There will be no school for students beginning Wednesday, November 24 through Friday, November 26. Our schools and offices will close at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24. Schools will reopen on Monday, November 29. Thank you!
Tune in this Thursday morning November 18 to WSKB 89.5 FM, WCPC Channel 15, or westfieldtv.org from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. for "Superintendent's Spotlight". This week, hosts Stefan Czaporowski and Chris Rogers will talk with Special Education Director Debra Ecker. Join us if you can! Thanks for listening and watching!
In partnership with Purple Shield and Cataldo Ambulance, Westfield Public Schools will be providing a vaccination clinic on Tuesday, November 23rd at Westfield Middle School from 3:00-5:00 P.M. AGES ELIGIBLE: 5-11, 12+ Parents/guardians must register online and accompany their child. REGISTER: https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/cataldo?calendar=4074378b-3db1-4bb8-9d03-e5a0be1915c6
A reminder that Westfield Schools will be closed on Thursday, November 11, in remembrance of Veteran's Day. Thank you
Tune in this Thursday morning November 4 to WSKB 89.5 FM, WCPC Channel 15, or westfieldtv.org from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. for "Superintendent's Spotlight". This week, in the first half hour, hosts Stefan Czaporowski and Chris Rogers will talk with Principal Jessica Kennedy all about Westfield Middle School. In the second half hour, we catch up with Westfield Food Services Director Rachel Kania. Join us if you can! Thanks for listening and watching!
Beginning on Monday, November 1, Westfield Public Schools will begin Test and Stay COVID testing to students for whom consent was received. Westfield Public Schools continues to partner with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and CIC Health to operate this program. Test and Stay is used when a student is considered a close contact. Students can take a rapid antigen test (BinaxNOW) on each school day from the date of exposure. If the test results remain negative, students may remain at school. Please see the flowchart below for additional information. Only students with consent can participate in this program. If you are interested in having your child participate in the program, a consent form can be signed by visiting https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
A reminder that there is no school for students on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
Dear WPS families, Beginning on Monday, October 25th, Westfield Public Schools will begin COVID Symptomatic Testing to students for whom consent was received. Westfield Public Schools has partnered with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and CIC Health to initiate this program. Symptomatic testing is used when a student is showing symptoms of COVID-19 during school; students should not come to school if they are feeling sick while at home. Some symptoms of the virus look identical to other illnesses like the cold or flu, and this test tells us whether a symptomatic student has COVID-19 or not. This is a rapid test, and we receive the results of this test within 15 minutes. If a student has minimal symptoms and tests negative, they can remain in school. Only students with parental consent will be participating in this program. If you are interested in participating in the program, parents or guardians must sign a consent on behalf of your child by visiting https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma. COVID Test and Stay will be added in the next several weeks as well. In addition, the number of positive COVID cases weekly by school is now available on our district website or by clicking on the following link: 2021-2022 COVID Information | Westfield Public Schools (schoolsofwestfield.org) This page will be updated at the beginning of each week. Thank you for your continued support and understanding. Sincerely, Stefan Czaporowski Superintendent of Schools Westfield Public Schools
Westfield Public Schools invites you to a Community Meeting on the MSBA Franklin Avenue Elementary School Project on Thursday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at Franklin Avenue Elementary School in the cafeteria. Join us if you can!
Tune in this Thursday morning, October 21 to WSKB 89.5 FM, WCPC Channel 15, or westfieldtv.org from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. for "Superintendent's Spotlight". This week, hosts Stefan Czaporowski and Chris Rogers will be broadcasting live from Fort Meadow Early Childhood Center to celebrate STEM week with staff and students. Join us if you can! Thanks for listening and watching!
The Westfield Public Schools Food Services Department is asking for your patience and support as we navigate new challenges. As you may be aware, we are currently faced with unprecedented shortages of food and packaging materials, massive delays or cancellations of deliveries, and department labor shortages. Nationwide shortages and delays have affected availability of certain food items, leading to substitutions of menu items we’ve been able to offer regularly in the past. These supply issues are occurring throughout the country and are especially challenging for school systems, due to the quantity of meals we serve and the nutrition standards we follow. All of this means that we may need to make quick substitutions to our menus based upon what we are able to acquire. We know that this affects students, and we are doing our best to provide updates about menu changes when possible as soon as we identify an issue. Please follow us on our Facebook page WestfieldEATS for menus and updates or call 413-572-6493 for questions. Please know that our number one priority continues to be providing healthy, nutritious, and appetizing meals for your children. We love seeing them every day and appreciate your support and patience as we continue to offer meals at no charge for all students. The good news is that free breakfast and lunch will continue throughout the school year, so please stick with us while we face yet another challenge. Your participation helps our program stay strong, and we look forward to serving you! Warmly, Rachel Kania Director of School Food Services
Tune in this Thursday morning, October 14 to WSKB 89.5 FM, WCPC Channel 15, or westfieldtv.org from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. for "Superintendent's Spotlight". This week, hosts Stefan Czaporowski and Chris Rogers will be talking with WPS Supervisors Kate Perez and Lauren Cadigan, Director of Curriculum Susan Dargie, and Westfield State University's Dr. Jennifer Hanselman about STEM Week. Join us if you can! Thanks for listening and watching!
Tiger's Pride Restaurant will be open Thurs. 10/14 and Fri. 10/15 from 10:30 - 12:30! Check out both menus using the link below, and we'll see you there! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sKhEv-sW1i1Gxb-PkorpkTs5kefJIfglK6RLqD2XdQ8/edit?usp=sharing https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XjgajmuqkfxKoyHzccBLX91Ezy9BY2ilKH_ZGvHtaVk/edit?usp=sharing
Tune in this Thursday morning, October 7 to WSKB 89.5 FM, WCPC Channel 15, or westfieldtv.org from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. for "Superintendent's Spotlight". In the first half hour, hosts Stefan Czaporowski and Chris Rogers will be talking with Guy McLain from the Westfield Athenaeum. In the second half hour, we catch up with the Principal of Southampton Road Elementary School, Mary Cieplik. Join us if you can! Thanks for listening and watching!
The Special Education Parent Advisory Council for Westfield Public Schools will hold its first monthly meeting of the year on Sept. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria of Westfield Technical Academy, 33 Smith Ave. The meeting will be a meet and greet, and an opportunity for families to meet SEPAC parent leaders and learn more about their work, as well as to meet special education administrators and service providers and to ask questions. Special Education Administrator Debra Ecker said she will be there along with the special education supervisor in the elementary, middle and high schools, and Jamie O’Neill, the new lead manager of autism and behavioral services. “SEPAC and the special education department work very closely together, and we thought this would be a nice opportunity for parents to come in, learn what SEPAC is all about, and to meet the special education team,” Ecker said. She said both the department and SEPAC will have information there, and will be happy to answer questions. Childcare will be provided. For more information, contact SEPAC at Westfieldsepac@gmail.com.
Westfield Public Schools Open House Schedule 2021-2022
Curative, a medical testing company will provide PCR COVID tests, at no cost to the patient; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm in the parking lot of the Westwood building at 94 North Elm Street. No appointment is needed, however patients can pre register to save time at the testing site at https://curative.com/sites/32761 Patients with health insurance are requested to bring their insurance card. Insurance coverage is not required. Test are self-collected, and results are typically available in 2 days.
Hidden in Plain Sight is an interactive program allows adults to explore a teen’s bedroom and learn how drugs and alcohol can easily be hidden in a teenager’s bedroom. Learn about signs such as concealment areas, hidden containers, clothing, paraphernalia and more! The program will be available during Open Houses at Westfield Middle School, Westfield High School, and Westfield Technical Academy
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As the country commemorates the 20th anniversary of September 11, one local teacher shared with us how she is educating students about the terror attacks in the hopes they never forget. How do educators approach such a delicate subject as September 11 with students? We spoke with Munger Hill Elementary School fourth grade teacher Stephanie Martell. She said that even though the subject is emotional, it is important to make sure that educators open up that discussion with students. Martell said exercises such as watching videos and holding discussions afterward or students working together to color a mural to commemorate that fateful day help them grasp what happened on September 11. “I like to cite Mr. Rogers here who always said, ‘Look for the helpers’ and we put a lot of focus on, look at how this country came together. We worked together and we put aside our differences,” Martell explained. Martell said she hopes students will think back on that day and remember how many people selflessly gave their lives to help others. She also hopes students know that it is ok to talk about difficult situations and to see others show emotion around them. Liliana Roselli and Hannah Polan are fourth grade students at Munger Hill Elementary School. They both said they learned how so many risked their lives on that day to help save others. “I've learned about 9/11 that people risked their lives to save people, strangers helped people, firefighters, policemen…It can get sad sometimes and sometimes people can cry about it. We are grateful that many people survived,” Roselli said. Polan added, “I think all of the firefighters and the policemen and all of the people who went in and tried to save people knowing their life would be in risk.” The students said it is important that September 11 be commemorated every year and they were especially pleased that there are memorials to remember those who gave their lives to help others. https://www.westernmassnews.com/news/westfield-teacher-discusses-how-she-teaches-9-11-to-students/article_4dbd1f30-1241-11ec-91f3-7bfb83ca74dd.html?block_id=994434&fbclid=IwAR0B2h2TutDYxvOiueNB1cPa_USyAl9X18udzhEjks8H-wgrzXYun7FRwns