The Westwood Public Schools has a student population of approximately 3,000. The system includes an integrated preschool, five K-5 elementary schools, one middle school for grades 6-8, and one high school for grades 9-12. In addition to a comprehensive academic program, there is an extensive extracurricular program which includes inter and intra-scholastic athletic teams, clubs and student publications. All staff is encouraged to participate in the life of the school outside of the classroom.

Archived stories are available in the Newsroom Archive.


Westwood High School Honors the Class of 2020
Transcript and Bulletin, August 11, 2020

For the members of Westwood High’s Class of 2020, the long, strange trip of senior year is over.

Starting with a EEE threat in the fall, the class saw its traditional senior year activities curtailed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In spite of those obstacles, the seniors stayed flexible, coming up with new ways to celebrate their final days in high school, such as senior rides.

And on the very warm morning of Sunday, Aug. 9, the Class of 2020 wrapped it up with an “in-person” graduation ceremony, complete with caps, gowns, diplomas and, yes, face masks.


Davenport Becomes New Principal at Westwood High
Article published in the Transcript and Bulletin, July 29, 2020

She may not be a hometown girl, but Amy Davenport will be the first to tell you the town of Westwood feels very much like home. The Pittsburgh native has spent her entire teaching career here, and this summer she officially took over as principal of Westwood High School, replacing Sean Bevin, who left the district for a principal’s position at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough


Westwood Selects Final Design for New Elementary School
Article published in the Transcript and Bulletin, July 22, 2020

Westwood has taken a major step forward in the process to replace the aging Hanlon Elementary School. After evaluating seven options, the town’s volunteer school building committee selected a final design option known as “The Tree.” It means a new school will be built on the existing Hanlon site and can accommodate up to 560 students.

According to School Building Committee Chairperson Maya Plotkin, this option scored highest in 14 different categories reviewed by an evaluation subcommittee. Westwood submitted a Preferred Schematic Report to the Massachusetts School Building Authority in early July.


Westwood-China Student Exchange Goes Virtual
Article published in the Transcript and Bulletin, July 9, 2020
 

For the past several years, Westwood High School has conducted an exchange program with students from China. Typically, Westwood students travel abroad during April vacation and, over Chinese New Year, students from China would travel to Westwood. These trips help create cultural awareness among students in both countries, but this year in-person exchanges have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Westwood High Finds Unique Way to Honor Seniors
Article published in the Transcript and Bulletin, June 3, 2020

Like countless high school seniors across the country, the Westwood High School senior class has had to figure out new ways to celebrate their high school careers during the COVID–19 pandemic. Graduation was rescheduled for early August, but a newly created Senior Class Committee – consisting of 22 students and five high school staff members – has been at work this spring organizing end-of-year events that are special and uniquely their own.


Boston Globe logoWith Drive-Throughs, Yard Signs, and Photo Ops, Seniors Forge Ahead with Nontraditional Graduations
The Boston Globe, May 29, 2020

Forced to pivot quickly when it became clear that no normal rituals would take place, many high schools formed an advisory committee of administrators, students, and parents to forge a path ahead. At Westwood High School, Principal Sean Bevan and a committee of more than 20 students analyzed their options and made the decision to hold off until early August in hopes that circumstances by then will allow some kind of in-person outdoor event for the graduates, according to Bevan. Should that not be possible, they’ll hold a virtual graduation then instead, as many schools have already done this month.


Parade Celebrates Westwood High School's Senior Class
Article published in the Transcript and Bulletin, May 19, 2020

It may have been the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week, but more than 50 teachers and staff from Westwood High School spent part of the afternoon of Friday, May 8, celebrating the 237 students who make up the Class of 2020.


Westwood School Building Project Moves Ahead
Article published in the Transcript and Bulletin, April 29, 2020

The Westwood School District has taken the next step toward a school construction project to either repair or replace the town’s older elementary schools. The Westwood School Committee will hold a virtual public meeting on April 30 at 7 p.m. to discuss potential consolidations and to give residents a chance to ask questions and provide feedback on these consolidations.


Teacher Parade is a Hit for Westwood Students and Families
Article published in the Transcript and Bulletin, April 28, 2020
 

“A parade with five cars is not really a parade,” said Debra Gallagher, principal of the Downey Elementary School in Westwood. When Gallagher put out a rally call to her staff a few weeks ago, she wasn’t sure who would answer, but the response she got was nothing short of heartwarming. Within an hour over 50 staffers had signed up to take part in a rolling parade to boost the spirits of the school’s students on April 9th.


WCVB NewsCenter 5 logoWestwood Teachers Put Adorable Spin on Dr. Seuss Classic
WCVB-Ch. 5, April 17, 2020

Teachers at Martha Jones Elementary School in Westwood shared a video with their students Friday that shows the ways they are embracing their virtual classrooms.

Westwood High Social Media Campaign Keeps Students Together
The Boston Globe, April 13, 2020

 

Students found themselves alone, separated from their classmates, after schools shut their campuses down in an effort to flatten the curve amid the coronavirus pandemic. While some students may appreciate the lack of early-rising and screeching bells, many long for their community.

Zoom classes support remote learning. Westwood High School’s student council fosters social engagement.


Local Students Share Music with Westwood Seniors Online
The Transcript & Bulletin, April 10, 2020
 

With the senior center closed until June 1 and town events cancelled, local students and teachers are looking for new ways to share music with Westwood’s seniors. 

“Music Matters,” a music appreciation program that was scheduled to take place at the Senior Center, has moved online to a YouTube channel for the remainder of the spring in lieu of the lecture and concert that had originally been planned for April and May.

 

Remote Learning Moves to Next Phase for Westwood Public Schools Students
Article published in the Hometown Weekly, April 9, 2020
Article published in the Transcript & Bulletin, April 3, 2020

Massachusetts students recently learned the process of remote learning will continue until at least May 4, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the U.S.

Westwood’s initial two-week closing called for teachers to only reinforce skills already taught during the 2019-20 school year. With the extension of the mandatory school closures, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said school districts may move forward with new content and instruction. In addition, special education services would be implanted to the extent that it is safe for students and staff to do so.


Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19
Article published in the Hometown Weekly, April 2, 2020
Article published in the Transcript & Bulletin, March 24, 2020
 

Social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t easy – but it can be especially difficult for children and teens who rely on structure and friends for a sense of normalcy and security.

Erin Kuehn is a licensed social worker and the coordinator of Social and Emotional Learning for children in grades K through 8 in the Westwood Public Schools. She has advice for how to best talk to your kids about the coronavirus outbreak.


Westwood Schools Establish Remote Learning Plans
Article published in the Hometown Weekly, April 15, 2020
Article published in the Transcript and Bulletin, March 26, 2020

Students everywhere have been finding themselves in unusual “classrooms.” Learning at home means using kitchens, bedrooms and basements to study math, science and English. With schools closed until at least April 7, teachers and administrators from the Westwood Public Schools have developed a plan to ensure students continue learning and stay connected to their school community. But learning from home brings unique challenges to teachers, students and parents.


 

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