Architect Lays Out Timeline for 3 Elementary Schools; Committee Has Concerns About Impacts

Hosmer Elementary School will be the first elementary school in Watertown to begin reconstruction. While the 2019 calendar has not yet reached Thanksgiving, the start of construction at Watertown’s three elementary schools is just around the corner. Scott Dunlap, project architect with Ai3 Architects, provided a basic timeline for the move toward construction at Hosmer Elementary School, the first of three schools to begin the reconstruction process. The Design Development process will be completed later this month. In the spring the project will be bid, and construction will begin over the summer break, Dunlap told the School Building Committee on Nov.

First Public Forum on Watertown High School Project Planned

The new Watertown High School logo, the shield, was approved by the School Committee on Tuesday. Watertown school officials invite the public to hear about the project to rebuild or renovate Watertown High School at a forum on Nov. 19. The Watertown Public Schools sent out the following announcement:

The Watertown High School Building Committee will be holding its first community forum on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Watertown High School to discuss the planning and process around the proposed new high school project.

MassBay College Invites Prospective Students to Fall Open House

Prospective students attended MassBay Community College’s spring open house. MassBay Community College announced will hold its annual Fall Open House on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at 9 a.m.. President David Podell along with faculty, staff, and students will be on hand to greet and welcome prospective students and their families to the Wellesley Hills campus. The Fall Open House is an opportunity for prospective students to meet and talk with current students, faculty, and staff to learn about the 70 degree and certificate programs offered at MassBay and transfer opportunities.

Watertown High School Students Competed for Spot on WGBH TV Quiz Show

The team from Watertown High School that competed for a spot on WGBH’s High School Quiz Show. A group of Watertown High School students recently competed at WGBH’s studio to be part of the High School Quiz Show. WGBH provide the following information:

On Sunday, Oct. 20, Watertown High School visited WGBH’s Brighton studios to participate in Super Sunday, the qualification round of WGBH’s High School Quiz Show. High School Quiz Show is a televised quiz competition between Massachusetts high school students entering its 11th season of broadcast on WGBH. On Super Sunday, student teams come to the studio to take a 45-minute quiz with hopes of placing on to the broadcast.

Minuteman Parents Association Raising Money for Students at Battlegreen Run

The following announcement was provided by the Minuteman Parent Association:

Help the Minuteman Parent Association raise money for Minuteman RVT High School students by joining “Team Minuteman” at the Annual Genesis Battlegreen 10K & 5K run/walk sponsored by the Battlegreen Run Foundation. Principal George Clement has thrown down the gauntlet and challenges Minuteman High School Alumni to beat his 2018 5K time of 20:27.  Alumni with a better time in the 5K than his 2018 time will be invited to join Mr. Clement as his guest for lunch at “The District”, the new Minuteman student-run restaurant. You won’t want to miss this opportunity because the Culinary Arts Dept. at MHS will no doubt create some outstanding dishes. Pre-register with “Team Minuteman” at https://tinyurl.com/MHSRUN19 and join us at Lexington High School, 251 Waltham St., Lexington

Entry Fee before Oct.

School Officials Detail Reasons for MCAS Improvement, Areas of Concern

Watertown Middle School teachers and staff have a plan in place to raise the MCAS scores at the school after a poor performance in 2018. Monday night, the School Committee heard about the strategies being used in the Watertown Schools that led to improvements for the town’s schools on the 2019 MCAS test. The Watertown Schools have made an effort to use data to drive lessons and to address weaknesses in classrooms and even for individual students, said Theresa McGuinness, the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning & Assessment. “Student performance data is used to identify areas of strength and areas of opportunity, as a district, grade level, cohort and individual in English Language Arts (ELA), mathematics, and science,” McGuinness said. She added that the MCAS data is used in conjunction with other assessment tools used in the Watertown Schools.

Watertown Community Foundation Taking Applications for Education Grants

The following announcement came from the Watertown Community Foundation:

The Watertown Community Foundation (WCF) has merged with the Watertown Education Foundation (WEF) and announces the release of the Fall 2018 School Program Grants. This program focuses solely on Watertown’s public schools and seeks to support activities that improve instruction and learning. 

The application form is available online. Grant requests of up to $2,500 will be considered, though the average amount awarded will likely range from $500 to $1,000. Where partnerships of two or more schools or organizations are involved an award of up to $5,000 will be considered. A total of $35.000 will be awarded.

Public Will Have Multiple Chances to Give Input on WHS Construction Project

Watertown’s School Building Committee has begun looking at the high school renovation/rebuilding project, and the public will have multiple chances to weigh in, beginning in November. The first public meeting about the Watertown High School project will be held Nov. 19 at a time and place to be announced, Town Council President Mark Sideris announced at Wednesday’s School Building Committee meeting. The School Building Committee learned that the process for the WHS project will be different from the one used for the three elementary schools — the other half of Watertown Public School’s Building for the Future. The high school project is part of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) program, which has many requirements and deadlines to meet.