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.

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Boston Globe logoChampionship Culture: Westwood Continues to Build Toward Long-Term Success
The Boston Globe, October 10, 2019

In a town well known for its vaunted girls’ lacrosse program, it would be easy for field hockey to serve a simple purpose: offseason conditioning for those student-athletes at Westwood High who anxiously await the upcoming spring.

That is what Heather Joyce discovered when she took over the Westwood field hockey program in 2016. The Wolverines had not qualified for the MIAA tournament since 2013 — when the ninth-seeded field hockey squad exited in the first round.


Westwood logoWestwood Elementary School Receives National Honor: Downey Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon School
News Release, September 26, 2019

The U.S. Department of Education today named Westwood’s Downey Elementary School a National Blue Ribbon Schoolfor 2019, joining 361 other schools from around the nation. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made the announcement this afternoon. Schools are awarded a National Blue Ribbon based on overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.



Digital Citizenship Helps Students Navigate Our Interconnected World
Article published in the Transcript & Bulletin, September 16, 2019

Give children a computer and the world is at their fingertips, but with that access comes a host of potential pitfalls.  How do they learn to manage their time? How do they identify fact from fiction when searching Google for information? When Westwood Public Schools gave each of their high school students a computer five years ago, the district also gave them something invaluable – a seminar called Digital Citizenship.  



District Announces New Preschool Director
Article published in the Transcript & Bulletin, September 16, 2019

Lisa Freedman started her career at the Westwood Public Schools 20 years ago. This fall, she takes over as Director of the Integrated Preschool, replacing longtime director Aprile Albertelli who retired at the end of the last school year. Freedman came to Westwood High School in 1999, and for the past two years, has been in charge of Special Education at both the Downey and Sheehan elementary schools.



Westwood Adopts New Social Studies Curriculum
Article published in the Transcript & Bulletin, September 16, 2019

They say you can’t rewrite history, but in Westwood the school department is reworking its entire social studies curriculum to comply with new state education standards. Teachers at every grade level worked over the summer to ensure the material they present this school year meets the new requirements.



So Much on Display at the Martha Jones STEAM Fair
Article published in the Transcript & Bulletin, June 24, 2019

 

The Martha Jones School recently held a STEAM Fair to showcase a wide variety of talents of their student body. The fair lets students present projects they create in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art or math. Fair visitors viewed demonstrations and art displays from 100 students, and were treated to a concert by the fifth-grade jazz band. The annual event is organized by school administrators and the PTO. 



Westwood Sixth Graders Fill "Jared Boxes"
Article published in The Transcript & Bulletin, June 24, 2019

In Westwood’s sixth grade classrooms, many lessons were taught this year, but perhaps none as poignant as what the students learned when they recently filled “Jared Boxes” for the patients at Boston Children’s Hospitals. The Jared Box project was started in Pennsylvania in 2001 and named for a little boy who was diagnosed with an incurable brainstem tumor in 1999.  Jared was known for carrying his backpack full of toys and games to all his appointments and he often questioned why other young patients didn’t bring toys to their exams. 


Stock Picks Fuel Learning in Two Westwood Elementary Schools
Article published in The Transcript & Bulletin, June 24, 2019

 

You might wonder how picking companies for fictional investments in a stock market game could improve learning in elementary schools. Well, it’s more than just saying, “I’ll buy Amazon stock.”

Fifth-graders from the Martha Jones and Hanlon Elementary Schools have completed another successful year of competition in a national stock market game and writing competition sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation. 

 

Hometown Weekly logoWestwood High Completes J-Term's Second Year
Hometown Weekly, June 20, 2019

With the last week of school usually dedicated to looking out the window and longing for summer or complaining about the heat, Westwood High School has found a way to rejuvenate its students at the end of the school year: letting them choose what to learn about.

For the second year, Westwood High School students are participating in “J-Term,” an innovative educational idea that “provides an opportunity for students to dive deeply into an existing area of interest or explore a new interest during an immersive learning experience of their choosing. J-Term courses are challenging and experiential; they involve, not just inform.”


Platinum Performances by Westwood Middle School's Music Program
Article published in Hometown Weekly, June 20, 2019
Article published in The Transcript & Bulletin, June 24, 2019

It was a record setting year for the music program at Westwood’s Thurston Middle School.  For over 20 years, the school’s band, chorus and orchestra have been taking part in the Great East Music Festival, and for the first time, each took home the festival’s highest award; a platinum medal for outstanding performance.  The Great East Music Festival is considered one of the premiere music festivals in the Northeast. Students come from schools across New England and are evaluated on their performance while on stage, but not compared to the other schools taking part.  Instead, the festival focuses on clinics and evaluations to help each participant improve their skills.



WBZ Radio logoWhat is J-Term?
WBZ NewsRadio (WBZ-AM 1030), June 14, 2019


Westwood High Offers Unique, Hands-On Classes to End School Year
WBZ News (WBZ-Ch. 4), June 13, 2019

It’s an innovative way to end the school year. One local high school is capturing its students’ attention at a time when many of them are, shall we say, not focused on reading, writing and arithmetic. 

Westwood High School calls it J-term. The J stands for June. For the last five days of the school year students get a unique, hands on learning experience.


Innovative Westwood Curriculum Allows Students to Choose Classes Based on Interest
7News (WHDH-Ch. 7), June 13, 2019
 

While many students are winding down the school year, Westwood High School is gearing up.

The last five days of school, known as “J-Term,” allow the kids to choose an intensive week-long course on a subject they are interested in.


Wolverines Walk at Flahive Field
Hometown Weekly, June 13, 2019

The Westwood class of 2019 graduated on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, June 2, walking across Flahive Field and into the unknown as "Pomp and Circumstance" played. The first outdoor graduation at Westwood High School in recent memory, the event celebrated the end of the class' journey through the Westwood Public School system - not to mention the new beginnings waiting for them on the other side of the day.


Sheehan School Hosts Night for the Arts
The Transcript & Bulletin, June 11, 2019

Sheehan School recently held a Night for the Arts.

A large art display showcased the elementary art curriculum, which included every Sheehan student. The opening reception featured live music by the fifth grade jazz [band].
Westwood High School Welcomes the Class of 2019
The Transcript & Bulletin, June 4, 2019
Meet Westwood High's Class of 2019 - Photo gallery

For the first time in 15 years, graduation exercises were held outdoors at Flahive Field. The class, escorted by faculty and members of the Westwood School Committee, walked out of the school and onto the field, flanked by chairs filled with family members and friends.
Learning Blooms in Deerfield Elementary Outdoor Classroom
Article published in The Westwood Press, May 21, 2019

What began years ago with small planting and composting projects has blossomed into an outdoor classroom rooted in centuries-old Native American and Pilgrim traditions. Led by School Librarian Julie Krass and Master Gardener parent volunteer Jennie Goossen, Deerfield Elementary School now boasts three types of gardens that yield bountiful opportunities for student learning and engagement.



Westwood Teacher a True Champion for Autistic Students
Article published in The Westwood Press, May 21, 2019

Seeing the world through the eyes of a child is said to be magical, but seeing the world through the eyes of a child with autism can be nearly impossible. That’s not the case, however, for Westwood Special Education teacher Kelly Fitzgerald who didn’t see herself on the special ed track while a student at Endicott College in Beverly.

International Fair Coming to Hanlon School
Article published in The Westwood Press, May 21, 2019

The PTO and the Hanlon School are combining efforts for their first-ever International Fair to be held on May 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. While the school has held a science fair for the past four years, this event will focus on a different aspect of the school’s curriculum.

 

Martha Jones Talent Show Helps Local Causes
Article published in The Westwood Press, May 1, 2019
 

The Martha Jones School recently held its 10th annual “Talent for a Cause” talent show. This year’s event marked all-time highs in both the number of participating students and the amount of money raised.



Westwood High School Hosts Model UN Conference
Article published in The Westwood Press, May 1, 2019
 

Planning began last June, and now students at Westwood High School have hosted a Model UN Conference.  Over a dozen schools were in attendance for the day-long conference which featured students playing the role of delegates to the United Nations. More than 150 students from schools including Wellesley High School, Xaverian Brothers and Duxbury High School were assigned to six different committees that will focus on major global issues like the crisis in Yemen and climate change.

 

Westwood Historical Society to Hold "1800s School Day"
The Westwood Press, April 2, 2019

The Westwood Historical Society will give every Westwood third-grader the experience of an “1800s School Day.”

Charles Donahue will again oversee this special program in May. As in the past, the Fisher School is transformed into a historic classroom with antique school desks and chairs plus a dunce cap and stool.


Westwood's Longtime METCO Director Sheryl Goodloe to Retire
Westwood Patch, March 29, 2019

Sheryl Goodloe, who has served as Westwood Public School's METCO(Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity) Directorfor over twenty-five years, will retire at the end of this school year. She also serves on the statewide METCO Director's Association Executive Board. A search committee of students, parents, faculty and administrators has narrowed the list of potential applicants down to three: Marika Hamilton, Lateefah Franck, and Jill-Katherine Cannon.
 



WHS Students Bring Chinese New Year to Life for Preschoolers
Article published in The Westwood Press, March 21, 2019
Article published in Hometown Weekly, March 28, 2019

Chinese New Year is celebrated by more than 20 percent of the world’s population. It is the most important holiday in China and to Chinese people all over the globe. Since 2013, Westwood High School students in the Asian Culture Club have created experiences of the holiday for children in the district’s Integrated Preschool. This year, the day of celebration on February 5 was bigger and better than ever, with WHS Early Childhood Development students contributing for the first time.


necn logo4th-Grader Builds Tom Brady Mosaic Out of Rubik's Cubes
necn (New England Cable News), March 21, 2019
 

A Massachusetts fourth-grader has built a mosaic tribute to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady entirely out of Rubik's Cubes.

Maxim Lin's creation, a head and shoulders image of the six-time Super Bowl champion made out of 999 cubes, took about two months to complete and even longer to plan.


Public Is Invited to Westwood High's 25th Annual Encounters with the Arts
Article published in The Westwood Press, March 19, 2019

Westwood High School will be opening its doors to the public for their 25th annual “Encounters with the Arts” event on March 21. The evening provides an opportunity for students to showcase a wide variety of both visual and performing arts for their fellow students, family, and the community as a whole.


Westwood to Expand Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum
Article published in The Westwood Press, March 19, 2019

The Westwood School District has completed a curriculum review in social and emotional learning and is now preparing to hire its first SEL coordinator. The review began in May of last year and included 30 people from varied backgrounds, who brought different perspectives to the process. The end result was a presentation to the school committee last month.


wcvb logo10-Year-Old Creates Rubik's Cube Mosaic of Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady
NewsCenter 5 (WCVB-Ch. 5), March 19, 2019

A 10-year-old from Westwood has created a unique work of art that combined his love for football and Rubik's Cubes.

Maxim Lin made a Rubik's Cube mosaic of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The fourth-grader submitted the mosaic, which took two months to create, as his science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, project.


wfxt news logoFourth Grader Creates Tom Brady Mosaic Out of Rubik's Cubes
Boston 25 News (WFXT-Ch. 25) News, March 17, 2019
 

Maxim Lin, a fourth grader at Sheehan Elementary School in Westwood, MA, has created a Tom Brady mosaic using nothing but Rubik's Cubes. 

Lin, who is a Rubik's Cube master, started the project around Christmas time and it took him over two months to complete. He began planning last summer and used 999 Rubik's Cubes to complete the assignment, which will be showcased at Sheehan's STEM Festival on Wednesday, March 20. 



Westwood High School to Present "Freaky Friday" Musical
Article published in The Westwood Press, March 9, 2019

What child or parent hasn’t wished to trade places with the other for just one day? That universal—if fleeting—thought is the central theme of “Freaky Friday,” this year’s Westwood High School musical running March 14, 15 and 16.

The familiar story was told in the 1976 film with Jodie Foster and the 2003 remake with Lindsay Lohan. Disney developed the musical, which debuted in 2016. It’s a timeless tale that many WHS students can relate to (as can their parents).


WHS' Library to Feature Displays for Women's History Month
Westwood Patch, March 6, 2019

Westwood High School (WHS') Library will feature displays throughout March to celebrate Women's History Month. These displays were partially funded by a grant from WHS' Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)


Encounters with the Arts: Westwood High School Celebrates National Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month, and Theatre in Our Schools Month on Thursday, March 21
Press Release, March 5, 2019
 

We invite you to enjoy our 25th annual “Encounters with the Arts,” an open house of art, theatre, and music which will take place on Thursday, March 21st from 7:00 - 9:00 PM, celebrating arts achievement at Westwood High School.
 


Hometown Weekly logoMarie Maciejko, WHS Students’ ‘Other Mother’
Hometown Weekly, March 1, 2019

When Marie Maciejko (pronounced “ma-cheko”) was growing up in Westwood in the 1950s, a tinny jingle piercing through the humid air in summer would set mouths watering. The ice cream truck was about to turn the corner, and that meant a rambunctious rush to find Papa Joe in his garden.


Westwood Press LogoWestwood Students Finish in Top 10 at Foundation's InvestWrite Competition
The Westwood Press, February 21, 2019

Westwood students Julia Drainville and Grace Meurer finished first and ninth in the elementary school category of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s annual InvestWrite Competition, and were surprised & honored at the Paul Hanlon Elementary School on Feb. 15.


GeoBee Helps Downey Students Learn More than Facts
Article published in The Westwood Press, February 26, 2019
Article published in Hometown Weekly, March 7, 2019

“Iqaluit, which means ‘place of fish,’ is the biggest community on the largest island in the Arctic Archipelago. Name this island.”

That’s a question from last year’s National Geographic GeoBee, an annual competition of fourth through eighth grade students from nearly 10,000 schools across the country. While the ultimate prizes include college scholarships and cash, Downey Elementary School administrators and teachers say the benefits throughout the process are just as important.


WHS holds African-American Read-In
Article published in The Westwood Press, February 26, 2019 
Article published in Hometown Weekly, March 7, 2019

Westwood High School is recognizing Black History Month with a variety of programs including a recent African-American Read-In. The event was modeled after the national AARI which is described as “the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature.” According to the National Council of Teachers of English, it was established in 1990 and has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.


Middle-Schoolers Succeed in Model UN
Article published in The Westwood Press, February 26, 2019 
Article published in Hometown Weekly, March 15, 2019

In a time when so much debate and discussion is taking place on social media platforms, one teacher at Thurston Middle School is working with students to do it differently. Nicholas Akers teaches seventh grade social studies and is the advisor to the middle school’s Model UN. The program is more commonly seen in high schools – including WHS – but in its first year at Thurston, it’s proven to be a success.


Mindfulness Practices Enhance Westwood Elementary Education
Article published in The Westwood Press, January 29, 2019 

Whether you’re a first-grader or a full-grown adult, emotions and distractions can be difficult to manage. So, tools and strategies that help people to concentrate, calm down and center their thoughts can be invaluable. It’s no different in the workplace than in schools, and it is exactly why mindfulness practices are being integrated into every classroom at Deerfield Elementary School.


WHS Holds LGBTQ Alumni Panel for Students and Staff
Article published in Hometown Weekly, February 1, 2019
Article published in The Westwood Press, January 29, 2019

Westwood High School recently hosted a number of alumni on an LGBTQ panel as part of its Courageous Conversations program in which students and staff work together to identify topics that should be discussed.


Hanlon School Celebrates Creativity
Article published in Hometown Weekly, February 15, 2019
Article published in The Westwood Press, January 29, 2019 

Sometimes a squiggly line is more than a squiggly line; sometimes it can be whatever you want it to be. At least that’s the lesson that students at the Hanlon Elementary School learned during a recent event led by Hanlon first graders in celebration of International Creativity Month.


Author Webcast at Downey School Spreads Inspiration to Thousands
Article published in Hometown Weekly, January 24, 2019
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