Superintendent's Newsletter

Dear Hatfield School Community, As some of you have heard, after 33 years of working in education and 10 years as the Superintendent of Schools in Hatfield, I will be retiring effective the end of June.  On January 2, 2020, the School Committee will begin the search for a new superintendent.  An 11 member search committee made up of stakeholders will be used to screen...
Dear Hatfield School Community, Last Spring 78 students at Smith Academy in grades 8,10, and 12 were administered the Preventions Needs Assessment Survey, more commonly known as the SPIFFY Survey.  The survey was developed to provide scientifically sound information to community-level and state-level prevention planners and policymakers.  It assesses the current prevalence of...
Dear Hatfield School Community, At their November meeting, the Hatfield School Committee reviewed a five-year maintenance plan and approved submitting several projects to the Town for consideration for Fiscal Year '21.  The projects forwarded to the Capital Planning Committee include: $195,800 to repave the parking lot at Smith Academy $48,000 to refurbish the gym floor at...
Dear Hatfield School Community,  I want to bring everyone's attention to a recently installed safety feature at the Hatfield Elementary School.  We now have a flashing blue strobe light mounted near the front entrance of the School.  This strobe light is attached to and will flash upon the activation of the school's existing panic alarm.   The purpose of this...
Dear Hatfield School Community,  For the 2019-20 school year, the Hatfield Public Schools are re-organizing our presence on social media with 2 new Facebook pages, one for each school.  The goal of these pages is to highlight the accomplishments of students, staff and the school community as a whole. Please follow these links to see our official pages. Like and follow the pages to...
Dear Hatfield School Community, During the Smith Academy Homecoming on October 19th, there will be a short ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new field hockey field behind Smith Academy in Hatfield. The new field hockey field was funded under the Community Preservation Act.  The District received $96,400 in funding from the Community Preservation...
Dear Hatfield School Community,  On September 24, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the accountability reports for all public school districts across the State.  The Hatfield Public School District received an overall rating of "Meeting or Exceeding Targets". Of the 397 school district across the state that were assessed...
Dear Hatfield School Community, On Wednesday, September 25, 2019 the Hatfield Public Schools and HEADS UP are hosting a screening of the documentary Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety. The film features a special interview with the world-renowned athlete and mental health advocate Michael Phelps as well as teens and parents sharing deeply personal stories about the impact...
Dear Hatfield School Community,   This school year, in addition to the regular school days, I will be available one Saturday a month to meet with parents, guardians, and students. To schedule a meeting, please call Riley at (413) 247-0486.  Weather permitting, I will be in my office on the following dates:   September 7 October 5 November 2 December 7...
Dear Members of the Hatfield Community: As we prepare to begin  another school year, I want to take a moment to welcome back all our returning students and staff and to welcome those new to the  Hatfield Public Schools. This upcoming year will offer both opportunities and challenges as the district transitions to new educational leadership at both schools. Smith Academy will...

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