September 2017 Monthly Update

September 27, 2017 |

It’s been a magnificent start to the new school year. Our Willard students are bounding through the doors in the morning, engaged in exciting learning during the day and looking forward to doing it all over again as they board the buses in the afternoon. On a personal note, as one of the newest members of staff, I can report that the District, Willard staff, parents and the students, wonderfully supported my acclimation. During the interview process in the spring, I began to appreciate the zeal the staff possesses for teaching, the joy the students embrace in their learning and

August 23, 2017

August 23, 2017 |

Dear Willard Families, I hope you have enjoyed this beautiful summer. For me as the new principal of the school, it has been an exciting time of getting acquainted with staff, learning about the building and settling in. I believe that students learn best when they are known as individuals. To that end, I want to start early to get to know you by inviting all students to join me on Thursday, August 24 for a drop in “social” with ice pops on the Willard playground. So I can meet each of you and your families, we’ll divide the social into three

June 14, 2017

June 15, 2017 |

Yesterday was a busy day at Willard. I am a bit embarrassed to say that I found myself the center of a great deal of attention and fanfare. We celebrated our last All School Assembly yesterday afternoon. This assembly was planned and led by grade 5 students and staff. I expected it would be our usual end-of-year assembly when we bring the year to closure by acknowledging the departure of 5th graders as they prepare to transition to Middle School and saying goodbye to students who are moving away or leaving for private school. It’s also the time when we

June 7, 2017

June 7, 2017 |

I have to begin this weeks’ article by bragging about the wonderful performance of the musical “The Swinging Piper”, by a cast of Willard 5th graders and a handful of their younger siblings. Under the direction of retired 5th grade Thoreau teacher, Bob Lemaire, the play (a version of The Pied Piper) was an absolute hit with parents and the entire Willard School student body! The cast performed the play on three different occasions. There was an evening performance for parents and family members last week and two performances were held on Tuesday morning so that all classes could attend.

May 31, 2017

June 1, 2017 |

The pace of the past few weeks combined with a school calendar that is chock full of events means only one thing, the end of the school year is in sight! While the weather would suggest otherwise, believe it or not, the school year is quickly drawing to a close. As you prepare to read this edition of the Willard Weekly only twelve school days remain in the school year! End of year classroom celebrations of student work (publishing parties, magazine projects, EM4 games, poetry celebrations) have been held or will be held in the next few weeks. Students, teachers,

May 24, 2017

May 27, 2017 |

Fifth grade students displayed their artistic and musical talents last night at the annual 5th Grade Arts Night. Parents, students, and family members launched the event by viewing the Art Retrospective, a large display of all 5th graders’ artwork. This wonderful display of student work showcases the unique talents of each 5th grader since each student designed an individual 3’X4’ panel by selecting and mounting favorite pieces of artwork created over the course of their elementary school experience. Family members spent time viewing and enjoying the beautiful work featured on all of the panels. The Art Retrospective will remain displayed

May 17, 2017

May 18, 2017 |

The district recognized retiring educators at the annual Rose Bush Ceremony. This event was held yesterday at Willard School. Willard educators Susan Chafe and Janice Shear were recognized for their service to Willard and the district. Mrs. Chafe is completing 17 years of service and Janice Shear is completing 25 years of service. Congratulations to both! This week, we will complete the “last leg” of MCAS testing. Fifth graders participated in MCAS Science testing yesterday and will conclude today. The Science, Technology & Engineering MCAS test is not available as an online test. It is a traditional paper and pencil

May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017 |

More than 90 students participated in this year’s Science Fair – Dive into Science. I was so impressed with all of the projects as well as the enthusiasm that students demonstrated for sharing their knowledge of their projects. Thank you to Anne Kilroy and her Science Fair Committee for all of their hard work planning and facilitating a very successful and fun Science Fair. Sunday was a busy day at Willard because the Willard Spelling Bee was also held on Sunday, immediately following the Science Fair. The Spelling Bee had been scheduled for March but was postponed due to inclement

May 4, 2017

May 3, 2017 |

Chalk drawn messages of praise on the concrete at the main entrance greeted teachers when they arrived at school Monday morning in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week in Massachusetts. The week began with a Staff Breakfast that I provided before school on Monday. Over the course of the week, many individual students presented their teachers with a special card expressing their gratitude. I certainly feel that Willard teachers deserve recognition for their dedication to student learning and their focus on the overall well being of their students. Tomorrow, the PTG Staff Appreciation Committee will treat the staff to a luncheon.

April 27, 2017

April 26, 2017 |

Students and staff returned to Willard on Monday after April vacation looking relaxed and refreshed. We now begin the last phase of the 2016-2017 school year. Experience tells me that the remaining weeks of the school year will fly by. Hold on to your hats! Thank you to the parent volunteers who stepped up to assist with the big job of transporting the many Food Drive boxes to Open Table this morning. We really appreciated the help! Welcoming incoming kindergarten students and their parents is always an exciting milestone at Willard. Two sessions of Kindergarten Registration were held on Tuesday.