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Superintendent of Schools - Amber Bock

Dear Westborough Families,

It has been a beautiful summer and I hope that your family has been able to enjoy time together over the past several weeks.  It never really begins to feel like summer until about the end of July when the traffic thins, the pace is slower, and the longer day stretches the evening out in such a wonderful way. While the next several weeks will continue to provide time to vacation, the preparations for the start of school begin with the arrival of this letter. 

It often seems to surprise people, but schools are open and busy year round in Westborough.  The short window of summer provides us the annual process of rolling over all of our programming and budgets, hiring, completing projects at the building level, and setting goals for the upcoming year.  This summer we have hired and onboarded over 60 faculty and staff, while tackling summer projects at all six buildings. We host Community Education summer school programming at all of our buildings for hundreds of our students, and we provide specialized summer support programming for a range of our students. Our faculty has been busy as well, with many teaching at these summer programs or taking course work.  This year we had over 70 faculty attend or present at the Shrewsbury summer teacher institute, which is a collaborative professional development project. Our faculty also write curriculum at the district level and develop individual classroom curriculum to prepare for the year ahead. As a community we are fortunate to have such a committed and focused faculty. 

Over the next two weeks the pace will begin to pick up, as we prepare to welcome students back on Wednesday, August 28th.  Please check the website to review the bus routes which are now posted, and begin checking email and mailboxes for communication about class lists and schedules. Setting the tone for a positive and enjoyable start to the year with each child is the most essential preparation that you provide as a parent.  Communicating confidence and comfort with the upcoming year helps all of us both at home and in the classroom to carry the relaxation of summer into the start of the year. Having a short three days and then a long weekend provides the chance to gradually shift the sleep schedule and to gear up the morning routines. I believe that we are prepared to provide a quality school year for your family and we look forward to seeing all of you soon.

We are available as needed at the building level to answer questions. 

Take care,
Amber Bock, Superintendent