Dear Hunnewell,

It was so nice to see so many of you today and to see the playground filled with children again! We are 15 hours away from kicking off the 2017-18 school year!

Yesterday morning the entire Wellesley Public School Staff gathered for our opening assembly in the WHS Auditorium. One annual highlight of the program is the musical performance of the WHS Choral Department under the direction of Kevin McDonald. Yesterday the students sang three songs that provided inspiration for our year ahead and reflect the core values of WPS.

“It Takes A Village” written by Joan Szymko

It takes a village to raise our children

Everyone shares the burden

Everyone shares the joy….

I Dream A World, Langston Hughes

…A world I dream where black or white,

Whatever race you be,

Will share the bounties of the earth

And every man is free…

“Heal the World”(Make it a better place), Michael Jackson

Heal the World

Make it a better place

For you and for me

And the entire human race…

The students’ performance was nothing short of spectacular and there is nothing more moving than when our own students call a room of educators to action. I am not sure there was a dry eye in the place when the curtain closed and our standing ovation, I believe answered their call.

Dr. Lussier followed the song and reiterated that call to action by asking us to stay the course with our commitment to our district goals, which guide our commitment to providing the highest quality education possible for more than 5,000 students.

  1. Develop a school and district approach to social and emotional learning that is integrated into the core curricular areas.

  2. Develop and refine a tiered system of instructional supports PreK-12 so that all students are appropriately challenged and experience continuous growth.

  3. Refine and expand opportunities PreK-12 for students to engage in creative, authentic and collaborative learning experiences that inspire curiosity, encourage innovation and engage students’ imagination. 21st Century Skills.

  4. Establish and begin to implement a coordinated, district-wide approach around cultural competence that promotes a deeper understanding of and commitment to the strengths of diversity.

Over the next several weeks, I will be working on our School Improvement Plan with our School Council and the teachers to revisit what these goals look like in real-time and on the ground at Hunnewell. I will be sure to share that document with you when it is completed.

I am very excited about the year ahead at Hunnewell and across Wellesley. We have much to be thankful for and as a school system much to learn.

Remember that you are invited to bring your child/ren into the building starting at 8:15 tomorrow morning and PLEASE observe the new parking rules, especially that the Wellesley Free Library Parking Lot is closed to Hunnewell traffic.

I have also attached the Hunnewell Top 10 FAQs for easy reference. The Wellesley Elementary Handbook is on the district and Hunnewell home page. The revised Hunnewell Insider’s Guide and the the Top 10 FAQs will be uploaded shortly.

Enjoy your evening and sleep well!

Ellen

Hunnewell Top 10 FAQs ​​​​​​​

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