On September 19, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released the official 2023 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) results online. Wellesley Public Schools is proud to share that all schools have met or exceeded the MCAS achievement targets set by DESE, as we continue to focus on pandemic recovery. The district is also pleased to announce that Wellesley is home to four of the 66 Massachusetts schools designated as Schools of Recognition by DESE: Bates Elementary, Sprague Elementary, Wellesley Middle School, and Wellesley High School. The Wellesley School and District Profile is available on the DESE website. Read the full update.
Wellesley Public Schools is pleased to announce that two Boston resident parents have been appointed to serve together as METCO Representatives to the Wellesley School Committee. This new, non-voting position was created by the School Committee in May 2023. The new representatives, Nicole Daley and Dr. Joanne DaSilva Moreira, will represent and advocate for Boston resident students and families; participate in biweekly School Committee meetings; collaborate closely with district leaders to support Boston resident students and families; and work to ensure Boston resident students and families feel welcomed, supported, and valued in WPS. Their first School Committee meeting appearance will be October 3. Read more about them here.
September 11, 2023 – The Nursing Services team wants to ensure that you start the school year with the most recent guidance regarding COVID-19. The following Frequently Asked Questions have been reviewed by Wellesley’s Health Department. Please speak to your school nurse if you have any questions or concerns specific to your child. We are here to help and answer questions throughout the school year. Please review this list of Frequently Asked Questions.
August 21, 2023
Dear Members of the Wellesley Public Schools Community:
I hope you are enjoying the remaining days of summer and that these past few months have been restful and restorative for you and your families. We look forward to welcoming our students, staff, and families back for the start of the 2023-24 school year, which will begin on Wednesday, August 30th.
We have a busy calendar in store for our district in the coming year! Read the full WPS Welcome Back Letter.
The WPS Nursing Department is in the process of updating your student’s health records for the upcoming school year. All SNAP Health Portal information needs to be confirmed annually by parents/guardians. To do so, log into Powerschool using the same username and password you use to access report cards and click the SNAP Health Portal icon on the left sidebar. From there, you will receive prompts to confirm or update your student’s immunizations, health conditions, and renew permissions. This process ensures that the information in your student’s health record is accurate and confirmed for the new school year. Read more about the SNAP Health Portal on the WPS Nursing website.
Kindergarten: For children 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2023. Click for Registration Forms, Required Documents and More Information.
Grades 1-12: Registration for Grades 1 through 12 will begin on March 1, 2023.
Child Find: Under federal and state special education regulations, the Wellesley Public Schools has a responsibility to locate, identify, refer, evaluation and if eligible, provide a free, appropriate, public education to students with disabilities who reside in the town of Wellesley. Click for more information.
The Wellesley Public Schools is in the process of updating its district strategic plan, for implementation in Fall 2023. The Strategic Plan Steering Committee developed a framework for the 2023-28 Strategic Plan that was approved by the School Committee on June 13. The following School Committee presentations and discussions are available for viewing: the May 16 meeting (beginning at the 24:40 mark), the June 6 meeting (beginning at the 1:00:00 mark), and the June 13 meeting (beginning at the 1:24:10 mark) Please visit the strategic planning page for additional information on the process and goals.
For more information on grading practices at Wellesley High School, please find the presentation from the January 31st School Committee Meeting, an informational video, as well as the slideshow and recording from the March 9 forum at Wellesley High School. Wellesley High School principal Dr. Jamie Chisum shared an update with the community in May.
Hunnewell Track & Field Phase II Proposal Approved
School Committee’s proposal to install bathrooms, team rooms, lights and an improved sound system – collectively known as Phase II Enhancements – on the Hunnewell Track & Field was approved by the Natural Resources Commission in the summer of 2022.
The Town of Wellesley’s Climate Action Plan was developed as a roadmap for the future of our community and its residents. Launched in February 2022 after more than a year of work, the Plan outlines specific actions Wellesley will take to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change and to build resilience to climate change impacts. It is organized along six pathways: Governance, Energy, Buildings, Mobility, Natural Resources, and Waste.
Please visit the WPS Anti-Bullying Resources page to learn more about bullying prevention or to report a bullying incident.
Please go to the School Building Committee website at this link for information and updates on these projects.
View more upcoming dates:
- All-School Monthly View Calendar
- All-School List View Calendar
- Academic Calendar 2023-24 (Accessible)
- Academic Calendar 2023-24 (PDF)
Wellesley Public Schools District Offices
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Office Tel: 781-446-6200
Voice Mail: 781-446-6210
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 4:15 PM
School Committee Policies
Materials for Policy Discussion
May 1, 2023
● POLICY IMD – SCHOOL CEREMONIES AND OBSERVANCES
○ Consider adding policy IMDA – ACCOMMODATIONS FOR RELIGIOUS AND
○ Consider expanding school calendar
● POLICY BDCB (NEW) – WELLESLEY METCO REPRESENTATIVE TO
WELLESLEY SCHOOL COMMITTEE
● POLICIES IJL – LIBRARY MATERIALS SELECTION AND ADOPTION and IJLA –
LIBRARY RESOURCE POLICY
○ Consider changes to IJL and changes to IJLA
○ Consider adding IJ “INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS POLICY” and IJ-R
“RECONSIDERATION OF INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES POLICY”
● POLICY LC (NEW) – EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH IN SCHOOLS
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