October 2019 Newsletter

Dear Students and Families,  

I hope our October newsletter finds you and your family doing well. Please find below important events for the upcoming month, as well as some information about the Smith Academy community.

Best wishes

Chris Buckland


Important dates for October

  • Oct 1: School Council appointed (This will be announced through the SA news section of the website)
  • Oct 2nd:How to start your novel, event at the Hatfield public library. Please see this link for details.
  • October 3rd: 3:30-5 pm: Principal drop-in at SA (Let Mr. Buckland know what is on your mind)
  • October 6th: Learn to Play Quidditch
  • October 14th: Columbus day - no school
  • October 15-18th: Spirit Week (More details will be posted through the SA news section of the website)
  • October 16th: PSAT Exam (Juniors)
  • October 17th: Heads Up Kick Off Meeting, 6-7pm at HES
  • October 18th: Homecoming Dance ($5: More details to be confirmed by the Student Council)
  • October 19th: Homecoming (Please see below)
  • October 25th: Half day for students/ professional development for educators. Students will be dismissed at 11:15.


Hatfield 350th Anniversary

Smith Academy will play a part in the town's 350 year celebrations: Find out about the many events happening in Hatfield and how you can get involved, here

Open House

I want to thank all who came out for our annual open house. I hope you were able to gain a greater understanding of our mission, culture, and the curriculum we are delivering to your child/ren. If you were unable to attend, you can find the entire presentation: HERE

MCAS Results and Testing Schedule for 2019/20

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary (MDESE) continues to strive toward 100% computer based testing (CBT) on all standardized tests. Please take some time to review our 2019/20 MCAS testing schedule. If would like to explore and practice the next generation MCAS please click HERE

The 2019 MCAS results have been released by MDESE. The results varied between middle and high school students. We will delve deeper into these data sets and adjust curriculum based upon cohort performance. Our grade 9 and 10 students performed exceptionally well. Overall, we are proud of our students and their efforts. If you would like to explore further, please visit our MDESE profile: HERE. DESE should be delivering student MCAS results and reports during the week of September 30th and we will distribute these to all students thereafter.


On October 19th we will hold our annual homecoming. This a great day to come out in support of our school community, class advisory groups, and our athletes. This day also serves to recognize those who have made a significant impact on our students and school. This individual or group is recognized with the presentation of the homecoming award. This year's recipient is former student Mr. Harrison Bardwell of Bardewell Farm who plays a significant role in the Hatfield community. For more information on Harrison, please click here.

Our homecoming parade also serves a special place in the day's activities. Each grade is assigned a float and asked to appropriately decorate it for judging by a small committee. Please see the homecoming schedule below (A rain date has been set for Sunday 20th and a decision on using this will be made by 1pm on Friday 18th):


8-8:30 Floats to park up in the circle

8:30 am Homecoming Committee judges and decides upon float winner

*ALL floats must be here prior to 8:30 to be prepared.

  • 8:45 Official Welcome

    • New Homecoming Award (Mr. Harrison Bardwell)

    • Float winner announced

    • Recognition of King and Queen from Spirit Week!

9:15 Parade Starts (Departs Smith Academy)

10:00 Food/Fundraisers @ Smith Academy (All proceeds benefit Smith Academy students)

10:30-45 Soft opening of the new Field Hockey pitch

Athletic Games

  • 11:00 Girls Soccer Varsity/JV vs. Hopkins Academy

  • 1:00 Boys Varsity/ JV Soccer vs. Hopkins Academy

  • 2:00 pm Varsity Field Hockey vs. Turners (Behind Center School)


School Department Updates:

October Menu