Parent participation at Wellington is encouraged and greatly appreciated. Below you will find a listing of Leadership Boards and their role in the Wellington Community. If you are looking to get involved, whether it be in a lead position or an individual contributor role, we welcome you. For more information on an individual contributor type role, please look at the PTO section of the website for more information on who to contact.
School Advisory Council
The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 requires each public school in the Commonwealth to establish a School Advisory Council, composed of parent, teacher and community representatives. The Council has responsibility for assisting the principal “in the identification of the educational needs of the students attending the school, in the review of the annual school budget, and in the formulation of a school improvement plan...”. (M.G.L. c.59B, s.59c, as amended).
The PTO, under the direction of the principal, administers the election of parent representatives, who generally serve two-year terms. The purpose of the SAC is to advise the principal in identifying the educational needs of the school and to help formulate educational goals for a School Improvement Plan each year. Parents interested in serving on the School Advisory Council, should speak with the principal or the PTO president. School Advisory Council contact information is available here.
The Wellington Advisory Council meets once a month at the school. The meetings are open to the public and are subject to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law. Agendas and minutes of Council meetings are posted on the Bulletin Board located in the school office. Notice of the meeting times are provided in the principal’s newsletter.
The Wellington Parent Teacher Organization (“PTO”) provides the school with numerous programs which serve the school's pupils, parents, and staff. During the school year, for example, the PTO sponsors a variety of fundraisers such as an annual Fun Run, Book Fair and Winter Carnival. Proceeds from these events are used to fund in-school enrichment events, field trips and other programs for the benefit of all our students. Additionally, the PTO supports teacher professional development and provides funds for classroom and building supplies. The PTO also publishes a school directory; provides Wellington shirts to all incoming students; and hosts many free community-building events throughout the year, such as the annual Family Picnics, Movie Night, Skate Night, and Multicultural Night.
All parents are invited and encouraged to join the Wellington PTO for a nominal annual fee.
The members of the PTO Board are voted in at the Annual PTO Membership Meeting each May. If not all are identified at this time, they are voted in at the first General PTO meeting in September. PTO Board contact information is available here. For the most up to date listing of Committees and Coordinators please refer to the School Directory that you received in the fall. If you have any questions, contact PTO co-Presidents.
Belmont Special Education Advisory Council (BSEAC)
The Belmont Special Education Advisory Council welcomes parents with similar interests. In addition, parents are involved in the review of curriculum and are often asked to serve on a curriculum steering committee. The PTO also has a BSEAC Liaison working with the Belmont BSEAC group to get information and resources to the Wellington Community.
The METCO (Metropolitan Council for Education Opportunities) program, a voluntary integration program founded in 1966, provides a suburban public school education for African-American, Hispanic, and Asian students from Boston. Belmont typically hosts 125 students as part of the METCO program. This program fosters a broader educational and social experience for both suburban and urban children and their families. METCO students participate in all aspects of the academic and extracurricular life of the school and are supported by the METCO Director and staff.
For more information about the program please contact Diane Wiltshire, METCO Director at 617-993-5850 or visit the Massachusetts Department of Education METCO page. The PTO also has a METCO Liaison working with the Belmont METCO group to create host families and special events.
The Belmont School Committee
The School Committee is the policy setting entity for all schools in the Belmont district. It also appoints the superintendant, approves the budgets, and negotiates with school unions. You can learn more at the main Belmont Public School website where you can find the members, goals and accomplishments, and minutes among other items.