April 2017

You Lead

(Image: YOU LEAD Middle School Youth Conference. SA students with District Attorney Sullivan)

Greetings!  I hope this letter finds you and your family in good health.

We have many exciting things taking place at Smith Academy...

Our tenth grade students just completed the ELA portion of the MCAS. I have no doubt they put forth their best efforts on this assessment. Thank you to all parents/guardians who ensured their child/ren were prepared for the testing sessions. We have continued testing in April, May and June (SCHEDULE).  

The Variety Show was again a huge success! The talents our students displayed were truly amazing. It was really special to see these young adults perform and share their artistic skills in a public forum. I want to thank all of the students who performed and supported the variety show. A special thank you to Mr. Duncan and Mr. Longstreeth for their efforts with this event.

The 144th Declamations will be this Wednesday, April 5th starting at 7 pm (Frank E. Abarno Library). The finalists for that evening will be selected from the junior class on Tuesday, April 4th during the school-based portion of this event. Thank you in advance to Mr. Duncan, the judges, and the Hatfield Book Club for their involvement with this event. In addition, I want to extend a thank you to the Hatfield Book Club for their generosity and support in hosting their Annual Teachers' Reception!

Our theater production is fast approaching! Our students and the production team have dedicated countless hours of their time in preparing for this event. We encourage everyone to show their support for this amazing show. A special thank you to the Hatfield Education Foundation and the community members who support our production. The three evening showings will be Wed. 4/19, Thur. 4/20. Fri. 4/21 (7 pm ). We will aslo offer a matinee on and Saturday, April 22nd starting at 1 pm. The production will be at Hatfield Elementary School. 

Our Cradles to Crayons (C2C) clothing drive has really built momentum. Our student leader, Ainsley LaFlamme, has placed a Project 351 donation box in our front lobby. The drive will end on Friday, April 7th. We are asking for any new or gently used children’s clothing that you are willing to donate. Specifically, we are looking for clothes for children from newborn to age 12.


Just a reminder that we are accepting school of choice applications. We have a large number of openings within our kindergarten. If you know of someone who may be interested, please have them contact the schools or submit a school choice application.

Last, many thanks to our STArHS group for their unwavering support! We are appreciative of the many resources and opportunities that your generosity and support provide our faculty and students. Again, thank you...


School Department Updates:

  • Guidance Office:
    • AP Info.
    • College Fair at Big E (Open to Public)
  • Nurse's Office has health related updates to share with the school community. We have posted these on the Nurse's Page (updates have been made, PLEASE READ). 
    • Grade 8 parents/guardians, please make medication arrangements for upcoming D.C. trip as soon as you are able. We cannot accept medications unless you submit accordingly. More information can be found HERE.
  • Lunch Menus for March

Summer Opportunities:

If interested, the Valley Kids Magazine is advertising some enriching summer opportunities for students.

Important Dates:

  • 3/31 Friday (1/2 Day of School)
    • Term 3 Grades Close
    • Professional Development Day (Educators)
  • 4/1 Saturday
    • ​Middle School Social (Amer. Legion 7-10 pm)
  • 4/3 Monday
  • 4/4 Tuesday
    • Declamations: School Level
  • 4/5 Wednesday
    • Declamations 7 pm, Frank E. Abarno Library
  • 4/6 Thursday
    • Grade 7 ELA MCAS Session I
  • 4/7 Friday
    • Grade 7 ELA MCAS Session II
    • Term 3 Report Cards Available @ 2 pm (Access Info.)
    • Field Trip: Student Government Day (Mr. Lepine)
    • Last day for Cradles to Crayons donations
  • 4/11 Tuesday
    • Class of 2018 administered MassCIS Career Interest Survey (MassCIS Info.)
  • 4/12 Wednesday
    • Grade 8 ELA MCAS Session I
    • Grade 10 & 11 PSAT Review
  • 4/13 Thursday
    • Grade 8 ELA MCAS Session II
  • 4/17-21 Mon.-Fri.
    • Patriot's Day and Spring Vacation
  • 4/19 Wednesday
    • Theater Production:  7 pm at HES
  • 4/20 Thursday
    • Theater Production:  7 pm at HES
  • 4/21 Friday
    • Theater Production:  7 pm at HES
  • 4/22 Saturday
    • Theater Production:  1 pm at HES
  • 4/25 Tuesday
    • Owning Up: Grades 9/10/11
  • 4/26 Wednesday
    • Owning Up: Grades 7 & 8 
    • Field Trip: Broadway (Mrs. Corwin/Ms. Kerby)
    • Health and Wellness Committee
    • Administrative Assistant Day

Thank you for your continued support.


Andrew Berrios, Ed.D.