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black and white drawing of Buker School cupola
Ben Schersten

Buker Bulletin, March 17, 2023

Upcoming Dates

  • Mar 23: Buker Open House, 5:30-7:00
  • Mar 27: MCAS testing begins
  • Mar 29: Family Literacy Workshop, 8:30-9:30 and 5:00-6:00

From the Principal

Hi Buker families,

The week began with a teacher workday on Monday. All the elementary teachers gathered at Winthrop. We spent the day digging deeper into CKLA, our new literacy curriculum. In the morning teachers looked at writing samples from each grade level to get a better sense of how writing skills develop from year to year. This gave them a sense of what skills students are coming with, how their instruction layers on top of this, and what will come in future years. In the afternoon, teachers chose from a number of literacy activities that support small group instruction so they can tailor their instruction to meet the specific needs of their class. It was great to get the whole district together to talk about literacy. 

Tuesday’s storm led to an early release day. Thank you to everyone for being flexible with the dismissal change. Admittedly, the storm totals were not very high. But when the rain shifted to snow and roads started to get greasy right about the time we dismissed, it felt like we had made the right call. 

On Wednesday I visited first grade as they were making fossils. They were pressing shells, leaves, and pine needles into clay to create their own fossil record. This was a part of their unit on The History of the Earth. 

Next Thursday is our Spring Open House. We will be open from 5:30-7:00pm. Bring the family and come to see all the great things we’ve been up to. The fifth grade class of 2023 will be hosting a fundraiser that night. More information on that is below. Also, Friends of Buker will be selling Buker merchandise (shirts, hats, etc). You can pre-order at

On Friday, we will have a Buker Spirit Day. We encourage everyone to wear something that shows off their love of Buker School!

Finally, we have started kindergarten registration for the fall. If you or anyone you know has a child planning to attend kindergarten this fall, please have them register as soon as possible. Registration information is below. Having an accurate count early helps us plan for the upcoming school year. 

Have a great weekend!


Other News

Grade 5 Open House Fundraiser - pizza, bake sale, raffle

Kindergarten Registration 2023

Register Here:

Family Literacy Workshop, 3/29/23, 8:30-9:00am, 5:00-6:00pm




Camp Invention at Buker, July 10-14.


We continue to have a few open positions:

  • Noon Monitor: 11:20-1:35 daily (a little earlier on Wednesdays) to help with one recess and three lunch seatings. You wouldn't be alone, we have other staff there too.
  • Substitute Teachers: We are always looking for more subs. Even if you are only available one or two days a week, having additional substitute options always helps. 
  • Special Education Teaching Assistant: Work with students across the building under the direction of a Special Education Teacher. 

If you have any questions about the positions, contact Ben. More information is on the district's Human Resources webpage


Congratulations to HWRHS 6th District Congressional Art Show Awards Recipients
Jennifer Caufield

Six Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School students submitted artwork to the 6th District Congressional Art Show competition sponsored by Congressman Seth Moulton and Montserrat College of Art this past weekend. Three HW students received recognition. Congratulations to Andrew Jones, Eugene Ahn, and Sydney Amero!

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“13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview” Heading to METG State Finals
Jennifer Caufield

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Hamilton-Wenham’s “13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview”. They were one of the two winners at the METG Semi-Finals Round on Saturday. HW also brought home four All-Star Awards for Jake Bassinger, Jake Flynn, Eric Schurma-Vorbrondt, and Eugene Ahn. On to FINALS @ 7pm March 31st! Tickets available here:

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8th Grade Mandarin Students Visit the Seniors at the Hamilton Housing Authority
Jennifer Caufield

8th-grade Mandarin students went to visit the senior citizens at the Hamilton Housing Authority who speak only Mandarin!  The students performed a couple of songs and then engaged in some wonderful conversations in Mandarin. An incredible community service opportunity and language immersion experience. ! Thanks to Rachel Lee & Coreen Howland for making this happen!

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NHD photo collage of students
Jennifer Caufield

Congratulations to all the participants who presented their research at the Massachusetts Regional History Day competition on Sunday, March 12th in Stoneham. Students have been continuously working on their independent projects since September with the assistance of the social studies team Anne Page, Brett Burnett, Johann Knets, and Kristen Borges.

Please join us in congratulating:

Juniors: Ella Tran, Jadon Wang, Adison Caufield, Claire Payne, Katrina Peteranderl, Winter Baird, Zoe Horner, Annabella Connell, Alfie Chien, Christos Meimeteas, Eric Hutchinson, Sofia Brown, Jake Bassinger, Bella Fazio and Julia Tsappis.  

Sophomores: Norah McCullough, Charlotte Madden, Claire Gardella, Julia Bial, Phoebe Fallon, Currie Fallon, Mika Kondo, Maddie Carey-Meyette, Jake Flynn, Cameron Massimi, Noah Peabody, Maren Cassidy and Kate Cassidy.  

Several of our projects took home medals or received honorable mentions.  Those who received medals will be moving on to the Massachusetts History Day state competition on Saturday, April 1, at Winchester High School.

Medal Winners:

1st Place Group Documentary Currie Fallon, Phoebe Fallon and Mikaela Kondo - Perkins School for the Blind: The public’s perspective altered and a vision for accessibility realized

1st Place Group Performance Sophia Brown and Jake Bassinger- CURIE: A radioactive frontier in science

3rd Place Group Website Jake Flynn, Cameron Massimi, and Noah Peabody - The Ellis Island Experiment: Gateway to the American Dream?

3rd Place Individual Website Jadon Wang - Curt Flood’s Fight for Free Agency

3rd Place Individual Exhibit Katarina Peteranderl - The Paris Commune

Honorable Mentions:

Individual Documentary Ella Tran - Americans with Disabilities Act

Group Exhibit Alfie Chen, Christos Meimeteas and Eric Hutchinson - The 2001 Invasion of Afghanistan

Individual Website Maddie Carey-Meyette - Dr. Charles A. Eastman and the Evolution of Native American Education

Thank you to the entire Hamilton-Wenham community for its continued support of the National History Day program!  If our students qualify at the Massachusetts History Day state competition, they will advance to the National Contest which will take place this June at the University of Maryland, College Park. 

NHD photo collage of students







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photo collage from the DECA CONFERENCE
Jennifer Caufield

The Hamilton Wenham DECA Chapter returned home triumphant on Saturday, March 11, from the 64th annual Massachusetts DECA State Career Development Conference (SCDC) at the Marriott Copley, Sheraton, and Hynes Convention Center in Boston with 14 students qualifying for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, FL. 

100 Hamilton Wenham students joined over 3,000 students, advisors, and business professionals for the 3-day conference where students competed in over 50 categories of marketing, hospitality, finance, and entrepreneurship.

100 Hamilton Wenham students joined over 3,000 students, advisors, and business professionals for the 3-day conference where students competed in over 50 categories of marketing, hospitality, finance, and entrepreneurship. The theme this year was Better Than Ever (Click here to view the Program Booklet.)

The SCDC took place over March 9–11 with role-play competitors taking a 100-question comprehensive exam and then performing 2 role-plays with business professionals who volunteer as judges. Role-plays ask students to solve a problem and present their solution to the judge while covering specific performance indicators. Project competitors presented their findings from their previously submitted prepared papers at the conference.

Hamilton Wenham students earned 14 State Champion trophies, 13 State Finalist medallions, and one medallion for a top score on their comprehensive exam. 

State Champions: ICDC Qualifiers

Marissa Conway 11
& Olivia Novak 11

Business Law & Ethics Team Decision Making (BLTDM)

Morgan Glovsky 12
& Drew Stewart 12

Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making (BTDM)

Eliza Bassom 12

Entrepreneurship Series (ENT)

Philip Prieur 12

Entrepreneurship Series (ENT)

Julia Tsappis 11

Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling (HTPS)

Davis Angelli-Nichols 11

Human Resources Management (HRM)

Andrea Kohler 12

Personal Financial Literacy (PFL)

Ava Fleury 11

Quick Service Restaurant Management (QSRM)

Sophie Bassom 12

Restaurant & Food Service Management (RFSM)

Sophie Bassom 12
& Drew Stewart 12

Stock Market Game (SMG)

Alfie Chien 11

Stock Market Game (SMG)

Eric Hutchinson 11

Stock Market Game (SMG)

Jaden Zhou 12

Stock Market Game (SMG)

State Finalists (Top 12): ICDC Alternates

Max Consolazio 12

Automotive Services Marketing (ASM)

Hannah Ciriello 11
& James Day 12

Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making (BTDM)

Ava Finn 12

Retail Merchandising Series (RMS)

Lily Prieur 12

Financial Consulting Event (FCE)

Alfie Chien 11
& Christos Meimeteas 11

Financial Services Team Decision Making (FTDM)

Ava Maher 11

Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling (HTPS)

Jane Burnham 12

& Paige Skellett 12

Hospitality & Tourism Team Decision Making (HTDM)

Madeline Ciaramitaro 10

Principles of Hospitality & Tourism (PHT)

Claire Veenema 11

Principles of Marketing (PMK)

Hannah Powers 11

Professional Selling Event (PSE)


Comprehensive Exam Recognition: Medallion for Top 3 Test Scores per Category

Jack Rose 10 

Accounting Application Series (ACT)


Additionally, Hamilton Wenham earned 9 allocations for the prestigious Leadership Development Academy at the ICDC in Orlando through chapter campaigns on the state and national levels. Through an application process, members are chosen for leadership training to gain skills that they will bring back to the local chapter. 

DECA is a co-curricular organization of high school students that builds transferable skills for college and career with over 200,000 members in all 50 states, four US territories, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Korea, and more. DECA helps students develop skills for successful careers, builds self-esteem, provides leadership opportunities, and stresses community involvement and service.

The Hamilton Wenham program is led by Laura Wheeler,  DECA Advisor & Business Teacher, and Stefanie Rogal, DECA Advisor & Academic Coordinator of the RISE program. The program is in its seventh year at HWRHS and has nearly one half of the total school population as members. The experience would not be possible without the support of faculty and volunteers who donated their time to chaperone the trip: Sue Howland, Sally Maijenski and her husband Robert Bova, Joe Maher, Jenn Sauriol, Jeff Walsh and his wife Dallas Walsh, and Johanna Wilson.

To learn more about DECA, visit and

You can view all photos & video from the DECA State Career Development Conference in the States Photos 2023 folder. 


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