A reminder that there is no school for students on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
3 months ago, Westfield Public Schools
No School
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
3 months ago, Westfield Public Schools
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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!
3 months ago, Westfield Public Schools
FAES Community Meeting
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!
3 months ago, Westfield Public Schools
Superintendent's Spotlight
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
3 months ago, Westfield Public Schools
Westfield Eats
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!
3 months ago, Westfield Public Schools
Superintendent's Spotlight
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
3 months ago, WPS District
Tiger's Pride Restaurant
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!
4 months ago, Westfield Public Schools
Superintendent's Spotlight
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.
4 months ago, Stefan Czaporowski
Westfield Public Schools Open House Schedule 2021-2022
4 months ago, Stefan Czaporowski
Open House Schedule
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.
4 months ago, WPS District
covid-19 test
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
4 months ago, Stefan Czaporowski
Hidden in Plain Sight
Watch us achieve excellence all year long on Instagram (@westfieldpublicschools) & Twitter (@WPS_MA)!
4 months ago, Stefan Czaporowski
Twitter and Instagram
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
4 months ago, Stefan Czaporowski
Students of Munger HIll fourth grade teacher Stephanie Martell created this mural that hangs in the schools front office.
4 months ago, Stefan Czaporowski
9-11 Mural
If you missed Superintendent's Spotlight" Thursday morning, click on the link below. This week we talked about the new Westfield Virtual School in the first half hour. In the second half hour, we caught up with the city's Director of Public Health, Joe Rouse. Thanks for watching! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb2KFkGkO10
4 months ago, Stefan Czaporowski
Superintendent's Spotlight
On Friday, September 10th, Superintendent Czaporowski and Director Dargie visited classes at Munger Hill Elementary School and learned of how teachers and kids reflected on the events of 20 years ago. Pictured they join Principal Frieri, Mrs. Roselli, and some of her 3rd graders. They made commemorative American flag ribbons to help us remember how our nation came together after tragedy.
4 months ago, Stefan Czaporowski
Grade 4 Munger Hill
Sue and Ralph Figy and Eileen Jachym, volunteers helping with the Pfizer and Janssen J&J COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Aug. 26 at Westfield High School will be at the doors of the high school from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. greeting everyone who comes for a shot, and handing them a $10 gift card. The free clinic is open to students, staff and community members ages 12 and up. Sue Figy said the gift cards are thanks to the generosity of Westfield Gas & Electric and Firtion Adams Funeral Home, along with many, many people in the community that have sent in gift cards, the vast majority of which are from businesses in town, but some as far afield as McCray’s Farm in South Hadley. This will be the second clinic at Westfield High School. Seventy-five people received vaccinations at the first clinic, and this one has the capacity to serve 140 people. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins will be taken as slots are available. Registration for the Aug. 26 vaccination clinic is simple to complete using a cell phone, tablet or computer, and going to https://curative.com/sites/28991 . The link is also available at www.schoolsofwestfield.org under COVID-19 Testing and Health Services. Parents/guardians are able to give fully-compliant consent for their minor to be vaccinated through the digital sign-up process. Although a health insurance card is requested at sign up, health insurance is not required to participate in the free clinic. The second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be administered at Westfield High School from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 16. https://curative.com/sites/28991?fbclid=IwAR3pSlS2UkFczbpM0EMR6ps5Xh7bV6eqfgw--zmTmmXJasUVUVW0cHRwuYo
5 months ago, WPS District
Westfield Public Schools' fourth annual Curriculum Summit kicked off on August 3! The Summit is led by Linda Jordan from the International Center for Leadership in Education and the Westfield Curriculum Department with over 60 Westfield educators. The Summit will take place over five days and focuses on rigorous curriculum design.
6 months ago, WPS District
Erika Masciadrelli, Susan Dargie and Kristin Puleo
Terry Davidson & Vesna Todd
Denise Ruszala and Lauren Alben
Christine Vedovelli, Dr. Linda Jordan from the International Center for Leadership in Education, Anna Antropova
Thomas Osborn of Amherst has been selected as the first principal of the Westfield K-8 Virtual School, to begin on Aug. 2. “Dr. Osborn’s enthusiasm and energy for this new school will set the students and staff up for success,” said Superintendent Stefan Czaporowski in making the announcement. “I am honored to be joining the Westfield School District as the principal of the Westfield Virtual School. I am looking forward to providing students and families with the highest quality education at Westfield Virtual School and supporting children for whom virtual instruction is the best fit,” Osborn said. Osborn is entering his ninth year in administration and educational leadership. Originally from Queens, N.Y., he has leadership experience in both general and special education, as well as teaching experience in brick-and-mortar schools in New York and Massachusetts, and in virtual schools. “Virtual education has been around for a long time – we’re finally seeing the technology we need to fully embrace it,” he said, adding, “It’s my goal to provide students in Westfield the highest possible excellence in education. I’m really excited to join the team and become part of the community.” Osborn’s educational background includes a bachelor of arts in English literature, a master’s in teaching, a certificate of advanced graduate studies in educational leadership, and a doctorate degree in education. He resides in Amherst with his two children and wife, where he has a small hobby farm with chickens, ducks, geese, and three goats, and is working to grow his own vegetables. He hopes to harvest many cloves of garlic this year. “It is my privilege to lead the new Westfield Virtual Academy and the many talented teachers and students here. My goal is to begin strong with a well-researched and planned program to open the 2021-2022 school year,” Osborn said.
6 months ago, Stefan Czaporowski