PTA News and Announcements
The first ‘New Family Adult Night Out' will be on Thursday, January 25th, at 7:00 pm. The dinner will be at 'Positano Restaurant', 27 Powers Court. Please RSVP if you are planning on attending before Tuesday, January 22. We will be able to choose which appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert when we arrive at the restaurant. Payment of $37.95 +Tax+Tip is due at the end of the night. A discounted cash bar will be available.
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 18th, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
PTA Book Club
Whether you are a regular or a newcomer, please join us for the next PTA Book Club to be held on February 2nd from 10:00 - 11:00 am in the Staples Library. We will be reading Dashka Slater's new nonfiction book, The 57 Bus. Slater originally wrote about the incident that occurred between two teenagers taking the 57 bus home from school in Oakland, CA in a 2017 New York Times article. She then did further research to write her book, which explores in more detail both the agender community and the juvenile justice system.
Understanding College Financial Aid and Paying for College (grades 9-11)
Tuesday, January 30th (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 10th, 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 27th. Please visit the Continuing Education website for more information, or click here.
All Staples students are invited to audition for the 18th Annual One Act Play Festival. Sign Up for an Audition Slot (on board outside of the Black Box Theatre) by January 17th. Complete Online Audition Form by January 24th. Auditions on January 25th. Callbacks on January 29 & 30th. Rehearsals begin on March 19. Performances on April 21 & 22. Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue.
Congratulate a Graduate. Do you want to congratulate your graduate at graduation this year? Place a congratulatory message in the Inklings graduation issue by completing this form. If you have specific questions please email Inklings at email@example.com
2018 Junior Citizen Academy
The Westport Police Department will be offering a Citizens’ Police Academy for Westport teens beginning on February 27th. Participants will establish a better understanding of the role of the police department in the community and laws affecting teens. Class participants will meet every Tuesday evening from 7:00 - 9:30 pm for five weeks. The academy is open to Westport high school students. For more information and how to apply click here.
Board of Education
The next regular BOE meeting will be held at the SHS Cafeteria on Tuesday, January 16th, 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