HWRHS – Opening letter to parents for 2017-18 school year

This letter was emailed to all parents and guardians of HWRHS students on Auust 14, 2017 for the 2017-18 school year:

August 14, 2017


Dear parents and guardians,

We have been fortunate to have a summer with lots of clear sunny days!  It seems incredible that it is almost over and school is about to begin.  I would like to welcome the parents and guardians of the students of the Class of 2021 to the high school.  This letter will outline some of the important information, dates, and deadlines that you will need for the start of school.

There are several ways to find information and to stay up-to-date.  Our primary means of communication is email.  It is important to update your email address on the emergency card your child will bring home so that it can be updated in Aspen.  We also use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and the District Website.

Things to remember about the start of school:

  • On the first day of school, each student will be given a signature sheet for the student-parent handbook that must be filled in, signed, and returned within the first 3 days of school.  Students will be also given a form to update contact and emergency information that must also be reviewed, updated and returned within the first 3 days of school.  There will also be an optional insurance form if you would like to purchase insurance.
  • Students must be on-time for school. There is no homeroom to act as a buffer.  Students will report directly to their period one class each day.  Students who are tardy to school (unexcused) will be ineligible to participate in any after school activity on the day they are tardy.  The only exception is the first two days of school.  Students will report to their assigned HR on those days.  HR lists will be posted in the front lobby and are also on the student schedule.
  • If your child is absent from school, please remember to call the absence/safe arrival line at (978) 468-0420 by 8:00 AM. Upon return from the absence, you must send your child in with a note for the school to excuse the absence.
  • Student schedules will be live on the Aspen portal on Friday, August 18, 2017.  If you need access to Aspen please email aspenhelp@hwschools.net
  • No changes will be made to student schedules that are complete.
  • Freshman orientation is Tuesday, August 29, 2017, from 7:40 AM to 1:30 PM.
  • All students report on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, no later than 7:40 AM.
  • Curriculum Night is Wednesday, September 6th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.

Student Pictures:  

9th grade, August 29th (during orientation)

10th, 11th and 12th, August 30th

You should receive the information by mail for student pictures from our photographer, O’Connor Studios.  If you have not received the information, we will have picture order forms in the main office of the high school.

Guidance information:

Student assignments by guidance counselor can be found here.

Dr.Kristen Lazzaro, Director of Guidance and Counseling

Matthew Fitzgibbons

Rochelle Morin

Julie Cahill-O’Shea

Here are other places you can get up to date information:

HWRHS Website

Schedule for 2017 school year

Principal’s Weblog

High School Bus Routes (Will  be updated a week before school begins)

High School Events Calendar

HWRHS Important dates for Parents

The start of a new school year is very exciting.    I look forward to another great school year full of new and amazing opportunities for all of our staff and students!



Eric Tracy


Twitter: @etracyhwhs


Seniors available to help senior citizens

Do you know a senior citizen in Hamilton or Wenham who can use some help around the yard?  We have teams of seniors ready to take on a yard project or two for them on Friday, May 26th.  If interested, please call Mrs. Heitz at the high school at (978)468-0400 to schedule a team to help out.

A Letter from the HWRSD Leadership Team


Dear Members of the HWRSD Community,

Recent local, national, and global events have led us to reflect upon our own practices to ensure that everyone in the Hamilton Wenham Regional School District feels connected with a true sense of belonging.  All members of our school district need to feel both physically and psychologically safe in order to reach their full potential as learners.  

At this time, we want to restate our commitment to all members of our school community regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability.  We will continue to work to ensure our schools are welcoming communities where every member is respected and valued for who they are. We will continue to create a school climate where diversity is celebrated.  

The Hamilton Wenham Regional School District strives for excellence as we continually look for ways to better ourselves and…

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HW Students Join Nearly 20,000 DECA Members to Close the Nation’s “Skills Gap” at Annual #DECAICDC

The Hamilton-Wenham DECA team is back with some hardware! Four out of four competitors made it to the stage at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Anaheim this past week. This is an amazing feat for a small, first-year program. I am beyond thrilled for our students. Here are the highlights:

  • Taylor Ross competed in Quick Service Restaurant Management and achieved a first place medallion in a role play for her competitive section.
  • Sam Boudrot competed in Principles of Finance and achieved a finalist medallion for placing Top 20 overall of all competitors in the category.
  • Lauren Verge and Valerie Wise competed in Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making and achieved a first place medallion in a role-play for their competitive section and a finalist medallion for placing Top 20 overall of all competitors in the category.
  • James Goudie worked on Jaron May’s campaign for Executive Student President of DECA. Jaron was successfully elected to the position, beating out 4 other candidates.
  • Arthur Doggett and Amy Thissell graduated from the Aspire and Elevate leadership academies as part of the emerging leader series.
  • There was also a prom-posal where Sam Boudrot asked Taylor Ross to senior prom! (She said yes! )

DECA’s annual International Career Development Conference brought together industry leaders, policymakers and the next generation of leaders in business and entrepreneurship to Anaheim, Calif., April 26-30. The #DECAICDC spotlights DECA’s top student performers from the United States, Canada, China, Korea, Mexico and Spain. It also highlights innovative business partnerships that empower these emerging business leaders and future entrepreneurs to tackle the challenges of an ever-evolving and globally challenging economic landscape.

This year’s international conference had over 19,000 student members, faculty advisors and business leaders to Anaheim for DECA’s pinnacle event of the year.

During the school year, approximately 120,000 of DECA’s 225,000 student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete for local and regional titles. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. The top state and provincial winners put their talents to the test during the program’s final round of competition in Anaheim this past week.


For more information, please visit DECA’s website and follow #DECAICDC on Twitter.

Follow HW DECA on Twitter @HWDECA and Instagram and follow Advisor Laura Wheeler on Twitter @mrslaurawheeler.



Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, 4.5.17


Thanks to Hamilton and Wenham Town Meeting

I want to say “thank you” to the voters at Hamilton and Wenham Town Meeting for overwhelmingly supporting the Hamilton-Wenham Regional District’s FY18 Budget at April 1st’s Annual Town Meetings. I also want to thank the members of the Boards of Selectmen and the Finance Committees from Hamilton and Wenham for their support for the FY18 Budget. This was an incredibly challenging budget season. This was mostly due to the shift in our enrollment from Hamilton to Wenham. I truly appreciate the spirit of collaboration that exists between the Towns and the H-W District. As we look towards next year’s FY19 budget development, which is shaping up to be an even more challenging process, we will need to rely on our shared dedication to providing the resources that prepare our students to be “future ready” more than ever.

Thanks to School Committee Member Deb…

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