Mrs. Black, School Committee Chair, announces members of the Superintendent Search Subcommittee and thanks everyone who submitted a statement of interest to serve. Please click above to read full announcement.
Thanks to the generous support of our donors, WEEFC has reached 55% of its overall goal. See School by School Challenge standings to date.....
The School Committee approved the 2015-16 school calendar at its meeting of Nov. 3.
The Weston School Committee is looking for volunteers to serve on the Superintendent Search Subcommittee. Requests to apply due by Weds., November 19. Please click above to read full message.
Please join Dr. Lee McCanne, Kate Benson, and Pam Bator on Monday, November 24, from 9-10 am in the Field School Dining Hall.for an informal discussion & exploration of this new and developing assessment
The PTO's yearly food drive to benefit the Bristol Lodge Food Pantry in Waltham is running from November 12th through November 26th. Children may bring non-perishable food donations to elementary school collection bins.
WHS cherishes its diversity
Weston Public Schools celebrate diversity and the administration and faculty are acutely aware of the challenges in supporting a diverse student body. The 2009-2014 Superintendent's Long Range Plan identified a key goal of increasing the number of staff and faculty of color to mirror the 20% students of color in the Weston Public Schools.Much progress has been made since then.
The district-wide Diversity Committee created in January of 2012 meets monthly during the school year and conducts a summer workshop day. Since then, it has had a number of important accomplishments:
* Participation in Diversity Fair for new hiring
* Creation of Building Representatives to support faculty and staff and to report back to the Diversity Committee;
* Outreach to Leadership: Presentations were made to Administrative Council and Curriculum Cabinet with goals and strategies for hiring more people of color (including substitute teachers, coaches, student teachers);
* Establishment of Faculty/Staff of Color (FSC) Support Network
* Encouraging and facilitating district-wide conversations about diversity
WHS Building Representatives host two of the monthly Diversity Committee meetings, which has encouraged greater participation among teachers and led to several new members joining the committee; keep issues of diversity front and center; and provide support to WHS teachers through confidential discussions if and when issues of a more sensitive nature arise. Diversity Committee members regularly engage with administrators as part of the process of hiring new teachers and staff.
This year, the Diversity Committee began extending our conversations to include the parent community. Last fall, we hosted a community discussion in Boston around a chapter from Steve Robbins’ book, What If? The evening was so successful that a second meeting of Boston and Weston parents took place Wednesday, February 12, 2014, and now a third meeting will occur on Tuesday,November 4, 2014, 6:30-9:30pm, at Field School.
Principal Parker has noted, “One of my goals is to convince minorities, particularly African Americans, that there is value in coming to a district like Weston.”
Aside from these initiatives, all WHS faculty and staff are engaged with and in support of the diversity within our student body. METCO continues to be an essential component of our community. At last year's Lobby Day on March 10, 2014, WestonMETCO Director La Toya Rivers and WestonMETCO Middle School Academic Liaison Cyril Kakulu, escorted 20 high school and 6 middle school students to the State House to address legislators including Weston Representative Alice Piesch. Established in Weston in 1967, these students demonstrated the success of the WestonMETCO program and encouraged legislators to continue to support it in years to come.
A glance at our Extra-Curricular clubs and activities provides insight into the many dimensions of diversity at WHS. Race, culture, sexual orientation, and interest groups are amply represented. WHS is committed to ensuring that it continues to be an environment where students can explore, understand and accept individuals for who they are.