AIR SOFT CLUB
Advisory: Gina Clancy
- To make direct appeals on behalf of the victims of human rights violations
- To enlist the support of others in AI's work, by publicizing and distributing AI's information, and involving in its activities individuals and other community groups and organizations
- To contribute to the financial support of the movement by fundraising
Any Westford Academy student who meets Westford Academy's extra curricular eligibility requirement as outlined in the Student Manual
Students are expected to attend weekly meetings. We encourage students to make at least two meetings per month and participate in fundraising and community service activities. Meeting dates and times are announced at the beginning of the school year.
Club meets on Wednesdays (please see Mr. Gray for Room Information)
GOAL: To have Fun
MEMBERSHIP: Anyone interested
ACTIVITIES: Movies, Drawing, Video Games, Manga, Conventions, and eveyrthing related to Anime
ART CLUB & ART COMPETITION CLUB
BOLLYWOOD DANCE TEAM
- To provide a discussion forum for students who like to read and talk about books.
- To share ideas about and opinions on books we have read.
- To promote reading of a variety of titles and genres.
Open to all students in good academic standing.
The W.A. Book Club meets monthly for an interesting and meaningful discussion about a book we have all read. Students and Mrs. Short decide upon the list of books to be read each school year at our first meeting in September. Titles are chosen that will appeal to a variety of reading tastes. Meetings are held after school in the Westford Academy Library on the second Wednesday of each month.
Advisor: Mr. Boucher
- To perform vocal music from a wide variety of cultural styles and historical periods
- To perform for a variety of audiences including parents, friends, other schools, and occasionally for competition
Any singer interested in expanding their musical horizons is welcome. Singers understand that rehearsals are short and that there must be individual practice daily at home.
After School Chorus meets every Tuesday from 2:05 - 3:05. Singers may not miss more than two rehearsals before any performance. Members are combined with the Honors Choir and Concert Choir classes to form the large Concert Choir.
- Experience the outdoors
- Experience a variety of personal challenges
Open to all Westford Academy students
Two semester groups must be able to attend on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, plus do a five-day hike and two and a half-day solo. Student instructor opportunities available.
Advisors: Miss Rapucci
- To perform at all Marching Band performances, including football halftimes and spring parades
- To perform flag routines that will correspond to Marching Band music
Students interested in twirling baton, flag or in the "rifle" squad may join. All technique will be taught from the beginning.
There is a band camp in mid-August and practices are generally on Mondays and Fridays in the fall, ending on Thanksgiving.
For the spring, practices are held on Fridays.
COMMUNITY SERVICE TEAM
- To provide students the opportunity to make a significant contribution to their community
- To encourage students to take on new and challenging leadership roles
- To provide an opportunity for students to work side-by-side with adults in the community
This activity is open to all Westford Academy students, parents, and other members of the Westford Community
Meetings are held Monday nights from7:00 to 7:30 beginning late February/early March. Members should be able to attend our project held in May. Date of project each year is TBA.
Our first project was June 1996. Each year since then the WACST has participated with various community organizations to produce a significant spring community service event.
- To better prepare students for marketing/management careers
- To encourage leadership
- To develop personal and presentation skills
DECA membership is open to all students enrolled in Marketing I, Marketing II, Principles of Management and Entrepreneurship. During the course of the year students have the opportunity to participate in a district, state and national conference.
There is a small membership fee. Students must be enrolled in the above classes in order to be an active member.
There are opportunities to compete individually, or in a team for role-play events. There are also several written events with a presentation component.
- To promote an understanding of local environmental issues
- To provide students with the opportunity to perform an in depth analysis of a local environmental problem and share their findings and recommendations with local officials
- To provide students with an opportunity to interact with professionals in the Environmental Sciences and Management fields
- To provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have developed through statewide competition
Envirothon is open to all students at Westford Academy. Members should be students of good academic and attendance standing. Attend as often as possible, with mandatory attendance in April and May. Selection for the May competition is based upon the coach's observation of student preparedness.
Meetings are scheduled one afternoon per week in October through May. The five top scoring students are eligible to compete in the State sponsored competition. Winners are eligible to represent Massachusetts at the National Conference and Competition.
Advisors: Mr. Eang, Visual & Performing Arts Department
Advisors: Ms. Conti, World Languages Department
- To promote interest in the French language and culture of France
- To provide a time and place for French students to further their study of the language and culture of France
- To raise money to help support a young girl in French-speaking Africa (Togo)
Membership in the French Club is open to all French students at Westford Academy.
Members are expected to help out at our major fund-raising activity, the Holiday Bazaar. Trips to Quebec and France are open on a priority basis to French Club members.
Meetings are bi-weekly, both after school and in the evening. A regular activity is to watch French films and sample different kinds of French food.
FUTURE EDUCATORS OF AMERICA
- To promote education as a career direction
- To work collaboratively with local elementary and middle schools through tutoring
- To support the teachers and staff of Westford Academy
Open to all students in good standing. Not limited to students who plan to pursue teaching. Open to anyone who likes to work with children and values education.
Meetings are generally held twice a month. Annual activities include after school tutoring at Robinson, Crisafulli, and Blanchard; the Walk for Education, treats for new teachers, the Holiday Bazaar, and the end of the year ice cream social for teachers. Active members are expected to attend monthly meetings and can elect to participate in extra activities depending on their interest and availability.
Open to all studetns at Westford Academy.
Games like Dungeons and Dragons, Magic and others will be played
* To address the ongoing issue of student homophobia and work to create a safe school environment that protects students from harassment, violence, and discrimination
* To provide support for students who are themselves or have family members who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, or transgender
* To sensitize the school community to issues of diversity and provide a link to statewide efforts to educate the public about issues of homophobia
Membership is open. Confidentiality is stressed. The GSA provides awareness activities for the school during Gay History Month, sponsors school-wide assemblies and educational exhibits, attends safe schools networking meetings with other GSA's, and participates in the annual Gay and Straight Youth Pride March.
Meeting dates and times are announced on a regular basis. Everyone is welcome. Students who attend are NOT required to disclose their sexual orientation.
* To bring a touch of the German-speaking world to Westford Academy
* To participate in the Holiday Bazaar, International Day, and other joint activities within the World Languages Department
* To plan Christmas parties, outdoor events, immersion camping weekends, German newspapers, evening meetings, cooking evenings, films, fund risers, singing and dancing evenings, Oktoberfeste, Fasching, U.S.W.
* To support the National German Honorary Society - Delta Epsilon Phi
Open to all students taking German
GHOSTWRITER (Student Newspaper)
* To familiarize students with all aspects of newspaper production
* To provide a voice for members of the W.A. community
Ghostwriter membership is open to all Westford Academy students in good standing. During the course of the year, Ghostwriter produces five issues of the newspaper.
To be an active participant in Ghostwriter, students must assist with the layout of at least four issues. Editorial staff must also prepare editorials for all five issues.
Students wishing to submit articles should include both a paper and disk copy, and turn them in to Ms. Fonden or Ms. Kucaj.
HARVARD MODEL CONGRESS
HIGH SCHOOL QUIZ CLUB
Advisor: Mr. Welch & Ms. Rushanan, Foreign Language Department
Advisor: Mr. Welch, Foreign Language Department
The purpose of this club is to promote an international flavor to the hallowed halls of the new Westford Academy.
- To work closely with the Foreign Language Clubs of Westford Academy to bring about as many international-type activities as we are able
- To learn that the world is a more diverse and interesting place than the walls of our homes
- To plan activities such as The International Weekend, the Short Term Exchange, a First Thanksgiving Party for Westford's exchange students, or activities for any exchange group which arrives here such as the Northeimer or Untergriesbacher, the French students, Japanese students, etc.
This club is not only open to Foreign Languages students. We want anyone who is interested in thinking globally.
- To provide an opportunity to experience and understand Jazz as an American musical style
- To provide an opportunity to improvise
- To develop the techniques and skills unique to the interpretation of Jazz
The Jazz Ensemble is open to any student at Westford Academy by audition. All students must be able to read music and perform at a level appropriate to a high school musician. Sight-reading is part of the audition.
Students chosen for Jazz Ensemble must attend weekly after-school rehearsals. Failure to attend rehearsals will result with the student's replacement. Rehearsal schedules are determined in discussion with ensemble members. All members are required to participate in all performances given by the ensemble during the year. A list of scheduled performances is given to all members.
LATIN CLUB - JUNIOR CLASSICAL LEAGUE
- To promote and celebrate the study of Latin and classical civilizations
Open to all students currently enrolled in Latin
To be an active member of Latin Club, students must participate in initiation, attend meetings, and assist in special events such as the Holiday Bazaar and Classics Day. Optional activities include movie nights and competitions
Active members of the Latin Club who achieve an A average in both Latin I and Latin II are eligible for membership in the National Latin Honor Society.
LITERARY MAGAZINE (BEYOND WORDS)
- To promote publication of the Westford Community
- To celebrate and showcase the creative side of Westford Academy students and faculty
Membership is open to anyone interested. Members take turns bringing snacks to our meetings. We focus on publicity, selection, editing and fundraising throughout the year. Members are expected to participate in all aspects of the club.
Beyond Words meets once a week after school. All members have the opportunity to take on leadership roles.
Poetry, short story and photocopied art submissions can be turned in to boxes in all English rooms, the Literary Magazine mailbox, or on-line. Type all written submissions; put your name and year of graduation on the back.
MAGIC: THE GATHERING
Meetings are on Wednesdays
Advisor: Mr. Yeung, World Languages Department
MARCHING BAND (INCLUDES COLORGUARD)
* To perform halftime shows for all football and for town parades in the spring
* To foster an atmosphere of school spirit by working with and cheering with the cheerleaders
* To represent Westford Academy with excellence and pride, whether in town or out of town
Any instrumentalist with playing experience is welcome. All marching techniques will be taught
There is a band camp in mid-August and practices are generally on Mondays and Fridays in the fall, ending on thanksgiving.
In the spring, practices are held on Fridays.
- To extend mathematical abilities of students who have a talent and affinity for solving math problems
- To expose Westford Academy students to math students from area schools who have similar abilities - they are the ones with whom they will compete/interact in college
- To offer students an academic outlet and opportunity to participate in a team effort
Open to all Westford Academy students
We participate in the Massachusetts Math League (MML), which has over 35 teams competing six times each school year at various sites on a Thursday each month from October through March. We hold practices every Tuesday, and the New England Math League (NEML), which has 179 teams from all six New England states competing "in house" six times each year. Participation in any fall or winter sports does not preclude joining the Westford Academy Math Team, since we have only one meet each month. The MML allows each team to bring 10 regulars, whose scores count toward the school's score, and up to 10 alternates. The regulars can consist of up to eight juniors and/or seniors (no more than four seniors) and the rest, underclassmen.
MOBILE APP DEVELOPMENT CLUB
- To promote further understanding of the law, court procedures and our legal system
- To increase student proficiency in skills such as listening, speaking, and reasoning
- To develop advocacy irrespective of which party is being represented and irrespective of the party with which you must identify
- To promote better communication and cooperation between student, schools and the legal profession
- To heighten consciousness of law-related professions and the academic studies which lead to those professions
Team membership is open to all Westford Academy students.
Team members are expected to attend training and work sessions. This activity requires commitment and teamwork as we participate in at least three regional competitions. Meeting dates and times are scheduled at the beginning of the "training" season, usually by late October. Developing a mock trial case involves hard work, commitment, sensitivity, creativity, and a good sense of humor. It can also involve four to six hours per week, especially from December through March.
MODEL UNITED NATIONS CLUB
- To accurately portray the positions and interests of our chosen nations at Model UN conferences
- To encourage a greater understanding of the inter-connections of the world political and economic community
- To foster an appreciation of cooperative efforts to ameliorate and eradicate global concerns
All members of the Westford Academy community are welcome to join Model UN, though most students come from our Issues in International Relations course.
To be a participant, students must complete pre-conference preparation and attend after school sessions to practice parliamentary procedure and bargaining strategies
Fall Conference - Harvard Model UN December
Spring Conference - Bentley Model UN May
- Promote awareness of the town museum
- Work with museum in staging of exhibits
- Create a little museum corner in the Westford Academy library
Open to all Westford Academy students. Currently has about 12 active members. Should enjoy learning about the history of Westford.
Meets usually twice a month after school. Members work at museum or at home on the exhibits or on helping to create exhibits.
NATIONAL HISTORY DAY
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
- To recognize students who excel in scholarship, leadership, service, and character
- To encourage students to assist others
- To encourage students to lead by example
Any student who has a 3.60 GPA (not rounded) or better is invited to apply for membership. In addition to the GPA requirement, students must provide proof of leadership, service, and good character.
Students are required to attend monthly meetings, to take part in fund raising activities and service projects, and do a minimum of 40 hours of service per year. Dues are currently $10 per year.
Members of the NHS Faculty Council
Catherine Coughlin, Mathematics Department
Anjli Trehan, Business/Technology Department
Mark Lucey, Guidance Department
Advisor: [Link]Mr. Brumbaugh , Mathematics Department
- Foster togetherness
- See mountains and culture
- Act as a follow-up/supplement to Cirrus
Open to all Westford Academy students
Students can go on any or all Outing Club activities. There are usually no in-school meetings. Activities are posted about a week before taking place through announcements.
- Assist high school peers with freshmen orientation, 8th grade move up day, group counseling, assembly programs, mentoring new students, and much more
- Participate in outreach education to the elementary and middle schools by running workshops on topics such as sexual harassment, bullying, prejudice, etc.
- Provide caring and empathetic role modeling to peers in need of help.
Interested students in grade 10 and 11 are invited to apply each spring. Following a full day of training, peer counselors are then prepared to volunteer for the programs supported by peer counselors. If you are interested in applying, please see your counselor.
Once training is completed, you will be requires to participate in at least two of the many activities run by peer counselors. You will also be expected to attend mandatory monthly meetings where we provide ongoing training and prepare for upcoming presentations.
Additional training and special conferences on various teen issues are available each year for peer counselors to participate in. Volunteer opportunities are also available after school.
- To promote an interest and understanding of basic photographic skills
- To encourage creativity using skills learned with cameras and darkroom procedures
- To give photography students additional lab time after school
Photography Club is open to all Westford Academy students in good standing.
To be a participant in Photography Club one must have an interest in photography. The club will meet each Tuesday from 2:00 - 3:00 in room 119.
Advisor: Mrs. Trehan, Mathematics and Computer Science Department
President: Pat Long
Vice President: Kevin Jiang
- To promote interest in Computer Science and computer programming
- To have fun programming and learning about computers
- To give an opportunity to interested students to participate in a fun and challenging computer science competition
Membership is open to any student interested in programming
Participation is encouraged for those who would like to be exposed to additional topics in computer science and software development
Meetings are held every other Tuesday after school in Room 248
Meetings are informal and flexible
Programming club will consist of monthly projects
Interested students have the opportunity to participate in ACSL (American Computer Science League) which has 4 contests per year which are held at Westford Academy
Depending on interest and time, students may also participate in Code Jam hosted by WPI
- To promote Spanish language and culture through various social activities
Open to all students whether or not they are currently studying Spanish
Meetings are held once a month or more or on an as-neede basis. While attendance is not taken, it is encouraged. The Spanish Club is also active with other foreign language clubs.
SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM
Advisor: Shankar Pravi and Sadahana Kyathapalla
- Improve public speaking skills
- Teach logical, structured argumentation
- Develop presentation and communication skills
Open to all Westford Academy Students
All members are expected to attend evening practice sessions twice a week and to do some independent practice as well. This activity requires hard work and commitment. Tournaments are usually about twice a month, always on Saturdays. They take the entire day, and each member is expected to attend as many as possible.
- To promote school spirit
- To act as the law making body of the school (hear grievances, discuss school rules)
- Group attends school committee meetings and attends state meeting
A total of 30 students plus Student Council members at large (varies)
Elected by class (6 from each class). Those not elected may petition the elected Student Council members for Student Council Member at Large status. The members elect President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Student Council sponsors 18 standing committees including Bloodmobile, Spirit Week(s), elections, Holiday Bazaar, Teacher Appreciation Week
STUDENTS AGAINST DESTRUCTIVE DECISIONS (S.A.D.D.)
- To promote the message that drinking and driving don't mix
- To emphasize the message that it is illegal for those under 21 years of age to drink
- To encourage the use of seat belts
- To encourage the avoidance of all substances (ex: cigarettes, steroids) that are bad for your health
- To promote a caring and supportive school environment by providing positive peer pressure
* SADD membership is open to all students in good standing
* SADD meetings are held 1 - 2 times a month in room 200
* SADD Awareness Week
* Bake Sale at Holiday Bazaar
* SADD Semi Formal
* Ghost Day
* Mock Accident
* SADD Limo Raffle for Senior Prom
* SADD basket at Senior Prom
- To promote the student's growth in orchestral music
- To cover music of different periods and styles to include: Baroque, classical, romantic and modern
- To bring pride to Westford Academy through the orchestral program
Orchestra membership is open to all students at Westford Academy with the dedication and enthusiasm to further the orchestral music education. Grade eight students that show outstanding ability will also be invited to participate.
Our after-school rehearsals are a direct outgrowth of the regular scheduled academic day classes - student contact and participation will attain a high level. Rehearsals will be held a minimum of one afternoon per week in the auditorium music suite.
The culminating activities of orchestra include periodic school performances, performances in the outreach community, performances at the state level, and international performances bringing positive acclaim to both students and Westford Academy.
WA LITERACY OUTREACH
- To use the knowledge WA students have to reach out to others
- To experience firsthand and learn about what people from other parts of the world endure
The Literacy Outreach is open to all students at WA who are interested.
Those who want to try out the program once to see what it is like are welcome. It is not at all mandatory to tutor every week, however continuous participation is encouraged.
Meet on Thursday (weekly) 4 - 5:30 pm in Lowell. The tutoring begins at 4 and concludes around 5:30. Carpools and rides can be worked out if interested. Please contact Ms. Amy Bailey for more information
WA FRIENDS (FORMERLY BEST BUDDIES)
WHAT IS BEST BUDDIES? The purpose of Best Buddies at Westford Academy is to create one on one friendships between teens with intellectual disabilities and their classmates without disabilities. Activities are planned each month to provide students with an organized group outing (game day, Halloween party, movie night, bowling etc) Students will also contact their buddies for informal monthly outings or just a phone call to chat about the day‚Äôs events.
- To create long lasting friendships that enriches the lives of all participants.
- To provide special education students with positive peer relationships.
- For High School students (Peer Buddies) to support and model acceptance of individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities within the school community.
Membership is open to all students in good standing.
At Westford Academy, we have many opportunities available to the student body as far as getting involved in community service. Make sure to be watching the morning announcements on a regular basis, as this is where we advertise for the majority of our service opportunities.
We have several long term opportunities, and if you want to get involved, feel free to email the advisors.
MIDDLE SCHOOL MENTORS: Students in this program work closely with the Middle School guidance Counselors and mentor middle school students who are in need of social and academic support
GHOSTS AND GOBLINS: Westford Academy students will interact with elementary students in a mentioning role in this exciting program that meets weekly. WA "Ghosts" will design meaningful activities for the students and help them with homework and meeting new friends.
CAM CREW: Students who assist in this program will work regularly with the Cameron Senior Center in Westford. Whether it is spending time with a senior citizen, raking their yard, or just chatting, Cam Crew provides an important service to our community.
WABC - BROADCAST/COMMUNICATIONS CLUB
- To serve as a provider of communication to the WA community through mornign TV access
- To accentuate the communication skills of students through live presentations
- To build skills of professionalism relative to the field of communications
- Provide students with skills necessary in the field of Audio/Visual technology
Any student who has an interest in broadcasting, journalism as a career goal. Any student who wishes to strengthen their communication skills. Student must abide by and sign WA's Broadcast Communication Code of Conduct.
Morning broadcast begins at 8:25 AM
Monthly meetings take place to organize on camera line up.
WESTFORD ACADEMY THEATER ARTS (WATA)
- To produce quality theater that will provoke thought, discourse and growth in its participants and audiences
- To provide competitive, educational experiences for students interested in theater production and its related industries (film, television, radio, advertising & design)
- To cultivate a positive, cooperative environment where both team and individual achievement is emphasized.
- To challenge students to create, collaborate, listen and learn
- To give students responsibilities wherein they can develop a sense of self worth and truly understand the importance of their role in the success of the whole
- To provide a venue where students are recognized for their creativity and hard work by their peers, school and community
WATA is not a club. It is a production company whose school calendar year is divided into three seasons. In each season there is one "mainstage" production which offers unlimited opportunities to students as performers, designers and technicians. Your Membership is defined by you, based on your interests, your level of interest and your availability. It is possible to find a position for which your commitment is as little as one hour a week or one as gret as thirty! You can be a member of one production or a member of all the productions.
All performance roles are cast through the audition process. Students are asked to perform a memorized two-minute monologue at the initial audition. Those students whom the director feels he/she can use will be "called back" for a second audition. Students interested in a designer or technical role should see the Artistic Director for an application. Any student whose contribution totals seventy-five hours or more during one season earns their Varsity Letter in Theater Arts. Membership is open to all Westford Academy students.
All members of the cast and crew of each production will sign a contract that details the expectations respective to their individual role.