High School Weekly Update

Hello Parents and Guardians – 

It is October already! The mornings are cool, the afternoons comfortable, and we have settled into a strong routine. The next month or so is relatively quiet with respect to events at the high school, and then as we approach the holiday season, things will accelerate quickly. In the meantime, it is important to focus on routine to make sure that students can stay on track and engaged. I apologize if some of what I present below is repetitive, but I want to make sure that everyone has access to important information. 

Student Support

Students (and parents) should engage in a healthy practice of tracking academic progress. This would include students checking Aspen once or twice a week to make sure they are on top of their assignments. If your student (or you) notices that they are struggling a bit, here are support opportunities available. 

The teacher

The best place to start is with the teacher of the class. This person can best answer questions your student will have. In addition to class time, students can access teachers during power block and after school. There are late buses for both Hamilton and Wenham every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday that leave campus at approximately 3:30pm. 

School Counselors

Your student’s counselor can assist as well! The counselor can be most helpful if your student is struggling in multiple classes or if your student needs assistance with initiating a conversation with a teacher. This is an important point because kids don’t always know how to ask for help! Also, counselors are a good entry point for students to talk about any social or emotional issues that they are facing. 

Ms. Losee and I

Ms. Losee, our Assistant Principal, and I can help as well! Oftentimes we are positioned to point kids in the right direction or help them enter into a conversation with their teachers. Encourage your student to reach out to us as well if they need help. 

We want students to develop self-awareness, self-monitoring, and self-advocacy skills. Adults are here to help them with this development. Please encourage your student to take advantage of these resources. 

Cafeteria Help

We are VERY understaffed in the cafeteria! This slows down the lines at lunchtime and limits the options that students can access. School cafeterias across the country are experiencing issues, and we are no exception. If you are interested in working in the school cafeteria, please go to www.schoolspring.com and apply! 

Attendance

Please call the Safe Arrival Line at 978-468-0420 if your student will be absent from school. Upon return to school, you must email Crystal Miller (c.miller@hwschools.net) or send in a note with your student. Also, if your student needs to be dismissed from school, please send your student in with a note to be presented to the front office before the school day begins. 

Health

We have done three rounds of testing for safety checks (pooled testing) and so far have not had any positive results. If you would like your student to participate in testing at the school, please contact our nurse, Lea Tabenkin (l.tabenkin@hwschools.net). All individuals entering the school must continue to wear a mask. If your student forgets to bring a mask, we have some available. However, everyone is expected to bring their own mask each day. 

Also, flu season is almost (or already) upon us. There will be a free vaccine clinic for residents of Hamilton and Wenham on Wednesday October 6th from 11am-6pm at Pingree Park. Please check here for more information. Note – pre-registration is required. 

Aspen Parent/Guardian Update

At the present time, we are waiting for over 200 families to update contact and medical information in Aspen and to sign relevant policies. We need everyone’s help with this. If you have not yet taken care of these important tasks, please read these directions carefully. 

Upcoming Events

Athletics Schedule

Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday October 11th – No School 

PSAT’s, Wednesday October 13th. Students in grades 10 and 11 who registered will take the PSAT during the school day. Please check your email for information about PSAT’s. 

Picture Retakes, Wednesday October 20th (new date). You can expect to receive the pictures that were taken at the start of the year during the week of October 11th.  

Grades for Quarter One Close, Friday November 5th. Report cards will be posted in Aspen shortly thereafter.

Thank you – feel free to contact me with any questions. 

-Bryan Menegoni, Principal, HWRHS 

School May Be Out, But The Generals Are Tournament Bound!

HW Athletics Announces State Tournament Information

Pairings have been announced for the first MIAA State Tournaments since March of 2020.  

HW Girls Tennis has earned the #6 seed and will travel to Weston High School on Friday, June 18th for a 1:00 match in the Quarter Final Round of the Division III North Sectional Tournament against #3 Weston.  

HW Boys Tennis has earned the #3 seed and will host #6 Swampscott at Danvers High School on Friday, June 18th at 3:30 in the Quarter Final Round of the Division III North Sectional Tournament.  

HW Boys Lacrosse has earned the #13 seed and will travel to Ipswich High School on Friday, June 18th for a 4:30 game in the First Round of the Division III North Sectional Tournament against #4 Ipswich. 

HW Girls Lacrosse has earned the #12 seed and will travel to Tyngsborough High School (36 Norris Rd) on Monday, June 21st for a 6:00 game against the #5 Tigers in the First Round of the Division II North Sectional Tournament.

HW Baseball has earned the #3 seed in the Division IV North Sectional Tournament.  They will face the winner of Lowell Catholic and Salem Academy at Patton Park on Wednesday, June 23rd in the Quarter Finals. 
Good Luck to the Generals.

The annual Seniors Helping Seniors a hit with Hamilton-Wenham senior citizens!

Unlike last year, this year the members of the Class of 21 were able to give back to the community during the annual Seniors Helping Seniors program. Each year, senior citizens contact the office to let us know the types of yardwork or general work they need help with at their house. Ms. Heitz organizes the jobs and then works with the seniors to develop teams that then get assigned to a specific job.

Much of the yard work centers around raking, weeding and mulching, but can also include cleaning windows, and light painting.  The senior citizens are grateful for our seniors to come and help them out and really love the connection with our students. 

Mrs. Foley of Blueberry Lane called the main office yesterday to commend the 3 young ladies we sent to her home,  and said she was going to give a strong shoutout on Facebook to praise the students for how nice her yard looks, “they worked hard and had fun.” She was grateful for the help she received.  Over on Chebacco Road, Mr. Buono called to say the students he had were “hard working, wonderful young ladies. “They helped with mulching, weeding and planting”.

This year members of the Class of 21 were able to get to 25 houses to help our senior citizens!

Thirty-one members of the Class of 2021 receive scholarships

Last night, during our annual Scholarship Evening, we presented 31 scholarships to invited members of the Class of

2021. The following students received scholarships:

SCHOLARSHIP NAME2021 RECIPIENTS
Patricia A. Alger Memorial ScholarshipKayleigh Hills
Soteros Apostolakos & Anna Pappas Memorial ScholarshipDeborah Darko
Francis L. Bettencourt, Jr. Memorial ScholarshipOliver Tymann
Regina Bowler Memorial ScholarshipMatthew Parr
Ben Brettler Memorial ScholarshipNidhi Pillai
Anita Bruyere Scholarship AwardEmma Stebenne
The Mary Anne Cunningham Burridge Memorial ScholarshipOlivia Currier
Captain John A. Chouinard Memorial ScholarshipOwen Leonard
Christ Church Parish Day School ScholarshipCharlene Fibbe
Audrey Fusco
Grant Landon
Rosie Safford
Friends of Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School ScholarshipKevin Murphy
Lily Waterman
Hamilton-Wenham Athletic Hall of FameCarter Coffey
Sarah Cooke
Hamilton-Wenham Education Association ScholarshipsCaden Clark
Miles Fecke
Sargent Goodchild
Joseph Maher
Luke O’Donnell
Chloe Ting
Hamilton-Wenham Garden Club ScholarshipChloe Ting
Hamilton-Wenham Little League ScholarshipKayleigh Hills
Grant Landon
Hamilton-Wenham Rotary Club Scholarship
Bob Blanchard Award
Caroline Blatchford
Hamilton-Wenham Rotary Club ScholarshipEmma Day
Institution for Savings Charitable Foundation ScholarshipGrant Landon
Kiwanis of Beverly ScholarshipKayleigh Hills
Jayson T. Kmiec Memorial ScholarshipPaloma Lee
Jennie Mears Memorial ScholarshipAbigail Crocker
Paul Moscovitch Memorial ScholarshipEzrina Seo
The Gabriel Pacione Memorial ScholarshipEthan Howell
The Louis and Mary Polsonetti Memorial ScholarshipTessa Mastrocola
Helene Pruszynski Scholarship (the Friends and Class of 1976)Caden Clark
The Shoppes at Hamilton CrossingEthan Dwyer
Adam Snavely, M.D. Memorial ScholarshipCaroline Blatchford
Emma Stebenne
The Peggy and Paul Stahlberg Memorial Scholarship AwardEmmaRose Safford
The Mary Lois Thompson Memorial ScholarshipIona Murray-Brown
Matthew Parr
The Alfred and Sara G. Weis Memorial ScholarshipEmma Sullivan
Wenham Village Improvement Society ScholarshipSarah Cooke
Benjamin Harres
Amelia Wilson
Arthur & Harriet Wright Memorial ScholarshipIona Murray-Brown

Congratulations to our recipients!

Thank you to the Hamilton-Wenham community for their generous support of our graduates!

HWRHS – The first week of in-person learning

Well, we made it to Friday of the first week with in-person learning at the HS. The operative word for most everyone is EXHAUSTED! The week started with a high level of anxiety shared by teachers and students. After all, we all wondered, would infections rise now that we are 3 feet closer together? Fortunately not as our pooled testing results were all negative this week. While there were two positive cases reported in school, they were the result of out of school contact.

As I walked through the school on Monday, the first thing that struck me was the huge rise in energy from the students who were happy to see their friends and teachers after months. Smiles, while they couldn’t be seen, could be readily understood from everyone’s eyes. Kids were laughing and goofing with each other, something we all needed to see and hear.

It was fun to see things in our classrooms slowly transform throughout the week. Students were working together in groups (3 feet apart), working on problems at the white boards, translating, discussing and genuinely getting back to some level of normalcy. I also enjoyed seeing engines being built and the sparks fly once again in the metal shop.

One of the more “school normal” events coming up is Spirit Week, April 12th -16th. While it won’t be exactly the same, we are gearing up for a fun week of dress up days and competitions like field goal kicking, dodge ball, and volley ball. The week actually kicked off late last week with the annual class bulletin board contest where the seniors took 1st place.

Overall, our first week back together went well. We look forward to having some fun during Spirit Week while also staying focused on our academics. Before you know it, May will be here and we will begin the process of planning our many end of year events.

HWRHS – Winter athletics update

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School’s Athletic Department recently completed the winter athletic season and, although it was unlike any season previously experienced, there were many reasons to celebrate the 113 student-athletes and their families and coaches.

Celebrating the success of the season starts with acknowledging the collaborative efforts made by the student-athletes, parents and coaches to complete the schedule. There were many ups and downs along the way.  Time and again, those involved with the winter athletic programs found a way to make a challenging situation meaningful.  Games were won and games were lost.  In the end, the teams got through it – together – because they continued to keep the experience of the student-athletes at the very center of every situation that presented itself.

Some notable highlights include the tenth league championship for Boys Basketball in the last 12 years and the fourth consecutive league title for Gymnastics. Ryan Monahan (Boys Basketball) was named the Cape Ann League Player of the Year in the Baker Division.  Additionally, Linnea Schenker and Micah Katz were recognized as the CAL Girls and Boys Diver of the Year, respectively.  Boys Basketball Head Coach Mike DiMarino earned Coach of the Year while Gymnastics Coach Chris Way was given the same honor by the Salem Evening News.  Girls Basketball won the CAL Team Sportsmanship Award for their division.   

This school year in general and this athletic season in particular will be remembered for many reasons for years to come.  In the midst of anxiety, this season provided an outlet for 113 student-athletes to be great teammates, to compete and to push themselves beyond their comfort zones.  The wins were sweeter together and the defeats were softened by each other’s company.   Congratulations to each and every team member and coach and a heartfelt thank you to our families for your time, talent and support this past season.   

  1. Boys Basketball – Cape Ann League Champions
    1. 10th League Championship in Last 12 Years
    2. CAL vs Cancer Tournament Champions
    3. Captains – Carter Coffey, Ryan Hutchinson
    4. Ryan Monahan – CAL Baker Player of the Year
    5. Head Coach Mike DiMarino – CAL Baker Coach of the Year
    6. CAL 1st Team All-Stars: Carter Coffey, Ryan Hutchinson, Ryan Monahan
  2. Girls Basketball – CAL Team Sportsmanship Award
    1. Captains – Olivia Baker, Sarah Cooke, Kailee Whelan
    2. Coach Chris Way – Salem News Coach of the Year
  3. Gymnastics – Northeast Conference Champions
    1. 4th Consecutive Year
    2. Captains – Abby Benack, Audrey Fusco
  4. Boys Hockey
    1. Captains – Colby Guyer, Luke McClintock, Jack Stewart
    2. CAL 1st Team All-Star: Grant Landon
  5. Girls Hockey
    1. Captain – Mackenzie Walles, 1st HW Capt. in Marblehead Co-Op History
  1. Boys Swim / Dive
    1. Captains – Ryan Luo
    2. CAL 1st Team All-Stars: Micah Katz, Ryan Luo
    3. CAL Diver of the Year: Micah Katz
  2. Girls Swim / Dive
    1. Captain – Abby Horgan, Taylor Massimi, Linnea Schenker
    2. CAL 1st Team All-Stars:  Riley Reader, Linnea Schenker
    3. CAL Diver of the Year: Linnea Schenker