September 15, 2020

Dear Families,

School started today! After months of planning, it was so good to see students, walking through our doors or logging in on Zoom. We are ready and excited to begin the year and we are committed to providing an outstanding education for all of our students.

In the first days of school, you will see from every teacher at every level an emphasis on community building, wellness, and safety. Whether students are in-person or online, they need to feel safe, cared for, and supported by their teachers and peers. We understand that students haven’t experienced full days of school in a long while. Because of this, we will start slowly at first, making sure that students are feeling confident, and then ramp up steadily to full expectations. 

Below are a few logistical reminders as we begin school:

  • Attendance is mandatory for both in-school and remote sessions scheduled for your child. We expect students to fully participate in their classes. If your child needs to miss school or a remote session, please let the teacher know. If your child is sick, please inform the school nurse.

  • We have received many change requests for moving between the hybrid model and RLA and for bus transportation. We have worked hard to accommodate them when possible. Now that school has started, we are no longer considering such requests.

  • Although much of our instruction will be done remotely this year, we still need to follow public school residency requirements. Students are eligible to attend Weston Public Schools if they physically live in a Weston residence. If a student primarily resides somewhere else, he or she needs to enroll in the school district of that city, town, or region. If a student moves back to Weston, we will happily re-enroll him or her. For further details, please consult Weston Public Schools’ residence policies JF, JFA, JFB, and JFABB.

  • We have been struggling with shipping delays throughout the summer and there has been much effort to ensure that schools are adequately stocked. While we have enough supplies to begin the year, we are still awaiting some deliveries. One important item that we could use more of at the beginning of the year is cleaning and disinfecting wipes. If you have wipes to donate to your child’s school or teacher, we would greatly appreciate it.

  • Please note that all parents/guardians should screen their students each morning for COVID symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines.  Children that present symptoms should see their primary care doctor and receive clearance before returning to school.  Contact your school’s Nurse for more information.  A daily health screening process is being developed and further information will be provided.

Finally, I want to acknowledge that times are difficult. Hybrid and remote learning is far from ideal. We expect that a number of students will struggle emotionally and academically as they adjust to a new way of schooling, particularly as expectations for learning increase substantially from last spring. If your child is experiencing difficulty in any way, please contact us so that we can partner with you to come up with solutions. Together, we can provide support from home and school so that all of our students can have a successful school year.

Thank you all for your support, patience, and advocacy as we worked to develop a model of schooling that provides for both safety and learning.  Please continue to give us feedback about what is working and what needs to be better. We will continue to make adjustments to our educational programming as public health conditions change and as we learn more about hybrid and remote learning.

Be well,

Dr. Midge Connolly

Superintendent

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Dr. Marguerite (Midge) Connolly

Superintendent Connolly

Superintendent Connolly 

Dr. Marguerite Connolly has been Superintendent of the Weston Public Schools since July 2018.  She was Interim Superintendent from April 2017 until July 2018.  Prior to that, Dr. Connolly was Weston’s Director of Student Services from September 2016 until April 2017.  Before coming to Weston, Dr. Connolly held leadership positions throughout the PK-12 continuum, in general and special education. She worked for six years in Newton, Massachusetts serving as principal at Central High School (2014-2015), vice principal at Newton North High School (2012-2015), and principal at Williams Elementary School (2009-2012). Dr. Connolly previously worked in the Boston Public Schools, the Stoughton Public Schools, and the Watertown Public Schools.

Dr. Connolly has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College; a Masters of Education in Planning and Public Policy from Harvard University; a Masters of Education in Severe Special Education from Boston College; and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary & Moderate Special Needs from Boston College.