22 December 2016


Dear Parents,

I write to share information about Wellesley High School’s partnership with the Challenge Success program directed by Stanford University. For the past decade, Challenge Success has helped nearly 130 schools transform policies and practices to address the need for academic engagement and well-being for their students. Wellesley High School’s partnership with Challenge Success includes a multi-stakeholder team comprised of parents, students, teachers, and administrators who reflect upon and examine the challenges, obstacles, and needed best practices to supporting our community of learners at Wellesley High School.

To deepen our understanding of students’ perspectives on their school experience, Wellesley High School will administer a survey in all grades on January 11th. Our High School staff will use the data results from this survey to support our work to meet the learning, social, and emotional needs of every Wellesley High School student. Please read through the following information carefully for details about this upcoming, online survey.

The Stanford Survey of Adolescent School Experience:

Wellesley High School is administering The Stanford Survey of Adolescent School Experiences this January. This survey is part of a collaborative effort between Wellesley High School and the Challenge Success project in the School of Education at Stanford University. The online survey measures high school students’ perspectives on homework, extracurricular activities, sleep, physical health, stress, parent expectations, academic engagement, academic integrity, and teacher support. Over 80,000 students from more than 70 schools have taken the survey over the past several years, and schools have gained a great deal of information such as what students see as stressful and challenging, as well as supportive, within school. Survey results have also guided schools in their efforts to make changes in areas requiring improvement. The survey will help Wellesley High School identify areas of focus to better support student well-being and our students’ overall school experiences.

The following link takes you to the Challenge Success website where you can learn more about the program: http://www.challengesuccess.org/ . Also, we would like to invite all of you to a presentation from the co-founder of Challenge Success, Dr. Denise Pope. She will be giving a talk entitled, “The Well-Balanced Student” on January 24th at 7 pm in the High School Library. This event is being co-sponsored by the WHS PTSO, WEF, and a community donor.

If you do not want your child/children to participate in the survey, please return the enclosed opt out form to the main office at Wellesley High School. The survey is a research instrument at the Stanford School of Education and has been reviewed by their Institutional Review Board. Students who do not participate in the survey will be given study time instead. The survey should take between 30 and 40 minutes to administer.

Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns or would like to see a copy of the survey. Thank you for your support with this important initiative. I look forward to sharing more about our work with Challenge Success in the months to come.

Sincerely,

Jamie B. Chisum, Ed. D.

Challenge Success Survey (Autosaved).docx

Wellesley High School Parent Waiver of Consent for Survey 12.16.docx