• 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 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 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


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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:


    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 ( or contact the Aspen Help desk at


    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 . 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 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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  • Click here for 2017-2018 supply lists!


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West Happenings

  • November 2017

    Posted by Web Master on 11/21/2017

    From Mrs. Gravallese-

    The Grade 5 West Intermediate Book Club begins this November.   Session I students will begin their reading adventure on November 29, 2017, and the second session will begin when we return from the winter vacation on January 3, 2017.  The students will be participating in discussions about books that were voted as some of the most popular books on the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award and engaging activities will accompany their reading.  Some of the books the students will be reading are The Boy Who Saved Baseball, Peter and the Starcatchers, and The Lion Boy, just to name a few.  


    From Miss Lamont-

    Room 104 was lucky enough to have both sets of Giovanna’s grandparents visit us from Brazil, and Annika’s grandmother visit us from Germany!  It was very interesting learning about different cultures and customs!

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