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General Announcements

July Newsletter from Superintendent Deanne Galdston

Dear Watertown Parents and Caregivers,
I am very pleased to begin my tenure as your superintendent as of July 1. Moving to 30 Common Street
seemed so far away back in March when I was appointed, but now that I have settled in, I couldn’t be
more excited to get started in a district that values high academic achievement, life-long learning, and
civic engagement in an inclusive and diverse environment.

Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Community Course Registration

You are invited to register for our second introductory community course in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation.
To learn more about what this course covers, times and location, click here
To register for the course, click the Course Registration Link

Find a summer meal site – Child Nutrition Outreach Program

Please see below for a listing of locations, dates and times for free summer meals for kids and teens.

Free summer meals for kids and teens

Report of the School Start Times Implementation Task Force

Report of the School Start Times Implementation Task Force
Presentation: Impacts of Changing School Start Times
Memo: Superintendent's Recommendation to Accept the Report

Below please find a link to the Extended Day Program review

Mascot/Logo Proposals for Watertown High School 

The Watertown Public School district has begun a process to identify and select a mascot/logo for the High School.  The High School has a nickname – the Raiders – and school colors – red, white and black – but it does not have an official mascot/logo.  The nickname and school colors provide a common identity and connection to the traditions of the school, teams and community.  A mascot/logo adds to this by presenting a graphic image of that identity and connections.    

Proposals will be reviewed by a Screening Committee created for this purpose. Proposals chosen by the Screening Committee will be presented to the School Committee for a final selection.  

  2017-2018 Bus Transportation Information & Registration

Do you want your child to take the school bus next year? If so, please follow this link to register by June 30 at the latest.

Bus registration is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Armenian, Pashto, Arabic, Greek, Thai, and Persian. Click the flag icon in the top right corner to choose your preferred language.

Kindergarten/Prekindergarten Information 

Kindergarten Registration Information - click here

Click here for more information on Prekindergarten.

Registration update for new students entering WPS 

For all new students entering Watertown Public Schools, the new registration packet is posted as well as instructions for registering.  Please click here for more information on Student Registration.

Watertown Public Schools FY18 School Committee Adopted Budget

Click here for the FY18 School Committee Adopted Budget.

Statement on Respecting Diversity in the Watertown Public Schools

The following statement was prepared by Dr. John Brackett, Interim Superintendent, and Mr. John Portz, School Committee Chairman, who read it aloud at the School Committee meeting on February 15, 2017.

"In Watertown, we celebrate our diversity.  As a school system, we are committed to protecting the right of all students and educators to participate in our learning community.  Recent events at the national level regarding travel restrictions and related actions prompt us to reiterate and reassure that Watertown Public Schools is an open, welcoming, and inclusive place to learn and work.  Debates in national policy continue, but we are committed to providing a safe, learning environment for all students.  The Watertown Public Schools is here to serve, not to judge or exclude.  We treat all students with respect, have high expectations for all, want parents to be our partners, and expect students, educators, and parents to respect the unique qualities that characterize each of us.  Together, we build and support a diverse and respectful community. "

 Behavioral Health Resources

Click here for resources from the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance.

 Information about our Extended Day Program 

Please click the link below to see frequently asked questions regarding our extended day program for both our elementary and preschool program.

 Boston College & Watertown Public Schools to Collaborate on Increasing Family Engagement

Below you will find a report that presents findings from a yearlong assessment of the various ways in which the Watertown Public Schools engage families from diverse backgrounds. As part of a collaborative partnership between the district and Boston College, the report aims to document family engagement in the district, highlight innovative practices and identify ‘engagement gaps’ to address in strengthening relationships within the community.

    [Press Release]

    [Needs Assessment Report of Family Engagement 2015-2016 School Year]

 Bring the Library Home

    Apply now at InternetEssentials.com or call 888-972-5982 

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 ESL Resources Page for Families & Educators

    [click here for ESL Page]