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Best Music Communities3/28/2013
Best Communities for Music Education 2013
The Wayland Public Schools is one of 307 school districts nationwide who has received the 2013 Best Communities for Music Education designation by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation as part of the Best Communities for Music Education Program!  This designation recognizes districts who demonstrate a commitment to music education, working to keep comprehensive music education as an integral part of the core curriculum.

Boston Herald All-Scholastic Teams
Congratulations to the following student-athletes for being selected to the Boston Herald All-Scholastic teams: Jaleel Bell (Basketball), Mark Karlson (Swim/Dive) 100-yard breaststroke, Molly Pierce, Megan Pierce, Anna Downs, Heather Wright (Swim/Dive) 200-yard freestyle.

Wayland High School has been named as one of the Elite 8 finalists in the 28th Annual Statewide High School Mock Trial Program presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association.  More than 130 high schools across Massachusetts initially  signed up to participate in the 2013 Mock Trial Program. Mock trials will be held this week to determine the Final 4 who will compete on March 18.  The State Championship is scheduled for March 20 in Boston. 

The Wayland/Weston Girls Ice Hockey Team won the Dual County League Small Championship and qualified for the MIAA tournament for the second straight year.  They became the first team in program history to win the DCL title.


The Wayland Girls Swim Team won first place in the Dual County League Championship meet.  They will go on to compete in the Girls Division 1 North Sectional Meet held at M.I.T on February 9.


Josh Mills and Larry Guo have been accepted into the All-Eastern Honors High School Choir for ACDA (the American Choral Directors Association).  They were chosen from all the Eastern States in the United States, not just Eastern Massachusetts.  Josh and Larry are two of the three bassess accepted from all of Massachusetts from a total of 46.  They will have the honor of rehearing and performing with an internationally-renowned conductor and will perform at the All-Eastern Conference in February.

Agents of Change Festival
Each year, Wayland High School history teacher David Gavron conducts an elaborate class project with the sophomore students in his College Old World/New World History class.  To prepare for the festival, students choose an historical figure whom they believe should be considered an "Agent of Change" and complete a research paper.  On the day of the festival, they dress as their chosen Agent and spend the first two class periods in character, responding to questions from the festival's guests.  

Making Music!
Wayland High School junior Ryan Budnick,who won this year's Rivers School Conservatory Concerto Competition, will be performing Mozart's "Clarinet Concerto in A Major" with the Rivers Youth Symphony on Sunday, May 8 at the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall.
Geoffrey Wang, a Claypit Hill student, is one of only twelve winners of the Youth Prize in the National STEM Video Game Challenge, a competition to motivate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The challenge stimulates learning by tapping into the natural passion of youth for playing and making video games. Inspired by the "Educate to Innovate Campaign" (President Obama’s initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education), the National STEM Video Game Challenge aims to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passions for playing and making video games.  The Youth Prize winners were selected from a group of over 500 entries for their ability to use STEM concepts to design engaging, innovative, and well-balanced games.  Geoffrey's winning game is entitled "Your Adventure." Read about it here!

Wayland has again been chosen by the NAMM Foundation as one of the "Best Communities for Music Education" in the United States of America!  The NAMM Foundation, a "non-profit organization dedicated to advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs from the international music products industry,"  has again chosen Wayland as one of the "Best Communities for Music Education in the United States!' According to the NAMM Foundation, this recognition can create support for local music education advocates who are trying to find increasingly scarce funding for school music programs.  The NAMM Foundation will make a formal announcement of all 2011 designees to national consumer and music products industry media on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. The press release and list of communities will be available after 8:00 AM Pacific Time on the NAMM Foundation website.  Click here for NAMM Foundation announcement.
Congratulations Susan Memoli - Orchestra Director of the Year!  She has been named Orchestra Director of the Year by the Mass. Chapter of the American String Teacher Association.  Please read about Susan's Award in Wicked Wayland online: read here.

Wayland HIgh School Chorus performs in New York City! 
Eighty students from the Wayland High School Chorus traveled to New York City in mid-March, performing in Trinity Church, located next to the World Trade Center site.  While in the Big Apple, the students saw a Broadway show and toured both the Apollo Theater and the Metropolitan Museum of Art!  See photos in Wicked Local Wayland by clicking here!

Wayland Math Teacher named Coach of the Year!
Wayland teacher and Assistant Swim Coach, Heidi Friedlander, has been named Girls Winter Assistant Coach of the Year by the Eastern Massachusetts Interscholastic Swim Coaches Academy (EMISCA).  She will be presented with her award at the EMISCA Annual Awards Banquet held at the Château in Waltham on April 7, 2011.
In the Spotlight!
The Wayland High School Library will be the next "MSLA Spotlight Feature" for the Massachusetts School Library Association website! Congratulations to Library/Media Specialist Erin Dalbec and Media Center Assistant Pam Miller! Watch for Wayland High School in the spotlight at

Read it in The Physics Teacher!
The Physics Teacher Online, a journal published by the American Association of Physics Teachers, has published a paper on Binding Together Bonds by our own high school physics teacher Ken Rideout.  The Physics Teacher Online "...publishes papers on the teaching of physics and on topics such as contemporary physics, applied physics, and the history of physics - all aimed at the introductory-level teacher."  If you're interested in subscribing to this online journal and reading Ken's paper, click here.

The Goldin Foundation's Excellence in Education Award!
Gary Burton, Superintendent, and Jim Page, High School Business Education Teacher, have been named recipients of the Excellence in Education Award for 2010-2011.  The Goldin Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to recognizing educators for their outstanding achievements and contributions in classrooms, schools, and communities. The awards will be presented at a reception at the annual Educators Forum on April 27, 2011, hosted by the Medfield School District.  For more information about the Goldin Foundation and the Excellence in Education Awards, check out their website!

Whiz Kids of the Week
AOL has started interactive websites for local news. After meeting with our BASE participants on Tuesday and reviewing their blogs and TV productions on, the Wayland editor decided their efforts merited selection as "Whiz Kids" of the week. These students have successfully created news programs and interviews that are impressive productions for people much older than they are.  If you go to site today (February 10, 2011), you will see two articles about us on the left side of the page under "Read More."  Jim Mullane, WayCAM Station Manager, continues to do outstanding work with our "Whiz Kids."
Following auditions at Shrewsbury High School on January 29, 2011, four Wayland High School students have been selected by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) as 2011 All-StateMusicians: Grace Quinn (Band), Larry Guo (Chorus), Seth Lifland (Chorus), and Andrew Laven(Orchestra).  Rehearsals for the All-State Festival are scheduled for March 24 and 25, 2011, in Boston, with a concert at Sympohony Hall to follow on March 26.  Congratulations to all of our talented musicians!
Happy Hollow 5th grade student Savannah Salitsky is a winner in the 6th Annual Statewide Poetry Contest on Diversity and Equality, sponsored by World Unity, Inc.  and WROR-FM radio.  First, second, and third place winners were chosen from among nearly 150 entries from 25 schools.  As one of the three first place winners, Savannah will have her poem produced at WROR; narrated by the poets, the poems will air on the station in February.  She will also receive a 1-year membership to the Museum of Science.  A reception honoring the winners will be held at the Museum of Science on Saturday, March 26, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fall 2010 InvestWrite Essay Competition - Massachusetts State Champion
Cheers for Guy Efrat, the Fall 2010 winner of the InvestWrite essay competition!  Guy is the sixth champion in a row from Wayland High School.  To learn more about this competition, visit theInvestWrite Website.
WSPN WINS GOLDEN CROWN ONLINE AWARD!   The Wayland Student Press has become a 2009 winner of the Gold Crown Award, a prestigious journalism award conferred by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) from Columbia University.  As stated on the CSPA’s website, Crown Awards are “the highest recognition given by the CSPA to a student print or online medium for overall excellence.” Read all about it on the award-winning Wayland Student Press website or go to the source at
The MassCUE Webbie Committee and the MassCUE Board has announced that Wayland High School's website is the winner of the 2008 MassCUE Webbie Award (School Category).  Well done! Read Announcement.
WAYLAND STUDENT PRESS WINS PACEMAKER AWARD!   The Pacemaker Award is the high school equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize.  Being chosen to receive this award is a monumental accolade to the Wayland Student Press, as Wayland High School did not even offer a journalism course at the time.  In fact, while most of the other finalists and winners enter many years before receiving such an award, the Wayland Student Press was founded less than a year ago and is completely operated by students.  The Wayland Student Press is strictly extracurricular. Students do not get course credits or community service hours for working on it. Even without an allocated time on the school schedule, the Wayland Student Press was able to compete with other student publications put out by larger staffs who are given periods during the school day to work on their publications.