State Budget Update
As I noted in my message to you last week, Governor Malloy's Biennial Budget Proposal includes major changes for funding education across Connecticut, which would impact all school districts. I also noted that Weston and State leaders need to know that the level of funding cuts proposed by the Governor would have a severe impact on the Weston Public Schools.
Earlier this week, the Appropriations Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly held a public hearing on the Governor's proposed budget. The Weston Board of Education and I seized the opportunity to submit written testimony to the Appropriations Committee emphasizing the potential impact of some of these changes on the Weston school district. A copy of that testimony is attached to this email. We also shared the attached document with Senators Boucher and Hwang, Representative Dunsby and members of the Weston Boards of Selectmen and Finance.
I want to reiterate that the issues referred to in the testimony are based on the Governor's proposals, and that they must be adopted by the State legislature before they become policy and financial reality. In the interim, we continue to work with the other Town leaders on our own budget process. Indeed, last evening the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to submit the Board of Education Operating and Capital Budgets unchanged to the Board of Finance. Rightly so, the Board of Selectmen’s vote included a provision that the Board of Education would consider contingency budgets depending on the final decisions by the state legislature.
I will keep you updated as we learn more during our local budget process and from Hartford.
William S. McKersie
Superintendent of Schools
Click Here to read the Dr. McKersie's Budget Updates.
Remaining Budget Meetings:
March 8, 2017: Board of Finance reviews BOE budget request - 7:30pm, Town Hall
March 29, 2017: Board of Finance Public Hearing - 8:00 pm WMS Library Media Center
April 19, 2017: All Town Budget Meeting (ATBM) - 8:00 pm WHS Auditorium
April 27, 2017: the referendum for those who cannot vote following the ATBM
Click Here to read the Principal's February Report on all schools.
School Counseling Newsletter
Click Here to read the WHS Counseling Department March Newsletter
PARENTS: Please Fill Out an IMPORTANT Survey On Substance Abuse
Look out for the Survey in your inbox.
If you have any questions about the survey, please send an email to email@example.com.
Heroin & Opioid Awareness Program presented by Weston High School in partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Office for Connecticut
For Parents & Educators
Thursday, April 6th 7-9pm, WHS Auditorium
Please join us for a showing of “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” a powerful documentary created by the FBI and DEA to educate students and parents about the dangers of addiction. The movie will be followed by a discussion with a Fairfield County parent who recently lost her son to an opioid overdose.
Click Here for additional information.
Important Change in School Handbook
Both Use and Possession of E-cigarettes and vapes will now be subject to a 10-day suspension.
Attention Parents of Current WHS Juniors (Class of 2018)!
Please take a moment to join the PTO sponsored Facebook page: WHS Class of 2018 Parent Group, PTO Sponsored by clicking this link:
Class of 2018 Parent Facebook Group
This page is administered by the Class of 2018 Parent PTO Board Reps Anne Troxell, Ali Melito, Megan Couch and Julie Baisley. Our current goal is to get 100% participation from the parents of this class. The purpose of the page is to provide parents with up to date information regarding PTO sponsored events for the Class of 2018 students during the last quarter of their Junior year and the all - important Senior year in high school
Attention Parents of Current WHS Sophomores (Class of 2019)!
Please take a moment to join the PTO sponsored Facebook page: WHS Class of 2019 Parent Group, PTO Sponsored by clicking this link:
Class of 2019 Parent Facebook Group
Are you the parent of a sophomore? Do you want timely information on important upcoming events such as Counties, junior/senior prom, SAT/ACT prep classes, or the Memorial Day 5k and Fair? Click Here to Join the Parents of Weston High School Class of 2019 Facebook group and stay up to date on the details you need.
This Facebook group is the official, PTO-sponsored information source for all things Class of 2019. For example, if you were already a member of our Facebook group, then you’d already know all about the Counties Assemblies Board, and why your rising junior wants you to be involved.
Just in case you haven’t joined our Facebook group yet, here’s what you need to know about Counties:
- The Counties Assemblies Board requires each town to send 2-3 representatives to plan the Red and White balls – without Board member representatives, Weston students CANNOT participate in this popular student event
- Responsibilities include attending one meeting per month between September and May, easy administrative duties (hello, envelope stuffing!) and chaperoning one dance with friends
- Board members must find replacements at the end of the 2-year term
If you have an awesome posse of friends who would make amazing partners in the creation of an event our students love, now is the time to get involved. Ready to learn more? Get in touch with current Counties board member Karen Toner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a question for the Class of 2019 parent reps? We’re happy to help. Just let us know – and stay tuned because life is about to get exciting!
Julie Baisley – email@example.com
Lisa Bigelow – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Greene – email@example.com
Jean Zech – firstname.lastname@example.org
Please support the WHS Class of 2017
Purchase a Weston Water Bottle!
100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will be spent on the Class of 2017.
$25 per water bottle*
Orders will be available for pick up from the main office in mid-March
Credit card payment only
Limited supply...Don't be left out.....Order your water bottle today!
Click Here to order!
Please contact Carla Welsh at email@example.com with any questions.
*17 ounce H2GO "Force" Stainless Steel Water Bottle (double wall stainless steel thermal bottle with copper vacuum insulation and threaded stainless steel lid)
WHS Company Presents Little Shop of Horrors
This delectable sci-fi horror musical, with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, “Audrey II.” Little does Seymour know, but this unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD.
Don't miss this fabulous production! On the stage at the Weston High School Auditorium. Four performances only!
Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 24 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 26 at 3:00 pm
Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 9 at www.whscompany.com.
SAVE THE DATE!!!
Sunday, April 2nd 5:00 p.m.
Weston High School Auditorium
COMEDIAN HYPNOTIST BRUCE JAMES
HILARIOUS HYPNOTIC SHOW
“Sleep Was Never This Funny . . .”
Weston High School will be jumping with fun, laughter, and definite foolishness
as Mind Master Bruce James excites the audience
with his hilarious Hypnosis Show on April 2nd at 5:00 p.m.
The show is hosted by the Weston High School Boosters Club.
The Jr. Class Fundraiser
Please support the WHS CLASS OF 2018 (current Juniors) by purchasing a Weston spirit Bleacher Seat for $15 (navy blue with yellow W).
This navy blue folding seat cushion is made to make sitting on the bleachers more comfortable (it is great for when the bleachers are cold or wet) and its soft material acts as a good cushion to put over a stiff chair. In addition, the back has the yellow Weston logo printed on it and also acts as a pocket.
The profits from this fundraiser go to the Student Government Class of 2018 in the High School and will be used to fund its annual student government spirit events including holiday decorations, spirit weeks, events such as Prom and so much more!
Click Here to order!
UPCOMING 2017 PTO MEETING SCHEDULE - All Are Welcome
March 31st - 9:45am
May 5th - 9:45am
Click Here for the entire meeting schedule.
Word and Newsflash Archive!
You can now access all 2016-2017 Word and Newsflash publications from the WHS PTO website under the Newsletter tab or Click Here.
A Message from Weston Youth Services
Join us on Tuesday, March 7th for “Delay Your Gray: How to Keep Your Teenager Safe and Yourself Sane” with Elizabeth Jorgensen. Participants will learn how to understand what is “normal” adolescent behavior, how to set effective limits with pre-teens and teens, how to have a sense of humor and cope with teens’ intense moods, how to enjoy your teenagers and laugh with them, and more!
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Wilton Library-Registration is recommended 203-762-6334;
7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m. at the Weston Library.
Upcoming classes forThe Next Street driver’s education program at Weston High School begin on Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. For more information and to register online as well as information on their April 3rd session, please visit thenextstreet.com/westonhs.
And we’re putting the finishing touches on our exciting summer camp programs for students entering Grades 1-12! Returning this year are the popular Music and Theater camps, technology programs, cooking, baking, legos, science, filmmaking and art. We’re also introducing a two day Sitter Safety program and Needles and Hooks- Knit and Crochet with Gabriela!
Weston Library Teen Programs
A Peek Behind the CG Screen, Tuesday, March 7th, 4pm Community Room. Weston resident Sean Hannon, a 3D animator shows you how an animator brings characters to life. Click Here for more information.
Make the new YA Space yours! Wednesday, March 8th, 3:30-5pm Drop-in. Help us to decorate the new YA Space at the Library so it really has a touch of you! Come paint our bookends and help design the YA Space banner.
Join the Teen Advisory Board, Thursday, March 23rd, 3:45. Have great ideas for teen programs? Want to get involved with your town? Need volunteer hours? Join the Teen Advisory Board at the Weston Public Library. Register by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203) 222-2651
Escape the Room: Family Edition Saturday, March 18th, 10-11:30am, Teen Edition Wednesday, March 29th, 4-5:15pm. Use your surroundings to find the clues that lead to the key that helps you escape! You only have 60 minutes to find your way out. Good luck! Click Here for more information. Register by e-mailing email@example.com or call (203) 222-2651
WESTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Weston Historical Society (www.westonhistoricalsociety.org) is proud to present Memories of World War II - an exhibition celebrating our town’s contributions to the war. Over 70 individuals have contributed a wide range of artifacts, photographs, armaments, vehicles, and memories of that War, many of them from fellow Weston residents and their families. The exhibit is open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through March 2017. The exhibition displays a wide range of personal memorabilia, crowd-sourced by over 70 people, mostly Weston residents, that links past and present to the conflict.
If you have something for The Word please email your submission, in Word format, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your article will be printed as is, the content should be print ready; if not it will not be included.
Submissions must be relevant to WHS parents and/or students. If there is any question regarding the relevance of a submission, final approval will be determined by The Word Editor and/or the WHS PTO President.
The Word publishes the first week of each month.
A Newsflash will go out each week to report on deadlines and/or events for that week.
Submissions for the Newsflash must be in by Monday night by 7pm.