The Westwood Public Schools has a student population of approximately 3,000. The system includes an integrated preschool, five K-5 elementary schools, one middle school for grades 6-8, and one high school for grades 9-12. In addition to a comprehensive academic program, there is an extensive extracurricular program which includes inter and intra-scholastic athletic teams, clubs and student publications. All staff is encouraged to participate in the life of the school outside of the classroom.



Westwood Teacher a True Champion for Autistic Students
Article published in The Westwood Press, May 21, 2019

Seeing the world through the eyes of a child is said to be magical, but seeing the world through the eyes of a child with autism can be nearly impossible. That’s not the case, however, for Westwood Special Education teacher Kelly Fitzgerald who didn’t see herself on the special ed track while a student at Endicott College in Beverly.
 

Martha Jones Talent Show Helps Local Causes
Article published in The Westwood Press, May 1, 2019
 

The Martha Jones School recently held its 10th annual “Talent for a Cause” talent show. This year’s event marked all-time highs in both the number of participating students and the amount of money raised.



Westwood High School Hosts Model UN Conference
Article published in The Westwood Press, May 1, 2019
 

Planning began last June, and now students at Westwood High School have hosted a Model UN Conference.  Over a dozen schools were in attendance for the day-long conference which featured students playing the role of delegates to the United Nations. More than 150 students from schools including Wellesley High School, Xaverian Brothers and Duxbury High School were assigned to six different committees that will focus on major global issues like the crisis in Yemen and climate change.

 

Westwood Historical Society to Hold "1800s School Day"
The Westwood Press, April 2, 2019

The Westwood Historical Society will give every Westwood third-grader the experience of an “1800s School Day.”

Charles Donahue will again oversee this special program in May. As in the past, the Fisher School is transformed into a historic classroom with antique school desks and chairs plus a dunce cap and stool.


Westwood's Longtime METCO Director Sheryl Goodloe to Retire
Westwood Patch, March 29, 2019

Sheryl Goodloe, who has served as Westwood Public School's METCO(Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity) Directorfor over twenty-five years, will retire at the end of this school year. She also serves on the statewide METCO Director's Association Executive Board. A search committee of students, parents, faculty and administrators has narrowed the list of potential applicants down to three: Marika Hamilton, Lateefah Franck, and Jill-Katherine Cannon.
 



WHS Students Bring Chinese New Year to Life for Preschoolers
Article published in The Westwood Press, March 21, 2019
Article published in Hometown Weekly, March 28, 2019

Chinese New Year is celebrated by more than 20 percent of the world’s population. It is the most important holiday in China and to Chinese people all over the globe. Since 2013, Westwood High School students in the Asian Culture Club have created experiences of the holiday for children in the district’s Integrated Preschool. This year, the day of celebration on February 5 was bigger and better than ever, with WHS Early Childhood Development students contributing for the first time.


necn logo4th-Grader Builds Tom Brady Mosaic Out of Rubik's Cubes
necn (New England Cable News), March 21, 2019
 

A Massachusetts fourth-grader has built a mosaic tribute to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady entirely out of Rubik's Cubes.

Maxim Lin's creation, a head and shoulders image of the six-time Super Bowl champion made out of 999 cubes, took about two months to complete and even longer to plan.


Public Is Invited to Westwood High's 25th Annual Encounters with the Arts
Article published in The Westwood Press, March 19, 2019

Westwood High School will be opening its doors to the public for their 25th annual “Encounters with the Arts” event on March 21. The evening provides an opportunity for students to showcase a wide variety of both visual and performing arts for their fellow students, family, and the community as a whole.


Westwood to Expand Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum
Article published in The Westwood Press, March 19, 2019

The Westwood School District has completed a curriculum review in social and emotional learning and is now preparing to hire its first SEL coordinator. The review began in May of last year and included 30 people from varied backgrounds, who brought different perspectives to the process. The end result was a presentation to the school committee last month.


wcvb logo10-Year-Old Creates Rubik's Cube Mosaic of Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady
NewsCenter 5 (WCVB-Ch. 5), March 19, 2019

A 10-year-old from Westwood has created a unique work of art that combined his love for football and Rubik's Cubes.

Maxim Lin made a Rubik's Cube mosaic of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The fourth-grader submitted the mosaic, which took two months to create, as his science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, project.


wfxt news logoFourth Grader Creates Tom Brady Mosaic Out of Rubik's Cubes
Boston 25 News (WFXT-Ch. 25) News, March 17, 2019
 

Maxim Lin, a fourth grader at Sheehan Elementary School in Westwood, MA, has created a Tom Brady mosaic using nothing but Rubik's Cubes. 

Lin, who is a Rubik's Cube master, started the project around Christmas time and it took him over two months to complete. He began planning last summer and used 999 Rubik's Cubes to complete the assignment, which will be showcased at Sheehan's STEM Festival on Wednesday, March 20. 



Westwood High School to Present "Freaky Friday" Musical
Article published in The Westwood Press, March 9, 2019

What child or parent hasn’t wished to trade places with the other for just one day? That universal—if fleeting—thought is the central theme of “Freaky Friday,” this year’s Westwood High School musical running March 14, 15 and 16.

The familiar story was told in the 1976 film with Jodie Foster and the 2003 remake with Lindsay Lohan. Disney developed the musical, which debuted in 2016. It’s a timeless tale that many WHS students can relate to (as can their parents).


WHS' Library to Feature Displays for Women's History Month
Westwood Patch, March 6, 2019

Westwood High School (WHS') Library will feature displays throughout March to celebrate Women's History Month. These displays were partially funded by a grant from WHS' Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)


Encounters with the Arts: Westwood High School Celebrates National Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month, and Theatre in Our Schools Month on Thursday, March 21
Press Release, March 5, 2019
 

We invite you to enjoy our 25th annual “Encounters with the Arts,” an open house of art, theatre, and music which will take place on Thursday, March 21st from 7:00 - 9:00 PM, celebrating arts achievement at Westwood High School.
 


Hometown Weekly logoMarie Maciejko, WHS Students’ ‘Other Mother’
Hometown Weekly, March 1, 2019

When Marie Maciejko (pronounced “ma-cheko”) was growing up in Westwood in the 1950s, a tinny jingle piercing through the humid air in summer would set mouths watering. The ice cream truck was about to turn the corner, and that meant a rambunctious rush to find Papa Joe in his garden.


Westwood Press LogoWestwood Students Finish in Top 10 at Foundation's InvestWrite Competition
The Westwood Press, February 21, 2019

Westwood students Julia Drainville and Grace Meurer finished first and ninth in the elementary school category of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s annual InvestWrite Competition, and were surprised & honored at the Paul Hanlon Elementary School on Feb. 15.


GeoBee Helps Downey Students Learn More than Facts
Article published in The Westwood Press, February 26, 2019
Article published in Hometown Weekly, March 7, 2019

“Iqaluit, which means ‘place of fish,’ is the biggest community on the largest island in the Arctic Archipelago. Name this island.”

That’s a question from last year’s National Geographic GeoBee, an annual competition of fourth through eighth grade students from nearly 10,000 schools across the country. While the ultimate prizes include college scholarships and cash, Downey Elementary School administrators and teachers say the benefits throughout the process are just as important.


WHS holds African-American Read-In
Article published in The Westwood Press, February 26, 2019 
Article published in Hometown Weekly, March 7, 2019

Westwood High School is recognizing Black History Month with a variety of programs including a recent African-American Read-In. The event was modeled after the national AARI which is described as “the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature.” According to the National Council of Teachers of English, it was established in 1990 and has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.


Middle-Schoolers Succeed in Model UN
Article published in The Westwood Press, February 26, 2019 
Article published in Hometown Weekly, March 15, 2019

In a time when so much debate and discussion is taking place on social media platforms, one teacher at Thurston Middle School is working with students to do it differently. Nicholas Akers teaches seventh grade social studies and is the advisor to the middle school’s Model UN. The program is more commonly seen in high schools – including WHS – but in its first year at Thurston, it’s proven to be a success.


Mindfulness Practices Enhance Westwood Elementary Education
Article published in The Westwood Press, January 29, 2019 

Whether you’re a first-grader or a full-grown adult, emotions and distractions can be difficult to manage. So, tools and strategies that help people to concentrate, calm down and center their thoughts can be invaluable. It’s no different in the workplace than in schools, and it is exactly why mindfulness practices are being integrated into every classroom at Deerfield Elementary School.


WHS Holds LGBTQ Alumni Panel for Students and Staff
Article published in Hometown Weekly, February 1, 2019
Article published in The Westwood Press, January 29, 2019

Westwood High School recently hosted a number of alumni on an LGBTQ panel as part of its Courageous Conversations program in which students and staff work together to identify topics that should be discussed.


Hanlon School Celebrates Creativity
Article published in Hometown Weekly, February 15, 2019
Article published in The Westwood Press, January 29, 2019 

Sometimes a squiggly line is more than a squiggly line; sometimes it can be whatever you want it to be. At least that’s the lesson that students at the Hanlon Elementary School learned during a recent event led by Hanlon first graders in celebration of International Creativity Month.


Author Webcast at Downey School Spreads Inspiration to Thousands
Article published in Hometown Weekly, January 24, 2019
Article published in The Westwood Press, December 24, 2018 

Teaching children to be inclusive and compassionate is an ongoing mission in the Westwood Public Schools. When educators at the Downey School had the chance to make those principles resonate with the help of technology, a picture book and a dog, they seized the opportunity.
 


The Drive of Judy Brown
Hometown Weekly, January 9, 2019

In 1975, Brown was starting her eighth year driving a bus for the Westwood Public Schools, and at the time, her route was the Martha Jones Elementary and Thurston Middle schools.


Westwood Sophomores Clean-Up for the Greater Good
Article published in Hometown Weekly, January 9, 2019
Article published in The Westwood Press, December 24, 2018 

A number of Westwood High students, teachers, and staff took part in a project last month to clean-up the yards of some local senior citizens. The effort, spearheaded by the sophomore class, is part of a multi-year effort to help the community. The Class of ’21 first conceived and of the project as freshmen and wanted to continue it into this school year. After an initial date was snowed out, about 20 students gathered with teachers and staff on November 29 to clean-up three local yards.


Courageous Conversations Punctuate Westwood Schools Professional Development Day
Article published in Hometown Weekly, January 4, 2019
Article published in The Westwood Press, December 24, 2018 

During an extraordinary professional development day for Westwood teachers and staff, six students took to the stage of Westwood High School’s auditorium to talk openly about their perceptions of being students of color in a majority-white school district. Their appearance highlighted a day-long examination into race, which was guided by civil rights leader David Johns. 


Westwood Schools Hold Winter Concert
Hometown Weekly, January 3, 2019

Students from the Westwood middle and high schools held their winter concert on Wednesday night in the high school auditorium. With the help of a spectacular light crew, singers, string instrumentalists, horns and percussionists transported the audience for an hour to a land of wintertime wonder.


 


Thurston Middle School Brings Thanksgiving Meals to Those Less Fortunate
Article published in The Westwood PressDecember 24, 2018 

A project to share holiday cheer blossomed this year at Thurston Middle School when students delivered close to 100 Thanksgiving gift baskets to an elementary school in another district. The effort involved students, teachers, and staff throughout Thurston, making this Thanksgiving a holiday to remember.


Westwood High School Holds Technology Presentation
Article published in The Westwood Press, November 27, 2018
Article published in Hometown Weekly, November 23, 2018

A presentation entitled “Limit Setting in the Age of Technology: Effective Strategies for Kindergarten Through 8th Grade” was recently held at Westwood High School. 

Hosted by Judge Baker Children’s Center, in collaboration with Westwood Youth & Family Services and the Westwood School System, the presentation aimed to help parents understand the brain science behind screen time addiction, and give them concrete tools and resources for finding the right balance between school-required usage and personal use.


Westwood Schools' logoCivil Rights Leader to Address Race & Equality at Westwood Schools Conference
Press Release, November 23, 2018

On November 26, 2018, Westwood teachers, administrators, staff and students will engage in courageous conversations as part of a professional development day headlined by National Black Justice Coalition Executive Director David Johns, who led the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans during the Obama Administration. The opening session will feature students of color from the Westwood Public Schools sharing their feelings about being minority students in a predominantly white school system.
 


Westwood High School Starts Model UN Family Night
Article published in Hometown Weekly, December 6, 2018
Article published in The Westwood Press, November 19, 2018

After seven years of advising the Model UN Club at Westwood High School, Chris Hilton decided this year to do something different. The faculty advisor for the group had long been one of the few with an insider’s view of what the students were doing year in and year out; he believed that needed to change. This year, he established Model UN Family Night.


Westwood Public Schools Incorporate Stern Math
Article published in Hometown Weekly, November 29, 2018
Article published in The Westwood Press, November 19, 2018

Math can be hard at any age, but for Kindergarten and first grade students, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed learning new mathematical concepts for the first time. For many, this is their first foray into abstract thinking. Tools that can transform those lofty concepts into concrete processes can make all the difference. That’s exactly what Stern Math does, and that’s why the Westwood Public Schools incorporate it into the math curriculum in all its elementary schools.


Westwood High's Class of 1968 Holds Reunion
Article published in The Westwood Press, November 19, 2018

When graduates of Westwood High School’s Class of 1968 gathered to celebrate their 50th reunion in October, they had a special treat that previous reunited classes haven’t: meeting the current WHS student body. The reunion organizers had asked co-advisors of the Student Council, Sally Patton and Heather Joyce, if they could arrange some tours of the middle school and high school. The advisors fulfilled that request and more.


Thurston Sixth Graders Bring Multicultural Myths to Life
Article published in Hometown Weekly, November 15, 2018

The play within a play is a dramatic device most commonly known from Hamlet. While this year’s sixth grade class at Thurston Middle School (TMS) isn’t tackling Shakespeare, their upcoming performance of Myths at the Edge of the World by Matt Webster, will deliver four plays within one.

The production is an extracurricular activity, but it connects to the sixth-graders’ mythology units in both drama and history class. That interdisciplinary learning is being reinforced through an altogether different experience of the material. In other words, to quote Hamlet, “The play’s the thing.”


Westwood High School Brings Orwellian Drama "1984" to the Stage in November
Article pubished in The Westwood Press, October 24, 2018
Article published in Hometown Weekly, November 1, 2018

The Westwood High School drama program’s fall production of “1984” is sure to stoke some conversation, and that’s just the way the cast would like it. The play tackles most of the same subject matter of the book on which it is based: George Orwell’s 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. While the book examined a dystopian future in the year 1984, the play moves the story further into the future, confronting some issues of the present day.


Exchange Students Create "Cool Experience" for Westwood High Schoolers
Article published in Hometown Weekly, November 1, 2018

If you’d wandered the halls of Westwood High School in the early part of October, you would have heard a lot of Spanish being spoken. During that time, the school hosted 13 students from Spain. Spanish teacher Eileen Flanagan and Dr. Kathy Lee, who chairs the foreign language department, arranged the trip. The students lived with local host families for more than two weeks.


Breaking Eggs is Part of the Learning in Westwood's STEM Classes
Article published in Hometown Weekly, October 25, 2018
Article published in The Westwood Press, October 24, 2018

It was four years ago that the administration at Westwood’s Thurston Middle School decided they needed a STEM program with a robust engineering and computer science component. Now, four years later, they’re preparing to graduate the first class of students to have made their way through the entire full program.


Westwood High Excels as Unified Banner School
Article published in The Westwood PressSeptember 25, 2018

The Special Olympics have named Westwood High School a “Unified Banner School.” The honor comes in recognition of the district’s creation, just two years ago, of a Unified Sports program, in which students with disabilities compete alongside those without on the same teams. Westwood is one of just 10 schools in the state and one of 132 nationwide to receive the honor this year.


Westwood Art Teacher Recognized in National Exhibition
Article published in The Westwood Press, September 25, 2018

The work of Westwood High School art teacher Lucy Harackiewicz is currently being shown in a New York City art gallery as part of an “Artists and Mentors” exhibition. The show highlights works by 12 high school art teachers from around the country who are also working artists.


Summer Learning for Westwood Teachers
Article published in The Westwood Press, September 25, 2018

We all know what kids think about when the school year ends: summer camps, swimming pools and sleeping in. People may not even consider what teachers do once they’ve waved goodbye to that last child and tidied up their classrooms. Many assume it is just a time of leisure, but for some teachers in Westwood, it was their turn to become the student.


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