Superintendent's Message

The 2019/20 school year finds Ware Public Schools growing their programming and course offerings throughout the district.  With the addition of a new administrator and a number of teachers and courses speaks to the concentrated effort the district has had through their “needs based" budgeting format to assure we are preparing students for future endeavors. 

Now at SMK we are providing Universal Breakfast and Lunch for students in grades K-3.  Any students who want school breakfast and/or lunch will be provided free of charge.  This year we will continue to run the 21st Century Afterschool Grant, which will provide activities such as LEGO Robotics, Fantastic Fables, Edible Education, Science Exploration, & Drama.  This past summer the middle school received notification that they were also awarded the 21st Century Afterschool Grant for students in grades 4-6, so the program now runs grades K – 6 through the school year. 

To help build our music program we are offering band classes in grades 5 & 6, along with choral class in grades 7 & 8.  A shout out of thanks goes to Gerry’s Music Shop in S. Hadley who has donated 30 instruments free of charge for student use for the last three years.

The JS High School has seen the following courses added to their offerings, which include the following:

  • 7th & 8th grade Art

  • 7th & 8th grade Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Computer-Aided Drafting

  • Certified Nurse’s Aide

As the world moves swiftly through the technology era it is the district’s intent to assure our students are fully prepared for the future.  In order for this to occur, we need to be specific in our planning.  This is why we are working under the following premise, STREAM!            
            
                  S = Science
                  T = Technology
                  R = Reading
                  E = Engineering
                  A = Art
                 
 M = Math

The week of October 21-25 is STEM Week as students in grades K – 6 will work on a Zero Waste Project by STEM Hub.  We are just beginning to scratch the surface as we are looking forward to building a STREAM focus throughout the district from robotics, STEM projects, engineering, and computer science leading our way!

 

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