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Parading the halls: Decas Elementary students show off their STEAM projects
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade might have more spectators, but the students at John W. Decas Elementary put on an impressive parade of their very own on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Groups of second graders marched the halls during the last half-day...
Decas Elementary students donate more than 60 boxes of food
In the run-up to Thanksgiving this November, the students at John W. Decas Elementary collected 63 total boxes of food to support the Church of The Good Shepherd’s community food pantry. Deanna Semple and Manny Borges, who work at the school,...
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Former accountant charged in connection with scheme to hide Wareham company’s taxable sales from state
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Pre-lit trees set up, nearly ready for decorations in Besse Park
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Wareham High School food drive collects more than 3,000 items for food pantry
As part of the school’s annual fall food drive, Wareham High School students collected more than 3,000 non-perishable food items for the Family Pantry at Damien’s Place. The drive ran from Wednesday, Nov. 17 to Tuesday, Nov. 23 — the same timeline...
Turkeys (in disguise) trot the halls at Decas Elementary
At John W. Decas Elementary, student-decorated “turkeys in disguise” line the halls — the continuation of a well-loved tradition that’s been upheld for 15 years and counting. “We read the story ‘Turkey Trouble,’” said Wendy Nault, a kindergarten...
Middle Schoolers collect more than 2,000 cans for food drive
Over the past two weeks, the Wareham Middle School’s Student Council ran a schoolwide canned food drive that brought in a grand total of 2,077 items. Classrooms competed to see which could bring in the most items. The winning homeroom was Mrs. Kim...
Key Club cleans up Minot Avenue
Minot Avenue got a much-needed clean-up on Friday afternoon, courtesy of the Wareham High School Key Club. Students worked together to clean both sides of the heavily-trafficked road from the new elementary school to the intersection with Indian...
Extra early release days for elementary school students in December
Elementary school students will likely be glad to hear they’ll have two extra early-release days in December to allow their teachers time to pack and unpack classroom materials for the new school. The early release days for elementary students only...
Superintendent Shaver-Hood given ‘proficient’ evaluation
Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood has been rated “proficient” by the School Committee. Her evaluation was discussed at the Nov. 18 meeting. Committee Chair Joyce Bacchiocchi noted that no other town employee is evaluated in public like the...
School budget shortfall to lead to staff reduction
Once again, it’s time for Wareham Schools administrators to put together an annual budget. And once again, the district is facing cuts: in supplies and five full-time positions will need to be cut. The initial draft of the budget came to a total of...
Principals explore ways to implement district’s five-year strategic plan
During a Nov. 9 School Committee meeting, Wareham Public School administrators and educators outlined how the schools would be implementing the district’s five-year strategic plan. The plan, titled “Our Future Begins Here,” sets overarching goals...
Substitute cafeteria worker pay increased to $15
Substitute cafeteria workers in Wareham schools will be getting a bump in pay following a unanimous vote of the School Committee on Nov. 9. “We are having a great deal of difficulty finding cafeteria subs,” said Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-...
Wareham Middle School names October students of the month
Each month, Wareham Middle School recognizes an exceptional student in each grade. For October, the fifth grader of the month is Savannah Tripp. “Savannah is a curious, intrinsically motivated student who loves learning and embraces new academic...
Town takes ownership of ‘substantially complete’ new school
The town now officially owns the Wareham Elementary School, which was declared to be substantially complete on Nov. 5. That means that work on the building is 99 percent done. While crews worked on paving one of the final sections of the school’s...
Decas students decorate dazzling pumpkins
Students at the John W. Decas Elementary School got to visit a sweet gallery of pumpkins they’d decorated to look like their favorite fictional characters on Friday afternoon, even though school hadn’t met that day. “Look at all these great pumpkins...
High school senior receives recognition from National Merit Scholarship program
Amaya Anderson, a Wareham High School senior, has been named a Commended Student in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship program. Nationwide, about 34,000 students earn the title of “Commended Student,” which recognizes exceptional academic promise...
Scotty award winner for September named
Re’chaun Alavache is the September Scotty Monteiro Jr. Award Winner at Wareham Middle School. “ Re’chaun is a role model student that embodies being a responsible, respectful, and thoughtful student ,” said the school. “ He is inclusive and...
Bethany Chandler named Wareham Elementary School principal
Bethany Chandler, who currently serves as principal at the John W. Decas Elementary School, will become the sole principal of Wareham Elementary School when it opens next year. Minot Forest Elementary School Principal Joan Seamans will step into a...
School District offices to move to East Wareham School
The Wareham School District will be moving its central offices to the East Wareham School, located at 27 Depot St., at the request of the town, which wants to dedicate the Multiservice Center to the Council on Aging. “They want the space,” said...
School Committee talks mandating weekly testing for unvaccinated staff
The School Committee discussed the possibility of mandating unvaccinated school employees to get tested each week at school — which would be at no cost to the district due to a state testing program. The discussion on Oct. 14 followed a tense...
Wage increase approved for bus monitors
The Wareham School Committee voted at its Sept. 30 meeting to raise the pay for bus monitors from minimum wage — $13.50 an hour — to $16 per hour. The raise is intended to help the transportation department fill the bus monitor positions it...
Wareham athletes shine academically
Wareham High School Athletics Director Ed Rodrigues gave his seasonal report to the School Committee on Sept. 30. Athletes in the spring and fall II seasons played earlier this year stood out academically, he reported, and students have been showing...
School Committee discusses possible covid vaccine policy for staff
The School Committee met on Sept. 23 to discuss a potential covid vaccination policy for staff. School Committee Chair Joyce Bacchiocchi made it clear that the committee does not have a policy written, and has not yet decided what such a policy...
MCAS scores reflect ‘disrupted school year’ during pandemic
The state released the results of the Spring 2021 MCAS tests on Sept. 21, and the impact the pandemic has had on students’ education can be seen in the scores to some degree — both within Wareham Public Schools and across the state. MCAS is a...
School bus blues: Bus and driver shortage cause student waitlist
Some students are struggling to get to school because there are not enough seats on Wareham buses for every student who wants or needs a ride. Administrators say that everyone who signed up by the deadline got a seat. At the Sept. 9 School Committee...
Sixteen students test positive for covid in first weeks of new school year
After just a few weeks of in-person learning, covid cases among students are higher than ever in Wareham schools. At least 16 Wareham students have tested positive for covid-19, and another 35 are in quarantine due to exposure. All told, the virus...
New school construction on track
Work at the new Wareham Elementary School on Minot Avenue is continuing apace, reported School Building Committee member Geoff Swett at the Sept. 9 School Committee meeting. The terrazzo stair treads have begun to be delivered, and furniture...
Principals give school year’s start high marks
The first week of classes has been exciting — and a little confusing — for students at Wareham schools, principals reported at the Sept. 9 School Committee meeting. Since a number of students have been learning exclusively remotely since the spring...
High school students recognized for academic honors
Several Wareham High School students received high academic honors, earning Advanced Placement exam scores that qualified them for various AP Scholar awards or scoring well on their International Baccalaureate Diploma exams and earning their full IB...
First day of school ‘felt like a homecoming’ for staff, students
Wareham’s students, teachers and other public school staff headed back to their classrooms on Monday, Aug. 30. Although students were required to wear masks per state regulations, most of the district’s principals viewed the first day of the 2021-...
Treats, games, school supplies at Onset Foursquare Church’s Back to School Bash
After the strangeness of the 2020-2021 school year, Onset Foursquare Church leaders decided that what school children in Wareham really needed was a bit of back-to-school fun to start the new school year off right. “I used to be a school teacher, so...
Wareham Elementary School’s Innovation Hub, academic wing named
On Aug. 26, the School Committee unanimously voted to approve names for the new Wareham Elementary School’s Innovation Hub and the third and fourth-grade academic wing. The new school is located at the site of the old Minot Forest Elementary School...
Wareham Schools ‘initiating dialogue’ with staff about possible covid-19 vaccine mandate
Vaccines were the topic of the evening during the School Committee’s Aug. 26 meeting. One issue proved particularly controversial — even prompting four protestors to hold signs outside Town Hall along Route 6 just before the meeting began: The idea...
Masks required for all as students, staff prepare to head back to the classroom
Wareham Public Schools will adhere to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s recent mask regulations — which requires all public school staff and all students over age 5, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks inside school...
An inside look at Wareham Elementary School
Entering the new Wareham Elementary School on Minot Avenue, students will first see a map of Wareham poured into the terrazzo flooring. Throughout the school, walls are painted cheerful hues of lime green, blue, yellow and red — illuminated by large...
Mentorship program seeks volunteers
Interested in mentoring a Wareham High School student? Community Youth Empowerment’s new mentorship program, Level-Up Initiative, is seeking volunteers. The high school and CYE have teamed up to develop the mentorship program ahead of the upcoming...
Kids to eat for free at schools this year
Every student at Wareham Public Schools can eat both breakfast and lunch at school for free again this year. While all schools nationwide can serve free meals to all students this year thanks to covid relief funds, Wareham Public Schools have been...
Read to Me promotes language, emotional literacy
Before the pandemic, the volunteers with Wareham Read to Me visited the Head Start program twice a month to spend thirty minutes reading aloud to a child, one-on-one. Volunteers would read to the same child each time, getting to know their interests...
Schools seek parent and guardian input on district mask plans
Parents and guardians of children attending Wareham Public Schools have been invited to share their thoughts on what mask requirements — if any — should be implemented for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood shared a...
Bonuses, higher pay offered to recruit bus drivers
Wareham schools need bus drivers — and the district is rolling out some incentives. “We’re suffering — as many other districts are in the state — about finding bus drivers,” Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood said during the Aug. 5 School...
Plans for another pandemic-era school year in the works: ‘Let the chaos begin’
Wareham Public School administrators have opted to wait until closer to the beginning of the school year — on Aug. 30 — to make decisions about various covid-19 safety protocols, including whether or not students and staff will be required to wear...
Wareham Elementary School to have one principal
When it opens, it is expected that Wareham Elementary School will have only one principal. During an Aug. 5 School Committee meeting, Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood said she planned to recommend a one-principal approach for the new school...
Move to Wareham Elementary School likely delayed until January
Although construction on the new Wareham Elementary School will be finished soon, Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood said it’s likely students won’t begin attending classes in the new building until January 2022. School Committee and School...
Schools awarded grant for early literacy
Wareham Public Schools have been awarded a $40,000 grant to support early literacy screenings and professional development. The state grant program is designed to help teachers anticipate and better serve their students literacy needs, according to...
Wareham Firemen’s Association awards scholarships
The Wareham Firemen’s Association has awarded four scholarships to graduating seniors in memory of Wareham firefighters and Association members. Jordan DeMedeiros was awarded $750 in memory of firefighter Walter A. Pierce, Jr. Emily Bird was awarded...
Wareham seniors excel at Upper Cape Tech
The top 10 Wareham students from Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School’s 2021 senior class have announced their future plans. “The Upper Cape Tech graduating class of 2021 has shown resilience and determination in what has been an...
Underclassmen recognized at awards night
Several outstanding students were recognized at Wareham High School’s underclassmen awards night. Mackenzie Brodley was awarded the Stone Scholarship. Seven students received book awards from various colleges and universities: -Adrienne Padden,...
Wareham student is awarded scholarship by the American Legion
Michael J. Thompson, a Wareham resident and senior at Upper Cape Technical High School, was awarded the Tools of Trade scholarship by the Post 220 American Legion of Wareham. Thompson was selected for the Tools of Trade scholarship award due to his...
Onset Cape Verdean Festival awards scholarships to seniors
Although the Onset Cape Verdean Festival will not be held this year, the association behind the event has awarded eight outstanding high school seniors scholarships of $1,000 each. Lynn Spinola, a member of the association, said that the...
Wareham High School student awarded scholarship by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Benjamin Brogioli, a junior at Wareham High School, has been awarded the Rensselaer Medal. The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, recognizes students who have achieved excellence in math and science. Recipients are selected by their...
Schools to join lawsuit against Juul
The Wareham Public Schools will be joining a mass lawsuit against Juul, the maker of nicotine vapes popular among teens. At the June 17 School Committee meeting, Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood explained that the lawsuit will not cost the...
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