Winchester High School Parent Faculty Association


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WHSPFA Announcements

School Improvement Council Elections

The PFA invites all parents and guardians to volunteer to participate in the WHS School Improvement Council. The Council meets with Principal Dennis Mahoney the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 am to discuss what is happening in the school. This year the PFA will hold an election for two 2-year positions.

Candidate forms are due by noon on September 24th. Interested parents and guardians can obtain the application form here. Please email completed forms to

The submitted forms will be available on the PFA website for the community to read and familiarize themselves with the candidates. Voting will take place September 26th to October 1st.

The Role of School Council: The law requires that there be a school council at each public elementary, secondary and independent vocational school in the Commonwealth. Councils are to assist principals by reviewing the school building budget and developing the school improvement plan. Councils may also take on other responsibilities, including policymaking, as granted by the local school committee. Council school improvement plans are submitted to the local school committee for review and approval. For more information, see MA Department of Education (DOE) website Q&A concerning School Councils at


Welcome to the 2019-2020 School year!!

We are excited to work collaboratively with the Winchester High School teachers and administrators to make THE Winchester High School a terrific place for our kids to grow and learn. Please join us at our WHSPFA meetings, where Principal Mahoney will update us on events and happenings at WHS and guest speakers will address various topics relevant to our students. The meetings are at 7:00 pm in the WHS library. The 2019-2020 PFA meeting dates are:


September 16, 2019

John Dupuis & Paula Conis 

Carolyn Plosky, English Department Chair

 November 18, 2019

John Fleming, Best Buddies

Sandra Manoogian, Math Department Chair

 January 13, 2020

Michael Marchand, Science Department Chair

Suzanne Ontso, Guidance

 March 16, 2020

Social Studies Department Chair or Scott Spencer

Marc Aria, Athletics

June 8, 2020

Judy Evans, Superintendent


We are currently looking for more parents to join our board! We have the following board positions open:

  • Freshman Class Parent Advisors

  • One Junior Class Parent Advisor

Please email for more information

We will have a table at the WHS Back to School night on September 19th. We will be collecting boxes of kleenex for the WHS teachers as well as donations of our annual direct appeal. Please remember a checkbook to contribute to our annual direct appeal.

Please check out our website for updates throughout the year!

Maria O’Connor, President

Mai Harrison, Vice President


Back To School Schedule:

9/3 This is a FULL DAY OF SCHOOL.  All classes meet on an abbreviated seven block schedule.  Please see this schedule document for full information about the first few days of school.

9/4 All classes meet on an abbreviated seven block schedule.  The link above contains the schedule for the day: students will start the day in WIN block for form drop off. 

9/4 is also Picture Day for all students.  Pictures being on the second day of school presents a change for WHS. We are trying to make the first day as calm and low stress as possible. Pictures for students will be taken in English classes.

9/5 Regular WHS schedule begins with Day 1.  Please see this link for our full schedule day rotation

9/19 WHS Open House at 7 pm

2019-2020 Quarter Breakdowns

Q1: September 2, 2018- November 1, 2019

Mid quarter: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Q2: November 4, 2019- January 17, 2020

Mid quarter: Friday, December 6, 2019

Midyear exams: January 21-24, 2020

Q3: January 27, 2020- April 3, 2020 

Mid quarter: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Q4: April 6, 2020- June 11, 2020

Mid quarter: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Seniors’ last day of classes: May 22, 2020 

Senior final exams: May 26-29

Final exams: June 12-17, 2019 (subject to change based on snow days)

Attendance Reminder

Parents and students are reminded to review the attendance procedures for absences, tardies, and dismissals.