MESSAGE FROM THE PTSO PRESIDENTS - upcoming collaboration with Wellesley Youth Commission

The PTSO and the Wellesley Youth Commission are hosting a screening of  "If Only" a short film on the dangers of prescriptions drug abuse and addiction by teenagers.  The screening is open to all and we encourage older students and parents to attend.  It is our hope that this movie will provide students and parents with an opportunity to engage in conversations about substance abuse,  addiction, prevention, and recovery.   Screening will be on March 17th at 7pm in the Wellesley High School Auditorium.  Here is a link to the trailer.  

Connie Burton & Andra Jensen
WHS PTSO Co-Presidents 2019-2020

March 2020
  • 4th - Seminar Day
  • 13th - Course Selection and Level Change forms due to House Offices
  • 19th - National Foreign Language Honor Society Induction
  • 20th - Acastock
  • 26th - Mother's Group at 9:45am in Room 259
  • 27th -  Joint PTSO/Principal Coffee meeting at 9am in Faculty Dining Room
March 17, 2020 -- Screening of "If Only" presented by WHS PTSO and Wellesley Youth Commission.  See flyer for more information.  

The following is just a sample of all the events on the calendar. Click  here to see the whole calendar.  

Here is a link to the Guidance Department's March notes.  Please take a few minutes to review as it quite informative and helpful. 

On February 28th, Director of Guidance Dana Plunkett hosted a parent coffee on "Leadership From Within", how to foster leadership skills in your adolescent and help them to become the best versions of themselves.  The speakers were Evren Gunduz & Tom Coburn, co-founders of Enjoy Life Education.  For those who were unable to attend, here is a link to the video of that session.

Our thanks to Dr. Chisum, Dana Plunkett and all of the Department Heads for participating in our two course selection meetings.  Both meetings were incredibly informative.  We were so fortunate that Julie Spilka, a WHS faculty member, and one of her students, were able to videotape both sessions.  Here are links to the sessions and the relevant handouts --

We invite parents to review the Program of Studies and two videos on course selection discussions held in prior years that might be informative -- video one (covering Math, Computer Science and History) and video two (covering Science, Business and Technology).  

Timing on Course Selection ...  
Course selection began on February 24th with students having individual conversations with teachers for level recommendations.    Students will gain access to Powerschool for elective requests beginning March 4th.  Signed course selection sheets and level change forms are due to House offices by March 13th.

The League of Women Voters of Wellesley's Meet the Candidates Night will be held on Thursday, March 12 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. in the Wellesley Middle School Auditorium (new venue!), 50 Kingsbury Street. The Meet & Greet reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed at 7:00 pm by a brief ceremony honoring retiring elected officials and the Candidates Forum.  The event is free and open to the public.   With five of Wellesley's town-wide offices contested, the event promotes informed choice as voters head to the polls for the Town Election on Tuesday, March 17. Wellesley Public Media will broadcast the event.

Are you curious about the candidates' positions on key issues?  The League invites you to submit your questions in advance to: or in writing at the event. 

Questions are screened for: universal interest, lack of bias, relevance to issues, and applicability to all candidates for each office.  In the interest of time, some questions may be consolidated. 
The League also brings the views of candidates to voters through the LWV Election Guide which will be posted online at  Print copies will be available at the Meet the Candidates Night event and will be published as an insert in the March 12 edition of The Wellesley Townsman.  

For more information, see flyer.

Order  Prom and Banquet Tickets - Online Only

Please visit the   online payment site, once there, indicate how you wish to process your payment and then choose HS/MS Senior Activities and select the following:

2020PROM - Class of 2020 Senior Prom & Banquet Member of the class of 2020 Prom Only price: $90; non-senior class guest price: $100; Package for Prom and Banquet (no guests): $100; Banquet Only (no guests): $30

Senior Parent March Madness Party --  Attention Senior Parents!   Last week, an Evite went out for the Senior Parent March Madness Party on Saturday, March 28  (To view invitation and RSVP click  here ). If you can't  attend, please consider purchasing a NCAA bracket (click here  to purchase a bracket.)  The winner will receive dinner for eight people at The Local.  The Senior Parent Party raises funds to support the All Night Party (ANP) which is held the night of graduation in order to keep the kids safe. The ANP is completely planned, funded and hosted by families of the senior class. 99% of the seniors attend.  We are looking for donations for our silent auction -  sports tickets,  concert tickets, theater tickets, dinners at restaurants, wine tastings etc . Please contact  Lisa Bhatt  or  Evelina Taber  if you would like to donate to the silent auction.  Any questions, please contact  Mason Smith .


Centennial Youth Service Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to be Awarded by Wellesley Service League.  Application Deadline March 31,2020.
The Wellesley Service League has presented the annual Centennial Youth Service Award for the last 35 years. This award is given by Wellesley Service League for outstanding volunteer service. An eligible Applicant should be a Wellesley resident or a student at Wellesley High School, completing their senior year in high school, who has demonstrated unusual dedication and selflessness in a volunteer capacity.  Ideally, this volunteer service will have been performed in the local community. The mission of Wellesley Service League is to recognize outstanding volunteer service among our youth while also encouraging the spirit of volunteerism within our community.  Wellesley Service League will name up to two recipients this year.  Recipients will each receive a $1,500 award from Wellesley Service League and their name will be engraved on a permanent plaque that hangs in the Wellesley Community Center.  To apply, please visit:  and click on "Centennial Youth Service Award" for the Application.  Email your completed application and any questions to: Kim Celi,  Application Deadline: The application deadline for the Centennial Youth Service Award is March 31, 2020. Please note that children of active members of WSL or WSL Executive Board are ineligible to apply. 


Wellesley PAC - There will be a coffee to meet the middle school & high school special education leadership team on Thursday, March 12 from 8-9 am at the WHS faculty dining room.  We hope to see you at an upcoming coffee soon! 

WHS Class of 2021 Parent Social and Fundraiser is being held  6:00-10:00 pm at the Wellesley Country Club.   Appetizers, desserts & cash bar Tickets are $50 per person.  Early bird pricing through March 15th.  Reserve your spot!  Space is limited. Please send checks payable to Class of 2021 to: Cathy Lunger, 25 Pickerel Road, Wellesley, MA 02482.  100% of proceeds go toward the Class of 2021 activities.  Many thanks to Class of 2021 Wellesley Country Club members for generously hosting this event.  This is the same night as the Junior Boat Cruise so parents can have fun too!  Casual attire but no denim and no jeans, please! Questions? Contact Cathy Lunger, or 781-431-2383 We look forward to seeing everyone!!

Wellesley Education Foundation invites your middle school children to register for Wellesley Creates to be held on  March 28th from 9:30am to 4pm at Wellesley High School.  This event is organized by  Wellesley High School computer science students to work with middle school students to create an app to that solves a real-life community issue in Wellesley.  For more information, please click here.  

Please join Friends of Wellesley METCO, Inc. in support of Upham parent, Erica MacInnes who is running the 124th Boston Marathon.  H elp Erica reach her fundraising goal by donating TODAY.  YOUR donation matters!  Spread the word and share broadly with others to support our Boston and Wellesley students. Join us to cheer Erica and all the amazing runners from Wellesley to the historic finish line,  Monday, April  20, 2020.    To donate, please go to the following link

Exciting news from Wellesley ABC:  We found a Home Of Our Own!   We have raised 90% of our fundraising goal.  Please DONATE NOW at  by March 15, 2020 to help us close and move in this year .   Wellesley A Better Chance (ABC) is a non-profit scholarship program that  provides academically talented young women of color from underserved communities A Better Chance through enrollment at  Wellesley High School  and participation in a residential program.    The  Board of Wellesley ABC is overwhelmed with the generosity of our community!  We are grateful to all our donors that our effective 48 year old program can now grow and continue for years to come.  Thank you!   You can join the celebration at our gala on May 9, 2020 -   PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!  

Multicultural Festival 2020 will be held on  April 3, 2020 from  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at  Wellesley High School.  Come and ex plore activities showcasing the wide range of cultures represented by Wellesley students and families. Food, demonstrations, games, performances, arts and more! This is NOT a drop-off event. FREE admission.   This event is organized in partnership with PAWS, Hardy, Hunnewell, Schofield, Sprague, Fiske, Bates and Upham elementary schools and Wellesley Middle and High Schools.   Help us make the 2020 Wellesley Multicultural Festival a huge success by signing up to share your cultural experience. Conduct a workshop, organize a performance, present a poster exhibit and/or contribute a cultural food item. All cultures are welcome! Exhibit set up will start at 5 PM.  Sign up to exhibit now!   Questions? Contact Rama Ramaswamy at RSVP here. 
  • Council on Aging Casino Night Town-wide Casino Night fundraiser, Saturday, March 21st from 6:30pm-9:30pm at the Wellesley Country Club.  
  • Wellesley Community Children's Center (WCCC)'s Fun Run 40 will be held on Saturday, March 21st | 8:30am - 12pm at Wellesley College Keohane Sports Center.   
  • Annual WPSAS Arts Dinner will be held on Friday, March 27 from 6:00-8:30 PM at the home of Nina and Steve Falcone, 3 Ridgeway Road, Wellesley.  Each year, Wellesley Parents Supporting Art Students hosts a dinner to celebrate our art instructors and foster a dialogue on careers in visual and fine arts. This year WPSAS will honor retiring Wellesley Middle School Art Instructor Jill Callahan.  As guest speakers, they are delighted to feature Wellesley residents David Stern and Diane McCafferty, professionals in architecture and interior design.   High school art students welcome!   Eventbrite link and more details to follow soon and on WPSAS website and for more information contact WPSAS at