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Friday, March 16, 2018
Good afternoon,

Yet another wild week of weather and two more school cancellations.  With spring just days away I sure hope the weather pattern changes for the better!  At least the days are longer and we are halfway through March!

Unfortunately, we were not able to hold the March Out on Wednesday because of school being canceled.  We do intend to hold a day of reflection and remembrance, at a future date for those lost their lives in Parkland, Florida.  There have been over 300 school shootings since 2012, which is unacceptable.  Schools are supposed to be some of the safest places for our children to be, and yet school violence continues to be a major issue across our country.  I hope that as parents you continue to speak with your son/daughter about "see something, say something" in order for any concerns to be brought forward to the W.A. Administration and/or the Westford Police Department.  We are all in this together!

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, we have planned for a Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Day at Westford Academy.  It is a regular day of school and attendance will be taken, however there will be a variety of guest speakers and activities throughout the day.  It is a wonderful opportunity for the student body to learn about our diverse community.  Once the schedule is confirmed on Monday, I will share the outline for the day with all of you and the student body.  This day was generated by students and the Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Committee and was shared with the Westford School Committee last Monday evening, March 12, 2018.  Following a few questions, the School Committee provided very positive feedback and supported the day.

Westford Challenge Success - Saturday, March 17th, at 10:00 AM- coffee and light breakfast items will be available.  
This Saturday: Westford Challenge Success presents Finding the Right Fit: A Conversation about the College Search. We invite Westford parents and students to join us in the Westford Academy Performing Arts Center this Saturday, March 17th, at 10:00 AM, as we welcome Maria Furtado, Executive Director of Colleges That Change Lives. Colleges That Change Lives is dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process, and Ms. Furtado will share her wisdom on finding a college that is a healthy fit for your student. For more information or to RSVP, please email And don't forget to join the Challenge Success Westford Community Book Club. This spring, we will be reading and discussing Frank Bruni's book Where You Go Is Not Who You Are. There will be three book discussion groups, so pick the date/time that works best for you and sign up online ( There is still room in the first group, which will be next Tuesday, March 20th. The J.V. Fletcher Library will soon be acquiring a number of copies, or you can order your own copy online. Email Pamela Tricca ( for more information.


Students, Parents & Guardians, we are happy to announce that we were able to reschedule the Underclassmen Semi Formal. The new date is Saturday, April 28th, 2018. Same time (7:00 PM -10:00 PM), same place (Westford Academy cafeteria). Over the next several weeks, students may purchase tickets from Mrs. Jozokos in room 121 before and after school. During the week leading up to the dance (April 23 - April 27), tickets will again be on sale at all four lunches. We will be going back to the original price of $10 in advance and $15 at the door. If you have purchased a ticket and cannot go to the dance on this new date, please see Mrs. Jozokos in room 121 as soon as possible for a refund. If you have purchased a ticket and misplaced it, have no fear, we have your name on a list and you will be all set! Please let us know if you have any questions. Mrs. Jozokos & Mrs. Rybicki, SADD & Project Purple Advisors.

Westford Academy Spring Crew Update
We are still in the process of finding/hiring Crew coaches for the upcoming spring season. It doesn't appear we will have a coach in place for the start on Monday, March 19, 2018. However, our efforts to find a coach for this season will not end Monday. We are committed to bringing crew/rowing to Westford Academy for this spring season and future seasons. Westford Academy understands other club teams are starting up and crew athletes need to make decisions. We want all students and parents to know that we will accept students from other clubs both later this spring and/or future seasons. Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we continue the process of hiring coaches. Adam Gagne, Athletic Director

WA Trustee Awards and Community Scholarships
Reminder for all graduating seniors:  The WA Trustee Award and Community Scholarship application process for the Class of 2018 is underway. The firm deadline for submitting all applications will be Tuesday, March 20 at 2:00 PM. Only applications with a submitted timestamp from March 1 to March 20 will be considered. There will be no extensions or exceptions!  Detailed information and instructions for applying are on the WA website, under Guidance, click on the Senior & Trustee Scholarship link.  

Comedy Hypnotist Returns to Westford Academy
Comedy Hypnotist Frank Santos Jr. RETURNS to Westford Academy's Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 6th at 7:00 PM. Tickets for this entertaining, family-friendly show are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, if still available. Proceeds to benefit WA's DECA business club. Don't miss out on the funniest event of the year. It has sold out quickly the past two years! For more details, contact WA business teacher John Rogers at

For Principal's Friday Newsletter
The University of Massachusetts Division of Pediatric Surgery, based at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center in Worcester, is conducting a research study titled “Barriers to Helmet and Protective Equipment Use in Children Participating in Snow Sports” to better understand current helmet-use habits of adolescents who ski or snowboard. 40% of children who have presented to UMass with a skiing or snowboarding injury were not wearing a helmet, and 68% sustained a head injury. The goal of the study is to identify barriers to helmet use and safety when local children and teenagers are enjoying the slopes, as well as identifying risk-taking behaviors while skiing and snowboarding. The Pediatric Surgery research team will ultimately use this information to design future educational programs about winter-sports safety for schools in our local area, including WA. Members of the UMass Department of Pediatric Surgery will come to WA on Tuesday, March 20th to conduct a short 10 minute survey about helmet use and risk-taking behaviors while skiing and snowboarding. It will be supervised in the presence of a school faculty member, is completely confidential, and is approved by the UMass IRB. If your child enjoys skiing or snowboarding, and you are willing to have them participate in this study, please contact Ms. Murphy for an information packet with consent form or Dr. Robert McLoughin at further information about the study.  

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
  • Donations to support Last Night can be made online at 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

Happy St. Patrick's Day weekend!  Jim Antonelli

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