The HW Edfund Over & Above Award was awarded to HWRHS English Teacher, Tracy Stephens. This award is presented to a teacher, administrator, or student who best represents the mission of the Edfund. A grant writer who demonstrates leadership, innovation, and creativity.
2022 Over and Above Award
Every year the Edfund presents the Over and Above award to teachers, administrators, or a group of students who, through a grant request, best represents the mission of the Edfund. A grant writer who demonstrates: Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity.
Tracy truly embodies these three qualities. She has shown leadership in identifying a real need in the social-emotional well-being of students within her school, and innovation in finding a creative solution to address this need. This could not have come at a more needed time.
From the beginning, the Edfund was blown away at:
the thoroughness of her research on the benefits and impact of a therapy dog,
the dedication she showed in learning about the process and getting trained as a handler, and
the passion with which she spoke about wanting to support students who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, or the stress of being a teenager today.
Thank you for your dedication to making a difference in our student's lives.
The UNDEFEATED Hamilton-Wenham Girls Varsity Tennis Team clinched the MIAA D4 State Championship on Saturday, June 18, 2022. This is the first state title in the program's history. Congratultions to the whole team on their win!
On Saturday, May 21st, the HW Bands & Choruses competed at the Music in the Parks Festival at Westfield State University. They nearly had a clean sweep with 1st place in almost every category and they won best overall in every division. We are so proud of all the performers!
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
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