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  • April 23, 2018


    Hello West Families,


    Just a reminder that fourth grade students begin MCAS tomorrow for English language Arts, and fifth grade starts Thursday.  Before the Spring Vacation, students had the opportunity to work with the practice tests for ELA where they were able to use the tools, view the computer based testing platform and see what will be expected from them during the actual testing sessions.  They worked hard and took their time with the practice sessions.


    Students were also able to participate in the practice tests for Mathematics and Science Technology & Engineering (Grade 5 only).  The students are familiar with the online testing for Envisions Math, so this will be an easier adjustment doe our 4th graders.  When using the Chromebooks, students may request to use a mouse, if that is their preference.  During both ELA and Mathematics, students are able to use scrap paper and a pencil as well.


    Please take another look at the April and May MCAS schedules sent home last month and posted on the West web page, so you can review the days that your child will be testing.  Students should be encouraged to get a good night’s sleep, have a good breakfast,  arrive at school on time and give their best effort for each session.  Students will be allowed to bring a healthy snack and water for MCAS days. 


    Very important note---no electronic devices are allowed in testing rooms!!   If at all possible, do not send students to school with cell phones, Apple watches or Fitbits on testing days.  These are all considered electronic devices that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education prohibits from testing locations.


    Finally, students should maintain confidentiality about their testing sessions, their testing questions and their responses.  Students should not discuss the sessions or content in the hallways, in the cafeteria or during recess.  Certainly, we encourage you to have conversations about their experience with the new MCAS computer-based format and make them aware that this is their opportunity to show what they know!!


    Thank you for your support,


    Dennis Shaw



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  • February 27, 2018


    Hello West Families,


    The North and the West Intermediate Schools have finalized the MCAS test administration schedule for the spring.  As some of you may be aware the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has provided the testing window from April 2nd through May 25th.


    Please click here to download the schedules for April and May.  Review carefully to see which days each grade has specific testing sessions.  Grade 4 will have two sessions of English Language Arts and two sessions of Mathematics.  Grade 5 will have two sessions of ELA, two sessions of Mathematics and two sessions of Science Technology & Engineering.


    All testing is Computer Based, and we will provide resources, tutorials, and practice sessions for all students.  The link below is helpful and was also shared with parents last year:




    At the end of the month, Mrs. Kurchian will review the tutorial tools for navigation during library class.  We have scheduled practice tests for the beginning of April.


    We would appreciate your taking a close look at the testing sessions for your child’s grade and staying away from those dates for appointments and early dismissals. 


    Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the upcoming Statewide Testing and Administration for Spring 2018 MCAS.




    Dennis Shaw


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  • 2017 Cross Country Nationals


    My name is Addyson Hunt and I made it to the 2017 Junior Olympics Nationals. When I went to Tallahassee, Florida for cross country nationals I was so nervous, but exited at the same time!


    When I did my training I felt ready. Then when I stood on the starting line I got really nervous, but I still felt ready! I was super exited. I didn’t know what to think. Then when the gun went off all the age 9 and 10 girls went off including me! I started  running and I felt awesome. It was really muddy, but when I was almost done with the race and I saw the finish line I ran as fast as I could.  When I finished I was so proud! After the race I went to look for the results. When I found them it said that I got 98 out of 302! That’s in the top third in the nation! I was so proud!


    Cross country nationals was one of the best things that has ever happened to me! It was an awesome experience!


    -Addyson Hunt

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  • January Updates


    Hello West Parents,


    With the onset of winter, and the variations in weather it brings, I would like to take a moment to remind you all about how we approach outdoor recess. We use the Child Care Weather Watch Chart (http://www.c-uphd.org/documents/wellness/weatherwatch.pdf) to determine whether we will go out or stay in. Mrs. Hannigan, our school nurse, and I, check the outside temperature and wind using a weather app, then together we check the chart and make a decision. When we do go out, our challenge has always been trying to determine if children are dressed appropriately for the weather, while at the same time respecting your decision as a parent regarding what your child wears to school. Adding to the situation, many garments now are of technologically advanced materials that in fact are much warmer than they look. Therefore, from this point forward, we will make the assumption that the outer garments a child wears to school are also approved by you for outdoor recess.  If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact me. Thanks.


    Students have been taking their math assessments (pre- and post-topic) online.  They have visited the computer lab or have taken the tests right in class on the Chromebooks.  This adjustment to an online format will be helpful in preparation for our Spring MCAS testing.   Students in Grade 4 and in Grade 5 will be completing their MCAS in ELA, Mathematics and Science and Technology/Engineering (Grade 5 only) on a computer-based format.  Please note that the testing window is longer this spring in order for us to coordinate the use of our testing devices.  The MCAS 2018 testing window is April 2nd through May 25th.  A more detailed calendar for specific grades will be available later this term.


    Coming Soon:

    •  Grade 5 Winter Concert: Thursday, January 25
    •  Early Release: Friday, January 26 at NOON (CIT for staff)


    Click here to download a pdf copy of this announcement!



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  • November 13, 2017


    Hello West Community,


    It is hard to believe that November is here! It’s amazing how quickly the year is moving. Hopefully you received your child’s MCAS score from this past spring. The NextGen MCAS test that we took is dramatically different from our old ‘Legacy” MCAS, and we are busy analyzing our results to glean as much useful information as possible to use as we get deeper into the year.  This link to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/parents/ offers a place to get additional information.


    The classrooms a buzzing with tons of energy. Students are engaged, interacting, and demonstrating their abilities throughout the day. The best part of my day is when I visit classrooms and see the enthusiasm of the children as they become more confident learners. It’s so fun!


    Members of the West Student Council have been busy meeting at WCTV studios every other week, learning the ins and outs of video planning, recording, editing, and presenting, as part of their year-long class.  We can’t wait to see what they produce for us by the end of the year!


    Don’t forget to visit the Shawsheen/ West PAC page here http://www.shawsheenwestpac.org/ to get updated information on activities and events.


    Upcoming Dates of Note:

    • Wednesday Nov 22- Early Release (Noon)
    • Thursday November 23-Friday November 24- Schools Closed Thanksgiving recess
    • Monday December 4 report cards go home
    • Thursday December 7, noon dismissal for parent conferences


    Click here to download a pdf copy of this announcement!



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  • September 7, 2017


    Hello West Families,


    Thank you for your help in getting the year off to a great start.  The students are settling in, and I know we are on our way to a great school year!


    As a reminder, the Elementary Student Parent Handbook is on the district web page.  Here is a link: https://ma02202663.schoolwires.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=89


    In order to prepare for the upcoming school year and better facilitate communication with all of our families, I ask all parents and guardians to take a moment and update your emergency contact and medical information in our ASPEN system.

    If you have any trouble accessing ASPEN please go to the Aspen Help page on the WPS website (http://wpsk12.com/resources/aspenhelp/) or contact the Aspen Help desk at aspenhelp@wpsk12.com


    We are looking for parent volunteers to cover recess duty on Fridays, which gives the grade level teachers a block of time to meet together for planning purposes. If you are interested, email me at dennis.shaw@wpsk12.com . Thanks!


    Thursday, September 7        -       OPEN HOUSE

    Wednesday, September 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM- instrumental music sign up night (strings and band combined) at WHS Auditorium

    Thursday September 14       -       Picture Day

    Friday, September 29-  CIT-Early Dismissal @ Noon


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  • August 2, 2017    


    Hello West Families,


    I hope you are all enjoying the summer!  So far, we have had a busy summer here.  Mrs. Collings, our secretary, has been busy ordering supplies and materials to be ready for opening day. The custodians, Mr. Flibotte and Mr. Gerhartz, are working on getting the building ready for the upcoming year. Many of our teachers are attending workshops, classes and trainings to continue their own learning this summer, so our students can look forward to more hands-on learning opportunities, group collaboration, and engaging, interactive activities throughout the curriculum.  The Shawsheen/ West PAC is already booking enrichment programs and social events to enrich our students’ school experience.


    Don’t forget that the teachers’ Supply Lists are on our West Intermediate web page.  If you have any questions, send me an email at dennis.shaw@wpsk12.com. Please remember if you are purchasing any cleaning supplies for classrooms, they must be Green Works, Seventh Generation, or other EPA registered brand. 


    We have several upcoming dates to share with all of you for August/September:

    • Monday, August 28           Building Walk-Thru for new parents/students to visit classrooms and drop off supplies from 4:00-5:00PM. Teachers are not present
    • Tuesday, August 29          FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
    • Friday, September 1         NO CLASSES
    • Monday, September 4       NO CLASSES-Labor Day
    • Thursday, September 7    OPEN HOUSE - Grade 4 6:00-6:30PM/Grade 5 6:30-7:00PM
    • Friday, September 29       CIT-Early Dismissal @ Noon


    Open House Schedule- Thursday September 7

    Grade 4 classroom presentations 6:00-6:30

    Grade 4 Special Education presentations 6:30-7:00

    Grade 5 classroom presentations 6:30-7:00

    Grade 5 Special Education presentations 6:00-6:30


    Hopefully this info helps in planning for our opening of school on August 29. Enjoy the rest of the summer!!


    Dennis Shaw


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West Happenings

  • March 2018

    Posted by Mr. Shaw on 3/21/2018

    Click here to download the flyer for "Music In Our Schools" month!



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  • February 2018

    Posted by Mr. Shaw on 2/16/2018

    In art, students are working on clay projects. Students are using different clay techniques, such as making a pinch pot, attaching pieces, and pressing or carving different textures. Fourth graders are making clay fish, and 5th graders chose to make either a fish, bird, monster, or their own idea. They're just about done making their clay pieces, and they're doing such a great job! I can't wait to see how they look once they've been painted!




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  • December 2018

    Posted by Mr. Shaw on 1/22/2018 11:00:00 AM

    Throughout the month of December, Rooms 105 and 108 have been incorporating the holiday season into English Language Arts lessons and activities. Students have learned the meaning of intangible and have written five paragraph essays describing three intangible gifts they will be giving to their loved ones this holiday season. In addition to this, the students participated in ELA Holiday Stations on Thursday, December 21. Students reviewed acrostic poems and various types of figurative language, including alliterations and similes.

    Rooms 105 and 108 are also piloting a new method of math instruction this year. Based on observation of student performance and analysis of pre and post assessment data, our 37 students are divided into two fluid groups for each math topic, and the groups rotate between the two teachers. We are differentiating and providing targeted math instruction, to all students, for each topic of study. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know and work cooperatively with all of the students in Rooms 105 and 108 this year!

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