March 2017

(IMAGE: MIAA's Women in Sports Day SA Representatives)

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

I hope this newsletter finds you and your family doing well. It looks as though we have entered the spring thaw with warmer weather upon us. Currently, our last day of school is set for June 20th (4 snow days accounted for thus far). 

Grade 10 students will take the ELA portion of the MCAS this month (all dates are provided below). We are confident in both our students' abilities and their preparedness for these assessments. We will continue to prepare students; however, if you are interested in additional practice resources you may access them here: MCAS 2.0. You can also access our full testing schedule here: MCAS SCHEDULE

This month we have several fun events and fundraisers for our students to become involved with. We conducted several "flannel" Fridays in February that were well received and provided additional school spirit to our daily routine. We would like to continue through March with the following Friday themed events:

  1. 3/3 Fashion Friday
  2. 3/10 Flamingo Friday - Tropical Theme
  3. 3/17 Finnegan Friday - Go Green
  4. 3/24 Flower Power Friday
  5. 3/31 Fifties Friday

Mrs. Kwiecinski and Mrs. Gingras are working with the community service club and student council to coordinate our Pennies for Patients drive this month. Weekly events and rewards will be communicated to students directly. We are excited to support this charity and have our students become involved with its cause.

This Monday the Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth (SPIFFY), a Hampshire County coalition focused on youth and family well-being, is conducting the Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA) Survey at Smith Academy. Eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade students are surveyed every 2 years in school districts across Hampshire County. The PNA survey measures alcohol, tobacco, and drug use; a variety of factors that place students at risk for problem behaviors; and factors that protect students from problem behaviors. The purpose of the survey is to gather information to plan important prevention and intervention programs to combat such problems as alcohol, drug use and violence in our schools and communities. It will also help us judge the effectiveness of our current prevention and intervention efforts. If you would like more information please visit Mrs. Pescitelli's guidance page or CES's SPIFFY Page

Superintendent Robert is requesting feedback relating to recent changes in the Franklin Regional Transit Authority's (FTRA) bus route. FTRA has created a bus stop in Hatfield along Route 5 - you will find more information and be asked to leave feedback (if applies) in this survey form: BUS SURVEY.

School Department Updates:

Important Dates:

  • 3/2 Thursday
    • SAAAC Winter Sports Banquet (6:30 pm at S.W. Gym)
  • 3/6 Monday
    • SPIFFY Survey (Grades 8, 10, 12)
  • 3/7 Tuesday
    • Hatfield Mental Health Awareness Committee Meeting (5:30-7 pm at Hatfield Fire Dept.)
  • 3/8 Wednesday
    • Professional Development Day (No School for Students)
  • 3/8-10 Wed. - Fri.
    • Field Trip: Student Council (Mrs. Gingras)
  • 3/13 Monday
    • Papercut Art Workshop (Resident Artist: Tamar Shadur)
  • 3/14 Tuesday
    • National Honor Society Ceremony (8 am at S.W. Gym)
  • 3/18 Saturday
    • Variety Show (7:30 pm at S.W. Gym)
  • 3/21 Tuesday
    • MCAS: ELA Long. Composition Grade 10
  • 3/22 Wednesday
    • MCAS: ELA Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 & 2
  • 3/23 Thursday
    • MCAS: ELA Reading Comprehension Session 3
  • 3/24 Friday
    • Grade 8: Washington, D.C. deposits are due
  • 3/29
    • Field Trip: Student Council (middle school, Mrs. Gingras)
  • 3/31
    • Professional Development Day (.5 day for students)
    • Term 3 Marks Close

Respectfully, 

Andrew Berrios, Ed.D. 

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