As I was enjoying the amazing WHS Winter Concert last night, I was reminded of so many great things about our district. First, that we continue to believe in the power of a holistic education. Opportunities such as those in the Performing Arts, allow students to find their own niche in our schools where they can shine beyond the classroom. Of course, watching Dr. Mac and Chad, both during and after the performance, it’s clear the place that these talented educators and musicians hold in the hearts of our students. And I know this is also the case for so many of our educators. Finally, last night’s performance was open to the community, which allowed us to showcase the great work that happens in WPS. When parents see the passion and happiness of our students performing at such a high level, I know it inspires great confidence in our collective work. In short, last night was a wonderful microcosm of so much of what makes the Wellesley Public Schools such a special place. I hope you feel the same way.
As we head out and begin our winter break today, I wish you all a safe, festive, and restful holiday season. I’ll see you in 2020!
12/23/19-1/1/20 – Winter Break – No School
01/06/20 – WEF Grant Applications Deadline
01/07/20 – School Committee Meeting – Town Hall – 6:30 pm
01/21/20 – School Committee Meeting – Town Hall – 6:30 pm
2020 WEF Grant Applications
Deadline: Monday, January 6th Decision Notifications: Early April
Did you know??
● WEF funded over $224,000 through 29 grants last year!
● Grants funded at all WPS levels – elementary, middle and high school.
● WEF has a grant history 2010-2019 for review.
We welcome your inspiring and innovative applications. Please start the process at https://www.wellesleyeducationfoundation.org/ > the menu bar > Educators Tab > Apply for a Grant tab
Jessamy Harrington, Lisa Hicks, and Carrie Reepmeyer
WEF Grants Co-Chairs, 2019-2020
Seminar Day 2020 – Presenters Needed!
The holiday season is upon us, and on behalf of Student Congress at Wellesley High School, we would like to offer you an opportunity to avoid all those divisive conversations about politics around the dinner table. Instead, might we recommend you invite your loved ones to participate in this year’s Seminar Day!
If you’re a new teacher or need a refresher on what Seminar Day is, please scroll to the bottom of this post and read the short description. If you already know the gist, please consider presenting a passion of yours or reaching out to those who may have something valuable, interesting, and/or exciting for our students to hear about. We have included the sign-up form below for you. If you would like us to personally reach out to someone (family, friend, or acquaintance) who may have a topic to present to our students, please pass along any information to us. You can also feel free to send the link along to them as well. Speakers can speak for one block, two blocks, or all three! We are now pleased to be able to offer 10 PDP’s for presenting at Seminar Day!
Seminar Day 2020 Sign Up Form
Zach Nicol and Carly Matarazzo
What is Seminar Day?
Seminar day occurs on the March half day every year at WHS. Instead of classes, we plan three one-hour blocks of seminars, and our students (and staff) attend the ones that align with their interests and passions. The schedule for the day is as follows:
Block A: 8:20-9:20am
Block B: 9:25-10:25 am
Block C: 10:30-11:30 am
WTP Performances – Complimentary Tickets Available for WPS Staff – Upcoming Performance: Frozen Jr.
The Wellesley Theatre Project would like to offer Wellesley Public School employees up to two complimentary tickets to performances throughout the year! Seats have been set aside for all performances. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-235-1550 to let them know which performance you would like to attend. We hope to see you at a show!