Thursday, October 25, 2012
Parents and residents learned of several options under discussion by the Elementary Building Use Committee and offered suggestions of their own.
Wayland is once again looking at the configuration of its elementary schools, but this time, the process is designed around public input and a thoughtful, calculated discussion. Superintendent Paul Stein organized the Elementary Building Use Task Force to "identify options and priorities regarding the utilization of elementary space, and conduct a cost/benefit analysis for each option to ensure an equitable, high quality educational program for all students." The task force, Stein explained, was formed after an independent assessment found utilization issues at Wayland's three elementary schools: Happy Hollow, Claypit Hill and Loker School. Additionally, enrollment projections for Wayland have proved under estimated. There are 190 …
Saturday, July 14, 2012
The annual event features snow, winter-themed games and, of course, ice cream.
Brookline Ice & Coal delivered 7,000 pounds of "snow-ice" Friday morning to Happy Hollow School in Wayland for the annual Pegasus Snow Day. Pegasus is the summer program of Wayland Public Schools and features a variety of field trips, themed days and events throughout the summer. Snow Day, however, is no ordinary themed day. For a few hours on Snow Day, kids ages 3 through rising sixth graders donned hats and mittens (with their shorts and tank tops) for a time of sledding down a pile of "snow-ice" crafted into a slope behind the school. As groups rotated through various stations, they had an opportunity to sled' "snowshoe" with giant, foam feet; "bobsled" on wheeled gym mats; and search for Klondike gold. All that activity, of course, …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Happy Hollow School in Wayland bid farewell to two of its teachers this week during a joint retirement party.
A roomful of people turned out Wednesday afternoon to offer well wishes and gratitude to Ruth Brenneman and Meg Mozdiez, two Happy Hollow teachers with nearly 60 years of teaching experience between them. Brenneman has been teaching for 28 years and came to the Wayland Public Schools 22 years ago from Natick. Mozdiez has spent more than 16 years in Wayland and taught in Wellesley and Framingham before that for a total of 30 years as a teacher. The retirement party was originally scheduled to take place in the courtyard at Happy Hollow, but the scorching temps moved the party indoors. If you have photos from the event, please add them to our slideshow.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
School Committee members authorized several projects intended to make the schools safer.
The Wayland School Committee Monday night authorized the installation or upgrade of various security features at Wayland’s elementary schools. Public Buildings Director John Moynihan told School Committee members that he wanted to complete a project originally approved during the 2009 Town Meeting. The funds allocated for the project remain available. According to Moynihan, the 2009 allocation allowed for the replacement of locks at Wayland Middle School and the elementary schools as well as the installation of card swipe security and security cameras at the elementary schools. “When we started implementing it … the superintendent decided that he didn’t want cameras put in the buildings,” Moynihan said. The superintendent at the time was …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Claypit Hill seems to be the most adequately used of Wayland's elementary schools.
Wayland School Committee members Monday night heard a report detailing the findings of an elementary school utilization study conducted, in part, to determine the future of modular classrooms that were once part of the now-razed Wayland High School. Bob Jefferies, a representative with TBA Architects, the firm hired to conduct the studies, said that in general, Claypit Hill is well-utilized, the Loker School is underutlized and Happy Hollow is overutilized. The assessment looked at how the various areas of the schools are used in terms of both time and space. The benchmark for determining under or overutilization was the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s guidelines for new construction projects. Jefferies said that none of the …
Monday, February 6, 2012
Last week, Happy Hollow Elementary School held a fitness challenge to encourage kids to keep moving. Will the lessons they learned last beyond the week?
Study after study shows the importance of keeping kids active. It’s critical for brain development, physical growth and emotional well-being. There are formal programs to get kids moving like the NFL’s Play 60, the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign, and the BOKS program, which a Natick mom started as FitKidz and has now gone national. Last week, the Happy Hollow PTO jumped into the kids fitness arena, holding a fitness challenge to encourage students at Happy Hollow School to stay active and track their activity. As an incentive, each participating student will be eligible to win one of number of fitness-related prizes, such as gift cards, sessions for lessons and instruction, and passes for free admission from local vendors and sponsors. …
Friday, February 3, 2012
The week-long Fitness Challenge asked kids to get active.
Happy Hollow physical education teacher John Berry doesn't mind a bit of early-morning rambunctiousness if it means teaching his students the importance of leading an active life. Tuesday and Thursday this week, Berry opened the gym at Happy Hollow School before classes started and invited students to start their day with some fun physical activity. "The goal for this is just to reinforce and get kids excited about exercising," Berry said. The kids jumped rope, raced scooters, climbed and swung from ropes, and even practiced cartwheels and handstands all in an effort to show them that exercise doesn't have to be boring. "I wanted to do different things," Berry said of the stations he set up around the gym. "I wanted to focus on upper and …