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posted Mar 20, 2017, 6:15 AM by Joel Villegas   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 4:44 AM ]

Want to try foods from different parts of the world?  Want to learn about different countries from our Wakefield students?  Want to dance to folkloric Puerto Rican dance?  Then join us for the 3rd Annual International Night, Friday, April 7, 2017, from 6 pm - 8 pm @ the Galvin Middle School, sponsored by the Wakefield Public Schools and the METCO Program.

Come and celebrate diversity in Wakefield, sample foods and meet families from around the world, watch a parade of heritage wear, speak with high school and middle school students about the countries they are learning of in their world language classes, review their projects, see ancestry dolls created by Woodville 2nd graders, and dance to the rhythms of Puerto Rico.  

Join us for a night of food, music, and dance at WPS' and METCO's annual International Night.  The evening's performance will be provided by Los Gigantes de la Plena .  (Click on the group name to see and hear the group's presentation on a local TV channel).  

We hope to see everyone there!


METCO Petition Signing Day in Wakefield

posted Feb 17, 2017, 5:26 AM by Joel Villegas   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 5:27 AM ]

The METCO Advocacy Committee (MAC) is planning a METCO Petition Signing Day for Monday, March 6, 2017, @ The Savings Bank in their OFB1 Community Room from 3 pm - 6 pm. This event is taking place a week before METCO Lobby Day at the State House.

The purpose of this event is to:
Educate/inform the community on METCO funding
Have students talk about the program and what it means to them
Collect signatures for increased funding
Have people send emails or write to Gov. Baker

We encourage METCO parents, students, and the host community to submit letters/e-mails and place phone calls to Governor Baker. Please express your support of the METCO program and advocate that he demonstrate his commitment to Massachusetts students by supporting METCO’s funding request of $23M for FY18.

For 50 years, METCO has proven its success and brightened the future of thousands of Massachusetts’ children by raising college attendance rates, integrating classrooms, and crafting productive, tax-paying citizens of this Commonwealth. In the face of costs that continue to rise, state funding levels have remained relatively stagnant. In addition, while transportation costs have increased significantly for METCO districts in recent years, the transportation allotment per student has not been increased since 2008.

A 2016 report released by the Executive Office of Education once again affirmed the success of our students showing that the four-year graduation rate of METCO students has surpassed 98% and has consistently exceeded or equaled the graduation rates of their peers in both sending and receiving school districts. The report also found the percentage of METCO students who indicated their intent to pursue postsecondary educational opportunities was above 92%, exceeding the statewide average on college intentions by over 10%.

The METCO program needs this level of funding to continue to maintain this high level of success.



1. Contact Governor Baker:

a. Email a letter to Governor Baker at: constituent.services@state.ma.us.

b. Mail a letter to Governor Baker at: Massachusetts State House Office of the Governor Room 280 Boston, MA 02133

c. Call Governor Baker’s office: 617.725.4005

*Please consider using this draft to help frame your request:

Dear Honorable Governor Baker.

Thank you for your continued support of the METCO program in the Commonwealth. We ask that you support METCO funding of $23M for the METCO program in your proposed FY18 budget.

As you know so well, for fifty years, the METCO program has been transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of students by providing access to quality education for urban students and fostering more diverse classrooms in 190 suburban schools located in eastern and western Massachusetts.The METCO program is in need of this level of funding in order to continue to maintain this high level of success. The program’s transportation and education costs continue to rise every year, while state funding for METCO has remained relatively stagnant.

In the FY17 General Appropriations Act (GAA), the 37 participating communities received $4,066 per student in education funding plus a transportation allotment for the over 3,300 METCO students they educate. The METCO Advisory Committee has recommended $5,000 per student plus transportation. In addition, between FY01 and FY17, Chapter 70 funding has increased by over 50%, compared to an increase of only 31.5% for METCO funding in the same time period. There has been no increase in the transportation allotment for METCO since 2008.

We understand that the Commonwealth’s fiscal challenges continue and that you continue to analyze tax receipts and revenue projections for FY17 and FY18. However, the broader success METCO could achieve for underserved students with adequate funding, and the implications that a narrowing achievement gap will have on the future economy of our Commonwealth, more than justify this investment.

Thank you again for your support of the METCO program and all of the Commonwealth’s students.

International Night 2017

posted Jan 15, 2017, 6:14 AM by Joel Villegas


International Night 2017


Friday, April 7, 2017

At 6:00pm

Galvin Middle School

Sponsored by:

Wakefield Public Schools

and the METCO Program

Family and Friends Program

posted Oct 8, 2016, 4:32 PM by Joel Villegas

Welcome to a new WPS school year!  This is going to be an exciting year for the METCO Program as it is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary.

We are extending an invitation for Wakefield families to volunteer and join the Wakefield METCO Family and Friends Program.  This program matches Boston and Wakefield families to each other to achieve its goal of a successful integration of METCO students into our school community.  Our Family and Friends Program seeks to ease the METCO students’ adjustment to attending school in Wakefield and enables METCO parents to feel that their child is welcomed and cared for by concerned others while attending school outside of Boston.  We also hope to build a bridge between METCO and Wakefield families so that all can be enriched by the METCO students’ presence in Wakefield.

Below and attached to this announcement, you will find a Family and Friends brochure and an application.  After you have read the brochure and application, if you feel that you can be a great host to a student, please fill out and return the application to me at your earliest convenience.  If you have a child in mind, please let us know, if not, we will make every attempt to match you up with one.  We are currently seeking families who have children in the following grades:  K, 1, 3, 4 and all middle school grades as well.  

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, we are holding our first Family and Friends event at Franklin Park Zoo, free to all families who volunteer to join FFP.  We will have a short meet and greet, lunch, and then families who are matched up, can freely visit the zoo exhibits.  

If you are interested, please fill out the attached application and send back to me either with your child and his teacher or via email.  

FREE Online Books

posted Oct 8, 2016, 12:02 PM by Joel Villegas

This website has free online book for younger children to read and have read to them.


International Night, Friday, April 8, 2016

posted Mar 22, 2016, 2:18 PM by Joel Villegas

International Night!
Friday, April 8th6 - 8 PM 

After a huge success last year, Wakefield Public Schools will hold it's 2nd annual International Night on Friday, 4/8 at the Galvin Middle School.

Performances will include:  

  • The Galvin Middle School Choir, performing songs in Spanish.  
  • The Divinity Dancers, performing various Latin dances such as Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata and then teaching how to dance to one of the styles.
  • Shin Daiko, conducting workshops for students who are interested in learning Japanese drumming and then performing.  Students interested in the workshop will need to sign-up ahead of time, at the event.

Displays will include food, artifacts & other information as related to a country or heritage.

Interested in adding to a display, based on your family's country and/or heritage background? Please complete the Participation Form

If you have any questions, please contact the International Night Committee via  Wakefield Public Schools International Night Facebook page

Boston Children's Museum INFO

posted Mar 19, 2016, 9:43 AM by Joel Villegas

WPS International Night, SAVE THE DATE!

posted Jan 10, 2016, 4:59 AM by Joel Villegas

The Wakefield Public Schools International Night will be taking place on Friday, April 8, 2016 @ the Galvin Middle School from 6:00pm - 8:30pm.  

Help us plan Wakefield's 2016 International Night

posted Nov 8, 2015, 7:33 AM by Joel Villegas   [ updated Jan 10, 2016, 4:55 AM ]

Come join us for the planning of
Wakefield’s annual International Night 2016     
If you would like to be a part of planning an amazing event, join us on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 4:30pm, Wakefield High School, Conference Room, where we will discuss and plan next year’s International Night.

***If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please reach out to Mr. Villegas (joel.villegas@wpsk12.org) or Mrs. LiPetri (lucia.lipetri@wpsk12.org)***

2015-2016 Parent Group Meetings

posted Sep 20, 2015, 8:47 AM by Joel Villegas   [ updated Dec 15, 2015, 10:32 AM ]

            Thursday, October 29th  - Mattapan Branch Library, Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan

                  Group level meetings:  WHS – Donna S. à  Post secondary planning / glossary for freshmen & sophomores.  MS - TBD à Being a good citizen.  Elementary - Denise --> Academic Resources.  

·         Tuesday, December 15th  - Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams Street, Dorchester

                  Holiday Potluck

                  More fundraising activities

·         Thursday, March 3rd - Location TBD

                  Discuss and plan for:  

  • METCO Lobby Day                  
  • April’s International Month & Discussion of an article selected by Parent E-board members 

·         Week of May 9th or 16th – School Committee mtg. in Boston

·         Date to be determined...Senior Celebration

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