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Superintendent of Schools - Amber Bock

Dear Westborough Community,

As we head into this weekend of family and friends I find myself thankful to live in a community that is striving to be a town that lives the values of the Thanksgiving season. The friendship circle and solidarity Shabbat two weeks ago at Temple B’nai Shalom reminds me of those values, and captured for me why I chose to raise my own family in Westborough.  Tolerance, love, support, kindness, inclusiveness, and understanding, are many of the words that circle our tables in discussion as we gather together with family and give thanks during this weekend of celebration. 

As a lifelong educator, I am reminded of the goals of explicit and clear instruction, which are the anchor for learning in the classroom.  Similarly, being clear and concise with your children about your family values and expectations helps them as they progress through all ages of development to navigate the complexities of the world around them. I believe it is important for families to spend time talking and providing lots of examples to young people of all ages about your family expectations. If your values as a family echo those of the district, you will take time to reiterate that Westborough is no place for hate or intolerance. As a school community, we will continue to enforce those values within the framework of our school day.  I am exceptionally proud to lead a faculty and staff that ground their work in caring and kind relationships with students and one another.

Working together to ensure that all families and students thrive in Westborough takes our shared effort as a school district, as families, and as a community. The Bock family will take time to give thanks tomorrow for our many blessings, and we will also share spirited debates and discussion at the table. Even now at ages 21 and 23, our children benefit from the guidance and clear values we continually discuss with the friends who will share our Thanksgiving dinner.

I wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving full of quality discussion and wonderful food and family. 

Sincerely, 

Amber Bock