WHS Newsletter

Fall 1 2021

A Message from Principal Callaghan

Dear WHS School Community,

On behalf of the entire staff and administration at WHS, we are so excited for the start of this school year; a year we expect to be more like the ones we’re used to: staff and students focusing their efforts more on learning, growing, and developing all students, as well as teaching curricula that is rich with purpose and relevance to the world around us, and a year with opportunities for all students to be part of school activities in meaningful ways.


Welcome to all new and returning students to 2021-2022 school year.


This year we will work daily to create and develop connections with our students that are rooted in our core values and beliefs:


  1. Respect for all individuals
  2. Civil discourse
  3. Growth in knowledge and skills
  4. In-depth learning and critical thinking
  5. Development of responsible young adults


To this end, this year our school theme is, “Enhancing our sense of community.” There will be more about this throughout the year, especially at the WHS annual Open House on Thursday, September 9.


WHS is so very fortunate to enjoy the generous support of our community, an extraordinary faculty and staff, and a great student body. Our obligation is to use these financial and human resources carefully. Thank you for your critical support of our efforts. If a parent or student has any questions about the school year please be sure to seek out a teacher, department head, counselor, or administrator early in the process.


Please review the items in the newsletter below. It’s full of information I hope you find helpful for making the most of the new year ahead.


Best Wishes,

Mr. Brian M. Callaghan

Principal

District Updates

Superintendent Bock sent an email to the District today titled "Update to Protocols" with a link to the Westborough Public Schools Reopening FAQ. Please take a moment to read through this email and document to get the most up-to-date information.

Health & Safety Reminders

  • Masks are to be worn at all times while inside the building
  • Spacing between individuals is to be considered when feasible
  • Large gatherings and for long periods of time will be monitored
  • Good hygiene practices (handwashing, use of hand sanitizer) are encouraged

WHS Daily Schedule

The schedule for the first 3 days of school is as follows:


  • September 1: all 7 periods meet- see this schedule below

  • September 2: Day 7, a regular bell schedule- see this schedule below

  • September 3: Day 1, also a regular bell schedule


Powerschool also shows what "day" it is in the bulletin section, so you or your students can look there anytime to see which day schedule we are following.

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September & October Calendar Highlights

09/01/21: First Day of School (Students)

09/06/21: Labor Day (School Closed)

09/07/21: Rosh Hashanah (School Closed)

09/09/21: WHS Open House @ 7 pm (Parents/Guardians Only)

09/16/21: Yom Kippur (School Closed)

09/20/21: Senior Night - WHS @ 7 pm (Parent/Guardians & Students)

10/08/21: Early Release

10/11/21: Indigenous Peoples' Day (Schools Closed)

10/15/21: Lifetouch Picture Day - WHS

10/16/21: PSAT - WHS @ 7:30 pm (10th & 11th Grade)

10/21/21: WHS Choir Concert @ 7 pm

10/22/21: Early Release Day

10/23/21: WHS Homecoming 1 pm


Click here to see the 2021/2022 WHS School Events Calendar

Click here to see the 2021/2022 WHS District Calendar

PowerSchool Start of School Sign Offs

PowerSchool Parent Portal - Please complete before the start of school or by September 10th.

Contact Info - Verify/Update emails, phone and emergency contact

Health Info - Must be updated/completed each year

Sign Offs - WHS Student Handbook, Technology, Extended School Community

Bus Information

Superintendent Bock sent an email out regarding the 2021/22 Bus Schedule. Here are some key things to anticipate that will help ensure a good start:

  • It is important for you to anticipate that the first two weeks of bus routes will take time to smooth out.

  • Your patience and understanding is part of that process, and the other part of the process is our team working to solve problems quickly.

  • Bus routes, drivers, and stops CAN change over the course of the year if we need to manage adding new students to bus routes during the year.

  • Stops have to be grouped. We do our best – but there will be times when we cannot meet your requests. Every stop adds time to the routes.


The bus routes have been posted to our website as of today. Please review the bus stops carefully. Students should use the bus stop that is the closest walking distance from their homes. We strongly recommend that students arrive at their stops 10 minutes before the indicated pick-up time. Bus routes and pick-up/drop-off times are approximate based on enrollment, which can change, and buses can run a bit early or late on any given day. Additionally, parents/guardians are cautioned that buses may run late the first few days of school as drivers and families adjust themselves to new schedules, new routes, and in some cases, new schools.

If you have questions about our bus policies please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
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Clubpedia is here!

Created as a Girl Scout Gold Award project by WHS student Molly Northrup, Clubpedia is a website designed to celebrate school clubs and help students to find community through exploring their interests. On Clubpedia, you'll find in-depth information about each school club that has opted into the project, plus a splash of their own character! This website also features news about club events and information on how clubs can collaborate on projects with other school groups. So dive right in and discover new people and passions today!

School Supplies & Lockers

Understandably, it's impossible to create a supplies list that would cover all grades and all classes. Teachers will inform the students of any supplies that are needed for the class.


Additionally, WHS will not be issuing lockers to students this year.

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications

FY 22 Free & Reduced Lunch Applications:

Westborough Public Schools is providing free meals to all students under the USDA's Child Nutrition Program. Students enrolled in the district (or in the community) are eligible for these free meals regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022.


Even though meals are free, it is recommended that eligible families complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application and return the completed forms to the WHS main office. The applications are available here:

Free & Reduced Lunch - English

Free & Reduced Lunch - Arabic

Free & Reduced Lunch - Spanish

Free & Reduced Lunch - Portuguese

Ask the Office

If you have any non-urgent questions that you would like to ask the WHS Office, please click here. You can also find this link on the WHS Homepage under the message from the principal.