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2015 Summer Grey Ghost Courses

Make check Payable to: Westford Public Schools.  Cost is $125.  All payments are due by June 1st to the Guidance Department.  Note: Courses will run based upon sufficient enrollment and refunds will be given if a course is cancelled due to low enrollment.


English Test Prep for SAT and ACT

Instructor:  Lynn Bonakdar
Dates: June 23-26
Time: 8 - 2 pm

Course description:
This SAT and ACT preparatory course is designed to help students of all levels improve their scores on the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT and the English, Reading and Writing sections of the ACT.   The course provides reinforcement in the content area so that students can feel confident utilizing transferable skills to take both tests.   Students will:
  • Become familiar with the format of the SAT and ACT and learn test-taking strategies specific to each test.
-    Learn and practice transferable grammar concepts commonly assigned on the SAT and ACT
-    Practice close reading skills selections from actual SAT and ACT tests
-    Review essay structure, write timed essays in response to real SAT and ACT prompts, and get individualized feedback to improve essay scores
-     Work through real multiple choice sections of the SAT and ACT

Required texts:  The Real ACT Prep Guide, 3rd Edition, The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd Edition by the College Board

Stay Well

Instructor:  Meredith Kehais
Dates:  June 29 - July 2, July 6 - July 9 and July 13  
            - July 16
Time: 10 - 12 pm

Course Description:
Must be physically cleared from a doctor to exercise.  
This class will be combining of group cycling, yoga, toning and meditation for a healthy mind and body.  This course will strengthen and lengthen muscles, develop flexibility and develop core body strength needed for everyday activities.

Lego Mindstorms Robotics Design and Build Clinic

Instructor: Bill Bowen
Session I ($125):  June 29 - July 2
Time: 8:30 - 11 am (Ages 8-10 who have finished grades 3-5)
Time: 11:45 - 2:15 pm (Ages 11-13 who have finished grades 6-8)

Session II ($150):  July 6 - July 10
Time: 8:30 - 11 am (Ages 8-10 who have finished grades 3-5)
Time: 11:45 - 2:15 pm (Ages 11-13 who have finished grades 6-8)

The College Application Process:
Be Done Early!

Instructors: Heidi Hider and Tracy McLaughlin
Dates/Times:    Thursday, August 20, 9 am - 2:30 pm
Friday, August 21, 9 am - 2:30 pm
Monday, August 24, 9 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday, August 27, 9 am - 2:30 pm
 Friday, August 28, 9 am - 1:30 pm

College Application Process registration form

If you would like to be added to the wait list, please notify Debi Leavis,, in the Guidance Department.  
Course Description:
This class will focus on helping rising seniors prepare the following components of college applications.
1) Writing a solid draft of a college application essay
2) Activities resume to submit to colleges for activities/awards data and for scholarship applications
3) Process for completing the Common Application, including how to complete supplements and short answers
4) Interviewing skills (including mock interviews)
5) Review options for standardized testing
6) Learn to determine one's own reach, match and safety schools
7) Career inventories as they relate to choice of major and college,
8) Discussion of real life issues related to the transition to college life.

Change your mind - Change your life


Course Description:
This is a 'personal development', education course intended to teach participants skills to overcome their own inner obstacles and to provide techniques to effectively handle the stress and difficulty that life unavoidably brings.   Through this course, participants will learn how to develop a more positive mindset, which promotes increased health and happiness.

Success Academy:  Time Management, Organization and Study Skills


Course Description:
Students will learn organizational skills to prepare them for the demands of high school and take them on to college success.   Organization of materials, time management, using an agenda book, chunking assignments and setting up term calendars will all be mastered.   Students will set up binder and agenda books for the first term using their schedules.  Memory basics and essential study habits will be demonstrated and applied.  This class will provide students with a complement of skills they need to start the year strong and build a solid foundation for academic course work.

Required supplies:  Agenda book, 3 binders, 12 dividers, 2 plastic (2-pocket) folders, 1 package flash cards, two 1” clip rings or plastic holder for note cards.

Westford Academy   •   30 Patten Road  •  Westford, MA 01886   •   Tel: (978) 692-5570

Westford Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness.