Hanlon Core Values

Welcome to the Paul R. Hanlon School, a K-5 elementary school where we strive to foster the best possible environment for teaching and learning.  At Hanlon, we celebrate and honor the similarities and differences of individual students while building a learning community where children feel safe, known, and challenged.  The Hanlon staff is committed to seeking continuous improvement, supporting high expectations, and providing challenging learning experiences that facilitate each child's cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. We value collaboration, perseverance, and risk-taking. We encourage all children to give their best, and to view their mistakes as learning experiences that build character and resiliency. Our core values guide how the Hanlon community learns, works, and plays together.


Achieve academic success in a safe and nurturing environment

Develop knowledge and understanding through exploration and discovery

Demonstrate effort, pride, respect and responsibility

Forms & Documents


Principal's Message

October 13, 2016

Student Council Spirit Day

This year, our Student Council Representatives are James Beggan, Jack Benbow, Sarah Garratt, Elizabeth Weston, Katelyn Fay, Jesse Peck, Meaghan McNutt, Vic Ganson, Caitlin Ferreira, Olivia Li, John Quinn, and Cole Gustie.  Some of the roles of Student Council are to lead the school in altruistic projects, emcee parts of our monthly All School Meetings, and determine Spirit Days.  On Tuesday, October 18th, we will have both an All School Meeting and a Westwood Pride Spirit Day.  Students are encouraged to wear green colors and Westwood gear (no hats, please).  

Site Council- volunteers needed

One of the many ways to be involved this year is to join our Site Council.  The Hanlon School Site Council meets several times throughout the year as mandated by the Education Reform Act of 1993.  Our Site Council is designed as an advisory group consisting of parents, school staff, and community members.  The Site Council assists in developing goals for school improvement and other school initiatives.  Hanlon’s Site Council will have our first meeting from 3:15-4:15PM this Thursday, October 20th.  We would like to encourage new and returning parents/guardians.  If you are interested in serving on Hanlon’s Site Council, please email me at

Science Update

     This year WPS has begun a three-year process of alignment with the new MA Curriculum Frameworks for Science and Technology/Engineering that were adopted in January. After a great deal of research, we have chosen to use STEMscopes, a science curriculum that is specifically aligned with the MA Standards. This program emphasizes inquiry and exploration, hands-on, project-based learning, and offers engineering design challenges that encourage student collaboration.

     If you were to walk into one of Hanlon’s classrooms, you would see students DOing science, not just reading about it (although connections to nonfiction literature are embedded throughout).  For example, children might explore amplitude and wavelength by shaking and moving long coils of steel, experiment with the ratio of the height of a ramp to the speed and distance that a Matchbox car will travel, or developing a deep understanding of what matter is by debating whether clouds, fire, and wind are matter, or something else.  

     Under the guidance of our new Science Coordinator, Kate Doyle, and our Leadership Team, teachers have already begun professional development to deepen their content knowledge, experience the investigations that students will participate in, and to begin planning their lessons to meet the needs of their students.  Ms. Kelly, Ms. Feuer-Beck, Ms. Lindsay, and myself are all part of the district-wide Science Leadership Team. If you are curious to learn more about STEMscopes, you can visit their website by clicking here.  

Bus Safety

On Tuesday, School Resource Officer Pindel visited Hanlon to review bus safety rules with all students.  He reminded them about the following rules:

  • Bus Stops: be on time, pay attention to cars, and avoid games that involve running, throwing, and catching as they take your focus off the road
  • Bus Seats: remain seated with your backpack on your lap and your hands away from windows
  • Crossing: even if you see someone else looking left and right, you should still look both ways before crossing

Officer Pindel also led students in a Bus Evacuation Drill in which students identified the emergency exits (back, windows, ceiling, main door) and practiced hopping safely out the back door.  This annual Safety Lesson prepares all students for riding the bus on field trips and other events.  

Meet Tony Mullin, The Hanlon School Committee Liaison

     Tony looks forward to serving on the Westwood School Committee for the next three years and is thankful for the support that Westwood residents have given

     As Hanlon Liaison, parents can reach out to Tony on School Committee topics.  Tony will also be sharing School Committee updates with the Hanlon community and will attend PTO meetings.

     Tony was elected to the School Committee this past April for a three-year term.  His professional career has been spent in the business world with the Boston Consulting Group engaged on long term strategy, and the last six years with Biogen in Human Resources.  He is the father of two girls who attend Thurston Middle School and Martha Jones.  He has been an active volunteer in Westwood sports as a basketball coach, soccer coach and serving on the Westwood Youth Soccer Board.  

     Tony Can be reached by email at He also encourages parents to visit and like his School Committee Facebook page in which School Committee information is updated:

Family Fun Night

It was great to see so many families at our PTO sponsored Family Fun Night last Tuesday.  Vlad Ortega led an awesome game of Tug-o-War and we had plenty of PTO supplied popsicles for all students.  Congratulations to the Ganson family who won the raffle for a reserved parking spot between 3:00-3:20PM on Gay Street.  Save the date for our Halloween Party on October 28th!

PTO Fundraiser Update

     Thank you for your participation in the Kidstuff Coupon Book fundraiser. Together we raised around $1350! This secures funding for both the DJ and photo booth at the upcoming Halloween Party.

     If coupons aren't your thing, please take a look at the Genevieve's catalogue that came home in backpacks and see if anything interests you.  You can order online at, the school code for credit is 2531.  The deadline has been extended: Order forms are due Friday, October 21st.

     Please keep in mind that fundraising efforts are heavy in the fall in order to fund academic enrichment programs (field trips, school assemblies, etc.) as well as all of our events (Halloween Party, Movie Night, Bingo Night, etc.) throughout the year.  These We promise the next major fundraiser will not be until the Parent Social in March!

We thank you for your continued support!

A Message from the School Nurse, Ms. Davie

Just a reminder that state mandated annual screenings are taking place. Vision screening takes place for all students, hearing screening for students in K-3rd grade and BMI screening in 1st and 4th grade. You will only be notified if your child has difficulties with the screenings. Please call if you have any questions or concerns about your children.

Tech Tidbit from Mr. Goguen

What types of devices are used at each grade level?  

  • Each K - 1 classroom has 6 iPads capable of running the latest iOS 10 update from Apple. Teachers typically use these iPads as a station. Learning how to properly insert and remove headphones can be quite a challenge. As a result, we have had a few broken pins stuck in the jack.  Likewise, controlling the audio volume is another hurdle for our youngest students.  
  • Second graders transition to computers so each classroom has 4 Mac desktops that can be used as a station. Teachers also have access to Macbook carts so they can get more kids on at one time. A few challenges for second graders include getting familiar with the keyboard, scrolling, click and dragging and learning to control the mouse and cursor.  
  • Our grade 3 - 5 classrooms also have a bank of Mac desktops but technology use is more likely to be whole class directed with students using Macbooks or Chromebooks. The Chromebook has become the machine of choice with our older students who can sign in with their Westwood Google account.
  • A set of iPads is also available to borrow from the library. Teachers might use these for a special project or as a station.  
  • Specialist teaches also have access to the shared iPads and the laptops if it fits with their lesson design.   

Tech blog



PTO Updates & Information

Save the Date:

The Hanlon Halloween Party is on Friday October 28th from 6:30-8:00PM.  Come in your costume for games, a deejay, crafts, a photo booth, the Haunted Hallway, and the Mummy Wrap contest!  We still need many volunteers to help make the night run smoothly.  To sign up, click this link:

Hello Hanlon Families! Your PTO is asking for your help. 
We have many opportunities for volunteers and would love to have you join us!  We are seeking people to fill postions for next year.  A great way to learn about what's involved is to shadow current PTO leaders.  Next year, we will need an Events Coordinator (Board Member- 2 year position), a Math League Coordinator, and a Science Fair Chairperson.  Please contact Amanda Drainville (PTO Event Coordinator) if interested.

Directories and Dues

*The PTO will be collecting annual dues at the Hanlon Halloween Party on October 28th. Dues are $50 per family (please speak with Mrs. Cronin if financial assistance is needed). Checks can be made out to Hanlon School, PTO.  So far we about halfway to our goal. PTO dues help to fund classroom supplies for each student, field trip transportation, Teacher Appreciation Week luncheon and enrichment programs including educational, musical and artistic presentations. As a thank you for paying your dues in a timely fashion, the PTO will send a Hanlon School Directory home in your child's backpack.  It’s a great resource for setting up playdates and birthday parties!     

PTO Calendar

*Click here to access the PTO Google Calendar.  Click the +Google in the lower right hand corner to add it to your personal calendar.  

PTO Board Meeting Minutes

Click the date to read the minutes from August 23, 2016

Scheduled Meetings

  • Thursday October 13th at 7:30PM in the Hanlon Cafeteria
  • Thursday, June 1 at 7:30PM

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