The following is a summary of the planned timeline of events surrounding the WPS elementary building projects. With the upcoming opening of two new buildings, the closing of a school, and redistricting for the 2024-25 school year, WPS has created a detailed schedule of events to share with the community. This page was last updated on October 5, 2023 and will be further updated as details become finalized and/or events are added. A color-coded PDF of this list is also available.
2023-24 School Year
Hardy Topping Off – Brief ceremony was held during the school day for the school community. Beam signing by students, staff, town officials was on 8/31. See photos and more information from the event.
School Committee Meeting – Present plans and timeline to School Committee and community. Share with the community on October 4.
School Committee discussions related to the future of the Upham School property.
After October 1:
After 2023-24 enrollment data is finalized, begin internal review of redistricting map, with focus on a small number of areas.
Hardy 100th Anniversary – Mark the anniversary mainly with student activities at the school.
Hardy time capsule deadline – School-based activity in the fall.
Public review of redistricting map and School Committee approval of any minor adjustments.
February 13 & 15:
School-day tours of new school for Hunnewell students – K-2 on Tuesday 2/13; 3-5 on Thursday 2/15. Students take a bus, tour the school and have lunch.
Evening open house opportunity for Hunnewell parents – Similar structure to back to school night starting with grades K-2, all parents meet together, then grades 3-5.
End-of-day clap out for Hunnewell students at swing space host schools (Bates, Hardy, Sprague, Upham).
Week of February 19 (February Break):
Hunnewell teachers/staff move from swing space and set up new classrooms.
Hunnewell Opening Day/Ribbon Cutting – Students’ first day in the new school – combine with a ceremony for the community to mark the day.
Late Spring TBD:
School Committee discussion/updates on future use of Upham, as needed.
May 18 (Saturday):
Hunnewell community tours during Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend, in partnership with the Town Celebrations Committee. Promote Hardy and Upham Lights Out events.
June 10 (Tentative):
Hardy Lights Out Event – Evening event for the Hardy School community to honor the building’s 100 years of service to the students. Date may change depending on the number of snow days.
June 11 (Tentative):
Upham Lights Out Event – Evening event for the Upham School community to celebrate and honor its service to the students since 1957. Date may change depending on the number of snow days.
Last week of school:
Final Upham Moving on Ceremony for 5th Graders – Date to be determined based on number of snow days.
Redistricting Tours. Option 1 for students who will be changing schools in the 2024-25 school year.
2024-25 School Year
Demolition of Hardy building.
Late July/Early August:
Scheduled substantial completion of the new Hardy building.
Late August TBD:
Redistricting Tours. Option 2 for students who will be changing schools in the 2024-25 school year, plus tours of the new building for Hardy students.
Hardy teachers return and set up classrooms.
Hardy Opening Day/Ribbon Cutting – Students’ first day in the new school – combine with a ceremony for the community to mark the day.
First day in new schools for redistricted students.
Hardy community tours; likely a Saturday.
Hardy site work and playground complete.
Temporary use of Upham School (approximately 4-5 months) by Recreation and Health departments.