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Westford Academy Activities and Clubs
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                                        WESTFORD ACADEMY CLUBS:

3D PRINTING CLUB
ADVISOR(S): David Beningson, Science Dept

MEETS:  Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 in Room 219

Goal(2):

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ANIME CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Kristen Stamp & Sharon Kosteva

MEETS:  Thursdays 2:00-3:00 in Room 2440

GOAL(S):  To have Fun

MEMBERSHIP:  Anyone interested

ACTIVITIES:  Movies, Drawing, Video Games, Manga, Conventions, and eveyrthing related to Anime



ART CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Ms. Cook & Ms. Fitzsimmons, Art Department

MEETS: Wednesday 2:05-3:00 in Room 115

GOAL(S):
To offer students an opportunity to be creative by working in a variety of artist media.

MEMBERSHIP: Anyone that loves art.

ACTIVITIES: Painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking and field trip to New York City



ASTRONOMY CLUB
Advisor(s): Mr. Logsdon, Science Department

MEETS: Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm  in Room 220

GOAL(S):

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BAKING CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Mrs. Adams, WA Cafeteria Staff

MEETS: Once a month on Thursdays 2:00 - 3:00, in Cafe

GOAL(S):

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B.A.R.C (Beyond Animal Rights Club)
ADVISOR(S): Kathe Paquette, Digital Learning

MEETS:  Thursday (every other)  2:00-3:00 in MacLab

Goal(2):

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BOLLYWOOD DANCE CLUB
ADVISOR(S):  Lauren Coffey, Wellness Department

MEETS: Thursdays 2:00-3:00 in Room 105

GOAL(S):
  • Learn and practice bollywood dance techniques
  • Provide opportunities to practice and perform
  • Learn about Indian culture and food
MEMBERSHIP: All students interested in dance.

ACTIVITIES: Learning and practicing bollywood dance.



BOOK CLUB
ADVISOR(S):

MEETS: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 (Every other) in the Library

GOAL(S):
  • 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 high interest titles and genres.
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all students in good academic standing.

ACTIVITIES:   The W.A. Book Club meets monthly for an interesting discussion about a book we have all read.  Students and Mrs. Harde 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.


CHORUS/WAcappella
ADVISOR(S): Ms. St. George, Music Department

MEETS:  Tuesdays from 2:00-3:00pm in Room 100

GOAL(S):
  • 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
  • To perform a cappella music from a wide variety of cultural styles and historical periods as recommended by the students involved.
  • To perform for a variety of audiences including parents, friends, and other schools.

MEMBERSHIP: 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.  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.

Any singer interested in singing with an a cappella group is welcome to audition in December.  Members may combine with the Honors Choir and Concert Choir classes to form a larger ensemble. This group is hard-working with an ultimately fun performance goal.  We will perform at school concerts and other opportunities may arise.


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CIRRUS
ADVISOR(S): Ms. Maureen Casey

MEETS: Tuesday (Room 110) and Thursdays (Room 112) 2:00-3:00

GOAL(S):
  • Bonding
  • Experience the outdoors
  • Experience a variety of personal challenges
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all Westford Academy students

ACTIVITIES: Scheduled meetings, plus a five-day hike, four-day backpacking trip, rock climbing and repelling  trips, a night hike, a wilderness survival simulation,  a two and a half day solo.  and other challenge-by-choice activities.  Student leadership and
Student instructor opportunities available.



COLORGUARD
ADVISOR(S): irl@aol.com , outside advisor

MEETS:

GOAL(S):
  •   To perform at all Marching Band performances, including football halftimes and spring parades
  •   To perform flag routines that will correspond to Marching Band music
MEMBERSHIP: Students interested in twirling baton, flag or in the "rifle" squad may join. All technique will be taught from the beginning.

ACTIVITIES: 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
ADVISOR(S): Mrs. Porter, Social Studies Department, Mr. Roman, Math Department

MEETS: Every other Thursday 2:00-3:00 in Room 204

GOAL(S):
  •    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
MEMBERSHIP: This activity is open to all Westford Academy students, parents, and other members of the Westford Community

ACTIVITIES: 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.



DANCE CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Leah Bloch, Guidance Counselor

MEETS:  Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 in Room 105

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DECA
ADVISOR(S): Mr. Gagne  & Mr. Rogers, Business/DECA

MEETS: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 2:00-3:00 in Room 201

GOAL(S):
  •    To better prepare students for marketing/management careers
  •    To encourage leadership
  •    To develop personal and presentation skills
MEMBERSHIP: 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 a business/computer class in order to be an active member.

ACTIVITIES: There are opportunities to compete individually, or in a team for role-play events. There are also several written events with a presentation component.







ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Libby Porter,  Social Studies Department

MEETS:

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ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Rebecca Ingerslev, English Department, & Maria Henderson, PE-Wellness

MEETS: Wednesdays 2:10-2:55 in Room 105

GOALS:
  • 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 demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have developed through statewide competition
MEMBERSHIP: Any Westford Academy student is welcome; students must pay the activity fee (for any activity) in order to participate.  

ACTIVITIES: Public services campaigns on environmental issues, UpCycling monthly, Summer Reading Recycling Initiative.




FASHION CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Kelly Fitzsimmons, Art Club

MEETS: Every other Tuesday 2:00 - 3:00 in Room 115

GOALS:

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FENCING CLUB
ADVISOR(S): [Link]Javier Echavarri

MEETS:Wednesday 2:00-3:00 in the Lower Cafe

GOAL(S):

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FRENCH CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Mrs. Lackner, World Languages Department

MEETS:  Thursday 2:00-3:00 (3rd of each month) in Room 131

GOAL(S):
  •   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: Membership in the French Club is open to all French students at Westford Academy.

ACTIVITIES:  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.
A regular activity is to watch French films and sample different kinds of French food.



FUTURE EDUCATORS OF AMERICA
ADVISOR(S):Chris Brown, Science Dept.

MEETS: Mondays & Tuesdays 2:00-3:00pm, Robinson - Please see Advisor for more information

GOAL(S):
  •   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
MEMBERSHIP: 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.

ACTIVITIES: 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.




GAME CLUB

ADVISOR(S): Mr. Geary, Math Department

MEETS: Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 in Room 222

GOAL(S): To experience the fun and adventure of role-playing with friends new and old. 

MEMBERSHIP: Whether you’re a new gamer or a seasoned, battle worn veteran you’ll find a role playing game arena that is right for you.

ACTIVITIES: Many will play Dungeons and Dragons and new players are always welcome, or bring your favorite game and make new friends. Strategy and board games, like Cataan, Risk and Munchkin will be also made available.



GSA GENDER & SEXUALITY ALLIANCE
ADVISOR(S): Laine Winokur, Social Studies Dept.

MEETS: Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 in Room 150

GOAL(S):
   * 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: 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.

ACTIVITIES:The GSA provides awareness activities for the school during Gay History Month, sponsors school-wide assemblies and educational exhibits, visits conferences, co-teaches in 9th grade Health classes, carries out the "Day of Silence", attends safe schools networking meetings with other GSA's, and participates in the annual Gay and Straight Youth Pride March.  




GERMAN CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Ms. Gillett, Foreign Language Department

MEETS: Every other Thursdays 2:00-3:00 in Room 129

GOAL(S):
   * 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

MEMBERSHIP: Open to all students taking German

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GHOSTWRITER (Student Newspaper)
ADVISOR(S):Ms. FondenEnglish Department and Jack Holbrook, English Dept.

MEETS: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 in Lab 250

GOAL(S):

  •     To familiarize students with all aspects of newspaper production
  •     To provide a voice for members of the W.A. community
MEMBERSHIP: Ghostwriter membership is open to all Westford Academy students in good standing. During the course of the year, Ghostwriter produces two issues of the newspaper and regularly publishes online.

ACTIVITIES: To be an active participant in Ghostwriter, students must submit at least four articles.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Students wishing to submit articles should include both a paper and disk copy, and turn them in to Ms. Fonden or Ms. Kucaj.

WEBSITE:
waghostwriter.com


GOLF CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Betsy Murphy, Dean of Students

MEETS: Mondays, Butter Brook, Westford

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HIGH SCHOOL QUIZ SHOW
ADVISOR(S): Mr. Welch, Foreign Language Department

MEETS: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 in room 112

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HOPE (Formerly Relay for Life)
ADVISOR(S):  Scott St. Denis, World Language Department

MEETS: Tuesdays (every other) 2:00-3:00 in Room 134

GOAL(S)

MEMBERSHIP:

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HOSA -  FUTURE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
ADVISOR(S): Diana Bernstein, Science Department

MEETS: Wednesdays (every other) 2:00-3:00 in Room 223

GOAL(S):
• To encourage students who may be interested in a career in the health care industry.• To improve public speaking and presentation skills• To develop an understanding of current health care issues, environmental concerns, and survival needs of the community, the nation and the world. 

MEMBERSHIP: All students interested in the health care industry.

ACTIVITIES: There is a state competition, and a national competition. During club meetings, we will prepare for the events. There are events in literally every aspect of the health care industry, and they’re all diverse and target different skills. We will post a detailed list of the competitive categories for this year once it is released.




HUMAN RIGHTS CLUB (Formerly Amnesty International)
ADVISOR(S): Mrs. Kavanagh, Social Studies Department

MEETS:  Wednesdays 2:15-3:15 n Room 143

GOAL(S):
  • To make direct appeals on behalf of the victims of human rights violations
  • To enlist the support of others in human rights work, by publicizing and distributing information about human rights issues, and involving in its activities individuals and other community groups and organizations
  • To contribute to the financial support of the movement by fundraising
MEMBERSHIP: 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.

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IMG - INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS GROUP
ADVISOR(S): Mr. Jack Holbrook, English Depatment

MEETS:  Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 in Practice rooms & Band room

GOAL(S): Spread musical awareness throughout WA and teach music to students that want to learn how to play an instrument. Another goal is to provide a stress free environment where students can relax from the stresses of school and socialize. 

MEMBERSHIP:Any WA student interested in learning about music.

ACTIVITIES: Relaxing, instrument practice, socializing, casual performances. 



INTERNATIONAL CLUB
ADVISOR(S) Mr. Welch, Foreign Language Department

MEETS: Wednesdays (alternating) 2:00-3:00 in Room 112

GOAL(S):
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.
MEMBERSHIP: This club is not only open to Foreign Languages students. We want anyone who is interested in thinking globally.

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JAZZ BAND
ADVISOR(S): Mr. Arsenault, Music Department

MEETS: SEE ADVISOR 6:00-9:00 PM in the Band room

GOAL(S):
  • 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
MEMBERSHIP: 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.

ACTIVITIES: 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.



JSA -  Junior State of America  
ADVISOR(S): Mrs. Porter, Social Studies Department

MEETS: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 in Room 150

GOAL(S):
• Cultivate leadership skills/qualities
• Challenge one another to think critically
• Develop debate skills
• Gain awareness of current events and political issues

MEMBERSHIP: All students interested in leadership, debate, democracy, political issues, and/or current events.

ACTIVITIES: During the year, students are given the opportunity to participate in conventions held in various places around New England and a convention held in Washington D.C. During meetings, we will discuss important topics pertaining to current events and political issues. We will also prepare for conventions and conferences.



KNITTING CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Mrs. Bjorkman, Foreign Language Department

MEETS:  Tuesday (Every other) 2:00-3:00 in Room 130

GOAL(S): Knit together with other people who already knit or are interested in learning about  it.

MEMBERSHIP: Any student or staff memeber who knits, wants to learn, or just wants to drop in to see what it's all about.

ACTIVITIES: Bring a current project if you have one on the needles. If you've never knit but want to learn, we'll show you- just come!



LATIN CLUB - JUNIOR CLASSICAL LEAGUE
ADVISOR(S): Mr. Vincze, Foreign Language Department

MEETS: Every other Wednesday 2:00-3:00 in Room 132

GOAL(S):
  • To promote and celebrate the study of Latin and classical civilizations
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all students currently enrolled in Latin

ACTIVITIES:  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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONActive 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)
ADVISOR(S): Mr. Mahoney, English Department

MEETS: Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 in Room 243

GOAL(S):
  • To promote publication of the Westford Community
  • To celebrate and showcase the creative side of Westford Academy students and faculty
MEMBERSHIP: 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.

ACTIVITIES:  Beyond Words meets once a week after school. All members have the opportunity to take on leadership roles.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 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.



MANDARIN CLUB
ADVISOR(S): [Link]Zhenyan Xue Li, Foreign Language Department

MEETS: Every other  Wednesdays 2:15-3:30 in Room 132

GOAL(S):To promote Chinese language and culture

MEMBERSHIP: Open to akk students, regardless of language ability or backgrounds.

ACTIVITIES:  Attend meetings and participate in activities- especially the Holiday Bazaar. Mandarin lessons, Chinese movies, Mando/Canto-pop, Chinese holiday celebration, Chinese food appreciation, martial arts, Chinese games, arts and crafts and more




MARCHING BAND (INCLUDES COLORGUARD - see above)
ADVISOR(S): Mr. Arsenault , Mrs. St. George, Music Department
                
MEETS: in Band Room  - Contact advisor

GOAL(S):
   * 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

MEMBERSHIP:  Any instrumentalist with playing experience is welcome. All marching techniques will be taught

ACTIVITIES:  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.



MATH TEAM
ADVISOR(S): Mrs. Gartner, Mathematics Department

MEETS: Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 in Room 133

GOAL(S):
  • 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
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all Westford Academy students

ACTIVITIES: 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.




MOCK TRIAL
ADVISOR(S): Chris Gorham, Social Studies Department


MEETS: Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM in Rooms 137, 139, 141, 143, 145, 147, 148


GOAL(S):
  • 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 skills
  • Familiarize students with law-related professions
  • Cultivate team building skills
MEMBERSHIP: Team membership is open to all Westford Academy students.

ACTIVITIES: The team members receive a new criminal or civil case each from the MA Bar ASSOC.
We divide up and try out for roles of lawyer or witness. We get into groups and rehearse these roles to prepare for Mock Trial competitions twice a week.  We run the MOCK TRIAL in real courtrooms against other high school students in MA. During meetings we have fun sharing ideas, practicing law strategies, public speaking, and role playing.
This activity requires commitment and teamwork as we participate in at least three regional competitions. Developing a mock trial case involves hard work, commitment, sensitivity, creativity, and a good sense of humor.




MODEL UNITED NATIONS CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Mr. Martell, Social Studies Department

MEETS: Wednesday 2:00-300 in Room 111

GOAL(S):
  • 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
Encourage international relations

MEMBERSHIP:All members of the Westford Academy community are welcome to join Model UN, though most students come from our Issues in International Relations course. 10-15 students total.

ACTIVITIES: To be a participant, students must complete pre-conference preparation and attend after school sessions to practice parliamentary procedure and bargaining strategies

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:Fall Conference - Harvard Model UN December
Spring Conference - Bentley Model UN May



MUSEUM CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Mr. Norander, Social Studies Department & Jim Bogue

MEETS: Every other Thursday (6:30pm) @ Westford Museum, Every Wednesday 2:00-3:00 in Room 137
GOAL(S):
  • Promote awareness of the town museum
  • Work with museum in staging of exhibits
  • Create a little museum corner in the Westford Academy library
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all Westford Academy students. Currently has about 12 active members. Should enjoy learning about the history of Westford.

ACTIVITIES: 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
ADVISOR(S): Mr. Porter, & Tim Curran,Social Studies Department

MEETS:  Every other Thursday in Room 150

GOAL(S):
  • To support all members of the club in their work towards submitting a paper or project for competition in the National History Day contest.  
  • Develop strong research skills- identify relevant information, use it appropriately and with historic accuracy, prper
  • Develop collaborative skills  

MEMBERSHIP: grades 9-12 WA students who are interested in history and wish to participate in NHD competition.

ACTIVITIES: Meetings both in school and independently that culminate in attendance to the regional NHD competition.  The objective is to submit successful papers/projects that move the competitive process from regional to national level.




NOW (National Organization for Women) CLUB
ADVISOR(S):  Laine Winokur, SS Department, Kyle Kucaj, English Department

MEETS: Every other Tuesday 2:00-3:00 in Room 247

GOAL(S):

MEMBERSHIP:

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OUTING CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Mr. McHugh, Social Studies Department

MEETS: Wednesdays, 2:00-2:30 in Room 147

GOAL(S):
  • Foster togetherness
  • See mountains and culture
  • Act as a follow-up/supplement to Cirrus

MEMBERSHIP: Open to all Westford Academy students

ACTIVITIES: 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.



POLITICAL FORUM
ADVISOR(S): Mr. McHugh, Social Studies Department

MEETS: Wednesdays 2:10-3:00 pm in Room 147

MEMBERSHIP:

ACTIVITIES:



PEP BAND
Advisor : Jacob Galloway

MEETS: Contact Mr. Arsenault if interested in playing during basketball season

GOAL(S):
  • To promote an interest and understanding of basic analog darkroom processes
  • To encourage creative use of skills learned with film cameras and darkroom procedures
MEMBERSHIP: Photography Club is open to all Westford Academy students in good standing.

ACTIVITIES:To be a participant in Photography Club one must have an interest in photography.


PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Ms. Bolotte, Art Department

MEETS: Every other Thursdays 2:00-3:00 in Room 119


GOAL(S):
  • To promote an interest and understanding of basic analog darkroom processes
  • To encourage creative use of skills learned with film cameras and darkroom procedures
MEMBERSHIP: Photography Club is open to all Westford Academy students in good standing.

ACTIVITIES:To be a participant in Photography Club one must have an interest in photography.




PING PONG
ADVISOR(S): Mr. Burns, Science Department

MEETS: Thursday 2:00-3:00 in Lower Cafe


GOAL(S):

MEMBERSHIP:

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PROGRAMMING CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Mrs. Trehan, Mathematics and Computer Science Department

MEETS:  Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 in Room 248 (Meetings are informal and flexible)

GOAL(S):
  • 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: Membership is open to any student interested in computer science and programming

ACTIVITIES:
  • Learning about a variety of topics in computer science
  • Brainstorming solutions to programming problems
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in ACSL ( American Computer Science Leage) which has 4 contests per year held at WA. This contest tests students' knowledge on a variety of computer science topics through a written test and a program that is typed up in any programming language.
  • Students can further choose to participate in additional programming contests at Fitchburg State and WPI.


ROBOTICS CLUB
ADVISOR(S): [Link]Stephanie Enghahl

MEETS: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday - 2:00-5:30pm, Friday 2-6pm in Room 221

GOAL(S):
  • To design, build, and compete with a robot made from Lego / Tetrix parts.  
  • To qualify for the Mass. state final competition

MEMBERSHIP: Robotics club is the equivilant of a sport in its time commitment throughout the year.  YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS WHILE DOING ROBOTICS CLUB.  Sports do limit your participation in robotics during the season.


ACTIVITIES: This club participates in the US FIRST Technology Challenge.  The competition is announced early in September.  We begin right away by brainstorming how we think we should attack the challenge.  We discuss different designs for the robot and choose the best path to achieve those designs.  We spend many hours building and modifying our designs while trying to finish the robot in time for competition.   Our competition season starts in December and runs until March.  State and regional finals begin in April.  The world championships are in May.  




SADD/The PROJECT PURPLE (STUDENTS AGAINST DESTRUCTIVE DECISIONS) (CHRIS HERREN)
ADVISOR(S): Ms. Rybicki  Student Support Services and Melanie Jozokos, Health and Wellness

MEETS: Thursdays 2:00-3:00 ROOM 121
  
GOAL(S):
  • 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
MEMBERSHIP: SADD membership is open to all students in good standing

ACTIVITIES:

   * 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



SCIENCE TEAM/IGEM
ADVISOR(S): Mrs. Manning, Science Department

MEETS: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:05-3:00 in Room 227

GOAL(S):
  • To promote an interest in the sciences
  • To discover new areas of scientific knowledge 
  • Participate in the science competitions

MEMBERSHIP: Open to all interested students in grades 9-12 

ACTIVITIES:
  • Participate in the Science Olympiad, as well as USABO and UNSCO
  • Raise money for at the Holiday Bazaar
  • Do various fun experiments

SCRAPBOOKING
ADVISOR(S): Kelli Harrigan, Student Support Services

MEETS: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 in room 108

GOAL(S):

MEMBERSHIP: Open to all WA students

ACTIVITIES: All are welcome to bring a project you are working on and scrap with your friends.  Or, come and learn different layouts and techniques.


SKI CLUB

MEETS: January & February (After the holiday), Mt. Wachusett

GOAL(S):

MEMBERSHIP:

ACTIVITIES: 6 weeks at Wachusetts Mtn - early Jan - mid February.  



SMASH CLUB (WASC)
ADVISOR(S): Mrs. Trehan, Math Department

MEETS: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 in Room 246

GOALS(S);

MEMBERSHIP

ACTIVITIES:



SPANISH CLUB
ADVISOR(S):  Julie Bostrom , Foreign Language Department

MEETS: Every other Thursday 2:00-3pm - Room 116

GOAL(S):

  • To promote an interest in Hispanic language and culture
  • To provide an opportunity to speak Spanish outside the classroom

MEMBERSHIP:
membership is open to all WA students taking Spanish as well as those who would like to increase their knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world.

ACTIVITIES:
Spanish Club celebrates holidays such as Mexican Independence Day, Día de los Muertos, La Navidad, and Cinco de Mayo.
Other club events include movie nights, restaurant trips, crafts, and trips to local events such as concerts or performances.
The fundraiser for the club is the Holiday Bazaar, which involves preparing and selling Hispanic food and drink items.



SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM
ADVISOR(S):  Scott Cruikshank, SS Dept and

MEETS: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00-3:00 in Rooms 104 & 136

GOAL(S):
  • Improve public speaking skills
  • Teach logical, structured argumentation
  • Develop presentation and communication skills

MEMBERSHIP:
Open to all Westford Academy Students

ACTIVITIES:
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.





TED ED CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Mrs. Lynn Bonakdar, English Department

MEETS: Wednesdays, 1:55 - 3:15

GOAL(S):

MEMBERSHIP:

ACTIVITIES:



UNICYCLE CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Tim Burns & Brian Scanlan, Math Department

MEETS: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 - WA parking lot - Fall/Spring Outside.  Winter in the Cafe

GOAL(S):

MEMBERSHIP:

ACTIVITIES:




WA FRIENDS (Formerly BEST BUDDIES)
ADVISOR(S): Andrew Duquette, Special Education teacher

MEETS: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 - room 125

GOAL(S):
  • 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:
Membership is open to all students in good standing.

ACTIVITIES:
WHAT IS WA FRIENDS? The purpose of WA Friends at Westford Academy is to simply foster friendships amongst students of all ranges of capabilities.  Activities are planned each month by students which are intended to engage members in both large, and sometimes small, group settings.  Some examples of the types of activities range from outdoor hikes, food drives, games and celebrations, and the yearly fall tailgate party.  




WA QUIDDITCH
ADVISOR(S): Mr. Norander, Social Studies Department

MEETS: Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 Robinson Field (in the winter it will be every other Tuesday)

GOAL(S)

MEMBERSHIP:

ACTIVITIES:


WABC - BROADCAST/COMMUNICATIONS CLUB
ADVISOR(S): Mr. Mark Miller, AV Technician

MEETS: Monday-Friday 7:00-7:35 In the Library studio

GOAL(S):
  • 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
MEMBERSHIP:
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.


ACTIVITIES:
Morning broadcast begins at 8:25 AM
Monthly meetings take place to organize on camera line up.




WAELO (WA LITERACY OUTREACH)
ADVISOR(S): Ms Amy Bailey, ELL Teacher

MEETS: Wednesday (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

GOAL(S):
  • 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
MEMBERSHIP:
he Literacy Outreach is open to all students at WA who are interested.

ACTIVITIES:
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.



WESTFORD ACADEMY THEATER ARTS (WATA)
ADVISOR(S): Michael Towers, Fine Arts Department

MEETS: Contact Mr. Towers

GOAL(S):
  • 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
MEMBERSHIP:
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.


ACTIVITIES:
All members of the cast and crew of each production will sign a contract that details the expectations respective to their individual role.




WESTFORD STRINGS - TROUBADOURS
ADVISOR(S): Mr. Culver,  Music Department

MEETS: Fridays 2:00 - 4:00 pm in Room 100

GOAL(S):
This ensemble is focused on learning familiar string literature and performing in Westford and the surrounding communities.


MEMBERSHIP:
 This ensemble is run as a club and students are encouraged, but not required, to be at all rehearsals and performances. Last years some students played for 1/2 year on account of other time commitments.  We are in the process of setting performance dates.  Check back at our Troubadour website for more information:  https://sites.google.com/site/wstrorch/

ACTIVITIES:
The Troubadours have performed at the WPS december Mentor/Mentee gathering, the FAME dinner dance in April, the Miller library dedication, the WPS June Mentor/Mentee gathering, Westford Academy WACapella night and the Day school strings concert (Participants from last year can tell you about the food provided at each venue!)


                                        

WESTFORD ACADEMY ORGANIZATIONS (versus a CLUB):


NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
ADVISOR(S): Stephanie Gosselin, ITS and Mike Parent, Dean

MEETS:
Last Tuesday of the month 2:15-3:00 in Library
Last Wednesday of the month 2:15-3:00 in the PAC

GOAL(S):
  • To recognize students who excel in scholarship, leadership, service, and character
  • To encourage students to assist others
  • To encourage students to lead by example

MEMBERSHIP:
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.

ACTIVITIES:
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.





PEER COUNSELING
ADVISOR(S): Ms. Hider, Ms. Lynch, Guidance Department

MEETS: As scheduled by Advisors

GOAL(S):
  • 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.

MEMBERSHIP:
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.

ACTIVITIES:
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 INFORMATION:
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.


STUDENT COUNCIL
ADVISOR(S):  Jennifer Ganley, Foreign Language

MEETS:
Thursday 6:50-7:25 AM

GOAL(S):
  • 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

MEMBERSHIP:
A total of 24 students plus Student Council members at large (varies)


ACTIVITIES:
Each class elects six student representatives to Student Council.  Those who run, but are not elected may petition the elected Student Council members for Student Council Member at Large status. The members of Student Council then elect an Executive Board (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Student Council sponsors many events throughout the year including:
Spirit Week, Spirit Rally, Powder Puff football game, Canned Food Drive, Elections, Holiday Bazaar, Secret Admirer’s Day, Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, Community Service


WA PRIDE - Community Service Organization

MEETS: Meets as announced.

GOAL: Connecting students to volunteer opportunities.

MEMBERSHIP: Open to all Westford Academy students. Please join to receive volunteer opportunities via email. Sign up at the activities fair, come to a meeting as announced on WABC, or email the advisors.

ACTIVITIES: Check out the “Community Service (WA Pride)”  webpage under “Students” for an extensive list of specific volunteer opportunities.
On-going Opportunities:
  • Ghosts and Goblins: Westford Academy students mentor or tutor elementary school students after school at the Crisafulli or Abbot School. WA students have meaningful interactions with the elementary students, such as designing activities, helping them with homework, and meeting new friends. Students must be able to commit 1 day per week for the entirety of the school year.
  • Book Buddies: Westford Academy students read books and stories to children from kindergarten to second grade. The children love to see high school students come  visit them!
  • Cam Crew: Students spend time working with the Cameron Senior Center or assist senior citizens in Westford by raking their yards or shoveling snow.
  • UNICEF: Various fundraising activities to benefit UNICEF.
New community service opportunities are consistently coming to our attention throughout the school year, so keep checking the WA Pride website.








        

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