January 2018

(Image: MIAA's 24th Annual Sportsmanship Summit)

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope the holiday break was memorable and provided time to relax with family and friends. I sincerely wish everyone a happy and healthy 2018!

We wanted to extend a warm congratulations to both Kaleigh Simmons and Karlie Guimond on earning a finalist recognition from the MIAA's 17th Annual Student Sportsmanship Essay/Multimedia Contest! Their essays spoke to what it means to be an authentic athlete. Again, we are proud of their efforts and in their ability to articulate such a positive message!

As our students develop into young adults, they will face difficult choices that will impact their lives. We can only educate them on the implications that negative decisions may carry. The opioid epidemic facing our country is a tragedy on so many levels. Research indicates that opioid use all too often starts with prescribed medication creating a situation where abuse may occur. The Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention provides some key resources geared toward student-athletes but may be applied to any student (MassTAPP Resources). The U.S. Surgeon Generals office also published a comprehensive report that you may find informative: Facing Addiction in America. We will continue to ensure our health and social curriculums remain current and ask for your support in keeping all of our students safe by remaining informed.

The Smith Academy School Council is looking to run a community-driven workshop evening in March. We are looking for professionals or networks in the community who are able to support our efforts. Our vision is to offer an evening of student- or societally-relevant workshops where parents/guardians would be able to sit-in on several brief information sessions. The topics may range from opioid addiction; social media behaviors/platforms; teenage depression; or the college selection process. Once we secure presenters and resources, we will share our offerings and the exact date/time. We hope you are able to attend.

*Please note that Term 2 E-Report Cards will be published in PlusPortal on Friday, February 2 at 2 pm. Please see access directions here: E-Locker Access.

School Department Updates:

 

Important Dates:

  • 1/5 Friday

    • Grade 7: LifeSkills

  • 1/9 Tuesday

    • Health and Wellness Committee Meeting (2:40 at HES)

  • 1/15 Monday

    • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)

  • 1/16 Tuesday

    • School Committee Meeting (6:30 pm at SA)

  • 1/18 Thursday

    • “Heads-Up” Meeting (formerly HMHAC) 6 pm at Hatfield Fire Dept. (HAS BEEN CHANGED TO HES)

  • 1/26 Friday

    • Term 2 Marks Close

    • Field Trip: Weaving Studio (Mrs. Muellejans)

  • 1/31 Wednesday

    • Field Trip: Middle School students to UMASS

  • 2/3 Friday

    • Term 2 Report Cards Electronically Distributed at 2 pm

 

Respectfully,

Andrew Berrios, Ed.D.