Welcome to Weston High School. I hope that you will find the information here helpful and gain some insight into who we are as a learning community. You will find that we are a small, but dynamic school with a tradition of moral, academic, and athletic excellence.
Our mission is to graduate young men and woman who have a diversity of knowledge and skills to succeed in college and the work force, a desire to be life-long learners, seek to leverage their talents in the service of others less fortunate, and to know right from wrong.
This principal's page is a work in progress, meaning that it will not be static. It is here where I will offer my perspective on issues concerning the high school climate, culture and direction. This web page offers a taste of who we are. To really know us, come in and let's start a proper relationship.
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August 6, 2015
Dear Students, Parents and Guardians:
Well, it’s that time again. Another school year is nearly upon us and we anxiously try and get in the last lazy bit of summer vacation before the hurly-burly of high school begins anew. How are you? I hope that you were able to do all that you wanted to do this summer and had a genuine respite from school.
This year portends to be an exciting one as we have a lot of new faces here in Weston. We have a different superintendent and other new faces at Case House. New teachers have been hired in the English, Guidance, Music, Physical Education/Wellness, Science, Special Education, and World Languages Departments. I believe that these new community members will enhance our curriculum and strengthen our school culture overall. I am looking forward to a season of high expectations for all segments of our high school community.
One of my main goals for this year is to move forward with our idea to reimagine the end of fourth quarter with a series of seminar courses totally different from the traditional curriculum that will engage students and teachers, transform the relationship between students and teachers, and looks good on a transcript. We had a lot of positive feedback from students, parents, and teachers when this idea was initially floated in the spring. You can view the original proposal by going to this link. I want to continue this year the collaboration to improve our school and make it an even more exciting place to teach and learn.
We ended the last school year on a high note. I am looking forward to working with our student leaders this year to help make our school a place where all students want to be. I continue to be gratified by the number of students wanting to participate in either the Principal’s Advisory Council or the School Council. Together we can continue to make an excellent high school even more excellent! I am committed to making sure that students continue to have a voice in what happens here at WHS.
Lastly, it is important that parents and guardians click on this link to download and then complete the “Annual Nurse Emergency Form”. This form is different from anything that may have been submitted for fall sports, and is necessary for contact information in the case of student illness or injury, to inform the Nurse of current health issues and for your child to be able to receive medication while in school. The form must be renewed annually and should be returned to Health Services Office as soon as possible.
I look forward to seeing freshmen and new students on Tuesday, September 1st, and all students Wednesday, September 2nd.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
September 30, 2014
We are pleased to update you on the progress of our opening of the parent portal on the Infinite Campus student information system. The purpose of the parent portal is to help strengthen the ability for all of us involved in students’ progress in their classes – students, parents, and teachers -- to communicate meaningfully and effectively. This communication can be a key to fostering and maintaining good relationships among all three. As allies in this endeavor, we hope that the information provided through the Portal will allow you to have specific conversations with your children regarding homework production, quizzes, tests, and projects.
The portal enhances your ability to know what is happening with your children’s progress on key assignments and replaces the quarterly progress report memos that were not always timely or helpful. Other tools in the portal, like teachers being able to note an assignment as not yet completed after the due date, can provide instant feedback so you can help your children to get back on top of missing work and to self-advocate with teachers as necessary.
The parent portal will be open on Monday, October 6th through Friday, October 10th for a “soft opening.” This means the portal will be open, but primarily for the purpose of making sure it is working properly and that the information showing on it is correct. Please note that teachers cannot see how information actually appears in the portal to parents and students. Thus, we intend the first week to allow for building greater familiarity and addressing needed corrections for all involved. We encourage you to ask your children to discuss any questions that arise with their teachers as you use the portal during this time to enable us to fine-tune what appears. The portal will “officially” open Tuesday, October 14th, and from that date forward:
• Teachers will update information regarding students’ progress a minimum of every two 8-day cycles for short-term assignments (approximately every 2-3 weeks).
• Teachers will update information regarding students’ progress no later than three cycles after the due dates of long-term projects and assignments (approximately every 4-5 weeks).
• Traditional progress reports given at the midpoint in each quarter will be required only for students on an IEP or a 504.
Dr. Lee McCanne, Weston’s Technology Director, will be set up in the cafeteria during Back-to-School Night to answer your questions about the portal and to gather names and e-mail information of parents who need help with registration. Carol Neville, Weston’s Information System’s Coordinator, will follow up with these parents in the next two weeks. I encourage you to sign up if you have not already done so and utilize this important tool.
Anthony A. Parker
August 5, 2014
Dear Students, Parents and Guardians:
Where has the time gone? It seems that I was just saying goodbye to all of you as we headed off in many directions for the start of summer. Inevitably, summer winds down and we contemplate the start of another school year. I hope you are all doing well and that you have had a satisfying summer.
Last year I announced that the high school was collaborating with edX, an on-line learning initiative between Harvard University and MIT. I am pleased to announce that our two edX “on-ramp” on-line courses went live on August 1st. The AP Biology course was developed by science teacher, Mary Liu and the AP Calculus course was developed by math teachers, John Monz and Natalie Griswold. WHS’s proposals for three other edX courses have been approved for development: AP Biology, AP French and AP U.S. History. Stay tuned as the district and the high school continue to engage the world of on-line learning.
New teachers and staff have been hired in the English, History, Math, METCO, Special Education, and World Languages Departments. We also have a full-time adjustment counselor on staff to support the social and emotional needs of students as they progress through the high school. Finally, we have a new ELL teacher working at the high school and middle school. I believe that these new community members will enhance our curriculum and strengthen our school culture overall.
We ended the last school year on a high note. I am looking forward to working with our student leaders this year to help make our school a place where all students want to be. I continue to be gratified by the number of students wanting to participate in either the Principal’s Advisory Council or the School Council. Together we can continue to make an excellent high school even more excellent! I am committed to making sure that students continue to have a voice in what happens here at WHS. Toward this end, advisories return this year on a weekly basis for all grades.
I look forward to seeing freshmen and new students on Thursday, August 28th, and all students on Tuesday, September 2nd.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
August 4, 2014
Dear Students, Parents and Guardians:
I am writing to inform you of a policy change at the high school. Starting in September, juniors and
seniors will have open campus privileges. This means that after arriving at school, juniors and seniors
may leave campus during any free block. As long as juniors and seniors are in class on time, there will
be no penalty. Of course, if a student is late there is a penalty. I will review this policy with seniors and
juniors at the first class meetings in September.
This change formalizes what has been for some a common practice. Seniors and juniors, we trust you to
exercise this privilege with care and good judgment. Open campus is a privilege and not a right and can
be taken away at any time if deemed necessary. Parents, please have a conversation with your
son/daughter about your expectations regarding this privilege.
We will continue the policy of allowing any sophomore, junior, or senior who has a free block first
period (or more), to sign in at the Attendance Office before their first class, for attendance purposes.
Freshmen, if you have prior knowledge that a teacher of a first block class will be absent, this policy
applies to you as well.
Any student is allowed to be outside within the confines of the high school campus if they have a free
block (the middle school is off limits) as long as they are in their next class on time.
April 11, 2014
Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians:
The high school is transitioning from the Saturday School model to an after school detention model starting April 29th. This transition has been a part of the High School Improvement Plan approved by the School Committee and is long overdue. Saturday School is no longer viable as a deterrent for several reasons:
First, it takes too long between the offense which causes the Saturday School and the time that the Saturday School is actually served. Second, it can be problematic for some students to get to Saturday School without bus service.
After School Detention will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 – 5:00 in room 6.
• Offenses occurring on Monday and Tuesday will be assigned to a Thursday detention.
• Offenses occurring on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be assigned to a Tuesday detention.
• The Attendance office will notify parents that their child has been assigned a detention via email.
• The Attendance office will inform coaches of a Tuesday detention by the end of the preceding week.
• The Attendance office will inform coaches of a Thursday detention by Tuesday of the assigned week.
• Detention takes priority over athletic games and practices and any other extra-curricular school activity. However, if practices/games/activities are still going on when the student has finished serving detention, they may attend for the remainder of practices/games/activities.
• If a student misses one detention, the Administration will follow a three strikes policy. One miss will double the detention hours, two misses will double the hours again and a third miss will result in a one day suspension for the student.
As with Saturday School, if a detention was assigned in error there is time to correct the mistake before the date of the detention. Also, if further conversation is needed between a student and the Administration, there is time to do that as well before the date of the detention.
Please contact the Attendance Office if you have any questions or concerns.
Click on a link below to read Principal Parker's words and ideas:
"Caught Doing Good" is a certificate that I present to students who were observed doing a good deed or rendering a service by another member of the school community. The certificates are awarded to students at the student assemblies in the presence of their peers, faculty, and staff. These are students who went out of their way to do something for someone else that they did not have to do. I am a firm believer that these good actions need to be acknowledged and praised whenever possible, and that by doing so, the entire community is edified.
Mr. Parker earned a Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. He is presently enrolled in the Doctor of Educational Administration program at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.
Mr. Parker came to Weston from Newton North High School in Newton, MA, where he served as Housemaster since 2000. Previously he taught history at Newton South High School, Newton, MA, 1993-2000. Before his career as an educator, Mr Parker was a Staff Editor for Dollars and Sense Magazine, Somerville, MA; Assistant Editor for Sojourners Magazine, Washington, D.C.; and Photo Editor and Reporter for The Guardian Newspaper, New York, NY.