Welcome Back

As I look ahead to a new school year, I want to take a moment to thank the citizens of Hatfield for their generous support in providing a brand new roof at Smith Academy. Shortly, new windows and doors will also be installed in the building. These improvements will help to guarantee that Smith Academy will continue to meet the educational needs of the students in the Hatfield Public Schools for years to come.  Also, in large part due to a generous donation by the Hatfield Parent Teacher Association, new play structures will soon be installed on the playground as well as additional mulch. This will provide much needed play space for children during recess. Volunteers are needed on Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13 to help with the assembly of the new playground structures. If interested in helping, please call  Kim Ghareeb (413) 626-1267, or contact the Elementary School office.

In September, we will be introducing a new way to pay for school lunches. Parents and guardians will be able to pay for their child's lunch in advance either by sending a check or going on line and paying with a credit card. It will also be possible to access information on what your child has purchased. Each student will be assigned a four digit PIN to access the money in their account. It will be possible to place restrictions on how much each student can purchase each day. Additional information will be sent home in September, and shared at Open Houses.

This year we welcome several new staff to the Hatfield Public Schools. Jean Hobbie is the new school nurse. She comes to us with extensive experience in the nursing field. Another new addition to Hatfield is Leslie MacDonald. Leslie is a skilled and experienced Speech and Language Pathologist. Other new additions this year at Smith Academy; include William Schulze, who will be teaching math;  John Garrett, who will be teaching history,  and Peg Suttenfield, who will be teaching Middle School math.

This school year, the focus on curriculum will turn towards science, art, and music. Teachers will work to ensure that these curriculum areas are aligned. In addition, Smith Academy will be undergoing a visit by the New England Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Every ten years NEASC conducts these visits in order for schools to maintain their accreditation . The visit is expected to occur sometime in the Spring.

I encourage everyone in the community to take time this year to support our students, either by attending an athletic event, musical concert, academic function, or school fundraiser. Please check the District calendar and the website for upcoming events.    Open Houses are scheduled for September 11 at Smith Academy and September 17 at the Elementary School. I wish everyone a safe and successful school year.

John Robert