Trying to hold onto my umbrella while students were heading out to the busses this afternoon, I started laughing at the absurdity of the image it must be creating. It also reminded me of the scene in Forrest Gump in which Tom Hanks' character is describing all of the different types of rain that seemed to exist in Vietnam. As I returned to the drier environment of the lobby, I was greeted by a faculty member quoting Bill Murray from Caddyshack, " I don't think the heavy stuff is going to come down from quite a while."
If the movie references don't connect with you, perhaps you would appreciate singing along with...Everyone knows it's windy.
Windnesday, all of our 6th graders participated in our district's Infrastructure Trial for this year's upcoming Computer Based MCAS exams. Students were able to explore online tutorials and access practice questions in an environment that allowed them to ask questions and problem solve without worrying about the actual exams scheduled later this year. For all of you experiencing an overwhelming sense of jealousy that you don't get the same opportunities to explore standardized tests anymore and all that fun is only for the kids...have no fear, you, as well, can access practice questions and tutorials by accessing the DESE MCAS online practice resources. You can also access the Parent's Guide to MCASif you find that your appetite is simply not sated. No need to thank me.
Not as successful was the 6th grade attempt to complete the Youth Risk Behavior Survey scheduled for this morning. They were wonderfully patient and tried their best to access the surveys, but the links provided to us by the survey organization were not working on the other end. Students will still have an opportunity to participate as soon as the company can fix the links.
Earlier in the week, we shared with you the latest edition of the Challenge Success Parent Newsletter:March parent newsletter. Within it you can learn more about Challenge Success and about some of the events and resources available to parents of all Westford students. Remember to mark your calendars for Saturday, March 17th, as Maria Furtado, Executive Director of Colleges That Change Lives, will be joining us in the Westford Academy cafeteria at 10am. Colleges That Change Lives is dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process, and Ms. Furtado will share her wisdom on finding a college that is a healthy fit for your student. See the newsletter for more details. We look forward to seeing you there!
Another reminder that the WPS Math Curriculum Coordinators will be hosting math information nights on March 12th & 15th for parents of students in grades 5-7. Here is a link to their letter about those events: 2018 Math Information Nights
Finally, join us in congratulating Dhrut B. as he advances as a semifinalist to the state level competition to represent Stony Brook in the National Geographic Geography Bee on April 6, 2018.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Dr. Christopher Chew
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886
SUSTAINABLE WESTFORD presents a film screening of "A PLASTIC OCEAN" with post Q&A. Sunday, March 4 from 5:00 - 7:30 PM at the First Parish Church United, 48 Main St, Westford. FREE - Open to the PUBLIC - Preregister @ www.SustainableWestford.org
5 Door prizes and Free chip, dip & crostini, provided by our food sponsor Evviva Cucina. Post Q&A with Mark Myles, a Sustainability professional for nearly 20 years & retired Director of the Education program at Toxic Use Reduction Institute at UMASS Lowell.
“A Plastic Ocean” documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood's fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us. In partnership with: Westford Recycling Commission, Westford Conservation Trust, Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, FPCU Green Team & Social Justice & Weston Price Foundation.
WESTFORD SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL (SEPAC) and WESTFORD PARENT CONNECTION (WPC) - Could Your Child Use Some Help With Executive Functioning? Just what is executive function? Simply put, itís the way the brain organizes and retrieves information. Itís what people use to plan, organize, strategize, pay attention to and remember details, and manage time and space. Students with weak executive function capabilities may have trouble planning and executing projects; telling stories or communicating details in an organized, sequential manner; memorizing and retrieving information; or initiating activities or generating ideas. Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP, a recognized leader in the area of executive functioning, will present Thinking In An Organized Way: Understanding Executive Function Strategies on Tuesday,
March 6, 2018. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:00 PM in the Stony Brook Middle School Auditorium, 9 Farmer Way. Ms. Ward's presentation is a joint venture of the Westford Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and the Westford Parent Connection (WPC) and is geared toward parents and educators of children of all abilities. For more information, go to http://www.westford.org/sepac/ or check out http://efpractice.com/.
8th Grade TEEN NIGHT!! Our third Teen Night is on Friday, March 9
for eighth grade students. Activities include: DJ, hockey, basketball,
board games, karaoke, snacks. VOLUNTEERS are needed to make it a successful
night. Please see the sign up genius link below to volunteer. It's a fun, fast
evening and we'd love to have you join us! We're seeking volunteers to shadow our team to potentially
take over Teen Night duties for next year. Please consider this rewarding opportunity!
Please note that all volunteers will need a CORI through WASA, even
if you already have a WPS CORI. Feel free to email Barbie Goodhue with any
questions @ email@example.com. The Volunteer link at Sign up Genius
can be found @ http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545afac2ea31-wasa1