Six HWRHS students receive Commendations from National Merit Scholarship Program

COMMENDED STUDENTS IN THE 2017 NATIONAL

MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Mr. Eric Tracy, Principal, of Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School announced today that Bradley Caccivio, Ted Chang, Keanu McDonough, Benjamin Peters, John Sauriol and Daniel Sun have been named Commended Students in the 2017 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 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 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.”

 

Special Notice Regarding the Boil Water Order in Hamilton

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Dear Friends,

As many of you already know, due to a water main break on Saturday, the Town of Hamilton is under a “Boil Water Order” until further notice.  The Boil Water Order covers HWRHS, the Miles River Middle School and the Cutler and Winthrop Elementary Schools, but does not affect the Buker Elementary School in Wenham.  After consulting with Hamilton Town Officials, I have decided all schools in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District will be open on Monday, September 26th, 2016.   

For the duration of the “Boil Water Order,” we will be following the protocols as set forth by the Massachusetts DEP’s “Consumer Information on Boil Water Orders.”  In order to comply with the Order, we will take the following steps:

  • We will make the drinking fountains in the schools inaccessible and will have a supply of bottled drinking water available in each school. …

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HWRHS hosts visiting students from Shenzhen, China

On Friday, September 16th, we hosted a group of 23 high school students and three teachers from a school in Mingde Experimental School in Shenzhen, China. Each of the students from China was assigned a HWRHS Student to “shadow” for the day. They attended a regular class schedule and even had lunch in the cafeteria.  We continue to find ways to begin the development of the Mandarin Program at the high school that will begin next school year.  Our students enjoyed the opportunity to learn from their Chinese counterparts.  HWRHS senior  Tori Vivenzio said, “It was interesting to learn about the differences in our culture versus theirs.  She told me that she goes to school from 8 AM until 9 PM”.

The shadow day may translate into a longer visit in late January or early February.  We hope to eventually build up an exchange opportunity for ur students to travel to China as well.

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Superintendent Harvey Issues Special Notice Regarding the Boil Water Order in Hamilton

Dear Friends,

As many of you already know, due to a water main break on Saturday, the Town of Hamilton is under a “Boil Water Order” until further notice.  The Boil Water Order covers HWRHS, the Miles River Middle School and the Cutler and Winthrop Elementary Schools, but does not affect the Buker Elementary School in Wenham.  After consulting with Hamilton Town Officials, I have decided all schools in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District will be open on Monday, September 26th, 2016.   

For the duration of the “Boil Water Order,” we will be following the protocols as set forth by the Massachusetts DEP’s “Consumer Information on Boil Water Orders.”  In order to comply with the Order, we will take the following steps:

  • We will make the drinking fountains in the schools inaccessible and will have a supply of bottled drinking water available in each school.  In order to supplement this supply, please send you child to school with a bottle of water for their own use each day the Order is in effect.
  • Our Food Service Department will adapt their menus in order to serve meals that do not require water or washing dishes; i.e., sandwiches on paper plates.
  • The DEP recommends the use of antibacterial hand sanitizer after washing hands with soap and un-boiled water.  Therefore, we will have a supply of hand sanitizer available in our lavatories for hand washing and will post signage in our lavatories providing instructions for proper hand washing during the Order.

Thanks in advance for your understanding as we work through this unique challenge to continue to provide a world-class education to our students.

 

Sincerely,

Michael M. Harvey, Ed.D.

Superintendent

HWRHS Summer Reading…a new twist!

At the end of last school year, Curriculum Leader Robert Hickey presented a new concept of summer reading to the curriculum leaders.  After a few questions, the group overwhelmingly supported the project and Mr. Hickey had a new load of work to do!

In June, Mr. Hickey and Mrs. Wilson started the project in motion by soliciting adults throughout the school system to read a book and agree to run a book group with students at the start of school.  By they time we were ready to have the students sign up, there were 57 different books that the students could choose!

Students now had the job of choosing one book to read during the summer with the understanding that they would participate in a non-graded book discussion group.  The task was tough for them, but 550 sign ups were complete by the end of the school year.

On September 1st, we scheduled the book groups to meet for 90 minutes at the end of the day.  The English department graciously put together some basic guidelines and ideas to help drive the discussions.  Initially, the adults were concerned that 90 minutes would be too long.  It didn’t take long to realize that 90 minutes wasn’t enough time.

My group of 15 students read “Defending Jacob”, by William Landay.  Everyone in the grouped like the book so the discussion was easy to keep going.  We talked about the student’s feelings and thoughts related to the twists and turns of the book and the well-developed characters.  The discussion was so rich that we almost didn’t have time to finish the one assignment we were all asked to do.  Each group was asked to think about the theme or themes of the book they chose and to draw or write a visual of their result.  All 53 themes were posted on the walls of the cafeteria and the front lobby for others to view and ponder.

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All in all, the idea was a great success.  Fifty-seven adults reading along with 570 students, some who read more than one book, for the pleasure of reading and the idea of truly reading across the curriculum!

Here’s a list of books we read:

Orbiting Jupiter
The Goblin Emperor
A Short History of Nearly Everything
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Martian
Fever Pitch
Slaughterhouse Five
A Walk in the Woods
A Thousand Splendid Suns
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
Code Name Verity
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season
Serial Podcast
The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Ready Player One
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Outliers: The Story of Success
Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
11 Seconds: A Story of Tragedy, Courage, and Triumph
The Invention of Wings
Enrique’s Journey
The Book Thief
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer
Ready Player One
Defending Jacob: A Novel
Snow Crash
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
Steal Like an Artist
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different
The Empty Space
A Man Called Ove
The River Why
Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be
Your Inner Fish
Esperanza Rising
Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in WWII
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Station Eleven
Ines of My Soul
The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

 

Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, 9.8.16

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We’re off to a great start to the 2016-2017 school year. It has been a busy opening few weeks of school. As always, our staff and students were able to get right back into the routine of the school day quickly and easily. Here’s a review of the highlights of our opening activities:

8/22 and 8/23—New Teacher Orientation

We welcomed 18 new teachers to the HWRSD last week. All new staff are required by DESE to have a two year induction program, including the assignment of a 1:1 mentor. Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Peggy McElhinney coordinates our orientation program with assistance from Mentoring Coordinators Heidi Hebert and Prudy Pilkanis. Peggy and I opened the sessions with a review of the District’s Mission, Vision and Core Beliefs Documents. We also led new staff through a review of our Transfer Goals and the principles of Understanding by Design. Other sessions…

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A Message to the newest Generals…Class of 2020.

THIS MESSAGE WAS SENT TO ALL INCOMING GRADE 9 STUDENTS AT HWRHS.

Hello members of the HWRHS Class of 2020!

We have about two weeks left of the summer and I wanted to check in to let you know how excited we are to have you as a new student at HWRHS! The summer is flying by and before you know it, you will be a General!

As we approach the start of the school year, keep in mind that our athletic teams will begin their practices the week before school starts.  Check out the athletics webpage for the most up-to-date registration information.   

If you would like to get a jump on your community service requirement, the community service webpage has the most up-to-date information.  All 9th-grade students are responsible for 10 hours of community service.  Community service must be completed at a recognized non-profit organization. Volunteer work after July 1, 2016, can be used for the grade 9 requirement.

Don’t wait to start your summer reading! Your book discussion group will meet during the opening days of school and you will need to be ready to fully participate in the discussion!  

Make sure your parents have signed up for a date for you to pick up your iPad.  Information about our 1-1 program can be found on the 1-1 Learning Webpage.

Orientation for the Class of 2020 is Tuesday, August 30th.  You will start your day in the HS auditorium and then meet your mentors.  The rest of the day will include short workshops, meeting your teachers, touring the school, and learning about clubs and activities.  

We are excited that you will be joining the General’s family!

Enjoy the rest of the summer!
Mr. Tracy