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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1970, the school offered grades one through six. Kindergarten was established in 1979, and along the way, the capabilities of the school were developed, improved, and expanded to meet the needs of the community. But it's not easy to sustain 50 years of Catholic education in today's fiscal-oriented society. Some Catholic schools have started to close, "so we have made an effort to reach out to the community and expand in our service orientation, academics, and social justice," says Fischer. "We always ask, 'how do we best serve a community of faith?' It's a new effort to position Catholic education on very solid ground and make sure we serve our students' needs." Saint John School's administrators are also meeting regularly with other Catholic schools in the Boston area such as Catholic Memo - rial, Ursuline Academy, and St. Sebastian's. "Together we defining how we want to pre- pare students for the futureā€”in other words, how do we prep children in elementary school so they can succeed in their next aca- demic experience," Fischer emphasizes. It seems that concern and care for Catholic schools is also happening at the state level. Last spring, State Representative Alice Peisch (herself a Wellesley resident) visited Saint John School. Her May tour was in her capacity as the chair of the Joint Committee on Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Rep. Peisch's meetup with students and faculty was an effort to learn more about Catholic education, as the state Congress examines to how to allocate funds for nonpublic institutions. As Saint John School celebrates 50 years of educating local children, teachers and administra- tors say that today's parents like the dimensions of their child's education at their school. "We are constantly looking beyond where we're at, so we are fully preparing our young learners to be lifelong learners," Fischer concludes. 169 f a l l 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e education "we are fully preparing our young learners"

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