In the spirit of our Challenge Success Program, students have the right to feel safe and secure within our schools. We would like to reach out to you because of the recent rise in racist comments and actions in our nation and school community. Westford Academy prioritizes safety in order to encourage students to share their thoughts and beliefs, and we would like to affirm that minority students are protected here. Any behavior/gesture/comment/symbol that targets students based on their race, gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, or personal identity is against the student handbook, and will not be tolerated at Westford Academy.
If your child has been exposed to such comments, or has made such comments to other students, please talk with them about it. We also suggest that you take the time to reflect on the impact of words, gestures, and symbols that have negative historical significance because they have targeted people based on their identity. Above all else, Westford Academy is a place of kindness and acceptance, and we would like to work with you to ensure that all students feel safe and free to think and speak here.
Please be reassured that the Administrators, Guidance Department and faculty at Westford Academy would respond to any safety issues with a sense of urgency, seriousness, empathy, problem solving and parent communication. We are working to learn and grow in this matter as a community, and several actions will be taken throughout the school year to develop a safer Westford Academy community.
Next week the K-12 Administrators will receive a full-day of anti-bias training facilitated by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as a step towards helping our educational leaders to better respond to and prevent these kinds of incidents, while cultivating an environment where diversity is supported and valued.
Thank you for your time, and please contact us with any questions or concerns.
The Westford Academy Administration
SAVE THE DATE- Tuesday, January 16, 2018 for a CHALLENGE SUCCESS evening presentation~ 6:30-8:00 in the Westford Academy Performing Arts Center. More information to follow.
From the Guidance Department:
Earlier this week the Guidance Department hosted the Career Exploration Breakfast for the entire junior and sophomore classes - 875 students! We want to thank the 55 career speakers for spending their valuable time with our students!
LAST NIGHT 2018:
WA Last Night 2018 is the all-night, substance-free celebration for our Westford Academy graduating seniors, which will be held on Friday, June 1st 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: www.walastnight.org
Donations to support Last Night can be made online at www.walastnight.org/donate or please send your contribution to: WA Last Night 2017, PO Box 4079, Westford, MA 01886. All gifts are tax-deductible. It's a great time to make a donation to take advantage of the tax break!
Last Night Needs Volunteers! Help is always needed at the event, but you can also volunteer before the event. To volunteer in any capacity, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy McKeen at email@example.com.
Have a great weekend. Break out the shovels and gas up the snowblower! Jim Antonelli