Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,


Welcome to the 2004-05 school year and the fourth year of the elementary K-5 configuration.  In years prior to 2001 Sheehan School housed students in grades three through five, two through five, four through six, and K through six.  From 1948 through 1975 the school was named the Pond Plain School.  It was renamed in 1975 in honor of William E. Sheehan, a Westwood Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty. A continued source of pride in our school is the library/media center which was the former cafeteria/gym many years ago. In 2001 a new primary reading area was created there to honor the memory of a former third grade student.  PTA support throughout the years has been responsible for updated furnishings including technology opportunities, and contributions from private sources have helped to maintain a high quality of reference and non-fiction materials.  The PTA-sponsored birthday book program enhances the fiction collections at all grade levels as we strive to model the fundamental premise that reading in the most important subject taught in elementary school. 


As of this date 326 students are enrolled in grades K-5.  Class sizes in all grades remain within system guidelines of 18-22 in Kindergarten and grade one and 22-24 in grades two through five.  These are comfortable numbers of students per class given the fact that classrooms in the 1948 section are somewhat smaller than those in the 1968 addition.  During the summer weeks extensive exterior and interior building improvements have taken place.  The outside trim around exterior and interior doorways and windows has been painted, the walkway to the gym/cafeteria entrances has been upgraded, and a new Sheehan School sign has replaced the former weather-damaged one.  Inside upkeep has consisted of plumbing, plastering, and carpeting improvements in classrooms, the health room,and in the library/media center.  A handicapped bathroom in the gym/cafeteria lobby is now available.  Laptop computers funded with PTA support will enhance classroom technology opportunities and texts, school supplies, and furnishings continue to arrive.


The information in our school handbook will describe how our Core Values, Philosophy, and Mission guide the staff in meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students.   Also included are routine safety and security procedures, health information, a detailed description of student support services and behavior expectations, i.e. the Child Support Team (CST), Special Education Services, Guidance, Literacy Support, and information regarding Discipline for Students Following Significant Behavioral Incidents.


Each year the School Site Council develops a School Improvement Plan that identifies goals to promote maximum safety and security, technology, curriculum and staff development and student achievement.  The June Summary Status Report for the 2003-04 School Improvement Plan indicated goals in these areas that were completed or will continue to be on-going in 2004-05.  Copies of this report are available in our school office.


As the year continues, you will be made aware of progress in the above areas.  If you have questions or concerns about these or any of the information included in the handbook, please do not hesitate to contact me.  The significance of the hawk on the handbook cover indicates our goal for all students to achieve great heights in all learning areas.  Look for our weekly newsletter, Sheehan Notes, which will keep you informed on Sheehan events that speak to our school motto, Watch Us Soar.


                                                                                                Sincerely yours,



                                                                                                Joanne Hadalski