Weston/METCO Students Strive for Excellence

 

A Fond Farewell and Heartfelt Thanks!
 
Madelaine Kenyon, the Weston METCO Community Coordinator for the past 3 years; will be stepping down from her position.  She has been an invaluable member of the Weston METCO Community.  We will miss her in this role, but look forward to our continued collaborations in the future, as she is a strong supporter of our program and will continue to be an active member of our school community.  We wish her all the best!  
 
“My three years as the community coordinator has been a very special experience for me. I have made so many wonderful friendships with Boston and Weston family friends and I have worked with an incredible staff that has taught me a lot about compassion and diversity.  I will truly miss everyone especially the students. I may be stepping down but I will always be involved in the METCO program. I have witnessed first hand how family friends can make such a difference in the lives of our Boston families, as well as the lives of families in Weston. “              --  Madelaine Kenyon
Welcome to Theresa Burns!
 
It is my pleasure to announce that Theresa Burns of Weston will be our new Weston METCO Community Coordinator.
 
Theresa Burns has served as a Community Corps member with Jumpstart, working at a school in Jamaica Plain. Previously, she was employed from 2006-2013 at Castle Hill Academy in Medfield and as a pediatric nurse. She has also volunteered in a variety of roles including with the Girl Scouts, as Auction Chair at Newton Country Day School, and in several capacities within the Medfield Public Schools. Ms. Burns has three young adult children.  Ms. Burns graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing.
 
Please join me in welcoming her to Weston!
 
-- La Toya Rivers
Congratulations to Our 2014Graduates
June 2014
 

 

   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Kaelyn Anderson
Renae Austrie
Maria Barrow
Sharlea Brookes
Brenton Caesar-Allen
Alec Chan
Savaughn Dickerson
Jordan Gallop
Jeffrey Ivery-Mallard
Chaunce Lee
Carlfred Malcolm
Deondre Molyneaux
Shafira Meyers
Keesha Pina
Jalyssa Richardson
Marquis Sims
Kayne Stephen-Nixon
Kenneth Tsui
Amari Veale
Lesley University
Framingham State University
Mass College of Liberal Arts
Northeastern University
Mount Ida College
Northeastern University
Bridgewater State University
Curry College
Roxbury Community College
Undecided
Wentworth Institute of Technology
University of New Haven
Worcester State University
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Mount Ida College
Framingham State University
University of New Haven
U of Massachusetts, Amherst
Framingham State University
 

Field School Family Friends Trip to Laser Craze

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

WestonMETCO and the Black Student Union 
WHS Black History Day Assembly
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 9:45-11am
 
Honoring Our Past, Inspiring Our Future
 
Through video clips, music, live performances and readings students highlighted many known and unknown icons and events of the past and present that they felt have had an impact on their lives.  Beginning with slavery and traveling through to the present day, the students worked to put together a presentation that they were proud of and that they felt would evoke thought, inspire deeper conversations about race as well as educate their school community on the many accomplishments of black people.  
 
During the assembly the students presented a brief moment to reflect on the Trayvon Martin incident and the larger message of racial profiling and prejudice as an obstacle for them to overcome.  They asked that students wear hoodies on the day of the assembly, as it has become the symbol to the nation of the very serious epidemic of racial profiling that takes place and has taken place throughout our country. 

    

 

Images from the Black History Day Assembly

         

WestonMETCO Seniors at the Black and White Dance

WestonMETCO at MIT
 
During the week of August 12, 2013, WestonMETCO rising 10th and 11th graders had a week of science (biology and chemistry) preparation funded by Biogen and the Cambridge Community Foundation.  Ms. Flint and Ms. Gordon at WHS led and taught the program, which included a VIP tour of MIT on Tuesday afternoon.
 

WestonMETCO students sang the National Anthem as members of the Weston High School Chorus at the April  5, 2013, Boston Celtics game.

 

WestonMETCO Sophomores

enjoying the Semi-Formal

Saturday, March 9, 2013

 

WestonMETCO students in India
Freshmen sisters, Samantha and Alia Thompson, are spending the two weeks this February, 2013, in India through the Explore India program sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Roxbury. Alia and Samantha were selected for this program in July 2012 and placed in the top 12 of their class (out of 20).  See the blog where the students  are documenting their experiences for friends and family back home. 
 
The majority of the students who have participated in this program are from METCO schools including Belmont, Concord/Carlisle, Weston and Wayland. The other students are from Boston Public Schools such as Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School and Boston Prepatory. 
 
Congratulations to Samantha and Alia!

Learning Continues in the Summer

Weston METCO students attend the WPS-sponsored summer review program to prepare for the upcoming academic year with transportation supplied by the Weston Transportation Department. The two-week, full-day program provides intensive, curriculum-based review, preview and enrichment specifically targeting the area of math. It also includes a dynamic study and social skill component, cultural enrichment and recreational opportunities, such as swimming at the town pool and basketball. Students, parents, teachers and administrators report many positive anecdotal outcomes as a result of this program, with indications of increased self-confidence, risk taking, and homework completion. 

 

Click on the link at the left to learn more about SOAR and the High School Review Program

  METCO MARCH FOR EQUITY

Message from Jean M. McGuire, Executive Director of METCO, Inc.

 

Your advocacy by participating at METCO Lobby Day, writing e-mails and letters and making calls to the State House is very important.  METCO’s funding must be renewed EVERY YEAR, so we need you act each year to raise legislator awareness of how important this program is to Massachusetts.  As part of the campaign to bring equity to the METCO program’s funding, please contact the five leaders listed.  Don’t forget to send a copy to the members of your own legislative delegation.  Hard copies work better at the State House than e-mails.  The funding decisions for METCO’s annual education grant begin in January and don’t end until the Governor signs the final budget in early July.  Please take action now to ensure our request for additional funding for our unique educational program gets careful consideration.  Please raise your voice in support of educational opportunity and equitable funding for ALL Massachusetts students.

 

Thank you for taking action now to support METCO in your community. 

A letter/call to an elected leader should:

--Be simple, clear and polite
--Stick to one area
--Ask for a specific action - in this case to work together to bring education
   funding equity to the METCO program
--Be legible - hand-written is fine and often gets more personal attention
--Always include your name and return address for a response
--Express appreciation for past support

 

Click HERE for a sample letter sent from the Boston parents.

Click here for a sample letter sent from the Weston community.

Click here for names and addresses of our legislators.

The Weston/METCO Program, part of the statewide voluntary desegregation program, is an integral part of Weston Public Schools.

Due to cuts made to the METCO Program, a town-wide fund raising initiative was conducted in 2009 to help offset the reduction in state funding.  A letter was sent to the community from the METCO Community Coordinating Committee in June soliciting donations for the the METCO Gift Fund.  The fund will be used to maintain the elements of our Program that make it so strong such as transportation and summer programs. 

 

Click here for a copy of that letter; donations are still being accepted.  

LaToya Rivers, METCO Director and High School Academic Liaison.

 

Before coming to the Weston Public Schools September 2013, Ms. Rivers served as the METCO Academic Advisor for Grades 5-8 in the Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, MA.   She previously served as Adult Educator at St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center (2006-2007); as a Second/Third Grade Teacher in the METCO, Inc. Summer Enrichment Program (summer 2005 and 2006); and was employed by Bunker Hill Community College as Special Programs Coordinator for GEAR UP Boston at Charlestown High School and Education Coordinator/GED Instructor/Career Counselor at Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Women’s Resource Center (2002-2005).
 
Ms. Rivers earned a Masters in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Ethic, Social and Political Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

 

 

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