Outside of academics, students benefit from life skills learned in the work place. This can be gained through unpaid or paid work. Weston High School grants credit for certain kinds of community service. We offer opportunities for paid work as well, by posting positions on this website.
There are two types of community service recognized by Weston High School, one is for recognition in the form of a community service award and the other is for credit. There are key differences in the requirements and timeframes for completion of the service activities.
- Community Service for Recognition Certificate: Students who perform a minimum of 20 hours of community service, above and beyond any other obligation, will be recognized at Class Day/Undergraduate Awards Ceremony. Service hours performed between May of the previous academic year and May of the current year are eligible for recognition, including hours performed over the summer. This form along with all write-ups is due the first Friday of May. Late submissions may receive a certificate but will not be recognized at the awards ceremony
- Community Service for Credit: ·Performing community service to complete a credits requirement may earn a maximum of one credit per year by completing 30 hours of service; 15 hours for one-half credit. These hours cannot apply towards a Recognition Certificate; only hours above and beyond those required for the credit will apply. Service hours performed between the start of school in September 2015 and the last day of classes in June 2016 are eligible for credit. Hours performed over the summer may not be applied to community service for credit. The form for receiving credit, along with your write-ups, is due June 7, 2016. Seniors’ hours must be complete by May 31, 2016 and turned into your counselor by June 1, 2016.
In order to be recognized for completing community service students must complete the appropriate Community Service Form. There is one form for those doing community service for a certificate and one for those doing community service for credit. Please see the forms for details. Forms are also available in the guidance office.
Click here for current community service opportunities through the Student Activities Office.
A broader view of local opportunities can be found at Teen Life Boston’s website
So, you want to get a job?! In order to complete the employment process with a company, you need to comply with certain legal regulations that are stipulated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There are changes to this process that are made fairly regularly, so we have provided this document to assist you through the process. Students need to follow the steps outlined in the Work Permit Directions. Download the Work Permit Directions before contacting Chris Wadsworth, the Guidance Secretary, who issues the official work permit.
Follow these steps:
Step 1 – Obtain a job offer from an employer.
Step 2 – Fill out the Employment Permit Application which can be found on the state’s website at http://www.mass.gov/lwd/docs/dos/youth-employment/youth-application.pdf – you can also pick up a copy of this application from Mrs. Wadsworth in the High School Guidance Office.
Step 3 – Get your new boss to complete his/her section called the “Promise of Employment” on that application.
Step 4 – Students between the ages of 14-15 need to get a physician’s signature.
Step 5 – All students (regardless of age) will need a parent’s signature.
Step 6 – Take the completed application form to the Guidance Office. If you are a current Weston High School student, your “proof of age,” is on file. If you are not a current Weston High School student, you will need to bring a document such as your birth certificate, passport or immigration record to prove your age. As well, you will need to bring a letter from your school (on their stationary) indicating your status as a full-time student.
Step 7 – Mrs. Wadsworth (and the student) will then complete the actual work permit document. The student MUST be present to do so; a parent cannot complete this stage of the process in place of the student. The Work Permit is filled out and signed by the student in person and certified by a designated school official.
Opportunities for Parents & Businesses
Our hope is to expose students to occupations and opportunities that will enable them to make more informed choices about college majors and career paths. Parents and businesses can help in this endeavor by joining us in one of the opportunities below.
The Senior Internship Program provides closure to the academic experience at Weston High School. Seniors are enrolled in a preparatory course in January that includes interest inventories, aptitude surveys, resume writing, interviewing skills, and job readiness skills. During the last three weeks in May, seniors work six hours per day in a career field in which they have expressed an interest. The senior internship is unpaid. Mentors assign students to assist with daily tasks or to work on a specific project. This internship gives students the opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge about a specific occupation and the education and/or training requirements involved. It gives you the opportunity to observe and/or train students who may fill your summer or future employment needs.
Employers offer students the opportunity to gain career related experiences by providing after-school, weekend, and/or summer work opportunities. These positions may be either paid or unpaid and allow students more time to immerse themselves in a particular career.
Every two years a Career Day is held at the high school. Over 85 speakers are recruited from a wide range of occupations to speak to small groups of interested students. Sessions are 45 minutes long and speakers usually volunteer for one or two sessions. Topics include your own personal career path, a description of what you do, an overview of the career, salary range, education or training required and the future of the career as it is impacted by changes in technology and the global economy. You can help by being a speaker at the next career day.
For information please contact Corey Guerra (781-786-5931).
Paid Work Opportunities
Summer Job Opportunities for Weston Teens and Young Adults
To connect with WCCA families for job opportunities, please complete this survey The WCCA will compile the results into a secure online directory for families to resource when seeking assistance. Regular, long-term positions as well as project work welcome.