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Good morning,

I am writing today to continue to share key information that I hope will be helpful to you in preparation for the start of the school year.

Schedules are ready
Most importantly, I am writing to share with you the news that the Aspen portal is now open for you to access your son or daughter's schedule.


Key points about schedules
A few key points about downloading schedules:
  • Freshman students do not have student-level access to Aspen yet. But, their parents do. As we do each year, we open the portal to freshmen students themselves in the first few weeks of school. Parents, of course, can access their son or daughter's information - including schedules - at any time.
  • As a courtesy, we send hard copy schedules along to freshmen in addition to opening families' access in Aspen. They should arrive at your home on Friday or Saturday (8/22 or 8/23).
  • Sophomore, junior, and senior students and their parents are able to access their Aspen accounts - including schedules - at any time.
  • In an effort to reduce costs and conserve paper, we do not mail hard copy schedules home to sophomore, junior, and senior students. Of course, if a student would like a hard copy at any time, a member of the main office staff will be happy to print one during office hours before or after the start of the school year.

Portal Access:

  • You may access the Aspen portal using the following link: https://ma-westwood.myfollett.com/aspen/logon.do
  • Students' schedules are available for download in PDF form in the section titled "Published Reports".
  • Students and parents will receive an e-mail confirming that a PDF schedule is available for download.

Problems with Aspen?

 

I hope that you enjoy the remaining days of this beautiful summer with your friends and loved ones. Of course, please let me know if you have any questions between now and when I see you here at WHS!

Sincerely,
Sean Bevan 
Principal, WHS

Athletics Update: Call to Excellence, start dates and registration

Call to Excellence (required for athletes only):
Team coaches should already have discussed the upcoming Call to Excellence event - scheduled for 
August 28th at 7pm in the WHS auditorium - with their teams. Please contact AD Matthew Gillis (mgillis@westwood.k12.ma.us) or your team coaches with questions. 

Start Dates:
A summary of remaining start dates:
  • Aug. 25: Golf, Boys Cross Country
For start times, locations, and further details, see the Fall Sports Tryout Calendar.

Registration: Please go to the FamilyID portal to register your son or daughter if you plan for them to participate in a fall sport.
Field hockey players began tryouts today.

Chromebook Distribution and School Tours for Freshmen and New Students

Incoming freshmen and new students may pick up their Chromebooks any time on Tuesday, August 26th betwee 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

National Honor Society students will be on hand to tour students around the school and answer any questions they may have.

Details on morning drop-off, traffic pattern

The fire lane, which loops around the building, is a key access point during morning drop-off for many families.
Ensuring that all students are able to arrive safely to school, it's critical that parents dropping students off observe the following rules, which we use to organize morning traffic:

If you arrive BEFORE 7:15 a.m.: please drop off your student(s) in the semi-circle on Nahatan Street.

If you arrive AFTER 7:15 a.m.: please observe the following rules:
  • Timing, limitations: Parents may enter the fire lane (the main, Pond-side loop that encircles the school) after 7:15 a.m., when the last bus has dropped off. 
  • Traffic through the fire lane: cars may enter from Nahatan Street through the entrance nearest the track and exit on the southeast exit nearest the softball field.
  • One lane, no passing: Traffic in the fire lane is limited to one lane so that students being dropped off may do so safely. Please do not pass.
  • Semi-circle drop-off: Parents may continue to drop off students in the semi-circle on Nahatan Street.
  • No through traffic in staff lot: To ensure the safety of our staff, parent traffic through the staff lot is prohibited.
Though these rules are designed to alleviate some of the congestion caused during morning arrival, the most efficient and timely way for a student to arrive to school is the school bus. For information about the school bus program, visit http://goo.gl/CVDzX0.

Food Services update

The WHS Food Service staff, at the 2013-2014 end-of-year celebration. 
The Westwood Public Schools Food Service Department is excited to continue to provide healthy and delicious meals to our students and staff. See below for more information about WPS Food Services:
  • Online payment, account tracking: The Food Service Department provides parents with a convenient, easy and secure online service to monitor your child’s school meal account. All interested students are required to be registered at www.myschoolbucks.com which allows you access to monitor your child’s account at any time where you can view your child’s account balance and activity for the past 90 days. Registration for this program is free. Parent Support Line for myschoolbucks is  855-832-5226 if you have questions.
  • Free and Reduced lunch program: Westwood Public Schools offers free and reduced lunches to students who qualify. Students will receive applications for the program in their homerooms in the first week of school. You are welcome to access the application in advance of the first week by clicking here.
  • Food Service Collection Policy: The Westwood Public Schools Food Service Department is a self-funded operation that relies solely on the sale of lunches to students and faculty in order to financially sustain its operation. The purpose of this policy is to establish consistent meal account collection procedures throughout the district to ensure the continued financial independence of the food service program.
For more information, please visit the WPS Food Services Department web site.

Join Friends of Performing Arts Boosters

YEARBOOKS ARE IN: Students who purchased a yearbook may pick it up in the Main Office at any time during the school day. 
The Friends of the Westwood Performing Arts is an all-volunteer community group dedicated to supporting the performing arts in the Westwood Public Schools, concentrating on grades four through twelve. The group provides scholarships to graduating seniors, promotional signs for WHS and TMS shows, and refreshments for concerts and theatrical events throughout the year. Become a friend today! 

Support young performers by placing an ad in the season Program Book. Find out more here. (link to document).  

Important Dates to Keep in Mind

Newly-added or changed dates are highlighted in RED:
 
  • August 28: Call to Excellence, 7:00 p.m. (athletes only)
  • September 2: First day of classes
  • September 10: Early Release
  • September 16: Student Picture Day
  • September 17: Activities Fair, 7:00 p.m., Cafeteria
  • September 24: Early Release
  • September 25: Rosh Hashanah (School closed)
  • October 2: Curriculum Night, 6:00 p.m.
  • October 6: PTO Meet and Greet, 8:30 a.m., Faculty Club
  • October 8: Early Release
  • October 13: Columbus Day (School closed)
  • October 22: Early Release
  • October 22: Info Session for Parents New to WHS, 7:00 p.m., Little Theater

Reports to Parents

TERM 1 (44 days):    Last day of term:  November 5
Portal opens to view Progress Reports: October 10
Portal opens to view Report Cards: November 14

TERM 2 (41 days):    Last day of term:  January 23             
Portal opens to view Progress Reports:  December 12
    *Midyear Exams:  1/20, 1/21, 1/22, & 1/23
Portal opens to view Report Cards:  January 30

TERM 3 (46 days):    Last day of term:  April 7
Portal opens to view Progress Reports:  March 6
Portal opens to view Report Cards:  April 10

TERM 4 (40 days):    Last day of term: June 17
Portal opens to view Progress Reports:  May 8
    *Final Exams: 6/12, 6/15, 6/16, & 6/17
Portal opens to view Report Cards: June 19

Important Dates for Seniors

May 26: Last day of senior classes
May 27-29: Senior Exams
May 29: Grades due 
June 1: Grades finalized 
June 5: Class Day, 4:00pm
June 7: Graduation, 2:00 pm
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