Wellesley High School

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Wellesley High School
Address
50 Rice Street

,
Norfolk
,
02482

United States
Information
TypePublic
Established1938
School code222285
PrincipalJamie Chisum
Faculty108
Grades9–12
Number of students1540 (2018/2019)
Color(s)Red & Black         
MascotRaider
NewspaperThe Bradford
YearbookThe Wellesleyan
Website

Wellesley High School is a public high school in the town of Wellesley, Massachusetts, educating students on grades 9 through 12. The principal is Dr. Jamie Chisum, who took the position in 2014 after the departure of Dr. Andrew Keough.[2] Its three assistant principals are Lynne Novogroski, Drew Kelton, and Marc Bender. As of 2018, the school serves 1540 students. In 2016 it was ranked the 21st best high school in Massachusetts and the 467th best public high school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, earning a Gold Medal.[3]

History and current state[edit]

The old school building of what was then named Gamaliel Bradford High School was originally built as a public works project in 1938 during the Great Depression, designed by Perry Shaw and Hepburn and built by M. Spinelli and Sons Co., Inc. The building has been modified with several additions throughout its existence, most recently with a new fitness center. The 1938 building was replaced in 2012 with a new building in the former parking lot.

Renewal and expansion[edit]

Wellesley High School in 2009 before demolition

Age and maintenance issues have taken their toll on the school structure. The increasing size of the student body as well as the evolving nature of education have challenged the capability of the building to meet the needs of the school community effectively and safely. In September 2005, the exploration of options for a new building or refurbishment was commenced by the town.[4]

In October 2007, a public meeting was held to introduce several options for the expansion of the school, including renovation and extension of the existing building and its demolition and replacement by a completely new structure. The site has been expanded by purchase of three adjacent properties in Seaver Street and transfer of publicly owned land.

On December 10, 2008, town voters approved the project, by nearly 2 to 1 (5,026 YES to 2,869 NO), to build a new, state-of-the art high school on the parking lot next to the existing buildings. Site clearance started in August 2009 with the relocation of one house to a nearby site. Construction began March 2010 with an estimated completion date of September 2013. The new facility, actually opened in February 2012, and the school held a gala to say goodbye to the old building and old alumni such as Billy Squire, Jane Curtin and Biz Stone gave last rites in the school auditorium over a series of weekend concerts and get together events in 2011 .[5]

After much analysis, the existing structure, was declared to be a good example of the Art Deco style of Architecture, however was found, by the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.), not to be a historically significant example and it was eventually demolished during 2011 and 2012. The State authorities held the final say in this ruling, but the A.I.A. review opened the door for the eventual knock-down and the final site plotting. The new structure which opened to students in February 2012 incorporates some of the design features of the prior building and is limited in its visual impact to be in scale with the surrounding residential neighborhood. The total cost was estimated to be $130 million with $85 million of that total to be raised from State and Federal matching funds. However, the final project came in under budget at $90 million and opened 18 months ahead of schedule [6]

Governing bodies[edit]

  • Students: Student Congress
  • Teachers: Faculty Senate
  • Administrative: ATM
  • Legislative: School Council
    • Co-Moderator (Principal), Co-Moderator (Student)
    • For next year School Council has been changed to have eleven members: two teachers, four students, and three parents, a community member, and the Principal.
      • Two student representatives are elected in Student Congress, another is the president of Student Congress, and another is appointed by Dr. Keough.
  • District Wide: School Committee
  • Representatives to Greater Boston Regional Advisory Council to the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Wellesley High School offers many after school clubs that are mostly run by students. Notable clubs include Student Congress, Academic Decathlon, the active Debate Club, Drama Society, the Key Club, Model UN, the Science Olympiad Team, the Math Team, the Climate Action Club, MVP Club and the many other cultural and humanitarian-focused clubs.

The MVP Club is a club that tries to help students of the High School learn the problems of domestic abuse for teenagers. Their goal is to spread the message throughout the high school and to help current victims of domestic abuse.

Drama Society[edit]

The Wellesley High School Drama Society produces four productions every academic year a fall musical, winter show (for non-competitive entry into METG), and two spring productions. There are a variety of opportunities for students as they can either audition to be a cast member or work backstage on the stage crew.

Student Congress[edit]

This club serves as the primary representative of the student body. Open to membership from all grades, Student Congress serves to promote the students' interests and enhance their experiences through communication, dialogue, and policy debate.

Model UN[edit]

The Wellesley High School Model UN club is an after school club formed in 2010. The team has attended the BosMUN conference all four years and plans to travel to more conferences in the 2015-16 year.

Academic Decathlon[edit]

Wellesley High School has an Academic Decathlon team. The team consistently makes it to the State Finals and has placed in the top 3 in Massachusetts for the past several seasons. In 2015, the team lost to the Acton-Boxborough High School for the state title.[7] The team is coached by Lauren Berenson.

Athletics[edit]

Raiders vs. Rockets in the 2005 Thanksgiving Day Game at Hunnewell Field in Wellesley

Wellesley High School is a member of the Bay State Conference and the Eastern Massachusetts Division of the MIAA[8] A wide variety of sports are offered at Wellesley High School at the varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen levels.[9] More than 70% of WHS students participate in sports at some point during their time at Wellesley High.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

On Saturday November 19, 2016, Wellesley High School boys cross country team, coached by former Olympian Tim Broe, won the Division I State Championships.[10] On Friday June 10, 2016, the Wellesley High School girls tennis team won the Division I State Championships[11] In 2013, the Wellesley High School girls tennis team defeated Notre Dame Academy to win the state championships.[12] In June 2010, the Wellesley High School boys tennis team defeating St. John's 5-0 to win its first ever Division 1 State Championship.[13] On Saturday, March 15, 2008 the Wellesley High School girls varsity basketball team defeated Millbury at the DCU Center in Worcester to win the State Basketball Championship.[14] In 2006, the Wellesley High School girls ice hockey team won the state championship.[15] In 2006, the Wellesley High School boys lacrosse team won the Division I All State Championships[16]

Varsity Sports in Wellesley for the 2014–2015 academic school year are as follows:

  • Fall
    • Football
    • Boys' Soccer
    • Girls' Soccer
    • Field Hockey
    • Boys' Cross Country
    • Girls' Cross Country
    • Girls' Volleyball
    • Girls' Swimming
    • Girls' Diving
    • Boys' Golf
  • Winter
    • Boys' Basketball
    • Girls' Basketball
    • Boys' Indoor Track
    • Girls' Indoor Track
    • Boys' Ice Hockey
    • Girls' Ice Hockey
    • Boys' Swimming
    • Boys' Diving
    • Dance Team
    • Boys' and Girls' Alpine and Nordic Ski Team
    • Wrestling
    • Girls' Gymnastics
  • Spring
    • Softball
    • Baseball
    • Boys' Outdoor Track and Field
    • Girls' Outdoor Track and Field
    • Boys' Tennis
    • Girls' Tennis
    • Boys' Lacrosse
    • Girls' Lacrosse
    • Boys' Volleyball
    • Sailing Team
    • Girls' Golf

Curricular offerings[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

Wellesley High School is widely known for their performing arts department, which has reached state and national levels on a consistent basis. Some of the most notable works by the Wellesley High School performing arts department include the Keynote and Rice Street singers (Conducted by Dr. Kevin McDonald) involvements with the Boston Pops, as well as the band and orchestra programs (Conducted by Mr. Steve Scott and Dr. Sergey Khanukaev, respectively.)

  • Band
    • 1 o'Clock Jazz Band – Winner of many[specify] different medals at the International Association for Jazz Education.[17]
    • 2 o'Clock Jazz Band – The 2 o'clock Jazz Band was a finalist at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Competition and Festival in New York City for the second year in a row.[18][19] The group has been accepted as a finalist again in 2009 for the third time. They were also accepted in 2011, their fourth time. They won first place at the 41st Annual Berklee Jazz Festival in 2009, their second consecutive victory there. They won again in 2014. They have won a gold medal at the MAJE state finals for each year since 2002.
    • Concert Band
    • Wind Ensemble – Since the origin of the WHS Wind Ensemble, it has won the gold medal at the MICCA state finals several consecutive years, and has performed at both Mechanics Hall in Worcester and Symphony Hall in Boston.[20]
  • Orchestra (strings)
    • The orchestra won a gold medal at MICCA in 2009 and performed at Symphony Hall in March.
    • The Honors Chamber Orchestra won a gold medal at MICCA for many consecutive years and performed both in Mechanics Hall, Worcester and Symphony Hall, Boston.
  • Choral Program
    • Concert Choir - Wellesley High School's introductory chorus
    • Keynote Singers - Select Ensemble of 50 singers which are known for their light classical arrangements. They appeared at the "Boston Pops: Home Alone In Concert" in 2013 and 2018 alongside the Rice Street Singers and the Boston Pops Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart. [21][22]
    • Rice Street - Select Ensemble of ~20-30 singers which are known for their jazz arrangements. They have won numerous awards alongside the Keynote Singers at the all state level. They appeared at the "Boston Pops: Home Alone In Concert" in 2013 and 2018 alongside the Keynote Singers and the Boston Pops Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart.[21][22]
  • Drama Program
    • Four levels of acting classes are offered under the direction of Stephen Wrobleski.
    • The Wellesley High School Drama Society has won the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild Festival and advanced to New Englands five times in the past ten years. Their most recent win was in 2010 with their production of the self-scripted Blüdpayne VII: A Fistful of Blüdpayne.[23] In 2007, Wellesley won with their production of Dark of the Moon,[24] and in 2006, with the self-scripted Der Waffle Haus, Ergo Leggo My Ego.[25]
  • Technical Theatre
    • The Technical Theater program is currently run by Brian McManimon.
    • Stagecraft and Stagecraft Intensive classes are offered.

Foreign languages[edit]

Regular classes are offered in French, Spanish, German, Latin, and Mandarin Chinese (as of 2015).

The foreign language department regularly[specify] engages in exchange programs with students of French- and German-speaking countries. The German program was involved in an exchange with students from Munich, Germany in the 2005–2006 school year.

Science and technology[edit]

The science and technology department at Wellesley High School offers a comprehensive program of science education and a selection of electives in technology. The departmental sequence in science consists of physics in ninth grade, chemistry in tenth grade, biology in eleventh grade, and physics and a variety of AP science courses and science electives in twelfth grade.[26] AP courses are offered in chemistry (as a second-year course), biology (as a second-year course), and Physics B.

Electives in technology consist of wood manufacturing and design technology. Robotics is offered by demand. Operating without any school funding, Wellesley Botball team managed to place 1st regionally and Top 10 Internationally in 2009, and third nationally in 2001 [27]

Social studies[edit]

The social studies department offers several elective majors, available for junior and senior students. These include Russian History, Theory of Knowledge, East Asian History, Economic Theory, Political Science, and Sociology. The department offers two advanced placement courses: AP Psychology and AP United States History.

English[edit]

The English Department offers a comprehensive program that covers writing, poetry and literature. Students are exposed to a wide range of literature[specify] and given a strong background in writing. Opportunities exist to take various[specify]electives, and the department sponsors a summer reading program where a particular book is read over the summer by the entire school community. The program culminates with a school wide seminar, usually led by the author of the book, or an individual knowledgeable about the book or its subject. During the summer of 2007, students and faculty read 1776 by David McCullough, who came in to speak when the school year began.

Mathematics[edit]

Standard mathematics classes include geometry freshman year, algebra sophomore year, analysis or pre-calculus junior year and calculus or statistics senior year (all offered in varying levels). AP Calculus, both AB and BC, and AP Statistics are offered senior year. There is also a separate Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP) track through junior year.

Guidance[edit]

The Guidance Department provides a variety of services in three areas: personal/social, career/college, and academic counseling. Counselors spend the majority of their time working directly with students. Through individual counseling and semester-long guidance seminar classes, counselors address the developmental needs of students and provide crisis intervention. Its current director is Ms. Julie Trask. https://sites.google.com/a/wellesleyps.org/whsguidance/

Art[edit]

Along with elective courses leveled by ability in jewelry making, ceramics, film making, photography, digital art, and newly added creative journal making, the school offers a five-credit honors course for serious artists called Drawing and Painting Intensive. The course is taught by artist and teacher Dr. Robert Callahan and, in addition to requiring weekly homework assignments, is counted towards students' GPA. In April 2014 the Art Department will travel to Central Europe with 36 students.

Business[edit]

Both entry level accounting, stats and business mathematics classes are offered along with a varied number of business electives including marketing, finance, management, web design and development for business.

Publications[edit]

Wellesley High School has a number of student and faculty written publications.

The Student Handbook[edit]

The WHS Student Handbook is given to all students attending Wellesley High School. Its purpose is to outline all the official rules of the school, such as consequences for behavior and exactly what is not allowed. A student can not be punished for anything not written in the handbook, and punishments must fit the guidelines written in the handbook. Additionally, the handbook has policies and descriptions of the various branches of School Government, such as Student Congress and Faculty Senate. Currently, any changes from to the handbook submitted by a student must go through Student Congress, and must also be voted on and approved by School Council.

The Bradford[edit]

The Bradford is the Wellesley High School newspaper. The Journalism class is responsible for publishing new issues. Their website is whsbradford.org.

Red Ink[edit]

Red Ink is an arts and literary magazine with student submitted poetry, stories, and otherwise. It posts content to its website.

The Green Pages[edit]

The Green Pages is a digital newsletter, published bimonthly by students, focusing on the "green happenings" of the Wellesley Public Schools.

Associated programs[edit]

Child Lab[edit]

Child Lab is a developmentally appropriate laboratory preschool for 3, 4, and 5 year olds located on the ground floor of Wellesley High School. Since its inception in 1979, the Lab School has enrolled 18 children each year. It is an elective in which high school students enroll to learn about the development of young children and the best ways to approach optimum learning for the children. Child Lab is a great opportunity for high school students to learn about different ages and stages of children as well as to have the children taught by the students who have taken an interest in early childhood development.

Partnership with Wellesley College[edit]

Students at WHS may take classes at Wellesley College without paying tuition, provided that the classes are not offered at WHS.

METCO Program[edit]

Wellesley is a member of the METCO Program, which gives inner-city students access to a better education, by busing them in from the City of Boston.

Bridge Program[edit]

Students out of school for an extended period of time due to hospitalization are eligible for this support program. It is run by former Magic 106.7 DJ Adam Diliberto and Social Worker Lindsey Slotnick.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016-17 SAT Performance Statewide Report". September 20, 2018. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Reed, Brad (January 25, 2007). WHS Principal Hired. Wellesley Townsman.
  3. ^ U. S. News & World Report [1]. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  4. ^ http://savewhs.org/townsman1012A.htm
  5. ^ "A gala farewell for old Wellesley High". The Boston Globe.
  6. ^ "Wellesley High School" (PDF). Symmes Main & McKee Associates. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
  7. ^ http://acadecscores.gilslotd.com/wiki/State/Massachusetts/2015 Retrieved on May 30, 2015.
  8. ^ Home - MIAA Home Page
  9. ^ Family Reference Guide – Athletics Department
  10. ^ The Wellesley boys cross country team wins its first ever Division 1 state championship meet - Sports - The Wellesley Townsman - Wellesley, MA
  11. ^ HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS: Wellesley stands alone at the top | Boston Herald
  12. ^ http://theswellesleyreport.com/2013/06/wellesley-high-girls-golf-team-wins-state-title/
  13. ^ Wellesley runs the table - The Boston Globe
  14. ^ Wellesley girls basketball team wins state championship - YouTube
  15. ^ Megliola: Wellesley now a hotbed of high school hockey - Sports - MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA - Framingham, MA
  16. ^ Boys' lacrosse state championship history - News - telegram.com - Worcester, MA
  17. ^ "WHS jazz bands take home gold and silver". WickedLocal. March 14, 2008. Retrieved May 10, 2008.
  18. ^ Bowers, Jack (April 5, 2005). "The Mancini Institute: A Beacon of Light". all about jazz. Retrieved March 6, 2008.
  19. ^ "Essentially Ellington Winners!". all about jazz. April 22, 2006. Retrieved March 6, 2008.
  20. ^ Scott, Steven. (December 15, 2006) WHS auditorium no longer serving our needs – Wellesley, Massachusetts – The Wellesley Townsman. Wickedlocal.com. Retrieved on September 4, 2013.
  21. ^ a b "Home Alone in Concert December 29 & 30 | Boston Symphony Orchestra | bso.org". www.bso.org. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  22. ^ a b Boston Symphony Orchestra. Boston Pops Holiday programs, 2014, Season 129. Boston Symphony Orchestra Archives. Boston, Mass. : Boston Symphony Orchestra.
  23. ^ Massachusetts High School Drama Guild Inc. Mhsdg.com. Retrieved on September 4, 2013.
  24. ^ Massachusetts High School Drama Guild Inc. Mhsdg.com. Retrieved on September 4, 2013.
  25. ^ Massachusetts High School Drama Guild Inc. Mhsdg.com (April 1, 2006). Retrieved on September 4, 2013.
  26. ^ Wellesley High School Program of Studies 2015–2016
  27. ^ AAAI Hosts the National Botball Tournament!

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