I guess it is light, fluffy and white like a little lamb. I was holding out hope for this to be a great April's Fool joke by the meteorologists, but alas it is very real.
With all of the recent activities taking place after school and in the evening, I thought it would be helpful to remind everyone that in order to participate in extra-curricular activities it is expected that students are present in school for at least half of the school day of the activity or the Friday before any weekend activity. So, if a student is not well enough to be in school please do not expect them to participate in extra-curriculars either. The flip side to that is that students might try to come to school when they really shouldn't only so that they can participate in a special activity. There has been a lot of illness circulating and while it is certainly disappointing for students to miss events, it is important that we minimize the spread of germs to other students. Keep washing those hands!
Next week we will begin our MCAS assessments. They provide us an opportunity to assess some of the skills that students are developing but they do not assess all of the others. While we pause some of our normal activity to assess our work towards the standards, we will continue developing creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking among our students as prepare they for global citizenship; we remain committed to our mission of developing life long learners who are responsible, contributing members of the community, demonstrating innovation through traditional and nontraditional learning opportunities.
As we continue to reflect on our progress in realizing that mission, our district has developed a homework committee to assess our practices and review the research related to homework. It is important to us that we understand the perspectives of key stakeholders, including parents/guardians. We ask that you please take a few moments to answer eight simple questions regarding your perception of your child(ren)'s homework experience. The survey can be accessed through this link. Thank you in
advance for your assistance.
In addition to all the fun the online MCAS assessments will be this week, hopefully, you already have the date saved for this week's more suspenseful entertainment and test of abilities at the highest of stakes:
Stony Brook v. Blanchard Basketball Game - April 6 at 7pm in the WA Gym
See you next week at the WMSPTO 7th Annual Middle School Basketball Game on Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 pm in the Westford Academy gym. Wear your school colors! Tickets will be sold at the door for $3 per person.
In case you haven't enjoyed enough shoveling already, welcome to April!
Dr. Christopher Chew
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886
Please support Westford Troop 95's 2nd annual Electronics Recycling Fundraiser! Due to the coming storm, we will be changing the date to this Sunday, April 2. Other info the same - still 10-1 at the Miller School. Please see http://www.westfordtroop95.com/ for items accepted and nominal fees charged. Thank you for your support in raising funds to send our Troop to experience an adventure in China!
The last Teen Center for sixth graders will be held Friday, April 7th from 7-9 at the Blanchard Middle School. The night will include a DJ, karaoke, games, basketball, and floor hockey. Permission slip is coming soon!
LAST NIGHT 2017
Westford Academy Last Night 2017 is the all-night, substance-free celebration for our graduating seniors, which will be held on Friday, June 2nd starting at 10pm. With almost 100% participation, Last Night is a highlight for Westford Academy graduates and a longstanding Westford tradition—this is our 27th year!
From start to finish, It takes over 250 volunteers to make this evening a success. Parents of all students from K to 12, are encouraged to volunteer. We need volunteers before, during, and after the event and the time commitment is flexible. To learn more about how you can help, please see the Last Night website at www.walastnight.org for information about our upcoming volunteer events or contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy McKeen at firstname.lastname@example.org
FAME’s 18th Annual Dinner Dance will feature new musical repertoire at a new location! Friends Advancing Music Education is happy to announce that it will host the 18th Annual Dinner Dance at the Fellowship Hall in The First Parish Church United (FCPU) on Friday, April 7 between 6-10 PM. Our fundraiser will feature Westford Academy’s Jazz Bands, String Troubadour Ensemble, Members of the Honors Choir and the Westford Chamber Music Ensemble. Tickets are $55/person and $440 for a table of eight, and will be available until April 3, 2017. The evening’s dinner will be catered by Coleman's Catering from Groton and will include a delicious 3-course menu, along with a cash bar with beer and wine. FAME is also sponsoring a Raffle for an Apple Watch Series 2 (a $300 value) and Apple TV ($100 value).
Both, Dinner Dance and Raffle tickets may be purchased at http://westford.org/fame/dinner_dance_2017.html. There will be additional drawings for prizes generously donated by local restaurants and businesses. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the WPS music program, Senior Scholarships & Music Camp Scholarships for WPS students.