. This grant was awarded jointly to the Towns of Hamilton and Wenham in June of 2016.
Signed IMA with Hamilton regarding sprinklers at the Winthrop Elementary School
On September 5th, I signed the new Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA) with the Town of Hamilton to install sprinklers at the Winthrop Elementary School. As per the new IMA, the School District will present at stand-alone warrant article at the spring 2018 Annual Town Meeting and will begin the procurement process by August of 2018.
Summer Reading Program @ HWRHS
Congratulations to Curriculum Leader Bob Hickey and the members of the HWRHS Faculty who took part in the High School’s Summer Reading Project. Over 50 faculty members sponsored a book, which students then signed up to read. On August 31st, students and faculty sponsors met to hold a 90-minute discussion of their chosen book. It was great to see that not only teachers sponsored a book; school secretaries and teaching assistants participated as well. I had a great time discussing The Martian with my group of students and look forward to participating again next year.
Winthrop Playground Update
Construction on the new Winthrop Playground is reaching its final stages. We had an eight-week delay on delivery of one piece of equipment that has considerably slowed us down. We’re arranging for final installation work and the landscaping to be completed the week of September 11th and will be scheduling a grand opening for the end of the month. Please watch the Winthrop School Newsletter for further details.
Hamilton League of Women Voters Hosts Event on October 3rd
The League of Women Voters of Hamilton Wenham is hosting an exciting event entitled “#WTF (Fact or Fiction): Decoding Media in 2017, Left, Right and Center,” featuring five distinguished panelists on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, 775 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA.
The five panelists are:
- Edward Fitzpatrick, Director of Media and Public Relations, Office of the President, Roger Williams University (Profile)
- Kay Lazar,Reporter, The Boston Globe (Staff Bio)
- Paul Mihailidis,Associate Professor, Department of Marketing Communication, Emerson College. (Faculty Bio)
- Mary Robb, Civics and Media Literacy Teacher, Social Studies Department, Andover High School (Interview, Greater Boston, WGBH, December 2016)
- Melissa Zimdars,Assistant Professor of Communication, Communication and Media, Merrimack College (Faculty Bio)
The League’s goals are to educate, provide decoding tools, and facilitate civil discourse in our communities.
This event is free and open to the public and students are encouraged to attend.
For questions and additional information please visit the League’s Facebook page or email Dacia Rubel at email@example.com.
I want to welcome all families of the HWRSD to the 2017-2018 School Year. School officially opens for student in grades 1-12 tomorrow, August 30, 2017. Full day classes will begin for students in kindergarten on Tuesday, September 5th. We’re currently in the process of putting the finishing touches on our preparations to open tomorrow. All staff members are excited to greet their new classes for the year.
While we’re excited to begin a new school year, we cannot ignore the impact of recent national events on our schools. The events of Charlottesville have highlighted a conversation about bigotry and hatred in America that will go on long past this summer. Yesterday, as part of my opening remarks to faculty and staff, I made the following statement that I wanted to share with all of you.
Last spring, our leadership team sent a letter to our entire community stating our commitment to all members of our school community regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or disability status. I want to re-affirm this commitment on behalf of our entire team.
We know that all members of our community need to be physically and psychologically safe in order to reach their full potential as learners. We will continue to welcome all members of our community for who they are and celebrate the diversity that exists in our community. Conversely, we will not tolerate any words or acts of bigotry against any of our members. Our District Mission and Transfer Goals stress the development of the ability to consider multiple perspectives and lead with empathy and respect for others. These skills are the foundation of the “Character” that stands at the top of our Transfer Goal list. I ask all of us in this room re-commit ourselves to ensuring that there is no place for hate in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District.
I want to share this commitment with all of you. As a community of learners, we will continue to celebrate the diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints that make up our classrooms. We are committed to teaching students to consider multiple perspectives, to respect differences, and to empathize with others. Conversely, we will stand against words or acts of bigotry and hatred and take action in accordance with Federal and Massachusetts Law, HWRSD Policy and school codes of conduct to address any instances of hateful actions or speech. Finally, we will continue to provide a safe, supportive learning environment for all.
Thank you for your continued support in making the HWRSD a place that is committed to the success of all learners.
Michael M. Harvey, Ed.D.
Water Flow Test at HWRHS
We will be conducting our required annual flow test of the sprinkler system at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School and Miles River Middle on August 8, 2017 at 9:00 PM. This test may cause discolored water throughout the Town of Hamilton. Residents are asked to run their cold water until the lines are clear.
Turf Field Permitting Update
On Tuesday, August 1st, the Hamilton Planning Board received an initial presentation from Gale Associates on the School Committee’s request for permits to install turf fields and lights at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School. The Planning Board has requested more detail regarding the planned hours of use for the facility. I met with HWRHS Athletic Director Craig Genualdo this afternoon to discuss our response to this request. We plan to be ready with the requested information in time for the Planning Board’s next meeting on August 15th.
Athletics End of Year Report
I have included a copy of the Athletics Department’s End of Year Report for the 2016-2017 school year for the School Committee’s information. I wanted to congratulate Athletic Director Craig Genualdo and the entire HS Athletic Department for some truly impressive achievements this year. Nearly 75% (427/574) of all students at HWRHS participated in at least one sport during the past school year. Additionally, 12 of 15 varsity teams qualified for their respective MIAA Tournaments. Most importantly, 22 out of 24 of our varsity teams qualified for MIAA Academic Awards, and 44 out of 47 teams qualified for MIAA Sportsmanship Honors. The full report can be found on the HWRSD Website.
School Re-opens beginning the Week of August 28th
We’re rapidly closing in on the opening of the 2017-2018 School Year. All teaching staff will return on Monday August 28th. Students in Grades 6 and 9 will have orientation to their respective schools on Tuesday, August 29th. School will be in session for all students in grades 1-12 on Wednesday, August 30th and Thursday August 31st. School will be closed on Friday September 1st and Monday September 4th in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.
Kindergarten students will be notified of their school placements during the week of August 14th. All families will be invited to visit their assigned schools on the morning of Tuesday, August 29. Students will receive their teacher assignments via email on Wednesday, August 30. Students and families will be invited to meet their teachers and visit the classrooms on the morning of Thursday, August 31. Regular school days will begin for kindergarten students on Tuesday, September 5th.
It is my great pleasure to introduce Stacy Bucyk as the Director of Student Services for the HWRSD. Stacy brings a combination of professional experience and educational training that make her the right person for this position. She is currently the Administrator of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services for the Beverly Public Schools, a position she has held since 2012. Prior to this position, Stacy was the Principal of the Cove Elementary School in Beverly for four years. She also has experience as a Team Chairperson and as a Reading Specialist. Stacy also possesses Master’s Degrees in School Leadership (Salem St. University), Teaching Students with Special Needs (Lesley University) and Reading (Lesley University). Through her interviews with various constituencies in the HWRSD, it was clear that Stacey is a leader who sees ensuring all teachers are experts in the use of inclusive practices as essential to her role. It was also clear that she values collaboration with teachers and parents, and readily accesses the talents and ideas of these groups to maximize opportunities for students. I’m happy to welcome Stacey as the newest member of our leadership team.
Stacy is currently completing her duties in Beverly and has an anticipated start date of August 1st.
SUMMER LUNCH BAG PROGRAM
From Hamilton or Wenham and need extra food this summer while your kids are out of school?
Sign up for the Summer Lunch Bag Program to get kid friendly lunch food at the Acord Food Pantry this summer. You can come every week or as often as needed. All Hamilton-Wenham families with school age children (K-12) are eligible.
Available Starting Wednesday June 21st
Every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 6:30
Please bring proof of residence when you come to collect your lunch bag
69 Willow Street, Hamilton MA 01982 978-468-7424 http://www.acordfoodpantry.org
Maureen Smith has held the position of Coordinator of Elementary Special Education in the HWRSD since 2014. Prior to coming to the HWRSD, Maureen served as a Special Education Team Chairperson in the Marblehead and Lynnfield School Districts and was a School Psychologist in the Avon Public Schools. Maureen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Bridgewater State University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
Leadership Search Update
Our three administrative searches are progressing well. Finalist candidates for the Coordinator of ELA, PreK-5 and Coordinator of Special Education for the Secondary Level have been chosen and referred to meet with me in the next week.
On Wednesday evening, the Screening Committee interviewed candidates for the Director of Student Services position and identified two finalists. I haven’t spoken with the finalists, yet, so I cannot announce their names this evening. I hope to be making the announcement early next week along with a schedule for interviewing the finalists.
Library Renovation Plan
The Designer Selection Committee has chosen Flansburgh Architects as the preferred firm to provide design services to renovate our school library spaces. Asst. Superintendent Jeff Sands and I met with Kent Kovacs from Flansburgh to define their scope of work, schedule and deliverables. We plan to have a contract in place within the next week.
Flansburgh has proposed a three-phase process to complete the design study. Phase One will consist of visioning and a review of existing conditions and will tentatively be completed by the end of August. Phase Two will consist of an evaluation of design options, which will take place during the month of September. During the month of October, we will complete Phase Three, which is the final selection of preferred designs. At the conclusion of Phases Two and Three, we anticipate having community-wide forum meetings to seek input. In order to complete this work, we will be forming a “Visioning Team,” consisting of relevant members of our staff. I would also like to invite a member of the School Committee to join this “Visioning Team.” We are planning on three full-day meetings for this group—one each day in June, August and October.
· Senior Prom, 5.19.17 at 6:00 PM, Hellenic Center, Ipswich
· Elementary Spring Concert, 5.22.17 at 6:30 PM at HWRHS
· Middle School Orientation Meeting for Incoming 5th Grade Parents, 5.24.17 at MRMS
· 8th Grade Science Fair, 5.25.17 at 6:45 PM at MRMS
· HWRHS Scholarship Night, 5.30.17 at 7:00 PM at HWRHS
· HWRHS Senior Farewell, 5.31.17 at 5:30 PM at HWRHS
· HWRHS Candlelight Ceremony, 6.1.17 at 8:00 PM at HWRHS
· HWRHS Commencement, 6.3.17 at 10:00 AM at HWRHS
Dear Members of the HWRSD Community,
Recent local, national, and global events have led us to reflect upon our own practices to ensure that everyone in the Hamilton Wenham Regional School District feels connected with a true sense of belonging. All members of our school district need to feel both physically and psychologically safe in order to reach their full potential as learners.
At this time, we want to restate our commitment to all members of our school community regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability. We will continue to work to ensure our schools are welcoming communities where every member is respected and valued for who they are. We will continue to create a school climate where diversity is celebrated.
The Hamilton Wenham Regional School District strives for excellence as we continually look for ways to better ourselves and the communities we serve. We hold high expectations for staff and students alike as we work to educate our children to become young adults who are of good character and demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and skills needed to be successful members of our global economy and engaged citizens of the 21st Century. As the diversity in the Hamilton Wenham School District continues to grow, it is critical we approach our work with high levels of cultural proficiency. We are in a unique position to ensure that cultures are seen, honored, experienced, respected, affirmed and valued. As stated in our Mission and Vision statement, our core beliefs include the belief in our shared responsibility to develop the whole child, including academic abilities, and physical and emotional well-being. We also hold the belief that engaged citizens of the 21st Century must demonstrate respect for themselves, other people and their cultures, and our environment.
We hope you will join us in these efforts both at home, in schools, and in the greater community.
The Leadership Team of the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District:
Michael M. Harvey, Ed.D., Superintendent
Jeff Sands, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Administration
Kathy Harris, Managing Director of Student Services
Peggy McElhinney, Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
Kristen Lazzaro, Ed.D., Director of Guidance and Counseling
Alan Taupier, Director of Technology
Eric Tracy, HWRHS Principal
Bryan Menegoni, HWRHS Assistant Principal
Craig Hovey, MRMS Principal
Liz Lovell, MRMS Assistant Principal
Jenn Clifford, Cutler School Principal
Chris Heath, Winthrop School Principal
Brian O’Donoghue, Buker School Principal
Kristen Flaherty, 6-12 Coordinator of Special Education
Dawn Kraunelis, K-5 Coordinator of English Language Arts
Maureen Smith, K-5 Coordinator of Special Education