May 2017

(Image: SA Students at Broadway Show)

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

Thank you to the Hatfield Education Foundation for their support with our Grease production. A special thank you to Mrs. Randi Poirier, Ms. Vanessa Kerby and her production crew, participating community members, and our students! 

As we experience warmer weather we are faced with a persistent dilemma: school dress code. Secondary schools across the country are faced with this issue every spring/summer. While I understand that warmer weather promotes more relaxed dress, the line between relaxed and school appropriate often becomes blurred. I ask that you review the Dress Code Policy located in our student handbook with your child/ren. Students who violate this code will be asked to change. Continued infractions of the policy will result in progressive disciplinary measures. 

The winner of our 144th Declamations was Hannah Rickert and our runner-up was Finn O'Connor. Congratulations to all of our participants and finalists! A special thank you to the Hatfield Book Club and Mr. Duncan for their time and dedication to this special tradition. In addition, congratulations to Justine Kim who was 1 of 140 student artists selected from a pool of 500 applicants for the Massachusett Art All-State Program. She will be sponsored for this event by our STArHS organization. Last, congratulations to Sophie Rice-Williams for successfully campaigning and being elected Western Mass. Student Council's next Vice President!

Our Spring Concert next week will be particularly heartfelt as it is Mr. Longstreeth's last formal performance at Smith Academy. Mr. Longstreeth plans to retire at the conclusion of this school year. We hope that you will join us for a reception in his honor in the gym following the concert.  

We are looking for contributions of desserts and finger foods for the reception. If you would be willing to contribute a plate of food, please fill out this quick form OR email Mrs. Corwin at STArHS will provide plates, cups, utensils and napkins. The SA kitchen will also provide cake and coffee. Please consider that we will not be able to provide refrigeration of food donations during the concert.

We are also looking for four volunteers to sell tickets at the door, reporting at 6:30 pm. Each volunteer is invited to reserve two seats before beginning their shift as thanks for their service. Please email Ms. Muellejans at if you are able to assist.

Recently we were visited by resident artist, Ms. Tama Shadur. Ms. Shadur exposed our students to the Papercut medium. Ms. Tamar sent this message to our students and I wanted to share with you:

Dear Art Students,

The group display of your papercuts is very impressive and beautiful. Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised to see such a high level of artistic merit in the individual papercuts. This proves that you applied thought, focus and creativity in the designs and cutting process while also having fun. It also shows me that your art teacher, Julie Muellejans, guides you very well. It was a pleasure to work with all of you.

Thanks to you all and to the devoted parent volunteers for making this workshop a success for all of us.  

Sincerely - Tamar Shadur

All 8th grade parents/guardians, please make sure you have filed all paperwork concerning medication with our nurse's office as soon as possible. You will find all information and required forms on our Washington, D.C. page.

We have MCAS testing this month. Please find all dates here: TESTING WINDOW. Additionally, we have multiple AP Exams scheduled which have been communicated by the guidance office (AP Exam Dates). 

The Hatfield Fire Dept. has asked us to remind parents/guardians not to park in the fire lane. This usually happens for JV or Middle School baseball/softball games. Thank you for your attention and cooperation to this matter. 

School Department Updates:

  • Guidance Office:

    • Monday, May 1st at 6:30 pm in the Abarno Learning Commons, Smith Academy is offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training through the SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program.

    • Extracurricular Certificate of Recognition 

      • Students who pursue activities not offered by our athletic programs or school offerings may apply.

  • Nurse's Office (UPDATES)
    • Nurse's Page  
      • 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
  • Superintendent Robert
    • Will conduct exit interviews with all graduating seniors. 


Summer Opportunities:

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


This month is jam packed with many academic, extra-curricular, and traditional activities:

5/1 Monday

  • Field Trip: UMASS (Junior Class)
  • SOS Community Presentation (6:30 pm at SA)

5/3 Tuesday

  • Educator Appreciation Day

5/4 Thursday

  • Math MCAS Grade 7 (Session I)
  • Spring Band Concert and Art Show (7:30 Sherry Webb Gym)

5/5 Friday

  • Math MCAS Grade 7 (Session II)

5/9 Tuesday

  • Math MCAS Grade 8 (Session I)
  • Grade 11 MassCIS Survey
  • Spring Sports Picture Day

5/10 Wednesday

  • Math MCAS Grade 8 (Session II)

5/12 Friday

  • Field Trip: Band

5/14 Sunday


5/16 Tuesday

  • STE MCAS Grade 8 (Session I)
  • Math MCAS Grade 10 (Session I)

5/17 Wednesday

  • STE MCAS Grade 8 (Session II)
  • Math MCAS Grade 10 (Session II)

5/19 Friday

  • Field Trip: Grade 8 Washington, D.C.

5/20 Saturday

  • Junior Prom (6:30 pm at Lord Jeffery Inn)

5/25 Thursday

  • Lions Club Senior Awards Dinner (7 pm)

5/26 Friday

  • Marks close for seniors

5/28 Sunday

  • Memorial Day Parade (SA Band)

5/29 Monday

  • School Closed: Memorial Day

5/30 Tuesday

  • Owning Up Grade 7/8

5/31 Wednesday

  • Senior Class Day  Awards (8 am)
  • Owning Up Grades 9,10,11
  • Senior Banquet (6 pm)

6/2 Friday

  • SA Graduation 7 pm

Thank you for your continued support.


Andrew Berrios, Ed.D.

Twitter: @SmithAcademy1