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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 advisors 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 (coming soon).

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.

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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.

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Family Rummikub: Grades3&up

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

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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

 

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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
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Teen Photography Contest

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Enter the 6th annual Teen Photography Contest! This year’s theme is “Portraits of Westport.” What represents Westport to you? A picture of the Saugatuck River? An image of a tamale from the Farmer’s Market? Or maybe a photo of your grandmother? Whatever Westport means to you, capture it in a photograph and share it with us!

This contest is open to Fairfield County residents in incoming grades 6-12 (excluding recent graduates). Please fill out our submission form online and email high-resolution* jpgs to westportteenphoto [at] gmail [dot] com. Photos should be titled with "first name last name" format and numbers if submitting more than one photo. Example: "JaneDoe1.jpg.” Maximum of three photographs per student. Winners will be judged by local professional photographer Pamela Einarsen.

Submission deadline is Saturday, July 14. Winners will be notified by Tuesday, July 24 and will be featured in an art show at the Suzuki Music School. The opening reception and awards ceremony will take place at the Suzuki Music School (246 Post Road East, Westport) on Thursday, July 26 from 5-6 pm. The exhibit will be on display from July 26-September 6.

*To submit high-res images from your phone, choose “Actual Size” when emailing. For digital cameras, choose “JPEG-Large” and set the image quality at “FINE.”
 

Left, Winner for 2017 by Seren Becker

 

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Teen Essay Contest on "Appropriate Protest"

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As the nation continues its historic social shifts relating to race, ethnicity, religion and identity, young people have a great deal to absorb and consider regarding the evolving different America. In order to increase awareness, foster understanding and promote  understanding in this arena, TEAM Westport and The Westport Library are co-sponsoring the fifth annual Teen Diversity Essay Contest 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.

The focus of this fifth essay contest is the issue of  'appropriate protest’ which has surfaced recently as a topic of significant national controversy. This year’s invitation states,  “Recently several professional athletes have “taken a knee” during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to bring attention to--and to protest—ongoing bias and discriminatory practices in American society in general and by law enforcement officers in particular.  In reaction, some people have called these athletes “unpatriotic.”  In 1,000 words or fewer, describe your understanding of what it means to be a patriot, what kinds of behavior you think would be unpatriotic, and what forms of protest against discriminatory laws, customs, or patterns of behavior you would consider legitimate."

Applications for the contest are available on the TEAM Westport website. Essays are due March 13, 2018. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on April 23, 2018. 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.

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Award Ceremony for TEAM Westport Teen Essay Contest on "Appropriate Protest"

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TEAM Westport logoHear from the winners of this fifth annual essay contest, hosted by TEAM Westport and the Westport Library. This essay contest is for students in grades 9-12 who attend Staples High School or another school in Westport, or reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere. 

The focus of this fifth essay contest is the issue of 'appropriate protest’ which has surfaced recently as a topic of significant national controversy. This year’s invitation states, “Recently several professional athletes have “taken a knee” during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to bring attention to--and to protest—ongoing bias and discriminatory practices in American society in general and by law enforcement officers in particular. In reaction, some people have called these athletes “unpatriotic.” In 1,000 words or fewer, describe your understanding of what it means to be a patriot, what kinds of behavior you think would be unpatriotic, and what forms of protest against discriminatory laws, customs, or patterns of behavior you would consider legitimate."

Applications for the contest will be available on the TEAM Westport web site. The deadline for submission is March 13. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on April 23. 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, $750, and the third, $500.

Dan Woog's 06880 article on the essay contest.

TEAM Westport is the official committee of the Town of Westport established to “achieve, celebrate and extend a more welcoming, multicultural community” with a focus on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religion. 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.

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Teen, Writing

National Book Award Finalist Ibi Zoboi on “American Street”

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Ibi Zoboi, a 2017 National Book Award Finalist, will join student panelists from Staples High School to discuss her debut novel American Street. It draws on her experience as a young Haitian immigrant, exploring American identity with magical realism and vodou culture. The book was a finalist for a 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. 

Community partner: Staples High School

Ibi Zoboi holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine and The Rumpus, among others. Her debut novel, American Street, was published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers and has received five starred reviews. Her next YA novel, Pride, is due out in the Fall of 2018. Her middle grade debut, My Life as an Ice-Cream Sandwich is forthcoming from Dutton/Penguin Books. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, and their three young children.

 

 

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Countdown to College: ACT/SAT/PSAT Practice Test

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Three chances are offered to take a free practice test for the PSAT, SAT or ACT, administered by C2 Education of Westport. Space is limited; register online and specify which test you would like to take. Bring a #2 pencil and a calculator. Breaks will be provided, just as in the official tests. Contact mparmelee [at] westportlibrary [dot] org for more information.

Register online for Saturday, April 28, 12-4 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.

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