What Advice Would You Give Incoming Westford Academy Freshmen?

Freshman year is a tough year - what advice would you give?

As the calendar flips to August, thoughts start to turn to the first day of the new school year.

When Westford Academy opens its doors for the school year, a brand new crop of freshmen will begin the wild, four-year (in most cases) journey that is high school.

So we pose the question -- What advice would you offer to the incoming Class of 2016?

Franklin August 09, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I would tell a new freshman to be aware 'good faith negotiations' means something entire new in WPS these days and that if they break the rules make sure mom or dad holds a key position in town (or is connected to someone who does) so the rules apply differently for you!
Vincent DiRico August 09, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Mr Sylvia Please remove this POISON!
Sam August 09, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I sure hope that Franklin is not a teacher in the system.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Folks, Please focus on the experience of going to a new school. Thanks.
Tim August 09, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Sharpen your pencils, cover your book, don't chew gum or give teacher dirty looks
Tim August 09, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Poison is the name of a 1980s Hair Metal band if I am not mistaken, just bringing up a point intended to unify the membership going into kickoff that though settled the troops are still not ready to be silenced with the scars of the past year, WEA represent
Sam August 09, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Oh the SCARS, how can they possibly make it through the year. Hope they covered the scars while basking in the sun all summer long.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Final warning, people. Tired of this....
Randy Winslow August 09, 2012 at 09:47 PM
On a more related note, students need to remember that they will now be held to a higher standard of individual responsibility.
Tony August 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Randy, Will they though really? I know this is often said but are students in fact held to a 'higher standard' at WA?
Randy Winslow August 12, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Depends on the parents, by teachers they are. Whether or not entitlement continues at home is another issue.
Bill B August 12, 2012 at 07:48 PM
What about the ADMINISTRATION consistently and equitably doing so?
Kaley Parker August 13, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Smile, be kind, be open to meeting new people, respect EVERYONE in the school, don't be afraid to ask teachers questions--especially in the beginning. Remember that there is no 3rd floor, and no pool.
Franklin's Correct August 27, 2012 at 08:41 PM
True story!
Vincent DiRico August 28, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Both you and Franklin need to get a life. This was not for your belly aching, it was for the students (from people WHO CARE) clearly neither of you fall into that group!
Alex Finnegan September 09, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Try to have fun and remember that their is life beyond High School.


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