About Our District

Dede Galdston Superintendent

Deanne Galdston, EdD

Dr. Theresa McGuinness
Assistant Superintendent

Kenneth Storlazzi
Director of Human Resources

K Henry Picutre

Dr. Kimberlee Henry
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

About Our District

For the 2022-23 school year, there are 2526 students enrolled in Watertown Public Schools (preschool through grade 12).   Watertown’s student body 63.6% White, 19.1% Hispanic, 4.3% African American, 7.2% Asian, 5.3% Multi‐Race, Non‐Hispanic, 0.4 % Native American. Approximately 39.1% of students come from homes where English is not the first language.  Special Education serves about 19% of students.


Watertown High School

Mr. Joel Giacobozzi
Office: 617-926-7760


Watertown Middle School

Ms. Jennifer Chen Fein
Office: 617-926-7783


Cunniff Elementary

Ms. Mena Ciarlone
Office: 617-926-7726


Hosmer Elementary

Ms. Erin Moulton
Office: 617-926-7740


Lowell Elementary

Ms. Stacy Phelan
Office: 617-926-7770

 Early Steps Preschool

Ms. Karen Feeney
Early Childhood Director
Office: 617-926-7765


School  Hours:
WHS: 8:30am - 3:05pm
WMS:  8:30am - 3:00pm
Cunniff: 8:15am - 2:30pm
Hosmer: 8:15am - 2:30pm
Lowell:  8:15am - 2:30pm


District Mission

WPS prepares all students for life by engaging them in a challenging and meaningful education within an inclusive, diverse community.

District Vision

Inspiring Excellence for All

WPS inspires all to explore and shape the world around them.

Core Values

  • Excellence
    • We commit to high expectations for each student.
    • We invest in a culture of reflection, collaboration, and commitment to continuous improvement.
    • We provide a rigorous and nurturing academic environment.
    • We foster creativity, resiliency, and confidence.
  • Equity
    • We provide all students with a high-quality education.
    • We create conditions necessary for all students to engage in powerful, deep learning.
    •  We provide resources for academic and social/emotional success for all students.
    • We ensure access to a welcoming and safe environment for all students, parents, and families.
  • Community
    • We share accountability for the success of all students.
    • We celebrate the contributions of each individual to our inclusive, diverse community.
    • We believe partnerships with families and the community are the cornerstone of student success.
    • We foster caring and collaborative relationships as the foundation for student engagement.

Resolution on Affirmation of Support for Staff, Students, and Community Members of Color

Whereas, People of Color face greater discrimination, structural discipline, lack of social support both in schools and in society at large;

Whereas, children, adolescents and adults in the Black community face higher rates of social and structural violence and racial discrimination,

Whereas, students’ and staff’s well-being is a fundamental concern of the Watertown School Committee and school boards across the country.

Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Watertown School Committee affirms its immediate support to promote the needs and safety of all staff and students who identify as a person of color,

And Be It Resolved that the School Committee of Watertown, Massachusetts urges state and federal policymakers to support laws and regulations that:

Provide appropriate and necessary safety measures for People of Color during a period of unrest in this nation, and guarantee the rights and safety of all those protesting for their lives.

Hold accountable all public officials, police officers, and all those who serve their community for their responsibility to equitably represent and protect the public, and also hold accountable any individuals and organizations that take racist actions or in any other way do harm to the Black Community and People of Color.

Enhance programming to provide schools with the structure and guidance needed to provide an anti-racist curricula and professional development for all staff to build understanding and awareness of the beautiful history and the challenges of being a person of color, and of the structural and endemic racism in the United States.

The School Committee gives its support to responsible civic actions by students, educators and others who are raising the visibility of this issue and seeking changes in public policy.