Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, 2.13.19

 

Kindergarten Registration Information

Next fall the HWRSD will welcome the class of 2032 to kindergarten.  The HWRSD’s annual Kindergarten Information Night will be held on Monday, March 18th at 6:30 PM at the Buker Elementary School.  Registration will be held at the HWRSD District Offices, 5 School St., Wenham on Monday April 1st through Friday April 5th from 9:00 AM to noon.  Additionally, registrations will be taken from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Wednesday, April 6th.  Registration information and the required forms are available on the District Website. (www.hwschools.net)

Congratulations to Our Globe Scholastic Award Winners

The Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Visual Arts and English Departments are proud to announce that our students have received two gold keys, six silver keys and eight honorable mentions in the 2019 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. Gold Key work is currently being reviewed at the national level in New York City by panels of creative professionals. National Medalists selected by these panelists will be announced on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  Gold Key award-winning work will be exhibited at the Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards regional exhibition at Breed Memorial Hall, Tufts University, from March 16 through March 25.

Visual Arts: At Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Violette Holbrook received a gold key.  Aidan Heney, Makenzie Liphardt, and YueYan Zhang received silver keys.  Miranda Boyd, Margaret Brown, Lily Cassidy, Annabel Howley and Olivia Malloy received honorable mentions.  At Miles River Middle School Maya Beach received two honorable mentions.

 

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Fellas on the Beach, Violette Holbrook, Gold Key

 

English: At Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Nidihi Pillai received a gold key and an honorable mention.  Megan Amero received a silver key and Nora Sullivan-Horner received two silver keys.

To see the student artwork please visit: hwfinearts.blogspot.com

HWRSD Winter Athletes in Action

Congratulations to Boy’s Basketball!  The team qualified for their 13th straight post season this past weekend.  The Boy’s Basketball team will play for at least a share of the CAL Baker Title on February 14th.

Congratulation to Calvin Dalton, an HW Student-Athlete who wrestles with Salem. Calvin won an individual Sectional Championship in the 113 pound weight class this past weekend.

School Committee Nomination Papers due February 25

Nomination papers for three open seats on the HW School Committee 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 25, 2019. Signatures will be verified from the voters’ list of the Towns of Hamilton & Wenham by Wednesday, February 27, 2019.  The candidate must bring their nomination papers to their respective Town Clerk to be certified that they the candidate is a registered voter prior to gathering at least 40 registered voter signatures from either town. If you have any questions, please call Donna Bunk @ 978-626-0821.

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Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, 1/16/19

105 HWRHS Students Qualify for State DECA Conference

On Thursday, January 10, Hamilton Wenham DECA competed at the District 3 Career Development Conference held at Merrimack College in North Andover. Eleven schools and over 850 students participated in the business competition in over 50 categories of marketing, hospitality, finance and entrepreneurship.

Hamilton Wenham sent 176 DECA students and 105 qualified for the DECA State Career Development Conference to be held March 7-9 in Boston. At the awards ceremony, those who placed top 6 in their category were called to the stage to accept an award.

Here’s a breakdown of how the HW DECA Students fared:

  Awards Students
1st place: 15 22
2nd place: 11 15
3rd place: 10 13
4th place: 13 17
5th place: 14 24
6th place: 12 14

Congratulations to all 176 HWRHS Students who participated and to DEAC Advisor Laura Wheeler.  For the full list of winners, please go to https://hwgenerals.wordpress.com/ 

Miles River Middle School Musical:  Peter Pan

Don’t miss this year’s musical production of Peter Pan. Over 75 MRMS students are involved in bringing you this fantastic production. Peter Pan will be at the Ferrini Dramatics Center at HWRHS for a limited run.

  • Thursday 1/17 – 7pm
  • Friday 1/18 – 7pm
  • Saturday 1/19 – 2pm

Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults and can be purchased in advance at HWFOTA.org or at the door.

Chinese Students Visit Miles River Middle School

Miles River Middle School is thrilled to be continuing our relationship with our sister school, the Shanghai Gaoqiao School. The Miles River will be hosting 18 middle school students from January 22nd to January 28th.  This is the fourth year of our exchange with the Shanghai Gaoqiao School.

 

Nomination Papers for School Committee Election

Nomination papers are available for (3) open positions, for three-year terms as members of the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District 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 25, 2019. Signatures will be verified from the voters’ list of the Towns of Hamilton & Wenham by Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

If you have any questions, please call Donna Bunk @ 978-626-0821.

 

HR 271 Signed by Gov. Baker

On January 11, 2019 Gov. Baker signed into law HR 271, “An Act relative to regional schools.”  This Act allows regional school districts to designate one member to sign payroll and accounts payable warrants.  The designated member is required to report to the school committee on their actions relative to signing the Warrants at the next school committee meeting.  This legislation will greatly streamline the process of approving and paying the district’s bills.

Thanks to Rep. Brad Hill and Sen. Bruce Tarr for their assistance in getting this legislation passed!

School Committee Public Hearing on FY20 Budget, January 16, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Dear Friends,

On Wednesday, January 16, 2018 the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee will hold its first public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) District Budget at 6:30 PM in the Multipurpose Room at the Buker Elementary School.  The Public Hearing is an opportunity for members of the public to comment and ask questions regarding the proposed FY20 HWRSD Budget.

The School Committee is currently considering the Superintendent’s Recommended Operating Budget, which provides for level services as compared to the current FY19 Operating Budget and includes increases for the addition of a School Resource Officer Position ($73,000) and funds to address unfunded future health insurance liabilities, or “Other Post-Employment Benefits” (OPEB) ($250,000).  The FY20 Superintendent’s Recommended Operating Budget totals $33,869,760, which is an increase of $1,975,703, or 6.19% over the FY19 Operating Budget.

Since hearing the Superintendent’s Budget Proposal on December 19th, the School Committee has undertaken a review of the major drivers behind the increases to the Operating Budget.  On January 2, the Committee heard presentations from Hamilton Police Chief Stevens and Wenham Police Chief Perkins on the duties of the School Resource Officer and from Director of Student Services Stacy Bucyk on the increases to the Special Education Budget.  On January 16, the School Committee will review the salary changes to the budget and on January 30, the Committee will hear from Rockland Trust Financial Advisors regarding a plan to fully fund the District’s OPEB liability.  After this review is complete, the School Committee will consider changes to the Superintendent’s Recommended Budget before voting to adopt a final budget on February 13.  The School Committee’s Adopted FY20 Budget will then be presented for approval before the voters at Annual Town Meeting in Hamilton and Wenham on April 6.

If you would like to learn more about the FY20 HWRSD Budget Process, there are several ways you can keep informed.  School Committee Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Handouts and Copies of FY20 Budget materials are available on the HWRSD Website.  School Committee meetings are also available for viewing on the HWCAM Website under the “Edu. Access” tab.

Thanks for your continued support of the HWRSD.

Sincerely,

Mike Harvey

Superintendent

Nomination Papers Available for Candidates interested in Running for School Committee

The Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District is seeking candidates for election to membership on the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee.  In April of 2019, three seats of the Committee will be up for election.  Each seat has a term of three years.

Nomination papers for prospective candidates will available beginning on January 11, 2019 at the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District Offices, 5 School Street, Wenham. The candidate must first bring the nomination papers to their respective Town Clerk to be certified that she or he is a registered voter before gathering the signatures of at least 40 registered voters from either the Towns of Hamilton and/or Wenham.  The papers must be returned with at least 40 registered voters’ signatures from either the Towns of Hamilton and/or Wenham to the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District Offices on or before 5:00 PM on Monday, February 25, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Bunk at d.bunk@hwschools.net or 978 626-0821.

Protocols for School Cancellations and Delayed Openings

As we enter the winter season, I would like to take the opportunity to remind you of the protocol we follow when school is cancelled or delayed.  In making my decision whether to delay or close school, the safety of both students and staff is paramount.  The decision to cancel or delay the opening of school is based on many factors, including the actual and forecasted weather conditions and discussions with the HWRSD’s Facilities Department and the Hamilton and Wenham Departments of Public Works.  Parents always have the discretion to keep their children home from school if they feel the conditions warrant.

School cancellations and delayed openings will be communicated both through the local media and through direct contact via our Connect ED system.  Once the decision is made to cancel or delay the start of school, it will be communicated through the following process:

  • All Media Communications will be sent out as soon as a decision has been made regardless of the time.  Every effort will be made to communicate the decision before 5:30 AM on the morning of the cancellation/delayed opening.
  • Direct Contact Communications through Connect ED via telephone calls and email messages will be sent out prior to 8:30 PM if a decision to close/delay school has been reached on the prior evening and at 5:45 AM if a decision is made on the morning of the cancellation/delayed opening.

Generals in MIAA Playoffs!

2018-19 FALL Championship Season Updates – UPDATE (11/2/18 – 10:00 AM)

HW Boy’s Soccer (7-6-3) has earned the #14 seed in the upcoming Division IV North State Tournament.  The General’s will host #19 Stoneham in Preliminary Round action.  There has been a time, day and location change for this game.  The game will now be played at Triton Regional High School on Saturday, November 3rd at 3:00 PM.  There will be free admission to the contest.

Congratulations to HW Volleyball on their 3-0 victory over Madison Park last night in the MIAA Division II Preliminary Round at HWRHS.  With the win, the Generals will travel to Lynnfield High School to face the Pioneers in the next round on Saturday, November 3rd at 4:00 PM.  Ticket Prices will be $7 for Adults and $5 for Students / Seniors.

Congratulations to HW Football (6-2) on their 21-0 victory over Austin Preparatory School this past weekend in the MIAA Division VI North Quarterfinal Round.  With the win, the Generals advance to the North Semi-Finals against #3 Northeast Regional on Saturday, November 3rd at 2:00 PM.  There has been a location change for this game.  The game will now be played at Manchester-Essex Regional High School.  Kick-off remains at 2:00 PM and there will be free admission to the contest.

HW Girl’s Soccer (8-4-4) has earned the #9 seed in the upcoming Division III North State Tournament.  The General’s will travel to Lynnfield High School to face the 8th seeded Pioneers in 1st Round action on Friday, November 2nd at 3:45 PM.  Ticket Prices will be $7 for Adults and $5 for Students / Seniors. 

Congratulations to HW Cheer and Girl’s Cross Country.  Both teams won CAL Sportsmanship Awards at their respective league events yesterday!

Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, 10/24/18

MSBA Visit to Cutler School

The visiting team from the Massachusetts  School Building Authority (MSBA) visited the Cutler Elementary School on Tuesday, October 2nd.  The team consisted of three members of the MSBA project management staff and one engineer hired by the MSBA.  The HWRSD was represented by David Polito, Jeff Sands, Jenn Clifford, Jason Waldron and me.  Joe Domelowicz, Hamilton Town Manager, also attended the site visit.  The visit consisted of a review of the District’s Statement of Interest that was submitted in April of 2018 and a tour of the building.  Members of the MSBA team informed us they would be making their decisions regarding which schools would be invited into the Eligibility Phase of the process in December.  They also stressed to us that the school building process would take years to complete.  Finally, they also recommended that we submit a Statement of Interest for the Winthrop School if we would like to consider consolidating the Winthrop and Cutler into one elementary school during the next submission window.

 

Generals in the MIAA Playoffs

HW Golf (14-0, CAL Champs) took part in the MIAA Division III North Sectional Championships on Monday, October 22nd at Far Corners Golf Course in Boxford.  The Generals finished 8th overall in the team competition.  Aidan Daley finished 4th in the individual competition.

HW Boy’s & Girl’s Cross Country will compete in the CAL Championships on Saturday, October 27th at Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield, MA.  Races are scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM.  The HW Girl’s Cross Country team has already earned the Regular Season CAL Title.

HW Football (5-2, 3-0) has earned the #2 Seed in the Division VI North State Tournament.  They will host #7 Austin Preparatory School in the Quarterfinal Round on Saturday, October 27th at 10:00 at HWRHS.  PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE. Game Day details and information will be posted later this week on the HWRHS web site.  The Generals have earned at least a share of the CAL Title for the second year in a row.

Girl’s Soccer and Volleyball have qualified for the State Tournament.  Details will be announced for those programs in the next few days.

 

Meetings with Hamilton and Wenham Finance Committees and Boards of Selectmen

The School Committee has scheduled Tuesday December 4th and Tuesday February 5th to meet with the Finance Committees and Boards of Selectmen as part of our FY20 budget process.  Both meetings will start at 7:00 PM.

 

Upcoming Events

October 25—Elementary Early Dismissal (11:15) for Parent Teacher Conferences

October 26—Halloween Happenings, Winthrop School, 5:30-7:00 PM

November 2—End of First Quarter

November 7—Preschool Open House, Winthrop School from 2-3 PM

November 7—SEPAC Parents’ Rights Workshop, Winthrop School at 6:00 PM

November 12—No School Veterans’ Day (Obs.)

November 14—Preschool Open House, Winthrop School from 2-3 PM