Norman E. Day School Principal
Welcome to our public elementary school! Constructed in 1965 as a middle school our school nurtures students in grades three through five. An elementary school since 1992, our current 400 students engage in an academically based and socially responsible curriculum aligned to the Common Core. The Day School was the initial school in our district to implement a Code of Conduct. Our Vision Statement, Core Values, Mission Statement, Code of Conduct and Aggression Rubric serve as platforms of consistency and excellence. The Core Values of respect, responsibility, communication, and participation are the pillars for our comprehensive program.
Our school slogan "Gateway To An Expanding World of Growth And Knowledge" highlights the high expectations and forward thinking of our staff. Students participate in a developmentally appropriate curriculum focused on balanced literacy, numeracy and differentiated instruction. Technology is a fundamental component of instructional practice. Children in grade five participate in either standard or accelerated Math classes. Students in each grade level engage in mixed ability classrooms for instruction in reading, language arts, Math, science, and social studies. Our Response To Intervention system supports child in small groups (Tier II) and Tier III (one on one or low student/teacher ratio). A WIN (What I Need) Block supports literacy development for each student. Our Wellnessinstructor presents concepts of
physical fitness and safety. This approaches emphasizes the dual importance of a healthy mind and body. Children also participate in weekly learning opportunities in art, general music, and library sciences. An Enrichment Block provides instruction in social curriculum, technology, and health concepts utilizing a three-week rotating schedule. Students in grades three through five have the option to participate in the Strings Program. Children in grades four and five can participate in the instrumental program.
Our high achieving school is unique. In 2012 we were designated as a Massachusetts Commendation School. In 2013 our school achieved in the 96th Percentile relative to student achievement when compared to other Massachusetts elementary schools. While promoting high achievement and academic progress of all students we offer the following extended day opportunities: Grade Five Chorus, Student Senate, grade level Math Clubs, Morning Math (support from Math Interventionists), Early Arrival Option (before school day care), Grade Five Play (2013-2014 production will be: A Kid's Life), Grades four and five student Book Club, Westford Partnership for Children (after school program), Chess Club, Ski & Snowboard Club, Foreign Language Club, Introduction to Computers and Science Club. Other special features of ourschool include: Grade
Three Orientation Program, S.T.A.R.S. (Striving To Achieve Respect in our School) certificates, New Student Orientation, Cobra Council (monthly school-wide assembly), Curriculum Night for parents, School Store, Grade Five Environmental Camp, school-wide Field Day, Safety Patrol, Grade Three and Grade Four Family Math & Science Nights, Memorial Day Program, Awards Day and Grade Five Completion Ceremony. We also sponsor a school yearbook, monthly School Store and Movie Nights. Our school hosts the Living Lab, a hands-on minds-on resource for all students grades K-5 in the school district. We are fortunate to have four PTO site-based coordinators dedicated to supporting our school programs and staff. Parent and community volunteers are certainly welcome to partner with our students and professional staff!
The 2013-2014 School Improvement Plan contains attainable goals. You can view the plan by clicking on the "School Improvement Plan" link to the left. For more information about our School Advisory Council, please click on the "About Us" link in the top menu bar, and choose "School Advisory Council".
Do you have the availability, interest, capacity and enthusiasm to join our school community as an employee? If so, please review the information at: http://westfordk12.us/Pages/hrm/jobs/index. This will initiate your application process.
If seeking information about student enrollment, please contact Secretary Gina Kelly at either: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at: 978-692-5591 x17.
Have a safe, healthy, and productive school year!