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Friday, April 7, 2017
Good afternoon,

Well it looks like spring MAY be here to stay.  I sure hope so!  Spring sports are underway and I know everyone is eager to be outside in the good weather.  That said, I would ask parents to remind their son/daughter to dress appropriately for school.  With the warmer weather some students dress more like they are going to the beach instead of the classroom.  There will be plenty of time for the beach this summer.  Any student that is not dressed appropriately may be asked to call home for additional clothing.  It would never be our intent to embarrass a student, so I ask that parents have the conversation this weekend before warmer weather moves in next week.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

In addition, I have received 2-3 phones messages from our neighbors about students using excessive speed around the high school. Whether on Country Rd, Patten Rd. or Hartford Rd. these are thickly settled areas and I would ask parents to remind their son/daughter to follow the posted speed limits.  Again, thank you for your cooperation.

Finally, we are working with an outside organization to review our current traffic pattern,  so you may see individuals in vests taking pictures, counting cars, etc. over the next few weeks.  Nothing will change this year, however we are hoping to make some positive changes for the next school year.  We appreciate your patience.

Good luck to all of our seniors as they being their Capstone Experience.  Thank you to Guidance Counselors, Heidi Hider and Susan Lynch for coordinating the W. A. Internship Program.

Other Announcements:

NOTICE: Parking passes are still required at W.A.  Open parking for the Class of 2018 begins the Monday following graduation.

Graduation Shout-out to Seniors - WA Ghostwriter
The end of your child's high school career is near! We know you have many different ways to commemorate the occasion, but we'd like to offer another possibility. The staff of the student newspaper, The WA Ghostwriter, invites you to purchase a graduation shout-out for your son or daughter.  We publish a printed June edition of the newspaper that is distributed at graduation.  Since it features a list of the graduates' college destinations, it tends to be a hot commodity! We are selling four different shout-out spaces this year. ( Deadline for submitting all materials and payment: April 13, 2017. The Ghostwriter staff will design your shout-out at no additional cost! Photos that work well: senior portraits (that you have a release for), baby pictures, candid's, close up and clear photos. Photos that do not work well: Iphone photos, blurry or unfocused photos. Message example: “We are so proud of you Sam!  We know you will do well in college and succeed at UConn!  We hope you always stay true to yourself and follow your dreams!  Love, Mom and Dad”. Feel free to email me with any questions!
Janet Fonden
English and Journalism Teacher
WA Ghostwriter Adviser

18th Annual FAME Dinner Dance
The 18th Annual FAME Dinner Dance  will take place at the First Parish Church United - Fellowship Hall on Friday, April 7, 2017, 6 - 10 PM. Join us to enjoy an evening of music, conversation, dinner and dancing!  This year's Dinner Dance will feature: Westford Academy Jazz & Dance bands, Westford String Troubadour Ensemble, Members of the Westford Academy Honors Choir, and Westford Chamber Music Ensemble. Tickets are available until April 3, 2017 here and are $55/person or tables for 8 for $440. You may also purchase tickets by calling FAME at 978.496.9296. (All proceeds will directly support our music students, teachers, and programs.) Buffet dinner by Coleman Catering of Groton MA; Appetizers and desserts and cash bar with wine and beer available.  FAME (Friends Advancing Music Education), a non-profit 501(c)3 parent volunteer organization, has been supporting music education at all grade levels of Westford Public Schools since 1983. To learn more about FAME, and to sign up to volunteer (both parents and students) and to provide snacks and drinks for student musicians, please visit our website at

WA Last Night 2017 is the all-night, substance-free celebration for our Westford Academy graduating seniors, which will be held on Friday, June 2nd starting at 10:00 PM. With almost 100% participation, Last Night is a highlight for WA graduates. It takes over 200 volunteers and many, many generous donors to make this evening a success. Parents of all students from K to 12, are encouraged to volunteer. For more information, please see the Last Night website at
  • Donations can be made online at or please send your contribution to: WA Last Night 2017, PO Box 4079, Westford, MA 01886. All gifts are tax-deductible.
  • To volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy McKeen at or come to an upcoming volunteer event to sign up and process your CORI form.  Cindy will be at Panera from 7 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, April 11th and Tuesday, April 25th. You can also sign up before the monthly Last Night meeting in the WA Lecture Hall (Room 144) on Wednesday, May 3rd from 6:45 to 7:00 PM.
  • Attention SENIORS… important Last Night deadlines coming up soon! Registration: Permission slips are due now. Please mail your signed permission slip and contribution to WA Last Night 2017, PO Box 4079, Westford, MA 01886. Forms available at
  • Photo Submissions:  Parent photo submissions (both digital and printed photos) are due Thursday, April 13th. Detailed information is available at
Have a great weekend!  Jim Antonelli

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

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