May 2018

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

We will conduct a lockdown drill during our drop-off time tomorrow morning (5/2). Please do not be alarmed to see police vehicles on school grounds. We are attempting to gain insight as to our preparedness in the event we are faced with an issue during our opening hours.  

Tomorrow evening (5/2) several community groups are hosting a viewing of the documentary: Resilience. The film addresses several relevant topics concerning issues our children often experience. Please see full brochure HERE.

Thank you to the Hatfield Education Foundation for their support with our Shrek production. A special thank you to Mrs. Randi Poirier, Ms. Liz Vollinger, Ms. Katherine Saik, the production crew, participating community members and our students!

Our Hatfield Public Library has two opportunities to offer our school community. The first is this week (5/3) and titled: Baby Goats. The second event is a Soap Making Workshop and scheduled for Sunday (5/12). Please reach out directly if you are interested: HPL

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 145th Declamations was Owen Baranoski and our runner-up was Abigail Davey. 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. Also, congratulations to Sophie Williams for successfully campaigning and being elected Western Mass. Student Council's President and Margaret Herlihy for being elected Secretary! 

Our Spring Concert and Art Show is scheduled for Thursday, May 10 at 7 pm. The concert and exhibition will take place in the gymnasium. We hope to see you there in support of the arts at Smith Academy!

All grade 8 parents/guardians, please make sure you have filed all paperwork concerning medications 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) These dates are listed below as well. 

On May 14 we will move our library operations to the computer lab. The Smith Academy Board of Trustee's has generously donated funds to update and renovate the Frank E. Abarno Library. We are very excited to start the transformation of this learning space. Ms. Shockey will run library services out of the computer lab for the last remaining weeks of school.  

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:

    • Extracurricular Certificate of Recognition (certificate awarded at award ceremony)

      • 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.
  • Menus 

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:

5/2 Wednesday

  • 7:15 am Drop-off lockdown drill
  • Multiple community groups hosting the viewing of the movie: Resilience (6-8 pm at HES) FLYER HERE

5/5 Saturday

  • Middle School Dance/Social at Smith Academy (6- 9 pm) - this event is catered

5/7 Monday

  • SOS Curriculum (Grades 9 & 11)

5/8 Tuesday

  • Educator Appreciation Day

5/9 Wednesday

  • AP Exam: English Literature and Composition
  • School Committee Meeting (6:30 pm at Smith Academy)

5/10 Thursday

  • MCAS: Math Grade 8 Session I (CBT)
  • AP Exam: U.S. Government and Politics
  • Spring Concert and Art Show (7 pm at Smith Academy) 

5/11 Friday

  • MCAS: Math Grade 8 Session II (CBT)
  • Junior Prom at Red Barn (6-10 pm)

5/14 Monday

  • AP Exam: Biology
  • Field Hockey Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser (5:30 - 7:30 at Smith Academy). More info. contact Ms. Polverari

5/15 Tuesday

  • MCAS: Math Grade 7 Session I (CBT)
  • AP Exam: Calculus
  • Field Trip: Women in Sports at MIAA
  • Health and Wellness Committee Meeting (2:45 at HES)

5/16 Wedneday

  • MCAS: Math Grade 7 Session II (CBT)
  • HEADS-Up Meeting (Hatfield Fire Dept. 6-8 pm)

5/18 Friday

  • Field Trip: Washington, D.C. Grade 8 (5/18-5/21) more info HERE

5/19 Saturday

5/21 Monday

  • Field Trip: Washington, D.C. Grade 8 (return)

5/22 Tuesday

  • Senior Final Exams

5/23 Wednesday

  • MCAS: Math Grade 10 Session I (PBT)
  • Senior Final Exams

5/24 Thursday

  • MCAS: Math Grade 10 Session II (PBT)
  • Warrior Dash (Grade 12 at Hopkin's Academy)
  • Lion's Club Banquet (Hatfield American Legion, 7 pm) Invitation event

5/25 Friday

  • Field Trip: Great East Festival (Band) 

5/27 Sunday

  • Hatfield Memorial Day Parade 

5/28 Monday

  • Memorial Day - No School

5/30 Wednesday

  • Senior Class Day (8:30 am at Smith Academy)
  • Senior Banquet (6 pm Smith College) Invitation only

6/1 Friday

  • Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony (7 pm at Smith Academy)



Andrew Berrios, Ed.D.