Welcome to Hemenway School!
We are looking forward to another busy and exciting year of learning and growth at Hemenway.
Dear Hemenway Families,
The end of our school year is approaching quickly. There are many events and I wanted to share the calendar with you. Please note that some are in-school only while others have families invited. If you’re coming to Hemenway, please keep in mind that we have very limited on school parking. Please plan to arrive with enough time to look for off-site parking alternatives while keeping in mind the town parking regulations. Please look for signs when entering Hemenway and sign-ins. Please proceed directly to your event and please do not visit or excuse other children from other classrooms. If you plan to dismiss your children with you at the end of the event; please make sure you sign them out.
Thank you for your continued support.
Dear Hemenway Families,
As you know, due to the extremely high pollen levels we have been seeing lately, many of our
students have been experiencing red, swollen, and itchy eyes as well as sneezing and nasal
congestion. If your child is experiencing such allergy symptoms and you feel as though he or she is not able to participate in recess, please send a note with your child stating your wishes. Your child will go outside with the class but will be asked to bring a book with him or her, and they will quietly read during that period.
Maureen A. Jones, School Nurse
The Framingham Public Schools (FPS) has developed an online family information system called the Family Connection Portal. The purpose of the Family Connection Portal is for parents/guardians to gain access to important student account information. Families will be able to:
- Verify Address Information
- Share Arrival and Dismissal Plan with FPS
- Verify Emergency Contact Information
- Apply for Transportation
- Receive Bus Route Information (For security reasons, bus routes will no longer be available on the FPS website).
May 12 - May 27
5th grade MCAS-Science/Technology Engineering dates: May 12-14, 2015.
It is hard to believe that we are in our final months of the 2014/2015 school year. Everyone has worked so hard in order to make this one of the best years ever. Even though there are days added onto the year with all of the snow we had; it will go by fast and I know it’ll be bittersweet to see our fifth graders go.
I was particularly struck today with Hemenway pride as I participated in the Museum of Science Assembly on Motion, Force and Work. Our upper grade students knew all about simple machines and rattled off every name of every machine and how they operated. Most of the students raised their hands when they were asked if they’d been to the Museum of Science and the presenter told them that they’d be experiencing something that they hadn’t seen at the Museum even if they’ve gone there. It was nice to know that our teachers work hard to prepare students so that they can enjoy this kind of assembly. It’s nice that we have many families that can take their children to the Museum of Science and it’s WONDERFUL that our PTO brings presentations like the Museum of Science to all of our children.
Teachers at Hemenway have collaborated all year in order to plan great Units that are aligned to the Common Core. The Common Core is exciting and it is strenuous and it involves teacher’s dedication as there are no Teacher Editions or Student Workbooks. This is authentic teaching and learning and students are challenged to be readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, and humanitarians. Hemenway teachers find out what their students know and then determine what they need to learn in order to achieve. To do this; they look at student work and analyze data. They form groups often across the grade level and all staff participates and supports all students. This leads into how Inclusion has also been maximized at Hemenway giving more teacher support to students that need it across all content areas.
It truly has been an exciting school year and I wanted you to know how much I appreciate your on-going support and how much I enjoy being the Principal at Hemenway Elementary School.
Here are the top things (in no particular order) that I love about Hemenway:
Here are the things that I wish were better…..
- The building (not enough space and needs modernization)
Thanks again and happy last few months of the school year!
Hemenway promotes "pawsitive" behavior!
Check out Hemenway's Behavior Matrix! It outlines all of the expected behaviors here at Hemenway School.
We Are A Multiple Intelligences School
Over the past years, teachers have taken courses on how the brain works and how to design lessons so that children of all different learning styles can access and master curricula standards. Our focus is on creating an environment at Hemenway that enables the children to delve into learning content areas in context. We want to create a place where the children can learn through real-life experiences, hands-on science, and current world events. We want them working on complex environmental problems and taking positions on social and environmental issues. We want them to be true world citizens.
(with parent permission).