Wayland Student Press

  • June 1WHS 2019-20 grades will not factor into students' GPAs
  • May 5As of May 6, it's the law in Massachusetts to wear a mask if one is in public and is unable to social distance
  • April 24All MA Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year, work to remain online
  • April 8March and May College Board SAT's are cancelled due to coronavirus
  • April 8Coronavirus outbreak causes schools across the country to switch to remote online learning
  • April 8Q3 and Q4 will collectively be graded as pass/fail, work begins to be required on April 13
  • March 17WSPN Practice ACT and SAT exam through Revolution Prep to be administered online
  • February 6Submit ideas for the Monday Minute on our google form which is under "Broadcast"
  • February 6The construction site behind the school is closed to the public, no one should be on the turf or track until the construction fence is removed
  • September 17View the WHS bell schedules on our site by selecting "WHS Resources" at the top and then "Bells"

Quarantined at home: Finding ways to overcome challenges

Walking dogs has become a popular stay at home activity.

Ellie Smith and Jacqueline Cahaly

June 25, 2020

Most people would probably be confused if, on March 12, you told them that would be their last day in school for the rest of year. All of a sudden, students, teachers and families have had to adapt to doing school, work, sports and everything else from home, all while being stuck in the same house as...

Other side of the globe: A COVID-19 success story

Pictured above is of one of the COVID-19 screening clinics in Pohang, South Korea. “The government has served as a leader and has played a key role in ensuring that medical experts are well deployed in cities that [need] support during this time,” Dr. Katrina Park said. “My country is in danger, and there is a place that needs my ability as a doctor, so I volunteered without thinking because it was something I could do.”

Katherine Kim

June 22, 2020

Since the initial outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China, in Dec. 2019, different countries around the world have been taking similar yet contrasting approaches to protect their citizens’ lives from the lethal disease. The virus started to spread to other Asian countries in Jan. 2020 and eventually...

Elementary schools establish new ways to celebrate the fifth-graders

Following the lead of the middle and high schools, the elementary schools are making signs for graduating students. “We have done a number of special events for the fifth-graders including delivering the fifth-grade Loker PRIDE signs,” Loker Elementary School principal Brian Jones said.

Ellie Smith and Jacqueline Cahaly

June 19, 2020

Due to COVID-19, schools have found new ways to celebrate the students who are graduating one school and moving onto the next. These students include high school and college seniors, as well as fifth and eighth-graders. Because of social distancing, students are unable partake in typical traditions for...

Quiz: Which Netflix TV show should you binge-watch?

Quiz: Which Netflix TV show should you binge-watch?

Eliya Howard-Delman and Sidney O'Rourke

June 17, 2020

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Pet adoptions soar during COVID-19 Quarantine

Rosie, junior Juliette Smith's new puppy, lies in the yard of her new home. Because many families are stuck at home, time allows getting a new pet, which some people couldn't do before the quarantine. “My sister and I really wanted [a dog] and we had time to convince our mom [to get one],” freshman Helen Lin said. “If there wasn’t quarantine we probably would not have [gotten a dog] because we wouldn’t have enough time to train him if we still had school.”

Ellie Smith and Jacqueline Cahaly

June 15, 2020

Because of the coronavirus quarantine, many families are stuck at home with little to do and a lot of free time. Many people have picked up new hobbies and are doing activities they didn’t have time for before, including adopting a new pet. In fact, according to Vox, the ASPCA has seen a 500% increase in pet adoptions in the US since March 15. “My sister and...

Born This Way Foundation: stories to create a kinder world

Pictured above is Lady Gaga and Born This Way Foundation Team at Teen Mental Health First Aid Youth Convening. Founded in 2012 by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, BTWF has been working to create a kinder and braver world with the younger generation by helping them share their inspiring stories with the world.

Katherine Kim

June 12, 2020

“There’s nothing wrong with loving who you are,” sings Lady Gaga in her studio album, Born This Way (2011). Named after the album, Born This Way Foundation was created in 2012 by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, to create a kinder and braver world. BTWF is committed to supporti...

WHS students walk a marathon for teacher with cancer

After being diagnosed with brain cancer in March, Happy Hollow teacher Mike O'Connor and his wife, Nancy, have been out of work. A GoFundMe page has raised over $40,000 with the help of juniors Issy Carrara, Remmi Shaw and Lucas and Nico Alvarado, who walked a full marathon to raise awareness for O'Connor and his family.

Caterina Tomassini and Remmi Shaw

June 9, 2020

In November 2019, Happy Hollow teacher Mike O’Connor suffered an unexpected health setback, which, at the time, was believed to be a mild stroke. Unfortunately, the mild stroke was diagnosed in March to be an aggressive form of brain cancer, leaving O’Connor and his wife, Nancy, without work. O’Connor’s...

“Left on Pearl” offers insight to the Women’s Liberation Movement

The Women's Center of Cambridge is located at 46 Pleasant Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This has been the location for the Center since its opening in 1971. The founding women used money raised through the takeover to put a down payment on the property.

Joanna Barrow

May 28, 2020

In a small, suburban town such as Wayland, the term “women’s center” may be lost on the average high school student. But 17 miles east of Wayland resides the oldest community-based center for women in the United States. It’s a four story home with a living room, library, kitchen, computer labs,...

Boy Scouts: core values, life lessons and bankruptcy

Pictured above is junior Sashwat Das's troop during the Scout summer camp at Camp Yawgoog, RI, in 2018. “I think [the scouts] definitely shaped me into the person I am today,” Das said.

Joanna Barrow and Katherine Kim

May 26, 2020

In 1924, Wayland was no more than a small farm town, with dirt roads and a single police officer. There are very few organizations that were established in that year that are still operating, but Boy Scouts Troop 1 Cochituate is an exception: they have been serving generations of Wayland boys for nearly...

Meet the faces of this year’s SADD leaders

SADD, short for Students Against Destructive Decisions, is a nationwide program promoting healthy and safe decisions in teenagers.With the 2020-2021 school year approaching, new leaders for the Wayland program have been chosen and are preparing to achieve new goals.

Caterina Tomassini and Lauren Medeiros

May 25, 2020

SADD, short for ‘Students Against Destructive Decisions,’ is a group of WHS students encouraging teenagers to make safe and healthy decisions. Founded in Wayland in 1981, SADD began as an initiative to inform students about the dangers of drunk driving. Over the years, however, the club has evolved....

COVID-19 and the class of ’21: a new approach to college admissions

Due to COVID-19, the college admissions process is going to look exceptionally different for the class of 2021 and possibly many classes in the future.  “Whether you're in your sophomore year or you're a junior or a freshman, we know that this is going to be a really strange place on most transcripts,” Strategic Advisor for Admission and Financial Aid at Williams College Twink Williams Burns, said.

Taylor McGuire and Eliya Howard-Delman

May 19, 2020

With colleges and universities closed due to COVID-19, many students approaching their senior year are wondering, “what will the application process look like for me?” With SAT and ACT tests canceled or postponed and college campuses closed, the application process is bound to be exceptionally different...

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