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Friday, October 20, 2017
Good afternoon,

We just hosted one of the best Westford Academy Spirit Rally's in our school's history!   Fun and spirited competition outside on the fields in the back of our school on a day with "picture perfect weather".  A HUGE thank you to all of our Student Council Members for preparing a great afternoon of excitement and fun.  CONGRATULATIONS to our Senior Class for winning a most of the competitions.  Enjoy the weather this weekend, it looks like it will be spectacular!

A reminder:  All of the opening day presentations and the Back to School Event presentations are posted under PARENTS in the "Principal's Corner".  


WA Guidance Blog
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News from The Guidance Department
This week, the Guidance Counselors visited all ninth grade Health classes to present an adaptation Break Free from Depression, a program developed by Boston Children's Hospital that educates teens about stress and depression. This is an educational program to increase students' knowledge of depression, their confidence in identifying signs and symptoms related to depression, and their ability to access resources. Westford Academy uses this program because we recognize that today's children are at risk for depression. Nearly one million American adolescents suffer from depression each year, and more than 75% of these individuals will not be diagnosed and will not receive treatment. Left untreated, depression can lead to deteriorating school performance, strained relations with peers and adults, high rates of absenteeism, school dropouts, and substance abuse. Our goal is for students to have accurate information on depression, be equipped with tools to readily identify signs and symptoms of depression in adolescents, as well as have the skills to access resources and supports in the school and community. Should you have any questions, please contact your student's Guidance Counselor.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
How to Participate in the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program: All students who have distinguished themselves by making a meaningful difference in their community by volunteering in the past year are invited to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.
To be considered you must:
1. Complete the online application at or
2. Bring the "Certification" printout to Guidance or email it to
by the deadline of Tuesday, November 7, 2018

Westford Academy Soccer hosts Matthew Roberge Scholarship Night - Tuesday October 24th, 6:00 PM at Westford Academy (versus Concord-Carlisle)
On Tuesday, October 24th, the Westford Academy Boy's Varsity Soccer Team invites you to help “fill the stands” in support of the Matthew Roberge Scholarship Fund.  Prior to the start of the game, the team will recognize their senior teammates - members of the Class of 2018.  It seemed a fitting night to also pause to pay tribute to Matt Roberge, a classmate, soccer player and forever member of the Class of 2018.  All gate receipts as well as proceeds from the snack shack will be donated to the Matthew Roberge Scholarship. Matt was a member of the WA Soccer team during his sophomore year at Westford Academy when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. Matt passed away in August of 2016 and is dearly missed by his family, teammates and the entire Westford community.  The first of many scholarships paying tribute to Matt was awarded to members of the Senior Class of 2017.  On this night, the team would like to ask your help to insure that this tradition of honoring Matt continues. We welcome the entire Westford Community in support of Matt and our senior teammates.  Come hungry and enjoy what promises to be a great game versus Concord-Carlisle!

Westford Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Meet & Greet Coffee with Bill Olsen and Courtney Moran, October 25, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM at the Crisafulli School Cafeteria, 13 Robinson Road, Westford. Please join in the Westford SEPAC for a meet and greet with our special guests Everett ("Bill") V. Olsen, Jr. Superintendent and Courtney Moran, Director of Pupil Services. Mr. Olsen and Ms. Moran will speak briefly on Special Education in Westford, including the budgeting process.  Whether your child currently has a Special Education plan (IEP or 504) or not, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the SEPAC, meet the Superintendent and Director of Pupil Services, and hear, firsthand, about Special Education in Westford.  In addition to our special guests, we'll be proposing and voting on changes to the SEPAC bylaws.  Light refreshments will be served.  RSVP not required, but appreciated, so we can ensure adequate seating and refreshments.  Send email to  Please come and bring a friend.

Do You Or Does Someone You Love Suffer From Anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can actually be beneficial in some situations. For some people, however, anxiety can become excessive, and while the person suffering may realize it is excessive, they may also have difficulty controlling it. One in four children between the ages of 13 and 18 are affected by anxiety disorders. Many of those do not seek or receive treatment. Why? Join the Westford Parent Connection for a screening of Angst, a 56-minute film that explores the causes and effects of anxiety and discusses ways to cope with it. Many people do not seek treatment because there is still a stigma attached to mental illness in general. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer – or who have suffered – from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts and suggestions for help and resources. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Sue Hanly, who is a registered nurse (and the school nurse at Stony Brook) and has extensive experience with mental health issues. The screening will be held on Thursday, October 26, at 7:00 PM. at the Stony Brook Middle School, 9 Farmer Way, Westford. Due to the generosity of our sponsors, the event is free and open to the public, and is suitable for parents, guardians, teachers, and students in grades 6-12. For more information about the film, check out For more information about the Westford Parent Connection, go to or contact Mary Anne Seraphin at  

Westford Farmers Market Annual Halloween Dance Jam!
High school students - you’re invited to have some good ole’ fashion fun!!! Join us on October 31st for the Annual Halloween Dance Jam at the Westford Farmers Market!  Led by volunteers and Studio Rhythm.  Win SKI tickets from Nashoba Ski for (2) Best Costume - (2) Best Dancing - (2) Best All around!  No registration required!  Festivities start at 4:15 by the Bandstand. Rain or Shine!

Have  a great weekend!  Jim Antonelli

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