Superintendent's Newsletter

March 11, 2023


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A Message From the Superintendent

Greetings to our Strong WPS Community!

This weekend offers many exciting events for our WPS community, including our talented high school performing artists and musicians performing in Anastasia; our Boy's Hockey Team playing in the State Tournament Semi-Finals; and our WHS Cheerleaders competing in the state championship! I appreciate the hard work and dedication of our students in these endeavors and I am grateful for the support of the fans, the coaches, the administrators, and the support staff- all of whom make our extracurriculars so successful.

Over the past several months, the District has been considering its next District Strategy for Success, and have finalized our Mission, Vision, Core Values, and Theory of Action. Much of this work was completed by the District's Strategy 2.0 Team, comprised of parents, students, teachers, support staff, School Committee Members, and administrators. We are currently working on our Priorities, Objectives, and Initiatives. The final draft of the District Strategy for Success will be presented in early May to the School Committee. To view the current draft that was recently presented to the School Committee, it can be found here.

Did you know that 465 Watertown students are English Learners or former English Learners? One of our goals this year is to provide innovative ways to provide English as a Supplemental Language for our English Learners. Both our Hosmer and WMS principals recently provided an overview of these successes at School Committee meetings. If you would like to learn more, you can view the presentations at the following links: Hosmer Teaching and Learning Showcase WMS Teaching and Learning Showcase.

We are currently in the process of developing our Fiscal Year 2024 budget and will present it to the School Committee at the March 27th meeting, with the final budget hearing being held on April 11. This year, the budget represents challenges that are related to the current economic context, as well as the continued impacts of COVID-19, creating a budget deficit at this time. We are confident that we will be able to close the gap, and will work diligently to not impact our core instructional program.

So far, we are tracking the last day of school to be on Friday, June 16. Please note that the final day cannot be set until June 1 if less than five snow days have been used. If we were to close school for any reason before June 1, those days will need to be made up in June. As such please hold off on any travel plans at the end of June until we get closer to June 1.

As seems to always be the case, it is certainly busy in the Watertown Public Schools, all in the service of providing Watertown's children with the best education possible!


Dede Galdston, Superintendent of Schools

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Agreement Reached

The Watertown School Committee and the Watertown Educators Association have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract that is both fair and competitive for our amazing educators.

Our negotiating teams worked tirelessly and we are deeply appreciative of their hard work and dedication. We believe their efforts have led to a deal that serves our teachers, our city, and our students and families.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is now OPEN for the 2023-2024 school year! We look forward to welcoming our future WPS students this September.

If your child turns 5 by August 31, 2023 and lives in Watertown, you can register online here.

For questions about the registration process, contact the District's Registrar Terri Stafford at If you need interpretation assistance, please contact the Registrar's office to set up an appointment. We would be happy to help you through the registration process.

If you are new to our schools and wonder where your child will attend elementary school, you can find a map of the Watertown elementary school zones here and the updated attendance zone policy here.

Touring The Lowell

Progress towards the completion of the Lowell Elementary School is at a great clip. Teachers and staff recently toured the ongoing renovations at the Lowell Elementary School.

Construction crews are working hard throughout the winter months to rehab the nearly 100-year-old building and create an inspiring new educational environment for generations of Watertown students to come. This includes a full renovation of the existing spaces and the addition of updated classrooms and a Learning Commons.

The work is scheduled to be completed in July and we are excited to welcome students back in the fall.

Check out a video of the ongoing work below, with a sneak peek of the soon-to-be-spectacular new Lowell Learning Commons.

Lowell Renovations - March 2023 | 👀 A sneak peak at the ongoing renovations at the Lowell Elementary School 👀 | By Watertown Public Schools | Facebook

Moxley Construction

Progress continues at Moxley Field as the temporary high school continues to come together. Modular building units have been delivered to the site in recent weeks and crews are starting to put the units into place.

Our modular high school at Moxley Field will provide all students with an excellent learning environment as we await the opening of the new Watertown High School in 2026. This construction effort is the first step towards creating what will be one of the most inspiring and beautiful high schools in the country.

As a reminder, start times next year for the middle school will be 7:45 am and WHS will be at 8:30 am. More details about school schedules, athletics, and busing will be forthcoming.

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Anastasia Takes The Stage

Join Watertown High School for this year's spring musical: a production of Anastasia, which opened last night with great success.

The remaining performances are scheduled tonight, Saturday, March 11 at 7 p.m., and tomorrow, Sunday, March 12 at 2 p.m. All shows will be held at the Watertown High School Auditorium.

Tickets are $10 per person. All Watertown Public School students and teachers can attend for free.

Read a preview of the show in The Raider Times.

Best for our students, staff, and musicians taking part in the performance, including Principal Giacobozzi on trumpet. Break a leg!

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Band-A-Rama Returns

Watertown Fine, Applied, and Performing Arts will put on Band-A-Rama, a districtwide showcase of percussion, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, horn, and tuba performances.

Band instrument students from grades 4-12 will perform at the Watertown High School gym on Wednesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. Good luck to all our talented musicians!

Winter Playoffs Continue

We are celebrating an already successful winter sports season for our the Raiders and wishing our teams still in playoff action well as they chase state championships!

Watertown High School cheerleading will compete in the state championship meet on Sunday at Worcester State University at 2:30 pm.

Meanwhile, Watertown/Wayland hockey secured a trip to the Final Four with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Nauset. The Raiders will now play Scituate with a trip to the Division 3 state championship game on the line. That game will be played Saturday (3/11/23) in Bourne at the Gallo Ice Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:40 p.m.

Check out the video of the game-winning goal against Nauset with 5 seconds to play!
Souza's Late Goal Lifts Watertown to Final Four | 🏒 Here's another angle of Mauricio Souza's go-ahead goal that sent the #Raiders hockey team back to the final four! The junior scored with five seconds... | By Watertown Cable News | Facebook

Raiders Bring Home All-Scholastic Honors

Congratulations to our Raiders athletes who made The Boston Globe's All-Scholastic list for the fall sports season!

Three Watertown field hockey standouts were honored for their outstanding play. Senior Maggie Driscoll was named Division III Athlete of the Year and earned All-Scholastic honors alongside Lizzie Loftus (senior) and Molly Driscoll (junior).

In football, senior Johnny Cacace earned an All-Scholastic nod for his strong season at quarterback and linebacker. Senior Payton Andrade took home an honorable mention.

In total, 23 Raiders were named conference All-Stars across all fall sports. Well done!

Elementary School Family Formal

Get your dancing shoes ready! Watertown is holding its first Family Formal for K-5 students on Saturday, March 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the Watertown High School gym.

This event is open to elementary school families at Lowell, Cunniff, and Hosmer and costs $10 per adult, $5 per student.

Register here.

Learning to Compost at Hosmer

Recently, 5th grade students at Hosmer met with members of the Watertown community to learn more about composting.

Sustainability is a key component of everything we do in our school district, and Hosmer has helped lead the way in educating students on how composting benefits our environment. Each grade level contributes to the school's garden, which serves as a hands-on, outdoor classroom for our students.

The composting efforts at Hosmer have garnered plenty of attention in recent months. The popular PBS show Ask This Old House visited Hosmer last year and helped us build a composting bin.

How to Build a Classroom Compost Bin | Ask This Old House

Touring The Iron Curtain

The Watertown School Committee has approved a Watertown High School field trip to Berlin, Krakow, Budapest, and Prague for April of 2024. Students and chaperones will travel through the old Iron Curtain and immerse themselves in World War II history, all while exploring different countries and cultures.

For more information, please contact Teresa Malone at

Social Justice Learning Trip

The School Committee also approved a field trip for current Watertown High School sophomores to Montgomery, Alabama in May 2024 to learn about social justice and civil rights issues both past and present.

Roughly a dozen students will be selected for the trip via an application process. Interested students should apply with this form and an information session on the field trip will be held on Wednesday, March 15 at 8:15 a.m. in WHS Room 350.

The Raider Times previewed the field trip in an article this week.

For more information, please contact Casey Andrews at

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School Committee Meeting

Monday, March 27th, 7pm

246 Warren Street

Watertown, MA

Conversations and Virtual Coffee with the Superintendent

Tuesday, March 28th, 9am

This is an online event.

Join the community conversation with the Superintendent via Zoom, share a virtual cup of coffee, learn more about the Watertown Public Schools and ask questions or provide feedback that is on your mind.

Feel free to reach out at any time!