Just in the last week the residents of Westwood were notified of some truly fantastic news. The Westwood High School was named a Blue Ribbon High School by the U.S. Department of Education! What this entails is that Westwood High School, or WHS, was one of only 38 High Schools both public and private that was given this incredible honor of being by definition, Exemplary High Performing.
The U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan brought forth the announcement. It is such a big deal as not only is this the absolute highest honor any High School nationwide can earn, but certain invites from each High School are being honored in Washington D.C. from November 12th until the 13th for what will be a very rewarding, special ceremony.
The awards are decided by looking at thousands of High Schools performance in National-Normed or State examinations. Sean Bevan, the Westwood High School Principal is ecstatic beyond belief at this increased attention the school is receiving and will continue to receive due to this news.Its really a remarkable achievement, it reiterates what I already knew: Westwood High is a unique and terrific place to send your kid. Im just really thrilled. It must be noted that Bevan gives all of the credit to the students, the parents and the great teachers that Bevan and his team work diligently to recruit and retain at the High School year after year.
The Superintendent of Schools in Westwood, John Antonucci, as well shared that the great recognition that WHS has just been awarded is greatly due to Emily Parks. A woman who currently is Antonuccis Assistant Superintendent, she also made positive strides for the school in the past as she is the former Principal at WHS before Bevan was. Moreover, another strong reason backing this designation is largely due to all of the other schools in the town, those P-K through 8th Grade. It is because of these elementary and middle schools where the students begin to grow as intellectuals, athletes and future contributing members to society. The strong connection that all of the schools have with one another must not go unnoticed, Antonucci knows that this evidently is not just an award for WHS but is one for the whole town and its greater school system of Westwood as well.
More Information: Westwood Patch