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A message from our Challenge Success Parent Representatives
Dear Parents,

We would like to wrap up 2017 with an invitation to an evening event on January 16, 2018. If you haven't heard of Challenge Success and even if you have heard of Challenge Success save this one date and come to hear what's it's all about.  First some vocabulary for the new-year. From the Free Dictionary's definitions here:

Challenge: to confront or struggle with something as a test of one's abilities. Sure, there is a leaning towards “defiance” and “dare,” but those are necessary passions of engagement when undertaking a challenge.
Success: This definition holds an interesting dichotomy. The first is the achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted. The second is the gaining of fame or prosperity.
Balance: A harmonious or satisfying arrangement or proportion of parts or elements.

What happens when you combine these meanings around our educational system? Come and find out on Tuesday, January 16th in the PAC at 6:30 PM when Jon Kleiman comes to present on, The Well-balanced Student.

How do you define success?

Everyone moves to our town because we're one of the top high schools in the country. You know the acronyms for GPAs, MCAS, ACT, BC, MIT, UMASS, and of course, FAFSA. But have you read the fine print? Do you understand the price you are paying for this so-called success? Do you know how many of our kids were hospitalized in the first month of this school year? We can tell you it was a double-digit number.~~~

        How do you define achievement?

In 2007, ten years ago, Stanford University hosted a gathering of experts in child and adolescent well-being to search for a way out of this labyrinth of increasingly concerning behaviors and consequences resulting from increasingly high stakes academics. Challenge Success emerged. But it's not just an idea, it's a plan for collaboration and action between teams of parents, students, teachers and administrators. Challenge Success works to create new vitality and balanced, healthy standards within the rigorous programs.

None of us are using the same cell phone we used ten years ago -- so why not upgrade our academics to meet the research for healthy, well balanced, well prepared students entering post secondary years? And while we're at it, why not engender a community that truly celebrates every student on their individual path to achievement?

        How do you define balance?

There is a lot of ground to cover. And we all need to do our homework to understand the facts. That's your assignment for January 16th. Check out the Challenge Success website and do your research. Come with questions. Come with passion for our kidsí education ñ not just middle school and high school or even college. We are all lifelong learners and Challenge Success prepares our kids for that marathon. It may defy or dare your concepts in the beginning. You will feel off balance at first and probably struggle and confront your ability to be open to new ideas. Letís challenge ourselves to achieve a healthy balance in an environment that meets everyoneís definition of success.

Hope to see you on January 16th!

The parents from WA Challenge Success Team
Pamela Tricca, Stephanie Granger, and Gary Cutbill

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

Westford Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or homelessness.