Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the Sheehan School.
When the school opened in the 1948-49 school year, it was called the Pond Plain
School and housed twelve
classrooms and a combination library, gym, and cafeteria. In 1968 a two floor addition was joined onto
the building, and eight classrooms along with a full size gym and cafeteria
were added. Pond Plain School was renamed in 1975 in honor of
William E. Sheehan, a Westwood Police Officer killed in the line of duty. Over
the years Sheehan
School has housed a
variety of populations ranging in grades 1-6, 7-8, K-5, 3-6, and 2-5. Since the reorganization of all elementary
schools in 2001, it has remained a K-5 school.
Life at Sheehan School
is very busy. Our child-centered mission
seeks to develop in all students basic academic
competencies, higher order thinking skills, a love for reading,
self-discipline, and moral responsibility.
To assist in these goals parents, staff, and community members play an
active role. The PTA has a long standing
record of loyalty and support for academic endeavors and curriculum
enrichment. The School Site Council
develops a yearly School Improvement Plan to promote growth in areas of the
curriculum, staff development, technology, and safety. The school’s leadership committee is
comprised of staff members who plan for and uphold a vision of academic
excellence and social-emotional well being.
A Child Study Team suggests strategies to teachers for student learning
and social skills, and an Incident Management Team focuses on ensuring the
safety of all. Last and most important
of all is an active Student Council to model the expectations embedded in our
school’s Core Values: respect, responsibility, a love of learning, thinking
skills, and effective communication.
As each new
year arrives, our student body becomes more diverse. This presents more opportunities for all of
us to learn about other cultures and customs, making for an enriched school
community and curriculum. On behalf of
the entire Sheehan staff you are welcome to join us in our adventures in
learning so that together we can take pride in supporting our school motto, “Watch