Superintendent's Newsletter

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...
Congratulations to both Laura Hoey and Alyssa Charry on receiving the the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award.  Ms. Hoey is a second grade teacher at the Hatfield Elementary School. She has been teaching in Hatfield for the past 21 years.  Ms. Charry is a second year teacher at Smith Academy. She works with special education students in the Middle School.  Both teachers...
This year, the Hatfield Public Schools will once again be administering the Massachusetts Comprehension Assessment System (MCAS) in grades 3,4,5,6,7,8, and 10 in the areas of reading, math, ELA, and science. In addition, students in grade nine will be taking part in the new PARCC English Language Arts Assessment. The  Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or PARCC...
     Once again this year, the Hatfield Public Schools is proud to be participating in the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award Program. This annual award program honors area educators who demonstrate professionalism and excellence through teaching practices, professional development, collaboration, cooperation, and community outreach. Past awardees include: Christa...
I’d like to start off by congratulating both the Smith Academy Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer Teams for making tournament play.  The Smith Academy Field Hockey Team ended the season with a 3-13-2 record.  This was a rebuilding year for the team and I have no doubt they will be back next year and in contention. I also would like to recognize the Smith Academy Golf Team for a hard...
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently released the 2014 Accountability Data for all Massachusetts Public Schools. This data reflects students MCAS scores, daily attendance rates, and dropout rates for the 2013-2014 school year. The MCAS scores are reported both by district, by school, and by grade. The  individual results for each student will be sent...

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