Wellesley Middle School students row, row, row their boat
Wellesley Middle School’s (WMS) newest class of 6th graders participated in team-building exercises at the Community Rowing boathouse in Brighton, MA. The children rotated between rowing on the Charles River in barges, fitness training on ergs in the fitness room, and team-building games with their classmates. The idea behind the field trip was to help to foster bonds and friendships between students who have come together as one large middle school class from Wellelsey’s seven elementary schools. Faculty, staff, and parents have noticed that bonds are sometimes slow to form as students leave their smaller elementary schools and come together at the 1,200-student middle school, which educates grades 6 – 8. The WMS Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) funded a portion of the trip as a way to promote the development of social and emotional skills during the transition to the new school environment. The WMS PTO is fully funded through charitable donations by WMS families. Their generosity ultimately provides students with these exceptional opportunities for learning.
PTO-funded field trips at other schools
Fiske Grade 2 students visited the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston; Bates Grade 3 students will visit Plimoth Plantation later this month to learn about the Wampanoag People and the Colonial English community in the 1600s; Hardy 5th graders will go to the Mass Audubon Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick; and Sprague 3rd graders are looking forward to a field trip to Boston’s Museum of Science.
Dana Hall welcomes disability rights advocate, author, poet to campus
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School News Beyond Wellesley — Riverbend in South Natick
Riverbend School, located at 39 Eliot Street, South Natick, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, October 16th to celebrate the construction of a new classroom building that will contain three purpose-built Lower Elementary classrooms and a Design and Art room space. A stand-alone, full-size gymnasium will also be built. The project is expected to be completed by Fall 2020.