Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Weston Public Schools Superintendent Cheryl Maloney provides some thoughts on the Boston Marathon bombings and offers some resources for parents helping their children cope with and understand the tragedy.
Wednesday, April 17
The message below was issued by Superintendent Cheryl Maloney. We have all been upset by the bombings that occurred near the finish line of the April 15th Boston Marathon. Weston was represented amongst the runners, spectators and volunteers. However, to the best of our knowledge, none were injured. Other communities were not as fortunate. If you are looking for some help in having a conversation with your children or answering their questions about this violence, here is a source sent to us by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Talking with Kids about Tragedy All of us at the Children's League of Massachusetts send our thoughts, prayers and heart-filled condolences to the families, victims and survivors of the tragedy that …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
A final vote on the proposed changes is schedule for the April 28 School Committee meeting.
Weather-related cancellations have pushed Weston's last day of school this school year to Friday, June 28. In light of such a late closing this year, Superintendent Cheryl Maloney wanted to look at modifying the 2013-14 calendar with an eye to preventing, as much as possible, such a late end next year. She polled parents on a couple of possibilities for squeezing extra days into the middle of the school year and even beginning the year a bit earlier. On Monday, April 8, the Weston School Committee discussed the poll results as well as Maloney's suggestions and reached a tentative decision on some modifications. According to an announcement from Maloney, the changes the School Committee supported include: - Moving the 2013-14 start date to …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The grant is intended to help the Weston-based college enhance its life sciences training programs.
Regis College in Weston is the recipient of a $50,000 planning grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). The grant is intended to assist Regis College as the college works to enhance its "life sciences training programs." "This planning grant will enable the college to develop studies that will further identify what types of life sciences resources would be most beneficial for its students," according to the MLSC press release. "MLSC funding will also allow Regis College to plan a much-needed transformation of its life sciences building into an efficient, state-of-the-art facility to prepare its students for employment in the life sciences industry. Regis President Antoinette Hays said the she was thrilled with and grateful…
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The Weston School Committee has issued a statement about the system's special education program.
An apology to members of the Weston community was just one element of a Weston School Committee statement issued last week regarding the system's special education program. "We are very sorry that members of our community have had to endure these frustrations," the statement reads, in a section titled Programmatic Weaknesses. "It is clear that in many cases, the Weston Public Schools should have done better in this area." (Download a PDF of the full statement). According to the statement, members of the School Committee have spent the past several months meeting with parents whose children receive special education services in Weston. Most individuals said they had confidence in the new senior leadership in the program, the statement reads…
Sunday, April 7, 2013
We have lunch menus for the Field School, Country School, Woodland and Weston Middle.
Students at Weston's schools will be served the following the week of April 8-12. Nutrition information is available for each day's menu on the Weston Schools website. Menu at Field School: April 8: Bell & Evans Nuggets, Ketchup, Baked Potato Wedges, Couscous, Fresh Apple, Milk April 9: Spaghetti & Meatballs w/Marinara Sauce, Broccoli, Pears, Milk April 10: Turkey Sub, Carrot Sticks, Homemade Ranch Dressing, Seedless Grapes, Milk April 11: Domino's Cheese Pizza, Hummus & Veggies, Pineapple Tidbits, Milk April 12: Hot Dog in a Whole Wheat Roll, Ketchup, Baked Beans, Orange Smiles, Milk Alternative meal options available daily include: PB&J sandwich with fruit, vegetable and milk; a grilled chicken Caesar salad with fruit and milk; or a …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
A record late end to the 2012-13 school year has administrators wondering what parents want to see happen with next year's calendar.
Between the hurricane days and the snow days, students in Weston Public Schools will be in class until Friday, June 28 this school year. Weston schools had six weather-related cancellations this year -- three related to Hurricane Sandy and three related to snow. In order to meet the state-mandated school days and hours requirements, Weston students will be in class for full days through Wednesday, June 26 and half days on Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28. Weston Schools Superintendent Cheryl Maloney is asking parents for their feedback related to possible changes to next year's calendar. According to an announcement, the School Committee years ago approved a policy that "stipulates that school will begin before Labor Day when that …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
It's time to register your kids in the Weston Public Schools kindergarten program for 2013-14.
You might be focused on finishing out this school year, but its time to turn your attention to next fall if you have an incoming kindergartner in the family. Weston Public Schools will hold kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year on Thursday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Case House. Parents of children who reside in Weston and will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013, are eligible for kindergarten in the 2013-14 school year. To register, parents should bring health and immunization records, their child’s original birth certificate and a copy of their child’s birth certificate to Case House, at their appointed time on April 4. If you have not received an appointment time, but have an eligible child, contact Diane…
Sunday, March 24, 2013
We have lunch menus for the Field School, Country School, Woodland and Weston Middle.
Students at Weston's schools will be served the following the week of March 25-29. Nutrition information is available for each day's menu on the Weston Schools website. Menu at Field School: March 25: Popcorn Chicken, Carrot Sticks, Ranch Dressing, Ketchup, Brown Rice, Strawberries, Light Whipped Cream, Milk, Fresh Fruit Selection March 26: Baked Mozzarella Sticks, Marinara Sauce, Blasted Broccoli, Melon Wedge, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Milk, Fresh Fruit Selection March 27: b.good Burgers, Potato Puffs, Ketchup Mustard Packet, Mixed Fruit in Light Syrup, Milk, Fresh Fruit Selection March 28: Domino's Cheese Pizza, Carrot Sticks, Homemade Ranch Dressing, Pears, Milk, Fresh Fruit Selection March 29: No School Alternative meal options available …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Weston-based Regis College held a job fair recently to allow some of their students to meet with recruiters from top-notch companies.
Saturday, March 23
Marjorie Arons Barron submitted the article below. As greater Boston gears up for numerous commencements and thousands of graduates looking for jobs, Regis College held its Connections 2013 Jobs Fair in the College Hall Foyer on the evening of March 20 with resounding success. Ten employers and 50 students participated in the “meet and greet.” “I walked in not knowing what to expect, and left with wise advice, great contacts and confidence about my future career," said Regis senior Andrew Blanchette. Susan Kennedy, director of internships and career development at Regis, noted that “the feedback from the various vendors was stellar. The words ‘wow’ or ‘stunning’ were used more than once. One recruiter mentioned that he goes to other …
One nearby school district thinks so.
Over in Ipswich, school officials have decided to fold the district's Middle School Honors Night into a wider school assembly this year, saying it made students who weren't honored feel left out, the Salem News reported this week. The Ipswich Middle School principal reportedly sent parents a letter explaining the decision, saying an exclusive honors night can be emotionally damaging and can impact a student's academic growth. "The honors night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade point average,” the principal's letter read, according to the Salem News. …