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School committee provides collective bargaining update

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Thursday night, the Westwood School Committee met to both announce the results of collective bargaining with the teacher’s association regarding the fall school reopening, and to decide whether they would allow teachers' children to attend school in person four days a week.

Remote learning continues for Westwood students

Massachusetts students recently learned the process of remote learning will continue until at least May 4, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip our nation. Westwood’s initial two-week closing called for teachers to only reinforce skills already taught during the 2019-2020 school year. With the extension of the mandatory school closures, the Massachusetts...

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Downey Elementary named Blue Ribbon School

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The U.S. Department of Education has named Westwood’s Downey Elementary School a National Blue Ribbon School for 2019, joining 362 other schools from around the nation. Schools are awarded a National Blue Ribbon based on overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. “It is an honor to be named...
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Westwood students are responsible Digital Citizens

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Give children a computer and the world is at their fingertips, but with that access comes a host of potential pitfalls. How do they learn to manage their time? How do they identify fact from fiction when searching Google for information? When Westwood Public Schools gave each of its high school students a...
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WHS holds African-American Read-In

Westwood High School recognized Black History Month with a variety of programs, including a recent African-American Read-In (AARI). The event was modeled after the national AARI, which is described as “the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature.” According to the National Council of Teachers of English, it was established in 1990...
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Residents take guided school tours

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Westwood residents – some with children in the public schools and some without – took part in guided tours of the Deerfield, Hanlon and Sheehan elementary schools last weekend. The tours were coordinated by Superintendent of Schools Emily Parks as part of the District’s efforts to give residents an opportunity to see for...
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A year on, Jardin’s influence still felt

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By Richard McDonough Hometown Weekly Correspondent Last year, Westwood was struck by tragedy when it lost Jack Jardin prematurely after a fatal car crash. On Wednesday, May 31, Jack’s life was commemorated by his family and friends along with those who ensured that his legacy would endure. For those who did not have to pleasure...
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Town meets to discuss budget

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By Richard McDonough Hometown Weekly Correspondent On Tuesday, February 7, the Westwood Finance and Warrant Commission met to discuss the finical status of Westwood regarding schools, local business and public works. The committee met in the Community Meeting Room to discuss the changing budget conditions and to ensure that public funds are being used appropriately...
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