HWRHS parents invited to Ipswich presentation on teen brain development

Today I received an email from Dr. Harvey that was sent to him by David Clark of Ipswich Aware inviting HWRSD parents to an event about teen brain development.  The information is posted below:


#WTF* (*Fact or Fiction): Decoding Media in 2017, Left, Right and Center

The League of Women Voters of Hamilton Wenham is hosting an exciting event entitled “#WTF* (*Fact or Fiction): Decoding Media in 2017, Left, Right and Center,” featuring five distinguished panelists on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, 775 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA.

The five panelists are:

  • Edward Fitzpatrick, Director of Media and Public Relations, Office of the President, Roger Williams University (Profile)
  • Kay Lazar, Reporter, The Boston Globe (Staff Bio)
  • Paul Mihailidis, Associate Professor, School of Communication, Emerson College. (Faculty Bio)
  • Mary Robb, Civics and Media Literacy Teacher, Social Studies Department, Andover High School (Interview, Greater Boston, WGBH, December 2016)
  • Melissa Zimdars, Assistant Professor of Communication, Communication and Media, Merrimack College (Faculty Bio)

The League’s goals are to educate, provide decoding tools, and facilitate civil discourse in our communities.

This event is free and open to the public and students are encouraged to attend. Please help us to spread the word.

For questions and additional information please visit our League’s Facebook page or email Dacia Rubel at dacia.rubel@outlook.com.


Mr. Eric Tracy, Principal, of Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School announced today that Katharine Dixon and Phillip Durgin have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Mr. Tracy to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

College Information Night for Seniors and Their Parents

The High School School Counseling Department would like to invite you to an Evening for Seniors and their Parents on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 6:30 pm in the Music Room. This evening serves as a follow-up to the MEFA College Admissions night and the College Panel presentation last Spring. The presentation will center on matters relative to the college application, college admission, and using the Naviance program.

Counselors will work with seniors in their English classes during the week of September 25th to inform them of the HW college application and teacher recommendation process. In addition, counselors have been hosting Common Application seminars during power block on Wednesdays. The next scheduled seminar is on September 20th in the Library (students can just drop in). Please encourage your student to join the seminar if they are using the Common App and need assistance or have questions about the Common App process.

Please save the date: MEFA Financial Aid Parent Night on October 4th, 7:00 pm, Music room
As always, if you have any questions or concerns related to the college process please contact your student’s counselor–we are more than willing to help!We look forward to meeting with you on September 27th.

We look forward to meeting with you on September 27th.


Kristen Lazzaro, Ed.D
Director of School Counseling, K-12

Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, 9/7/17


Turf Field Permit Update

On September 5th, the Hamilton Planning Board unanimously voted to issue a permit for the HWRSD’s proposal to install two artificial turf fields, a new track and lighting at HWRHS. The next step in the process is to have the project permitted by the Hamilton Conservation Commission.  The January 2017 public presentation on this project is available here.

RFQ for Designer Services for MS/HS Environmental Control System

On August 10, 2017, the HWRSD issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Design Services for the Building Automation System at the Middle and High School Complex. The ultimate cost of these design services will not exceed $80,000. Responses to the RFQ are due by 10:00 AM on Friday, September 15, 2017. Copies of the full RFQ are available at the HWRSD Business Office, 5 School St., Wenham, MA.

This is the first step in our project to…

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