WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

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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Afghanistan or Venezuela. We can do that via Skype. I think it helps bring the curriculum to life, and I want to give the kids a sense of global citizenship." Dibbert says he's very conscious about active service on the home front, too. "We ask our- selves, 'How can we go beyond fundraisers at Saint John's and get the kids out in the community to operationalize their commitment to service?'" To school administrators, that question is part and parcel of the definition of academic excellence at Saint John School. "Sometimes the default is test scores, but we want to develop a program that's more hands-on and project-based to allow kids more flexibility," Dibbert notes. "It will take time, but it's already the focus of the student experience this year." Back to the Future "Many parents approach Saint John because they themselves went to Catholic school, and they're familiar with a Catholic school education," says Lewis. "It could have taken place here, or maybe elsewhere in the state or country." Like many Catholic schools, there is indeed a strong alumni following at Saint John School. Staff says when the power of alumni is combined with the devotion displayed by parents of 166 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 education "a great sense of community" top: The Saint John Christmas concert; bottom: Saint John Principal Michael Dibbert playing basketball with students at recess.

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