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April 5, 2020 Good afternoon Westport students and families: Let me first begin by thanking you for all of your hard work, flexibility and patience over the past three weeks. Remote learning is new for all of us and I appreciate the ways in which you have completed lessons and activities provided by your teachers during these uncertain times. As you are likely aware, a week ago, Governor Baker announced an extension on the mandated school closures in Massachusetts. Based on this extension, the earliest schools would reopen would be Monday, May 4th. As a result of this announcement, Massachusetts 
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DESE Spanish Letter to Families – March 30, 2020
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DESE Letter to Families – March 30, 2020
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Gov. Baker Announced Extended Statewide Closure of Schools Until May 4 WESTPORT —  Westport Community Schools announces that, in accordance with an order from Governor Charlie Baker, Westport Public Schools will remain closed through the end of April as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic. The statewide closure of schools, originally set to end on April 7, has been extended to end Monday, May 4. The closure of schools is an unprecedented step by the state that is seen as vital to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 and to continue the practice of social distancing as more positive cases 
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All MA Schools to Close through at Least April 7 WESTPORT —  Westport Community Schools would like to notify parents about Governor Charlie Baker’s announcement Sunday night to close all public and private schools statewide until April 7 and provide information about the importance of social distancing during this time. Westport Community Schools will be following the mandate put forth by Gov. Baker’s office and schools in Westport will remain closed until April 7. “By following guidelines set by local and state public health officials we are doing our part to enact social distancing and protect our students and staff,” 
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Westport Jr./Sr. High School Begins Search For New Principal, Seeks Community Input WESTPORT —  Westport Jr./Sr. High School Principal Mitchel Aho has announced his retirement at the end of the school year. “We are extremely thankful for Principal Aho’s contributions to the Westport community over the past two years,” said Superintendent Gary Reese. “Principal Aho has been an integral part of our community and it saddens us to see him leave. We wish him all the best and hope he enjoys his retirement.” Principal Mitchel Aho began his 30 year career as an educator at the Londonderry Independent School District in 
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WESTPORT —  Superintendent Gary Reese is pleased to share that the district has received a generous donation from a local nonprofit that will benefit student learning through technology at the Westport Jr./Sr. High School. The Greater Fall River Development Corporation has made a grant donation of $29,923.54 to Westport Community Schools. The funds will be used at the Jr./Sr. High School in the coming years to enhance learning by expanding technology initiatives in the classroom. Paul Joncas of the Greater Fall River Development Corporation presented the donation check to School Committee Chairman Antonio Viveiros on Thursday, March 5. “Using technology 
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WESTPORT —  Superintendent Gary Reese is pleased to share that Westport Community Schools is holding its 2020 American Red Cross Blood Drive, in support of 16-year-old Thomas Harrington, next week. WHEN: Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Alice A. Macomber School Gym, 154 Gifford Road WHAT: Donors are encouraged to give blood in support of Thomas Harrington, the 16-year-old son of Macomber School Adjustment Counselor Elisabeth Harrington, who has battled bone cancer since he was a child. When Thomas was 10-years-old, he was diagnosed with stage 4 bone cancer. Thomas went through intensive treatment, including surgery, 
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WESTPORT —  Superintendent Gary Reese is pleased to announce that the Westport Junior/Senior High School’s girls basketball teams hosted their third annual Lady Cats Charity Night. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Lady Wildcats played the Pioneer Charter School of Science at Westport High School in their annual charity basketball game. The game raised money for the Hundred Club of Massachusetts which provides financial assistance, scholarships, vocational guidance and more for children and families of fallen police officers and firefighters of Massachusetts. “It’s an honor of ours to be able to partake in such a generous event,” said Head Girls Basketball Coach 
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Drinking Fountains to be Turned On Feb. 24 WESTPORT — Superintendent Gary Reese is pleased to report that the district has completed its manganese remediation in the drinking fountains at the Macomber School after several years of work. In the spring of 2019, the district began working with Northeast Water Solutions of Exeter, Rhode Island to evaluate the issue and develop a long-term remedy. A new filtration system was installed in July and has since passed all rounds of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) testing. The school’s drinking water will be turned back on Monday, Feb. 24, and the 
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