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Friday, September 29, 2017
Good afternoon,

Final reminder: Back to School Event is scheduled for Thursday, October 5, 2017.  It is  NO SCHOOL DAY for students.  Please see the link below for details.

Parent Back-To-School Event:

School Picture Day Volunteers:  Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help us out next week!

Wednesday 10/4/2017

7:00 AM-10:00 AM
Savitha Rajiv
Mary O'Connell
Anna Ward
Donna Ricko

11:00 AM -2:00 PM
Kathy Lynch
Krista Costa
Huiling Li
Jen Wizst

Daniel Twomey
Dean of Students
Westford Academy


3rd Annual Rajiv Paluri International Night:

Many of you may remember three years ago when a young boy from the Blanchard Middle School, named Rajiv Paluri was tragically killed in a skiing accident at the Nashoba Ski Area.  To honor his memory we are hosted a half time presentation with a moment of silence at the football game on October 21st and on November 4th we are hosting the Third Annual Rajiv Paluri International Night.  Rajiv loved many things besides his family; three of his joys were football, the fall, and different types of foods.  In honor of his memory we are hoping you will support these events.

If you are to willing to drop of soda, water, or snack items, please email Mrs. Hilary Langille with your donation items. Store bought food items cookies, chips, cheese and crackers or perhaps cut up fruit would be great.  We would ask you to drop off your meal at 4:30 PM on Saturday, November 4, 2017 by the cafeteria doors.  Looking at the high school, right side, by the granite blocks.

Many local restaurants will be supplying some main dishes for the event and there will be plenty of PIZZA for the young ones.

We would love for you to then come back to join us a 5:30 mingle with Rajiv's family.  THE EVENT is also a THROWBACK TEEN CENTER for students.  All kinds of activities for the student body.

Donations of $5 per person will be accepted at the door and will be supporting the Rajiv Paluri Memorial Foundation.  

Please email with your donation item.

The DECA Student/Parent Information Nights were a great success on Tuesday & Wednesday. Congratulations to all of the new members! The deadline for membership signup is the end of October. If your WA student is interested, please contact the club's Advisor, John Rogers, at: 

MassDOT High School Video contest
Congratulations to Westford Academy sophomores Paige Hoague and Shelly Singhal and their teacher, Brandon Eang on being selected as 2nd place winners in the Freshman/Sophomore category of the MassDOT High School Video contest.  Their selection was one of 67 entries, and was selected for its efforts to improve safe driving, biking and walking.  Their award was presented yesterday at the Moving Together 2017 Conference at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston by Stephanie Pollack, Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
Andrea Mejia
K-12 Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Coordinator
Westford Public Schools
Twitter:  @andrea_mejia3

News from the Guidance Department:
This week, Guidance Counselors met with ninth grade students in small groups during PE and Health. In the small group meetings, the students were introduced to Naviance, the software program that is utilized for career exploration and college admissions planning, as well as different resources available on the WA Guidance website. Students were also encouraged to sign up for Remind and the WA Guidance blog, two methods that are used for regular communication. For any students who have not met with their Guidance Counselor, meetings will be scheduled in the next few weeks. Timelines for each grade have been updated for the 2017-2018 school year. The timelines can be found on the WA Guidance website. From the homepage, scroll towards the bottom, and each timeline has a separate link on the left side. As a reminder, Guidance Department updates can be found regularly on the WA Guidance Blog ( Please sign up to receive emails when the blog is updated using the "Follow by Email" box on the right side. Reminder: Please sign up to receive text updates from Remind. Text 81010 and use the appropriate code for your class, which can be found below.
Class of 2018: @wa18
Class of 2019: @wa19
Class of 2020: @waghost20
Class of 2021: @wa21

Have a great weekend.  Jim Antonelli

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

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