WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

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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an interview with dr. david lussier "We want to prepare kids to be college ready, but we really want to prepare kids to have options." in terms of class sizes and maintaining equity," he says. "My job isn't to make everybody happy; I think it is to be very clear about the reasons we're making certain choices." Through community forums and advisory groups of students and teachers, Lussier is sounding out his various constituencies on a host of issues. Among them is the school calendar, which now has students getting out in late June, a week or more later than in many other communities. It's been the source of lively conversation among his student advisors, who range from fifth graders to seniors. Their initial opinion was that school should end earlier, but not start before Labor Day. Lussier invited them to talk about other options, such as eliminating certain holidays and shortening vacation weeks. "For them to see some of the complexity is great," he says, adding that he hoped to build their problem- We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 solving and leadership skills. g Redefining Success One day last year, Lussier took a group of his administrators to the Cambridge Innovation Center in Kendall Square, an incubator for startups. For a half day, they talked with entrepreneurs about the skills they valued most. 60

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