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February 6, 2017

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February 16th - Early Dismissal, Beginning of February Recess
February 17th - February 20th - No School, February Recess/Presidents Day
March 20th - No School, Professional Development

February 11th - Berklee College of Music HS Jazz Festival, Boston, MA
February 14th - Deadline to register for ACT/SAT prep classes
February 21st - Board of Education Meeting, 7:30pm, WMS Library
February 22nd - 9th Grade Transition Program for 8th Grade students & parents. 7pm, WHS Auditorium
March 3rd - WHS PTO Meeting 9:45am
March 6th - Sacred Heart Concert Band Festival, 8am, Fairfield CT
March 12th - Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 15th - Spectrum Concert, 7:30pm, WHS New Gym
March 21st- Board of Ed Meeting, 7:30pm, WMS Library
March 22nd - Meet the Coaches Night for Spring Sports
March 23 - March 25th - Company Musical: Little Shop of Horrors, 7:30pm
March 26th - Company Musical: Little Shop of Horrors, 3pm
March 31st - WHS PTO Meeting, 9:45am
  • NEW! Next PTO Meeting - March 3rd, 9:45am. Lawyer Audrey Felsen to speak about Social Hosting Laws.
  • Reminder: Join the WHS PTO Facebook Page and stay up to date everyday.
  • NEW! Superintendent Budget Update: BOE Approved 2017-2018 Budgets
  • NEW! Principal letter to families regarding Talking to your Kids about Alcohol and Creating a Safe and Healthy Environment. Resources Link included.
  • NEW! School Counseling January Newsletter
  • Reminder: SAT/ACT Prep Course
  • NEW! Nominate yourself or someone else for a position on the WHS PTO Board for the next school year.
  • NEW! Word and Newsflash Archive now available!
  • Reminder: Support Jr. Class and purchase a Weston Bleacher Seat
  • Join Us: PTO Meeting Schedule - All Welcome
  • Reminder: The Word Submission Information
  • Useful Links

NEXT PTO MEETING...All Are Welcome
Friday, March 3rd, 9:45am,, WHS Main Office Conference room

Speaker: Lawyer Audrey Felsen will be talking about social hosting laws. 


Superintendent Update: BOE Approves 2017-2018 Budgets
Click Here to read the Dr. McKersie's Budget Update.

Here is the letter that Dr. McKersie sent to all families:

Weston families:

The following message was sent to all WPS colleagues.  I wanted to update you on the progression of the budget process also.


January 31, 2017


I want to be sure you know ASAP that the BOE approved the recommended 2017-18 Operating and Capital Budgets last evening by votes of 6-0 (with one BOE member absent).   The BOE gave the proposed budgets careful scrutiny and all their questions were answered with expertise and promptness by a variety of administrators.  I want to thank all involved for a collaborative inquiry and decision making process, which at each step gave first priority to the educational needs of our students.  At the risk of delving into political philosophy, this budget process was an example of how deliberation and decision making in a democracy should work.  (Students of American political history will know the special place school boards hold in our decentralized governance apparatus.)

Now, on to the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Finance and ultimately the town-wide budget review meeting.  Yes, we still have much work to dol.  I will keep you posted as we proceed toward the final decisions on the budgets—due in late April.

In closing, a special thank you to the administrators—Central Office and in the Schools—who worked tirelessly to develop the budget and work with the BOE.  Well done!

(Attached is the final Executive Summary for the Budget adopted by the BOE.)

Budget FY18 Executive Summary FINAL UPDATED 1-30-17.pdf 


William S. McKersie, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Principal's Resources for Talking to your kids about alcohol and creating a safe and healthy environment for all youth.
Click Here for a list of resources from Lisa Deorio

Here is the letter that Lisa Deorio sent to all families:

Greetings Families:

This is a follow up to my letter of January 17th. Attached are some resources for you that I hope you find helpful.  Talking to your kids about alcohol, Assertive parents, and A memo from your child are three handouts provided by Safe Homes, an organization that supports creating a safe and healthy environment for all youth. I encourage you to read them.

I appreciate the feedback that I have received from many families regarding this serious issue.  I am also grateful for the support of Superintendent Dr. McKersie and the Weston Board of Education who are committed to providing a healthy learning environment at our schools. Our K-12 health teachers and school counselors have already taken the lead through their delivery of appropriate grade level curriculum and instruction. I am very proud of their work as they address issues with our students.   Thank you for your continued support.  It is important to keep the lines of communication open as we partner in this effort.

Lisa Deorio


Counseling Department Newsletter
Click Here
 to read the WHS Counseling Department January Newsletter. 


SAT/ACT Prep Classes
The WHS PTO will be offering  SAT and ACT Prep Classes to prepare students for the  2017 Spring test dates.

All Juniors will be taking the SAT 
in class on Wednesday, Apr il 5 2017, and it will also be offered Saturday, May 6th 2017.

The SAT prep classes will be 6 classes of 2 hours each.  One hour of English will be taught by Mr. Mezzo, and one hour of Math will be taught by Mr. Joyce.  TUESDAYS, 7pm-9pm at WHS. Feb 21st, Feb 28th, March 7th, March 14th, March 21st, March 28th. The cost of the course is $450.00, which includes the Official College Board SAT Prep Book. Please register and pay through the PTO website

The ACT Prep Classes will be held WEDNESDAYS, 3pm-5pm, Feb 22nd, March 1st, March 8th, March 15th, March 22nd and March 29th. This course will help students prepare for the April 18th and June 10th tests, and the PRE ACT test administered to Sophomores on  Saturday, May 6th. These classes will also consist of 6 classes, 2 hours each. Mr. Mezzo and Mr. Joyce will be the instructors. The cost is $450.00 which will include the Official College Board ACT Prep Book.  Please register and pay through the PTO website

The deadline for registration is Feb 14th. No refunds will be issued once classes begin. Please contact Lisa
Deorio to discuss financial assistance if needed.   Contact Sheila Crowe with any questions.

FOR THE 2017-2018

Please consider nominating yourself or someone else, for a position on the WHS PTO Board for the next school year.

Please indicate any and all positions you are interested in. A detailed description of the board positions can be found on our website under By-Laws.

Visit or Click Here.
Please, no verbal nominations.
Questions?  Email Isabelle Alvarado at


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.

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!
March 3rd -  9:45am
March 31st - 9:45am

Click Here for the entire meeting schedule.


If you have something for The Word please email your submission, in Word format, to 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.

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

Click Here for the 2016-2017 Weston Public School District Calendar.

Click Here to access the PTO webpage and/or to join the PTO.

Weston Youth Services provides a  range of programs and services to promote the health and well-being of our children and families. 
Click Here  to access the Weston Youth Services website.

  Since we began this program in 2013, we've earned almost $30,000! Up to  8.5% of all purchases made using this link goes directly to the PTOs. Please Click Here to make all of your Amazon purchases or link through our webpage at

Click Here for the Town of Weston official site.

Click Here for the Weston Public Library calendar of events

Click Here for the Weston Kiwanis Club schedule of meetings and events


Submissions will be printed as is; please proof read content.  The Word publishes the 1st Monday or Tuesday of each month. Submissions deadline is Wednesday prior for Monday publications and Thursday prior for Tuesday publications. Click Here for publication schedule and submission deadlines. Information submitted after the deadline will be held and printed in the next available publication. Send submissions to The WHS PTO Word editor, Karen Kallins, at The Word contains information on the most recent WHS and PTO news.  It will be emailed to all registered WHS PTO members each month throughout the school year.  Back issues for the current school year can be found on the Weston PTO website under the WHS PTO tab, click on Newsletter 
Please note, submissions should be relevant to WHS Students and their families (town sports programs, community events or outside sports programs taking place in the Town of Weston).  If there is any question regarding the relevance of a submission, final approval will be determined by The WHS PTO Word editor and the WHS PTO President. 

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