It was a week full of appreciation and celebration!
Monday started with surprise when the staff replaced a number of the images on our TV monitors with pictures of me in what they called appreciation of Principal's Day. I was very touched by the well wishes and disturbed to see my picture in so many places around school. Tuesday brought us the phenomenal Teacher Appreciation Lunch sponsored by the WMSPTO. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to organize and contribute to this event. Wednesday was of course Wednesday which I affectionately call "the Peak of Week" as other names for it often leave middle school students in hysterics. Thursday brought us Star Wars day and plenty of debate as to whether or not Darth Vadar would actually wish anyone "May the 4th be with you". It was a nice touch of irony for those still exploring
figurative language at any rate. Of course, beyond just simply being Friday which is always reason to celebrate, it was of course Cinco de Mayo.
For many of our 6th grade students, it was also the exciting day to start thinking about language choices for next year. Students who have rotated through the FLEX classes were able to experience a small sample of what studying each of our four languages (French, German, Latin and Spanish) will be like as a full course. They were given information from their current FLEX teacher and I am including the link here to the google form created by Ms. Sharon Charbonnier, the WPS World Language Curriculum Coordinator. The link is also posted on our website. We ask that
all selections be completed by Wednesday, May 10. For any students not currently taking the FLEX course, their guidance counselor, Mr. Lipschutz, will work with them to discuss the process if a language course is appropriate for them for next year.
Mixed in among all of that merriment, the 8th graders were able to complete their Math MCAS exams this week. The 7th and 6th graders patiently waited their turns as envious as they may have been. The 7th grade gets the opportunity to show off how much they know next week while the 6th grade needs to wait until the week after that to upload all of their brilliance.
If all of that was not exciting enough, 3rd term progress reports were published for everyone on Friday. I thought I would wait until Sunday to share that news to give all of the students the opportunity to share the good news themselves :?)
Last weekend, the Stony Brook Theater Arts received both a Gold Medal and the Stage Manager's Awards for their performance and preparation of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream at the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild's one-act festival. Four students were honored with acting awards: Alex R., Caroline R., Hailey S., and Mario L. Three students were honored for their excellence in lighting design: Paul D., Garrin R. and Danny C. Congratulations to everyone involved and a special thank you to Ms. Watson for all her work in providing them with this opportunity and preparing them so successfully.
With that, I hope your weekend was restful and your week to come is wonderful,
Dr. Christopher Chew
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886
From your PTO...
Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and donated food and gift cards to our Teacher Appreciation Lunches - they went very smoothly and the teachers and staff at both schools were very grateful.
8th Grade Celebration: WE NEED YOU!
We continue to seek volunteers to help with the 8th Grade Celebration - we have almost 500 eighth graders that we will be hosting and we need all the help we can get. This event is a lot of fun and a lot of work if we don't get help running it. Please click here for volunteer opportunities. Join us on Tuesday, May 9 from 7-8pm at the 99 Restaurant for a volunteer meeting and social. Drinks and snacks will be served!
It's that time of year again! We are looking at next year and will be holding elections for 2017-2018 WMSPTO Board. At our next board meeting on May 17 at 7pm (venue TBA), reviewing reviewing the bylaws and voting on suggested modifications. Your vote counts so join us! More to come on this.
We are VERY close to our goal for $25,000 to support the PTO-sponsored events for this school year. We’re asking for a one-time donation of $50 per student or $80 per family, although any amount is appreciated. 100% of all donations go directly to programming, technology, staff appreciation, student activities and other WMSPTO supported activities. To donate, click here. Be sure to look at your company's matching gift program!
New AEP Program! 8th Grade Families: Be sure to ask your students about a new program we are offering this year, The Museum of Science Heat and Temperature A&E program for 8th graders.