WATERTOWN — The Board of Education recognized the top 10 students from this year’s graduating class, including the Class of 2021 Valedictorian Chelsea Betts and Class of 2021 Salutatorian Ty Zaccagnini.

They also acknowledged the academic achievements of Alyssa Baldwin, Morgan Bennett, James Fitzpatrick, Emma Gallagher, Samuel Kijak, Fiora Lena, Arianna Polletta and Noah Ryan.

Superintendent Dr. Alison Villanueva said that their accomplishment took dedication and perseverance and invited applause to honor their success.

Dr. Janet Parlato, principal at Watertown High School, noted that their work was done during the pandemic. “These students represent the very best of Watertown Public Schools. They will contribute wonderfully… to the world around them.”

She added, “Congratulations to students and families.”

Dr. Villanueva also acknowledged the work of board members as part of Board of Education Recognition Month, noting that they go the extra mile because they want to see the school district to be the best it could be.

She highlighted the efforts of the board leadership team, Leslie Crotty, Janelle Wilk and Cathie Rinaldi.

In her report to the board, Dr. Villanueva said that registration has begun for kindergarten students.

She reminded parents that they could sign up their children if they would be five years old by January 2022.

Dr. Villanueva said that the district continues to hold meetings regarding Covid-19 and update the community with changes in guidelines.

She noted that the meeting would be the last shared via YouTube and Google Meets. In the future, meetings will rely strictly on the latter software to allow for virtual access to Board of Education meetings.

The change would be made to streamline the process of facilitating virtual attendance.

Meeting details are available in the agenda posted prior to each meeting.

During public participation, the parents of Ms. Bennett noted that their daughter had been erroneously identified as salutatorian on social media.

They emphasized the need for the district to confirm grades and class standing before announcements were made public.

Before the board adjourned its meeting, they approved Thursday, June 17, as the last day of school for students and teachers with Wednesday, June 16, as the date for graduation exercises for Swift Middle School and Thursday, June 17, as the date for graduation exercises for Watertown High School.

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