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This is the official website for Project '79, the college preparatory alternative at Westfield High School. We've chosen to use Tumblr and various other interactive social networks in order to reinforce our mission to challenge and engage our students in ways relevant to their lives.

~ Monday, April 21 ~
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~ Friday, April 11 ~
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DAY OF SILENCE. Sitting in the p79 Office this morning with a mix of students, a few of whom are participating in www.dayofsilence.org. (check website for info). Most aren’t. Some of the things I’ve thought most often about since WHS began to participate in the Day of Silence in 2002. 
Maybe my favorite thing is that this national event was begun by two students at the University of Virginia in 1996 or so. Some students recognized that they could get some people thinking about discrimination and fairness—and they did something about it.
It’s hard not to speak, which is why it’s worthwhile as personal discipline. 
The metaphor of silence is powerful, as with audre lorde: “my silences have not protected me; yours will not protect you.”
I’m much more conscious of the language around me when I’m not participating in it as a speaker. 
Image = “Plusle and Minun” by Micheru Shinearo (used without permission but with immense appreciation)

DAY OF SILENCE. Sitting in the p79 Office this morning with a mix of students, a few of whom are participating in www.dayofsilence.org. (check website for info). Most aren’t. Some of the things I’ve thought most often about since WHS began to participate in the Day of Silence in 2002. 

  1. Maybe my favorite thing is that this national event was begun by two students at the University of Virginia in 1996 or so. Some students recognized that they could get some people thinking about discrimination and fairness—and they did something about it.
  2. It’s hard not to speak, which is why it’s worthwhile as personal discipline. 
  3. The metaphor of silence is powerful, as with audre lorde: “my silences have not protected me; yours will not protect you.”
  4. I’m much more conscious of the language around me when I’m not participating in it as a speaker. 

Image = “Plusle and Minun” by Micheru Shinearo (used without permission but with immense appreciation)

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DDR scans the horizon for any signs of stunt doubles. The formidable freshmen hold their own against nearly twice as many sophomores.


~ Thursday, April 10 ~
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Juniors decorous and swift, seniors contemplative and amicable in turns. #p79


~ Wednesday, April 9 ~
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MUIR RUNS MIND-BENDING BUCKET POP CHALLENGES and some Springs visit … #norelation


~ Tuesday, April 8 ~
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ONE MAD SATURDAY IN APRIL! At this point last weekend, no one knew who would prevail in the mighty clash of the classes. Shots from the #p79 Courtyard of the Sciences. 


~ Monday, April 7 ~
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APRIL MADNESS HITS SATURDAY! The bracket is set. Seniors Liv & Noelle strive for pre-tournament points by knit-bombing spokes in team colors. Ally S. adds pro-Juniors messages to April Office calendar. Caroline N. reps 2015 on the northern spokes.

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~ Sunday, April 6 ~
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Life is hard, unfair, and beautiful.
— #p79
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~ Saturday, April 5 ~
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CHALLENGE: Construct an image using 1 triangle, 2 circles, 3 rectangles, 4 diamonds. Describe it to your partner, sitting back to back. Points based on similarity of finished drawings.

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FINAL ROUND: Battle of the Innerclassmen—juniors vs. sophomores in the final round. As Captain Santangelo remarked, “We will do whatever it takes to win. At every moment!” #find1way2win


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