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Weekly message from the Superintendent
3-17-17

Dear Hadley Families,
There is plenty of feedback, event information, and news to share with you this week. In honor of Women's History Month I would like to call attention to the achievements of Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the Fields Medal from the International Mathematical Union. Professor Mirzakhani's achievements highlight the contributions of women, immigrants, and mathematicians to our society.

What People Are Saying about HPS
I think the personal finance program I read about is a wonderful thing.~ I hope everyone realizes how important it is. (excerpt from email)

Mrs. Cristoforo has made a huge difference in my son's life. He's had some hard times in the past with feeling good about himself and his work. She has really gone above and beyond to make him feel positively about himself and school. She praises him and gives him positive feedback at each opportunity, while still encouraging him to be a good student when he is struggling. She has been open to talking with us whenever we have a concern. He is happy and silly and playful again.~ (excerpt from email)

The next email excerpt is long but worth the read. Thank you HA Pep Band for being great ambassadors of Hadley.

Just a brief note in regard to the kids in your Pep Band. As you know, I~“work” the MIAA basketball tournament at a couple of sites and have come in contact with the students who represent~Hopkins Academy many, many times. During those experiences I have formed a warm relationship with many of the athletes and coaches. Also, because I enjoy those athletes and coaches, I have attended ~a fair share of games in your gym, and have enjoyed the performance of the pep band as well as the performance of the athletes. Today, I write to~you about another performance entirely.~

At the State Semifinal game at the DCU center in Worcester I was installed at my usual post welcoming ~teams, media and~others. Last evening the~Hopkins~Academy~Pep~Band was scheduled to appear. Because of the logistics at the DCU center the entrance and set up for the Band is a bit less simple than at the~Cage at UMASS. The process of getting the equipment, and there is a significant amount of equipment, and musicians in place was a chore. It involves drop off and moving cars, waiting for the fan bus to drop off band members, more~moving of equipment and more waiting for students. All of this needed to be accomplished while~staying out of the way of arriving officials, media, teams and various MIAA dignitaries.~One young man stood out among the crowd. Paul Kosakowski was a superstar. He was organized, energetic and clearly~respected by his peers. NO adult could have done a better job. He interacted with DCU staff in a~respectful and friendly manner. He managed to charm some pretty jaded folks. He acquired a cart from the DCU staff to move equipment, and returned it appropriately~earning the~praise of the site manager for the evening. He was demanding of his peers without putting any of them off and still remained poised and calm. I have seen adults~“crack” under the demands that he met. Paul was simply wonderful. I could hear him talking to DCU staff, so respectfully, with please and thank you’s spread liberally over his smiles and energy.~

I know that small schools produce some wonderful kids. Paul Kosakowski is one of the really good ones. His family and school should be very~proud of him and know that his~future is bright. I consider it a privilege to have met him and to have worked with him. Congrats to all.

HA News and Events

Today, Irish Step Dancers performed for HA students during lunch. The Diversity Club hosted another lunch conversation on women's issues in honor of Women's History Month. The topic Friday was health issues. Next Friday the topic will be women in government.
HA Student Council is hosting a fundraiser tomorrow night, Saturday, March 16th at 6:00 - 9:00 pm in the cafe. $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults.

The boys basketball team gave a tremendous effort in the game~Wednesday, but in the end they were overcome by a talented Maynard team.~ Our team displayed the gritty nature and high quality basketball that that had brought them such success this season.~ They should be commended for their efforts, and congratulated for bringing a western mass championship back to the school for the third consecutive year.

Hopkins Academy's own~Sami~Roe~has been named the Western Mass Player of the year by the Basketball Hall of Fame.~ This award is given to the best player in western mass, regardless of what division they play in.~~Sami~has worked tirelessly on his craft to become the player he is today, and we are so glad that he is being recognized for his efforts.~ Congratulations once again!

Here is the link to a news brief for those who are interested:

Yearbooks for Hopkins Academy are currently on sale at~www.yearbookordercenter.com!~ Use school code 13794. They are on sale for $70.00. Parents of seniors and local businesses can purchase ads at the same website, price is dependent on size.~ If anyone has any questions please email the yearbook staff at~yearbook@hadleyschools.org
10th Grade MCAS ELA Exams~will be administered~on Tue, Wed &~Thu March 21st, 22nd & 23rd. The Hopkins Academy Board of Trustees will provide breakfast for all high school students prior to each exam day. Please make sure your student get a good night's sleep before next weeks exams.

7th Grade to Present at HES-~The Hopkins Academy 7th grade Science classes will present their Endangered Species Books, to share what they have learned with students at Hadley Elementary School.

Spring Sports Begin Practices:~Monday March 20th~after school.
Explore France in April 2018!
This trip is open to current 9th-11th graders

Ms. Lynch and Ms. Camuso are running a trip to Paris, Normandy and Brittany in April 2018. This 9 day trip’ s cost is $2,880 (can be paid monthly or lump sums). It will begin in Paris, France and then move to Rouen in Normandy. As we head west through Normandy, we will stop in St. Malo. Then we head back east, stopping in Chartres before returning to Paris to depart for home. Some of the experiences that we will have in Paris include visiting the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral. While in Normandy and Brittany, we will have the opportunity to visit a cheese factory, the Rouen Cathedral, and many World War II-related sites like the D-Day beaches, the Caen Memorial and St. Malo.

If you are interested in learning more about this trip please:

  • Attend the informational meeting on 3/20 at 5:00pm at Hopkins
  • Email Ms. Camuso or stop by anytime with any questions (acamuso@hadleyschools.org)
Also feel free to ask students who have traveled with Ms. Camuso and EF Tours about their experiences. Over the years we have spent time in: England, France, Ireland, Wales, Italy, and Greece. This spring we will add Germany and Czechia to that list. Students have had amazing experiences becoming global citizens and exploring new cultures and historical sites. We hope that you will attend our meetings to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

3202017_84902_0.pngHES News and Events
Irish Step Dancers performed this morning.~~
HES cancelled the second grade field trip to the Fine Arts Center and rescheduled the Holocaust presenter due to the storm.~ Family Literacy Night is scheduled for~March 29th.

Resources from the Attorney General
Attorney General Maura Healey launched an education campaign to help students and families in Massachusetts better understand financial aid packages offered by colleges. In particular, they have~a new hotline for students to call and~online resources~to help them better understand their financial award letters.
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Students and families with questions or concerns about financial aid award letters should call the Student Loan Assistance Unit’s hotline at~1-888-830-6277 or visit our website:www.mass.gov/ago/StudentAwardLetter.~~
HPD and HPS Working Together to Create Safe Schools and Foster Positive Relationships Among Schools, Public Safety, and the Greater Community
Hadley Public Schools is committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment for its students and staff. The school department, police department, and fire department regularly collaborate on efforts to improve safety, provide information to students and families about how to seek assistance from public safety officers, introduce students to local law enforcement and teach them about the role of first responders in our community, and educate students on their rights. Activities this year include:
  • State trooper and local fire and police conducting safety and security walk throughs at HES and HA and providing recommendations on how to improve security
  • School Resource Officer and fire department meeting with crisis teams in each building to review various safety and security measures and review recommended drills and training
  • School Resource Officer and Hadley Fire participating in our positive behavior program at HES by eating lunch with students and giving students a "tour" of police and fire vehicles and equipment
  • School Resource Officer visiting HA lunches talking with students and responding to questions
  • School Resource Officer has attended HA professional development on social justice and equity to better understand work underway in the district to foster a more just and equitable environment and to address discrimination and bias
  • Police, fire, and state troopers have provided or will provide in the future the following trainings for HPS faculty:
  • Introduction to ALICE training
  • Emergency Management Response Protocols
  • Threat Assessment
Thank you Hadley Police and Fire for all you do to support our schools and keep our students, faculty, and families safe and informed.

Helping Hearts
Please join us at the Annual Hadley Helping Hearts 5k/2 mile walk on~April 9th. You can find additional information at~http://www.helpingheartsforhadleyschools.org/
Hadley Mothers Club
Thank you to the Hadley Mothers Club for supporting our district notification system.
Community Events
The Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition, in partnership with the Easthampton Public School District, area businesses,~and the~South Hadley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition is~bringing the 1-hour documentary~Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,~to~Easthampton.~On~Tuesday, March 28th~from~7-8:30 pm~at the Easthampton High School the entire community is invited to a free screening, followed by a discussion about teens and social media, video games, academics and internet overuse.~Screenagers~has been viewed~at sold-out events more than~2,000~times world-wide~and is inspiring a cultural change.~Childcare (ages 4+) will be available~if you sign up ahead at:~coalition@epsd.us.
Have a terrific weekend.
Annie

Superintendent Hadley Public Schools
125 Russell Street
Hadley, MA 01035
Phone: (413) 586-0895




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