Westford Academy earned accreditation status by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in Oct, 2009. We are now preparing to go through this process using the new 2020 NEASC Standards. A Steering Committee and Self-Reflection Committee will oversee the accreditation process, which is much less prescribed with the new standards. Part of the process is to gather information from all stakeholders in the school community including parents, students and the faculty. Below I am including a link to a survey in which NEASC requires that 25% of parents complete. My hope is that a majority of you will take the time to provide your feedback to us so that we may include the results within our self-reflection report.
A few notes from NEASC:
• This is a pilot survey and there are some errors (repeated questions, for example). NEASC apologizes for the error and they are working to fix the problem
• NEASC recommends when you take the survey having your son/daughter by you; it may help you to talk about some of the questions before responding
• Once you start the survey it needs to be completed, you cannot save and go back later
Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey. The W.A. Faculty will complete the survey on Monday and our students will take the survey before the February vacation.
LINK to SURVEY:
INVITATION to the Blanchard and Stony Brook Middle School parents of incoming 9th graders: See link below
Seniors - Graduation Caps & Gowns
Seniors who did not order a cap and gown this week, please pick up the “Instructions For Late Cap & Gown Orders" (available on the counter in the Main Office.) Also, please speak with Mrs. Langille if you have any questions, and please let her know if you will be wearing a sibling's robe so that you can be taken off the "outstanding order list.”
Westford Academy Choirs - VOCAL NIGHT
The Westford Academy Choirs will be presenting a VOCAL NIGHT this Tuesday February 6th at 7:00 PM. The concert will showcase the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Honors Choir, TTB Voices and WAcappella. Featured student acts include Matthew Mantenuto, Madison Wiser, Briana Macbeth, Zoe McCarthy, Nicole Nightingale, Alex Franklin, Cordelia Redmond and Thomas Sanders. The evening is a fundraiser for a future New York/Carnegie Hall trip and a suggested donation is $5 per person at the Performing Arts Center door.
Chinese New Year Celebration at WA
The Chinese Program at Westford Academy is holding a night of entertainment and festivities on February 10 at the Westford Academy cafeteria to celebrate Chinese New Year, the year of the dog. We would like to invite everyone in our community to have an unforgettable evening together. Event highlights include an authentic all-you-can-eat Chinese New Year dinner sponsored by Bamboo restaurant, lion Dance, Dragon Dance, and acrobatics by Chinese Folk Art Workshop Boston. Fantastic performances by Mandarin Program students! Prizes for every guest. Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018. Time: 5:00-8:30 PM. Place: Westford Academy Cafeteria and Performing Art Center. Tickets: $20/Adult, $15/Student, Free/3 years old and under. To purchase tickets, please email Ms. Li at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also purchase tickets from Mandarin Club members: Ethan Thai, Joey Shen, Sophie Zhu, Yun-Tien Chen, Ria Chawla, Ronan O'Connor, Anthony Pappalardo, Grace Yao, Sriharsha Ayyagary, Georgia Shen, Chris Brady and Sam
Big Tobacco Is Sweet Talking Our Kids
In Massachusetts, nearly a quarter of high school students report having used e-cigarettes, and nearly half report having tried them at least once. More high school youth used e-cigarettes than all other tobacco products combined, and they used them nine times more than adults. Vape pens and e-cigarettes are not harmless. They contain nicotine and other harmful chemicals. The tobacco industry makes its products sweet, inexpensive, and easy to get. Parents should talk with their teenagers about vaping and make sure they know it's harmful. Nicotine is addictive and negatively affects brain development and can put young people at increased risk of depression, mood disorders, and future drug addiction. The earlier kids start with nicotine products, the harder it is to quit. Don't know what to say to your kids? Come to a Westford Parent
Connection event, Big Tobacco Is Sweet Talking Our Kids, on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 7:00 PM at the Stony Brook Middle School, 9 Farmer Way, Westford. (Snow date is Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Same time and location.) Diane Knight, RN, is the director of the Northeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership. She will share a wealth of information. Joining her will be Westford Police Detective Geoffrey Pavao, who is the school resource officer (SRO) at Westford Academy, and Ray Peachey, Westford's substance abuse prevention coordinator and member of Westford Against Substance Abuse (WASA). In addition, a Hidden In Plain Sight display will be set up to show parents how kids hide drugs and drug paraphernalia in their bedrooms. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. For more information, check out http://makesmokinghistory.org/tobacco-targets-kids/getoutraged/ or go to the Westford Parent Connection website at http://www.westford.org/wpc/. For all other questions, contact Mary Anne Seraphin at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Westford Academy presents - Peter and the Starcatcher
Westford Academy presents Disney's madcap comedy, Peter and the Starcatcher. Before Wendy… before he was Captain Hook… before a boy was given the name Peter Pan…and before there was a Neverland, there was a Starcatcher Apprentice named Molly, a pirate named Black Stache, and a nameless orphan…and they are about to be thrown together in a perilous (and wildly hilarious) adventure on the high seas. But, of course none of this actually exists, unless you are prepared to use your imagination. Westford Academy Theater Arts is proud to present the highly inventive Peter and the Starcatcher a play by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys - Addams Family) based on the 2004 novel by humorist Dave Barry and suspense writer Ridley Pearson and directed by Luke Jorgensen. In Disney's prequel to Peter Pan
an apprentice starcatcher - 13 year-old Molly Aster - and three orphan boys take to the high seas with a trunk full of magic star stuff while pursued by a boat-load of pirates. Along the way Molly learns what it means to grow-up while a nameless orphan and his friends take up residence on an island where dreams are born and time is never planned - the island where that nameless orphan is becomes Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. Performances are February 2nd & 3rd at 7:00 PM and February 3rd & 4th at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available online at mktix.com/wata and at the Box Office at Westford Academy on Thursdays from 5:00 -7:00 PM and at the door.
Westford Family FunFest Spring Festival 2018
The Westford Family FunFest* invites the public, organizations, businesses and others to participate and visit the 1st annual Spring Festival of wreaths, creative gingerbread and fairy gardens/gnome houses. The festival will be held at the Westford Regency Inn, 219 Littleton Road, Westford from Friday, March 16 to Monday, April 2, 2018. The Westford Regency Atrium, lobby halls and walls will be decorated with Spring/Easter wreaths, creative gingerbread creations and fairy gardens/gnome houses. The FREE opening reception is on Friday, March 16th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the Regency Atrium. Music, light refreshments, viewing and voting on the wreaths, gingerbread creations, fairy gardens/gnome houses and more will be offered.
- Sunday, April 1, 2018, 1O:00 AM - 2:0O PM, Sunday Easter Brunch with Piano
- Special “Senior and Friend's” only lunch/Spring Festival - Monday, March 19, Tuesday, March 20 and Monday, March 26. Times - 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Special menu and cost for Seniors and Friends
- Saturday, March 31, 8:0O AM - 11:3O AM, Breakfast with Easter Bunny including craft area by Westford Girl Scouts. Free Photos with Santa will be offered too (bring your own camera). For Reservations for any of the events - call 978- 692-8200 ext. 520.
Fun 16+ days! Stop by and vote for the most popular wreaths, gingerbread creations, fairy gardens and gnome houses. Bid on selected wreaths, gingerbread creations, fairy gardens and gnome houses to take home after the Festival. Festival silent auction open until 4:00 PM on Monday, April 2nd. Still time to enter an artificial spring wreath, creative gingerbread creations, fairy gardens and gnome houses into the contest. (It can be a fundraiser too.) Visit www.westford.org/funfest for application and more details on all events. Workshops: Check out
information on all workshops that will be offered at the Westford Regency Inn. www.roudenbush.org. Fairy Garden and Gnome House Workshops - visit www.themakerfarm.com for details and registration. Westford Family FunFest Spring Festival 2018 - organized by the Westford Family FunFest* and Westford Regency Inn. Events support many local organizations during the year. This Festival is sponsored by Emerson Hospital/Westford Health Center, Enterprise Bank of Westford, Circle
Health of Westford/Lowell General Hospital, Whole Foods of Westford and others. *The Westford Family FunFest is a Component Fund of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the BIG GAME! Go PATRIOTS! The BLITZ FOR SIX! Jim Antonelli