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Superintendent rated ‘proficient,’ denied raise
The School Committee reported the results of their annual evaluation of Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood’s performance at the Nov. 19 meeting, and gave her an overall score that put her at the low end of proficient: 80.3. That score is...
Beyond School Time to offer virtual Community Cafes
Community Cafes are going virtual! Community Cafes — structured small group gatherings that focus on conversations and other activities — hosted by the Wareham Public School's Office of Beyond School Time will be held via Zoom for the foreseeable...
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Private properties to be explored as locations for new police station
Superintendent rated ‘proficient,’ denied raise
Town officials encourage virus safety measures as holidays approach and cases rise
Two Wareham dogs designated “at risk” after hearing
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library provides free books to Wareham’s youngsters
Selectmen set estimated tax rate
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Decas School coyote rescued by Department of Natural Resources
Outdoor classroom provides refuge at Decas Elementary School
Operating an elementary school during the coronavirus pandemic was never going to be easy, but the teachers and staff at John W. Decas Elementary School have found creative ways to keep students engaged and safe. The school’s outdoor spaces have...
High School students earn Advanced Placement awards
Wareham High School congratulated a number of students on achieving scores qualifying them for various Advanced Placement Scholar Awards. Advanced Placement classes are designed to challenge high school students with college-level content, and are...
High School announces students of the month
Wareham High School has announced its students of the month and Scotty Montiero Jr. Foundation Scotty Award recipients for the months of September and October. Laura Clements, a member of the class of 2023, was the September student of the month...
Scholarships awarded to 27 Wareham High School students
A total of 27 Wareham High School students in the class of 2021 have been awarded the John and Abigail Adams Scholarships in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements. The school described the scholarship as “a merit-based program that...
New school still under budget as work nears halfway mark
The construction of the new elementary school is roughly 40 percent complete, a month ahead of schedule, and well under-budget, according to reports at the Nov. 2 School Building Committee Meeting. Of particular note is the tax impact that residents...
Scotty award winner for October named
Rebecca Tamburrini has been named the Scotty Monteiro Jr. award-winner for October at the Wareham Middle School. The school described Rebecca as having “a great work ethic, a positive attitude, and a respectful demeanor.” Rebecca is a “positive role...
Fun and frightful pumpkins abound at Decas Elementary School
Pumpkins carved by young artists were proudly on display at the John W. Decas Elementary School on the cold and rainy night of Thursday, Oct. 29. Despite the less than ideal weather, Principal Bethany Chandler stood at the entrance to the school’s...
Wareham Middle School announces students of the month
Wareham Middle School announced its October students of the month. Amaya Gajeenthan, daughter of Gajeenthan Nageswaran and Marlene Love Ramos Gajeenthan, is the fifth grader of the month. Amaya’s teachers describe her as a hard-working and...
First student, second teacher contract covid-19 in Wareham Schools
A student at the middle school is the first in Wareham Schools to contract covid-19, the district announced on October 22. On October 21, a Minot Forest School employee was the second staff member to contract the virus. The first staff case was...
High School staff member tests positive for coronavirus
A staff member at Wareham High School has tested positive for coronavirus, Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood announced on Tuesday, October 20. This is the first positive case within the school district this year. Shaver-Hood said that everyone...
Student recognized with national Junior ROTC award
A Wareham High School senior, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Keegan Cahill, became one of just 53 Junior ROTC cadets across the globe to be awarded the Legion of Valor with Bronze Cross for Achievement. The Legion of Valor award is presented to...
New school name to be decided at Town Meeting
The name of the new elementary school being built on Minot Avenue will be up for a vote at the fall Town Meeting, whenever it is held. At the Tuesday night Board of Selectmen meeting, Mike Flaherty and Rhonda Veugen spoke about the rationale behind...
Middle School announces students of the month
Wareham Middle School has announced its students of the month for September. The fifth grader of the month is Jordyn Elwood, the daughter of Craig Elwood and Rebecca Amaral. Jordyn’s teachers describe her as a “model student” who is consistent and...
Principals talk students’ in-person return
Although the school year began in mid-September, school buses returned to side-streets and most kids returned to classrooms for the first time this week with the beginning of in-person learning. Most students will be back in the classroom for two...
Final preparations for students’ return complete
School employees are busy making the final preparations for most students’ part-time in-person return on Monday, reported Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood at Thursday night’s School Committee meeting. Students whose families chose the “hybrid...
Meal distribution to change as schools reopen in-person
As most students return to school in-person for two short days each week, the distribution of free breakfasts and lunches will change slightly starting next Monday, October 5th. The schools will still be distributing free breakfasts and lunches for...
Schools prep for students’ part-time in-person return
Several weeks after a virtual first day of school, most Wareham students will return to school buildings for two short days each week beginning on Monday, October 5. “W e’re quite excited and looking forward to having students back in the classroom...
Teachers’ return to classroom depends on good air quality
All of Wareham’s teachers will be working in the school buildings, even while students learn from home -- as soon as they know it is safe to do so. The Wareham Education Association teachers’ union had that mandate pushed back until at least...
Community Youth Empowerment gives out supplies to help kids kick off new year
Community Youth Empowerment teamed up with Staples on Saturday to make sure kids had the supplies they needed to start classes remotely. The group gave out notebooks. pens, highlighters, and even headphones to help remote classes run smoothly. The...
Principals say first days of school ran smoothly
Wareham’s principals said that the first few days of remote learning ran fairly smoothly, thanks in large part to months of planning and hard work by everyone in the school system, including teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, and...
School policies subcommittee seeks members
The Wareham Public Schools Policy Review Subcommittee is looking for parents interested in serving on the committee this school year. The subcommittee meets at least once a month to review Wareham Public Schools policies and make recommendations to...
Free breakfasts, lunches to continue as school starts
While plans for later in the year are still in the works, the distribution of breakfasts and lunches for any kid under the age of 18 will continue in the same manner through October 2. Meal distribution sites and times will continue to be the same,...
Teachers prep digital classrooms ahead of first day of school
Teachers and administrators across the Wareham school system are hard at work to launch the school year with a set of virtual tools that are flexible enough to be useful for remote, hybrid, and in-person learning and easy for kids and parents to use...
Town on track to save big on new school
The numbers are in: Taxpayers will save $11.5 million dollars on the Minot Avenue elementary school that is currently under construction, meaning tax bills will increase by far less than anticipated to pay for the new building. A debt exclusion to...
Committee chooses design details as new school construction continues
As construction on the new elementary school on Minot Avenue continues to be about two weeks ahead of schedule and under budget, the members of the School Building Committee are getting down to details and making choices about the color schemes and...
Garden Club awards scholarships
The Wareham Garden Club has awarded three scholarships to Wareham students who will be studying biology or environmental science in college. Each recipient was awarded $1,000. Danielle Ansell, a graduate of Upper Cape, will be attending Westfield...
Schools set deadline for hybrid decision, bus applications
Parents of children attending Wareham schools have until 3 p.m. today, August 24, to decide whether their children will be going to school fully remotely or with two in-person sessions each week. The deadline for applications for transportation has...
Paraprofessionals, teachers speak out against proposed furlough
Wareham’s paraprofessionals are fighting a potential furlough. At Thursday night’s School Committee meeting, nearly 20 paraprofessionals, occupational therapy assistants, and teachers gathered to oppose the furlough, which would cover the...
School reopening plans include more nurses, fewer kids on buses
The reopening plans for Wareham Schools are slowly coming into focus, reported Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood at Thursday night’s School Committee meeting. The district asked all parents to fill out a Google form with their intentions for...
Most parents opt for some in-person class time
A majority of parents chose to send their students back to school part-time this fall through the Wareham Schools’ hybrid model. A survey was sent out to all parents asking whether they planned to send their students to school for two four-hour days...
Schools, union release statement, ask parents to choose remote or hybrid
The Wareham Education Association, which is the teachers’ union, and school officials are deep in negotiations about how to safely return to school this fall, and are asking parents to share their plans for their students. The union initially...
Upper Cape Tech plans hybrid reopening
The Upper Cape Regional Technical High School has announced its plans for reopening school in the fall with a hybrid approach: Students will complete academic work at home through remote learning and will return to the school building for vocational...
Superintendent files discrimination complaint against School Committee
Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood has filed a complaint against the Wareham School Committee through the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. The Commission works to adjudicate discrimination complaints filed by people in...
Mortarboards, masks, and sunflowers at Wareham High’s 2020 graduation ceremony
The Wareham High School Class of 2020 celebrated their graduation on Saturday afternoon, socially distanced but with all the community spirit that grads praised in their speeches. The ceremony was held on Spillane Field, with graduates and faculty...
Administrators continue planning for a safe, effective return to school
As the school year draws closer, educators and administrators in Wareham Public Schools are faced with the daunting task of creating a safe and effective way for students to learn during the pandemic. On July 29, School Committee members listened to...
Wareham High School moves forward with graduation plans
After a long delay, it looks like seniors in Wareham High School’s class of 2020 will finally celebrate their graduation with an official ceremony on Friday, August 7. “The kids rolled the dice,” Principal Scott Palladino said. The seniors...
Students get scholarship from American Legion
Although the four students from Wareham High School selected for Boys and Girls State were not able to attend this June, they received a small scholarship and recognition from the American Legion and Principal Scott Palladino on Wednesday. Boys and...
From crayons to cash flow: Schools face many challenges ahead of reopening
Schools are faced with many challenges on how to reopen safely and effectively this fall. On Wednesday, July 22, the Wareham School Committee discussed issues including how to keep students engaged with remote learning, and how to accommodate...
Schools consider different approaches to return to class this fall
As schools in Massachusetts are scheduled to return to class this fall, educators and administrators in the Wareham Public School District have been working to figure out the best possible way to keep students and staff safe, healthy, and engaged...
Wareham High grad awarded scholarship
Jordan Bumpus, a 2020 Wareham High School graduate, has been awarded a scholarship by the Otis Civilian Advisory Council. Bumpus is one of four recipients of the $1,500 scholarship, which is open to military dependents of current active duty,...
Wareham High student receives Stephen A. Stone Memorial Scholarship
Ever Gordon, a junior at Wareham High School, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Stephen A. Stone Memorial Scholarship. She will receive $10,000 for her tuition freshman year at a four-year college or university, and will be eligible to...
Onset Cape Verdean Festival awards scholarships
The Onset Cape Verdean Festival Association has awarded eight graduating seniors $1,000 scholarships. The scholarships have been an annual tradition for more than 15 years. “We would like to wish all the recipients the best of luck,” said...
Schools wrestle with state guidance, budget for fall opening
After the state’s announcement that its goal for the fall is to bring as many students back into school buildings as possible, Wareham school officials are working to figure out how to make that happen safely. Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood...
Hundreds of signatures now part of new school
On Wednesday afternoon, the last steel beam was carefully lowered into place on top of the new elementary school being built on Minot Avenue as a small crowd clapped. The beam was not just the last and highest to be added to the building, but...
Wareham CARE plans virtual summer fun
This summer, Wareham CARE will continue its focus on hands-on fun and learning despite going all-online. “I think a lot of families will be looking for programming for their students, and a lot of families still aren’t comfortable face-to-face,”...
Wareham Public Schools to participate in new math initiative
As part of the 2020 Mass Math Initiative, Wareham Public School students in Kindergarten through grade 6 will have access to ST Math, a visual instructional program that will help prevent possible losses in progress caused by school shutdowns this...
Schools reckon with PPE costs
Plans for the fall are still up in the air, reported Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood at Thursday night’s school committee meeting. The state’s Education Commissioner is expected to release specific guidance soon. In the meantime,...
Breakfast and lunch distribution to continue through summer
The distribution of free breakfasts and lunches to kids in town will continue all summer thanks to the USDA Summer Food Service Program. All kids ages zero to 18 are eligible for free meals, regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in public...
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