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PTA News and Announcements

SHS PTA Nominating Committee Seeking Members
The SHS PTA Nominating Committee is now forming and we are seeking volunteers to work on this committee. The committee will meet two to three times to nominate candidates to fill the open positions on the Executive and General PTA Board for the 2018-19 school year. We need parent volunteers of current 8th through 11th graders, with at least one volunteer from each middle school to represent the incoming 9th grade. If you are interested in being on the Nominating Committee, contact Kathleen Doyle or Ruth Mannes.Thank you!

Reflections Art Contest 2017-18 - ‘Within Reach’
The deadline for entry to the SHS PTA is January 8, 2018. Entries may be submitted to Celeste Amlicke. Questions? Please contact Celeste Amlicke, SHS PTA coordinator,

Newcomers Coffee
Join other newcomers for coffee on Wednesday, January 11th from 10:00 am - 11:30 am at Starbucks, 1000 Post Road, Westport.

Save the Date: New Parents Night Out, January 25th at Positano’s Restaurant, 27 Powers Court, Westport. More details to follow.

For more information contact Laura Gladstone or Stephanie Moskovit

Special Ed News
Sip and Chat - Meet, exchange ideas and ask questions with other Special Ed parents. Open to all parents of students receiving Special Education services in Westport schools. Wednesday, January 17th, 9:30 - 10:30 am at Panera Bread (1860 Post Rd East, next to Home Goods). Upcoming dates: February 15th, March 14th, April 19th and May 16th.

Navigating your child’s IEP - Understanding your child’s IEP can be difficult. This presentation given by a panel of WPS administrators will bring you through the document so that you are able to better participate in the Planning and Placement Team meeting. Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Long Lots Elementary School library from 9:30 – 10:30 am or from 6:30 – 7:30 pm for this presentation. RSVP to Kim Strazza at

Staples Tuition Grants
The application for a Staples Tuition Grant has gone live on the website, for the 2018-2019 school year. The deadline for applications is March 9, 2018. After that date, all applications must be complete to be considered for a grant. If you have any questions, please email

Rescheduled College Kickoff Night
All juniors and their parents/guardians are invited to our College Kickoff Night, rescheduled for this Wednesday, January 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. starting in the Staples auditorium. There will be a general presentation covering the various components of the college application process, followed by a Q&A breakout session with the student’s own school counselor.

Understanding College Financial Aid and Paying for College (grades 9-11)
Tuesday, January 30 (snow date: Wednesday, January 31): We’re extremely fortunate to welcome expert college planning and financial aid consultant Bill Smith for a presentation, Understanding College Financial Aid and Paying For College, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Staples auditorium. Distinct from our fall financial aid night focused on the filing of FAFSA applications, in this program Mr. Smith will discuss assessing eligibility for need- and merit-based aid, how to identify colleges that might meet need and offer merit aid, and creating a plan to pay for college. It promises to be an informative program geared toward students and families beginning the college exploration process at varying levels of need.

PSAT for Sophomores
A timed PSAT-10 will be administered at Staples High School on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Storm date is March 17, 2018. The PSAT 10, designed especially for sophomores, is a practice exam for the PSAT/NMSQT (the official grade 11 PSAT). The test will be administered according to official College Board guidelines and scored by the College Board ( Sophomores who register for this PSAT 10 exam should have completed or concurrently be enrolled in Geometry. Registration will be through Westport Continuing Education. Registration ends Tuesday, February 27.

Please visit the Continuing Education website for more information, or click here.

NARCAN Information and Training Session
Thursday, January 11th from 7:00 -8:30 pm @Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., Rm 200/201A, join us for a presentation by Ellen Brezovsky, LCSW and Director of Community Relations for Silver Hill Hospital. Ellen will discuss how to obtain and use NARCAN, a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses the effects of an overdose. Click here for more information. To RSVP, email Annette D’Augelli. First 30 registrants will receive a free Narcan kit.

Board of Education
The next regular BOE meeting will be held at the SHS Cafeteria on Tuesday, January 8, at 7:30 pm. Click here for the current meeting agenda. The meeting can also be viewed live on channel 78 or via computer on the district’s website or by clicking here: BOE Meeting Live Stream.

Community Bulletin Board Information - click here

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