Superintendent's Newsletter

   Dear Hatfield School Community,  On Friday, May 3rd, Smith Academy will be hosting the Empty Bowls Community Lunch, a version of the Empty Bowls fundraiser that began a few years ago to collect donations for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Family of students and community members are invited to come to Smith Academy during the three regular lunch periods to eat...
    The following article was prepared by Smith Academy Senior Maia Seetal:    The Hatfield Public Schools District has been awarded the “Improving Student Access to Behavioral and Mental Health Services Grant" by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the fiscal years 2019 and 2020, totaling $12,637. The purpose of this grant,...
    The Following was prepared by Smith Academy Senior Mia Seetal:  On Thursday, February 14th,  Hatfield Public Schools School Committee voted to install solar panels on the roof of Smith Academy, which will remain there for twenty years and provide energy to the building. The committee is signing a Power Purchase Agreement, or PPA, with PowerOptions and Solect...
  Dear Hatfield School Community  The Hatfield Public School District’s annual spring musical is coming up, and this year the cast and crew are putting on a performance of the musical "Willy Wonka". This musical was chosen after some members of last year’s production of Shrek suggested it to Ms. Kate Saik, Drama and Chorus teacher at Smith Academy, who thought it would fit the...
        Dear Hatfield School Community, On Tuesday, March 12,  six chemistry students from Smith Academy traveled to UMass Amherst with their science teacher, Ms. Shifra Yonis, to participate in the 2019 Chemistry Olympiad, organized by the Connecticut Valley Section of the American Chemical Society. The competition consisted of a three-part chemistry exam...
    Dear Hatfield School Community, The Szawlowski Farms Agricultural Foundation is partnering with Smith Academy to host the Agricultural Career Day, hoping to introduce students to a wide range of careers in agriculture and encourage them to pursue an education in the agricultural field. The Agricultural Career Day will  take place at Smith Academy from 12 pm to...
Dear Hatfield School Community, The search for a new Principal for Smith Academy began last week. A screening committee has been formed consisting of teachers, parents, students, and community members to assist me in this process.  The District is also contracting with Ms. Martha Barrett, former Superintendent of the Frontier Regional and Union 38 School Districts to serve as a consultant...
  Dear Hatfield School Community, It is my great honor to announce that Keith Lepine has been selected by the Hatfield Public School District as a 2019 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award Winner. Mr. Lepine teaches US and World History, Criminal Justice, Constitutional Law, and AP Government at Smith Academy. Teachers are nominated by their peers, parents, students,...
  Dear Hatfield School Community,      On March 13th, eighth, tenth, and, twelfth grade students at Smith Academy will be participating in the Strategic Prevention Initiative for Families and Youth (SPIFFY) Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA). The survey will be administered during class time. The purpose of this survey is to gather the information needed to plan...
    Dear Hatfield School Community, On February 28th Social Studies Teacher, Mr. Wall and four eighth grade students from Smith Academy will travel to the Massachusetts State House in Boston for the Rural Schools Day on the Hill to advocate for rural schools on behalf of the Hatfield Public School District and the Massachusetts Rural Schools Coalition. According to Mr...

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