WINCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL
80 Skillings Road

Winchester, MA 01890-2853

781-721-7020

PARENT-FACULTY ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER ~MARCH 2014

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

 

FROM THE OFFICE OF PRINCIPAL TOM GWIN

 

March features the course registration process that kicks off during the week of March 3rd.  Guidance counselors will lead class meetings on March 5th to give out the 2014-15 Student Guide and Course of Studies and discuss the registration calendar, graduation requirements, new courses, and other important registration-related information.  The 2014-15 Student Guide and Course of Studies is currently available on the WHS Edline website.

 

Faculty will make course recommendations for students during the same time period. Teachers make recommendations based on the current course level and student performance during the year.  Please consider teacher decisions seriously as courses are recommended that both challenge your children and provide them with the best opportunity for academic success. There is an appeal process if the parent/guardian(s) and student disagree with the teacher recommendation. Course appeal forms are available on Edline website, and should be submitted to the appropriate director by Friday, April 11.  A separate form is needed for each appeal.  Counselors will review course selections with individual students later in March.

 

Consider your son’s or daughter’s course load when selecting courses.  We are seeing an increasing number of students enrolling in a combination of five, six, and sometimes even seven (yes, seven!) honors courses. This trend correlates with the growing number of WHS students we are seeing with stress and/or anxiety related conditions.  A balanced schedule that challenges your student but does not overwhelm him or her is the goal.

 

A special evening for parents of incoming 9th graders will take place on Monday, March 3, at 7 pm in the WHS auditorium.  The evening includes a presentation from the directors on ninth grade course options as well as a Parent-to-Parent program featuring current WHS students and parents.

 

March also brings the first round of MCAS testing for 10th graders.  English Language Arts testing will take place on the mornings of March 18, 19, and 21. Later in the year, 10th graders will also take the MCAS mathematics test while 9th graders will complete the biology MCAS.

 

I hope you will be able to attend our musical, Little Me, taking place on the nights of Thursday - Saturday, March 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 pm in the auditorium.  Please come and support our young performers.

PFA NEWS

 

One can only hope that March will bring some milder weather and less snow!  The WFEE Trivia Bee was rescheduled due to the snow (for the first time in history) and will be held on March 19th.  You’ll have another chance to cheer on our PFA team of Peter Woolford, Ed Czeck and Jacki Santoro!  Of course, you may also want to see whether the WHS faculty can defend their title from last year!

 

The STEM speakers at our February PFA meeting gave us a great update about the changes and offerings at WHS.  It is clear that many of the ideas brought up last year have been implemented by the staff.  Be sure to check the PFA meeting minutes at the PFA website if you’d like to know what was discussed.

 

As a follow-up for parents, the Fall Athletic Budget information that was presented to the School Committee during a recent meeting has now been added to the WHS PFA website.  We expect that a task force will be created by the Administration to review the financial needs of the Athletic Department and the fundraising activities that are conducted in support of Athletics at WHS.  Be watching for more information about that and please volunteer to serve on the committee if you are interested.  Thank you to Jody Collins Skinner for following this closely on behalf of our parent community! 

 

Valentine’s Day was celebrated with treats for the faculty from the PFA Social Committee.  Thank you to Paula Michienzi, Denise George, and Loren Schipani for putting together such special spreads!

 

Our next meeting will be on March 5th and we will welcome the department chairs from English, Social Studies and Media.  This will be a great opportunity to meet the new librarian as well.  As always, parents are encouraged to attend bring along any questions they may have.  The staff has been very responsive to comments raised at our meetings.

 

By now you may have seen the adorable PFA direct appeal bunnies, Cheryl Myers and Julie Piantedosi, in their debut email blasts.  We have made great progress towards our goal of $30,000, but we haven’t gotten there yet.  Today is a great day to pledge your support so that we can fulfill the grant requests made to us.  We will have over 700 families who haven’t yet made a donation.  Even a small donation would help us achieve the goal—please take a moment to donate here if you haven’t already done so.  We’d like to retire the bunnies for the year!   Thank you for considering!

 

From the Co-Presidents,

Audrey Loria and Malini Dutta

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL NEWS

 

Annual MR. WHS Contest - March 23, 7:00 PM, HS Auditorium

Come see the HILARIOUS performances of some very well known "gentlemen" from the Senior Class. All are invited! Parents, students, neighbors and friends. You won't want to miss the 2014 MR. WHS!

Tickets are $15, and doors open at
 6:30. Avoid the lines, and buy your tickets early! Tickets will be on sale at Bookends starting March 14.

Watch future eblasts to learn more about the contestants. If you have questions contact whs2014@gmail.com

 

WHS Musical Little Me – March 6-8, 7:30 PM, at WHS

 

WHS is pleased to announce their annual High School Musical, Little Me, by Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh.  The show will be directed by Jason Van Dinter, Orchestral Direction by Nick Costello, and Choral Direction by Mary Costello.

 

Little Me is Neil Simon’s first musical.  It is the story of the glamorous Belle Poitrine (Sarah Warrick as young Belle, Christina O’Neil as older Belle), a self-invented celebrity who has spent her life in pursuit of wealth, culture, and social position.  Owen Kramer and Mike Ragone will play the roles of the seven men in her life.

 

Performances are Thursday, March 6th, Friday, March 7th, and Saturday, March 8th, at 7:30 p.m., at Winchester High School.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at Book Ends in Winchester.

 

EFPBC News

 

The EFPBC is also pleased to announce that it has selected Consigli Construction Co., Inc. as its Construction Manager for the project.  Consigli is highly experienced with the "Construction Manager at Risk" process has an established relationship with Skanska (the town's project manager), and has a history of successful collaboration with SMMA (the project architects).  Consigli has worked on more than fifty school building projects since 2000, including occupied phased construction projects, like our high school project.  

 

From The Winchester HS Project Communications Working Group

 

 

 

 

 

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Spring Sports Meeting

 

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 Youth Lacrosse Clinic For Girls Grades 3-8

Join members of the WHS girls lacrosse team for a 3 hour clinic in the WHS field house on Saturday, March 15th from 9am-noon.  All proceeds benefit the WHS Girls Lacrosse Boosters. New and experienced players are encouraged to attend.

Send registrations with a $25 check payable to "Winchester Girls Lacrosse Boosters"  to:  Jana Ewing, 5 Wilson Street, Winchester, MA 01890

Questions to:  
sontso@winchester.k12.ma.us

 

 


WELLNESS NEWS

 

There have been some changes in the Wellness Department this past month. Janet Daniels, a long time member of the Wellness Department (Family Consumer Science teacher), retired at the end of the first semester. Janet has educated many students over the years she has worked in Winchester and has been a well-respected member of the High School community.  She will be missed, and we wish her a very enjoyable retirement. Also, I am sure you will all join the Wellness Department in welcoming Mary Pace as Janet's replacement.  Mary has been a member of the HS staff working in the Science department.

 

From Wellness Director Pam Saba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASS NEWS

 

Class of 2016 Parent/Guardian Social – Friday, April 4, at Lucia’s

 

The Class Officers, with the help of their advisors, will be hosting a parent/guardian social at Lucia’s Restaurant on Friday, April 4th, to coincide with the Class of 2016 Semi-Formal.  The idea is that you would sign-in your child at Town Hall for their semi-formal and then walk over to Lucia’s for a few hours of social time with friends before having to pick-up your child after the dance. The tickets for this event will be $25 per person, and include hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction.  Tickets will go on sale March 21st.  Seating is limited and tickets will be handled first come-first served.  All proceeds go to the Class of 2016 to support annual class functions and senior week activities. We hope that you will join us for a fun evening supporting the Class of 2016. 

 

If you would like to make a donation to the silent auction, or have any questions, please contact Anne Marie Hill at hill.davis@comcast.net.

 

 

 

GUIDANCE NEWS

 

Freshmen Parent Coffee – Tuesday, March 4th, WHS Cafe, 8-9 am

Guidance counselors will outline the course selection process for parents of freshmen.

 

 


CONNECT AND COMMIT SERVICE CLUB

 

Meetings: Tuesdays, March 4th & 18th, 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

 

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 connectandcommit@gmail.com for more info.

 

Friday, March 7th- Super Smash Bros Tournament at WHS

More information to come!

 

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. 

 

Wednesday, March 19th- 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. 

 

Thursday, April 10th- Community Servings 1-4pm in Jamaica Plain

Help volunteer during the half day preparing meals for patients with terminal illnesses through Community Servings. Transportation will be provided.

 

 

 

WINCHESTER YOUTH CENTER

 

Winchester Youth Center

458R Main Street

Winchester MA 01890

781-721-0906

www.winyc.com

winchesteryouthcenter@gmail.com

Like us on Facebook

 

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 WHS KICK-OFF CELEBRATION
March 12th, 2:15-3:30pm
, WHS Cafeteria

All WHS students, faculty and staff are invited to join us after school in the cafeteria for a kick-off celebration featuring make-your-own sundaes! Come and learn all about Relay 2014, register your team, and join us in our goal to raise $85,000 for the American Cancer Society. Make sure to bring $10 or your credit card so you can register your team and get a treat!

 

To register now please go to www.relayforlife.org/winchesterma

Contact winchesterrelay@gmail.com for more information.


ROCK FOR YOUTH - Battle of the Bands Round 2

Friday, March 14th , 7:30-10:30pm, Winchester Town Hall Auditorium, $10 admission

Featuring the 7 bands that moved on from round 1:

The Rubies
My Tulpa
DJ Slick Rich
Klangfarbinmelodic Jazz Quartet
100 Decibels
The Tony Kowal Project

The Third Wing

 

Audience members will vote to select the bands that will perform in the final show on Town Day eve. Come out to support your friends, listen to some great live music! Contact rock4youth@gmail.com for more info.

 

SUPPORT THE WYC PEER LEADERS' APRIL VACATION HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TRIP

During April vacation 13 WYC Peer Leaders will be participating in our 9th annual Habitat for Humanity trip. We will be traveling to Wilmington, Delaware to complete a week-long service-learning experience building homes for families in need. We are currently working toward fundraising 100% of the expenses for our trip including a $2800 donation to Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County. Please contact us of you would like to make a donation toward this amazing service-learning experience. Proceeds from all of the following fundraising efforts will benefit our trip:

 

Dump Runs

Let us take care of your trash on Saturday, April 5th 

We are currently selling $10 dump run vouchers

Contact the WYC for more information

 

Raffle tickets

Buy your $20 tickets for the chance to win:

* iPad mini *

* Guitar donated by Mouradian Guitar *

* 4 tickets to a Red Sox game *

* Skull Candy ear buds *

* $100 Spring Clean-up by Taft Landscaping *

*Gift Certificates and more *

Drawing: April 14th

Contact the WYC for more information

 

Sachem Nalgene bottles

Show your Sachem spirit for only $20

High-quality, dual-spout water bottles

Featuring “Winchester Sachems” and the Sachem logo

Contact the WYC to purchase one

 

RELAY FOR LIFE OF WINCHESTER

Saturday, June 21st-Sunday, June 22nd, Manchester Field Track

Form your teams, start your fundraising, and join us for the 3rd annual Relay For Life of Winchester! Register now at www.relayforlife.org/winchesterma. Relay For Life is the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones, and fight back against this disease. Community members of all ages are invited to join us for this amazing community event and help us reach our goal of raising $85,000 for the American Cancer Society. Help us create a world with less cancer and more birthdays! Please contact winchesterrelay@gmail.com for more information.

 

 


COMMUNITY NEWS

 

WINCHESTER COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL

 

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

Join WCMS 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. 

 

Help! My Child Wants to Be a Singing Star - Saturday, March 29, 3:00 PM

Do you have a child who loves to sing? Whether you are the parent of a high school student or a fourth grader who is just beginning to explore the world of performing, this seminar at Winchester Community Music School will give you the practical information you need to help your child reach for the stars! Three professional faculty members with expertise in voice, performance, and recording will explain the specific skills and education your child will need to succeed in popular music, classical music, or musical theater. Free. 

 

How to Play Drum Set Workshop - Thursday, April 24, 1-5 pm

During school vacation week!  For ages 11 and older. Our one-day Intro to Drum Set workshop at Winchester Community Music School is perfect for those who want to try their hand behind the kit but have no prior experience with the drums.  With only 3 students per workshop, you'll be guaranteed plenty of hands-on time at the kit in this fun, low pressure introductory course. $99 for a 4-hour workshop. 

 

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

   

PARENT-TO-PARENT EVENTS

 

Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens + Teens

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

  

Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, Winchester Public Library

 

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.

  

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.

"I'd Listen to My Parents if They'd Just Shut Up: What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens"

 

Wednesday, March 26th, 7 - 9 PM, McCall Middle School

 

Anthony Wolf, Ph.D., a child psychologist and author of several popular parenting books, will speak to parents about the phenomenon of adolescence.  He confirms what we already think.... that teenagers today are more outspoken, less respectful and less immediately obedient than in past generations. Still, our teens, who can be rude and disagreeable at home, often show a very pleasant and charming side to others on the outside. Why? Do our adolescent children develop a sudden, but temporary allergy to their parents? Dr. Wolf will give answers and provide strategies to deal with today's teens, be in charge and enjoy them, without threats or punishment. Most of all, he will assure us that there is reason to hope - most of our kids will become pleasant young adults. 

 

Dr. Wolf has over 25 years of experience in private practice working with children and adolescents. He is also a sought after speaker and author of numerous books, most recently, "I'd Listen to My Parents if They'd Just Shut Up: What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens." For parents of tweens through teens, this program is free and made possible by generous donations from our community.

 

WINCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS

 

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, unless otherwise noted, free to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Winchester Public Library and the John & Mary Murphy Educational Foundation

 

WINCHESTER SPORTS FOUNDATION NEWS 

  

The Winchester Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Committee announces the inductees for the 2014 Hall of Fame.

 

The inductees for 2014 are:  

William Derry '84 

X Country, Indoor Track, Track and Field 

Caitlin Butler '99

Girls' Soccer, Girls' Tennis 

Daniel Spang '03  

Boys' Hockey    

Coach John Messuri 

Boys' Hockey    

1969 WHS Football Team

 

1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

Girls' Tennis Teams

Karen Branley 

Community Service Award

  

The Inductees will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Dinner held on Thursday, May 8th, at the Burlington Marriott, Mall Road, Burlington, MA. 

 

Individual tickets may be obtained by sending a check made out to the Winchester Sports Foundation for $50 to Dot Butler, 30 Wildwood Street, Winchester, MA 01890, or by purchasing online at www.Winchestersportsfoundation.com. Tables of 10 are available and will be reserved for your party only upon receipt of payment.  Please indicate members of your party when reserving a table.

 

For additional information about this event or the WSF Hall of Fame committee, please contact Paul Manganaro at Pmanganaro@manganaro.com or Dot Butler at Butlermail@aol.com.

 

WINCHESTER SOCCER CLUB NEWS

 

Winchester Soccer Club announces our new Girls' U16 Soccer Team! To learn more and to register, please visit www.winchestersoccer.net.

 

WINCHESTER MULTICULTURAL NETWORK EVENTS

 

Deepening Your Multicultural Understanding – Sat, March 15, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Now an established and key community event, the Multicultural Network community workshop, "Deepening Your Multicultural Understanding," will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Sanborn House, 15 High Street, Winchester. The workshop is free for those who live and/or work in Winchester. Please join us!

The workshop provides an opportunity to grow in both personal and institutional awareness and to develop confidence in dealing with challenging conversations across race, religion, class and other differences, all within a safe and structured environment. Please email office at www.wmcn.org to register. Space is limited. 

Inclusion for All – Sun, March 23, 2:15-4:30 pm

”Inclusion for All”, a program focused on creating a welcoming community for people of all abilities, and all ages, will be held Sunday afternoon, March 23 from 2:15-4:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Winchester Public Library.  Dramatizations by True Story Theater will heighten our understanding of the experiences and world views of people who are living with physical, cognitive or psychological challenges, and panelists will share their perspectives and offer suggestions for moving forward.  Please join us for this community conversation sponsored by the Multicultural Network in collaboration with the Disability Access Commission.  An ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter will be there.  And mark your calendar for WIT-2014: Access in Action on Sunday, April 6. (location TBA).