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Memorial Day moves to Thurston Middle

Ned Richardson, the Grand Marshal of the event, speaks about his time in two different branches of the military.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While it was originally scheduled to be held at the New Westwood Cemetery, because of rain, Westwood's Memorial Day ceremony...

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Westwood reworks social studies curriculum

They say you can’t rewrite history, but in Westwood the school department is reworking its entire social studies curriculum to comply with new state education standards. Teachers at every grade level worked over the summer to ensure the material they present this school year meets the new requirements. “The greatest change is in the 8th grade,”...
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Middle-schoolers succeed in Model UN

In a time when so much debate and discussion is taking place on social media platforms, one teacher at Thurston Middle School is working with students to do it differently. Nicholas Akers teaches seventh grade social studies and is the advisor to the middle school’s Model UN. The program is more commonly seen in high schools...
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Westwood residents contribute to Elite football success

On Dec. 2nd, at Dexter/Southfield in Brookline, MA the sixth, seventh and eighth grade Massachusetts Elite football teams won their way into the Elite 8 of the FBU National Championship. This year’s eighth grade team features six athletes with Westwood connections. Five of the players are from Xaverian (Matt Defeo, Alex Saunders, Cole Jette, Michael Oates...
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The play’s the thing at TMS

The play within a play is a dramatic device most commonly known from “Hamlet.” While this year’s sixth grade class at Thurston Middle School (TMS) isn’t tackling Shakespeare, their upcoming performance of “Myths at the Edge of the World” by Matt Webster will deliver four plays within one. The production is an extracurricular activity, but it...
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Westwood students break eggs, learn STEM

It was four years ago that the administration at Westwood’s Thurston Middle School decided they needed a STEM program with a robust engineering and computer science component. Now, the school is preparing to graduate the first class of students to have made its way through the entire program. While it was more of a pilot program...
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Westwood returns to school

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By Daniel Curtin Hometown Weekly Contributor From students getting ready for their first day of sixth grade at the Thurston Middle School to seniors preparing for their last first day in the Westwood school system at the high school, Nahatan Street bustled with first-day nerves and excitement last Tuesday. The clanging of lockers filled hallways as...
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WHS students spin ‘Charlotte’s Web’

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By Emily Greffenius Hometown Weekly Intern On the evening of Friday, June 5, Westwood High School students took part in the school’s first-ever spring play, a performance of “Charlotte’s Web,” directed by Gina Cosmini and Jennifer Walsh. Drama teachers at Thurston Middle School, Cosmini and Walsh put together a show perfect for parents and their...
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Thurston Middle School gives spring concert

By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter The auditorium grew loud as families found their seats, chatting with one another and greeting fellow parents around them. The stage was empty, save for a piano, a drum set, and the risers, which spread across the length of the stage. The lights soon dimmed, and dozens of students, dressed in...
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PMC Kids ride on the horizon

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With this year’s 11th annual Westwood Kids Pan Mass Challenge ride on the horizon for Sunday, June 10, at 8:30 a.m., it’s hard to believe that the very first ride was over a decade ago. Started by Denise Singleton and a group of Westwood residents in 2008, the event was inspired by Westwood...
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Thurston Middle performs amazing musical

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Thurston Middle School’s seventh and eighth grade students may be young, but they are bursting with talent. They proved that with their performances of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Westwood High School from April 5 to 7. The middle school thespians followed the script of Tim Rice and...
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Smiles abound for Bachar Saba

By Linda Thomas Hometown Weekly Correspondent Life was simple growing up in Damascus, Syria in the 1970s. There were fewer responsibilities. All then-12-year-old Bachar Saba thought about was summer breaks from school and the chance to be his father’s companion. It was his first taste for dentistry. Saba remembers taking his small bike to his dad’s office, riding it...
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COA celebrates Valentine’s Day

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Tucked between Thurston Middle School and Westwood High School is the Westwood Council on Aging. Though it may be small in comparison to the two buildings that sandwich it, the senior center puts on some huge events, like the annual Valentine’s Day party last Wednesday. In the center’s multi-purpose room,...
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Westwood orchestras perform collaborative concert

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter On December 12, Thurston Middle School and Westwood High School joined forces to deliver an outstanding winter orchestra concert. The two schools, performing separately and together on Westwood High’s stage, brought a perfect blend of songs together, with several holiday songs in the mix for those celebrating this month. Beginning...
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Indian festival lights up Westwood High

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Westwood High School’s cafeteria was transformed into a cultural celebration on the evening of November 11, as the community came together for the fourth year in a row to celebrate the Indian holiday, Diwali. Thanks to the Westwood Indian American Association, India’s biggest holiday made its way to town...
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Westwood educator attends national art seminar

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Matthew Shine, an educator at Westwood's E.W. Thurston Middle School, was selected as one of only 53 participants of the 2017 National Gallery of Art Teacher Institute on Art of the Renaissance held in Washington, D.C., in July. The six-day seminar brought together teachers of art, English, history, math, and related subjects from 22...
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Middle school orchestra wins highest honors

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On Friday, May 26, the Thurston Middle School Orchestra won the platinum level highest honors plaque at the 2017 Great East Music Festival. This was the first time the Thurston Middle School had won platinum level honors for its orchestra ensemble. The Thurston Middle School 8th grade band and chorus also won gold...
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Thurston hosts first annual Writers Conference

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter Writing is one of those elusive careers—something that every learns and does in school, and is part of most people’s jobs, but can seem impossible to do professionally. This year, on Wednesday, May 17th, Thurston Middle School held their first annual Writers Conference, “Writers Who Read.” In addition to...
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Ng siblings shine in taekwondo championships

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Ava Ng, a Westwood resident and fourth grader at Martha Jones Elementary, won two gold medals in both the form and breaking events at the 2017 Heart of Massachusetts Taekwondo Championships in Auburn. Ava’s older brother, Alexander, a sixth grader at Thurston Middle School, won a silver medal for the form event and...
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RAY Awards honor Westwood youth

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter Each year, the Westwood Rotary Club and Westwood Youth & Family Services collaborate to honor the youth of Westwood through the Recognize a Youth Awards (R.A.Y.) Awards. The R.A.Y. Awards shine a light, so to speak, on the outstanding citizenship of Westwood’s young people. Recipients distinguished themselves through their...
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