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WOW celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day

By Rama K. Ramaswamy Recently, the World of Wellesley (WOW) organized three very successful free events that were open to the public in celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day. An Indigenous Peoples Day Land Clean Up, co-sponsored by Sustainable Wellesley, took place on Saturday, October 12. The event saw Wellesley residents meeting at Longfellow Pond to clean it....
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WEF plans 30th Annual Spelling Bee

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The Wellesley Education Foundation is celebrating the Annual Spelling Bee’s 30th Anniversary this year! The bee will be held on Wednesday, November 13, at 7 p.m. at Sprague Elementary School. The bee features three-person adult teams who work together. Teams write their answers on an erasable white board, allowing multiple teams to spell the...
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Wellesley groups confront plastic waste issue

There are big efforts being made in Wellesley to deal with the huge problem of plastic waste. The problem has been escalating for many years, and China’s changes last year in the standards for buying recyclables has led to a very limited market and a heightened need to reduce plastic waste. Wellesley High School students...
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Ten WPS staffers honored

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The Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF), Wellesley College and the Wellesley School Committee honored 10 staff members who contributed 25 years of their professional career to the Wellesley Public Schools at the Chair Ceremony, held on March 14 at the Wellesley College Alumni Hall. “These dedicated members of our team have collectively touched the...
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Wellesley STEM Expo dazzles

By Rama K. Ramaswamy The Wellesley Education Foundation’s (WEF) STEM Expo 2019, which took place on April 6 at Wellesley High School, was the 4th iteration of what organizers have called "a labor of love.” The Expo was a collaboration between committed volunteers, community members, corporate sponsors, Wellesley public/private schools’ teachers and staff, exhibitors and attendees....
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‘Face To Face With Orangutans’ at Expo

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy Wellesley STEM Expo 2019, part of the Wellesley Education Foundation, has announced that Dr. Cheryl Knott, Professor of Anthropology and Biology at Boston University and Executive Director of the Gunung Palung Orangutan Project in Gunung Palung National Park, Indonesia, will be the keynote speaker at the Expo on Aril 6....
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Wellesley ABC launches capital campaign

By Rama K. Ramaswamy Education is a gift that keeps on giving. Residents are invited to support forty-six years of success with Wellesley A Better Chance (ABC) and its capital campaign to purchase a permanent home for scholars in proximity to Wellesley High School. ABC believes that better educational opportunities lead to better lives and a...
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Pianist de Peyster entertaining at Cabaret

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As guests arrive at the POPS Cabaret celebration on Friday, February 8, at 7:00 p.m. at The Center of Arts in Natick (TCAN), they will enjoy the talents of jazz pianist Rowan de Peyster entertaining the crowd with his musical magic on the ivories. De Peyster knows his audience well, for he honed his...
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WEF grants over $250,000 to WPS

By Rama K. Ramaswamy Winston Churchill once said: "we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” In keeping with this sentiment, the Wellesley Education Foundation awarded the Wellesley Public Schools slightly more than $259,000 via their January 2018 grant cycle, announced a few weeks ago. A total...
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Wellesley Multicultural Festival expands worldviews

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter They are residents of Wellesley, but citizens of the world. On May 10, elementary school students from all of the town’s public schools took charge to bring the Wellesley Multicultural Festival to the community. “This is our first ever Wellesley Multicultural Festival,” said Rama Ramaswamy, excitedly. She had spent the last...
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LaCava wins MMEA’s Outstanding Service Award

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By Lisa Moore Hometown Weekly Correspondent Newly-appointed WPS Director of Performing Arts Mike LaCava was honored last week as the recipient of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) 2018 Outstanding Service Award. The MMEA recognizes one individual each year to receive this distinguished award, and recipients must meet a set of rigorous criteria to be...
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WMS to perform ‘Elf Jr.’

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"Elf Jr." is set to be performed at Wellesley Middle School from November 30 through December 2. Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Raised by Santa at the North Pole, good-natured Buddy is filled with Christmas joy year-round, though...
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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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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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WHS students part of National Honors Ensembles

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The Wellesley Public Schools Performing Arts Department has announced that during the 2016-17 school year, along with other talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools, Brian Jwa (senior viola student), Clare Kelley (junior choir student) and Peter Hodge (senior choir student) from Wellesley High School practiced with...
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Wellesley Library hosts annual Nicolucci Concert

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter As part of Celebrating Music in Our Schools Month, the Wellesley Library and Wellesley Public Schools presented the Nicolucci Library Concert. An annual show, the concert is named after Dr. Sandra Nicolucci. This year, the show hosted nine different acts, comprised of vocalists, flutists, trumpeters, and more. Dr. Sabrina...
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Fun Run/Fair on the way

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The Wellesley Community Children’s Center 37th annual Fun Run and Fun Fair will take place inside the Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse in Wellesley College’s Keohane Sports Center on Saturday, April 1 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Races for children aged 3-12 years old happen throughout the morning on the recently updated college track....
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Emerging Artists Awards program rolling again

By Rama K. Ramaswamy Wellesley Parents Supporting Art Students (WPSAS) is an organization dedicated to supporting students who are interested in participating in the fine and visual arts in the Wellesley Public Schools. Last year, WPSAS established an Emerging Artists Awards program for eighth grade students in the Wellesley Public Schools. This year, they are expanding...
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Wellesley students take creative awards

by Rama K. Ramaswamy The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program is the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States. Students submit works in a number of categories including photography, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media. Thousands of entries are considered and a select few awardees receive the Gold Key, Silver...
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Green Schools Summit

by Rama K. Ramaswamy The Wellesley Green Schools group is a collaborative mix of students, parents, teachers and staff working together to reduce the negative ecological footprint of the Wellesley Public Schools and inspire people to create a healthy, sustainable world. According to Stephanie Hawkinson, Coordinator, Environmental Education and Outreach and Wellesley Natural Resources Commission, “the...
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