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Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable

Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of men and women incorporated in 1999. The goal of the Roundtable is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence through community education and networking and to improve the coordination between public and private services for victims and families touched by domestic violence.

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Author Grace Lin cuts ribbons to open three Wayland Community Bookshops

Grace Lin 5/16/18: Community bookshops in Wayland, MA!. something so lovely happened this last month that I know I needed to share! Remember the Community Bookshop project I did at Rain Dragon’s preschool? The little-free-library-but-with-a diversity-angle bookshelves I helped to create with her school’s Diversity Committee? That project that was SO important to me because I feel like we need to be able to talk about race with our kids? Well, after I posted and shared the idea online, I was invited to come to Wayland, MA

Wayland man accused of indecent assault at Natick Mall

Wayland Town Crier 5/17/18: Wayland man accused of indecent assault at Natick Mall. A Wayland man repeatedly hugged a Natick Mall salon worker on Wednesday after he inappropriately touched himself in front of her, authorities said.

Some private roads may lose snow-clearing privileges

Wayland Town Crier 5/17/18: Some private roads may lose snow-clearing privileges. It might be hard to think about winter when it’s warm outside and the flowers are in bloom, but some homeowners can’t get New England’s bitter season out of their minds. Selectmen could vote Wednesday night to remove 11 private roads and two private driveways from the town’s snow plow list. If it happens, homeowners living in those areas are left to fend for themselves. That could mean grabbing a shovel or paying someone to do the job.

Memorial Day Schedule of Events

The Public Ceremonies Committee Announces
TOWN OF WAYLAND MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM
May 28, 2018

Wayland’s Memorial Day Parade will form at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 28, 2018, at the Wayland Middle School, 201 Main Street. The parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. and will proceed along Route 27 to Route 30 to the Lakeview Cemetery in Cochituate.

Please Note the Early Moming Schedule Changes Below

EARLY MORNING CEREMONIES
Brief Tributes to Veterans in each Cemetery

8:30 a.m. Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Town Building 8:50am. Ceremony at North Cemetery (Route 27 North)

9:00 am Ceremony at Biet Olam West (Route 27 North) 9:15am. Ceremony at South Cemetery (Route 27 South)

9:45 a.m. Ceremony at Lokerville Green \M/Vll Memorial (Route 30 East) 10:00 am Ceremony at ST Zepherins Cemetery (Bent Ave)

11:30 a.m. MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE at the Cemetery Master of Ceremonies Richard P Turner USN Retired Combat Vietnam Veteran.

Invocation MAJ Gerald w. Woodford Jr.

Welcome

Wayland Board of Selectmen

Carmine Gentile State Representative

Alice H. Peisch, State Representative State

Senator Richard J. Ross

Boy Scouts with Flags

American Legion Post #133, Wayland Color Guard and Firing Detail

Gettysburg Wayland High School Student Address

Keynote CSM Michael Pintagro US Army Solider Systems Center Natick Mass Address

12:00 p.m. Flag Raising by Commander American Legion Post 133 Wayland, and Grand Marshal

Award Freedom Richard P. Turner Chairman Wayland Public Ceremonies Committee Prize

Musical Selection Patriotic Music, Joseph Oneschuk, Conductor

Salute American Legion Firing Detail
Echo Taps Wayland High SchoolTrumpeters
Closing Prayer MAJ Gerald W. Woodford Jr.

ln the event of rain, the service will be held n the Middle School Gymnasium at 11 :00 a.m. Outside service will be held at Lakeview Cemetery at 11:30 am if no change is made to the schedule due to weather. For confirmation, please call Richard Turner at (508) 358-4294 after 9:00 a.m. on May 28,2019

NOTE: The Council on Aging Van will depart the Wayland Town Building rear parking lot, at the rear door of the Senior Center, at 8:00 a.m. for the early morning ceremonies and non-marching Veterans. Additional non-marching Veterans may board at the parade staging area at the Middle School.

See event flyer online here: 2018 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony Shedule Revised

WHS’ Tri-M Music Honor Society was honored as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 Tri-M National Chapter challenge.

WHS’ Tri-M Music Honor Society was honored as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 Tri-M National Chapter challenge.  See https://www.musichonors.com/chapter-resources/tri-m-chapter-challenge/

From the challenge’s website:

“This year’s Chapter Challenge ran from March 1 – March 31, in coordination with Music In Our Schools Month®.

Since 2011, Give A Note Foundation has conducted national awareness campaigns and raised funds to support and strengthen music education programs across the U.S, has reached more than 45,000 students and given over $1.2 million in grants to music education programs.

The top three schools that raised the most funds will receive:
– Recognition on the Tri-M® Music Honor Society and Give A Note Foundation websites and social media channels
Limited edition Radio Disney Tri-M t-shirts for the whole chapter
– An Orangewood guitar
– The top fundraising school will also receive an ARDY statuette, as seen on the Radio Disney Music Awards, to display at their school.”

WHS’ Tri-M Chapter fundraised for the Give-a-Note foundation through a benefit concert held at WHS on February 12, 2018. Advisor Susan Memoli and student Tri-M officers primarily assisted with the organization of the concert.

Lottery Information for Covered Bridge Condominiums affordable housing

Covered Bridge Condominiums, located at 219 – 223 Rice Road, offers 3 affordable one and two bedroom condominiums, by lottery, for eligible first-time homebuyers (certain exceptions apply). These homes include one or two bedrooms and 1 or 1 1⁄2 baths.

The purchase price has been set at $169,700 for a one bedroom condos and $186,300 for the two-bedroom condo. The units will be sold by lottery as outlined in the included package. Please review the information below in detail and complete the application and disclosure statement at the rear of the packet.

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must include a mortgage pre-approval letter, from an institutional lender familiar with affordable deed restrictions, and complete financial documentation with the application. FHA and VA loans are not accepted. An application will be considered incomplete and will not be included in the lottery if a mortgage pre-approval letter and all documentation is not received on or before the application deadline. Applicants that submitted an incomplete application will be notified after the application deadline. Applicants may deliver their application to our Harvard office. If you wait, we will review to make sure your application is complete. If documents are missing you will have time to provide prior to the application deadline.

OPEN HOUSE:
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
213 – 219 Rice Road

A Public Information Meeting will be held 6:30, Thursday, April 26, 2018 in the Raytheon Room at the Wayland Free Public Library located at 5 Concord Road, Wayland, MA to answer specific questions and provide an overview of the process. If you cannot attend this meeting please call MCO Housing Services at 978-456-8388 with any questions.

Applications may be mailed to MCO Housing Services, P.O. Box 372, Harvard, MA 01451. The application deadline is May 28, 2018. All complete applications must be postmarked on or before May 28th to be included in the lottery. The lottery will be held 6:30, Monday, June 11, 2018 in the Wayland Free Public Library.

Thank you for your interest in affordable housing at Covered Bridge Condominiums. If you have questions and cannot attend the Public Information Meeting, please contact MCO Housing Services at 978-456-8388 or email us at lotteryinfo@mcohousingservices.com. We encourage you to advise other people or organizations that may be interested in this program and make copies of the relevant information as needed.

 

Teacher and administrator communication and reaction after racial slurs at Wayland High School

May 1 Letter from High School principal Allyson Mizoguchi to the High School Community:

To the Wayland High School community:

Two days ago, the Wayland community came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of METCO in a joyful Open House event at Wayland High School. Among the many palpable sentiments shared at this event was the vitality and importance of racial and cultural diversity, and our ongoing commitment to building bridges of understanding in our community.

In searing contrast to the joy of this weekend’s celebration, today I am devastated to report that this morning, at approximately 9:30 a.m., a student reported racist graffiti to a teacher. The graffiti defaced the Timeline Tunnel display depicting African American History in Wayland and a METCO 50th Anniversary display in the History hallway and Student Learning Center (SLC). An individual or individuals wrote the n-word prominently and in full public view with permanent marker on three different portions of the student-created displays.

This act is an abhorrent violation of our values and an insult to our community. Hate in any form — whether in word or in deed — has no place at WHS. Unfortunately, as a microcosm of our larger society, our school still has work to do when it comes to embodying a fully inclusive, hate-free, and understanding community. In Advisory tomorrow, we will use this opportunity with our students to declare again our mission and expectations and to probe how we might do more to prevent such acts. Additionally, we welcome all interested students to attend a lunchtime discussion in the Fine Arts Shop (room A139) to process this event. This is also an opportunity for our community to band together in solidarity against hatred. I respectfully urge parents to discuss this incident with your child and to support a shared vision for our school community of respect and equity.

Although the graffiti has been removed and the displays have been restored, we will continue to vigorously investigate the incident. In light of the ongoing investigation, I ask you to please pass on information regarding the graffiti to Mr. Nocito, Mr. Dolleman or me. Any student may also provide information through the school Confidential Safety Reporting Form.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Allyson Mizoguchi
Principal

May 3 Follow-Up Letter from High School Principal Allyson Mizoguchi to the High School Community:

To the Wayland High School Community:

As you know, two days ago we began an investigation into the discovery of multiple acts of racist vandalism in the WHS history pod. I am writing to inform you that we have determined the individual who is responsible for these acts. Due to our adherence to privacy laws, clearly I cannot reveal any further details about our findings or about our disciplinary response for this student.

I urge us now to focus on the work ahead of us in continuing to build a cohesive, respectful school environment where such events do not occur again. Our community has been wounded by this incident. We cannot simply move on from this situation; we must listen, learn, and act.

Representing one step forward, today at 10:15 a.m. we held an unannounced assembly during which faculty members read aloud a letter to all students written by staff proclaiming our intolerance of bigotry and affirming our students of color. Addressing the students, our staff read this letter “to protest this act of racism and bigotry that has defiled our school,” and to urge them “not to minimize but to empathize” as we process this hateful act. This letter, attached to this email, is posted on classroom and office doors throughout our school. Other events, generated by both teachers and students, are in the planning stages. I will keep you apprised of our progress.

With the conclusion of this investigation, we commit to repairing what has been hurt and becoming a stronger school community.

Sincerely,

Allyson Mizoguchi

Principal

May 3 Letter from Superintendent Arthur Unobskey to the Wayland school community:

Dear Wayland Public Schools Families:

On Tuesday morning, May 1, a disturbing event took place at Wayland High School. A racial slur was written over a display celebrating the 50th Anniversary of METCO in the Wayland Public Schools. The High School administration has investigated the incident, identified the source of the vandalism, and taken action.

The vandalism horrified both students and staff. In response, on Thursday, the WHS staff and the High School student body met at the Fieldhouse at 10:15 a.m. to express their concern and the school community’s commitment to ensuring that all students feel safe, welcome and supported at Wayland High School. The response of WHS staff and students to this hurtful act has been inspiring.

As a larger community, we also have the opportunity to show how central our support for students from all backgrounds is to the intellectual vitality and emotional health of a school community.

Our enthusiastic support for METCO is one crucial way to show our support for diversity. METCO began in Wayland fifty years ago as part of a voluntary desegregation effort by towns surrounding Boston. This partnership provides our Wayland and Boston students with an indispensable opportunity to share their school experiences with classmates from different backgrounds. This Saturday, one of the annual events celebrating METCO, the Florence Adler Walk/Run, which begins at Wayland Middle School at 11:00 a.m., with registration opening at 9:30 a.m., commemorates one of Wayland’s great champions of the METCO program. If you are available, please join us.

The continued work at each school building to teach our students the analytical skills and the empathy to engage in respectful and thoughtful discussion is also central to promoting the robust exchange of diverse perspectives. From community service projects at Happy Hollow, to Model United Nations at Loker, to School-Wide Meetings at Claypit, to the activism projects at Wayland Middle School, to the vibrant work of WSPN at WHS, the Wayland Public School staff seeks to empower students to take initiative to address the challenges their communities face.

We must continue to look for opportunities to support and engage all of our children in this important work.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Arthur Unobskey

Superintendent of Schools

Wayland Public Schools

 

May 4 High School Teacher response to the students:

The teachers spoke to students at a School Assembly on Thursday:

The letter they read is online here