Westford Academy Suspension Stats: Sept. to Nov. 2012

The following are statistics relating to disciplinary suspensions from Westford Academy provided by the Westford Public School Department.


Infraction September 2012 October 2012 November 2012 Alcohol Usage 1 0 0 Tobacco/Usage 2 0 2 Disrespect 1 0 0 Excessive Tardies 0 2 0 Fighting 4 2 0 Inappropriate Behavior 0 2 1 Possession 0 2 2 Stealing 1 0 0 Truancy 1 1 0 Suspensions In-School 8 students, 11 days 14 students, 16 days 6 students, 6 days Out-of-School 4 students, 11 days 3 students, 14 days 2 students, 20 days Exclusions 0

1 student


Winston February 05, 2013 at 11:20 AM
If certain deans stopping giving friendly warnings when catching kids with smokeless tobacco (must be that former athlete side) and other contraband the number would be higher. The admin from what I hear is so busy walking around with their noses buried in the screens of their iPads trying to complete the 1001 teacher evaluations they are now required to do starting this year they are aloof and disconnected as ever from the growing serious student issues over there
Julie C. February 05, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Forget about the admin's evaluations of the teachers, I'd rather see the students' evaluations of their teachers.
Dan D. February 05, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Somehow it would be difficult for me to take a 14-18 year olds evaluation of their teachers seriously. A tough grader not afraid to flunk a kid would not get the greatest student reviews, I bet.
Sam February 05, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Nothing to see here.... though I suspect the union regulars will follow Winston's lead and bash administration and complain about steps and their contract in this thread. What was the point in publishing something so meaningless?
Vincent DiRico February 05, 2013 at 04:52 PM
I agree, ignore the drive-by / disgruntled comments. Well don't totally ignore them, log them in your head and remember where the majority of $ in any override would go, then vote NO.
Mitt February 05, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Oh yea my favorite regular contributors are back from their election hangover exile and are part of the conversation once more, I think the drive by comments are indicative of the overall sour teacher culture in town, if you talk to staff you will learn its not simply a few malcontents and bad apples but so many have a new outlook due to their (perceived?) treatment last year. Our school system and students pay the price
Vincent DiRico February 05, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Thanks for those drive-by comments, guess what: your steps are still ZERO, sounds like Mittens is paying to me!
Christi February 06, 2013 at 03:53 AM
I'm with Julie. Who knows more about the teachers than the students? In my experience, students know & appreciate good teachers, and are quick to give credit where credit is due. I think students' evaluations would be tremendously useful in identifying areas of strengths & weaknesses of individual teachers, administrators & curriculum, with a view to improvement. However, to use student evaluation as a tool for measuring performance related pay would be unwise.
Jamaal February 06, 2013 at 10:13 AM
OVERRIDE is coming yea yea, OVERRIDE is coming yea yea. Get out your wallets and checkbook books yea yea, time has come to vote for our kids. OVERRIDE gonna pass though yea yea, OVERRIDE gonna pass through yea yea, The Liberals are in control here yea dont ya know; Gonna spend your money for you! Do it for the kiddos yea yea, Do it for our kiddos yea yea. We gonna support a BIG tax override. Suspensions and Exclusions at WA, Suspensions and Exclusions at WA, add more money maybe all the dope go all away? Admin with their IPads yea yea, Admin with their Ipads yea yea, Officer friendly got the 9mm yea yea; our schools aint what they did used to be!
Dan D. February 06, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Who knows more? Well, for starters, their immediate supervisors should. Although heresy to most educators, objective measurements can be employed. Granted, some students may have the maturity to evaluate their instructors to some extent, but I would not entrust any of them to have a major say in the evaluation of a teacher. Think about it. It would and does lead to pandering by the teacher to the student. A couple of profs I know at that university level claim that is exactly what has happened in their institutions. Courses dumbed down, workload decreased, essentially created an extended childhood for a lot of their students (not all, of course, there are some that are very driven). They know their students are graduated being less prepared than there predecessors, but if the profs don't give in to student evaluations, nobody will sign up for their courses and they will be out of work.
Dan February 06, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Override won't pass because we know of the waste that currently exists, I say move to online classes taught by those in India and cut back on real staff, some companies even offer to express ship essays to India to be graded and expressed back, WA English teachers are already using these cheap overseas grading 'help' why not go all in?
Alex Finnegan April 08, 2013 at 06:54 PM
email me for spreadsheets showing what Westford has to work with. They should not need an over ride. legalcontractsMA@gmail.com


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