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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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While carving pumpkins, Wayland students learn teamwork

Wayland Town Crier 10/24/17: While carving pumpkins, Wayland students learn teamwork. Abby Blumenfeld had never carved pumpkins before for a school assignment. But, on Tuesday, Blumenfeld and fellow Wayland High School seniors in the new Connect Program used pottery tools to carve ghoulish designs into the Halloween staples. “This class is one of a kind,” said Blumenfeld, who carved a face with fangs on her pumpkin. “It’s challenging you in a different way.”

National recognition for two Wayland High School singers

Photo 1: Siddhanth Iyer, left, Zachary Knapp, right. Photo by Veronique Latimer

They’re off to join “the best of the best” of nationwide student musicians: Wayland High School’s Zachary Knapp and Siddhanth Iyer will sing in the 2017 All-National Honor Choir alongside top young talent from all 50 states. Knapp, a senior who sings bass, and Iyer, a junior tenor, were chosen for the choir through a rigorous audition process of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). They will sing alongside outstanding young contemporaries on Nov. 28, 2017, at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.  Conducting the choir will be the distinguished director and composer Dr. Z. Randall Stroope.

Both Knapp, 17, and Iyer, 16, are music students of Wayland High School teacher Rachel Carroll.

Knapp, who said he was “thrilled” at his acceptance into the nationals, began singing only during his freshman year. “I’m amazed that I have come this far in just three years,” he said.  “I’m very grateful to Mrs. Carroll for helping me improve over the years.  I hope that this year I can continue my success and not only have a fantastic concert at Nationals, but continue to be accepted to Senior District and All State.”

Iyer observed, “To me, it’s tough to process the scale of the event.  All State seems massive itself, considering that it brings kids together from all over an entire state.  Personally, I don’t think I will truly realize the magnitude of the Nationals event until I go there, introduce myself to others, and potentially hear that they live 3000 miles away from me.  However, I find it incredible that despite the vast geographical distances between us, we can all come together and share a true passion for singing and music.  I’m extremely excited to experience the event, and I’m especially thankful to the Wayland Music Program as a whole for helping me in reaching such a prestigious level.”

Rachel Carroll, Wayland High School Choral Arts teacher, said, “Zach and Sid have worked hard for this achievement, and I’m so proud of their incredible musicianship.  They deserve their place among the best young musicians in the country.”

Director of Fine Arts for the Wayland Public Schools, Susan Memoli, noted: “Achieving membership in this prestigious national ensemble is the culmination of years of time and effort by these students, their music teachers and their parents.  This exceptional achievement is a point of pride for the Wayland Fine Arts Department.  To be selected as two of 281 vocalists nationally from a highly competitive pool is a great honor.”

“Zach and Sid’s rare and memorable achievement makes us all so proud.  That they will be representing WHS on a national stage is thrilling!” remarked Allyson Mizoguchi, Principal of Wayland High School.

In order to reach the national level, students first must audition, be accepted, and participate in their District’s Senior Festival.  The highest scoring students are invited to audition for their state’s All State Music Festival. The students from the state ensembles then compete to advance to the national level. There they will work for several days with their respective conductor before the Florida All-National concerts.

Only 13 Massachusetts students were accepted for the All-National Honor Choir.

The National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.

Submitted by Rachel Carroll


Join Us for the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet

The WHS Athletic Hall of Fame is having an induction banquet at Sandy Burr Country Club on Saturday, October 14. This year’s inductees include long-time HS athletic trainer Chris Brown and recent graduates Travis Downs and Nico Pascual-Leone, as well WHS star athletes Mike Testa, Joe Manley, Ryan Stewart, Yvon Edoumou, Susan Churchill, Ben Garfield, Julie Lewis Podany, Amy Steuber Jablonski, Debbie Brice, and Mark Harmon. All WHS sports fans past and present are invited to attend this wonderful event. To purchase tickets, please contact Stuart Davies (508-358-6070, For more information about the event, please visit our website:

We hope to see you there!

Wayland superintendent reflects on the start of a new school year

Wayland Town Crier 9/2/17: Wayland superintendent reflects on the start of a new school year. As the new superintendent in the Wayland Public Schools, it is my pleasure to introduce myself.

New Wayland superintendent settling in

Wayland Town Crier 8/21/17: New Wayland superintendent settling in. Classes may not begin until Sept. 5, but new Superintendent Arthur Unobskey is already on the job. Unobskey, who came to Wayland over the summer after being assistant superintendent at the Gloucester Public Schools, answered questions in an interview Monday about his first weeks on the job and current events.

Wayland School Committee backs leasing space for bus parking

Wayland Town Crier 7/27/17: Wayland School Committee backs leasing space for bus parking. The School Committee is supporting a plan to lease space to park school buses. The committee voted on Monday to recommend that the Board of Selectmen accept the one bid the town received provided town officials’ review of the proposal is successful. The bidder, HDR Holdings, offered space at its 526 Boston Post Road office building.

Wayland student wins 2nd place in SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite competition

Wayland Town Crier 6/19/17: Wayland student wins 2nd place in SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite competition. Sam Tilley, a junior at Wayland High School, is a national winner of the SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite competition. Tilley was named the second-place high school winner for Fall 2016.