WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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150 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 matt lucey, principal of the Field School in Weston, always knew when it was going to rain — without having to check with meteorologists. "When a bucket appeared in my office, I knew rain was in the forecast," he recalls. "The old Field School was beset by a number of problems, including crumbling walls and a leaky roof, so the maintenance staff would strategically place a bucket under a leak near my desk." That was then, this is now. Last summer, Lucey and his staff moved out of the circa-1950 Field School build- ing into a state-of-the art structure built adjacent to the old one. The new 65,400- square-foot edifice houses Weston's fourth- and fifth-graders, and it was constructed with an eye towards flexible use of space, collaboration, and sustainability. "This building gives our faculty and students a gateway to 21st-century teaching and learning," Lucey says. "We also wanted a sense of community and connectedness with natural sunlight and access to the outdoors." After two years of construction, the $31 million structure replaces the old one, and in a big way. The new school features two classroom wings and centralized music, arts, and support spaces, with abundant natural light flowing throughout. Elementary as it may sound, a dedi- cated cafeteria and kitchen are exciting additions to the Field School — because the old structure had neither. learning academics scholarship schoolwork curriculum teachers research Making the Grade A+ for Weston's New Field School C H E R Y L B . S C A PA R R O T TA writer education D A V I D L E N A

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