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"

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...

Potential online fall semester concerns Wayland’s future and current college students

After weeks of remote learning and canceled plans, colleges have to reckon with an unfortunate reality: the coronavirus might mean school campus closures during the fall semester.

Jessica Reilly and Joanna Barrow

May 15, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is far from over, and its consequences might stretch farther than students initially thought: the 2020 fall semester is now in jeopardy. Depending on the status of COVID-19, schools may decide not to reopen their campuses. Though Boston University (BU) is currently planning...

Self-Isolation and Mental Health: COVID-19 furthers anxiety

With WHS approaching its eighth week of quarantine, students are beginning to feel more stressed, anxious and depressed. Reporters Taylor McGuire and Caterina Tomassini talk with fellow students to learn more about mental health and quarantine.

Caterina Tomassini and Taylor McGuire

May 5, 2020

Now that members of Wayland High School have been quarantined for over a month, many are starting to grow restless, bored or tired of the constant self-isolation. Although some are finding ways to entertain themselves through exercise, baking or art, many are finding themselves struggling with their...

Students find new ways to celebrate birthdays during quarantine

Freshman Charlie Johnson and sophomore Sammy Johnson are holding birthday balloons in the back of the car as a parade of cars go by honking and blasting music for Charlie's birthday. During this birthday celebration, many friends and families gathered to make the day special. “It’s a nice gesture to do by driving by,  and should definitely be done for celebrating a person's birthday during quarantine,” Luke Caples said.

Lauren Medeiros

May 4, 2020

In spite of new social distancing measures that have been enforced by the government, members of Wayland and surrounding towns have found creative ways to celebrate the birthdays of friends and family members during this unprecedented time. These celebrations typically consist of driving by a friend’s...

Future college applicants affected by SAT cancellations

A calculator and pencil rests upon an SAT math practice test. In March, standardized tests began to cancel due to preventing the spread of coronavirus, so some colleges are moving towards becoming test optional.

Garrett Spooner

April 29, 2020

The coronavirus has led major standardized testing companies such as College Board and ACT to cancel their tests for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Consequently, colleges and universities around the world are becoming test-optional, leaving the future of standardized testing in question. Often,...

Teachers swing between Zoom and Google Meets for online classes

With schools closed for the rest of the year, WHS teachers are now faced with a choice between Google Meet and Zoom for their online classes.

Atharva Weling

April 28, 2020

Ever since mid-March, when the spread of COVID-19 forced towns across the country to close schools, teachers have been working to find the ideal online alternative to a normal classroom setting. Now that Gov. Charlie Baker has declared that Massachusetts schools will remain closed until the end of the...

The Good News: football, pizza and dogs

Reporter Alyssa Dickstein shines light on this week's most cheerful news: football, pizza and dogs

Alyssa Dickstein

April 20, 2020

All day, we are accosted by stories like “The stock market tanks,” “The coronavirus sweeps across the nation” and “Unemployment rates are on the rise.” In a world where stories like these are the headlines at the epicenter of our lives, maintaining a positive outlook on life can be hard....

Town retail plummets as e-commerce become the new normal

Wayland's vacant lot on 317 Boston Post Rd. held a Whole Foods until it moved to Sudbury. The move was announced in 2015, and the lot has been empty since.

Jonathan Zhang, Remmi Shaw, Allie Nunn, and Emily Staiti

April 19, 2020

The times are changing, and hallmarks of the American economy are disappearing by the year. Wayland stores have not been unaffected by the technological advances pervading traditional commerce. WSPN reporters Remmi Shaw, Jonathan Zhang, Allie Nunn and Emily Staiti investigate the changes in the town.

Wayland residents take part in ‘Hike Wayland Family Challenge’

Senior Marcos Pereira penny-boards on the Wayland Rail Trail. “I decide to go on rail trails because they’re typically long and good to skate on so it’s a nice way to kill time throughout these long, boring days,” Pereira said.

Lindsey Brown and Emily Chafe

April 13, 2020

As people across Massachusetts work and learn from home due to COVID-19, many Wayland residents have decided to spend more time outside and enjoy the early spring weather. To encourage others to take advantage of the time they’re spending at home, senior Emma Kiernan and her family created the Hike...

Air pollution decreases amid pandemic, saving lives

As the world goes on lockdown amidst COVID-19, a surprising trend has emerged: air pollution is decreasing. WSPN discusses the contributing factors in a new column about climate change.

Joanna Barrow

April 7, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of people have died. Millions are out of work. Students across the nation have been sent home. The stock market has tanked. COVID-19 is both a catastrophe and a tragedy, but it’s having an unexpected impact on the globe: Carbon emissions have dropped radically, and some countries...

The Good News: puppies, adoptions and grocery shopping

Reporter Alyssa Dickstein shines light on this week's most cheerful news: football, pizza and dogs

Alyssa Dickstein

April 7, 2020

All day, we are accosted by stories like “The stock market tanks,” “Australia is on fire” and “Venice is underwater.” In a world where stories like these are the headlines at the epicenter of our lives, maintaining a positive outlook on life can be hard. Let’s face it, when headlines that...

Wayland students 3D print masks and equipment in effort to satisfy hospital needs

Using 3D printing technology, sophomore Isabelle Wang, junior Daniel Cai and WHS class of 2017 Hunter Leonard are producing masks to donate to local hospitals in the fight against COVID-19.

Caterina Tomassini and Katherine Kim

April 7, 2020

Nurses and doctors across the world are experiencing shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), which are crucial weapons in the war against COVID-19. Although WHS students may not be able to help directly on the frontlines, some are making an impact close to home. Sophomore Isabelle Wang,...

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