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PTA News and Announcements

PTA General meeting/Coffee with the Principal
Our final PTA coffee of the year has been moved to this Friday, May 18th, from 10:00 - 11:00 am in the Faculty Dining Room. Our Principal, James D’Amico, will be with us for a general discussion and to answer any questions. As the May coffee is also our annual meeting, we will be voting on the SHS PTA proposed board for 2018-19.

Class of 2018 - Graduation is just around the corner!
Don’t forget to sign and return the Waiver for the Graduation Celebration! Waivers must be signed by a parent and the student, and no student can be admitted to the party without a signed waiver. Completed waivers can be turned in at the front desk in the box marked "PTA Graduation Celebration Waivers".

Graduation Events Donations - so far, 48% of Senior Families have donated to support these special events that help make graduation memorable - please help us reach our goal of 100% by donating a minimum of $65 per student. Donations can be made here or via check made payable to “SHS PTA” and mailed to: SHS PTA - GEMS, 70 North Avenue, Westport, CT 06880, with your child’s name in the notes line.

All forms and information on Graduation are available on the PTA's Graduation Page on the SHS website.

Class of 2019
Junior Prom will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 7:00 - 10:00 pm at school. The dress code is semi‐formal (jackets and ties, dresses). Juniors must arrive no later than 8:00 pm and will not be permitted to leave prior to 9:30 pm. For more information contact Kelly Shamas.

AP Exams
AP tests continue this week. Please remember that it is mandatory that all students be seated for the tests at the appropriate time. For the room schedule for the AP tests click here. All morning tests will begin at 7:30 am. All afternoon tests will begin at 11:30 am.

Westport Pops Concert
The Westport Pops tradition continues June 8th at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts featuring the Staples Symphonic Orchestra and Band, Jazz Band and Orphenians. For more information visit

In order to hold an event of this magnitude at no cost to concert-goers, we need your help. If you can help by volunteering for the event, please sign up at PopsVolunteer. If you would like to help by making a donation to Staples Music to help offset the cost, find donor info at PopsDonor. Thank you in advance for your consideration!

From the College & Career Center
Click here for the College & Career Center Newsletter for May. There are some important dates in the newsletter. If you have any questions, please stop by the College & Career Center at anytime.

Staples Players Presents 12 Angry Men
Performances on May 24, 25,& 26 at 7:30 pm and May 27th at 3:00 pm. Guilty or Innocent? What happens when twelve men and women from various backgrounds are summoned to court on a hot summer day to decide one man's fate? During the heated deliberations, the hidden preconceptions and assumptions of the jurors are revealed. With a running time of 90 minutes (no intermission), this powerful drama builds to a suspenseful climax! Tickets at No one under 10 years admitted.

Club News
Staples Code It! - The first annual Code It! coding competition will take place in the library on Wednesday, May 23rd from 10:45 am to 2:15 pm. The competition is open to all students as an in school field trip. We are looking for food contributions to make this a successful event. For more information on contributions email or call 203-341-2426. For more information on the competition see the Schoology Code It! group under School Groups.

Co-Ed Cheerleading - Registration is now open for boys and girls in grades 8 - 11. The Co-ed Cheerleading tryouts will be taking place on June 4-7 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm in the Field House. To tryout you must be registered on the SHS Athletic Department website. For additional information, please email Janet Gat.

PYD Presentation “Talk Back to Worry”
Join us for the Presentation "Talk Back to Worry: Managing Stress and Anxiety” on Tuesday, May 15th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, in the Westport Town Hall Auditorium. Unmanaged worried thoughts can hijack the brain’s availability for learning, negatively impact health and well-being and create a lot of family stress. Susan Bauerfeld, PhD, will teach a very practical process for managing worry, help reduce the impact of stress, and increase the brain’s capacity for learning, regulation, and relationship. Questions? Contact Stacie Curran or Nancy Greenspan Wilson

2018 - 2019 Westport School Calendar
Calling all student artists: Submit your artwork for the Westport School Calendar. Each year, the Westport School Calendar proudly features beautiful artwork by our K-12 students. This year the calendar will be in full color. Students whose artwork is selected for the monthly pages will receive a free calendar. All K-12 students are encouraged to submit their artwork by Friday, May 25th (on 8 1/2 x 11 white paper, oriented horizontally) to the box labeled "WestPAC Calendar Art" in each school's main office, or submit a digital scan to For details and submission instructions click here.

Westport Continuing Education Classes
The upcoming Cont Ed classes offer various options. Click here for the Cont Ed Summer 2018 brochure; the HS programs are on the last/back page.

  • Cont Ed Summer Camps - Choose from filmmaking, pottery, woodworking, broadcasting, jazz, cooking, improv, animation, drones, programming, writing, all kinds of sports & more. Plus, academic credit courses, test prep, and Driver Ed.
  • Summer Musical @ BMS: Shrek the Musical Jr. - Westport Summer Teen Theater Camp (entering grades 6-10) is excited to stage this award-winning musical. Everyone who auditions will be cast, or sign up for tech crew or set design.
  • Academic Credit Courses - American Government, Algebra 2, Geometry, Chemistry, Physics, and Phys. Ed. Restrictions apply; see website for details.
  • New this summer; Personal Financial Management. Do you want your son or daughter to learn valuable financial lessons before they set off for the real world? If so, sign them up for Personal Finance this summer! Class meets daily July 2 - 20 from 8:00-12:15 at Staples. Students may take the class for credit and 2018 grads may audit the course. Cost is $700 but the money saved in making solid financial decisions will far exceed that! Email Sarah White at with any questions.

Programs begin June 25th. Click here to register.

Board of Education
The next BOE meeting will be held tonight, Monday, May 21st at 7:30 pm, in the Staples Cafeteria. 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.

Community Bulletin Board Information - click here