Parents' Newsletter February 7th, 2019

Glimpse of the Week


I hope everyone enjoyed a restful long weekend! Despite the break from classes, our Wildcats had an amazing weekend on the squash court as they pulled off a thrilling 4-3 win on Sunday to win the U.S. High School Nationals Division VI Team Championship! The team won over Brookline High, Mass. with Lisa '20 sealing the team victory. Congrats, Wildcats!

Glee will present a concert this Sunday, February 10 at 4:00 pm in our Chapel. There is a reception for parents and friends in Red Hall after the concert. I hope to see you there!

Finally, nine Westover student artists received a total of 11 awards – including three Gold Keys – at this year's Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards Program. Congratulations!

-Ben Hildebrand
Assistant Head of School

From Jim and Cammiel Hussey P'20, Co-Presidents of the Parents Association


Please join us at Westover on Sunday, February 10th for a Glee Club concert and musical showcase!

The performances will be followed by a reception in Red Hall hosted by the Parents Association. More details below. If you cannot attend in person, there will be a livestream of the concert available on the Westover Livestream channel. We hope to see you there!


From the Development Office



Parents, show your love for Westover on Valentine's Day during our #LoveWestover Challenge! Each year our alumnae make gifts on Valentine's Day to support the the Westover Fund and honor their West or Over spirit team. This year we invite all parents to join the #LoveWestover Challenge and honor your daughter's spirit team! If you have not yet had a chance to support the Westover Fund, please consider making a gift at this time. Parent participation is important to the success of the Westover Fund. All gifts received through Sunday, February 17th, will be counted toward this West vs. Over challenge.
Go online to make your gift:


Fun Fact: At the end of this challenge, the class with highest parent participation in the Westover Fund will win a pizza party on behalf of the Development Office. Thank you for your support and please note participation to-date for each class below. The Junior and Senior Parents are tied in the lead, but Freshmen and Sophomore Parents are not far behind!


From the College Office


As students have returned to class from a well-earned long weekend, we are heading into our fifth week of College Seminars.  In weeks three and four we discussed application options, began completing the Common Application, discussed the main Common Application essay, reviewed potential decision outcomes and were introduced to Naviance, our online database. Junior parents will be invited to join Naviance in a few short weeks. Students are continuing to prepare for their first ACT test on February 9, 2019.


Over the next few weeks, students will begin meeting with us to create an initial list and to start a draft of their personal resume for college.  We will discuss making use of a campus tour and information session. 


We are working to empower our students in the process and in their daily lives.  We strive to help our students develop resilience and to become resourceful.  Every day, there are opportunities for them to ask: "what can I control?" If something is not going as they had wished, we encourage them to ask "what is my next step/what is my plan?"


Parents are welcome to contact us to schedule a phone call or to meet with us to discuss all things college.


The following links may be helpful:


Tips for Today:

  1. If your junior is resisting having discussions with you about the college process, try scheduling time once a week or every few weeks to have a discussion. Save all of your questions for the set time. It is important to keep lines of communication open, and if every conversation becomes a college conversation, your interaction may become less pleasant for all involved.

  2. When possible, resist the urge to provide an immediate solution for your child; rather:

    - Acknowledge discomfort: "I see you're really struggling right now." "I'm guessing that this is really hard for you." "I see that thinking about this test tomorrow is making you really anxious."

    - Ask: "What can you control?" "What is your next step/plan?"


Navigating life is difficult, and helping our children develop tools to work through challenges is a gift.

From Director of Drama, Marla Truini



"The Drowsy Chaperone," a Musical within a Comedy will be performed at the LBD Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, February 15 and 16 at 7 pm. Please call 203-577-4536 for reservations.

Save the Date: Graduation, Saturday, June 1st


Westover will celebrate the class of 2019 on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Our Graduation Chapel Service begins at 10:00 a.m. Please note that each graduate receives two (2) Chapel tickets. The Graduation ceremony will take place at 11:00 am on Westover's campus. Graduates are welcome to invite family and friends to our Graduation ceremony and lunch after Graduation ceremony. Our annual prize day ceremony, the Orchard Ceremony, will take place on Friday, May 31.

Additional information will be available in the coming months. If families have questions, please contact the Head's Office at 203.577.4501 or

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1237 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, CT 06762-0847


Phone: (203) 758-2423
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