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 Due to the three snow days on 2/5/16, 2/8/16, and 4/4/16, the last day of school for students is currently June 16, 2016.  Click Here to download the latest calendar.


We encourage you to check the Hopkins Academy and Hadley Elementary School websites for upcoming events and activities.





Dear Hadley School District Families,

The School Committee is interested in your feedback about Hadley Elementary School and Hopkins Academy. The survey should take 5 minutes per school. Your answers to this survey will help put your experiences and voice at the center of the schools’ efforts to improve services for children and families. [For email: Please take the survey at your earliest convenience at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hadley2016 or pick up a printed copy in the school office. Translation is available upon request.


Thanks, in advance.


Superintendent's Weekly Update

Dear Hadley Families,
I want to congratulate our seniors. Today was their last day of classes. I am grateful for the time I have been able to spend with them and proud of their accomplishments. I am looking forward to handing out diplomas~next Friday.
Events
Saturday, May 28th~- Prom at Hickory Ridge~6:30 pm
Sunday, May 29th~- HA Band Plays Hadley Parade~2 pm
Monday, May 30th~- HA Band Plays Amherst Parade~9:30 am
Tuesday, May 31st~- Senior Class Trip to Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park, CT
Wednesday, June 1st~-~
Graduation Rehearsal~9-11 am~HA
Senior Banquet at Mi Tierra~5 pm
Class Night HA Cafe~7-9 pm
Incoming Kindergarten Students Visit HES~9-10 am
Thursday, June 2nd~-~
HES Spring Concerts~9 am and 7 pm
Graduation Rehearsal~9-11 am~HA
Friday, June 3rd
Graduation Rehearsal~9-11 am
PTO Field Day HES
CLASS OF 2016 GRADUATION!!!~6pm

Athletics
Congratulations to all of our athletes on a terrific season. Thank you for your hard work and good sportsmanship. Thank you to all of the fans for supporting our student athletes. Varsity Baseball will play in the Division IV State Tournament Playoffs. Information about the date, time and location will be posted on the MIAA website next week.

Staff Appointments
HES Interim Principal -~Mr. Udall will retire on~July 29th. We are grateful for his five years of service to HES and wish him the best. Dr. Joan Wickman has been appointed to the position. Dr. Wickman is currently the superintendent of Carlisle School District and previously was the superintendent of Erving Union #28 School District. Prior to the superintendency, Dr. Wickman was the principal at R.H. Conwell School and Chester Elementary. Dr. Wickman has extensive experience as an elementary and early childhood educator, adjunct faculty member in higher education, and experience in special education including serving as the Director of Pupil and Personnel Services for Gateway Regional School District.

Administrator of Special Education (Part Time) -Ms. Patricia Bell will continue to serve as our part time special education administrator after her retirement.

Special Education Coordinator -~Ms. Tammy Seymour has been appointed as Special Education Coordinator for the district. Ms. Seymour is an experienced education team leader with special education and regular education teaching experience. Ms. Seymour started her career as a high school science teacher, taught special education in middle school, and has served as a team leader at a K-8 school for the past three years.~

School Psychologist -~Mr. Horrigan will retire after 26 years of service to Hadley Public Schools. He has done a wonderful job caring for the children of Hadley. Thank you Jack. Dr. Amanda Ryan has accepted the position of School Psychologist. She is licensed as a school psychologist and school adjustment counselor. In addition to her public school experience, Dr. Ryan was a lead consultant for IDEAL Consulting Services. She has extensive experience with response to intervention, school-wide reading improvement, and school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports.

Band Director/Music Teacher -~Mr. Skelly is moving to Rhode Island after serving as our band director for four years. A student of Mr. Forman's, Mr. Skelly continued Mr. Forman's tradition of excellence in music education. Thank you Dave you will be missed. Mr. Evan Bartlett has been appointed as our new band director. Mr. Bartlett received his Master of Music Education from Boston Conservatory. Mr. Bartlett is an accomplished musician and singer. He sang with St. Lawrence University's elite traveling choir, the Laurentian Singers and has performed in various venues around the world. Mr. Bartlett is a saxophonist and has played in numerous bands.

HA Nurse -~Ms. Sorrentino and her family are moving. Ms. Sorrentino has been our nurse at HA for the past six years. She has been a calm and caring presence in our nurse's office. Thank you Carolyn. We have appointed Sarah Smith as the HA nurse. Ms. Smith holds a business degree and nursing degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has served as a nurse for the Granby Public Schools.

HA French Teacher -~Madame Robert is retiring after ten years of service to Hadley. Merci Madame, vous nous manquerez surtout moi. J'ai beaucoup apprécié votre aide à améliorer mon français.* Ms. Breanna Lynch has been appointed as our new French teacher at HA. Ms. Lynch recently graduated with her Master of Arts in Teaching from Smith College. She has experience as a foreign language assistant at Collège Roncherolles and Collège Jean Monnet in France.

*I would like to thank the students in French 3 for editing my text.

Assessment
HES has completed MCAS.
HA will test Science MCAS on~June 1st and June 2nd.

What People Are Saying About Hadley Teachers
This is an excerpt from an email I recently received:
We would like to make a special mention of the teachers in K, 1st & 2nd Grades, who were WONDERFUL (Amy Hermans, Sara Lavallee & Sherene St. Peters) and his art teacher, Carol Pineo. (Our child) was cared for in all the ways he needed, and guided with kind but steady hands. Additionally, we want to give special gratitude to Kirsten Kennedy, who was fabulous.~ He always had a safe place, and he knew that.

 Finally, thank you to the Hadley Special Education Parent Advisory Council for the delicious cookies. Our staff was most appreciative.

Annie McKenzie
Superintendent






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