Superintendent's Newsletter

Dear Hatfield School Community On June 11, 2019, the Hatfield School Committee approved a new district improvement plan.  The new plan outlines the general goals for the district for the next three years beginning July 1, 2019. The plan will be is used as a guide to assist the school councils at both the Elementary School and Smith Academy as they begin the process of revising their...
Dear Hatfield School Community,  I am pleased to announced that Mr. Christopher Anthony Buckland, current Director of Personalized Pathways at the High School of Commerce in Springfield, has been selected as the next Principal of Smith Academy. I received a lot of positive feedback from students, staff, and community members on Mr. Buckland, and that I believe he will bring a...
  Dear Hatfield School Community, The annual Town meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 pm at Smith Academy.  Below is a link to the power point presentation of the FY '20 School Budget that was presented at the May 7 Budget Hearing.   Also, there is a link to a the FY '20 School Budget approved by the Hatfield School Committee. ...
    Dear Hatfield School Community,   The applicants for the position of principal at Smith Academy have been narrowed down to three finalists: They are Mr. Robert Marchewka, Mr. Christopher Buckland, and Ms. Karin Patenaude. Mr. Marchewka, is currently the Assistant Principal of East Longmeadow High School. He will be visiting Smith Academy on Monday, May...
  Dear Hatfield School Community, Elton Braithwaite, a woodcarver in Granby, MA, will be coming to Smith Academy to host a week-long wood carving workshop from May 6th to May 10th. Braithwaite, who learned to carve as a child in his birth country of Jamaica, did a similar workshop earlier this school year, where students were able to sand and paint pre-carved wooden masks and...
  Dear Hatfield School Community,  On Tuesday, April 30th, Kathi Meyer and Chris Sullivan will give a presentation about the dangers of opioid addiction and substance abuse at Smith Academy. Kathi and Chris, a married couple, have both had their own negative experiences with substance abuse. Kathi became an alcohol awareness speaker after her old daughter, Taylor, died from...
   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...

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