WPS Student Registration


Welcome to the Watertown Public Schools student registration page.



A parent(s) or legal guardian(s) can call our Registrar at  617-972-4216 to schedule an appointment. Registration appointments are made Tuesday - Thursday during the following hours:

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.*
*Hours vary during school vacation weeks.  Please call 617-972-4216 to schedule an appointment.

Enrollment in the Watertown Public Schools is contingent upon residency and completion of all the required documents.


*Click below for forms:

Student Registration Packet to be filled out and brought in when registering.


STUDENT REGISTRATION


Parents of elementary students who are new to the Watertown Schools will need to visit the new Registrar’s Office, located in

the Phillips Building at 30 Common St (second floor, Room 205).  All students who are registering should be accompanied by a parent or guardian and need to provide:


    1)  a birth certificate

    2)  school records or report cards (if records from their previous school were not already transferred)

    3)  2 documents of proof of residency (one must be a lease or mortgage document and the other can be a utility bill)

    4)  completed Registration Forms

    5)  complete health records indicating all required immunizations were received. These immunizations are a

    requirement of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and must be received before the student

    may attend school or be enrolled.



Parents of Middle and High School students should call the school to make an appointment to  bring the required forms to be registered (see student registration packet link above).  Phone numbers for:

  • Watertown High School (Guidance Office) 617-926-7736
  • Watertown Middle School 617-926-7783 ext. 35005


MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTERING SCHOOL


All students entering school must provide a copy of the following information from the pediatrician's office to the school nurse prior to starting school. Any student without the following documentation will be excluded from school due to non-compliance with Massachusetts state law.
 





Physicals:





All students must submit a signed physical examination performed by a health care practitioner. The physical must be conducted within the past 12 months of September for Preschool, PreKindergarten, Kindergarted, 4th grade, 7th grade, and 10th grade. Please provide a copy of a current physical to the school nurse.







Immunizations:




The following immunizations are required for all students for 2016-17 school year.  Documentation of date, month, and year from physician must be provided.







Preschool and PreKindergarten:



Ÿ 1-4 doses of Hib




Ÿ 4 doses of DTap/DTP vaccine



Ÿ 3 doses of Polio vaccine




Ÿ 1 dose of MMR vaccine




Ÿ 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine



 1 dose of Varicella vaccine or a physician-certified reliable history of chickenpox disease
Ÿ 1 Lead Screen with result











Kindergarten-6th Grade:




 5 doses of DTap/DTP vaccine



Ÿ 4 doses of Polio vaccine




Ÿ 2 doses of MMR vaccine




Ÿ 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine



Ÿ 2 doses of Varicella vaccine or a physician-certified reliable history of chickenpox disease
Ÿ 1 Lead Screen with result




Ÿ 1 Vision Screen (required for Kindergarten only)









7th-12th Grade:





In addition to the required vaccinations for entering Kindergarten, the following immunizations are required for all students entering 7th grade:
Ÿ 1 dose of TDap vaccine




Ÿ 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine (recommended but not required)















STUDENT SCHEDULES at Individual Schools for 2016-2017 School Year


WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

All Freshmen students will report to the high school auditorium at 7:55 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7 and to their

Advisory at 7:55 a.m. on Thursday, September 8. Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 will report to the High School

Auditorium at 9:55 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7 and to their 3rd period class at 9:55 a.m. on Thursday, September 8.

Both Tuesday and Wednesday will be full school days for all students with dismissal at 2:30 p.m. If a student has

scheduling problems, Guidance Counselors are available by appointment (call 617-926-7736) to assist you.


WATERTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Grades 6, 7, and 8 students will report to school on Wednesday, September 7. Students begin class at 7:40 a.m. 

Dismissal is at 2:10 p.m.


CUNNIFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Students in Grades 1 to 5 at the Cunniff School report to school on Wednesday, September 7 at 8:15 a.m. Dismissal is at 2:30 p.m.


On Wednesday, September 7, Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten teachers meet with parents and children according to

appointments assigned to each child in their appointment letter sent home by teachers. Pre-K and Kindergarten classes

begin on Thursday, September 8 according to the following schedule.  Please note arrival and departure times for each day.


Thursday, September 8: 8:15 a.m. to 12:00p.m. Lunch served.

Friday, September 9: 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Extended Day program begins for registered students.


HOSMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Students in Grades 1 to 5 at the Hosmer School report to school on Wednesday, September 7 at 8:30 a.m. Dismissal is at

2:45 p.m.


On Wednesday, September 7, Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten teachers meet with parents and children according to

appointments assigned to each child in their placement letter. Pre-K and Kindergarten classes begin on Thursday,

September 8, according to the following schedule. Please note arrival and departure times for each day.


Thursday, September 8: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lunch served.

Friday, September 9: 8:30 a.m. arrival and 2:45 p.m. dismissal. Extended Day programs and transportation begin

for registered students.


LOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

All students in Grades 1 to 5 at the Lowell School will report to school on Wednesday, September 7 at 8:15 a.m. 

Dismissal is at 2:30 p.m.


On Wednesday, September 7, Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten teachers meet with parents and children according to

appointments assigned to each child in their placement letter. Pre-K and Kindergarten classes begin on Thursday,

September 8 according to the following schedule. Please note arrival and departure times for each day.


Thursday, September 8: 8:15 a.m. arrival to 12:00 p.m. Lunch served.

Friday, September 9: 8:15 a.m. arrival and 2:30 p.m. dismissal. Extended Day programs begin for registered students.


WATERTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

On Wednesday, September 7 Early Steps Integrated Preschool Teachers will meet with parents and children. Morning

classes meet from 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and afternoon classes meet from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Classes begin on

Thursday, September 8 according to your child’s class assignment. The three day program (Tuesday, Wednesday, and

Thursday) will begin on Wednesday, September 7.


STUDENTS ATTENDING MINUTEMAN REGIONAL VOCATION TECHNICAL

  • FIRST TIME STUDENTS:  New Student Orientation for first-time students attending Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School in Lexington is Monday, August 31, 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Transportation to Minuteman is provided by the Watertown Public Schools. Students enrolled in Minuteman will receive a bus schedule in the mail.
  • RETURNING MINUTEMAN STUDENTS: The first day of school for all students attending Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School is Tuesday,  September 1. Normal school hours are 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


BREAKFAST/LUNCH PROGRAM


The School Breakfast/Lunch Program for both the elementary and secondary students begins at all schools on Wednesday,

September 7, which is the first day of school. A full lunch will be available. Lunch prices are:

                                

                                    ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BREAKFAST/LUNCH PROGRAM

    

Breakfast $1.25 /day ($.30 reduced and free to eligible students)

                                                                                   Lunch $3.00/day or $15.00 week ($.40 reduced and free to
                                                                                   Pre-packaged salads $3.00        
                                                                                   Milk $.55/carton:  choice of low fat, skim, or Lactaid milk is included with school lunch.


                                               SECONDARY SCHOOLS BREAKFAST/LUNCH PROGRAM


                                                        Watertown Middle School $1.25 /day ($.30 reduced and free to eligible students)

                                                        Watertown High School $1.75 /day ($.30 reduced and free to eligible students)

                                                        Watertown Middle School $ 3.50/day (.40 reduced and free to eligible students) 

                                                        Pre-packaged salad $3.50

                                                        Milk $ .55/carton


                                                        Watertown High School $3.50/day ($.40 reduced and free to eligible students) 

                                                        Deli sub sandwich meal $3.50 each

                                                        Pre-packaged salads $3.50 each

                                                        Milk $ .55 carton


PLEASE NOTE: Prices may change due to federal regulations. Free and/or reduced price meals program, subsidized by the Federal Government, is available to eligible families. Forms for the subsidized program can be obtained in the main office at your child’s

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


WATERTOWN COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS


Before and After School Programs for Grades 1-5 at the Cunniff, Hosmer, and Lowell Elementary Schools begin on

Wednesday, September 7. Before School Programs start at 7:15 a.m. and Extended Day Programs start at the close of the

school day. Pre-K/Kindergarten Before and After School Programs begin on Friday, September 9. For further

information, please contact Ms. Beth Sahakian at 617-923-7653.


STUDENT TRANSPORTATION


School bus transportation is available for Hosmer School and Watertown Middle School students only. To be eligible for

transportation, students must live .75 or more miles from their school. Parents of eligible students requiring transportation

must register for the bus through the School Business Office, 30 Common Street, Watertown and are processed on a first

come, first serve bases. The fee is $300 per year with a $475 maximum per family. The fee for students in Grades K-6

that live south of the Charles River is $200 per year with a $320 maximum. Students in 7th and 8th grade south of the

Charles River are subject to full fee. Elementary students who live 1.5 miles or more from the Hosmer School and 6

grade students who live 2 or more miles from the Middle School are not required to pay the fee, but must register. Parents

may be eligible for a waiver of the transportation fee due to financial hardship. Registration forms are available on our

website, www.watertown.k12.ma.us, or at the Transportation Office, 30 Common Street. For further information, please

call 617-926-7710.


A FY17 Student Bus Pass will be issued to all students who complete a FY17 registration form. No student will be

admitted to the bus without a current FY17 Bus Pass. A Watertown Public Schools Bus Schedule will be mailed by

August 29 with a student’s FY17 Bus Pass. In addition, a copy of the rules and regulations for all transported students

will be included with the bus pass. All students riding on school buses are expected to conduct themselves in a manner

that will not interfere with the safe operation of the bus and/or the safety of other passengers.


Students attending Minuteman Technical High School should have already received an FY17 registration form by mail.

The registration must be returned to the Transportation Office at 30 Common Street by August 22. Unregistered students

will not be permitted to ride the bus to Minuteman.


Any questions regarding school bus transportation should be directed to the Transportation Office by calling 617-926-7710.


MBTA STUDENT BUS PASSES

High School and Middle School students who use the MBTA may sign up for a Student Pass for reduced fare on MBTA

buses. There are two types of Student Passes available. The first option is $30.00 monthly student pass that will give a

student unlimited access to buses and commuter rails for one month. This pass must be paid for by the student prior to the

1st of the month. This is the most economical option for students who use the bus as their primary transportation to and

from school. The second option works like a prepaid charge card. The student can put money on the card and $.75 is

deducted from the balance each time the student uses the pass. To obtain an MBTA Student Pass or for more information, 

please contact the Transportation Office at 617-926-7710.


WALKING TO/FROM SCHOOL AND DROP OFFS


Road construction in some areas of the town may require children to adapt to changing local traffic patterns. Parents

should review the walking route to school with their child before the start of school and whenever road construction 

projects change the walking route.  Please observe the changes to traffic patterns which the Watertown Police Department 
and the School Department post.


NO SMOKING ORDINANCE


The Watertown Town Council passed a Public Health Ordinance regarding no smoking in public buildings in the town.

Students were never permitted to smoke in school buildings. They are now advised that there is a fine for noncompliance 

with the no smoking ordinance.

FEES

The following is a schedule of fees and general information for the 2016-2017 school year programs as voted by the Watertown School

Committee. Specific details for each program will be distributed to students and parents in conjunction with registration

for participation. All fees must be paid by check or money order and made payable to “Watertown Public Schools”.


PROGRAM  FEES PER STUDENT     FAMILY MAXIMUM
 Transportation: $300/student $475/family
  $200/South of Charles River, K-6

$320/South of Charles River, K-6 

Prekindergarten: 

$7,600/student


  Morning Session (3 Hrs.)  
 

$2,900/student (3 days)

 
 

$ 3,500/student (4 days) 

 
 Afternoon Session (2.5 Hrs.)  
 

$ 3,100/student (4 days) 

 
 

Extended Day Session (5 Hrs.) 

 
  $ 6,500/student (5 days) 
WMS Activity Fee:  $50.00/student per school year for unlimited clubs and extra-curricular activities 
WMS Sports: 

$150/student per school year

 
WHS Activity Fee:  $25.00/student per school year for unlimited clubs and extra-curricular activities.  
 
WHS Athletics: 

$320/student per school year for unlimited sports and clubs 


 


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