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News 3/4/17
Hi Everyone,

Welcome back from what I hope was an enjoyable February break! Settling back into the school routine, we have several important reminders and updates to share.
Stay warm this weekend!

STEM Opportunities
Westford is sending a group of students and staff to the Girls Statewide STEM Summit on Sunday, April 2. We have five openings for Blanchard eighth grade girls who would like to join Mrs. Close at this event. Please email Mrs. Close at as soon as possible if your child is interested. Read more about this opportunity here: Girls STEM Fair. On a related note, there is also a free STEM event in Boston that is open to the public on Sunday, March 12. Here is the flyer: Boston STEM Fair

End of Year Dates
For your summer planning purposes, I'd like to share some important "save the dates" pertaining to the end of the year. Barring any additional school cancellations, the last day of our school year will be Tuesday, June 20, an early release day. The eighth grade class trip to Canobie Lake Park is tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 16, and the completion and awards ceremony will be held on Monday, June 19.

Math Parent Information Nights
District mathematics curriculum coordinators, Miss McHugh and Mrs. O'Gorman, will be holding informational meetings for parents in grades 4-7 to communicate the math placement process. These meetings are scheduled for March 13 at 6:30 at Stony Brook School and March 15 at 6:30 at Abbot School. Please read the notification here: Math Information Night Letter

Fitness Club is Back!
Mr. Morgan will resume the popular after school activity on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 2:00-3:00 pm in the fitness room during the month of March. If your child is looking for something physical that is less structured than a team sport, this is a great opportunity! Participants must see Mr. Morgan to sign up in advance for each day they would like to stay.

Sixth to Seventh Grade World Language Selection
Grade 6 students taking a World Language are now in their third rotation. One more language to go!  In early May, these students will receive a packet with information regarding language preference and selection for the 2017-2018 academic year.  On Thursday, May 4, Sharon Charbonnier, World Language Curriculum Coordinator, will be available in the Blanchard Middle School Learning Commons from 6:30-7:30 pm to answer questions about middle school language offerings and the selection process. The language preference form will be due Monday, May 8. Stay tuned for more information!

Shout Outs!
  • Congratulations to the Blanchard Math Team! They placed first at their meet against Carlisle and were division champions in February!
  • Our school nurse, Mrs. MacDonald, accompanied a group of Blanchard students at the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association's advocacy day in Boston. The Lowell Sun recently featured a photo of the students on their field trip to the State House: Blanchard Students Advocate at State House
  • Congratulations to seventh grader Aaditi Padhi on advancing to the state finals in the National Geographic Bee!
Congratulations, Megan Tierney!
Blanchard student Megan Tierney was selected to serve as Westford's representative to Project 351. Each year, the organization brings eighth graders from across the state of Massachusetts together to participate in a year of service and leadership. Megan attended the kick off event in Boston, where she joined fellow young ambassadors to engage in community service at the Greater Boston Food Bank and meet with Governor Baker. A reception at the JFK Memorial Library featured an inspirational speech from the father of Martin Richards. With Westford Project 351 alumnus Emily Blagg, Megan has begun planning a 2017 service project for the town. More information to come this spring. Way to go, Megan! Read more about the kick off event in the following article from The Boston Globe, Project 351 Teaches Teenagers Virtues of Leadership

Don't miss the latest Learning Commons Blog Post: February 2017 as well as the updates from local organizations included below.


Timothy Hislop
Lloyd G. Blanchard Middle School
Westford, MA
(978) 692-5582 ext. 171

Westford Parent Connection Worried About Your Child’s Social And Emotional Health? In today’s high-pressure world, we focus a lot of our attention on our kids’ academic performance. We want them to do well in school so that they can get into good colleges, or to be ready to face the working world. No matter where their lives take them, we want them to be successful. But what about their social and emotional health? Shouldn’t we be as equally concerned about their social and emotional wellbeing? Dr. Joseph Moldover, Psy.D., ABPP/CN, is a development neuropsychologist with a private practice in Wellesley. His interests include the evaluation and management of children and adolescents with learning disorders, developmental disorders, neurological injuries, and psychiatric disabilities. A sough-after speaker, he is coming to Westford to present Supporting Kids’ Social and Emotional Needs on Thursday, March 9. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is being held at the Stony Brook Middle School, 9 Farmer Way, at 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Moldover’s presentation is a joint venture between the Westford Parent Connection and the Westford Special Education Parent Advisory Council. The information is appropriate for parents and teachers of children of all abilities, keeping in mind that the social and emotional needs among children in special education are often overlooked or underserved. Dr. Moldover will review the different types of social and emotional challenges which frequently arise among children and adolescents, and will include strategies and recommendations to address those challenges. Time will be allotted for questions. For more information about Dr. Moldover, go to For other questions, contact Mary Anne Seraphin at

The Westford Summer Music program is now accepting registrations for instrumental and choral music students entering grades 5 through 9. Band, chorus, and orchestra ensembles will rehearse daily from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Stony Brook School on July 10th through July 14th .  During the week, the students will prepare new music and give a free performance on Friday, July 14th at 11 a.m.
Summer Band directed by Ms. Vicki Garino, Blanchard and Stony Brook band director
Summer Chorus directed by Mrs. Karen St. George, WA vocal director
Summer Orchestra directed by Mr. Todd Hamelin, Abbot and Day Schools string director
For more information and registration please visit For questions, please contact:

Teen Centers are a WASA-sponsored event that bring together students from both Blanchard and Stony Brook Middle Schools. This event gives the students an opportunity to meet and socialize in a safe and fun environment. It is held at the Blanchard Middle School. Entertainment includes activities such as a DJ, karaoke, board games, basketball & floor hockey. All Teen Centers run from 7 - 9 p.m. and all students must have a signed permission slip. Westford Middle School Teen Center dates for this year are:
March 10, 2017 - eighth grade Teen Center
April 7, 2017 - sixth grade Teen Center
If you would like to volunteer, please email Barbara Goodhue at


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