Exterior picture of the Paul Hanlon School
A kindergarten student inspecting a leaf
Grade 3 students in outdoor music class
Grade 3 students practicing yoga
Second graders dancing in the rain
A student reaches to catch a green ball during a recess game.
Fourth graders participate in a lesson
A gorgeous rainbow over the Hanlon School


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

Principal's Message

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May 9, 2021

Dear Hanlon Families,

Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week, and our PTO and families went above and beyond! On behalf of the Hanlon Staff, thank you for taking such good care of us! We are grateful for the opportunity to teach and learn with your children.  Thank you!


MCAS Testing

On Tuesday, students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will take the MCAS test for English Language Arts.  There will be a few changes to the building schedule on Tuesday, May 11, and Tuesday, May 18 as a result.  

  • In school COVID testing will take place on Monday, May 10 and Monday, May 17 instead of the usual Tuesday testing.  
  • Students in grades K, 1, and 2 will have lunch at 12:30.  Homeroom teachers will plan an extended snack mid-morning.  Please send your child with a larger snack.  

For students in Grades 3, 4, and 5:

  • There will be no snack breaks during MCAS testing due to testing rules and health/safety agreements. so students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will have the earliest lunch block at 11:30. 
  • Parents of students in grades 3-5 should: 
    • send your child with a larger than usual lunch 
    • Ensure that your child powers down their Chromebook prior to plugging it in on Monday night so that the device is fully charged for Tuesday. 
    • Remind your child that devices with internet capabilities such as Fitbits, Apple Watches, and eReaders cannot be used during testing.  

Asian American and Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  John F. Kennedy once said, “Our attitude towards immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal.” Celebrating the rich cultural diversity of our nation, and teaching students to honor the contributions of immigrants is one way we can advance inclusion, belonging, and acceptance. One thing I learned at our International Night two years ago, was that this Hanlon community has lots to contribute!


Reporting Absences and Changes to Dismissal 

Please notify the office of any absences or dismissal changes by entering them into School Dismissal Manager. School Dismissal Manager is an online system used by WPS to streamline attendance and dismissal reporting. Each student’s parent or guardian was sent a School Dismissal Manager welcome email containing instructions on how to set up their SDM account when we introduced the program to Hanlon in October. If you no longer have access to this email, you can simply visit www.schooldismissalmanager.com and click the ‘forgot password’ link to set up your account. Please contact Annie Staulo at astaulo@westwood.k12.ma.us with any questions! 


Hanlon School on Twitter

Follow @HanlonSchool_ps to see photos of our #HappyatHanlon kids!


School Committee

Did you know that Amanda Phillips is Hanlon’s School Committee Representative?  If you have questions, contact Ms. Phillips at aphillips-sc@westwood.k12.ma.us



Forms & Documents

PTO Updates & Information


Board Member/Volunteer Position/Hanlon Connection

  • Julie MacDonald, Co-President, Mom to a third grader
  • Dori Parmelee, Co-President, Mom to a fourth grader
  • John Carey, Treasurer, Dad to a fourth grader and a Kindergartner
  • Carolyn Miazga, Secretary, Mom to a second grader
  • Meg Carleton, Event Co-Chair, Mom to a first grader and a second grader
  • Serina Barkley, Event Co-Chair, Mom to a fifth grader and a third grader
  • Cassie Smith, Communication Co-Chair, Mom to a third grader and a first grader
  • Chrissy Lamont, Communication Co-Chair, Mom to a fourth grader and a first grader
  • Stephanie Finegold, Special Education Chair (SEPAC), Mom to a fourth grader


Teacher Representatives

  • Sarah Cronin, Principal 
  • Jen Stygles, Grades K-2
  • Rena Rizzi, Grades 3-5
  • Lisa Fass, Special Education



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PTO Meetings 20-21 All meetings take place virtually at 7PM

October 14th: Open Meeting
January 13th:  Open meeting
March 10th:  Open meeting
May 12th:  Open meeting

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Support Hanlon School with every purchase


AmazonSmile is a simple, automatic way for you to support the Hanlon PTO every time you shop, at no cost to you.


You will find the exact same prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Hanlon PTO.  Just log onto smile.amazon.com, choose Hanlon PTO as your charity of choice and shop away!


Amazon shopping with an iPhone?

You can use AmazonSmile just like an App by following a few simple steps.  Open smile.amazon.com in your browser, tap the “share/forward link” button then tap the “Add to Home Screen” icon (you may need to swipe left to see this).  You will now have an AmazonSmile icon which can be used in exactly the same way as the Amazon App but now all of your purchases support the Hanlon PTO.


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