Phyllis Theermann

Shout out to the Wellesley Middle School Girl Scouts who worked in partnership with the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission to show how trees improve air quality. The girl scouts calculated the data and then placed informative labels on public trees along Central Street in Wellesley Square. You can use the i-Tree MyTree app to explore the individual benefits provided by the trees near you.


Top Row – left to right
Julia Andersson
Ginger Gooch
Eliza Towle
Ellie Owens
Julia Pekowitz
Katie Stuart
Alexa Pekowitz
Tracey Peng
Samantha Chiu

Bottom Row – left to right
Sophia Russo
Caroline Kane
Lucy Kim
Sofia Dobado
Michelle Cunningham

Phyllis Theermann

SO many exciting sustainable-minded things happened last year in the Wellesley Public Schools including:

– Impressive senior projects on food waste, bike tours and green building signage at WHS
– 2 state wide food waste awards
– After school ecological program at Bates
– Middle School students grew and served their green house salads
– Lots of sustainable projects at the STEM EXPO
– 4 Wellesley High School Evolutions projects

In addition, Wellesley’s School Department has added another bus to incentivize more public transport, and reduce traffic.

Plus, Wellesley’s Facilities Management Department has moved to a sustainable cleaning initiative for all of the schools (plus, most municipal buildings). They have installed the Tennant Orbio os 3 Generators which uses water, water softener salt pellets, and electricity to create a multi-purpose cleaner and an EPA rated disinfectant. Many thanks to Michael Santangelo, Wellesley’s Custodial Services Manager, who worked on this and other important projects. We wish him luck on his new endeavors.

We are so proud of the students, teachers, administrators and parents involved in these initiatives and many more across the district.

Those interested in learning more about what is happening at the schools, and those with ideas for 2017/2018 school year, please email



ewasteIt’s time for some spring cleaning!  Did you know – just one cell phone, if thrown away, can pollute 40,000 gallons of groundwater?  Cell phones contain lead, arsenic, beryllium and other hazardous toxins that leach into our environment through our landfills.  Wellesley Middle School PTO and the Wellesley Green Team are partnering to run a CELL PHONE RECYCLING fundraiser!

Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9, turn your old, dead, cracked consumer electronics into proceeds for our schools, and protect the environment!  Your used item(s) will be recycled in accordance with EPA regulations (link here to webpage  After collection, your recycled phones and devices will go through a triage process to determine its status for reuse. At that time customer data is removed. It will either be refurbished or shredded for precious metals reclamation.  In this process, devices are shredded and metals are extracted for asset recovery.  By doing this you help the environment and prevent further mining of resources necessary to produce new devices.

Wellesley Middle School will be collecting the following items:

Cell phones of any age or condition  *  Wall or car chargers  *  iPods  *  Digital Cameras  *  Bluetooths  *  Air Cards  *  Leather Cases  *  Plastic Cases  *  Paper or CD Manuals

During the week of 6/5 – 6/9, please drop off any items you would like to recycle in the drop bins at the Wellesley Middle School, Kingsbury Street and Donizetti Street entrances, in the main office. There will be a team collecting items from your car at school pickup between 3:00 p.m. and 3:20 pm. after school at WMS.