District Calendar:

May 2015
SMTWTFS
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May 01, 2015

All-State Music Festival & Conference @Hartford (All Day Event)
Hartford
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May 02, 2015

SAT Exam - SHS IS a test site (All Day Event)
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All-State Music Festival & Conference @Hartford (All Day Event)
Hartford
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May 04, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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May 05, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. CMS 6th Grade Concert
Coleytown Middle School
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May 06, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. BMS 6th Grade Concert
Bedford Middle School
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May 07, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. BMS 8th Grade Concert
Bedford Middle School
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7:00p.m. CMS 7th & 8th Grade Concert
Coleytown Middle School
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May 08, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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Staples High School Freshman Adjudication Festival (Band, Orchestra, Chorus) (All Day Event)
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6:00p.m. KHS Museum Night
Kings Highway Elementary School
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May 11, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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May 12, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. BMS Specialty Concert
Bedford Middle School
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May 13, 2015

LLS Mini-K (All Day Event)
LLS
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AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:30p.m. SHS 9th & 10th Grade Spring Concert
Staples High School
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May 14, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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SES Mini-K (All Day Event)
SES
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7:00p.m. BMS 7th Grade Concert
Bedford Middle School
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May 15, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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May 16, 2015

7:00p.m. Staples High School Junior Prom
Staples High School
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May 18, 2015

7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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May 19, 2015

LLS Mini-K (All Day Event)
LLS
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7:00p.m. College Panel Night SHS
Staples High School Auditorium
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May 20, 2015

CES & GFS Mini-K (All Day Event)
CES & GFS
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7:00p.m. SHS w/CMS & BMS Chamber Orchestra Concert
Staples High School
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May 21, 2015

SES Mini-K (All Day Event)
SES
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7:30p.m. SHS Choral Concert
Staples High School
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May 25, 2015

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL (All Day Event)
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Memorial Day Parade CMS, BMS & SHS Bands (All Day Event)
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May 26, 2015

KHS Mini-K (All Day Event)
KHS
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5:00p.m. Staples Science Symposium
Staples High School Library Media Center
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May 27, 2015

CES, GFS & KHS Mini-K (All Day Event)
CES & GFS
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7:00p.m. Long Lots 4th Grade Orchestra & Specialty Concert
Long Lots Elementary School
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May 28, 2015

Staples Players Production (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. KHS 4th Grade Orchestra/4th & 5th Grade Chorus Concert
Kings Highway Elementary School
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7:00p.m. SES 5th Grade Orchestra & Band Concert
Saugatuck Elementary School
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7:00p.m. GFS 5th Grade Orchestra/Band Spring Concert
Greens Farms School
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7:00p.m. CES 5th Grade Band & Orchestra Concert
Coleytown Elementary School
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May 29, 2015

Staples Players Production (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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May 30, 2015

Staples Players Production (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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Staples Players Production (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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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.