PTO Parent Education presents
David McCullough, Jr.
Please join us for our second Parent Education event this year as we continue to focus this year’s theme: “Raising Resilient Children.”
We are excited to welcome educator and author David McCullough, Jr. to Weston. His 2012 Wellesley High School commencement address, entitled “You Are (Not) Special,” struck a chord and became a YouTube sensation with over 2 million views. His book of the same name elaborates on this speech, and provides both parents and kids with a guide to a happy and fulfilling life. His premise: children today are under tremendous pressure to excel in school, sports, and extra-curricular activities. Especially in advantaged communities like Weston and Wellesley, parents contribute to this pressure with expensive tutoring, club sports, test prep, etc. As a result, kids are discouraged from taking chances, failing, and learning empathy and self-confidence from those failures. Mr. McCullough’s message to parents is to be part of the solution: help take the pressure off their children to be extraordinary achievers, and instead encourage them to live a life of passion and to do something useful with their advantages.
We hope you’ll join us!
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7-9 pm - Field School
Free for members and non-members
Search for Superintendent of Schools
On Monday, October 20 the Superintendent search consultant, HYA, will present the Leadership Profile to the School Committee. The School Committee meeting will commence at 7:00PM in the large conference room at Case House. We hope you can join us. Please contact School Committee Chair, Danielle Black, with questions.
A consulting firm has been hired by the School Committee to assist in the search for a new Superintendent of Schools. The firm is Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA). HYA is the largest public school search firm in the country. As their web site states, HYA “assists organizations by ensuring that the right executives are in place to realize their vision. Aligning an organization's mission, vision, values, and goals with the skill set and values of executives will help ensure committed leadership and organizational results."
HYA utilizes a Five Step Planning Process to conduct the search including:
- Planning Session and Criteria Development
- Communication with the School Committee
Please watch our website for more updates on the search.
Get involved: Next PTO Meeting
The Weston PTO Board meets monthly and we welcome you to attend. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 4 from 7-9pm in the Field School Library. Please contact Rebecca Parkhill (PTO President) at 781-489-5762 with any questions.
Get involved: Next School Committee Meeting
The Weston School Committee will meet on Monday, October 20 at 7pm at Case House, 89 Wellesley Street. The tentative agenda includes a Superintendent Search Update - Leadership Profile Presentation by HYA Consultants, WEEFC Proposals, FY15 Census and Enrollment Report, FY16 Enrollment Projections, FY15 Adjusted Budget Discussion, FY16 Budget Projections (Budget "A"), Discussion of Proposed 2015-2016 School Calendar, and Field School and Case Complex Project Updates. All members of the community are welcome to attend this and all School Committee meetings.
Halloween Haunted House - Sponsored by Class of 2017
Bring the whole family and tour the Most Insane Haunted House at Weston High School on Saturday, October 25 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The sophomore class of 2017 is dying to see you! For the "little goblins" there be a special kids room with crafts, games and prizes. Cost of admission and a treat is $10 per person, per experience and $30 per family (4+). Parents, do not drop your children off. Please stay at the school and wait for them in the parking lot. For more information email the class parent advisors.
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