Don’t Forget to Vote in Tomorrow’s Town Elections!

Dear Friends,

Please remember to vote in your respective Town Elections on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Polling will be held from 7 AM to 8 PM at the Rec. Center in Hamilton and Town Hall in Wenham.

The Town of Wenham’s Ballot contains three questions relating to the HWRSD.  The titles and descriptions of the Ballot Questions are:

Question #1. Regional School District Operating Expense Override [NOTE: Hamilton Town Meeting approved the full HWRSD Operating Budget request on April 7, 2018. Wenham Town Meeting approved “Question #1” on April 7, 2018.]  Shall the Town of Wenham be allowed to assess an additional $331,294 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of funding the Town of Wenham’s annual assessment for the FY 2019 Hamilton Wenham Regional School District Budget as adopted by the Hamilton Wenham Regional School Committee?

Question #2. School Capital Debt Exclusion #1 [NOTE: Both Hamilton and Wenham Town Meeting approved “Question #2” on April 7, 2018.]  Shall the Town of Wenham be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay the Town’s allocable share of the bond issued by the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District for the purpose of paying costs of installing a fire suppression system at the Winthrop Elementary School, including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto?

Question #3. School Capital Debt Exclusion #2 [NOTE: Hamilton Town Meeting did not approve Question #3 on April 7, 2018. Therefore, the School Committee did not receive authorization to bond these projects. This renders Question #3 unnecessary.]  Shall the Town of Wenham be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay the Town’s allocable share of the bond issued by the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District for the purpose of paying costs of various FY19 “Safety, Accessibility and Critical Infrastructure” capital projects within the District as outlined in the District’s Five-Year Capital Plan dated February 13, 2018, including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto?

Additionally, in both Hamilton and Wenham there are two seats for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee on the ballot. The candidates for these two seats are Stacey Metternick and Peter Wolczik.

Please lend your voice to our democratic process by casting your vote!

Sincerely,

Michael M. Harvey, Ed.D.

Superintendent

 

Hamilton Sample Ballot

https://www.hamiltonma.gov/take-look-sample-ballot-annual-town-election/

 

Wenham Sample Ballot

http://www.wenhamma.gov/departments/docs/ballot%204.12.18.pdf

 

 

 

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Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, 3/14/18

 

Hamilton Wenham shines at DECA State Career Development Conference

The Hamilton Wenham DECA Chapter returned home triumphant on Saturday, March 10,from the 59th annual Massachusetts DECA State Career Development Conference (SCDC) at the Marriott Copley and Hynes Convention Center in Boston with six students qualifying for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Atlanta, GA. Forty-six Hamilton-Wenham students joined over 2,900 students, advisors, and business professionals attending the conference where students compete in over 50 categories of marketing, hospitality, finance and entrepreneurship. Hamilton Wenham took home one 1st Place Overall trophy, one 2nd Place Overall trophy, two 4th Place Overall trophies, six Top 10 Overall plaques, and four medallions for placing first, second, or third in an individual event:

Student (grade)                         Category                                      Award

Tom Kain (10) &John Farnham (12) Financial Services Team Decision Making 1st Place Overall

1st Place Role Play 2

Lily Waterman (9) Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling 2nd Place Overall

3rd Place Comprehensive Exam

Spencer Poore (12) Principles of Finance 4th Place Overall

2nd Place Comprehensive Exam

Kaili Guyer (12) & Brooke Pippins (12) Buying & Merchandising Research Project 4th Place Overall
Caroline Donellan (12) & James Goudie (12) Public Relations Project Top 10 Overall
Amy Thissell (12) & Julia Putnam (11) Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan Top 10 Overall
Griffin Penn (12) Entrepreneurship Startup Business Plan Top 10 Overall
Eileen Campbell (10) Financial Consulting Top 10 Overall
Owen Leonard (9) Principles of Finance Top 10 Overall
Olivia Patt (10) & Caroline Pratt (10) Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making Top 10 Overall
Chloe Belliveau (11) & Emily Vanderwilden (11) Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making 2nd Place Role Play 1

Additionally, Hamilton Wenham earned 9 allocations for the prestigious Leadership Development Academy at the ICDC in Atlanta through chapter campaigns on the state and national levels. Any DECA member can apply for the Leadership Academy and applications are due by March 14.  Finally, congratulations to DECA Advisor Laura Wheeler for the great work she does with our students!

Civics Bee at MRMS on March 15, 2018

The League of Women Voters will again host their Civics Bee at MRMS on Thursday, March 15th at 7:00p.m. Visit: http://tinyURL.com/CivicsBee2018 to enter your team. There will be a refreshments table where all proceeds will go to the 8th grade Washington, DC trip.

Kindergarten Orientation Meeting Rescheduled

The new scheduled date will be next Tuesday, March 20th from 6:30-7:30 PM at the Winthrop Elementary School. Kindergarten registration will be held from 9:00-noon from March 19-23 and from 2:00-6:00 PM on March 21. Registration will take place at the School Administration Building, 5 School St., Wenham. Registration materials and a list of required documentation is available at http://www.hwschools.net/page.cfm?p=2328

 

 

Statement from School Committee and Superintendent Regarding the Last Day of School

Dear Hamilton and Wenham Community,

We understand that everyone is feeling “snow fatigue” after the last two weeks of weather and are anxious about the impact of the lost school days on the school year.  Ultimately, the School Committee is responsible for setting the District Calendar.  At our meeting last night, the School Committee considered the options for moving the last day of school, which is currently Tuesday June 26, to a date earlier in June.  The School Committee considered holding school for students on March 30 (Good Friday and Passover), April 2 (Teacher Workshop Day) and during the week of April 16th (Spring Recess).  After reviewing the potential benefits and drawbacks of holding school on these alternate dates, the School Committee ultimately decided to keep the last day of school at June 26th.  The School Committee also stated that we fully understand and support the need to be flexible in making accommodations for those who made plans and did not anticipate school would need to be continued into the last week of June.

Sincerely,

Gene Lee

Vice Chairperson

Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee

 

Michael M. Harvey

Superintendent

Hamilton –Wenham Regional School District

Thoughts on School Safety, February 16, 2018

As I’m sure you are, I am saddened and frustrated by the tragic events in Parkland, Florida on February 14th.  This was the 8th school shooting resulting in at least one death in the seven weeks of 2018.  These events have become all too commonplace in our society.  Hopefully, our leaders in Washington will finally say “enough is enough” and enact legislation that enhances our safety through better control over gun ownership and expanded services to identify and help for those who are mentally ill.

The safety and security of the 1700 students and 300 staff members of the HWRSD is always our top priority. I’ve received several emails with questions around our school safety plans. While I cannot go into the specifics of our current plans so that someone with ill intent uses them against us, I can say that we have sufficient school safety protocols in place. We regularly review these plans with our local police and fire departments, train our staff in these protocols, and hold drills with both staff and students. After the drills are complete, we debrief and use what we’ve learned to improve upon our plans.

We’re constantly looking at how we can be more effective at school security. This week, the School Committee passed the authorization to borrow nearly $2.6 million for “Safety, Accessibility, and Critical Infrastructure” Capital Projects. If Hamilton and Wenham Town Meetings approve this authorization, the District will be able to improve our school security through adding exterior security cameras, and improved keyless entry systems. Last spring, the School Committee hosted a presentation from the Hamilton and Wenham Police Departments on the A.L.I.C.E. protocol, which is one of many approaches to responding to crisis events in schools. The A.L.I.C.E. protocol offers more extensive and structured training materials and a common language with local law enforcement around crisis response. We’re currently in the process of evaluating this protocol to see how it would fit with what we’re already doing in terms of crisis response.

I understand that children will have questions regarding the issue of school safety and you may not feel you have sufficient responses to your child’s questions.  Here is a list of suggestions for speaking with children about school violence from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) (2006):

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears.

  1. Reassure children that they are safe. Emphasize that schools are very safe. Validate their feelings. Explain that all feelings are okay when a tragedy occurs. Let children talk about their feelings, help put them into perspective, and assist them in expressing these feelings appropriately.
  2. Make time to talk. Let their questions be your guide as to how much information to provide. Be patient. Children and youth do not always talk about their feelings readily. Watch for clues that they may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes or yard work. Some children prefer writing, playing music, or doing an art project as an outlet. Young children may need concrete activities (such as drawing, looking at picture books, or imaginative play) to help them identify and express their feelings.
  3. Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate:
  • Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should be balanced with reassurances that their school and homes are safe and that adults are there to protect them. Give simple examples of school safety like reminding children about exterior doors being locked, child monitoring efforts on the playground, and emergency drills practiced during the school day.
  • Upper elementary and early middle school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what is being done at their school. They may need assistance separating reality from fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to provide safe schools.
  • Upper middle school and high school students will have strong and varying opinions about the causes of violence in schools and society. They will share concrete suggestions about how to make school safer and how to prevent tragedies in society. Emphasize the role that students have in maintaining safe schools by following school safety guidelines (e.g. not providing building access to strangers, reporting strangers on campus, reporting threats to the school safety made by students or community members, etc.), communicating any personal safety concerns to school administrators, and accessing support for emotional needs.
  1.  Review safety procedures. This should include procedures and safeguards at school and at home. Help children identify at least one adult at school and in the community to whom they go if they feel threatened or at risk.
  2.  Observe children’s emotional state. Some children may not express their concerns verbally. Changes in behavior, appetite, and sleep patterns can indicate a child’s level of anxiety or discomfort. In most children, these symptoms will ease with reassurance and time. However, some children may be at risk for more intense reactions. Children who have had a past traumatic experience or personal loss, suffer from depression or other mental illness, or with special needs may be at greater risk for severe reactions than others. Seek the help of mental health professional if you are at all concerned.
  3.  Limit television viewing of these events. Limit television viewing and be aware if the television is on in common areas. Developmentally inappropriate information can cause anxiety or confusion, particularly in young children. Adults also need to be mindful of the content of conversations that they have with each other in front of children, even teenagers, and limit their exposure to vengeful, hateful, and angry comments that might be misunderstood.
  4.  Maintain a normal routine. Keeping to a regular schedule can be reassuring and promote physical health. Ensure that children get plenty of sleep, regular meals, and exercise. Encourage them to keep up with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities but don’t push them if they seem overwhelmed.

Suggested Points to Emphasize When Talking to Children

  • Schools are safe places. School staff work with parents and public safety providers (local police and fire departments, emergency responders, hospitals, etc.) to keep you safe.
  • The school building is safe because … (cite specific school procedures).
  • We all play a role in the school safety. Be observant and let an adult know if you see or hear something that makes you feel uncomfortable, nervous or frightened.
  • There is a difference between reporting, tattling or gossiping. You can provide important information that may prevent harm either directly or anonymously by telling a trusted adult what you know or hear.
  • Don’t dwell on the worst possibilities. Although there is no absolute guarantee that something bad will never happen, it is important to understand the difference between the possibility of something happening and the probability that it will affect our school.
  • Senseless violence is hard for everyone to understand. Doing things that you enjoy, sticking to your normal routine, and being with friends and family help make us feel better and keep us from worrying about the event.
  • Sometimes people do bad things that hurt others. They may be unable to handle their anger, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or suffering from mental illness. Adults (parents, teachers, police officers, doctors, faith leaders) work very hard to get those people help and keep them from hurting others. It is important for all of us to know how to get help if we feel really upset or angry and to stay away from drugs and alcohol.
  • Stay away from guns and other weapons. Tell an adult if you know someone has a gun. Access to guns is one of the leading risk factors for deadly violence.
  • Violence is never a solution to personal problems. Students can be part of the positive solution by participating in anti-violence programs at school, learning conflict mediation skills, and seeking help from an adult if they or a peer is struggling with anger, depression, or other emotions they cannot control.

NASP has additional information for parents and educators on school safety, violence prevention, children’s trauma reactions, and crisis response at www.nasponline.org. ©2006, National Association of School Psychologists, 4340 East West Highway #402, Bethesda, MD 20814

I hope that this is the last time I will have to write a letter like this.

Sincerely,

Mike Harvey

Superintendent

Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, 2.13.18

Congratulations to Model UN Club

The HWRHS Model UN club participated in the MIT Model UN conference this past weekend. All students performed exceptionally well and were outstanding representatives of HWRSD.  Two students were formally recognized in their committees and earned awards for their research, public speaking, and diplomatic skills.

Congratulations to Cam Lake who earned the Best Delegate award as a delegate from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) on the Disarmament and International Security Committee.

Congratulations to Lily Ting who earned an Honorable Mention award for her work as a delegate from Brazil on the Economic and Social Council.

 

Boston Globe Scholastic Art and Writing Awards 2018

The Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Visual Arts and English Departments are proud to announce that our students have received three gold keys, two silver keys and five honorable mentions in the 2018 Boston Globe Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Established in 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States.  Gold Key works will automatically advance to national judging and will be considered for national awards. National Medalists will be announced on March 13, 2018.

Visual Arts: Annabel Howley was awarded two gold keys and an honorable mention. Nora Sullivan-Horner received a gold key. Thomas Lattanzi, Cadyn Sawyer and Helen Peppler were awarded honorable mentions.

English: Raquel Souza was awarded a gold key for a critical essay.  Luce Brandt was awarded a silver key for a personal essay/memoir. Nora Sullivan-Horner was also awarded a silver key for a personal essay/memoir in addition to her win in visual arts.

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Brianna, Gold Key Winner by Annabel Howley
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True Blithe, Gold Key Winner by Annabel Howley
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Sandy Dunes,  Honorable Mention by Annabel Howley
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What Remains, Gold Key by Nora Sullivan-Horner
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Fine Wines, Honorable Mention by Thomas Lattanzi
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Open for Business, Honorable Mention by Thomas Lattanzi
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Sara Spins, Honorable Mention by Helen Peppler

 

School Choice Applications Available

The HWRSD is now accepting School Choice applications for the 2018-19 school year for grades 6-12. Applications will be accepted until March 9, 2018. You can find the application for grades 6-12 here: https://goo.gl/forms/MHV9C2CnIy0MMnSA2

 

School Committee Nomination Papers Available

School Committee Nomination papers are available at the Superintendent’s Office, 5 School Street, Wenham. The papers must be returned with at least 40 registered voters’ signatures from the Towns of Hamilton and/or Wenham on or before 5:00 PM on Monday, February 26, 2018. Signatures will be verified from the voters’ list of the Towns of Hamilton & Wenham by Wednesday, February 28, 2018. The candidate must bring the nomination papers to their respective Town Clerk to be certified that they “the candidate” is a registered voter before gathering at least 40 registered voter signatures from either town. If you have any questions, please call Donna Bunk @ 978-626-0821.

 

Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, 1.17.18

Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019 School Year

We are planning our registration activities for the class of 2031!  An Orientation Meeting will be held for parents of incoming kindergarten students on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Winthrop Elementary School. Registration will be held from March 19th through March 23rd from 9:00-12:00 and from 2:00-6:00 PM on March 21st at the HWRSD Offices, 5 School St., Wenham. Please see the HWRSD Website for the required forms to complete and a list of necessary documents to bring to registration.

 

School Committee Election Papers are Now Available

Nomination papers for candidates for two seats on the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee are now available.  Each seat carries a three-year term.  Nomination papers can be picked up at the Superintendent’s Office, 5 School Street, Wenham.  The papers must be returned with at least 40 registered voters’ signatures from the Towns of Hamilton and/or Wenham on or before 5:00 PM on Monday, February 26, 2018. Signatures will be verified from the voters’ list of the Towns of Hamilton & Wenham by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.  The candidate must bring the nomination papers to their respective Town Clerk to be certified that they “the candidate” is a registered voter before gathering at least 40 registered voter signatures from either town.  If you have any questions, please call Donna Bunk @ 978-626-0821.

 

School Libraries Redesign Report and Presentation Now Available

The final report and presentation by Flansburgh Architects to redesign the school libraries at Buker, Cutler, Winthrop and the Middle/High Schools are now available on the HWRSD Website.  The documents are available under the heading “Master Plan Documents.”  The designs seek to re-imagine our school libraries into spaces that support the different types of learning activities that are currently underway in our schools.

 

Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of James and the Giant Peach!

Last weekend, the Miles River Middle School presented James and the Giant Peach. It was a wonderful performance with some excellent acting, and great music and dancing.  The most impressive aspect of the production was the incredibly large cast of middle school students. The play was directed by MRMS Drama Teacher Chrissy DeLima.

Those who attended Friday night’s performance also witnessed something extra special. The power went out in Hamilton with about ten minutes remaining in the show. Members of the audience were quick to turn on the flashlights in their phones, one of the musicians moved from an electronic keyboard to the piano and the performers didn’t miss a beat.  The show must go on!

State Auditor Suzanne Bump Presents at Triton on January 25th

State Auditor Suzanne Bump will make a presentation on the report “Supporting Student and Community Success: Updating the Structure and Finance of Massachusetts Regional School Districts.”  The presentation will take place in the Auditorium at Triton Regional High School on January 25th at 6:30 PM.  The Auditor’s Report details recommendations for improving the funding and organization of the state’s regional school districts.  State Senator Bruce Tarr and Representative Brad Hill will also participate.   I have forwarded the information on this event to both Hamilton and Wenham Boards of Selectmen.  Members of the public are also invited to attend.  For more information, including weather-related cancellations, please go to the event’s Facebook page.

 

Best Wishes to Chief Blanchard on His Retirement

On behalf of the entire Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District, I would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to Wenham Fire Chief Bob Blanchard on his retirement after 38 years of service to the Town of Wenham.  As Wenham’s Fire Chief, Bob has been a champion of the HWRSD.  He has dedicated his time to teaching CPR to high school students in their Wellness Classes.  He has played a leadership role with the High School’s Interact Club to organize community service events.  At the elementary schools, Bob organized the Fire Safety Education Program at the Buker School and has taught literally hundreds of students how to “stop, drop and roll.”  Finally, Bob was a constant presence at countless Buker School Events.  From pie judging at Family Fun Night to singing along at the Holiday Assembly, to giving high fives at 5th Grade Move-Up Day, Bob was a consistently positive presence in the lives of our students.   Enjoy your well deserved retirement, Bob.  You will be missed!

 

Congratulations to the HWRHS DECA Team

On Thursday, January 11, Hamilton Wenham DECA competed at the District 3 Career Development Conference held at Merrimack College in North Andover. Eleven schools and over 750 students participated in the business competition in over 40 categories of marketing, hospitality, finance and entrepreneurship.

Ninety Hamilton Wenham students competed and 44 qualified for the DECA State Career Development Conference to be held March 8-10 in Boston. At the awards ceremony, those who place top 5 in their category were called to the stage to accept their qualifier trophy or medallion.

 

Trophy/medal count: 1st place: 10; 2nd place: 7; 3rd place: 9; 4th place: 12; 5th place: 6

Place Participant (grade) Category
1 Chloe Belliveau (11) & Emily Vanderwilden (11) Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making
1 Julia Putnam (11) & Amy Thissell (12) Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan
1 John Farnham(12) & Thomas Kain (10) Financial Services Team
1 Grace Moroney (12) Hotel & Lodging Management
1 Spencer Poore (12) Principles of Finance
1 Thomas Flynn (11) & Michael Rebello (11) Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team
2 Eileen Campbell (10) Financial Consulting
2 Mackenzie Hooker (11) Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
2 Megan Vien (12) Professional Selling Event
2 Alec MacDonald (12) Sports & Entertainment Marketing Series
2 Griffin Penn (12) Start-Up Business Plan
2 Lauren Verge (11) & Valerie Wise (11) Travel & Tourism Marketing Team
3 Dimitri Lara (11) Apparel & Accessories Marketing Series
3 Casey Cristoforo (12) Business Services Marketing
3 Jack McMahon (11) Entrepreneurship Series
3 Lily Waterman (9) Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling
3 Eli Leonard (11) & Jakob Nies (11) Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan
3 Ty Noguchi Uribe (11) Personal Financial Literacy
3 Alexandra Padellaro (12) & Tyler Santos (12) Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team
4 Jack Greenwald (12) Accounting Applications Series
4 Bridget Marshall (11) Business Services Marketing
4 Kaili Guyer (12) & Brooke Pippins (12) Buying & Merchandising Operations Research
4 Morgan Sanford (12) Entrepreneurship Series
4 Pierson Tocci (11) Financial Consulting
4 Michael Katsiris (11) Human Resource Management
4 Quinlan Kelly (11) Principles of Business Management & Administration
4 Caroline Donellan (12) & James Goudie (12) Public Relations Project
4 Amanda Lowrie (11) Quick Service Restaurant Management
4 Grace Lapian (12) Restaurant & Food Service Management
5 Griffin Barlow (12) Business Finance Series Event
5 Erin O’Shea (12) & Arianna Serpa (12) Financial Services Team
5 Sydney Vautour (10) Marketing Communications Series
5 Owen Leonard (9) Principles of Finance
5 Nathan Watkins (12) Sports & Entertainment Marketing Series

 

 

Hamilton-Wenham Integrated Preschool Open House

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 preschool@hwschools.net, or visit us online at our website at www.HamiltonWenhamPreschool.weebly.com.

Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, 9/7/17

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 dacia.rubel@outlook.com.

 

Letter from the Superintendent, 8.29.17

Dear Friends,

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.

Sincerely,

Michael M. Harvey, Ed.D.