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Superintendent of Schools - Amber Bock

Dear Westborough Community,

As we head into this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, I want to take a moment to share my gratitude for the opportunity to serve this Westborough community. Having lived in Westborough for over 25 years, I continue to enjoy what I believe to be its unique focus on service and building a more caring and kind community.  While we can all get fatigued by the stresses and strains of daily life, I am renewed by the surprises that I experience from our students, our colleagues, and the community at large. This past week was just a snapshot of why people choose Westborough as the place where they work and live.    

On Friday, our Westborough High School and our larger community of families and fans were honored at Gillette Stadium with an MIAA School Districts recognition. For the last 26 years, each of the 9 districts has nominated and honored the MIAA Sportsmanship Award recipient. This year, Westborough was the winner from District E, and we were nominated and selected from our peers in the district and honored by a final vote of the MIAA Board. At a time when the Boston Globe is reporting on the negative energy of teams and fans impacting the ability to sustain a strong referee contingency, it is an honor that Westborough remains a place where sportsmanship and a welcoming sports experience can be expected at all of our events. It remains a highlight of my job to attend sports events and see the fun and excitement of quality high school sports, alive and well!

On Saturday, the Turkey Trot had over 900 runners participating in an event that is truly a feel good start to the Thanksgiving weekend that follows!  The hugs, the intergenerational experience, and the vast army of volunteers who sustain this event is just amazing. Everyone was just so happy to be there and be together. The rest of the weekend continued the theme of community, with the Senior Center holiday fair and then later in the evening the annual WASA Turkey Shoot fundraiser.  All of these events appeal to varied groups, but the themes of service, contribution, and supporting Westborough is what resonates throughout all of them. All of this followed the amazing energy of the Veterans’ Day weekend with a whole set of different events and service celebrations. 

Last week, the Hastings School made over 150 beautiful heart shaped gifts for Veterans in Westborough, and this week at Mill Pond they hit their goal of raising over 3,000 pounds of food for the Westborough Food Pantry. They just raised the goal to 3,800 to break an all-time record for their school.  This morning I woke up to a message from Westborough Connects, an organization whose sole mission is to create a more connected and kind community. They are so motivating that they can get people to dive into Lake Chauncy in December (I just signed up for the Polar Plunge!) to help In Your Shoes, one of the many giving organizations of our town. 

There are so many things happening in our community.  So much kindness and caring to be grateful for! I am continually renewed and energized to find ways for our school community to serve our town as I encounter the spirit of giving that I see every day.

As we head into this Thanksgiving weekend, I want to wish you all an enjoyable holiday. I look forward to continuing to share the spirit of caring that is such an essential part of Westborough.

Sincerely,

Amber Bock