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General Announcements

  • November Superintendent's Newsletter This weekend served as a gentle reminder that we are heading into the wintry months and all the excitement that this holds.  For educators, November marks the completion of the first quarter of the year.  At this point, teachers know their students very well and have settled into the routines that will support student success.   Teachers utilize a wide variety of formative assessments throughout the year to tailor and adjust instruction that responds to the unique needs of their current students.  While Watertown educators are focused on their current students in their classrooms, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently released the Spring 2017 MCAS results.  For the entire year, our students are immersed in a standards-based ...
    Posted Nov 12, 2017, 5:34 PM by Deanne Galdston
  • Update Regarding WHS Facility To the WHS Community: This communication provides a brief summary of key findings in the EFI Global report on asbestos at the High School and the process that led to this report.  The report, available on the WPS website, documents the presence of asbestos at the High School in a condition that requires remediation.  The report identifies a number of rooms and ceiling spaces that require some level of remediation, primarily due to asbestos in skim coat plaster that has deteriorated.  The initial cost estimate by EFI is $175,000-$250,000; more detailed cost estimates are being prepared.   Please know that student and staff safety is of the utmost importance to us and we will work diligently to remedy ...
    Posted Oct 27, 2017, 3:30 PM by Deanne Galdston
  • Announcement: Changing School Start Times  Good afternoon, WPS Community: The mission of the Watertown Public Schools is to provide all of our students with the best possible learning opportunities and outcomes.  One way to promote learning and improve outcomes for students is to ensure that school-age children get enough sleep before coming to school.  For many adolescents, getting sufficient sleep is challenging for a variety of reasons including homework, extracurricular activities, technology, and generally busy lives.  But it is not just the activities keeping teenagers awake late.  Their natural sleep cycles are different than those of younger children and adults, often making going to bed early a tremendous challenge.  In order to maximize learning for students and to promote health and wellness for our ...
    Posted Oct 24, 2017, 11:37 AM by Deanne Galdston
  • Letter Regarding the WHS Facility I am writing to inform you about a facilities issue at Watertown High School.  As part of our compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), the District contracted with a licensed engineering and environmental firm to conduct comprehensive inspections of all school buildings in Watertown.  During these inspections, it was determined that the skim coat plaster at the high school contains some amount of asbestos.  While previous reports did not identify asbestos in the plaster, more recent sampling and analytical methods have improved such that the levels of asbestos in plaster can now be detected.   Out of an abundance of caution, we are currently in the process of fully evaluating the condition of all plaster in the High ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2017, 7:20 PM by Deanne Galdston
  • Superintendent's October Newsletter Over the past several weeks, I have engaged the community in a discussion about possibly changing the start times at the secondary level to 8:30 a.m.  The proposed change reflects a growing body of research that suggests providing a later start time for our adolescents may increase student academic outcomes and benefit their overall health and wellness.  We provided a feedback survey to the community, which will close tonight, October 16 at 10:00 p.m.  If you haven’t had a chance to provide feedback, you can do so at the following link:  https://goo.gl/forms/YU02URTOQ8slKs593.  The School Committee will discuss the proposed start time changes, consider the feedback from the community, and potentially make ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2017, 7:35 PM by Deanne Galdston
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School Closures (Snow Days) and Delayed Openings

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Kindergarten/Prekindergarten Information Night

Wednesday, January 10, 2018  (snow date, Wednesday, January 17th)

6:30PM – 7:30PM at your neighborhood school

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Below please find a link to the Extended Day Program review

 ESL Resources Page for Families & Educators

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