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Countdown to College: Thinking Ahead… Getting Your 9th and 10th Graders Ready for the College Process-

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Michelle Sagalyn
 

Amy Chatterjee

 


Tony Di Giacamo

 


Ronald Feuchs

 

The college process can seem overwhelming, but the right planning can help. Aimed at incoming and current 9th & 10th graders and their parents, this panel of local college experts will give advice on how to be college-ready and be your best academic self right now. (Note: This is a re-scheduled date from a postponement due to weather.)

Michelle Sagalyn of Successful Study Skills for Students and Amy Chatterjee of Collegewise will give advice on study techniques and will help students and parents understand the standardized testing schedule. Tony Di Giacamo of Novella Prep will give tips on choosing courses and building a successful student resume. Ronald Feuchs of Stand out For College will advise about creating meaningful community service opportunities that will help you stand out while applying to schools. 

Register online 

Location: Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road East

The Westport Library strives to help students meet their goals as they prepare for college. This series, Countdown to College, aims to provide resources for students and parents to help students to prepare academically, socially and emotionally for college.
Link to resource guide on these topics.

Toquet Hall Teen Center
Teen, Talks & Readings
College, Teen

Award Ceremony for TEAM Westport Teen Essay Contest

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Hear from the winners of this sixth annual essay contest, hosted by TEAM Westport and the Westport Library. 

Population studies show that America is fast moving toward a “minority majority” nation and, according to studies by the US Census Bureau, Americans identifying as “white” only will be in the minority by 2042. Since 2014, the majority of students in the U.S. are part of the formerly minority ‘of color’ segment.

More than demographic statistics, these trends have significant social impact on daily life because even while the population diversifies there have been accelerating annual levels of racial, religious, ethnic and identity bias incidents nationwide. This complexity makes it increasingly more difficult for young people to absorb and consider a differently evolving America.

In order to facilitate clarity, awareness and understanding in this area the TEAM Westport Teen Essay Contest asks students to explore the concept of micro-aggressions towards marginalized groups. The contest is co-sponsored by TEAM Westport and The Westport Library for students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who attend Staples High School or another school in Westport, or reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere.

This year’s essay challenge states:
As defined by Derald Wing Sue, micro-aggressions are "the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults—whether intentional or unintentional—that communicate hostile derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their membership in marginalized groups." For example. an African-American is told. "When I look at you. I don't see color." An Asian-American—born and raised in this country—is told, "You speak very good English." A person of color accepted at an Ivy League school is told." You must be grateful for affirmative action."

In 1000 words or fewer, describe your experiences witnessing, delivering, and/or receiving Micro-Aggressions focused on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, and describe the likely impact that such statements have upon the recipients. Consider steps that you believe organizations, schools, and/or individuals could take to greatly reduce or eliminate such behavior. In particular, what can students do to address incidents of Micro-Aggressions when they occur—whether as initiator, recipient or witness?

Applications for the contest will be available on the TEAM Westport website. Essays are due February 28, 2019. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, on April 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Subject to the volume and caliber of entries received, at the discretion of the judges up to three prizes will be awarded. The first prize is $1,000, the second is $750, and the third prize is $500.

Individuals or organizations who would like to participate in sponsorship of the contest are invited to contribute via the website (www.teamwestport.org) or by contacting TEAM Westport via info [at] teamwestport [dot] org. All contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Dan Woog's 06880 article on the contest.

TEAM Westportis the official Town committee focused on making Westport an increasingly welcoming, multicultural community with regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and sexual identity. TEAM is an acronym standing for “Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism.” TEAM Westport was launched as a Selectman’s Task Force in 2003 and became a standing town committee in 2005.

Harold Bailey, TEAM Westport’s chair since its founding, says, “With the accelerating racial invective surrounding protest and patriotism, it is an important time for all citizens to reflect on what they genuinely believe in on both fronts. That is especially true for young people formulating views during their high school years. This year’s essay challenge provides a vehicle for reflection upon and expression of those views.”

TEAM Westport has developed a unique role by engaging the community in and drawing attention to issues surrounding multiculturalism and diversity -- making the invisible, visible. In addition to initiatives it implements directly, TEAM Westport partners with a wide range of municipal government and community institutions. Examples include conversations and lectures at the Westport Library; extensive co-programming with the Westport Country Playhouse; co-programming and diversity planning with Westport Schools; Co-programming and partnerships with Westport Police; co-programming with the Westport Historical Society; and programming with the Interfaith Clergy, the Interfaith Council and its member organizations.

Saugatuck Congregational Church
Teen
High School, Grade 9
Teen, Writing

TEAM Westport Teen Essay Contest

Please see full event listing for date.

Population studies show that America is fast moving toward a “minority majority” nation and, according to studies by the US Census Bureau, Americans identifying as “white” only will be in the minority by 2042. Since 2014, the majority of students in the U.S. are part of the formerly minority ‘of color’ segment.

More than demographic statistics, these trends have significant social impact on daily life because even while the population diversifies there have been accelerating annual levels of racial, religious, ethnic and identity bias incidents nationwide. This complexity makes it increasingly more difficult for young people to absorb and consider a differently evolving America.

In order to facilitate clarity, awareness and understanding in this area the TEAM Westport Teen Essay Contest asks students to explore the concept of micro-aggressions towards marginalized groups. The contest is co-sponsored by TEAM Westport and The Westport Library for students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who attend Staples High School or another school in Westport, or reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere.

This year’s essay challenge states:
As defined by Derald Wing Sue, micro-aggressions are "the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults—whether intentional or unintentional—that communicate hostile derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their membership in marginalized groups." For example. an African-American is told. "When I look at you. I don't see color." An Asian-American—born and raised in this country—is told, "You speak very good English." A person of color accepted at an Ivy League school is told." You must be grateful for affirmative action."

In 1000 words or fewer, describe your experiences witnessing, delivering, and/or receiving Micro-Aggressions focused on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, and describe the likely impact that such statements have upon the recipients. Consider steps that you believe organizations, schools, and/or individuals could take to greatly reduce or eliminate such behavior. In particular, what can students do to address incidents of Micro-Aggressions when they occur—whether as initiator, recipient or witness?

Applications for the contest will be available on the TEAM Westport website. Essays are due February 28, 2019. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, on April 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Subject to the volume and caliber of entries received, at the discretion of the judges up to three prizes will be awarded. The first prize is $1,000, the second is $750, and the third prize is $500.

Individuals or organizations who would like to participate in sponsorship of the contest are invited to contribute via the website (www.teamwestport.org) or by contacting TEAM Westport via info [at] teamwestport [dot] org. All contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Dan Woog's 06880 article on the contest.

TEAM Westportis the official Town committee focused on making Westport an increasingly welcoming, multicultural community with regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and sexual identity. TEAM is an acronym standing for “Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism.” TEAM Westport was launched as a Selectman’s Task Force in 2003 and became a standing town committee in 2005.

Harold Bailey, TEAM Westport’s chair since its founding, says, “With the accelerating racial invective surrounding protest and patriotism, it is an important time for all citizens to reflect on what they genuinely believe in on both fronts. That is especially true for young people formulating views during their high school years. This year’s essay challenge provides a vehicle for reflection upon and expression of those views.”

TEAM Westport has developed a unique role by engaging the community in and drawing attention to issues surrounding multiculturalism and diversity -- making the invisible, visible. In addition to initiatives it implements directly, TEAM Westport partners with a wide range of municipal government and community institutions. Examples include conversations and lectures at the Westport Library; extensive co-programming with the Westport Country Playhouse; co-programming and diversity planning with Westport Schools; Co-programming and partnerships with Westport Police; co-programming with the Westport Historical Society; and programming with the Interfaith Clergy, the Interfaith Council and its member organizations.

Other
Teen
High School, Grade 9
Teen, Writing

Countdown to College: SAT Practice Test

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Take a free SAT practice test, administered by C2 Education of Westport. Space is limited; register online. Bring a #2 pencil and a calculator. Breaks will be provided, just as in the official tests. Contact jshaw [at] westportlibrary [dot] org for more information.

Register online.


Link to ACT practice test opportunity on Saturday, March 2 from noon-4 pm.

The Westport Library strives to help students meet their goals as they prepare for college. This series, Countdown to College, aims to provide resources for students and parents to help students to prepare academically, socially and emotionally for college.
Link to resource guide on these topics.

Program Room
Teen
College, Teen

Countdown to College: ACT Practice Test

Please see full event listing for date.

Take a free ACT practice test, administered by C2 Education of Westport. Space is limited; register online. Bring a #2 pencil and a calculator. Breaks will be provided, just as in the official tests. Contact jshaw [at] westportlibrary [dot] org for more information.

Register online.

Link to SAT practice test opportunity on April 6, from noon-4 pm.

The Westport Library strives to help students meet their goals as they prepare for college. This series, Countdown to College, aims to provide resources for students and parents to help students to prepare academically, socially and emotionally for college.
Link to resource guide on these topics.

Program Room
Teen
College, Teen

CANCELED: Countdown to College: Thinking Ahead… Getting Your 9th and 10th Graders Ready for the College Process-

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Michelle Sagalyn
 

Amy Chatterjee

 


Tony Di Giacamo

 


Ronald Feuchs

 

CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER- this event will be rescheduled for a later date. More information to follow. 

 

The college process can seem overwhelming, but the right planning can help. Aimed at incoming and current 9th & 10th graders and their parents, this panel of local college experts will give advice on how to be college-ready and be your best academic self right now.

Michelle Sagalyn of Successful Study Skills for Students and Amy Chatterjee of Collegewise will give advice on study techniques and will help students and parents understand the standardized testing schedule. Tony Di Giacamo of Novella Prep will give tips on choosing courses and building a successful student resume. Ronald Feuchs of Stand out For College will advise about creating meaningful community service opportunities that will help you stand out while applying to schools. 

Register online 

Location: Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road East

The Westport Library strives to help students meet their goals as they prepare for college. This series, Countdown to College, aims to provide resources for students and parents to help students to prepare academically, socially and emotionally for college.
Link to resource guide on these topics.

Toquet Hall Teen Center
Teen, Talks & Readings
College, Teen

Countdown to College: Inside the Admissions Process

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Abby Siegel, a College Entrance Consultant and founder of Abby Siegel & Associates, leads this interactive workshop for parents and students. YOU are the admissions officer who will decide which students to admit, deny or wait list. Learn how the complex roles of test scores, grades, extracurricular activities, and personal circumstances can play into an admissions decision. You will walk away with the best strategy to plan your high school curriculum, learn the difference between Early Decision vs. Early Action vs. Regular Decision, and learn how to be strategic when applying to college. Space is limited; please register online.

Abby Siegel, a College Entrance Consultant and former school-based college and guidance counselor, formed Abby Siegel & Associates in September 2006. Abby Siegel & Associates offers up-to-date college admissions counseling for the college-bound student. Applying to college can be overwhelming, but their main focus is to make the process exciting and fun. The primary goal at hand is to find the colleges that are the right "fit" so students have a successful and rewarding post-secondary experience.

The Westport Library strives to help students meet their goals as they prepare for college. This series, Countdown to College, aims to provide resources for students and parents to help students to prepare academically, socially and emotionally for college.
Link to resource guide on these topics.

Program Room
Teen, Talks & Readings
College, Teen

Family Rummikub: Grades3&up

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Know how to play? Great!
Want to learn? Even better! 
Grades 3 & up

Program Room
Family
Fun, Teen

Teen Photography Exhibit

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Enjoy the results of the 6th annual teen photo contest on the theme,  “Portraits of Westport.” The winners were selected by local professional photographer Pamela Einarsen. The exhibit will be on display from July 26-September 6 at Suzuki Music School, 246 Post Road East, Westport. (Phone: 203.227.9474)

Left, Winner for 2017 by Seren Becker

 

Suzuki Music School
Teen

Awards Ceremony & Reception: Teen Photography Contest

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Enjoy the results of the 6th annual teen photo contest on the theme,  “Portraits of Westport.” The winners, who were selected by local professional photographer Pamela Einarsen, will be announced. The exhibit will be on display from July 26-September 6 at Suzuki Music School, 246 Post Road East, Westport.

Left, Winner for 2017 by Seren Becker

 

Suzuki Music School
Teen