Coming Up (WHS Calendar)
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A Letter from the President's Desk
Dear Weston High School parents,
We are beyond the halfway point of the school year, but there are still many reasons to be part of our PTO community. If you are not already, please CLICK HERE to join our membership which we are offering this year, for the first time ever, free of charge. Community, communication and connectivity are the focus of the 2019–20 PTO year. Join our group to ensure that you receive our bi-monthly newsletters to keep you “in the know”. CLICK HERE to read past issues of The WORD from this school year.
We are beginning the process of building our PTO board for the 2020-21 school year. If you are interested in getting involved with our organization next year, please CLICK HERE for the Board Nomination Form. You can nominate yourself or a friend that you believe would make a great addition to the PTO board.
Please enjoy reading this special issue of The Word. It is filled with school and PTO related information including:
Please take a look at the Calendar for important dates coming up, including the recently added half day schedule for all students K-12 on Tuesday, March 10.
As always, if you have any questions, concerns or compliments you would like to share regarding your experience with the PTO, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Have a great week!
WHS PTO President
WHS PTO Board Nominations for 2020-2021 School Year
Looking for a way to get involved in the WHS PTO? Do you know someone that would like to be involved? Click HERE to nominate yourself or someone else!
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On Friday, March 6th, we had the pleasure to hear from Venessa Eisenman, an English teacher at the WHS since 2014. Venessa is also very involved with the Writing Center at the high school and a Coordinator of the Writing Portfolio process. The Writing Portfolio is a sophomore year requirement. Every student submits writing pieces that must meet a certain level of expectation to achieve proficiency. Besides the Writing Portfolio, students make appointments with a staff member of the Writing Center to review written work, to discuss writing struggles and ideas as well as work on student's college essays. Click HERE to download & view a video of the presentation.
Principal Lisa Wolak presented the recently released Climate Survey that the district conducted. Overall, the students, staff, and parents had overwhelmingly positive or neutral responses to the questions asked. Principal Wolak feels very strongly in working to address the neutral responses. She thinks this is an area where the high school can do a better job in creating a happier, healthier community environment. Click here for The Climate Survey. Click HERE to download & view a video of the presentation.
-Angela Zielinski, WHS PTO Vice President
Opening Balance : December 1 $50,271, Closing Balance January 31 $38,451. Net income January YTD date $14,936.
Homecoming Spirit Fund, Mid-Term Breakfast and Sport Broadcaster Center were approved philanthropy funds totaling $11,821 in December and January.
December and January financials were preliminarily approved at the Executive Board Meeting February 10th and received final approval at the General Board Meeting on March 6th.
-Jen Fish-Meir, WHS PTO Treasurer
On Tuesday Feb. 25th, we held a special WHS PTO Philanthropy meeting to review past donations and brainstorm for the future. We had 15 people from our WHS PTO General Board in attendance including Principal Lisa Wolak! It was a very productive discussion focused on the goals of the school and the mission of the PTO. Minutes and documents from this meeting will be available in a future newsletter.
This past Friday, at the General PTO Board meeting, the following 3 requests were approved:
- Youth Mental Health First Aid Training - Up to $3500 for training of the WHS social worker to become a certified trainer, which she will in turn, train others. It is meant to help adolescents (12-18) who are experiencing a mental heath or addiction challenge or is in crisis.
- Trout Fish Tank Equipment - $1007 for equipment to complete a donated trout tank. This will add a 2nd tank to accommodate the increased Environmental Science program.
- 3D Printer - Up to $2500 for a 2nd 3D printer to use in the Project Lead the Way (PLWT)/Engineering program as the program has expanded the last few years.
Any questions, please contact the Philanthropy Chair at kristana.esslinger@gmail.
Click HERE to read the WHS PTO BOE
This report includes a detailed summary, notes, and links to recorded meetings, including a summary of the public Q & A discussion held before the regular meeting.
BOE: Understanding the School Budget Process
January of each year marks the time when the Weston Public School administration presents the Recommended Operating and Capital Budget for the next school year to the Board of Education (BOE) for review, modification as necessary and ultimate approval. The District’s annual budget is approved by timetables specified in statutes and the Town Charter.
Key upcoming dates:
Past budget meetings can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/
Memorial Day 5K Race, Walk, and Kids Fun Run
Mark your calendars!! The the 27th Annual Weston Memorial Day 5K Race, Walk and Kids Fun Run is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, May 23rd, 2020!!
Reminders & Other Notes
Join the PTO:
If you are reading this and haven’t already, please join the PTO. You will not receive important mailings and information if you are not a member. It's free for WHS families! CLICK HERE to join.
Comments, Questions, Suggestions?
We love to hear from our members, so don't hesitate to contact any of your Board members or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WHS PTO newsletter is distributed biweekly on Mondays (except holidays & vacations). Please send your WHS-related submissions by the preceding end of day Thursday to email@example.com. The Winter 2020 schedule for THE WORD newsletter publications will be Jan 13 & 27, Feb 10 & 24, March 9 & 23.
Community or "Around Town" news (and any information not directly related to WHS) will not be included in regular weekly newsletters. This type of information and news will be sent out monthly in a supplemental edition of the newsletter on the THIRD Friday of each month. Please send submissions by the preceding Wednesday (late submissions may not be included until the next month); please send submissions or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking & Security at WHS:
When visiting WHS please remember to bring your driver's license for identification. Security will scan your license and issue you a visitor badge. The badge must be worn at all times while in the building and returned to security when you leave.
Visitor parking is on the street opposite the Main Entrance and on the access road between WIS and WHS (stadium field side only). Please refrain from parking in any parking lot or numbered space. These spaces are reserved and have been assigned to students and staff members. An empty space in a parking lot does not mean it’s an available space.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation.