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Super Bowl winner addresses Call to Excellence audience on dangers of addiction and importance of leadership 

Fall athletes attended the Call to Excellence last night, September 6, and heard from former Pats player and Super Bowl champion, Chris Sullivan, who detailed a lifetime struggle with anxiety that resulted in drug addiction. Husband to Kathi Sullivan - who addressed Westwood parents at a speaker event this past June - Chris encouraged the young men and women to be unafraid to reach out for help and to look out for each other, especially if they have friends who are struggling silently with an issue. 

A great big THANKS! to the Westwood Boosters for sponsoring the night and for their continual support of our student-athletes.

The Call to Excellence event focuses on a different theme year to year; this year's speaker choice reflects our ongoing efforts to address the community-wide challenge of teen drinking and drug use.

You can stay updated on these efforts by following the work of Westwood Cares at
@WestwoodCares. Or, email WestwoodCares2015@gmail.com for more information about how to get involved.


Missed it? Look for the presentation to be uploaded to WestCAT soon.  

Student Portraits, the true signal to the start of a new year

Nothing signals the start of the school year quite like school portraits! Students have received or will receive portrait order forms this week in homeroom. Picture day is scheduled for next Friday, September, 16th. Pictures will be taken in the gym from 7:30 am-1:50 pm. Students are scheduled by homeroom; the assigned times will be shared and posted next week.

Parents of seniors, please note: Students in all grades will be photographed (including seniors), but this does not take the place of Senior Portraits, which are scheduled separately. Please email Ms. Singleton with questions.

 

Key Info About Morning Traffic

As you might have noticed, the traffic around the building during morning dropoff can be quite congested; with more than 1.000 students and 100+ staff members arriving in a small window, it takes coordination and patience for this dropoff to go well. Please see the details below for information about the systems we have in place to ensure that student dropoff is safe and orderly.

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 loop that encircles the school between the large parking lots adjacent to the football and multipurpose fields) 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.
 

News from the School Psychologist - Ms. Cataldo

Welcome back!  To start the new academic year off on the right foot, begin establishing regular routines with your family now.  Get into a consistent schedule for sleeping, eating meals, participating in extracurricular activities, and completing schoolwork.  The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) website provides useful information for parents about transitioning students back to school:
 
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, with National Suicide Prevention Week being September 5th-11th, and World Suicide Prevention Awareness Day being September 10th.  Each year, we run the SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program that promotes the concept that suicide is most commonly related to a treatable disorder, depression.  We can raise awareness about this important topic by helping students and trusted adults identify and understand associated risk factors.  See links below for more information:

Important Dates to Keep in Mind

 
  • September 13: Student Activities Fair, 7 - 9pm (Cafeteria)
  • September 14: Early Release
  • September 16: Student Picture Day
  • September 29: Curriculum Night, 7pm
  • October 5: Early Release
  • October 10: Columbus Day (School closed)
  • October 12: Yom Kippur (School closed)
  • October 19: Early Release
  • October 21: Picture Make-Ups
  • December 8: Parent-Teacher Conferences Night, 6:30 p.m.

Reports to Parents

TERM 1 (44 days)
Last day of term: November 4
  • Progress Reports available to students: October 2
  • Report Cards available to students: November 14
TERM 2 (44 days)
Last day of term: January 13
*Midyear Exams: 1/17, 1/18, 1/19. 1/20
  • Progress Reports available to students: December 11
  • Report Cards available to students: January 27
TERM 3 (45 days)
Last day of term: March 31
  • Progress Reports available to students: February 28
  • Report Cards available to students: April 7
TERM 4 (47 days)
Last day of term: June 9
* Final Exams: 6/12, 6/13, 6/14, 6/15
  • Progress Reports available to students: May 14
  • Report Cards available to students: June 19

Important Dates for Seniors

Last day of senior classes: May 23
Senior Exams: May 24 - 26
Final Report Cards available to students: May 30
Senior Week: May 30-June 2

Class Day:  June 2, 4:00 pm
Graduation:  June 4, 2:00 pm




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