District Calendar:

January 2015
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January 01, 2015

Holiday Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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January 02, 2015

Holiday Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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January 05, 2015

7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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January 07, 2015

8:30a.m. - 11:59p.m. BOE Meeting - Budget Work Session
Westport Library, McManus Room
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7:00p.m. SBAC Testing Parent Meeting Grades 3-8 & 11
Bedford Middle School Auditorium
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January 08, 2015

10:00a.m. SBAC Testing Parent Meeting Grades 3-8 & 11
Bedford Middle School Auditorium
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7:00p.m. SHS Junior Parent Night
Staples High School Auditorium
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January 12, 2015

SHS Midterm Exam 1& 4 (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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January 13, 2015

SHS Midterm Exam 2 & 3 (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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12:00p.m. Internet Safety Workshop
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7:00p.m. Internet Safety Workshop
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7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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January 14, 2015

SHS Midterm Exam 6 & 7 (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. SPED 8th Grade Parent Night
Staples High School Faculty Dining Room
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7:00p.m. SES 5th Grade Orchestra, 4th/5th Grade Chorus Concert
Saugatuck Elementary School
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7:00p.m. CES 5th Grade Band/Orchestra, 4th/5th Grade Chorus Concert
Coleytown Elementary School
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January 15, 2015

SHS Midterm Exam 5 & 8 (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. SHS Junior Parent Night SNOW DATE
Staples High School Auditorium
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January 16, 2015

Western Regional High School Festival (All Day Event)
Trumbull High School
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No School Students/Staff Development Day (All Day Event)
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January 17, 2015

Western Regional High School Festival (All Day Event)
Trumbull High School
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January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King Day NO SCHOOL (All Day Event)
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January 20, 2015

SHS Midterm Exam Make-Up Day (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. SPED 8th Grade Parent Night SNOW DATE
Staples High School Faculty Dining Room
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7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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January 21, 2015

7:00p.m. SBAC Testing Parent Meeting Grades 3-8 & 11 SNOWDATE
Bedford Middle School Auditorium
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January 22, 2015

10:00a.m. SBAC Testing Parent Meeting Grades 3-8 & 11 SNOWDATE
Bedford Middle School Auditorium
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7:00p.m. SES 4th Grade Orchestra/5th Grade Band Concert
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7:00p.m. GFS January Concert 4th Grade Orchestra/5th Grade Band
Greens Farms School
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7:00p.m. CES 4th Grade Orchestra Concert
Coleytown Elementary School
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January 23, 2015

Western Regional High School Festival SNOW DATE (All Day Event)
Trumbull High School
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January 24, 2015

Western Regional High School Festival SNOW DATE (All Day Event)
Trumbull High School
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SAT Exam - SHS is NOT a test site (All Day Event)
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January 26, 2015

7:30p.m. Benefit Concert for the Orphenians
Staples High School Auditorium
featuring Westport native and Broadway star Adam Kaplan (Newsies) and Friends
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January 27, 2015

7:00p.m. SHS/CMS Jazz Concert
Staples High School
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7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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January 29, 2015

7:00p.m. 8th Grade Parent Night
Staples High School Auditorium
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Positive Youth Development

What is Positive Youth Development?

Positive Youth Development (PYD) is a unique partnership of Westport’s PTA’s, Westport Schools, Department of Human Services and Positive Directions. Its mission is to promote the positive development of children and youth in their families, in their schools, among their peers, and in their communities.

History of PYD
In 1996, the United Way organized and sponsored a town-wide forum on Youth Issues, held at Temple Israel.  This Forum posed several questions to the participants, probably numbering around sixty people, who covered a very broad gamut of representation from groups dealing with Westport Youth, as well as youth themselves.  The questions were: 
            What exists in our community which supports youth?
            What are the obstacles to positive youth development?
            What should we change?
            What are the top three things we should do?

A second forum was held later, focusing on what actions had been taken and course corrections.

The timing on these forums coincided with results of the First Selectman’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention (Arcudi Administration), Westport schools’ focus on needs of children, including the social and emotional, and the Westport Youth Commission recommendations.  All in all, there was a confluence of varied groups, all focusing on improving the health and safety of our children.

The recommendations which came out of these discussions focused on several needs:
Parenting
Middle School Programming
Safe Places for Youth to Gather
Youth Volunteerism
Mentoring
Youth Leadership Development

A philosophical approach was developed which concentrated on preventing youth problems, rather than correcting them after the fact.  Under this philosophical umbrella, the Town (Human Services), Schools, a prevention agency (“Positive Directions”) and Parents (PTA) work together to encourage those programs already in existence which encourage positive youth behavior, as well as developing new ones.  Examples of programs already in existence, which support positive youth development, are such things as religious youth groups, sporting activities, etc.  New programs created out of these discussions include Toquet Hall, the Community Service Corps, School Psychologist Meetings and Risky Behavior Forums.

A Parent Resource Committee was formed and it is now comprised of two PYD Representatives from each school, the PTA Council Presidents, the PTA Council PYD Representatives, and directors from the Town of Westport Human Services, Positive Directions, the Westport School district, the Coordinator of Psychological Services for the district and the Parent Education Coordinator for the town.   This group meets monthly throughout the school year to keep on top of developments in the lives of Westport’s children and to brainstorm possible programming.