ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF STUDENT CLUB/ACTIVITIES
3D PRINTING CLUB
MEETS: Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 219
MEMBERSHIP: Anyone interested
MEETS: Thursday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 111
GOAL(S): To have Fun
MEMBERSHIP: Anyone interested
ACTIVITIES: Movies, Drawing, Video Games, Manga, Conventions, and everything related to Anime
MEETS: Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 115
GOAL(S):To offer students an opportunity to be creative by working in a variety of artist media.
MEMBERSHIP: Anyone that loves art.
ACTIVITIES: Painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking and field trip to New York City
MEETS: Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 220
BALLROOM DANCE CLUB
MEETS: Every Wednesday starting 9/20/17 in Room 121 & alternating every other Wednesday to Room 105, 2:00 - 3:00 pm.
GOAL(S): To have fun and learn how to ballroom dance
B.A.R.C (BEYOND ANIMAL RIGHTS CLUB)
MEETS: Tuesday (every other) 2:00-3:00 pm in Room 202
GOAL(S): To promote an awareness/understanding of animal rights issues and foster a feeling of empowerment to help facilitate positive changes.
MEMBERSHIP: All Westford Students
ACTIVITIES: May include; guest visits, school/community outreach, volunteering, fundraising, donation collections, etc.
ADDITIONAL INFO: Topics may include; factory farming, animals in entertainment, hunting/trapping, vivisection/dissection, fur and current legislation.
BOLLYWOOD DANCE CLUB
MEETS: Starting Thursday 9/14/17 in Room 121 & alternating every other Thursday to Room 105, 2:00 - 3:00 pm.
GOAL(S): Learn and practice bollywood dance techniques; Provide opportunities to practice and perform; Learn about Indian culture and food.
MEMBERSHIP: All students interested in dance.
ACTIVITIES: Learning and practicing bollywood dance.
MEETS: Wednesday 2:05-2:55 pm in Room 107
MEETS: Tuesday & Thursday from 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 100
GOAL(S): To perform vocal music from a wide variety of cultural styles and historical periods; To perform for a variety of audiences including parents, friends, other schools, and occasionally for competition; To perform a cappella music from a wide variety of cultural styles and historical periods as recommended by the students involved; To perform for a variety of audiences including parents, friends, and other schools.
MEMBERSHIP: Any singer interested in expanding their musical horizons is welcome. Singers understand that rehearsals are short and that there must be individual practice daily at home. Singers may not miss more than two rehearsals before any performance. Members are combined with the Honors Choir and Concert Choir classes to form the large Concert Choir.
ADDITIONAL INFO:Any singer interested in singing within a cappella group is welcome to audition in December. Members may combine with the Honors Choir and Concert Choir classes to form a larger ensemble. This group is hard-working with an ultimately fun performance goal. We will perform at school concerts and other opportunities may arise.
MEETS: Tuesday (Room 110) and Thursday (Room 112) 2:00 - 3:00 pm
GOAL(S): Bonding; Experience the outdoors; Experience a variety of personal challenges.
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all Westford Academy students
ACTIVITIES: Scheduled meetings which include local hikes, a ropes course, climbing tower, indoor climbing wall, plus a three day fall backpacking trip, two-day winter backpacking trip, rock climbing and rappelling trips, a night hike, a three day wilderness survival simulation solo, and other challenge-by-choice activities, Student instructor opportunities available.
MEETS: Alternative Tuesdays 2:10 - 3:00 pm in Room 251
GOAL(S): Gain a knowledge of other religions and faiths that allow us to fully accept others for who they are.
MEMBERSHIP: All are welcome.
ACTIVITIES: Presentations on different religion/faiths and holidays. Compare and contrast scriptures of different religions. Mock holidays, where someone will lead us through different traditional aspects of a holiday. Discussions on religion’s view on LGBTQ+ community, women’s rights, and race.
COMMUNITY ART CLUB
MEETS: Thursday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 115
COMMUNITY SERVICE TEAM
MEETS: Thursday (every other) 2:00 - 2:30 pm in Room 204
GOAL(S): To provide students the opportunity to make a significant contribution to their community; To encourage students to take on new and challenging leadership roles; To provide an opportunity for students to work side-by-side with adults in the community.
MEMBERSHIP: This activity is open to all Westford Academy students, parents, and other members of the Westford Community
ACTIVITIES: Members should be able to attend our project held in May. Date of project each year is TBA. Our first project was June 1996. Each year since then the WACST has participated with various community organizations to produce a significant spring community service event.
DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY CLUB
MEETS: Tuesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 105
MEETS: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Rooms 200 & 201
GOAL(S): To better prepare students for marketing/management careers; To encourage leadership; To develop personal and presentation skills.
MEMBERSHIP: DECA membership is open to all students enrolled in Marketing I, Marketing II, Principles of Management and Entrepreneurship. During the course of the year students have the opportunity to participate in a district, state and national conference. There is a small membership fee. Students must be enrolled in a business/computer class in order to be an active member.
ACTIVITIES: There are opportunities to compete individually, or in a team for role-play events. There are also several written events with a presentation component.
MEETS: Thursday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 101
GOAL(S): To provide students the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills and mindset by launching startups though the MIT Launch Program.
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all Westford Students interested in entrepreneurship.
ACTIVITIES: In teams of 3-5, students create real start-ups. Through this process, students develop valuable skills in decision-making, awareness, relationship skills, and initiative. The goal is to attend MIT’s final event pitch in April.
MEETS: Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 217
GOAL(S): To promote an understanding of local environmental issues; To provide students with the opportunity to perform an in depth analysis of a local environmental problem and share their findings and recommendations with local officials; To provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have developed through statewide competition.
MEMBERSHIP: Any Westford Academy student is welcome; students must pay the activity fee (for any activity) in order to participate.
ACTIVITIES: Public services campaigns on environmental issues, UpCycling monthly, Summer Reading Recycling Initiative.
MEETS: Tuesday (every other) 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 115
GOAL(S): Further develop Halcyon, the fashion club magazine, with new articles and photographs.
MEMBERSHIP: Anyone with a passion for fashion, journalism, or photography.
MEETS:Wednesday 2:00-3:00 pm in the Lower Cafe
MEETS: Monday (1st & 4th week of each month) 2:00-3:00 pm in Room 131
GOAL(S): To promote interest in the French language and culture of France; To provide a time and place for French students to further their study of the language and culture of France; To raise money to help support a young girl in French-speaking Africa (Togo).
MEMBERSHIP: Membership in the French Club is open to all French students at Westford Academy.
ACTIVITIES: Members are expected to help out at our major fund-raising activity, the Holiday Bazaar. Trips to Quebec and France are open on a priority basis to French Club members.
A regular activity is to watch French films and sample different kinds of French food.
Future Educators of America/WA PRIDE
MEETS: Thursday 2:00-3:00 pm in Room 239
GOAL(S): To experience the fun and adventure of role-playing with friends new and old.
MEMBERSHIP: Whether you’re a new gamer or a seasoned, battle worn veteran you’ll find a role playing game arena that is right for you.
ACTIVITIES: Many will play Dungeons and Dragons and new players are always welcome, or bring your favorite game and make new friends. Strategy and board games, like Cataan, Risk and Munchkin will be also made available.
GSA GENDER & SEXUALITY ALLIANCE
MEETS: Wednesday 2:10 - 3:00 pm in Room 150
GOAL(S): To address the ongoing issue of student homophobia and work to create a safe school environment that protects students from harassment, violence, and discrimination; To provide support for students who are themselves or have family members who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, or transgender; To sensitize the school community to issues of diversity and provide a link to statewide efforts to educate the public about issues of homophobia.
MEMBERSHIP: Membership is open. Confidentiality is stressed. The GSA provides awareness activities for the school during Gay History Month, sponsors school-wide assemblies and educational exhibits, attends safe schools networking meetings with other GSA's, and participates in the annual Gay and Straight Youth Pride March.
ACTIVITIES:The GSA provides awareness activities for the school during Gay History Month, sponsors school-wide assemblies and educational exhibits, visits conferences, co-teaches in 9th grade Health classes, carries out the "Day of Silence", attends safe schools networking meetings with other GSA's, and participates in the annual Gay and Straight Youth Pride March.
MEETS: Thursdays (every other) 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 129
GOAL(S): To bring a touch of the German-speaking world to Westford Academy; To participate in the Holiday Bazaar, International Day, and other joint activities within the World Languages Department; To plan Christmas parties, outdoor events, immersion camping weekends, German newspapers, evening meetings, cooking evenings, films, fundraisers, singing and dancing evenings, Oktoberfeste, Fasching, U.S.W.;To support the National German Honorary Society - Delta Epsilon Phi.
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all students taking German
GHOSTWRITER (Student Newspaper)
MEETS: Tuesday 2:00-3:00 pm in Lab 250
GOAL(S): To familiarize students with all aspects of newspaper production; To provide a voice for members of the W.A. community.
MEMBERSHIP: Ghostwriter membership is open to all Westford Academy students in good standing. During the course of the year, Ghostwriter produces two issues of the newspaper and regularly publishes online.
ACTIVITIES: To be an active participant in Ghostwriter, students must submit at least four articles.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Students wishing to submit articles should include both a paper and disk copy, and turn them into Ms. Fonden or Ms. Kucaj. WEBSITE: waghostwriter.com
MEETS: See Ms. Murphy
HANDS TO HAITI
MEETS: Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 136
MEETS: Thursday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 148
HOPE (FORMERLY RELAY FOR LIFE)
MEETS: Wednesday (every other) 2:00-3:00 pm in Room 134
GOAL(S): Raise funds for Cancer research and spread awareness.
ACTIVITIES: Relay for Life, HOPE Lodge lunches, Cancer Walks, awareness activities
HOSA - (FUTURE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS)
MEETS: Wednesday (every other) 2:00-3:00 pm in Room 223
GOAL(S): To encourage students who may be interested in a career in the healthcare industry; To improve public speaking and presentation skills; To develop an understanding of current healthcare issues, environmental concerns, and survival needs of the community, the nation and the world.
MEMBERSHIP: All students interested in the healthcare industry.
ACTIVITIES: There is a state competition, and a national competition. During club meetings, we will prepare for the events. There are events in literally every aspect of the healthcare industry, and they’re all diverse and target different skills. We will post a detailed list of the competitive categories for this year once it is released.
HUMAN RIGHTS CLUB (Formerly Amnesty International)
MEETS: Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 143
GOAL(S): To make direct appeals on behalf of the victims of human rights violations; To enlist the support of others in human rights work, by publicizing and distributing information about human rights issues, and involving in its activities individuals and other community groups and organizations; To contribute to the financial support of the movement by fundraising.
MEMBERSHIP: Any Westford Academy student who meets Westford Academy's extra curricular eligibility requirement as outlined in the Student Manual. Students are expected to attend weekly meetings. We encourage students to make at least two meetings per month and participate in fundraising and community service activities. Meeting dates and times are announced at the beginning of the school year.
MEETS: Wednesday (every other) 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 129
The purpose of this club is to promote an international flavor to the hallowed halls of the new Westford Academy; To work closely with the Foreign Language Clubs of Westford Academy to bring about as many international-type activities as we are able; To learn that the world is a more diverse and interesting place than the walls of our homes; To plan activities such as The International Weekend, the Short Term Exchange, a First Thanksgiving Party for Westford's exchange students, or activities for any exchange group which arrives here such as the Northeimer or Untergriesbach, the French students, Japanese students, etc..
MEMBERSHIP: This club is not only open to Foreign Languages students. We want anyone who is interested in thinking globally.
MEETS: SEE ADVISOR for day and time. Meets in the Band room
GOAL(S): To provide an opportunity to experience and understand Jazz as an American musical style; To provide an opportunity to improvise; To develop the techniques and skills unique to the interpretation of Jazz.
MEMBERSHIP: The Jazz Ensemble is open to any student at Westford Academy by audition. All students must be able to read music and perform at a level appropriate to a high school musician. Sight-reading is part of the audition.
ACTIVITIES: Students chosen for Jazz Ensemble must attend weekly after-school rehearsals. Failure to attend rehearsals will result with the student's replacement. Rehearsal schedules are determined in discussion with ensemble members. All members are required to participate in all performances given by the ensemble during the year. A list of scheduled performances is given to all members.
JSA - JUNIOR STATE OF AMERICA
MEETS: Tuesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 103
GOAL(S): Cultivate leadership skills/qualities; Challenge one another to think critically; Develop debate skills; Gain awareness of current events and political issues.
MEMBERSHIP: All students interested in leadership, debate, democracy, political issues, and/or current events.
ACTIVITIES: During the year, students are given the opportunity to participate in conventions held in various places around New England and a convention held in Washington D.C. During meetings, we will discuss important topics pertaining to current events and political issues. We will also prepare for conventions and conferences.
MEETS: Starting Wednesday 10/04/17, club will meet every other Wednesday in Room 105, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
MEETS: Tuesday (every other) 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 130
GOAL(S): Knit together with other people who already knit or are interested in learning about it.
MEMBERSHIP: Any student or staff member who knits, wants to learn, or just wants to drop in to see what it's all about.
ACTIVITIES: Bring a current project if you have one on the needles. If you've never knit but want to learn, we'll show you- just come!
LATIN CLUB - JUNIOR CLASSICAL LEAGUE
MEETS: Wednesday (every other) 2:00-3:00 pm in Room 132
GOAL(S): To promote and celebrate the study of Latin and classical civilizations.
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all students currently enrolled in Latin.
ACTIVITIES: To be an active member of Latin Club, students must participate in initiation, attend meetings, and assist in special events such as the Holiday Bazaar and Classics Day. Optional activities include movie nights and competitions.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Active members of the Latin Club who achieve an A average in both Latin I and Latin II are eligible for membership in the National Latin Honor Society.
LITERARY MAGAZINE (BEYOND WORDS)
MEETS: Thursday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 244 (using computers in Lab 250)
GOAL(S): To promote publication of the Westford Community; To celebrate and showcase the creative side of Westford Academy students and faculty.
MEMBERSHIP: Membership is open to anyone interested. Members take turns bringing snacks to our meetings. We focus on publicity, selection, editing and fundraising throughout the year. Members are expected to participate in all aspects of the club.
ACTIVITIES: Beyond Words meets once a week after school. All members have the opportunity to take on leadership roles.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Poetry, short story and photocopied art submissions can be turned into boxes in all English rooms, the Literary Magazine mailbox, or on-line. Type all written submissions; put your name and year of graduation on the back.
MEETS: Wednesday (every other) 2:15 - 3:30 pm in Room 112
GOAL(S):To promote Chinese language and culture
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all students, regardless of language ability or backgrounds.
ACTIVITIES: Attend meetings and participate in activities- especially the Holiday Bazaar. Mandarin lessons, Chinese movies, Mando/Canto-pop, Chinese holiday celebration, Chinese food appreciation, martial arts, Chinese games, arts and crafts and more
MARCHING BAND (INCLUDES COLORGUARD)
MEETS: In the Band Room - Contact advisor for day and time
GOAL(S): To perform halftime shows for all football and for town parades in the spring; To foster an atmosphere of school spirit by working with and cheering with the cheerleaders; To represent Westford Academy with excellence and pride, whether in town or out of town.
MEMBERSHIP: Any instrumentalist with playing experience is welcome. All marching techniques will be taught
ACTIVITIES: There is a band camp in mid-August and practices are generally on Mondays and Fridays in the fall, ending on thanksgiving.
ADDITIONAL INFO: In the spring, practices are held on Fridays.
MEETS: Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 240
GOAL(S): To extend mathematical abilities of students who have a talent and affinity for solving math problems; To expose Westford Academy students to math students from area schools who have similar abilities - they are the ones with whom they will compete/interact in college; To offer students an academic outlet and opportunity to participate in a team effort.
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all Westford Academy students
ACTIVITIES: We participate in the Massachusetts Math League (MML), which has over 35 teams competing six times each school year at various sites on a Thursday each month from October through March. We hold practices every Tuesday, and the New England Math League (NEML), which has 179 teams from all six New England states competing "in house" six times each year. Participation in any fall or winter sports does not preclude joining the Westford Academy Math Team, since we have only one meet each month. The MML allows each team to bring 10 regulars, whose scores count toward the school's score, and up to 10 alternates. The regulars can consist of up to eight juniors and/or seniors (no more than four seniors) and the rest, underclassmen.
MEETS: (As of 11/13/17) Mondays & Wednesday 6:00 - 7:30 pm in Rooms 104, 136, 137, 139, 141 & 143
GOAL(S): To promote further understanding of the law, court procedures and our legal system; To increase student proficiency in skills such as listening, speaking, and reasoning; To develop advocacy skills; Familiarize students with law-related professions; Cultivate team building skills.
MEMBERSHIP: Team membership is open to all Westford Academy students.
ACTIVITIES: The team members receive a new criminal or civil case each from the MA Bar ASSOC.
We divide up and try out for roles of lawyer or witness. We get into groups and rehearse these roles to prepare for Mock Trial competitions twice a week. We run the MOCK TRIAL in real courtrooms against other high school students in MA. During meetings we have fun sharing ideas, practicing law strategies, public speaking, and role playing.
ADDITIONAL INFO: This activity requires commitment and teamwork as we participate in at least three regional competitions. Developing a mock trial case involves hard work, commitment, sensitivity, creativity, and a good sense of humor.
MODEL UNITED NATIONS CLUB
MEETS: Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 111
GOAL(S): To accurately portray the positions and interests of our chosen nations at Model UN conferences;
To encourage a greater understanding of the inter-connections of the world political and economic community; To foster an appreciation of cooperative efforts to ameliorate and eradicate global concerns; Encourage international relations.
MEMBERSHIP:All members of the Westford Academy community are welcome to join Model UN, though most students come from our Issues in International Relations course. 10-15 students total.
ACTIVITIES: To be a participant, students must complete pre-conference preparation and attend after school sessions to practice parliamentary procedure and bargaining strategies
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:Fall Conference - Harvard Model UN December
Spring Conference - Bentley Model UN May
MEETS: Tuesday 6:00 - 8:00 pm in Room 137
GOAL(S): Promote awareness of the town museum; Work with museum in staging of exhibits; Create a little museum corner in the Westford Academy library.
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all Westford Academy students. Currently has about 12 active members. Should enjoy learning about the history of Westford.
ACTIVITIES: Meets usually twice a month after school. Members work at museum or at home on the exhibits or on helping to create exhibits.
NOW (National Organization for Women) CLUB
MEETS: Tuesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 247
NOWA (NO ONE WALKS ALONE-MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS)
MEETS: Wednesday (every other) 2:10 - 3:00 pm in Room 108
MEETS: See Advisor for days, 2:15 - 3:15 pm in Room 147
GOAL(S): Foster togetherness; See mountains and culture; Act as a follow-up/supplement to Cirrus.
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all Westford Academy students
ACTIVITIES: Students can go on any or all Outing Club activities. There are usually no in-school meetings. Activities are posted about a week before taking place through announcements.
MEETS: Begins Winter season; Contact Mr. Arsenault if interested in playing during basketball season
GOAL(S): To promote an interest and understanding of basic analog darkroom processes; To encourage creative use of skills learned with film cameras and darkroom procedures
MEMBERSHIP: Photography Club is open to all Westford Academy students in good standing.
ACTIVITIES:To be a participant in Photography Club one must have an interest in photography.
MEETS: Thursday (every other) 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 119
GOAL(S): To promote an interest and understanding of basic analog darkroom processes; To encourage creative use of skills learned with film cameras and darkroom procedures.
MEMBERSHIP: Photography Club is open to all Westford Academy students in good standing.
ACTIVITIES:To be a participant in Photography Club one must have an interest in photography.
MEETS: Thursday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in the Lower Cafe
MEETS: Tuesday 2:00-3:00 pm in Room 248 (Meetings are informal and flexible)
GOAL(S): To promote interest in Computer Science and computer programming; To have fun programming and learning about computers; To give an opportunity to interested students to participate in a fun and challenging computer science competition.
MEMBERSHIP: Membership is open to any student interested in computer science and programming
ACTIVITIES: Learning about a variety of topics in computer science; Brainstorming solutions to programming problems; Opportunity to participate in a variety of programming contests.
MEETS: Tuesday (every other) 2:00 - 3:00 pm in room 129
MEETS: Thursday 2:00 - 3:00 pm & every Friday - 2:00-6:00 pm in Room 219
GOAL(S): To design, build and program a robot to compete in the US FIRST Technology Challenge (FTC), advancing as far as we can within that competition.
MEMBERSHIP: Anyone who is interested in robotics and programming is welcome to join. Previous experience (or lack thereof) does not matter to us, all we ask is that our members are dedicated to helping the team succeed. We expect people to make a serious effort to attend most meetings.
ACTIVITIES: This club participates in the US FIRST Technology Challenge (FTC). The challenge is announced early in September. We begin right away by brainstorming how to attack the design and autonomous programming of the challenge. We discuss different designs for the robot and choose the best path to achieve those designs. We spend many hours programming, building and modifying our plans. Our competition season starts in December and runs until March. State and regional finals begin in April. The world championships are in May.
SADD/THE PROJECT PURPLE (STUDENTS AGAINST DESTRUCTIVE DECISIONS)
MEETS: Thursday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 121
GOAL(S): To promote the message that drinking and driving don't mix; To emphasize the message that it is illegal for those under 21 years of age to drink; To encourage the use of seat belts; To encourage the avoidance of all substances (ex: cigarettes, steroids) that are bad for your health; To promote a caring and supportive school environment by providing positive peer pressure.
MEMBERSHIP: SADD membership is open to all students in good standing
ACTIVITIES: SADD Awareness Week; Bake Sale at Holiday Bazaar; SADD Semi Formal; Ghost Day; Mock Accident; SADD Limo Raffle for Senior Prom; .SADD basket at Senior Prom.
MEETS: Thursday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 227
GOAL(S): To promote an interest in the sciences; To discover new areas of scientific knowledge; Participate in the science competitions.
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all interested students in grades 9-12
ACTIVITIES: Participate in the Science Olympiad, as well as USABO and UNSCO; Raise money for at the Holiday Bazaar; Do various fun experiments.
MEETS: Tuesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in room 108
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all WA students
ACTIVITIES: All are welcome to bring a project you are working on and scrap with your friends. Or, come and learn different layouts and techniques.
MEETS: Tuesday in January & February (After the holiday) at Mt. Wachusett, 2:15 - 7:00 pm.
MEMBERSHIP: Students register and pay online. WA Club fee is waived. Registration information can be obtained from WA Spanish teacher, Ms. Pickersgill.
ACTIVITIES: 6 weeks at Wachusetts Mountain early Jan-mid February.
SMASH CLUB (WASC)
MEETS: Tuesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 246 (meetings are informal and flexible)
GOALS(S): To provide students an opportunity to relax and have fun playing Super Smash Bros games; To offer tournaments to interested members.
MEMBERSHIP: Open to any student interested in playing Super Smash Bros games.
ACTIVITIES: Opportunity to participate in a variety of game tournaments; Opportunity to participate in school events like Throwback Teen Center.
MEETS: Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 116
GOAL(S): To promote an interest in Hispanic language and culture; To provide an opportunity to speak Spanish outside the classroom.
MEMBERSHIP: Membership is open to all WA students taking Spanish as well as those who would like to increase their knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world.
ACTIVITIES: Spanish Club celebrates holidays such as Mexican Independence Day, Día de los Muertos, La Navidad, and Cinco de Mayo. Other club events include movie nights, restaurant trips, crafts, and trips to local events such as concerts or performances.
ADDITIONAL INFO: The fundraiser for the club is the Holiday Bazaar, which involves preparing and selling Hispanic food and drink items.
SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM
MEETS: Tuesday Rooms 104, 136 & 148 & Thursday Rooms 104, 136 and 141 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm
GOAL(S): Improve public speaking skills; Teach logical, structured argumentation; Develop presentation and communication skills.
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all Westford Academy Students
ACTIVITIES: All members are expected to attend one practice session a week and to do some independent practice as well. This activity requires hard work and commitment. Tournaments are usually about twice a month, always on Saturdays. They take the entire day, and each member is expected to attend as many as possible.
MEETS: Tuesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm - WA parking lot - Fall/Spring Outside. Winter in the Cafe
WABC - BROADCAST/COMMUNICATIONS CLUB
MEETS: Monday-Friday 7:00-7:35 am in the Library studio
GOAL(S): To serve as a provider of communication to the WA community through morning TV access; To accentuate the communication skills of students through live presentations; To build skills of professionalism relative to the field of communications; Provide students with skills necessary in the field of Audio/Visual technology.
MEMBERSHIP: Any student who has an interest in broadcasting, journalism as a career goal. Any student who wishes to strengthen their communication skills. Student must abide by and sign WA's Broadcast Communication Code of Conduct.
ACTIVITIES: Morning broadcast begins at 8:25AM; Monthly meetings take place to organize on camera line up.
WAELO (WA LITERACY OUTREACH)
MEETS: In Lowell, on Mondays and/or Thursdays from 4-5:30pm to volunteer for the SayDaNar Homework Help Program. Students who play sports are welcome to attend during their off seasons. Carpools and rides can be worked out if interested. Please contact Ms. Amy Bailey for more information.
GOAL(S): To use the knowledge WA students have to reach out to others; To experience firsthand and learn about what people from other parts of the world endure.
MEMBERSHIP: The Literacy Outreach is open to all students at WA who are interested.
ACTIVITIES: Along with weekly tutoring, we meet at WA once during the fall, winter and spring. We also run school supply drives to benefit the students with whom we work.
WESTFORD ACADEMY THEATER ARTS (WATA)
MEETS: Contact Mr. Towers
GOAL(S): To produce quality theater that will provoke thought, discourse and growth in its participants and audiences; To provide competitive, educational experiences for students interested in theater production and its related industries (film, television, radio, advertising & design); To cultivate a positive, cooperative environment where both team and individual achievement is emphasized; To challenge students to create, collaborate, listen and learn; To give students responsibilities wherein they can develop a sense of self worth and truly understand the importance of their role in the success of the whole; To provide a venue where students are recognized for their creativity and hard work by their peers, school and community.
MEMBERSHIP: WATA is not a club. It is a production company whose school calendar year is divided into three seasons. In each season there is one "mainstage" production which offers unlimited opportunities to students as performers, designers and technicians. Your Membership is defined by you, based on your interests, your level of interest and your availability. It is possible to find a position for which your commitment is as little as one hour a week or one as great as thirty! You can be a member of one production or a member of all the productions. All performance roles are cast through the audition process. Students are asked to perform a memorized two-minute monologue at the initial audition. Those students whom the director feels he/she can use will be "called back" for a second audition. Students interested in a designer or technical role should see the Artistic Director for an application. Any student whose contribution totals seventy-five hours or more during one season earns their Varsity Letter in Theater Arts. Membership is open to all Westford Academy students.
ACTIVITIES: All members of the cast and crew of each production will sign a contract that details the expectations respective to their individual role.
WESTFORD STRINGS - TROUBADOURS
MEETS: Friday 2:10 - 3:30 pm in Room 100
GOAL(S): This ensemble is focused on learning familiar string literature and performing in Westford and the surrounding communities.
MEMBERSHIP: This ensemble is run as a club and students are encouraged, but not required, to be at all rehearsals and performances. Some students play for only portions year on account of conflicts with sports or other time commitments. We are in the process of setting performance dates. Performances are planned throughout the year and are not mandatory.
ACTIVITIES: The Troubadours have performed at the WPS December Mentor/Mentee gathering, the FAME dinner dance in April, the Miller library dedication, the WPS June Mentor/Mentee gathering, Westford Academy WACapella night and the Day School Strings Concert (Participants from last year can tell you about the food provided at each venue!)
WOMEN IN STEM (24%)
MEETS: Wednesday (every other) 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 227
WESTFORD ACADEMY ORGANIZATIONS (versus a CLUB):
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
MEETS: Last Tuesday of the month 2:15 - 3:00 pm in the Library and last Wednesday of the month 2:15 - 3:00 pm in the PAC
GOAL(S): To recognize students who excel in scholarship, leadership, service, and character; To encourage students to assist others; To encourage students to lead by example.
MEMBERSHIP: Any student who has a 3.60 GPA (not rounded) or better is invited to apply for membership. In addition to the GPA requirement, students must provide proof of leadership, service, and good character.
ACTIVITIES: Students are required to attend monthly meetings, to take part in fundraising activities and service projects, and do a minimum of 40 hours of service per year. Dues are currently $10 per year.
MEETS: As scheduled by Advisors
GOAL(S): Assist high school peers with freshmen orientation, 8th grade move up day, group counseling, assembly programs, mentoring new students, and much more; Participate in outreach education to the elementary and middle schools by running workshops on topics such as sexual harassment, bullying, prejudice, etc.; Provide caring and empathetic role modeling to peers in need of help.
MEMBERSHIP: Interested students in grade 10 and 11 are invited to apply each spring. Following a full day of training, peer counselors are then prepared to volunteer for the programs supported by peer counselors. If you are interested in applying, please see your counselor.
ACTIVITIES: Once training is completed, you will be required to participate in at least two of the many activities run by peer counselors. You will also be expected to attend mandatory monthly meetings where we provide ongoing training and prepare for upcoming presentations.
Additional training and special conferences on various teen issues are available each year for peer counselors to participate in. Volunteer opportunities are also available after school.
MEETS: Thursday 6:50 - 7:25 am (location to be announced)
GOAL(S): To promote school spirit; To act as the law making body of the school (hear grievances, discuss school rules); Group attends school committee meetings and attends state meeting.
MEMBERSHIP: A total of 24 students plus Student Council members at large (varies)
ACTIVITIES: Each class elects six student representatives to Student Council. Those who run, but are not elected may petition the elected Student Council members for Student Council Member at Large status. The members of Student Council then elect an Executive Board (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer).
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Student Council sponsors many events throughout the year including:
Spirit Week, Spirit Rally, Powder Puff football game, Canned Food Drive, Elections, Holiday Bazaar, Secret Admirer’s Day, Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, Community Service
WA PRIDE - Community Service Organization
MEETS: Meets as announced.
GOAL: Connecting students to volunteer opportunities.
MEMBERSHIP: Open to all Westford Academy students. Please join to receive volunteer opportunities via email. Sign up at the activities fair, come to a meeting as announced on WABC, or email the advisors.
ACTIVITIES: Check out the “Community Service (WA Pride)” web page under “Students” for an extensive list of specific volunteer opportunities.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: On-going Opportunities:
New community service opportunities are consistently coming to our attention throughout the school year, so keep checking the WA Pride website.