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PTA News and Announcements

SAVE THE DATE: 
Diversity and Inclusivity in the Westport Schools
When: Feb 11, 2020 from 7 to 8:30 PM
Where: Westport Public Library - Room 210
What: Please join us for a conversation facilitated by members of TEAM Westport to discuss thoughts and ideas regarding practices of diversity and inclusivity in our Westport schools.

Please make sure and review the Midterm Exam Schedule and associated bus schedule here.

In this weekly:

Important Information From Guidance and the College & Career Center 

WCE offers SAT Prep for the March 25 Test

Special Education Sip n’ Chats Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming Parent Event - How to Raise an Adult

New Staples logo wear-WINTER ITEMS ADDED

Board of Education 

What’s Happening Around Town


Important Info from Guidance and College & Career Center 
2020-21 Course Selection 
The 2020-21 Staples High School Program of Studies is posted on the front page of the Staples website. Throughout the month of January, teachers will present information regarding course and level options within their subject area and make recommendations for their students. Recommendations will be viewable on PowerSchool starting Tuesday, February 4. From February 4-14, students will pre-register for courses through PowerSchool. All students will then meet individually with their school counselor throughout the rest of February and March to discuss plans, ensure all requirements are met, and finalize all selections, including alternate choices for electives. Detailed information can be found in the email message sent last week from Principal Thomas; further instructions will be coming soon.
 
Senior Parents: Mid-Year Transcripts
Once semester grades are finalized, mid-year transcripts will automatically be sent by the guidance office to any colleges for which students have already submitted a transcript request, whether or not they are required by the college. No additional forms are required. If the student was accepted early decision, we will send the mid-year transcript only to that college. Please encourage your children to inform their counselor and update Naviance as they hear their decisions.
 
Junior Post-High School Planning
If you were unable to attend either College Kickoff Night or the Naviance Parent Workshop, please follow the links below to view the recordings and corresponding handouts.
College Kickoff Night Video
College Kickoff Night Handout
Naviance Parent Workshop Video
Naviance Junior Classroom Handout
2020-21 Guide to Post-High School Planning and College Applications (students may visit the guidance office at any time to pick up a hard copy)
 
School counselors are available for individual planning meetings with juniors and their families starting January 23. To schedule a meeting with your school counselor, contact guidance department secretary Fran Geraci at 203-341-1225.

WCE offers SAT Prep for the March 25 Test
Westport Continuing Education continues to partner with AlphaPrep to provide an affordable option for SAT prep. Help your student do their best for the March 25 test for 11th grade students at Staples High School. The next class begins on Thursday, January 9 and runs through March 5, from 6:30-8:30 pm (no class 2/20). For more information, call 1-888-842-5742 or go to https://www.alphaprep.com/alpha//courses/courses and type Westport in the search bar. 

Special Education Sip n’ Chats Upcoming Meetings
1/15/20, Westport Library, Room 210 (9:30am to 10:30am)
1/16/20, Westport LIbrary (6:30pm to 7:30pm)
2/12/20, Location TBD
3/18/20, Location TBD
4/15/20, Location TBD
6/10/20, Location TBD

“How To Raise An Adult” Parent Event - Feb. 4th or 5th!
Join us for an engaging Parent/Community book topic discussion based on the popular, pivotal New York Times Best Seller that has sparked a “parent movement” with book discussions and community conversations across the country and in Fairfield County.
 
HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT: BREAK FREE OF THE OVERPARENTING TRAP 
AND PREPARE YOUR KID FOR SUCCESS
By author Julie Lythcott-Haims, the former dean of freshman at Stanford University, researcher and mother 
 
TED Talk Screening & Book Topic Discussion with Tracey Masella, LCSW from Silver Hill Hospital
 
This event will be offered TWICE to accommodate parents’ schedules:
Tuesday, February 4, 9:30-11 AM, The Westport Library, The Forum
Wednesday, February 5, 7-8:30 PM, The Westport Library, The Forum
 
-Open to ALL PARENTS of toddlers to teens, PreK to 12th graders
-Reading the book ahead of time is not required to attend
-Book sales at events, borrow (print and digital) from The Westport Library or buy online, in advance
 
FLYER LINK: HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT FLYER
 
PLEASE REGISTER: Howtoraisewestport.Eventbrite.com (recommended, but not required)
 
For questions, please contact PTA Council Co-Chairs, Health, Wellness Advisory Committee: Allison Keisman: akeisman@customerfinders.com & Adrienne Tober: atober123@gmail.com

NEW Staples Logowear - WINTER ITEMS!
Check out the new Winter Logowear items now available!  Keep toasty warm with hats, scarves, gloves, fuzzy headbands, fleeces & more.  
Staples Wreckerwear Winter 2019

Board of Education
The next BOE meeting will be held at the SHS Cafeteria Thursday, January 23rd at 7:30 pm. Click HERE for the meeting agendas. This 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

What’s Happening Around Town
The State of the Town with First Selectman Jim Marpe & Board of Education Chair Candice Savin
Come hear First Selectman Jim Marpe and Board of Education Chair Candice Savin at the 3rd annual State of the Town, Sunday, January 26, 2-3:30, at the Westport Library. Free to all. Bring your questions for Q&A! Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westport and Westport Sunrise Rotary.

Day of Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) Activism at Toquet Hall
What: This event will include information about legislators' and 2020 candidates' stances on GVP legislation, voter registration help, opportunities to contact legislators, sign making, a photo station, speakers, a musical performance, and of course, food! 
When: Friday, January 24, 3:30 PM
Where: Toquet Hall, 58 Post Rd E, Westport, CT 06880

Please RSVP using this link: https://act.everytown.org/event/sda-events/29822/signup/?source=&akid=&zip=
 
Community Bulletin Board Information - click HERE.
 
Netta Levy (Beebe) and Claudia Shaum
Staples High School PTA Co-Presidents
shs_pta@westportps.org