Dear Upham Community,

The Wellesley Public Schools has been working on revising our current Report Card. Over the year the Standards-Based Report Card Committee has been working on a new Standards Based Report Card for the 2019-2020 School Year. The SBRC Committee is now looking for K-5 parents to participate in a Focus Group opportunity for feedback on their work.  Each K-5 school has been asked to send a few representatives to sessions on Wednesday, March 27th at the Wellesley Community Center. Two sessions will be held: 8:30-10:00 a.m. and 6:00-7:30 p.m. (you would only attend one session, not both). If you are interested in representing Upham, please email me or our PTO Co-Presidents (Gina Beauvais, Adrianna Bertucci) and we will forward your name to the Committee on which session you are able to attend.  Thank you in advance for your help!

What is an SBRC (Standards Based Report Card)?

A standards-based reporting system is designed to inform parents about their child’s progress towards achieving specific learning standards. Our state and national standards establish high and challenging performance expectations for all students. They describe what students should know and be able to do, and serve as the basis for the Wellesley Public School’s curriculum, instruction and assessment model.

The purpose of the standards-based report card is to clearly communicate student performance toward grade-level standards and expectations to families.

The change to a standards-based reporting system comes from the belief that our previous report card and reporting system did not fully communicate what students are expected to know and be able to do as set forth in the state and national standards. This new reporting system will benefit students, teachers, and families. It will allow students to be more aware of what is expected of them. It will provide families with a more detailed outline of the expectations in each of the major academic areas.  We believe that your understanding of what is expected of your child and how he or she is progressing towards the goals at his or her grade level is very important and the standards-based reporting system will assist in this endeavor.

As we move forward there will be many opportunities for your questions and comments. We look forward to working with you as we make the change.

MCAS Testing

Our first round of testing is rapidly approaching. Please make every effort to make sure your child is present on the day of the test. There will be a make-up session, but research does tell us that a child performs better on the day of the actual testing. Below you will find the schedule of dates and times. I will continue to send out reminders. Thank you for making the effort to have your child ready and on time.

Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5

ELA 4th Grade

Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9

ELA 5th Grade

Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26

ELA 3rd Grade

Mrs. Leung

Wellesley recently celebrated Mrs. Leung’s 26th year at Upham. For those families who have had the pleasure of Mrs. Leung’s teaching, you will agree…SHE IS AMAZING!

Mrs. Leung will not allow a student to fail and always gets the utmost out of each life she touches. Congratulations Mrs. Leung. You have made a tremendous difference in all of the lives you have touched. Thank you so much for all you do!

Upham Auction

The Place is the Wellesley Country Club. The dress is Cocktail Attire.

The Date is Friday, April 5th, 2019. The time is 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm.

The amount of fun? Unlimited! Your influence on Upham students?

It cannot be measured. You are cordially invited to an Evening in Venice.

Please make plans to join us!

Open House

Please do not forget to join us for Upham’s Open House next Friday, March 22. Classrooms are open from 8:00 am until 8:30 am.

Thank you for all your continued support!

Dare to Dream,

Mr. Dees


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