We hope everyone had a great weekend!  A few reminders --

(1) Want to learn how to help manage stress and alleviate anxiety?  Please join us for the  October 10th PTSO Meeting for a workshop with Drs. Anthony Rao and Paul Napper who will preview  The Power of Agency Take their  assessment to determine your level of Agency.  See below for more information.  

(2) If you have not already donated to the PTSO's only fundraiser of the year, please consider doing so.  So far, 20% of our families have contributed.  We need your help.  Please donate here if you can help the PTSO support our students, teachers and staff.  

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with any quest ions, concerns or ideas at 
[email protected] .  If you have missed any blasts, they can be found here.

Connie Burton & Andra Jensen
WHS PTSO Co-Presidents 2019-2020

The Power of Agency -- Drs. Anthony Rao and Paul Napper

What is human agency?   Agency is the ability to act as an effective agent for yourself - getting your mind, body, and emotions in balance to think clearly, advocate for yourself, and make choices that create a successful and meaningful life. 

The link below allows you to take the Agency Practices Inventory, a brief assessment of your level of agency enhancing behaviors. The API provides feedback on the seven principles of agency that successful people use to be more focused, make better decisions, and achieve their goals. This is a fun exercise with no right or wrong answers. You can't fail! We all have the potential for greater agency, but the pace of life is so fast today that we often lose sight of what matters most. When people learn to utilize these principles in their lives, they experience a higher level of agency and report feeling more confident. They also report less anxiety and feel more in charge of their lives. 

Here's the link ... API Assessment

We suggest you take the assessment the test by October 7th, so the authors can pool our results and can share aggregated results at our PTSO meeting on October 10th. Note that the survey is anonymous, and no individual results will be shared with the group. 

If you have any questions about the test, please contact Dr. Anthony Rao at ([email protected]).


The  following  is just a sample of all the events on the calendar. Click here  to see the whole calendar.  
October 2019  
  • 1st - deadline for Registering for AP Examinations
  • 2nd - World Challenge Iceland Trip Information Session (at 5pm in Faculty Dining Room) 
  • 3rd - Back to School Night (starts at 6pm)
  • 10th - PTSO Meeting 
Guidance Department highlights ... 
  • October 1st -- Deadline for registering for AP Examination - New Process.  See 8/26/19 Email Guidance Department sent to WHS families here.  
  • October 2nd - Navigating the College Process with Students with Learning Disabilities, recommended for juniors/seniors and parents
  • October 16th - Step Up Day
  • October 16th - Junior/Senior Parent College Financial Aid Night

The Guidance Department website has a great resources to students and families.  We wanted to highlight the October Guidance Notes and the Parent's Tip page.  


WHS PTSO Directory is now online ...

We are excited to announce that we will be using Membership Toolkit for our online Directory starting with the 2019-2020 school year.  The directory is now ready for you to access.  Here are the instructions. 

Questions? - Please don't hesitate to contact us at  [email protected]

Community News ... 

WELLESLEY PAC :  Please join the Wellesley PAC for our monthly coffee on Thursday, October 3.  The coffee will be held from 9-10:30 am at the home of Christine Mizzi at 16 Suffolk Road.  It is a nice opportunity for parents and caregivers to get together, share information and offer support to one another. 

If you can't make it this month, our next coffee will be on Thursday, November 7.  The schedule for the remainder of the school year is:  December 5,  January 9  (note this is the 2nd Thursday of the month),  February 6,  March 5,  April 2,  May 7 and  June 4.   Please email  [email protected]  with any questions about the PAC. We hope to see you at an upcoming coffee!

WORLD OF WELLESLEY:  Scout for Food Drive will be taking place on Saturday, November 2nd from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  Here is a flyer for more information on how you can help out.  

WELLESLEY EDUCATION FOUNDATION:   Get your T-E-A-M together!  Registration is open for WEF's 30th Annual Spelling Bee. W e're celebrating 30 years of Wellesley's Spelling Bee - an old school community spelling bee which brings the whole town together for an evening of fun and fundraising. Over 50 teams participate in the Bee and represent local businesses, law firms, alumni groups, community organizations, and school PTOs, as well as student teams from Wellesley High School and Wellesley Middle School. On Wednesday, November 13th, 7pm at the Sprague School Gym our community adult spelling contest and fundraising event is back for the 29th time! This high spirited community event is right around the corner! How to catch the buzz:
  • Support the Bee: CLICK HERE to make a donation or sponsor a high school, middle school or community team. Many levels are available for sponsorship from $125 to $2500. The Bee is our biggest fundraiser of the year!  Any amount is appreciated.
  • Bee a Team: CLICK HERE to register a team of three spellers for $500. Who knows whom you may be spelling against that night? Deadline for registering a team is October 18.