WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2012

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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on february 28th, fresh from an extended winter vacation, approximately 1,330 Wellesley High School students filed out LIZ SUNEBY writer ERIC BARRY photographer of the 1938 Wellesley High School building for the last time. As they walked 17 feet to the new school, each tossed a red card into a trash bin. On these cards they had jotted down something they wanted to leave behind: bad study habits, bullying, teasing, complaining, graffiti, stress, worries, and stinky smells in the basement are just a few of the good-riddance notes students deposited as they departed. And then, with nobody left in the school, three members of the first classes to graduate from the old Wellesley High School (WHS) turned out the Back to School at the New Wellesley High School lights in the dusty gym, drawing a symbolic close to a building that proudly served its community for nearly 74 years. Four students—one from each class, picked by lottery—led the Students, faculty, and administrators overwhelmingly mentioned two themes when asked about their favorite aspects of the new school: The views to the outside that enhance well-being and the views from within that enhance community. 66 way into the new school. As all the students entered their new high school, they each handed a green card to a faculty member lining their pathway. On the card they expressed a wish or two for what they wanted to carry with them to their new school. A few of the aspira- tions students expressed were: eagerness to learn, openness to meeting new people, gratitude, respect, caring relationships with teachers, a new sense of hope, determination, great friends, justice, excitement for starting anew, (one card read: "my beloved backpack that I've had since Kindergarten"), and Raider pride. Dr. Andrew Keough, principal of WHS, explained to the students assembled for the very first time in their shiny new gymnasium that they are the "new" WHS. "In the end, a school is a shell without all the people in it. Students, faculty, administration, parents, and the com- munity make it what it is." WellesleyWeston Magazine | fall 2012

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