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Dear Blanchard Middle School Families,

As we welcome your children next week, a few staff members will also be welcomed to the Blanchard family. Mr. Gregg Chambers will be the new math and science teacher on 7 Green. Mr. Chambers joins us from Dover-Sherborn Middle School, and his teaching and business background includes work with students from middle school to college age. Ms. Marilyn Archibald joins us as a student support teacher on 6 White. Ms. Archibald brings over twenty years of teaching experience in elementary, middle level, and special education to her new role. Finally, Ms. Kristen Donovan-Burns and Ms. Melissa Hansen, teaching assistants, join us from the Day School and will be working with students in the sixth grade.

Some additional information to help facilitate a smooth transition to the 2017-2018 school year is included below. If there is anything else we can do to help, please don't hesitate to reach out to me via email at thislop@westfordk12.us or by phone at 978-692-5582 ext. 163.  

Important Dates
Sep 1    No School
Sep 4    No School
Sep 13  Parent Curriculum Night - Grades 7 & 8 - 6:00 pm
Sep 14  Parent Curriculum Night - Grade 6 - 6:00 pm
Sep 18  Picture Day

First Day of School
As a reminder, Monday, August 28 is a full day for staff only. Sixth grade students start with a full day on Tuesday, August 29. Their orientation schedule was included in the following welcome letter sent out this week: Welcome to Sixth Grade! Seventh and eighth grade students begin on Wednesday, August 30.

Important Documents
On the school website, we have posted some documents that will facilitate beginning of the year procedures. Lists of suggested supplies that will help keep your middleschooler organized are also posted on the homepage. They are not necessary for the first day. The school handbook, district calendar, and bus information can also be found on the school and district websites. Please take a moment to familiarize yourselves with the Blanchard Parking Lot Guidelines. If you need anything else, please don't hesitate to give me a call.

Fall Athletics Information
The sports season will kick of with an informational meeting for all students interested in our sports programs on Thursday, August 31 in the cafeteria during Advisory block. All students interested in any sport should attend. For fall, we have tryouts for any seventh or eighth grade boy or girl interested in our soccer teams or girls field hockey. All grades are invited to join our cross country team with no tryouts required.  Cross country is the only sport available for incoming sixth graders during the fall. Coaches will be on hand during the meeting to answer any sport specific questions. Tryouts for soccer and field hockey and practice for cross country will begin on Tuesday, September 5. The fall sports program runs Monday-Thursday from 2:30-4:00. Our cross country team is bussed to Stony Brook for all practices and home meets.  Parent pickup is required promptly by 4:00 at the Stony Brook track.  Please visit our Blanchard sports page for student requirements PRIOR to the start of the season on September 5.  All students MUST BE registered and must have an up to date physical within the last 13 months on file with our nurse and parent/child. All athletes are required to watch a concussion video. Links to all these requirements are found on our Blanchard sports page which is found under the student tab.

I hope your families enjoy every minute of the last weekend of summer vacation!
Sincerely,
Tim

Timothy Hislop
Principal
Lloyd G. Blanchard Middle School
Westford, MA
(978) 692-5582 ext. 163


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