Hey Hamilton-Wenham…Are You Duff Enough??

Dear Hamilton-Wenham Community,

    This year at the Regional the student body has partnered with the Duff family of Ipswich, to support their foundation to find a cure for Charcot Marie Tooth, Type 4J (CMT4J). CMT4J is a rare hereditary neuropathy that causes muscular degradation of the peripheral nervous system similar to ALS. Activities such as walking and eating become everyday struggles for people like Talia Duff, whose strength inspires her family and friends to never give up on finding a cure.

    What we need most right now is your support. It is a privilege that we live in such a close knit community where partnerships like these are possible, and that we can help one another. So please, stop by the General Store in the lobby of the high school to show your support with a five dollar donation for CMT4J research and receive a pair of Are You Duff Enough shoelaces. We ask you to wear these laces to draw attention to CMT4J and encourage you to visit curecmt4j.org to learn more about this disease. Five dollars may not seem like a lot, but together we can help raise awareness and funds to find a cure.



James Goudie, Student Body President, on behalf of the entire Hamilton Wenham Student Body


Letter from the Superintendent, 8.29.17


Dear Friends,

I want to welcome all families of the HWRSD to the 2017-2018 School Year. School officially opens for student in grades 1-12 tomorrow, August 30, 2017. Full day classes will begin for students in kindergarten on Tuesday, September 5th. We’re currently in the process of putting the finishing touches on our preparations to open tomorrow. All staff members are excited to greet their new classes for the year.

While we’re excited to begin a new school year, we cannot ignore the impact of recent national events on our schools. The events of Charlottesville have highlighted a conversation about bigotry and hatred in America that will go on long past this summer. Yesterday, as part of my opening remarks to faculty and staff, I made the following statement that I wanted to share with all of you.

Last spring, our leadership team sent a letter to our…

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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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