WINCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL

80 Skillings Road

Winchester, MA 01890 – 2853

Telephone 781-721-7020

 

PARENT FACULTY ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER ~ FEBRUARY 2014

Visit our website at http://www.whspfa.org

 

 

 

FROM THE OFFICE OF PRINCIPAL TOM GWIN

 

The pace of the WHS Building Project planning is fast and furious. Currently the architects are in the Design Development phase.  This includes the design of the entry, the site plan, and the interior of the building.  It also includes the determination of the composition of materials for the skin of the building; the materials, style, and colors of the interior design; the phasing and temporary construction requirements; the MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) systems design development, and the sustainability requirements.  SMMA have already met with all departments to further refine the interior design. Those meetings included a discussion of the options for furniture, storage, equipment, and technology.

 

This spring planning for Phase 1 is a major effort.  It will be like planning for D-Day! Everything in the A wing will need to move to modular classrooms, temporary construction, or another location in the building.This includes the Main Office/Guidance area, the social studies department, a number of special education classrooms and learning centers, and two computer labs.  Other areas that need to move in Phase 1 will include the two music classrooms, the library, and everything above the library (a learning center, a science classroom, and the Mac lab).  SMMA is currently working on the phasing details.

 

Phase 1 will take one year to complete.  A wing will have been rebuilt, the Main Office/Guidance area will be in a new addition on the auditorium side of the building, the addition for the dining commons will be complete (in the front courtyard), and the library/media center will be set to go.

 

I will keep you posted on the phasing details as the spring moves along.     

                                                       

 

PFA NEWS

 

Hello, all!  We have officially passed the mid-year mark of this school year, the days are staying brighter longer and a weeklong break is just around the corner—hooray!

 

February brings the WFEE Trivia Bee to Winchester.  On Wednesday, February 5th, the WHS PFA will be well represented by the returning Quiz-Knows (Ed Czeck, Jacki Santoro and Peter Woolford).  The Bee is always a lot of fun and supports a great organization, so stop by Town Hall to cheer them on!

 

Because the Bee is held on the first Wednesday of February, we moved our monthly PFA meeting to Wednesday, February 12th.  Please join us as we welcome the department chairs from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  Please join us for an opportunity to hear from the Directors and ask any questions that you may have.  The meeting will take place in the WHS Library at 7:30 pm.  We hope to see you there!

 

ValentineÕs Day also arrives in just a couple weeks—the PFA would LOVE it if you would send in a donation to the Direct Appeal if you havenÕt already!  We know that you DONÕT LOVE the constant reminders, so help us make our goal that we can stop asking!  We need to raise $4000Éwe are almost there!  So, be a sweetheart and click through to our convenient online payment system: here

 

Happy February! 

 

From the Co-Presidents,

Audrey Loria and Malini Dutta

 

 

GUIDANCE NEWS

 

Class of 2015 College Night Program:   Thursday, February 6th in the WHS Auditorium      7-8:30 PM

Sophomore Parent Coffee -                    Thursday, February 27th in the WHS Cafe                    8-9 AM

  

 

 

SCHOOL NEWS

 

  Mark Your Calendar:  Shop at Wilson Farm to Support Authorfest on Tuesday, February 4th

 

Wilson Farm will generously donate 20% of sales on Tuesday, February 4th to AUTHORFEST for Winchester Schools! Get your week's grocery shopping done and support a good cause at the same time! Click here for the flyer to show at check-out. Flyer must be presented at time of sale for donation to be credited.

 

Authorfest is a day long celebration of reading, where 18 authors and illustrators speak to every student in Winchester's schools encouraging a lifelong love of reading and writing, culminating in a book signing and sale where the children get a chance to interact with every author. 

 

 

ATHLETIC DEPT NEWS

 

Spring Sports Meeting for Parents and Students on Wednesday, March 12

 

The Spring Sports Meeting for parents and students will be held on Wednesday, March 12th at 6:30PM in the high school auditorium. Spring Sports starts on Monday, March 17th.

 

Spring Sports Registration is now open online through FamilyID.  You can find the link on the Athletics page of the school website.

https://www.familyid.com/winchester-hs-athletics

 

WHS Girls Lacrosse Team hosting Clinic on Saturday, March 15th. 9am-Noon

 

The WHS girls lacrosse team will again host a one day youth player clinic in the WHS Field House with all proceeds benefitting the WHS Girls Lacrosse Booster Club. Fee is $25 per player.  On Saturday, March 15th from 9:00 AM to Noon.

 

Clinic focus on stick work and basic skills and is open to ALL girls in grades 3-8.  Participants do not have to be registered for spring

programs through Winchester Youth Lacrosse.  New and experienced players are encouraged to attend. This is a great way

to try lacrosse for a day or start getting ready for the spring season. WHS Field House is located in rear of Winchester High School.

 

 

Players need to bring: 

 

Questions or to get a registration form: email Suzanne Ontso at mailto:sontso@winchester.k12.ma.us

 

Mail registrations to: WHS Girls Lacrosse Boosters c/o Jana Ewing, 5 Wilson Street, Winchester, MA 01890

 

 

CLASS NEWS

 

CLASS OF 2016


Parents/Guardians Social & Fundraiser Event

 

Friday, April 4, 2014 from 8:00-11:00 PM



Planning is underway for a Class of 2016 Parent/Guardian Social on Friday, April 4th to coincide with the class Semi-Formal Dance.  The idea is that you sign in your child at the semi-formal at Town Hall and then walk over to a local eatery for a few hours of social time with old friends and a silent auction event before having to pick-up your child after the dance.

 

Details will be provided as they become available, but we wanted to make sure that you penciled this event on your calendars now!

 

We hope that you will be able to join us for a fun way to support the Class of 2016.

 

Thanking you in advance,

 

Class Officers:​​ Oliver George, John Na, Rebecca Hao, Edward Tu

Parent Advisors:​ John Leuba, Jann Sheehy, Nelleke Harris

Event Co-Chairs: Anne Marie Hill & Lia Borrelli

 

 

CLASS OF 2014

 

Parking Spot Raffle

 

Would you like your very own parking spot in the Student Lot? Tired of not finding a place when you come back from lunch or being late to school only because you had to park so far away. We have the Answer!

 

The Senior Class will be raffling off a Special Parking Spot in the Student lot. You get the Student of the Week spot for ONE WEEK. You can enter the raffle as often as you want. Your tickets remain in the mix for the entire year so you have many chances to win the "primo spot".

 

Raffle tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10. You can buy tickets from Mrs. Troiano in Room A301 or you can email 2014whs@gmail.com with the number of tickets you would like to purchase.  When payment is received in the main office, we will add the tickets to the mix.

 

 

 HELPFUL LINKS

 

WHS Staff Contact List

WHS Days Calendar

WHS School Calendar (list of key dates)

2013-2014 District-wide Calendar

 

 

 

Connect & Commit

 

Meeting Tuesday February 4th & 11th from 6:30-7:30pm in the WHS Library

 

ALL ARE WELCOME!!

You can sign up for the opportunities listed below at the meetings or in the C&C Office in the library of the high school.  If you have questions visit Kristen Ritchie, Program Director, in the C&C Office or email her at connectandcommit@gmail.com.

 

Upcoming Service Opportunities & Events

 

Saturday Feb. 1st Room to Grow- 10am-12pm in Boston

Volunteer at this organization which seeks to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. We will be helping to organize and prepare their inventory of infant and toddler clothing, toys, books and equipment for distribution to clients.

Tuesday Feb. 4th- Connect & Commit Meeting- 6:30-7:30pm in the WHS library

Join us as we welcome special guest speaker Rebekah Carter who will be discussing volunteer opportunities for students at Wright Locke Farm here in Winchester. There are lots of ways to get involved on the farm including helping with farm education programs for elementary school children, one time volunteer work days, and much more!

 

Wednesday Feb. 5th- WFEE Trivia Bee- 7-9:30pm at Town Hall

Volunteers are needed at this exciting fundraiser to help with scoring and other tasks. The trivia bee is a blast every year with teams of teachers from each school competing for bragging rights. This year the team from the high school will be defending their title!! All of the proceeds from the event come right back to the Winchester schools to provide funding for classroom tools and resources, technology updates, professional development for teachers, and more. 

 

Friday Feb. 7th- Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Games 5 & 7pm

Support the girls and boys basketball teams in their matchup against Lexington and also help support the American Cancer Society. We want to have a ŌPinkoutĶ in the stands so special T-shirts will be on sale before the games. During the games, there will be games and prizes all to help raise money for ACS. We hope youÕll join us to support our basketball teams and this important cause. Help us create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

 

Tuesday Feb. 11th- Special C&C meeting for Seniors- 6:30-7:30 WHS library

Join us for a special guest speaker who will talk to us about Be The Match- the bone marrow donor registry. We will be having a special donor drive in the spring for interested seniors. For thousands of critically ill blood cancer patients, there is a cure. And it could be you. Come to the meeting and learn more about what it means to join the registry.

 

Wednesday March 5th- Blood Drive- 8am-2:30pm at WHS

All faculty, staff, parents and students ages 16 and older may be eligible to donate blood. Please consider making a donation to help patients who are in need of blood every day. To schedule a donation appointment, please see Ms. Ritchie in the Connect & Commit office in the WHS library or email for more info.

 

Wednesday March 12th- Relay For Life High School Kick-Off 2:15 WHS cafeteria

Join us as we kick-off the 2014 Relay For Life season, stop in for an ice cream social and information on how to get involved with this exciting overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life of Winchester will be held on MANCHESTER Track this year on June 21st-22nd. Please stop by our kick-off to learn how you can help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

 

Saturday March 15th- Cradles to Crayons 10am-12pm in Brighton

A group of volunteers will travel into Bright to the "Giving Factory" and spend time putting together packages of cloths and toys for Boston area children in need. This trip is one of my favorites every year! When we go to volunteer, we don't want to show up empty handed so we will be putting together a clothing and toy drive here in Winchester. More information on that to come. 

 

 

 

WINCHESTER YOUTH CENTER

458R Main Street

Winchester MA 01890

781-721-0906

http://www.winyc.com

winchesteryouthcenter@gmail.com

 

The WYC offers a wide range of leadership, service-learning, and good-decision-making activities for WHS students.

We encourage all WHS students to check out our website and stop by the WYC anytime to find out how to get more involved in all the cool things that we have going on!

 

Relay For Life of Winchester

Community Kick-Off Celebration

Monday, January 27th

6:00-8:00pm

Stone Hearth Pizza

 

Are you thinking about participating in the 3rd annual Relay For Life of Winchester? Stop by the bar at Stone Hearth Pizza, enjoy some appetizers and drinks and pick up some information about this yearÕs Relay event. Please note: this event is for adults, student-focused events will be coming later. We invite everyone to get involved in this yearÕs Relay and help us reach our goal of $85,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society! Go to http://www.relayforlife.org/winchesterma to register your team, like us on Facebook , and follow us on Twitter @winrelayforlife.

Please contact us at winchesterrelay@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

WYC Coffee House

Friday, January 31st

8:00-10:30pm

@ the WYC

 

Are you looking for a fun and warm place to be with friends on a Friday night this winter? Come to the Coffee House! As always, the Coffee House will feature live music and delicious homemade treats, frappes, and coffee drinks. The Coffee House is open to high school students only. Admission is $5. All proceeds will benefit the Peer Leaders' Habitat for Humanity trip.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

WFEE TRIVIA BEE

 

Hard to "bee lieve", but the WFEE Trivia Bee is just around the corner. The date is February 5th, Winchester Town Hall, 7:00-9:30pm. This fun community event is a great way to support the WFEE grant program while enjoying time with your friends and neighbors on a cold winter's night. Get the buzz going! All it takes is a team of three people, the entry fee of $300, and you are set to show off all your trivial skills. A prize is also awarded for the best costumes (should you be more fashionable than trivial!). The entry form is available here and at www.wfee.org

 

Don't delay since there is a limit to how many teams can play!

 

 

WINCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS

 

 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 (snow date Feb 5th): "Page Turners: New England's Famous Authors of Popular Fiction" by Roger Kolb. The program starts with a brief summary of the early history of popular fiction in this country culminating with the publication of America's first blockbuster novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin", and includes New England literary notables Stephen King, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, Chris Bohjalian and Paul Theroux.

 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (snow date March 26th): "George Davenport Middlesex Fells Reservation Historical Glass Slides Presentation" by Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation.

 

Tuesday April 15, 2014: Celebrate tax day with NPR's Jack Beatty who will be discussing his life and times as well as recent publications.  

 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 10:00 am: "Hottest Reads for Summer", 4th annual collaborative program with Book Ends and the College Club of Winchester featuring Judy Manzo, owner of Book Ends.

 

All programs are at 7:00 PM, free to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Winchester Public Library and the John & Mary Murphy Educational Foundation

 

 

WINCHESTER INTEGRATED PRESCHOOL

 

To Apply:

The Winchester Public School's Integrated Preschool Program located at The Lynch Elementary School, will begin accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  Applications will be available for download at www.winchesterpreschool.com as of January 8, 2014.  Applications for the lottery will be accepted until Friday, January 31, 2014 with the lottery for available spots being held on Monday, February 3, 2014. 

 

Tours and Information:

On January 8th, 9th, and 13th tours are being offered in the morning for prospective parents.  Please call the preschool office at 781-721-7015 or contact via email at jopalinski@winchester.k12.ma.us if you are interested in a tour or in receiving the application by mail or email.

 

PARENT-TO-PARENT BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION

 

 

Getting to Calm:

Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens + Teens

By Laura S Kastner, Ph.D. and Jennifer Wyatt, Ph.D.

 

With humor, wisdom and a deep understanding of the teenaged brain, noted teen experts Dr. Laura Kastner and Dr. Jennifer Wyatt show parents how to stay calm and cool-headed while dealing with hot-button issues.  Parenting a teenager is tougher than ever, but new brain research offers new insights into the best way to connect with teens.  The book offers clear, easy-to-follow suggestions for setting limits while maintaining a close and loving relationship.

 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Winchester Public Library

7:00 - 8:30 PM

 

You do not need to have read the book to join in the discussion. 

 

Since the program addresses parenting challenges, we respectfully ask that children do not attend.

 

*Please note the authors will not be present at this book discussion group.

 

 

WINCHESTER COALITION FOR A SAFER COMMUNITY AND MCCALL PA EVENT

Parents' App Night - A Social Media Toolkit for Parents

  February 11th - 7PM - McCall Auditorium

 

With the advent of FREE social media applications for smart phones, more and more students are downloading and using these tools without their parents' knowledge. This presentation will introduce you to the myriad of social apps for smart phones and help you navigate what your child is doing on line.  In addition to the most recent updates to Facebook and Twitter, the discussion will focus on these new and controversial apps.

*Snapchat 

* Ask.fm 

*Vine 

*Instagram

 

Presented by: Pat DeVries, Computer Technology Teacher at McCall Middle School 

 

 

WINCHESTER MULTICULTURAL NETWORK

 

Screening of

"All of Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert"

February 9, 2:00 PM

St. Mary's Church Hall 

 

February is Black History Month, and The Winchester Multicultural Network and St. Mary's Peace and Justice Committee invite everyone to a screening of "All of Me:  The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert" on Sunday, February 9 at 2:00 PM in St. Mary's Church Hall, 155 Washington St.  This free program will highlight the life and art of an amazing man who grew up in Georgia working in cotton and peanut fields, endured incredible hardship, and went on to use leather as an art medium.  It is hoped that the artist himself will be at the event. This event is free and open to all.  

 

 

WINCHESTER COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL EVENTS

 School - Upcoming Events

Open Mic Night at Starbucks - Thursday, Feb 6, 7:00-9:00 PM

Join us for Open Mic Night at Starbucks, 542 Main Street, Winchester. All ages, all instruments, and all types of acoustic music are welcome! Hosted by Winchester Community Music School and singer/songwriter Mike Verge. 

 

Broadway On Highland - Friday, Feb 7, 7:30-9:00 PM

An Open Mic for Broadway songs!  Come sing your favorite Broadway tune with our fabulous accompanist, or sit in the audience and enjoy the sing-a-long numbers. All ages and ability levels are welcome. Just bring your sheet music (no lead sheets please) and a copy for the pianist. Run-throughs available 6:45-7:30 PM. Free and open to the public.  

 

Percussion for Pianists Workshop - Saturdays, Feb 8 and 15, 4:00-5:30 PM 

A great 2-day workshop for pianists aged 10-16 who would like to play an instrument in a concert band or orchestra.  See how keyboard skills can be translated to timpani, bells, marimba, vibraphone, and xylophone. Basic percussion techniques, ensemble playing, and score reading will be included. $60 for both Saturday sessions. To register, call 781-721-2950.

 

Faculty Recital Series with Linda Emmanuel - Monday, Feb 10 at 7:30 PM

This installment of the WCMS Faculty Recital Series will feature soprano Linda Emmanuel performing art songs of the 1920s and 1930s. Admission is free and open to the public. 

  

  For more info or to register for workshops, call 781-729-2950 or visit http://www.winchestermusic.org