Wednesday, May 1, 2019


Zoe is such a positive and hard-working student!
She is a pleasure to have in class.  Learn more about Zoe below!

1.  First and Last Name: Zoe Mittelsteadt

2.  Grade:  6th

3.  What elementary school did you come from?  
Happy Hollow

4.  Tell us about yourself. What do you like to do in your free time? 
I'm very active. I love to spend time with my friends and family. I love soccer so much. It is my favorite sport. I like to practice it in my free time. I also do swimming and that's really fun too. In my free time I like to hang out with friends, go outside, and practice soccer. 

5. Why is being active important to you? 
Being active is important to me because it keeps you healthy. It is also a great way to spend your free time.  

6. What advice would you give to a student who doesn’t like to exercise?   
I would say that you should find a fun way to be active. Find a sport or activity that you enjoy, that keeps you working out. Because it's important to stay healthy.

7.  Favorite Wellness unit and why?  
Mine was the team sports combo unit, because we got to do some soccer.

8.  When I want a healthy snack I reach for...
Usually, I will reach for fruit. My favorites are pineapple, strawberries, and watermelon.

9.  To relax I… 
I will listen to music, or I will read a book.

10. If I were a WMS Wellness teacher I would add Soccer to the curriculum.

11.  On my first day of school I wish I knew… 
 How to open my locker.

12.  Tell us something about yourself most people would be surprised to know.  
I'm getting a German Shepherd puppy!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Thank you to our 2019 Wellness Week Presenters!

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The Wellness Department would like to thank all the presenters who came in to volunteer their time for this year's wellness week.

Let's learn more about them & where they work!

Crossfit Launchpad

Ronda Rockett, MD-Ronda is a long time CrossFitter and former games athlete. She discovered CrossFit in 2008 when she got the bug from Heather and Ben Bergeron. Coaching since 2015, Ronda majored in Psychology at Harvard undergrad and went on to graduate from Boston University School of Medicine. After completing her residency in Family Medicine from Tufts, she worked for 12 years as a Family Doctor enjoying meaningful, long term relationships with patients. Now Ronda is coaching athletes of all ages and helping control diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity/overweight, depression and other medical conditions as owner of one of the first CrossFit Health affiliates. As a child, Ronda was a competitive swimmer, held 13 New England Age Group records, competed internationally and earned a Varsity Letter as a member of the Harvard Women’s Swim Team. Goal setting, positive imagery and sports psychology were a part of her life from a very young age.

Melinda Keegan, CPCC- Melinda, Wayland parent, is a certified Life and Health Coach and an avid CrossFitter who aims to lead clients with strength, tenacity and compassionate insight. Life coaching since 2012, Melinda has extensive training in coaching, leadership, organizational development and human resources. She earned her Master’s Degree in HR/Organizational Development at Suffolk University and undergraduate degree from Providence College . Now the owner of her own boutique Whole-Life and Wellness coaching business, Melinda is passionate about working with people that decide that it is their responsibility to create the future success of their life and health through coaching, nutrition, and fitness. Prior to her role as a Coach, she worked as a consultant and in-house at many local emerging organizations focusing on the design and implementation of HR and coaching strategies to help people and organizations develop and thrive in their careers, leadership roles, programs and lives.

A life-long competitive athlete, Melinda was a key member of the nationally ranked, Division I, Providence College Field Hockey team. She discovered CrossFit in 2013 after looking for more than her basement gym workouts and a push from her CrossFitt-ing brother. Playing sports has allowed her to gain insight with setting goals, teamwork, learning from set backs, and applying those lessons to life.

Lori and William Caddoo (Wayland Family) have owned Patient First Chiropractic & Physical Therapy since 2004. Patient First Chiropractic and Physical Therapy is an integrated rehabilitation facility with a primary focus on patient-centered care, functional movement assessment and conservative manual therapies. We have providers trained in Active Release Technique (ART), Graston Technique, Dry Needling and we have an Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill. 

Presenters from Patient First:

Jessica Bonchi earned both her Bachelors of Health Studies in 2015 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2017 at Boston University. Jessica's experience has been primarily working in the outpatient setting with both orthopedic and vestibular conditions. She has completed training to perform Graston Technique and Dry Needling.

Evan Mills received both his Exercise Physiology and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from UMASS Lowell. Evan has experience working with varying populations including neurological, amputee and orthopedic populations as well within the acute care setting. He enjoys combining concepts and techniques that bridge the gap between both neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation strategies to fit each patients specific needs.

Ashley Boyer was born and raised in Texas and moved to Massachusetts in 2001 where her husband told her it would only be for "3-5 years." 18 years and two kids later; Ashley and her family happily reside in Wayland, MA. Ashley graduated from Brigham Young University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences and a double minor in Business and Gerontology. She enjoys playing basketball and tennis, reading and outdoor adventures with her family. 

Deborah Baron grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana.  After earning a B.S. in Nutrition at the University of Vermont, she then received her Doctor of Optometry from The New England College of Optometry.  Deb moved to Wayland in 1999 and practiced Optometry in the MetroWest until 2017. It was then that she decided to follow her 20+ year passion for yoga and mindfulness.  Deb is in the final month of the “One Voice 200-hour teacher training” with Dima Bosko, from which she graduates on April 7th of this year. Through her experience and training, Deb has learned to become more compassionate to both herself and others, grateful, conscious and humble.  Her physical practice is effective but safe for all yoga levels.  Deb’s goal is to help clients leave with a safe and satisfying workout along with a clear mind and heart. Deb and her husband are the proud parents of two daughters, both of whom are currently enrolled at Wayland High School.

Melissa Seastead has been a psychotherapist in private practice since 2001 and initially discovered the benefits of yoga while pregnant in 2005. She has been practicing various styles of yoga ever since. Melissa maintains a strong belief in the connection between mind, body and spirit. With close attention to both functional movement and body awareness, she encourages students to embrace a deeper sense of themselves.  Melissa offers a warm, authentic, and nurturing style to conduct classes that follow a natural energetic flow.  Students finish her classes feeling physically and mentally rejuvenated.  Melissa received her CYT-200 hr through the One Voice teacher training program. She currently teaches yoga a Lumina Mind & Body Studios in both Wayland and Natick, as well as the Wayland Longfellow Youth Sports Zone.

Through the use of fluid yoga sequences, breath-work, and guided meditations, teens learn skills for stress reduction and experience a deeper sense of control and harmony with both themselves and others.  200 hour Certified Yoga Teacher Melissa Seastead, LICSW, uses her 20 years of experience as a child and adolescent therapist to offer specific suggestions for mindfulness strategies and functional movement. She provides a safe and fun atmosphere where teens are encouraged to realize their potential by gaining mastery over fears through present focused attention, while simultaneously strengthening and stretching their bodies.

Thank you so much to all who presented! It is your generous donation of time that enables us to offer such a great wellness week program!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Congrats to Wellness Student Spotlight Thomas Creavin!

The Wellness Department is pleased to announce that Thomas Creavin has been named Wellness Student Spotlight! Thomas is a polite and kind student who always works hard and is a pleasure to have in class. Congratulations to Thomas!

1.    First and Last Name Thomas Creavin
2.    Grade 8
3.    What elementary school did you come from. Claypit Hill
4.    Tell us about yourself. What do you like to do in your free time? I play my clarinet and pet my guinea pig. Also, I play soccer.
5.    Why is being active important to you? I think it is important to be active because if you don't stay active, how are you going to stay awake for your classes? Being active is like coffee except it's something your body gives you. (And it's free.)
6.    What advice would you give to a student who doesn’t like to exercise? "how do you want yourself to look in 40 years?" Do you want people to say to you, "Wow! You're fit!" or "Wow. You've really... let yourself go..."
7.    Favorite Wellness unit and why. Rollerblading was hands down my favorite unit. Though I only got to be in it for one class, (I missed 6 weeks due to injury) it was awesome and a unit I loved.
8.    When I want a healthy snack I reach for...Popchips and cheddar cheese.
9.    To relax my clarinet and sleep if clarinet playing is not an option.
10. If I were a WMS Wellness teacher I would add running to the curriculum. Running is my jam, and I was so sad when I realized that it wasn't a unit. I know we do the Pacer and some things, but for me it would be great if we had a unit devoted to running.
11. On my first day of school I wish I was a unit. I would have had more time to mentally prepare myself for the hardships of this unit. I'm not saying it was an awful unit, I bet lots of people love dancing, it's just that, dancing isn't my thing.
Ms. Riddle says this is not the Zumba unit FYI :-)
12.          Tell us something about yourself most people would be surprised to know.     I have a guinea pig named Theo.