The Roderick Review

April 2019

April Announcements

I hope you are enjoying the fantastic weather! As we move into April there are many exciting events happening at Roderick! Thank you to everyone who participated in the Roderick School Needs Survey. The results of this survey will be reviewed by the Wrentham School Council to identify areas of success and improvement moving forward into the 2019-2020 school year.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns; please don't hesitate to let me know.


Mr. Kevin Martes


Important April Dates

Monday, April 1st

Town Election

Wednesday, April 3rd

Early Release: Professional Development

Wednesday, April 10th

Honors Band Concert, KPHS Auditorium, 7pm

Thursday, April 11th

Students vs Staff Basketball Game, Gibbons Gym, 4pm

Thursday, April 11th

7th Grade Parent Orientation, King Philip Middle School, 7pm

Friday, April 12th

7th Grade Student Orientation, King Philip Middle School, 9:30am

Monday, April 15th- Friday, April 19th

April Vacation

Tuesday, April 23rd

School Committee Meeting, Roderick Library, 7pm

Wednesday, April 24th

DARE Graduation, Gibbons Gym, 7pm

Monday, April 29th

Arbor Day Celebration, Grade 4, 1pm

MCAS Reminders

Students will be taking the MCAS test over the months of April and May. We encourage all students to try their best during the MCAS tests. There are a few tips that can help students do their best on the testing days:

  • Get a good night of sleep before the test.
  • Eat a healthy and well balanced breakfast.
  • Encourage a calm and relaxed morning routine.

Please remember to arrive on time to school each testing day. If a student is tardy during the MCAS test, they will need to make up the test a subsequent school day.

Spring 2019 MCAS Dates

Grade 4 ELA: Thursday, April 4th and Friday, April 5th

Grade 4 Math: Wednesday, May 8th and Thursday, May 9th

Grade 5 ELA: Wednesday, April 10th and Thursday, April 11th

Grade 5 Math: Wednesday, May 1st and Thursday, May 2nd

Grade 5 Science: Monday, May 13th and Tuesday, May 14th

Grade 6 ELA: Monday, April 8th and Tuesday, April 9th

Grade 6 Math: Monday, May 6th and Tuesday, May 7th

Classroom Placement for the 2019-2020 School Year

We are looking for your input and voice in the placement process for next school year. Parent and guardian input is an important aspect of creating balanced classrooms and successful learning experiences for all students.

If you would like to provide parent input for consideration in the placement process, you are invited to fill out a google form that will be emailed to you on Wednesday, April 10th. This is a great opportunity to provide input on your child's strengths, weaknesses, health considerations, and/or potential peer conflicts. Please remember that this is not a tool to request a particular teacher.

We will be accepting placement input from parents and guardians until Thursday, April 25th. We value parent voice in the placement process as an important tool for creating classrooms that all children can find success both academically and socially.

Wrentham Summer Institute

Join us for a fun and exciting summer at Wrentham Summer Institute. Summer Institute is an athletic/enrichment program for children in kindergarten through grade six. The program is held from 9:00AM to 12:00PM, Monday through Friday for four weeks beginning June 24, 2019. All classes will be held at the Roderick School. Amazing new classes have been added this summer along with the return of some traditional favorites!

Destination Imagination Rolls Along

Our Wildcats were all successful in reaching the podium at the DI Regional Tournament with three out of the four teams heading to the State Tournament! Our teams all brought home ribbons! Two first place awards; Elementary Level Technical Challenge for the Wiggle Worms, and Middle School Level Scientific Challenge for the 7 Wonders of Wrentham. A second place award for Senior Level Improvisation went to Team Kranch, a team of WPS students now freshman in high school who have been together since third grade. By virtue of so many teams in this level of competition, the top two teams at the Regional event advanced to the State Tournament. Our third place award went to a first year team of 4th graders. They called themselves the Medieval Medicators. They caught the attention of the Appraisers for their outstanding creativity in making their own paint out of glue and dirt and melting crayons to decorate a castle However, most noteworthy of all was the special award called the "Spirit of DI". This award is given in recognition of those who act as superior role models in the areas of spirit, teamwork, sportsmanship or volunteerism. Our 6th grade team, the 7 Wonders of Wrentham, have been together since 3rd grade. This year two of the team members' families moved and one changed schools. The team did not let that stop them. They arranged their team meetings to be able to include everyone, even if that meant Skyping with their teammate in Colorado! On tournament day, when they introduced themselves they held up a picture of their Colorado teammate and had her participating in the presentation via pre-recorded video. This caught the attention of many and was truly deserving of being recognized for outstanding teamwork.

The State Tournament just held on March 30th, was again a very successful tournament for WPS! Our 7 Wonders have become the most decorated medal/trophy winning team in WPS DI history! They have earned their third invitation to the Global Event in May in as many years. The solutions each year are always impressive and this year was no different. The margin of scores were incredibility close across all challenges. Our 5th grade Wiggly Worms Elementary Level Technical Team and Team Kranch Freshman KP Secondary Level Improv Team each placed 4th. We have so much to be proud of! We are already looking forward to next year and hope that many more student will step up and accept a DI Challenge!