On Thursday, May 5th School Committee voted to support a joint Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging statement written by HWEA President Nicholas Ristaino, School Committee Chair, Dana Allara, and Superintendent, Eric Tracy. The statement serves to support our educators and students as we continue to work together to create and support safe and welcoming learning environments for everyone.
Joint Statement on School Committee Goal 3:
Commit to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Practices
The School Committee, the administration, and the teachers of the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District wish to reaffirm our commitment to providing a robust, engaging 21st century education that embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging practices. We will strive to support the differences that our staff, students and families/caregivers bring to our schools. We recognize that all students are different and come to our schools with different needs so we will work to create a learning environment and culture that enables all students, families/caregivers, and staff to have a sense of belonging, participate and thrive.
We will work to ensure all students can access a rigorous curriculum and feel welcomed in schools that prepare them for a world that is diverse, complicated, and full of challenges and opportunities. As part of our commitment we will continuously learn about and improve culturally responsive teaching practices, environments, and curriculum that will support the growth and development of all children.
We want to ensure all staff feel empowered to engage in developmentally appropriate ways with students in this vital work. Although this work comes with many challenges, it also opens countless opportunities for all of us to learn, to grow, and to foster safe and welcoming schools for all. Our staff must be trusted to do this difficult and important work. One of the most notable strengths of our district is the relationships between our staff and students. These relationships can be the catalyst to support social emotional learning and the development of competency in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging strategies. Together we can foster an environment where deep and powerful learning can occur, even about complicated and difficult topics.
Dana Allara - Chair, Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee
Eric Tracy - Interim Superintendent, Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District
Nicholas Ristaino - President, Hamilton-Wenham Regional Education Association
Wednesday, 5/18, 630pm (High School Conference Room)
Special Guest: Mike Ferreira, Elementary Music Teacher & Director of BCW Elementary Ensemble
The HWRHS will host the Underclass Academic Awards on Wednesday, June 8th at 6:30 pm in the HS auditorium. This event is invitation only and you will be notified if you will be receiving an award.
The 5th Graders will visit Miles River Middle School on Tuesday, June 7th. More information will be shared with parents.
Mark your calendars for Buker Field Day! Wednesday, June 15th. More details to follow.
June 3rd: The Friends of Cutler is pleased to announce that the community tradition of Family Fun Night returns this year - with a twist! Join friends and neighbors to celebrate cultural diversity with new international games, entertainment, food, and activities!
A Multicultural Festival
Friday, June 3
4:30 - 7:00
The Friends of Cutler is pleased to announce that the community tradition of Family Fun Night returns this year - with a twist! Join friends and neighbors to celebrate cultural diversity with new international games, entertainment, food, and activities!
Note: If you would like to volunteer, or if your family would like to honor and celebrate your own cultural heritage at the event, please contact Matti Acworth: email@example.com or Laura Studley: firstname.lastname@example.org