Exterior picture of the Paul Hanlon School
3rd graders playing a game in music class
Four kindergarteners sitting around a table
Three first graders outside on the jungle gym
A fifth grader reading a first grader
Second graders using hollohoops in PE.
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


Jan. 11, 2020

Dear Hanlon Families,

In a recent staff meeting, I asked the Hanlon teachers to think about a lesson from their own childhood elementary experience that still stands out in their memories today.  I ask you to do the same. What made that learning experience stand out for you? For our staff, the experiences they remembered were primarily hands-on, collaborative, or those with a real-life purpose.  One of our priorities as a district is to provide students with meaningful, authentic learning opportunities. We know that students learn best when they are engaged in a task. Students who are engaged are attracted to their work, willing to persist despite challenges and obstacles, and they take visible delight in accomplishing their work.  Learning experiences that engage students are something we strive for here in Westwood.  


On Thursday, students in first grade, fifth grade, and kindergarteners in K1K were treated to a particularly authentic experience in science.  Thanks to the vision of our Science coaches and the generosity of our PTO, the Boston Museum of Science brought their inflatable planetarium, Starlab, to the Hanlon gym.  As they sat inside the darkened dome, students learned about the sun and how it is similar and different from other stars. They watched how the rotation and orbit of Earth changes how the sky looks.  They identified constellations and discussed lunar phases that occur over the course of a month.  It was fun to hear students gasping, ooo-ing, and ahh-ing as they experienced the night sky, right in our gymnasium.  In all of our teaching here at the Hanlon, we aim to provide students with meaningful, authentic learning experiences that they will remember.  


Our next Spirit Day will be Thursday, Jan. 16th: Pajama Day.  Remember to send children with warm layers for recess and/or Ex. Day.  Bathrobes are fine, but please leave the slippers at home for safety.


The Winter Session of Mini-Courses begins on Monday, Jan. 13th.  Many thanks to Ada Zhong, Kristin Butters, and Brian Gorman for all their behind the scenes work in getting the courses up and running.


SEPAC is hosting an event for parents on Monday, Jan. 13th: Understanding the IEP.  A detailed flyer is available in the Announcements Box to the right.


Save the date for Bingo Night: Friday, January 24th from 6:30-7:30 in the Hanlon Gym.  A detailed flyer is available in the Announcements Box to the right.


MCAS dates for Grades 3, 4, and 5 are published in the Announcements Box to the right, and on the district calendar.  Families in grades 3-5 should make every effort to avoid making travel plans that involve the following dates: March 31, April 2, May 5, 7, 12, and 14th.  If you know in advance that your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader will not be in school on any of those days, please contact Ms. Cronin so that make-up plans can be made.


If you need to contact the Main Office for attendance/dismissal changes or if you have questions, email hnoffice@westwood.k12.ma.us or call 781-326-7500 x8424


Hanlon School on Twitter

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


School Committee

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

Forms & Documents

PTO Updates & Information

PTO Board

Co-President: Serina Barkley
Co-President: Jason Hatcher
Secretary: Amanda Philips
Treasurer: Caitlin Jondro
Events Chair: Meg Carleton

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.  

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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.

PTO Save the Dates

Book Fair: Thursday 11/21 all day

Holiday Fair: Friday 12/6 6:30-8PM

Elementary Building Project Community Forum: 12/9 & 12/12 at Thurston 

Winter Mini Course Session: 1/13-3/13

Bingo Night: Friday 1/24 6:30-7:30PM

School Play: Auditions 3/9; Rehearsals 3/16-3/26; Performance 3/27

Science Fair: 3/31 6:30-7:30PM

Spring Mini Course Session: 3/30-5/29

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 4-8

Art Show: May 6 5:30-7:00PM

PTO Meeting: 6/4 7-8PM

Field Day: 6/10


The Hanlon PTO is now using Paypal. Pay your $60 dues, make a donation, or pay for a course through this link:   paypal.me/hanlonpto


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