school was built in 1970. It was named after Elsie Hastings in
recognition of her 43 year teaching career in the Westborough Public
Schools. Miss Hastings was a life-long resident of Westborough. She was
born November 10, 1870, and graduated from Westborough High School in
1889. She attended Worcester Normal School, now Worcester State College,
from 1892-1894. Miss Hastings was 100 years old when Hastings School
was first dedicated on October 2, 1970. Although blind, she was still
active around her home and enjoyed recalling her many teaching
experiences. She died on March 25, 1971 at the age of 100 years, 5
months, and 15 days.
The building has many characteristics that make it unique:
- We are set up in pods, rather than hallways.
- We are built on the edge of Cedar Swamp, which is wonderful when we teach science units.
- Our building is heated and cooled by a ground-source heat-pump system.
currently has 367 students in grades pre-K to grade 3. We have 3 full
day session and 2 half-day session of kindergarten, 5 first grades, 5
second grades, and 4 third grades. Each grade works very closely under
the direction of the team leader. Each grade has special activities that
they participate in during the school year. We also have school-wide
events that involve all students: a school-wide home reading program,
Dance Day, Field Day, Family Fun Day, a Learning Fair, and Purple Day.