09/26/16Week of September 26th

Pledge Leaders


Brynn Garrity

Greydon Gavin

Alek Greenwald

Gabe Greenwald

Lauren Fogel


Principal's Coffee Friday, September 30th

Please join Mrs. Evans in the Sheehan Library at 9:00 AM to share thoughts and ideas.


Westwood Elementary Science Update

This year, Westwood Public Schools has begun a three-year process of alignment with the new Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Science and Technology/Engineering. The focus of the updated standards is on understanding the big concepts in science and their application to real-world observations, situations and problem solving. After a great deal of research, we have chosen to begin the alignment process with STEMscopes, a science curriculum that was developed at Rice University and is specifically aligned with the Massachusetts Standards. This program emphasizes inquiry and exploration, hands-on, project-based learning, and offers engineering design challenges that encourage student collaboration and allow children to “try on” industry roles as they explore science concepts.


While we work to align our lessons to the new standards, we will continue to cover all core concepts in science. However, this year we will focus our standards alignment efforts on the Physical Sciences strand. Earth and Space Sciences will be the focus in 2017-18 and Life Sciences in 2018-19.  


Event at Thurston Middle School (flyer)


The following message is from Ariel Mullen, co-president of the Thurston Middle School PTO:

The TMS Administration and PTO are presenting the movie Screenagers at the high school on Tuesday 10/4 with a Q&A session after. This important movie is about the challenges we face raising children in this time of social media and electronics. While our targeted audience is middle school parents; we all know that children are starting with cell phones, iPads, etc. even in elementary school. Many parents with children in elementary school may benefit from this information, as well.


Please see the attached flyer. If you follow the link listed you can see more about this movie.


Math Workshop Series


Listed below are the dates, times, and locations for this year's math workshop series that is facilitated by the Elementary Math Specialists for Westwood Public Schools:


Addition and Subtraction: October 13th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm at the Martha Jones Elementary School


Multiplication & Division: October 27th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Sheehan Elementary School


Fractions: January 11th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm at the Downey Elementary School


Connection-Building Opportunity for Students in Grades 3-5 (flyer)


The following message is from Westwood Youth & Family Services regarding the Friends Network:

“Do you know of a student who would enjoy meeting with a High School Mentor? Our Friends Network program is still looking for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade participants! Mentor pairs meet weekly to play games, hang out, and form a special friendships with positive role models! Applications available online at www.townhall.westwood.ma.us/yfs.”


Re-Take Picture Day is Thursday, November 10th

Our School Picture Re-Take  Day is Thursday, November 10th.  Please mark your calendars!

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