Abbot Elementary School News
Shoebox Recycling Fundraiser continues at Abbot
As of the end of December, the Abbot School has collected 20 boxes of lightly used shoes and Abbot School is ready to ship them off. This is a year-long fundraiser. Please continue to send in all of your used but wearable pairs of shoes and drop them in the large cardboard boxes located in the Bell Lobby. Students may drop off shoes as they come into school. The shoes will be shipped for reuse all around the world. Each box generates $20.00 in revenue. 15 boxes = $300.00, 15 boxes x 4 times a year = $1,200 - these funds will be used to enhance the curriculum with AEP programming and to purchase supplies.
2nd Annual SOUPER BOWL started at Abbot Elementary School
The Abbot Elementary School will again participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring. Souper Bowl of Caring uses the energy around our nation’s biggest sporting event to mobilize and inspire youth to fight hunger and poverty. Students develop a stronger connection to their communities as they collect food and raise money for charities that provide shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry and compassion to those in need.
During this event, we will take up a collection and give 100% of our donations to the Westford Food Pantry in Westford. We will report our total to Souper Bowl of Caring so our students become part of the national total. Through this experience, students learn the power of working together to make a difference in the lives of others. Help Abbot Elementary School reach this year’s goal, as they strive for 100% participation.
The collection will take place from January 7th to February 1st, the Monday after the big game! Abbot will be collecting any non-perishable food item (especially soup!). Donations may be dropped off in the Main Lobby at the Abbot School. Thank you for contributing to make the 2013 Souper Bowl of Caring a success!
Miller Elementary School News
Bingo for Books Night
The Miller Elementary School held a special Bingo for Books Game night on Tuesday, January 8th and Thursday, January 10. Classmates were able to join in an evening of fun playing BINGO FOR BOOKS that was held in the cafeteria with Mrs. Mullavey. Everyone is a winner and took home books to read!
Miller School Families supports the Lowell Wish Project
Miller School families donated to the Lowell Wish Project Magic of Christmas Program in December. They supported 18 families to have gifts to open on Christmas who otherwise would have had nothing! Even with the economic difficulties so many of us are experiencing, the Miller School community stepped forward and help those who were much less fortunate.
Westford Academy News
MMEA Sixth Annual Eastern District Senior Concert
The following WA students represented Westford Academy in the MMEA Sixth Annual Eastern District Senior Concert on January 5, 2013. The students competed in auditions in November. Students from 49 schools in the greater Boston area performed in this inspiring concert: Sophia Tiano, Alto; Jeffrey Yao, Flute; Isabella Wang, Flute; Ashley Leung, Oboe; Fangru Jiang, Clarinet; Justin Yao, Trombone; Lily Hitelman, Euphonium; Jonathan Chen, Violin; Faye Yang, Violin; Karen Ni, Violin; Helen Zhao, Violin; Alex Bai, Violin; Angela Lee, Violin; Eric Zhou, Violin; Nancy Wang, Violin; Ryan Chen, Violin; Alex Cheng, Violin; Jennifer Der, Violin; Andy Shao, Violin; Allison Leung, Viola; Thomas Chen, Cello; Joel Kottas, Cello; Peter Frohlich, Cello.
Stony Brook Middle School News:
Student Maxwell McGinty represented Westford in Governor Patrick’s Project 351 Initiative on January 26, 2013. Westford Public Schools is proud to announce Maxwell McGinty as this year’s choice for the Governor’s Project 351 Project.
Governor Deval Patrick launched the project, named for the 351 cities and towns in the state, during his 2011 inaugural year. “Project 351 is designed to inspire, challenge and motivate our next generation of leaders to give back and make a significant impact in the community,” he said. The program strives to develop youth leadership skills, inspire the ethic of service, and unite the young leaders of the Commonwealth with an annual class of youth ambassadors. The program also allows young people to discuss issues they consider critical to themselves and their communities.
One 8th grader is selected from each city and town to participate in this important leadership opportunity. Max was nominated by Peter Cohen and Steve Guditus, the Principal and Assistant Principal at Stony Brook to be the representative for both of Westford’s middle schools which house over 1200 students. He was chosen because he best exemplifies the “values of compassion, commitment, humility, kindness, and generosity of spirit” that are sought for during the nomination and selection process.
The students held a town meeting forum with the governor at the State House on the morning of January 26th to launch their year of service and celebrate of the ‘Class of 2013’ and the ‘Legacy of Dr. King’ led by Governor Patrick. Students and their mentors will then deploy for service at one of five Community Service sites throughout the city of Boston. The entire group will reconvene for continued leadership activities and dinner with the governor.
Project 351 ambassadors are challenged to participate
in local impact days of service throughout the year. Students may choose to perform their own acts of service or join ambassadors across the state through participation in a unity project. Max shared that he hopes to bring a service project back to Stony Brook that will support the many servicemen and women who are currently on active duty in places like Afghanistan.
Day Elementary School News
National Geographic Bee Finals at Day Elementary School
Students from grades four and five participated in a class-wide competition for the National Geographic Bee in January. The winners participated in the final round before the Championship Round. The final winner was Suraj Rajiv, who was the school champion. The final three students were: First Place: Suraj Rajiv; Second Place: Jack Mahony, Third Place: Taylor Shea. Best of luck to Suraj Rajiv in the state level competition!