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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Back to School so laptops can be used anywhere in the building; interactive SmartBoards in every classroom; improved acoustics in classrooms as well as performance spaces; science classrooms with labo- ratories; a gymnasium that can seat the entire student body for all-school meetings and rainy graduation days; a performing arts wing with a drama room designed for small performances, practice rooms, and a workshop for set building; an auditorium with an enclosed sound and light booth for recording and projection; not to mention adequately sized, well-ventilated classrooms positioned to maximize natural light. When asked about their favorite aspects of the building, students, faculty, and administrators overwhelmingly mentioned two themes: The views to the outside that enhance well-being and the views within that enhance community. Some credit the large windows and angled ceilings for harvesting natural light, others for connecting students to nature, and still others for creating a bright and uplifting environment. As for the community-oriented aspects of the building, the WHS community values the open central hub with its cluster of gathering places; vistas between areas, comfortable lounge spaces for small groups to meet, window-fronted offices, and the decentralization of guidance counselors and vice-principals on all floors and closer to students for informal interaction. Wellesley Public Schools Art Director Thom Carter credits the grouping of visual art rooms on the top floor with encouraging collaboration among students and teachers, and the 72 WellesleyWeston Magazine | fall 2012

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