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Kindergartners get homework plan in Westford

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  • Westford Superintendent Everett "Bill" Olsen. File photo

The School Committee met on Sept. 12 and discussed a number of topics including homework for full-day kindergartners. 

Kindergarten Homework

At Monday’s School Committee meeting on Sept. 12, Assistant Superintendent Kerry Clery presented what she termed a “bingo-like” sheet for teaching kindergartners how to do homework. Clery said the sheet had been devised last year by Nabnasset School kindergarten teacher Kate Maguire and is being embraced by the school principals, who met recently to discuss homework in general. Included in the discussion was whether full-day kindergartners should have homework in the same vein as their half-day counterparts.

“This is something that stopped us all in our tracks,” said Clery. “We felt like ‘yes,’ this is something we can sink our teeth into.”

The homework sheet gives students a variety of tasks from which to choose and requires the completion of four by the end of each week, Clery said.

One such assignment directs students to “look outside for five signs of fall” and “clap out the syllables in the five words.”

Enrollment by School

Student enrollment is down by about 40 students overall, as compared to the previous school year, according to Superintendent Everett “Bill” Olsen, who presented numbers to School Committee members, Sept. 12:

Westford Academy — 1,687

Blanchard Middle School — 612

Stony Brook — 701

Crisafulli — 334

Abbot School — 355

Day School — 357

Robinson School — 272

Nabnasset Elementary School — 361

Miller School — 334

Millennium Pre-School — 128

Completed maintenance projects

School Committee members received a report Sept. 12 from Kathy Auth, school  finance director, on maintenance completed on school buildings over the summer break. The improvements were funded from the general fund appropriation for Building and Grounds Maintenance, according to Auth.

Carpet and flooring replacements

Westford Academy, Blanchard, Nabnasset, Miller, Robinson

Gym floor refinishing

Westford Academy Auxiliary, Westford Academy Main, Blanchard, Stony Brook, and Day Schools

Roofing and Windows

Millennium roof seam repairs and repairs to window frames

Parking lot and pavement repairs cracks and holes systemwide, Nabnasset concrete berms replaced,

Westford Academy and Nabnasset front entrance sidewalks repaired

Painting

Abbot gym and Day School ceilings, cafeteria, gym, art room, “new wing” classrooms

Doors

WA aux gym lobby and bus

lobby, Day cafeteria

Carpentry

construct closets in Miller admin area, add bookshelves to Blanchard library, build

bookcases for four schools

Electrical

wiring for additional projectors in all schools

Replace torn padding in Blanchard gym

Handicap

accessibility bathroom renovations at Day School

conversion of boys room to an adult restroom in Abbot main lobby

Remove walls

created a larger classroom at Stony Brook

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