Click here for the flyer for the Girls Grey Ghost Summer Basketball Clinic slated to run from Monday, July 11, to Thursday, July 14, 2016. This clinic is available to girls entering grades 2-9 this fall.
With your eighth grader going into Westford Academy next year, we wanted to tell you about a great volunteer opportunity that involves just one evening of your time. You do not need a child at WA to participate. This is one of the few times that parents get the chance to be involved at WA in what has become a Westford tradition!
It’s “Last Night - the all-night substance free celebration for WA graduating seniors. Almost 400 kids will celebrate their accomplishments one last time together. It takes almost 300 volunteers as the community comes together to celebrate this important milestone. Westford Academy is transformed! The decorating committee does an amazing job of disguising the place :) You’ll have to see it to believe it!
Graduates arrive at 10pm on graduation night and are entertained with games, live entertainment and plenty of food to eat before they depart early the next morning. They leave with lifelong memories of hanging out together one last time with their classmates!
We, Kristen McGrath and Anna Ward, chair the Hall Games committee. Here students play carnival games with the chance to win gift cards to “high school friendly” places such places as Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Kimballs and more. We are looking for volunteers to work the 9:30pm to 2am shift on Friday, June 3rd. Yay - you don't have to stay up all night! Time flies and before you know it, it is time to go home. You leave knowing that you helped keep 400 kids safe (and happy!) on graduation night. You also have the insider scoop on what your child will experience when they graduate. Yes, the time flies by!!
We’re looking for moms and dads to help. Volunteer with a friend if you like - that’s how we started years ago! Call or write if any questions. Just say YES and we will sign you up!!
Thursday, April 7th at 7pm in the WA gym, faculty and students from
Blanchard will take on faculty and students from Stony Brook in a fun
game of basketball. Ten 8th graders from each school will be chosen by
lottery to participate. The sign-up sheet for 8th Grade Boys
and Girls from Blanchard is in the office. Have your 8th Grade student sign up by Tuesday 3/15.
Teams will be coed and will be announced by Friday, March 18th.
Spectators are encouraged - wear your Blanchard Middle School colors! Thank you to the Westford MSPTO for putting together a fun evening for the 8th grade class and teachers!
The Westford Summer Music program is now accepting registrations for instrumental and choral music students entering grades 5 through 9. Band, chorus, and orchestra ensembles will rehearse daily from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Stony Brook School on July 11th through July 15th . During the week, the students will prepare new music and give a free showcase performance on Friday, July 15th at 11 a.m.
· Summer Band directed by Mr. George Arsenault, WA band director · Summer Chorus directed by Mrs. Karen St. George, WA vocal director · Summer Orchestra directed by Mr. Todd Hamelin, Abbot and Day Schools string director
Some important events, including an A.L.i.C.E. drill and the ninth grade course selection timeline, are detailed in this week's news. School Safety Last week, Superintendent Olsen sent a message to parents pertaining to district safety protocols in light of recent events in nearby communities. Following a school safety meeting with the district leadership team and Westford Chief of Police Tom McEnaney, I met with our school-based crisis teams to review our protocols and prepare for a drill during the upcoming week. The drills, which will continue intermittently throughout the year, are an opportunity for students to practice responding to emergency situations following A.L.i.C.E. protocols. Our goal is to develop our students' competence and confidence in these procedures so that they can be conducted with an efficiency and fluency similar to our fire drills.
Course Selection Information for Eighth Grade Parents of eighth grade students are strongly encouraged to attend an upcoming curriculum information night on February 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Westford Academy. W.A. Peer counselors will be available beginning at 6 p.m. to give interested parents a tour of Westford Academy beforehand.
Ninth Grade Course Selection Timeline February 10 – W.A. Parent Information Night February 11 – W.A. Program of Studies Presentation at Blanchard February 12 – Course recommendations released in iParent and iStudent (view only) for review over February break February 22-26 – Students and parents discuss recommendations with teachers and enter elective choices
Other news and reminders: • District mathematics curriculum coordinators, Mrs. O'Gorman and Mrs. Coughlin, will be holding informational meetings for parents in grades 4-7 to communicate the math placement process. These meetings are scheduled for March 2 at 6:30 at Blanchard and March 7 at 6:30 at John A. Crisafulli Elementary School.
• This Monday, February 1 is transition day for our sixth grade world languages FLEX program. • Sixth grade students interested in being a judge for this year’s Massachusetts Children’s Book Awards must read and log at least 5 of the candidate books by March 17th. Students can check out the books from the MCBA section at the Blanchard library or the J.V. Fletcher Library. When a student finishes a book, he/she should record it in our MCBA log. Mrs. Brandt will have Valentines treats for all students who have logged at least one book before February break. • Yearbooks are now available to order online! Place your order here using code #12276916.
Mrs. Leone's seventh grade Guidance classes recently wrapped up their stress management unit with a little bit of healthy competition. To showcase and share their learning with classmates, students created posters to highlight different strategies teenagers can use to cope with stress in healthy ways. The first place winners of the poster competition, created by Casey Fairchild and Audrey Bruskiewitz, are shared below!
Enjoy the weekend! Be sure to read the additional reminders from around the Westford community.