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Tartan Day...update
So, how does a kilt relate to MCAS you ask?

Well, when the 7th graders are suiting up for their second session of ELA questions wouldn't you naturally expect someone to wear a kilt to school.  While checking in with everyone in the penthouse suite for today's tests, I was wonderfully surprised to see a confident young man bravely striding down the hallway wearing full Scottish Regalia in celebration of National Tartan Day.  While I was not donning a kilt myself, I was fortunately wearing a cheery plaid sports coat which he pointed out was a Tartan as well when I expressed my dismay at not owning a kilt of my own.  After all, I am often mistaken for a background extra from Braveheart, which my wife reminds me is not always a compliment.

Compliments were flowing freely in the office today as we were able to honor and congratulate the individuals being presented with the Second Term Citizenship Awards.  During the morning announcements, the following students were thanked for their contributions to our great community. They were nominated by their teachers to receive these awards based on their consistent efforts to make a positive impact on those around them.  Please join me in congratulating our most recent Stony Brook Citizenship Award recipients: Justin J., Abigail B., Griffin C., Ruby K., Varun K., Mia C., Owen W., Carson C., Trent B., Leela K., Charlotte F., Malvika B., Alexander R., Marissa L., Anne Marie M., Avery P., Mario L., and Sarah T.

Even though there was testing going on this week, there has certainly been a lot of more enjoyable, engaging activities taking place in classes throughout the building.  Unfortunately, I did not get to see most of them as I was shackled to the MCAS machine for the majority of the week.  But that is not a complaint and I am very happy to say that our students do a phenomenal job taking their time and exhibiting a great deal of pride in their work as they do with everything.  MCAS is merely a stop along the way for them on this wonderful journey:?)

Some of the other stops this week included the entire 6th grade getting different chances to Skype with Park Rangers from Yellowstone National Park.  Those have been very enjoyable conversations and the students have really responded favorably to being able to talk directly with these experts in the field.  This afternoon, I was able to get a quick glimpse of the bison wandering around Old Faithful on the live webcam broadcasting in one of our science rooms.  While I missed the conversations, the bison were really cool.

There are a couple of events on the rise.  Tonight our 6th graders have two options: 6th Grade Teen Night @ BMS sponsored by WASA and the Westford in Tune Talent Show here at Stony Brook.  Everyone else we expect to see at Westford in Tune :?)  This event has been entirely organized and developed by some of our 8th graders and we are very proud of the effort they shown and know it is going to be a great show.  In the event that you can't make it to the event...have no can still participate in the online auction that will remain active until April 25th: SBTA Online Auction  The proceeds from the ticket sales for tonight's show will go towards the House of Hope in Lowell.  Proceeds from the online auction will go to support The Stony Brook Theater Arts program.

While you are still in the mood to help others, remember to mark Tuesday, April 24 for your opportunity to Do Good with Burritos

Another event on the horizon will provide an opportunity for anyone curious to see what types of things the students on the PBL Team have been working on this year. The students have created an exhibition opportunity to display their learning products from their recent study of PyeongChang during the Winter Olympics.  On Thursday, April 12 starting at 6:30 in both the gym and the auditorium the students have assured us there will be "Olympic fun and games including a skit, an art gallery and projects galore."

For those of you who like plenty of lead time for organizing your calendar, consider putting a hold on May 4th.  Not simply to watch all of the Star Wars movies but to also give yourself the opportunity to attend this special Challenge Successpublic parent education event at Dover-Sherborn High School. Challenge Success co-founder, Dr. Denise Pope, will be speaking alongside renowned psychologist and author, Dr. Brad Sachs on the topic of "Good Enough Parent, Good Enough Child."

Have a wonderful weekend as we enter the last week before vacation...which is always entertaining in a building full of adolescents.



Dr. Christopher Chew
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886
(978) 692-2708

Recycling Fundraiser Saturday, April 7th
Ready for Spring Cleaning?  Clean out your house and support Westford Troop 95’s 3rd Annual Electronics Recycling Fundraiser!  Our event will be held Saturday, April 7th from 10am to 1pm at the Miller School (1 Mitchell Way.)  Please see our website for items accepted and nominal fees charged:

Proceeds benefit Troop 95.  Thank you for your support!
We will also have a small quantity of LED light bulbs, desk lamps and smart power strips for sale.
Also bring along your gently-used, wearable pairs of shoes this year to support Miller School’s fundraising program called ShoeBox Recycling.  Donated shoes are shipped around the world for resale and reuse. Our schools earn $20 for each filled box of shoes! ShoeBox Recycling money goes directly toward funding our schools’ many activities, including arts and education programs. We are also partnering with The Mary's Community Thrift Store to increase our schools' profits.  Shoes must be in wearable condition, without holes in the soles, cannot be wet or mildewed, and must have shoelaces if they are necessary for the shoe to function.

Are You Ready To Run For A Good Cause?
The 19th Annual Westford Road Race is coming! Hundreds of runners from all over the region will come together at the Abbot School to participate in the Family Fun Run or the 5K or 10K races on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The Family Fun Run starts at 2:00 p.m., the 5K starts at 2:20 p.m., and the 10K starts at 2:25 p.m. Want to join us? Go to for registration information. The first 600 pre-registered participants will receive race t-shirts. Registration fees are $15 per person for the Fun Run, $25 per person for the 5K, and $30 per person for the10K, if you register before April 21. After April 21, the cost of the 5K is $30 and the 10K is $35. The event is organized by the Westford Charitable Foundation, Inc., which has given nearly $350,000 back to the community. Want to make a tax-deductible donation? Go to for details. This is a fun community event you will not want to miss.

Don’t Miss Your Chance To See Dr. Michael Thompson!
Internationally acclaimed psychologist, consultant, speaker, and best-selling author Dr. Michael Thompson returns to Westford Wednesday, April 25, 2018, to present The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success In School And In Life. Dr. Thompson said his talk is really geared toward pressured parents, who may not remember what school is really like. In his presentation, Dr. Thompson describes the psychological journey children take during their school years. He believes children are constantly searching for connection, recognition, and a sense of power, and that each child develops strategies to cope with pressures he or she may feel. Dr. Thompson shares his extensive experience and wisdom with a wonderful sense of humor and a great deal of compassion.
Dr. Thompson is the author of such bestsellers as Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding The Social Lives Of Children and Raising Cain: Protecting The Emotional Lives Of Boys, which became a critically acclaimed documentary. His most recent book is It’s A Boy! Understanding Your Son’s Development From Birth To Age 18, also a bestseller. Dr. Thompson travels the world as a consultant and lecturer to hundreds of schools, and has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, 60 Minutes, The Early Show, and Good Morning America. For more details about Dr. Thompson, check out his website at
His presentation – part of the Westford Parent Connection’s speaker series – will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Stony Brook Middle School Auditorium. Due to the generosity of the Westford Parent Connection’s sponsors, the event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Mary Anne Seraphin at or go to the WPC’s website at


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