30 September 2022
Welcome to the end of our first month of school. Believe it or not tomorrow is October 1st already. This week our classes were extremely busy with lots of assessments and assignments. By this time the classes have had a chance to get to know each other, the teachers have had a chance to do a significant amount of teaching, and the time to see how well it is going for students has most definitely come.
This week I also had the pleasure of introducing our new teachers and staff to the parents who attended the PTSO meeting on Wednesday. A total of 16 new people came and told a bit about who they are and why they do the work they do. It was an honor to hear them tell their stories. We’re really looking forward to the rest of you getting to meet the teachers next Thursday.
Boys and Girls Soccer at Gillette Stadium this Sunday October 2
This Sunday morning our Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer teams will be playing Natick High School at Gillette Stadium! The Boys game begins at 9 am and the Girls play at 11. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. The players are really excited for this opportunity to play at such a great venue.
Wellesley “A Better Chance” celebrates 50 years!
This weekend the Wellesley chapter of A Better Chance Program is celebrating 50 years of students attending Wellesley High School. Please follow this link for more information.
School Council Representatives Needed
Each Fall, parents elect representatives to the WHS School Council. Each year two members roll off the council and two stay on. The two members staying on for 2022-2023 are Tarah Hirschey and Lisa Fico. The two rolling off are Victoria Ostler and Ann Trenk. A big thank you to both Victoria and Ann for all their hard work.
Debbie Cutler-Ortiz and Stefanie Albertson, PTSO Co-VPs, are organizing the election this year. To apply to be a parent representative on the WHS School Council please email WHSPTSOVPS@gmail.com with the following information about yourself (please adhere to the word limits):
Describe any volunteering within your child’s school system (up to 200 words)
Describe what you hope to accomplish as part of School Council (up to 200 words)
What would you like people to know about you (up to 200 words)
The Deadline to submit statements is October 2 by 11:00 pm.
All candidate statements will be sent out to the WHS community for a vote.
More about School Council:
The WHS School Council serves as the legislative branch of the school government. The School Council is responsible for conducting open discussions and making recommendations on matters of school policy, school culture, curriculum, and other issues brought to its attention from its respective constituencies of the Student Congress, Faculty Senate, PTSO, local residents and the principal.
School Council is composed of students, teachers, parents and community members who all work together with Dr. Chisum to examine and make recommendations on school policies, as mandated by the state education department. School Council meetings are usually held on the second Tuesday of the month from 2:45 to 4:00 pm. The current plan is for in person meetings. Each year, the WHS parent/guardian community elects two representatives to serve on the WHS School Council for a two-year term.
The Class of 2025 BBQ
The Class of 2025 will be having our first event of the year, a BBQ, on October 7th at 4-6 PM. We can’t wait to kick off the year with food, music, and fun! Sign up using the link below:
In addition, we are seeking donations for various BBQ essentials, along with a few parent volunteers who would be willing to help man the grill at the event. We’d love your help! See link below:
Once again, we’d like to extend our thanks to our peers and parents for their ongoing enthusiasm and support! We’re really looking forward to our first event of sophomore year, and we hope you are too!
Cheers, from the Class of 2025 Class Officers
Department of School Counseling – Senior Parent Night
For those who were unable to attend the Department of School Counseling’s Senior Parent Night presentation, the recording and slide deck can be found on the School Counseling website.
The next parent evening presentation will be on October 12th, Navigating the College Process for Students with Learning Differences. 7pm, virtual. Link will be available the week of the presentation on the School Counseling website newsfeed.
AP Exam Registration Instructions
Please CLICK HERE to find Registration Instructions, Student Eligibility, Order and Payment Deadlines for those interested in taking the AP Exam at Wellesley High School.
Looking for Parents who want to read YA (Young adult literature)!
Ever wonder about the books teens are reading? Ever read a popular YA book and wished you had someone to discuss it with?
The librarians at Wellesley High School and Wellesley Middle School are starting an in-person parent book club. If you are interested in reading books teens are reading and gathering once a month to discuss please RSVP here
2023 WHS Social Studies Department Trip: Northern Italy
When: April 12-22, 2023 (April Break and a few days before)
Who: Open to 9th and 10th grade students.
Info Session: After school on Tuesday, September 20, in room 317. Applications will be made available at that time. See Mr. Burns if you cannot make the meeting.
Due Date: Applications are due to Mr. Burns by Friday, October 14.
Back-to-School Night: Thursday, October 6
WHS Back-to-School night will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 6:30pm.
Please CLICK HERE to find a copy of the student schedule. This will be your “itinerary” for the evening, so please be sure that you and your child complete this schedule together and that you bring a completed copy with you Thursday evening. One suggestion is to take a picture of the completed schedule on your smartphone for you to reference. If you show up here without knowing your child’s schedule you can come to the main office and we can help you fill one out there.
NOTE: WiFi connection for over 1000 guests (parents/guardians) will not be possible in our building during this event, so please be sure to have a photo “offline” or print copy available to you.
** You may also want to bring a refillable water bottle with you. The building will be crowded and it can get warm walking up and down all our stairs to and from the 4th floor.
PARKING: As you may know, we have very limited parking at the high school and in the neighborhoods surrounding us. We want very much to be good neighbors, so we will add these mitigating measures to help alleviate parking and traffic concerns:
We will have a shuttle bus from the large middle school parking lot on Donizetti Street (the one above Sprague fields). Shuttles will run back and forth between these locations throughout the evening, and we’ll post the schedule prior to the event.
We will have a Wellesley Police Officer working a detail that evening to keep an eye on parking and to keep the traffic flow as safe as possible.
There is parking available on Route 16. It is a very reasonable distance to walk and the exit will be much quicker.
Another great tip some parents shared with us: If you have an 11th or 12th grader at home who is allowed to drive, you could just get a ride from them for a change!
We also ask that you seriously consider carpooling or walking if possible. Any car that doesn’t have to be in our lot or on neighboring streets (in legal parking spaces) is appreciated. Thank you for planning ahead.
I want to close by noting that our hearts go out to the families in Puerto Rico and Florida who suffered horrific damage from hurricanes over the past two weeks. I know there are many families in our community with strong connections to those areas. Please know we are thinking of you all and we are here to support any of our students who have a need arising from these challenges. We want you to reach out to us if we can help in any way. We don’t want anyone to worry alone.
I hope everyone has a great weekend.