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WHS swim/dive team claims victory

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy For the first time, after 29 years, the Wellesley High School girls swim and dive team took home the state title last week. The team wrapped up an undefeated season, winning a Sportsmanship Award, the BSC Championship Meet, the South Central Sectionals, and ultimately States. Parent, “They are truly a...
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Spelling Bee delights town, raises funds

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy and Jessamy Harrington Last week, 55 teams competing in the Wellesley Education Foundation’s annual Spelling Bee at Sprague School raised approximately $62,000. Team Health Advances LLC, consisting of Melissa Lowder, Laura Gullet and Valerie Enriquez, took home the coveted trophy for the second time by spelling the word "adactylous.” They...
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Wellesley ready for STEM Week

By Rama K. Ramaswamy The Baker-Polito Administration, in an effort to encourage and raise interest especially with respect to students, has declared a state-wide STEM week from October 22 through 26. STEM professionals, parents and educators alike are being asked to plan activities and dedicate the week towards all things science, tech, engineering and math. “Creating...
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Teacher honored at Fenway Park

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy Teachers have arguably the most important job in the world. They motivate underachievers to fly. They coach, mentor and listen to students. They make the mundane, extraordinary. They are the quiet heroes who simplify complexities, motivate, and help students reveal their talents. It is no surprise, then, when they are...
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Empty Bowls, full hearts in Wellesley

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy Just before Thanksgiving, WHS students in Amie Larson's Ceramics Intensive course successfully proved that greatness is not what you have, but what you give. The students’ annual Empty Bowls event had sold out well before the gathering. Students Julian von Hofe, Cort Bruer, Caroline McMahan, Lindsay Carroll, Emily Conners, Maddie Noble,...
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David Oliver returning to WCC

By Rama K. Ramaswamy Jean Piaget once said, "we begin as little scientists," with an imperative to thrive by making logical sense of the world. Modern psychologists claim that the concept of "magic,” like scary movies or roller-coasters, challenge these sensibilities and upset our sense of stability, as well tickle the same psychological centers in our...
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Empty Bowls charity banquet upcoming

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy Frances Bacon once said: “In charity, there is no excess.” WHS Visual Art Specialist Amie Larson is putting this sentiment into practice by organizing the Empty Bowls Banquet for the second year, on November 20 from 5-7 p.m. in the WHS cafeteria. [caption id="attachment_22886" align="alignleft" width="300"] Julian... 			
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WPS hurricane relief for Houston

By Rama K. Ramaswamy Hardy, Hunnewell, WHS, and PAWS Preschool (Wellesley Public Schools) recently unified around a humanitarian cause: hurricane relief for Houston. The primary organizers were Shaunna Wuczynski, Nicole Meyers and Lauren Lin. According to Lin, they "collected eight full boxes of backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils, etc." When asked about the inspiration for this effort, Wuczynski explained, “My...
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Diversity Summit inspires culture of inclusivity

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter The Wellesley Community Center opened its doors for all to enjoy, learn, and grow at the World of Wellesley’s fourth annual Diversity Summit on October 21. The World of Wellesley (WOW) aims to make the town a more welcoming and inclusive place by understanding and celebrating diversity. At the annual...
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Girl Power Hour coming soon

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy Community Investors (CI) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, established in 2014. Their vision continues: to improve the physical, mental heath and wellness of children through community sports-based youth development. Their mission is to create positive, impactful experiences to plant the seeds for mental and physical wellness and strengthen the emotional...
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WEF Spelling Bee wordsmiths working overtime

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy As the community anticipates the 28th incarnation of the Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF) Annual Spelling Bee, casual observers might find themselves with a question: The WEF co-presidents are Erica Recht and Susan Ryan. The co-VPs are Maria Chase and Victoria Ostler. The 2017 Spelling Bee co-chairs are Eunice Groark and Rebecca...
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‘Now In Color’ wins prestigious award

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy “Now In Color,” the original Wellesley High School play, recently received a prestigious theater award from the New England Theatre Conference: the Moss Hart Award. “The annual Moss Hart Memorial Award has a two-fold purpose,” reads the New England Theatre Conference’s website. “To honor the memory of Moss Hart, dramatist and...
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Library collection showcases beauty of rocks

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Each month, the Wellesley Free Library will display a different collection in the exhibit cases leading into the Children’s Library. Oftentimes they are filled with vibrant and colorful pieces of art from the local schools, and sometimes they were exhibits curated by the librarians to spread information about the...
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Wellesley’s Hoderlein building Digital Bridges

By Rama K. Ramaswamy The Wellesley Community Center (WCC), in partnership with Wellesley High School student Luis Hoderlein, will host its first-ever workshop on “the digital divide.” Hoderlein is spearheading the four week program and describes the divide as “a modern social and economic dilemma.” “In today’s digital world, access to technology and ability to handle...
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Dana Hall Music Director bids farewell

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy On August 1, the reins of the Dana Hall School of Music passed from former Executive Director Jennifer Gaul to Michelle Kiehl. “In addition to her extensive background in business management, Michelle offers a strong commitment to the growth and advancement of students through music education,” said Robert G. Mather,...
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Milkweeds for butterflies

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy Sustainable Wellesley (SW) is offering a new variety of milkweed plant this season: asclepias tuberosa. “We are so happy with the support that Wellesley residents (and some folks from neighboring towns) have shown for the monarchs,” said Laurel Landers from Sustainable Wellesley. “Through our initiative, neighbors have planted more than...
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Town Band presents concert on the green

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by Rama K. Ramaswamy June 21 marked the longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer. What better way to mark the occasion than with the Wellesley Recreation Department’s sponsorship of the summer concert held on the green next to the Town Hall? The Wellesley Town Band delighted its hometown audience with...
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Dana Hall presents Couture for a Cause

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy Couture For A Cause (CFAC) was Dana Hall School's annual Project Runway Fashion Show. It featured original designs from over 25 student designers and others from the Dana Hall community, along with student-models who modeled the creations. The designs were varied, according to Michael Frassinelli, Visual Arts Department Head, “from the...
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Wellesley STEM Expo a smashing success

By Rama K. Ramaswamy According to Wellesley Education Foundation’s Co-Presidents Susan Ryan and Erica Recht, WEF’s STEM Expo 2017 “inspired over 3,000 attendees, featured 113 exhibits, produced 21 engaging workshops, had 14 incredibly generous sponsors, organized two amazing student challenges that led up to the big Expo day, rolled out five STEM experts on the STEM...
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Red Apple season

By Rama K. Ramaswamy It’s comforting to know that our New England tradition of giving apples to our favorite teachers/ school staff is thriving, despite going digital. Wellesley Education Foundation’s Red Apple Program ensures recognition and the celebration of educators and school staff by raising funds to “pay it forward” by pumping those funds directly back...
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