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Westport Central ready for upcoming school year

Eseloni Malafu accepts his kindergarten graduation certificate from Westport Central School principal Michelle Friedman and kindergarten teacher Julie Bisselle. Westport was one of the top local schools in the U.S. News and World Report rankings for institutions in New York State.

Eseloni Malafu accepts his kindergarten graduation certificate from Westport Central School principal Michelle Friedman and kindergarten teacher Julie Bisselle. Westport was one of the top local schools in the U.S. News and World Report rankings for institutions in New York State. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Parents of Westport Central School students will get an early opportunity to meet with teachers and staff this year.

While parent nights were previously held at the end of the first quarter of classes, the 2012-13 back to school nights will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11 for students in grades K-6 at 5:30 p.m. and on Monday, Sept. 17, for students in grades 7-12 at 5:30 p.m.

“This new format will replace the report card night for the middle and high schools,” Westport principal Michelle Friedman said. “The parents will be able to establish a relationship with the teachers and staff right off the bat and have a chance to (check) the schedule of their student in middle and high school, meet the teachers and learn about the expectations that they have for the students.”

School opens for Westport students on Thursday, Sept. 6, and information on the opening days of school and events can be found in the school newsletter which was recently sent out to parents in this district. The newsletter is also available online (westportcs.org).

“The first couple of days are to make sure that there is a smooth transition for the students,” Friedman said. “We want them to come in and feel safe, confident and ready to learn.”

Friedman said that the teachers and staff have been working with the new Common Core curriculum standards as well as the Dignity for All Students Act (anti-bullying) in preparation for the new school year.

“We are ready and excited for the new year,” she said. “We have an expectation of excellence from our students. We want to make sure that our students are challenged academically along with holding them to high ethical and moral standards. Our part is to do everything that we can do to make sure that they are successful.”

Friedman also said that the school was pleased to hear at the end of the 2011-12 year that they were recognized with a silver medal award by U.S. News and World Report.

“It is nice to be recognized and have an external source acknowledge our hard work,” she said. “We went from bronze to silver, and now we will be working hard to shoot for the gold.”

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