Dear Hadley Families,
Last weekend our nation experienced tragedy. Senseless acts of violence may leave us feeling hopeless, angry, and afraid. When people are targeted based on their membership in a particular group or class, a violent act can feel all the more egregious and heartbreaking. Our school community is committed to ensuring all students feel safe and supported. We embrace our LGBT students and families. We are one Hadley Schools family where everyone is valued. We will continue to support our students, families, and each other. If you have suggestions about how we can better support diversity as well as support our students, please contact me. I am available all summer and would be happy to meet or talk by phone.
I would like to suggest an article written by someone connected to our school community. The article is beautifully written and reminds us of the power of love in the face of despair.
Now let me end this year with some reminders and positive news:
What is Happening with Hadley Grads
This week I received a letter from Hamilton College (ranked 14 in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges) informing us that Hopkins graduate Adam Daniere received his bachelor's degreeMAGNA CUM LAUDE. The Dean of Hamilton complimented our teachers for the role they played in preparing Adam.
Recognition and Awards
Today we recognized our retirees and presented our Distinguished Service and Golden Apple Awards. Steve Lewis Subaru received the Distinguished Service Award for its generous contributions to the philanthropic organizations that help our schools (PTO and Helping Hearts). Carolyn Sorrentino (nurse HA) received our Golden Apple Award for her exemplary service to our students and school community during her time in Hadley and for her work on numerous mental health projects that have greatly helped our students. Carolyn assisted with bringing a morning yoga class to students at HA, offering mindfulness to HA students, as well as several other projects to support mental health.
Ms. Colleen Snyder (teacher grade 5 HES) will retire in September. Ms. Snyder has worked at Hadley Elementary for 21 years. She is a skilled and dedicated educator who will be greatly missed. Thank you Colleen for all you have done for Hadley. We are pleased to announce that Ms. Roselee Conklin has been appointed to the grade 5 position upon Ms. Snyder's retirement. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Conklin worked as an education support professional at HES. Most recently, Ms. Conklin provided tiered instructional supports to students in reading. Ms. Conklin is certified as an elementary educator and principal. She holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from UMass Amherst in Education Policy, Research, and Administration.
Hadley Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)
"Save The Date: Summer Parent Support Night
Organized by The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)
Enjoy a night out with other parents in the community at Spare Time Bowling in Northampton Saturday, July 16, 2016.
The evening will include unlimited bowling from 6-8 pm, shoe rentals, pizza, and soda. Estimated cost is approximately $8 per person (dependent on the number of people who RSVP), but please let us know if this is a hardship for you- all are welcome!
Please RSVP email@example.com to let us know you will be there or if you have any questions."
Final ChalkTalk from PTO
You can find the final edition of ChalkTalk for this year at the following link:
School Committee Survey
The School Committee is interested in hearing from you. If you have not yet responded, please click on the following link and complete their brief survey.
Message from Richard at TV5
The Hopkins Academy Graduation and the 6th Grade Graduation are now available for on-demand viewing on our web site (www.hadleyma.org/tv5.shtml). Also, I have added two more airings of both graduations to HPAT-1's (cable Ch. 191) schedule. The 6th Grade graduation will be aired on Tuesday, June 21st at 7pm with a re-airing the next day at 11am and the Hopkins Academy graduation will be aired on the same day at 8pm with a re-airing the next day
Thanks Richard for all you do.
Report Cards and Schedules
HES report cards will be mailed on Monday June 20th. HA report cards will be available in the office for pick up between 7:30 and 3.
HA students have received copies of their schedules. HES teacher assignments will be mailed home by early August.
The local League of Women Voters which will have its giant book sale in late
July and early August this year. For the first time, they are planning to have a special
day just for young readers in the area, Monday July 25, 12 – 4 pm. They generally
have over 14,000 books at the sale, most of which are priced at $2 or less and also
there will be a hands-on book-making demonstration on site.
The event will take place at the Fort River Elementary School Gym.
Thank you for another great year. It is a joy and a privilege to serve as the superintendent in Hadley. Have a safe and relaxing summer.
Free & Reduced Lunch- Information and application 2016-17.pdf