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Friday, March 23, 2018
Good afternoon,

WA'S Got Talent- in Memory of classmate Rajiv Paluri
Come see our WA students perform in WA's Got Talent on Friday, March 23 at 6:00 PM.  Presented by the Class of 2019.  All are welcome! Tickets will be sold in the cafeteria during lunches for $5 each or at the door for $7.   Please join us tonight for some entrertainment!

Reminder- SAT Make-up exam tomorrow- Saturday, March 24, 2018- Best of luck to our students.

Reminder that MCAS testing begins next week for sophomores.


From the Guidance Department:
Last week and 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.

Juniors and Junior Parents -
Junior Parent Meetings have begun! The entire guidance department is looking forward to working with you and your child as he/she begins the college process. Prior to scheduling the meeting, students are required to complete the following:

  • Junior Questionnaire: Each counselor emailed out an individual link for their students on their caseload. We ask that students are detailed, providing us with as much information as possible for each question. If more information is needed, the questionnaire will be returned to the student, asking them to expand upon their responses.
  • Resume: Please have your child share their resume with their counselor via Google Docs. A sample resume and other resources can be found on the WA Guidance website under the College Planning tab.
  • College Search: On Naviance, students should complete a college search on Naviance and save it. An instructional video is available on the WA Guidance website and the Naviance homepage.
        Add colleges to “Colleges I'm Thinking About” list in Naviance

Once these tasks are complete, please have your child reach out to his/her guidance counselor to schedule the meeting.

As a reminder, Guidance Department updates can be found regularly on the WA Guidance Blog ( Please sign up to receive emails when the blog is updated using the "Follow by Email" box on the right side.

Reminder: Please sign up to receive text updates from Remind. Text 81010 and use the appropriate code for your class, which can be found below.
Class of 2018: @wa18
Class of 2019: @wa19
Class of 2020: @waghost20
Class of 2021: @wa21

Capstone News
If your son/daughter has received an email approving his/her Capstone, we ask that you keep the following mandatory dates on the family calendar: April 6th, 8:15 AM-10:30 AM - Capstone orientation meeting (students must attend any AP classes after the meeting that day. If a student does not have an AP class, he/she is done for the day) May 21st and May 22nd, 8-10AM, 12-2:00 PM - Seniors will be assigned to one time slot on one day for the presentation. Please keep both dates and all times open until your child has received his/her specific time assignment. May 30th - Capstone Exhibition: 10-12:00.

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.

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

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

Have a great weekend.  Jim Antonelli

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

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