Superintendent's Newsletter

     At its March meeting, the Hatfield School Committee approved a new District Improvement Plan for the period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019. The District Improvement Plan is designed to serve as a guide to administrators, teachers, and school councils as they write their School Improvement Plans, and Individual Educator Plans. The plan is designed to support the...
The Hatfield Public Schools was informed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the Hatfield Public Schools during the week of March 14, 2016.  Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal...
Congratulations to both Angie Baranoski and Jessica Corwin on receiving the the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award.  Ms. Baranowski is a Spanish teacher at Smith Academy. She has been teaching in Hatfield for the past 14 years.  Ms. Corwin is a third year music teacher at the Elementary School. In order to be nominated, teachers have to have demonstrated excellence in teaching...
At it's November 2015 meeting, The Hatfield School Committee reviewed the multi-year capital needs plan for the School District. The plan is designed to identify any ongoing facility repairs and upgrades needed at both schools so that potential problems can be identified early on so the necessary steps can be taken address them. The plan also makes it easier to budget "down the road...
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently released the 2015 State Assessment Results for all Masschusetts School Districts.   The  scores are reported by district, by school, and by grade. The individual results for each student will be sent home in the coming days.  On average, Hatfield students outperformed the state average on the English...
As another school year begins, I want to take the opportunity to update the students, parents, and the Hatfield Community at large on some of the changes and initiatives occurring in your schools. One of the biggest changes this year will be at Smith Academy. In June the School Committee approved the construction of a new band room. The cost of the new band room will be paid with...
Congratulations to the Smith Academy Boy's Varsity Baseball Team on an excellent season and on winning the Western Massachusetts Division Four Championship. I also want to commend each of you, along with your coach, Jeff Pluta, on reaching the State Finals. Although the game did not end the way each of you would have liked, you played hard against a formidable team.  You make us all...
Congratulations to the 41 members of the Smith Academy Class of 2015 on completing your program at Smith Academy! This class has truly left their mark on the school. They have excelled in the classroom, on the playing fields, as well as, on the stage.   Both as a whole and individually, they are some of the finest young men and women I have had the pleasure of knowing. I was fortunate...
At its May meeting, after a public hearing, the School Committee approved the FY '16 budget for the School Department.  The overall proposed school budget for FY '16 is $5,019,356.06. This is a 2% increase from FY '15. Of this amount, $4,182,574.26 would come from local appropriations. This is the figure that is presented at the annual town meeting for approval.The school...
     Spring has finally arrived and students from both Smith Academy and the Hatfield Elementary School will be participating again in this year’s Spring Musical.  This year’s show is “The Pajama Game”. The performances are scheduled as follows: Wednesday, April 22 at 2 p.m.. matinee, Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m.., Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m.., and...

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