HWRHS – Changes to community service requirements

The overall community service hour requirement for graduation was reduced at a recent school committee meeting to reflect the difficulty of gaining enough hours to meet the 50 hour minimum during COVID-19

The updates are as follows:

ClassOriginal requirement (hours)Updated requirement (hours)
Class of 20215020
Class of 20225030
Class of 20235035
Class of 20245035

Please be sure to add your community service hours to x2vol as soon as they are completed. 

If you have questions, please reach out to Mr. Tracy or Ms. Heitz.

We learned this week that being grateful goes a long way!

During our advisory periods this week we talked with our students about gratitude and also asked everyone to write a little note of gratitude to someone they were grateful to have in their life. I personally received some amazing notes. As we discussed with our students, little notes of gratitude can lift someone’s spirits and the notes I received certainly lifted mine! Now, it only makes sense that the principal do this as well.

Who knew my 29th year as an educator would end with a global pandemic that has now carried into my 30th year? I still spend way to much time thinking about the impacts COVID-19 has had on our schools and communities, but I now think that better energy is spent looking at at the things and people I am grateful for.

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Our school community has done amazing and unprecedented work. Our teachers and support personnel changed school in an instant with zero guidance back in April and they continue to work on new and interesting ways to create learning opportunities each day while on Zoom or wearing a mask, socially distanced. Creativity dialed up to 120!

Our students are learning to navigate the most unusual educational rapids we have every ventured to tame. Our families have rearranged their houses to make great learning spaces and in a large number of cases, have become teachers themselves while juggling working from home. Our school staff has brought us into their homes, introduced us to their pets and families and even made in-person school happen for our students. We have all stepped up to do the best in a very chaotic situation.

So, here is what I am grateful for this year:

Our families for going above and beyond and for believing that we would build the best learning opportunities for their children.

My own family for their support during a time when my office was mostly on the kitchen table.

Our teachers and support personnel for their dedication and commitment to our students and families that lasts long into their nights and weekends.

Our students for learning to navigate and organize their days on their own while also being part of remote and partial in-person learning that looks nothing like they have ever seen.

I am also grateful for some of those laughs we all needed from time to time, like pets appearing in our Zoom calls, always being willing to let someone know that they are on mute, and the opportunties we have had to be silly while in person with each other, 6 feet apart.

Education may never be the same, but I will always be grateful for all of you. Thank you, Generals! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Hamilton-Wenham’s Craig Genualdo named 2020 Athletic Director of the Year

We are happy to announce that our very own Craig Genualdo was recently named 2020 CAL Athletic Director of the Year.  Newburyport AD, Kyle Hodsdon said in an email, “Craig was very deserving of this award for his overall involvement in all aspects of league operations. In this very difficult and unchartered fall sports season, Craig single-handedly spearheaded the schedule proposal and game protocols to ensure safe, consistent competition throughout the league. He carefully crafted various scenarios for each sport and did the work of many ADs.” 

“Hodsdon also noted, “Craig is passionate about opportunities for student-athletes and the success of both the Cape Ann League and the Hamilton Wenham school district. His attitude throughout the year is always about the athletes and he prides himself on organization and efficiency. I’m very fortunate to work closely with Craig as a colleague and often run things through him as I value his opinion.

HW Principal Eric Tracy stated, “there is no harder working champion for student-athletes and their coaches. Craig is always willing to find ways to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to be involved. We are proud to have him as a member of the Generals team!”

HWRHS students, with the help of Hamilton Police Department, work to fill Acord food pantry with over 1,400 items!

Annually, during this time of the year, HWRHS students participate in the Acord Food Drive.  This year none of us were sure if we could hold this event given the realities of COVID-19.  Fortunately, our students knew the power of #HWGivesBack and that they had to find a way to keep the tradition going.  They knew so many more people needed help than any previous years.

The Food Drive started slowly but morphed quickly into a Class competition.  Each of the four classes was assigned a category of items that are in demand at Acord.  Members of each class brought in items daily and stacked them on a table in the front lobby.  

Freshman/Class of 2024Breakfast itemsCereal (hot and cold)coffee/tea/hot cocoa, pancake mix, syrup, juice boxes, jelly/jam
Sophomores/Class of 2023Baking/Snack ItemsBaking mixes(brownies/cake/bread),
oil, packaged cookies, or crackers, peanut butter, fruit treats
Juniors/Class of 2022Pantry StaplesPasta, spaghetti sauce, rice mixes, tuna fish, baked beans,] canned vegetables, soup
Seniors/Class of 2021Personal Care ItemsSoap (hand, bar or body wash), tooth
paste, shampoo/conditioner, toilet paper

Once the food was delivered to the HS,  our students in the HW ILAS program took over.  Timothy, Max and Evie, assisted by Ms Rogal, Ms. Howland, Ms. Nygren and Ms. Maes, worked each day to sort the items by class and then kept track of daily counts.  Each morning they also made PA announcements at school to inform everyone of who was in the lead. Social media platforms were driving the competition to greater heights and this year’s competition was fierce!

This afternoon at 12:00 noon, Hamilton and Wenham Police Officers delivered 1,489 items to the Acord Food Pantry – surpassing the amount collected last year by 307 items!

Thanks to all of our students and families, the shelves at Acord will be filled with a variety of items for families to choose from. COVID did not and will not diminish our sense of community or our Generals spirit.

The Final tallies are as follows:

In fourth place with 123 items, Freshmen

 In third place with 176 items,  Sophomores

In second place with 449 items, Juniors

And in first place, with 741 items, SENIORS!

Hamilton Wenham Regional HS Teacher Selected for National History Day Fall Webinar Series

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mrs. Anne Page, a teacher at Hamilton Wenham Regional High School in Hamilton, Massachusetts, is one of only 58 teachers selected for a National History Day® (NHD) fall professional development program. This new course focuses on using online Library of Congress primary and secondary sources to develop and support student research skills and is a feature of NHD’s membership in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium.

The 58 teachers selected represent 40 of National History Day’s affiliates across the country and around the world. The NHD network of 58 affiliates includes all 50 states and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and international school programs in China, South Asia, and South Korea.

“This course has particular value now as teachers and students continue to address challenges of non-traditional learning settings required by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “The crucial skills Mrs. Page is learning and honing over the course of this series will benefit her students for many years to come. As a Library of Congress TPS Consortium member, we are incredibly fortunate to be able to offer this opportunity for teachers.”

For several months, Mrs. Page works with her peers around the country and National History Day staff to build knowledge for teaching with primary sources. Upon completing the series, she will have demonstrated the ability to pair Library of Congress resources with active learning strategies to inspire, engage, and support her students.

About National History Day® (NHD)

NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, which seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, The Better Angels Society, Jacqueline B. Mars, and BBVA. For more information, visit nhd.org.

About National History Day in Massachusetts

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society, National History Day (NHD) in Massachusetts is a year-long interdisciplinary program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for students in grades 6-12. A student-led project by design, NHD asks students to conduct primary- and secondary-source research on a historical topic of their choosing and present their work through a documentary film, website, performance, paper, or exhibit. Students can compete at local, regional, state, and national levels with the opportunity to win prizes and recognition for themselves and their school. Each year, nearly 6,000 students participate across the Commonwealth. To learn more about how to get involved, please visit: visit: www.masshist.org/masshistoryday.