Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, March 13, 2019


North Shore National History Day Winners

From Social Studies Curriculum Leader Kristen Borges: Congratulations to the 2019 North Shore District History Day winners!  On Sunday March 3rd, Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School students competed against six other Massachusetts high schools. This year’s theme is “Triumph and Tragedy in History.”  All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will represent Hamilton-Wenham at the Massachusetts History Day state competition on Saturday, April 6th at Winchester High School.  A special thank you to the teachers who worked closely with our students since September on their research projects: Kristen Borges, Brett Burnett, Vinnie Bucci, and Johann Knets.  In addition, a HUGE thank you to Anne Page and her AP US History class for volunteering their time to help make the day’s events go smoothly!

Category Student Names  Title of Project
Individual Exhibit
3rd place Adelaine Gordon

The Shot Felt Round the World: Triumphant Achievements in Polio Vaccines Amidst Tragic…

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HWRHS students collecting donations for Peru service trip

Dear HWRHS community,

Over April school vacation 26 high school students and 4 adults will be traveling to Peru. While in Peru we will be visiting the Amarú school, a rural elementary school, high up in the Andes mountains outside of Pisac, Peru. Our students will be doing several days of community service at this school.  The Amarú school community is a very poor, farming community.  The students walk great distances to go to school and the weather can be harsh.  Students often arrive hungry and cold. Many students, their classrooms and their teachers don’t have the materials they need to ensure a successful educational program.  In preparation for our visit, we are collecting a variety of items that we can bring to the school.  We have the potential to fill 60 suitcases but we need help from the community. 

Please consider donating to this worthy cause. We will be reaching out to each of the schools in the district to request different donations. From the high school community we are looking for the following:

Gently worn fleece jackets, pants, vests

Lightweight puff coats – not too bulky

Gently worn children’s clothing – long pants, shirts, weatherproof clothing – raincoats, rain boots, all-weather shoes

Educational toys such as wooden puzzles, sorting toys, stacking toys, alphabet letters

You can also make a monetary donation that will be used to purchase backpacks and other school supplies to take to Peru.  Checks can be written out to HWRSD.  Put “Peru trip” in the memo line.  Donations can be left in the main lobby of the high school. 

A huge weekend coming up for our Generals!

We have a jam-packed weekend of student events and competitions.

Later today, wrestler Calvin Dalton will be competing in the New England Wrestling Tournament in Rhode Island.

On Saturday, our Thespians will be competing at North Reading High School at 3:00 PM in the annual One-Act Competition.

Boy’s Basketball (13-8) – The Generals will advance to the Quarter Final Round where they will face Shawsheen Tech on Saturday, March 2nd at 4:00 PM at Tewksbury High School, which is located at 320 Pleasant Street in Tewksbury, MA. Details re: Tickets posted later today.

Ice Hockey (9-7-5) – The Generals will advance to the Quarter Final Round where they will face Lowell on Saturday, March 2nd at 6:30 PM at Chelmsford Forum, which is located at 2 Brick Kiln Road in North Billerica, MA.  Please plan to arrive early to the rink and ticket prices are $8 (Adults) and $6 (Students & Seniors).

On Sunday, our Historians will be competing in the North Shore History Day District Competition at Beverly HS.

Also on Sunday, our Generals will be competing in the State Regional Mock Trial Competition at Clark University

We wish all of our Generals good luck in all of their endeavors!! Let’s Gooooooo!

Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, 2/27/19


Kindergarten Registration Information

Kindergarten Information Night will be held on Monday, March 18th at 6:30 PM in the Buker School Multi-Purpose Room.  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. (

School Committee Candidates

Eight individuals have submitted their names to be candidates for the three open Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee seats.  The individuals include Incumbents Michelle Bailey and David Polito, and potential new members Gary Cheeseman, Alexander Dale, Michelle Horgan, Valerie McCormack, Ryan Skerritt, and MaireLee Webster.  Elections will be held in Hamilton and Wenham on Thursday April 11th.

Guidance Events at HWRHS


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HWRHS College events

Parents and students are invited to attend a free seminar on college admissions this Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Room at HWRHS. This seminar is offered through MEFA, the Commonwealth’s authority on planning, saving, and paying for college. An experienced MEFA representative will provide an overview of college admissions, including building the college list, the college application process, and trends in college admissions. Before the seminar, be sure to visit MEFA’s website – – to download a copy of the seminar presentation in English or Spanish and explore other tools and resources to assist you in the college planning process.

Additionally, the Guidance Department will host its popular and informative annual College Panel for juniors and interested sophomores and their families on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Miles River multi-purpose room.  Representatives from several colleges and universities will address matters pertaining to the college search, application and admission processes.