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


February 17, 2017

Dear Hanlon Families,

On Tuesday, Jesse P and Sarah G emceed our February All School Meeting.  Hanlon School is focusing on the theme of Perseverance.  KP students taught us several nursery rhymes and led the entire school in reciting them.  It takes courage to perform in front of the entire school.  They did a great job!  Second graders had us nodding our heads and tapping our feet as they sang Bruno Mars’ song: Don’t Give Up.  They reminded students to keep on trying, no matter how challenging a task is.  


Given that the Meeting took place after Monday’s snow day, we also reviewed the school rules for snow.

  • Boots and snow pants must be worn to play in the snow.  
  • For safety reasons, students must stay off the snow banks.  
  • Snow can be played with, but must stay on the ground (as opposed to flying through the air in the form of snowballs).  

The weather looks quite spring-like next week!  I’d like to wish you all a restful and relaxing February Break.  


Valentines for Veterans

Many thanks to those students and families who created Valentines for Veterans.  Jesse P and Vic G helped to deliver them to the VA Hospital where they brought joy to many patients staying there.


Math Professional Development  

On Wednesday, the teachers wrapped up a two year math cohort cycle studying Algebraic Thinking in the Elementary Classroom. During the past two years, teachers have spent 8-10 Wednesday Professional Development afternoons  working in small, district-wide, mixed grade level groups collaborating on highlighting and extending algebra in the math curriculum (yes- even in kindergarten!), implementing model lessons for teacher observation and feedback sessions, and designing games and workshop stations for classroom use with their students. The math coaches, including our very own Jen Gillis, have done an amazing job leading the cohorts.  There is much evidence in the student work that children are learning to explain and show what they know and are working on multiple ways to explain their math thinking and reasoning.  Thanks to the teachers and coaches for their hard work!


News from our Technology Department

Are you the parent of a student in Grades 2-5?  Have you heard about Google Classroom, or seen your child working in it at home?  Do you wish you knew more about how you can navigate Google to help your child, or even just to help yourself?  

Then you should TECH Us Out!

Members of the Westwood Public School Technology Department invite elementary parents/guardians to come TECH Us Out.  Enjoy an engaging workshop where you will experience how technology is used to support learning in the elementary classroom. Attendees will participate in interactive lessons by navigating the Google Platform in a way that mirrors your child’s classroom experience. The goals of this evening are to understand the vision of technology in the Westwood Public Schools and learn how you can best support your children at home.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 7 - 8 PM at Martha Jones School

Questions:  please contact  Click here to see the flyer and a great picture of Ms. Rizzi and Amelia!  Click here to RSVP


News from Ms. Silverstein- Hanlon Librarian

The Hanlon Gift Book Program, sponsored by the Hanlon PTO, has added many wonderful books to the school library. The Hanlon Gift Book Program is a great way to honor your child’s birthday. We also welcome donations for other family celebrations, to honor teachers, or to remember someone special. The gift book program is an exciting way for your child to make a contribution to the school community. Your child will have the opportunity to choose a book from a special collection with Ms. Silverstein.  His/her name will be permanently placed on a colorful label on the inside cover of the book, and your child will be the first one to check out the book. The book will then be added to the library’s collection for the entire school to use.  Click here for the flyer and order form.  


Save the Date for Science Fair

The 3rd Annual Hanlon Science Fair is scheduled for Thursday, April 6.  Information will be coming soon!  


School Committee

Did you know that Tony Mullin is Hanlon’s School Committee Representative?  If you have questions about the Superintendent Search, the Proposed Budget, or anything else regarding Westwood Public Schools, contact Tony at

PTO Updates & Information

Save the Date:

3rd Annual Science Fair- Thursday April 6, 6:30-7:30PM Hanlon Gym
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 positions 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.

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

Click the date to read the minutes from October 13, 2016

Click the date to read the minutes from December 7, 2016

Stay tuned for the minutes from February 7, 2017

Scheduled Meetings

  • Thursday, June 1 at 7:30PM

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