Monday, December 9 Day 3
Senior Parent Ads Due to Yearbook please see here for more details

Tuesday, December 10 Day 4
School Council
2:40 p.m. Main Office Conference Room

Winter Band and Orchestra Concert
7:00 p.m. Auditorium

Wednesday, December 11 Day 5
PowerUp Graduation
1:30 p.m. Gymnasium

Parents of students enrolled in this class are invited to attend and witness the skills learned in this powerful experiential class. Please note, this class deals with very sensitive content
To learn more about the Power Up program:

Thursday, December 12 Day 6
Faculty Meeting
2:40 p.m. Auditorium

Friday, December 13 Day 7
Term Two Midterm

Parent Coffee with Director of Guidance
8:00 a.m. Faculty Dining Room

Improv Troupe Show
7:00 p.m. Little Theatre

Mixx 104.1 Karson & Kennedy will be collecting toys to benefit Toys for Tots for the seventh year in a row and they need our help to make this holiday season special for Boston area children in need. Please have your student bring a new, unwrapped toy to their advisory before December 15th, thank you.


Costa Rica Adventure Trip

Price Reduced -$700.00 

All students eligible, spots are filling fast, please email Matt Wassel and John Griffith as soon as possible.

Enrollment Form – Wellesley High School Costa Rica 2020 (1).pdf

December Guidance Notes

ACT July test administration:

Beginning in 2020 WHS will no longer provide school based accommodations for those who qualify following the July ACT administration only. Students interested in taking the ACT and are in need of their school based accommodations should plan on taking the ACT in June or September. Please contact Ms Sweet if you have questions:

College Board has rolled out a new registration procedure beginning in the 2019-20 school year for AP exams. For students taking an AP course this year, AP exam registration is now in the fall and it is important to meet new deadlines.

WHS only offers AP exam administration to the following students: students enrolled in an AP course at WHS, students who take VHS (on-line) courses through WHS, and students wishing to take the AP World History, AP Language & Composition, or AP Literature & Composition exams. Students who are studying independently for the exam or who are taking an AP course through another educational setting must seek an alternative test site. Please note you will need to follow the same registration deadlines,

For those eligible to take an AP exam at WHS there are two steps for registration: Part 1: Students must “join” the class section of the course they are enrolled in. For students in WHS AP courses, this will be done in class with your teacher September 9th/10th. For students wishing to take AP Literature, AP Language & Composition, your join code will be distributed by your Honors English teachers. For AP World History:Modern, your “join” code will be distributed by Ms Katz. For students enrolled in VHS courses they must join their VHS class section (your on-line instructor will give you the join code)AND must “join” the “exam only’ section through WHS as WHS will be the site administering the exam. Mr Kelton will have these codes. When a student enrolls in (aka ‘joins’) a course section, an exam is automatically ordered and students will also gain access to AP on-line resources. Part 2: In addition, students must register with the WPS activities payment system and pay for their exams by October 1st of this year To reiterate, there are two registrations to complete, one with College Board AP and one with The WPS Activities. If your payment through the WPS Activities is not received by 10/1/19, the exam ordered will be canceled.

With the webtrack system, choose your payment method (Credit Card or eCheck)

Log in and then scroll down to the “Guidance” button, click on the button and add each exam that your student will be taking to your cart.

Another significant change is that students will use the same AP student ID and the same College Board user account for all exams throughout all the years that they take AP exams. Therefore, students should no longer use their Raiders email address when setting up a College Board account; they should use

their personal, home email. In the event that they move out of the Wellesley Public Schools, they retain their access to their AP and College Board records.

Changes that include opting not to test, registering late for a course, transferring to a different section with a different teacher for the same course or dropping the course after November 15th, a $40 fee will be assessed by AP. This fee applies each time any of the above occurs. Note that if a student transfers into a course from another school where they were already enrolled, there is no transfer fee.

For students seeking accommodations on the exams who have not already been approved, requests should be made by December 17th. If a student has accommodations that they do not wish to use on an AP exam, they must notify me, Ms. Sweet, in writing by March 30th.

Summary: All participating students need to register with AP and pay the the fee no later than October 1, 2019. This also applies to students who plan to test at an alternate test site. Any student who wishes to opt out of the exam after they have registered must notify their teacher prior to the November 15th deadline to avoid the $40 fee.

Requests for accommodations should be made no later than December 17, 2019. Students who wish to opt out of accommodations must notify Ms. Sweet in writing by March 30, 2020.

We hope that this clarifies the AP process for you. Please keep this letter on hand to refer to

throughout the year. If you have further questions, please let us or the student’s guidance counselor know.

Attention All Students:

Local volunteer/work opportunity to help others:

Whitney Place Assisted Living and Beaumont Nursing Home seeking dining room server and dishwasher positions, flexible hours. Interested, contact Stacie Merrifield, (508) 655-3344 x3914,

Attention Seniors:

The Wellesley Scholarship Foundation (WSF) is now accepting applications for scholarship funding for the 2020-2021 academic year. The application deadline is March 1, 2020. To learn more about their scholarship program, please visit:

Scholarship information the guidance department receives is posted on the scholarship tab on Naviance. Please check this regularly as it is updated each week. Some scholarships you can apply to directly, some require you to be nominated by your school. If the later is the case please see your School Counselor to be considered for the nomination.

As always if you have questions, please see your School Counselor.

Application Process Reminders:

Standardized Testing:

  • remember it is your responsibility to send your standardized test scores (SAT/ACT) to colleges that require them. Do so by accessing directly through College Board (SAT) or ACT Student (ACT).

Transcript Requests:

  • Students must request transcripts through Naviance 3 weeks in advance of the first deadline.
  • For subsequent requests 5 school days notice is required. For a January 1st deadline the request must by in by December 16th
  • If a college accepts Common Applications in addition to their school’s application, students must select “YES” or “NO” for Common App in Naviance.

Attention Juniors:

PSAT scores will be available on December 11th on College Board. Directions on how to access your scores is available on the College Board website.

Attention Sophomores:

Pre-ACT score sheets will be mailed home at the end of November. A booklet on how to use your results will be distributed in sophomore seminars starting Semester 2. You are welcome to see your school counselor if you would a copy sooner. General information about the Pre-ACT will be covered in seminar as well.

’19/’20 Parent Evening Presentations:

All evenings are help in the WHS auditorium at 6:45pm unless otherwise noted.

1/8 3-W GAP Year Night ((intended for juniors, seniors, and parents from the towns of Wellesley, Weston, and Wayland)

1/29 8th Grade Parent Orientation

2/5 8th Grade Parent Orientation (snow date)

3/26 Fine & Performing Arts & the college process @ Weston, 7pm, recommended for junior & seniors and their parents.

5/6 College Admissions Night, recommended for junior students & parents.

Coffee with the Director of Guidance:

All coffees are help in the FDR (Faculty Dining Room) 9:00-10:00

December 13th: “Raising Resilient Teens” with Julianne Chen & Tai Katzenstein from the Newton- Wellesley Resiliency Project.

February 28th: “Leadership From Within”, how to foster leadership skills in your adolescent. Speakers Evren Gunduz & Tom Coburn, co-founders of Enjoy Life Education.

April 17th: Update: Juuling and supporting our adolescences around drug use with Liz Booma and Juliana Chen from the Newton-Wellesley Resiliency Project.

Articles of the Month:

Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids

New “at-risk” group

Open letter to students & families

Parents, let your kid fail

Stigma of Choosing Trade Schools over College

Getting Rid of AP Courses?

Career Choice Pressure

How to Appeal and Financial Aid Award

Week Ahead Bulletin 12/7 – LOTS to Read
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