Team WHS

2017-2018 Episode 6

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Thank you Winchester!  We had over 500 people from our community visit WHS this weekend for our community tours.  We are confident that every visitor left the new Winchester High School impressed and satisfied with the results.   Many recent alumni came out and they were astonished at the transformation of our school.

A huge thank you is owed to the students who gave of their time to lead the tours.  We had a few PALS, a few NHS students and a few students who just wanted to help.  They were excellent ambassadors for WHS and I predict a few of them will be giving campus tours when they go off to college in the next few years!  A special shout out to Junior Tommy Bellaire was our amazing MC and greeter.

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Junior Tommy Bellaire

Sights and sounds around WHS this week:

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WHS science students enjoying an enzyme lab with Mrs. Hardy and Dr. Guyer

NEASC Surveys:  As part of WHS’s NEASC re-accreditation process, we are surveying parents and students about their WHS experiences.  Parents and students will receive separate emails with the links to their respective surveys from Mr. Mahoney this week.  Please take just a few minutes to provide us with some valuable feedback about WHS. Thank you in advance for your time and assistance with this matter.

Who Is New at WHS:

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Ms. Dench-Irish

Name: Cynthia Irish (aka Cynthia Dench-Irish)

What do you do at WHS? I am a long term substitute for Spanish, covering for Sra. Beauchesne.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Gloucester.

Where did you go to school or college? University of Mass., Amherst and Northeastern.

Why did you come to Winchester? I am retired from Wilmington Public Schools, but am still teaching Spanish part time and/or as a long term substitute.  I learned about an opening in Winchester and applied for it last spring.  I was very pleased to be offered the position.

What is one interesting fact?  This winter I hope to travel to Baja California Sur, Mexico to visit with the grey whales, who will have migrated from Alaska to give birth to their calves.

What is your favorite quote or what was the last book you read?  I last read Waking up White, by Debby Irving.

“Celling Your Soul”:  A film & discussion event.  Please join WHS as we continue the conversation about teen technology use and how to empower ourselves and young people to use strategies to live a more fulfilling, balanced life with social connections.

When: November 8, 2017 6:00-7:30 pm Where: WHS Library

The film will be followed by discussion with Joni Siani, producer of “Celling Your Soul”.  See this link for more information:  Celling Your Soul- November 2017

Multi-Cultural Network:  The Winchester Multi-Cultural Network is promoting the upcoming show “Rehearsal For Life” with the Urban Improve group.  Please see the link for more information:  http://www.wmcn.org/event/rehearsal-for-life-your-stories-your-choices/

Student Shoe Drive:  103.3 AMP Radio wants you to “Kick It With Liam Payne!” A Shoe drive to benefit the Big Brother and Big sister foundation, that will award the school who collects the most pairs of shoes with a VISIT and PERFORMANCE from Liam Payne! Now through November 10th there will be a collection box outside the main office for new and gently used shoes, boots, and sneakers to be donated. Time to clean out your closets!

Practice SAT and ACT:  Revolution Prep is holding practice SAT and ACT tests in Winchester.   The ACT is on October 21st, from 9:00-1:00.  The SAT is on October 28th from 9:00-1:00.  Contact Susan Wasser 617-206 3370 or susan.wasser@revolutionprep.com.

Or click here for more information:  Wincherster Practice Exams (1)

“Interrupting the Worry Cycle: Strategies for Managing Anxiety at School and Home”:  The Reading Memorial High School Guidance Department & Reading Coalition on Substance Abuse will be hosting a free parent and teacher workshop  “Interrupting the Worry Cycle: Strategies for Managing Anxiety at School and Home” featuring Lynn Lyons, author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents at Reading Memorial High School on Tuesday, October 17th at 6:30pm.  Reading Memorial High School:  62 Oakland Road, Reading, MA

See this link for more information:  Lynn Lyons workshop flyer_Reading

10/18:  Later Start Times Committee meeting

10/25:  PSAT Testing @ WHS

10/26:  WHS Orchestra Concert

11/03: NHS Talent Show

The WHS Sports Schedule can be found at  WHS Athletics Calendar

Thank you for reading and have a great week!

Dennis Mahoney

d-mahoney

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Team WHS

2017-2018: Episode 5

Community Tours of WHS:  Come one, come all!  Interested in seeing the inside of the now completed NEW WHS?  Come to one of our Community Tours on either October 13th (4 PM to 6 PM) or October 14th (2 PM to 4 PM) for a student lead tour of The Winchester High School.  ANYONE, parents, future students, community members, visitors, alumni, will be welcome to attend.

Some moments from last week…

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Mr. Buford and the WHS Chorus rehearsing!
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WHS students enjoy the unseasonably warm fall weather by getting outside and using their new learning spaces.
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Mr. Moriarty’s Intro to Computer Science class presenting their computer building research project.

SIC: The School Improvement Council, a mixture of faculty, students, parents and community members that help shape policy suggestions and works on the school improvement plan, will meet the morning of 10/12 in the Principal’s conference room at 6:45 AM.

Fall Concert with the WHS Orchestra:  Fall Orchestra and Winds, Oct. 26, 2017, 7:00 PM @ WHS.

10/10:  Picture Retake Day!

10/12:  School Improvement Council at 6:45 AM.

10/13-10/14:  Community Tours  10/13: 4-6 PM and 10/14: 2-4 PM

10/14:  PSAT Testing @ WHS

10/14:  Field Hockey car wash @ WHS

10/26:  WHS Orchestra Concert

The WHS Sports Schedule can be found at  WHS Athletics Calendar

We hope to see you all at our Open House this weekend!

With respect,

– Dennis Mahoney

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Team WHS

2017-2018: Episode 4

Thank you to all parents and families who came out to our 2017-2018 WHS Open House.  We have received a lot of positive and supportive feedback about our message of kindness and school pride.   It was a wonderful evening as we were finally able to show off our new WHS and meet face to face with the parents of our students.  Our teachers and staff enjoyed the platform that allows them to show off all of the amazing plans they have for the year.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teachers if you have a question about curriculum or course expectations.

Here are the slides from the parent presentation of our Open House for those who could not attend:  2017-2018 Open House Slides

Also, here is the “Parent Communication Tip Sheet” that we handed out to all parents:  Communication Tip Sheet

WHS Spanish Student Exchange Experience:

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WHS finished up the first part of this year’s Spanish exchange on Friday. Thirty seven families and students hosted 34 students and 3 teachers from IES Marques de Suanzes in Madrid for two weeks. While the students were here they visited Boston and other local historical sites in addition to spending three days in New York City. While Friday’s goodbyes were full of tears, we know we’ll see each other again in February as WHS travels to Spain!

WHS students visit the Edward Kennedy Museum:

On Tuesday, September 29, the American Studies class, along with one section of the Senior Focus class, traveled to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate in Boston to participate in a simulation of the debate surrounding the historic “Compromise of 1850”, a compromise that led to California’s statehood, while further complicating the issue surrounding slavery in the United States.  Students were given the role of senators from the period and had the opportunity to participate in Senate subcommittees, caucus with like-minded senators and write up amendments to the bill that would be debated on the Senate floor.  Reenacting the debate in an almost exact replica of the Senate chambers in Washington, D.C., students embraced the chance to learn more about the law-making process.  After the trip, students said they gained a new appreciation for the complexity of crafting a bill.  However, they were able to successfully pass their measure with bipartisan support, providing a great example for our current Senate in Washington.

MIAA: Congratulations to all WHS student-athletes and coaches for the well earned 2017 MIAA Sportsmanship Honor Roll designation.

Who is new at WHS:

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New Math Teacher Ms. Goodwin

Name: Phoebe Goodwin

What do you do at WHS? I teach Advanced Geometry.

Where did you grow up? Winchester

Where did you go to school or college? Connecticut College for undergrad. Simmons College for grad.

Why did you come to Winchester? My family was living in Tucson, AZ, and it became clear that my parents needed some attention here in Winchester, so we moved back to be closer to family.

What is one interesting fact? I used to live in The Gambia as a Peace Corps Volunteer, so I can speak two African languages reasonably well.

What is your favorite quote or what was the last book you read? I just finished reading My Father’s Dragon to my daughter today.

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New Special Education Teacher  Ms. Falcone

Name: Kara Falcone

What do you do at WHS? Special Education Teacher & Student Liaison (Co-Teaching Chemistry and the Learning Center

Where did you grow up? Duxbury, MA

Where did you go to school or college? Lehigh University B.A. & Northwestern University M.S.Ed

Why did you come to Winchester? I was drawn to Winchester for its positive school culture; it has not let me down so far!

What is one interesting fact? Both of my grandmothers were teachers and my mom and my sister are both school social workers. I guess it’s in our blood!

What is your favorite quote or what was the last book you read? Yes! Please by Amy Poehler

10/2: The quarterly PFA at 7 PM in the Library Media Center and open to all

10/4: 2018 Parent Information Night: The WHS Guidance Dept. presents at 7 PM in the Library Media Center.

10/9: Columbus Day.  No School!

10/10:  Picture Retake Day!

10/13-10/14:  Community Tours  10/13: 4-6 PM and 10/14: 2-4 PM

The WHS Sports Schedule can be found at  http://miaa.net/schools/public/WincWi2

Thank you everyone and have a great week.

Dennis Mahoney

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Team WHS

2017-2018: Episode 3

 

The Annual Glen Doherty road race and fund raiser was this past Sunday, 9/23/17.  http://www.glendohertyfoundation.org/    Our WHS Chorus was honored to be selected to sing the National Anthem at the road race.

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The WHS Chorus warming up prior to the National Anthem

2017-2018 Open House  Our 2017-2018 WHS Open House is Thursday, September 28th, at 7 PM.  We are proud to say that this will be the first ‘Open House’ in our ‘New House’! We will begin promptly in the auditorium at 7 pm. Our teams and clubs will be set up in the dining commons for their traditional fundraising efforts. You can purchase all your 2017-2018 Sachem spirit gear from these groups! Worried about getting lost in the new WHS?  Our Student PALs will be available to guide you to your destinations. But, this is a great time to have a conversation with your student(s) at home and ask them to teach you the layout of the school and the pattern of their daily school day. We look forward to seeing you on September 28th at 7 PM!  Please know that we are aware of the conflict with the football game that evening.  The game was moved to accommodate the religious holiday observance.  The dates for Open House are set during the summer across the district and cannot be moved. With a big busy school with many events, conflicts are an unfortunate inevitability.  We try our best to avoid them, but they do occur.

Just in case that conversation doesn’t happen, here is a great “footprint” layout for you of our newly finished WHS.  This should help you navigate during our upcoming open house.

Color Map of the WHS First Floor

One last bit of kudos for our field hockey team, who was featured on channel 5 last night.

http://www.wcvb.com/article/high-5-winchester-high-school-field-hockey/12448612

Community Tours of WHS:  Come one, come all!  Interested in seeing the inside of the now completed NEW WHS?  Come to one of our Community Tours  on either October 13th (4 PM to 6 PM) or October 14th (2 PM to 4 PM) for a student lead tour of The Winchester High School.  ANYONE, parents, future students, community members, visitors, alumni, will be welcome to attend.

WHS PFA  The Winchester Parent/Faculty Association (WHSPFA) is an active part of Winchester High School, and they want their communications to reach all families.  Each family can sign up to receive any or all of the following:

  • WHS E-blasts – events, information and announcements related specifically to WHS families.
  • Community News and Events emails – weekly round-up of events and announcements from the Winchester community.
  • Class of 20XX emails – class specific announcements.
  • Alumni emails – events or information that may be of interest to alumni.

If you are not currently receiving our emails or would like to update your profile in any way, please click constant contact sign up tools. Any questions regarding WHSPFA emails, please email whspfanewsletter@gmail.com

PSAT: The PSAT will be held on October 14th at Winchester High School. Forms will be handed out in the Physics classes to all Juniors today and tomorrow. Forms are also available at the front office. There are limited seats for Sophomores. If any sophomore is interested please contact Mrs. Chakladar. Due date for the form is October 6th. Completed forms should be handed in at the main office.

Who is new at WHS?

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Mr. Dure

Name: Joël Duré

What do you do at WHS? I teach Spanish II and IV.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Haïti.

Where did you go to school or college? University of Illinois, the Sorbonne in Paris, France and Middlebury College in Middlebury VT.

Why did you come to Winchester? Fate had it that a Spanish position was open and I was available to share my knowledge and expertise.

What is one interesting fact? I lived and studied in most countries in Latin America.

What is your favorite quote or what was the last book you read? There is scarcely a passion without struggle ~Albert Camus

And our newest Front Desk Administrator:

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Ms. Hanlon

Name: Marina Hanlon

What do you do at WHS? I am the Receptionist in the Main Office AKA “ The Face of WHS”

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Malden, but just recently moved to North Reading.

Where did you go to school or college? Salem State College

Why did you come to Winchester? I was previously at Everett High School, but looking for a new opportunity closer to my new home. Winchesters community is very welcoming and exciting to be apart of!

What is one interesting fact? I am a veteran National Championship Cheerleader (Malden Pop Warner and Pope John High School)

What is your favorite quote or what was the last book you read? The Couple Next Door By Shari Lapena

 

Sports Schedule

The WHS sports schedule can be found at  http://miaa.net/schools/public/WincWi2

Thank you for reading and have a great week!

Dennis Mahoney

d-mahoney

Team WHS

2017-2018: Episode 2

What a week we just had! Rarely, if ever, will a week at WHS have two major happenings at the same time like we just had.  First, if you have not heard, our Girls Field Hockey team beat Watertown and made national news.  Why national news?  This was Watertown’s first defeat in over 8 years!  We are so proud of our girls and coaches for stepping up and not being afraid to go toe-to-toe with the best.  Our girls have now been featured in USA Today Online and will be in a number of other national publications. I spoke with coaches from neighboring towns and they were so happy for our girls and even happier that now their girls believe in themselves just a little more than they did before.  My favorite part was the way the girls celebrated the win with class and dignity.  They believed in themselves and then went out and did it and acted like that was how it was supposed to happen.  While we all know it was a big deal, they acted with poise and respect for the opposing team.  I could not have been prouder of them.  It is in these moments that people are reminded that this isn’t just any high school, this is THE Winchester High School!

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And besides our girls making history, the very next day our school and community made some more history with our ribbon cutting ceremony for the new WHS.  This milestone event, attended by Senator Lewis, Representative Day, and State Treasurer Goldberg as well as a number of past alumni, community members and retired faculty.  The event, held on our front steps, was witnessed by our entire student body and faculty.  The band graciously played the Star Spangled Banner as well as our school fight song!  The day was picture perfect and truly a once in a career event.

The event was captured by WinCam as well as our own WHS Red + Black online:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9xqvGW_jhiqYVBvN1QzaFZGczg/view?usp=sharing

Who is new at WHS?

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Name:  Ms. Samantha Palacios

What do you do at WHS? Special Education Teacher: Co-Teach History, Spanish, and Italian.

Where did you grow up? Weymouth, MA

Where did you go to school or college? Undergrad: Suffolk University, Grad: Boston University

Why did you come to Winchester? I came to Winchester because I loved what I saw in the community. It is truly all about the students throughout the district and everyone is so supportive and engaged. Throughout the interview process everyone I met was so kind and honest and it felt like such a natural fit.

What is one interesting fact? One interesting fact about me is that I studied abroad in Spain in college and was able to travel all around Europe exploring new cultures. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I always tell my students that they have to do it!

What is your favorite quote or what was the last book you read? One of my professors at BU who is also the assistant superintendent of Hingham Public Schools once said in my class “Learning is not one size fits all”, it really stuck with me and I try to always plan lessons around that.

2017-2018 Open House  Our 2017-2018 WHS Open House is Thursday, September 28th, at 7 PM.  We are proud to say that this will be the first ‘Open House’ in our ‘New House’! We will begin promptly in the auditorium at 7 pm. Our teams and clubs will be set up in the dining commons for their traditional fundraising efforts. You can purchase all your 2017-2018 Sachem spirit gear from these groups! Worried about getting lost in the new WHS?  Our Student PALs will be available to guide you to your destinations. But, this is a great time to have a conversation with your student(s) at home and ask them to teach you the layout of the school and the pattern of their daily school day. We look forward to seeing you on September 28th at 7 PM!  Please know that we are aware of the conflict with the football game that evening.  The game was moved to accommodate the religious holiday observance.  The dates for Open House are set during the summer across the district and cannot be moved. With a big busy school with many events, conflicts are an unfortunate inevitability.  We try our best to avoid them, but they do occur.

WHS PFA  The Winchester Parent/Faculty Association (WHSPFA) is an active part of Winchester High School, and they want their communications to reach all families.  Each family can sign up to receive any or all of the following:

  • WHS E-blasts – events, information and announcements related specifically to WHS families.
  • Community News and Events emails – weekly round-up of events and announcements from the Winchester community.
  • Class of 20XX emails – class specific announcements.
  • Alumni emails – events or information that may be of interest to alumni.

If you are not currently receiving our emails or would like to update your profile in any way, please click constant contact sign up tools. Any questions regarding WHSPFA emails, please email whspfanewsletter@gmail.com

WHS Building Photography Notice for 9/20: WHS will be having professional architectural photographs during the school day.  Please see this link for more information.  WHS_PhotographyNotice_170920 (1)

PSAT: The PSAT will be held on October 14th at Winchester High School. Forms will be handed out in the Physics classes to all Juniors today and tomorrow. Forms are also available at the front office. There are limited seats for Sophomores. If any sophomore is interested please contact Mrs. Chakladar. Due date for the form is October 6th. Completed forms should be handed in at the main office.

Community Tours of WHS:  Come one, come all!  Interested in seeing the inside of the now completed NEW WHS?  Come to one of our Community Tours  on either October 13th (4 PM to 6 PM) or October 14th (2 PM to 4 PM) for a student lead tour of The Winchester High School.  ANYONE, parents, future students, community members, visiting alumni, will be welcome to attend.

This past week was truly special and our students were outstanding throughout.  A big thank you to them.

Sports Schedule

The WHS sports schedule can be found at  http://miaa.net/schools/public/WincWi2

Thank you for reading and have a great week!

d-mahoney

 

Team WHS…Welcome to 2017-2018!

2017-2018: Episode 1

Welcome and welcome back to the Team WHS Blog!

This year we are excited to be opening the now completed and renovated new WHS.   The new spaces are amazing and we thank the community for providing us the learning spaces that our students deserve.    Our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is tomorrow, Tuesday 9-12 and the entire staff and student body will be on hand to take in the moment.  We will be sure to take many pictures throughout the morning and post them on the Instagram (whssachems) and Twitter (whsmahoney) accounts.

Our Back To School Night will be September 28th at 7 PM.  More information about this event will come out soon.

There will be Community Tours for anyone wishing to see inside the revitalized WHS on October 13th and 14th.  Please watch this space for more information.

Here is the summer letter that we sent out to all families.  The points and sentiments in this letter will help shape and inform all the decisions we make this year and going forward. https://docs.google.com/a/winchesterps.org/document/d/1MBC5uC49Bs0wOP7RRkrApSjpsSBwbbxTm0jGTaKNSGQ/edit?usp=sharing

We hope that you find this blog space fun and informative.  Have a great school year everyone!

Welcoming our Class of 2021:  Each year at the start of school we meet separately with every grade to say hello, set a few expectations and get them excited for the coming school year.  The link below brings you to the slides from our Class of 2021 meeting.  There were multiple messages but the main focus is always about making good decisions, asking for help and being kind.

https://docs.google.com/a/winchesterps.org/presentation/d/1UTFT289ssrNei2LgGWaZkt2VCB0cKeeYtQHxgeDArFA/edit?usp=sharing

Our Senior March!   This was a tradition that has not been around for a few years and we were proud to be able to bring it back for our WHS Seniors. Thank you to Class of 2018 parent Mrs. Ulwick for sharing these videos from our first day of school festivities.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw4uooi_cWZZSjdhZmdvemZrTVk/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw4uooi_cWZZUWo4ZEZTR2VBNUk/view?usp=sharing

Our WHS students win awards year round!  Jaehei (Jennifer) Kim, WHS ’18,  wins a silver medal as webmaster of the Latin Club at Winchester High School.  The National Junior Classical League chose the site for this distinction out of entries from every state.  Jennifer has curated the site for two years; visit the WHS Latin Club website to admire her work: whslatinclub.wixsite.com/winchesterlatinclub.

Latin Club

WHS’ CTC is being spotlighted!  The statewide librarians’ association, Mass School Library Assoc. or MSLA, is featuring the WHS Learning Commons and CTC in their “Spotlight” now as well– http://www.maschoolibraries.org/spotlight-archive

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The following will be read today, Monday 9/11, to our school at 8:46 AM:  Today, Monday, September 11th we will observe with a moment of silence to respect and honor the 16th anniversary of 9/11/2001.  Many of you were not born then, but your family members and our staff will always remember that day. This was the day that our country was attacked and many lost their lives. Today, we remember the men and women who died; and those families who lost loved ones. We also honor those who responded to the tragedy, such as fire fighters, police officers, doctors and the thousands of everyday people who risked their lives to help others. Today, we celebrate America’s resilience, ability to work together, help one another, and commit to respecting all people -no matter race, culture, creed or lifestyle. September, 11, 2001 was one of the worst moments in American history, and one that will never be forgotten.  Our moment of silence is a moment to reflect and to show tribute to those who lost their lives and those who risked their lives in order to help others.

A new documentary you may be interested in attending this Thursday night:

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Thank you for reading and have a great week!

Dennis Mahoney

d-mahoney

 

Team WHS Blog: Special Grad Edition!

Season 2: Episode 31

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2017 Graduation Ceremony.  It was a fantastic experience.  Oz, Merlin, Gandalf, Dumbledore and Mr. Miles.  It all makes sense now!

Twitter, @whsmahoney, and our Instagram, whssachems, carried a lot of the events from last week. Additionally, the entire ceremony, can be seen on the WinCam page on Youtube.  Everything, from the small to the large, really went off well and it’s truly a testament to our staff and students.

http://www.instagram.com/whssachems  TONS of videos here!

http://www.Twitter@whsmahoney  A few LIVE videos and many pictures.

http://www.youtube.com/user/officialWinCAM

Our Class of 2017 Graduates visit Lynch!

 

Our Class of 2017 Graduates visit Ambrose!

 

The 2017 Promenade and Prom!

 

Now…onto Science MCAS!  Mrs. Conis has been working tirelessly behind the scenes on all things MCAS.  We are ready for our Science MCAS today and tomorrow.  Most of the MCAS will take place in the C-Wing.  All student room information is posted in the Dining Commons.

 

“If They Had Known”

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It will be two years in July that WHS Graduate Clay Soper passed away after using Xanex and Alcohol.  He was at a party, acting a little off but his friends never thought it to be a bad idea for him to lay down and rest and he never woke up.

The Soper family has worked with Emerson College, Mass General and a few others to produce a 30 minutes long documentary that details the events of that night.

The movie will be shown on June 14th at 2:30 (student showing) and 6:30 (community showing) and is free to all.  We hope that you and your student(s) take the time to watch this documentary about a local son.

 

From the Winchester Youth Center (WYC):

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The WYC is hosting a new leadership opportunity for WHS students in the coming school year. The program is called InIT: the YW Boston’s Youth Leadership Initiative. It is a 10-month social justice leadership program for high school students that runs from August to May.   Please see the attachment.

We are hosting an information session at the WYC on Wednesday, June 7th at 5:30pm.  Thank you!

The State Tournament Schedule is below:

Boys Tennis will play on Monday at 3:30 at Winchester Swim & Tennis.

Girls Tennis will play on Monday at 5PM at Winchester Swim & Tennis.

Have  great week everyone!  3 more to go!

d-mahoney

MCAS: Science:  6/5 – 6/6

PFA Meeting: 6/6 7 PM in the library

SIC Meeting: 6/8 @ 6:45 AM

8th grade tour: 6/12 @ 5:00

 

Go Sachems!

Team WHS Blog

Season 2: Episode 30

Hello readers and welcome back.

We present to you our WHS Class of 2017 soon to be graduates!

Seniors staircase

Many of the senior activities from last week can be viewed on our Instagram page.  There are a lot of fun videos there!  www.instagram.com/whssachems

Or you can see most of the videos/pictures by going to Twitter and searching for @whsmahoney

Or you can access our feed on the high school website.  http://www.winchesterps.org/schools/winchester_high_school/index.php

We hope you were able to make the Enka fair this past weekend and enjoy some community time.  Mrs. Conis and I “enjoyed” the dunk tank.  I went Friday and Mrs. Conis went Saturday afternoon.  The water was cold, brown (of course it was) and with a nice dose of bleach thrown in to kill any and all living things.  We highly recommend volunteering next year!

 

The Senior Awards night was a lovely event.  We had over 100 members of the class of 2017 receive an award.  Congratulations to all in attendance!

Living History Day: 5/26

On Friday May 26, the Social Studies department will be hosting its annual Living History Day program.  10th and 11th grade students will be hearing from the following speakers during their Social Studies classes:

B Block – Paul Masi:  Teaching in a Native American village in Alaska

A Block – Mary Truong:  Head of Massachusetts Office of Refugees & Immigrants

D Block – Stephen Kinzer:  Author of several books on American foreign policy

E Block – Jack Sutton (father of our own Mrs. Anderson):  Vietnam veteran discusses life in the 60s

350.org:  Local chapter of national organization discusses environmental activism

Winchester residents panel:  Interviewees from a local project centered around the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II.

G Block – Claude Kaitare:  Survivor of the Rwandan Genocide

Art, Math and Engineering Intersect:

Here is the link again to the geodesic dome project that was a cross curricular effort by art, engineering and math.

http://winchester.wickedlocal.com/news/20170516/winchester-teens-link-art-engineering-with-dome-building-project

WRTC Award Winner:  The Winchester Republican Town Committee (WRTC) is pleased to inform you that Winchester High School senior, Charlotte Pappas, is the winner our 2nd annual Essay Contest.  The purpose of the contest is to promote civic awareness and responsibility, increase interest and involvement in the community, and provide an opportunity to better understand and evaluate government at local, state, and national levels.

Information for you for free summer lunches for students in need of nutritional support materials:  WGL2017Registration.docx (1)

Our June Science MCAS schedule: MCAS Math + Science

Senior Events:  Class of 2017 Events

Events at WHS:  EVENTS AT WHS

Have a great week everyone!

d-mahoney

Spring Sports Schedule:  http://miaa.net/schools/public/WincWi2 

5/24 Jr. Awards Night

5/25 World Languages Awards Night

5/26 Living History

5/29 No School

5/30 – 6/2 Senior Week Activities including Prom

6/3 WFEE walk/run

6/4 Graduation @ 4 PM

 

 

Team WHS Blog

Season 2: Episode 29

Hello readers,

We hope you had a nice Mother’s Day this weekend.  While the weekend weather was a total washout, the skies are allegedly supposed to be clearing and the heat is coming!  It’s a classic New England winter direct to summer weather pattern.  Break out the flip flops and Hawaiian shirts!

Seniors staircase

 

This is the Class of 2017’s last week of classes at Winchester High School!  Even though I have only been here this year, the fondness and high regard that this class is held in the eyes of our staff is clear and obvious.  They have built a positive and lasting legacy that they will leave behind for others to follow and that, in my opinion, is the highest compliment that I can pay them.  The Class of 2017 did things the right way.  They will be surely missed but never forgotten as they go on to the next step in their futures!

We have a VERY busy week coming up.  At the very least, we have the sophomore class taking the Math MCAS, MCAS Math + Science, on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Wednesday night we have the Senior Awards ceremony, Class of 2017 Events, in the auditorium. Then we have all students taking the online YRBS, HS Parent form 2017 YRBS (see Opt Out), in their math classes on Thursday.   We will provide chrome books but students will be able to take the survey on ANY electronic device (tablets, laptops, phones) they own.

Aspen Grade Update:  All Q4 grades will be brought up to date in Aspen by the end of the week for all students.

Red & Black:  Enjoy the April Fool’s edition of the online Red & Black.  WBZ, channel 4,  coverage of Winchester Choir is included in this edition.– http://redandblack.whscomputered.com/

Enka and Parking:  As a reminder, the ENKA Fair is coming this weekend.  I will be in the dunk tank this Friday night.  Good times!  Skillings road is about to get blocked off for staging.  All students have been informed via announcements and flyers.

Substance Abuse seminar:  June 3rd at the Schepens Eye Research Institute.  Please see the flyer for more information.  June 3rd Free Substance Abuse Seminar

Vaping: Vaping with Logo More information about the ever growing and dangerous trend of vaping.  This useful one sheet was created by the Coalition for a Safer Winchester Community.

Our WHS Wrestling team is having their second annual mattress fund raiser.   LINCOLN FLYER

Art Show Announcement:

SHAstasaurus

SHAstasaurus;   The 2017 Senior Honors Art Thesis Exhibition.  This year’s show features the most recent work of the Senior Honors Art class of 2017;  Stevie Ceruolo, Pat Costello, Alyssa Doocey, Billy Harrington, Kathleen Kirk, Kate McPhee, Matt Norberg, Hannah Serpa, Annabel Springer, Davanda Williamson and Sharon Xiang

The show will be on view in the Library from now until Friday May 18th.

CTC Lecture Series update:  We really appreciate everyone, especially WFEE, who supported this new program and look forward to building on it in the coming years.  This year, our pilot year, we were able to run the following lectures and workshops:

  • Brian Knepp (11/9/16)- Lecture media artist whose works range from large-scale interactive installations to microscopic sculptures.
  • Deren Guler (11/23/16)- Wearable Electronics Workshop
  • Jared Mezzocchi – Improv Workshop using Isadora software
  • Nathalie Miebach  (3/8/17) – Lecture on intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations using traditional basket weaving techniques
  • Jeff Lieberman (2/16/17) – Lecture combining his passions for art and science in ways that reveal how one influences the other
  • Regie Gibson and the Speakeasy Project- Shakespeare to Hip-Hop Authorfest
  • Andrew Hylnski – Ableton Live Workshops – Music and the physics of sound
  • Dr Mukai (5/6/17)- Lecture on Ophthalmology and iPhone App

Winchester Got Lunch: StarKist, Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, Tuna in a can, one- maybe three? Whatever you can donate, bring it in to School. The WGL Kids will think you’re super cool!

Winchester Got Lunch volunteer sign up:  If you are interested in an easy and quick way to volunteer this summer, Winchester Got Lunch is looking for students to help on Monday mornings and every other Thursday afternoon. It is not a commitment for the entire summer; help out on the the days you are available!  Sign up to volunteer  at:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0848aaac22aa8-winchester5

Thank you for reading and have a great weak!

 

d-mahoney

Spring Sports Schedule:  http://miaa.net/schools/public/WincWi2 

5/15 – PISC

5/16-17 MCAS Math –  See schedule MCAS Math + Science

5/17 – Senior awards night WHS Senior Events Presentation

5/18 – YRBS HS Parent form 2017 YRBS

5/19 – Last Day for Seniors

5/19 – Enka Fair

 

Team WHS Blog

Season 2: Episode 28

Welcome back readers!

BIG thank you to our PFA and everyone who contributed to last week’s National Teacher Appreciation Week!  I have been told that our luncheon was the largest turnout by our staff in a long time.  That is a testament to our growing productive partnership with the PFA and our Winchester Community.  We are very thankful for your continued support!

Our seniors are now officially in single digits for days left in their classes!!!!

A reminder of some the upcoming events at WHS: EVENTS AT WHS

Senior Events Reminder: Class of 2017 Events

Our presentation from the 2017 Senior Parent Night:  WHS Senior Events Presentation

Social Host Letter from the District Attorney:  2017 Parent Prom letter

We had a wonderful Class of 2020 semi-formal dance last Friday night, 5/5/17:

Our guest blog this week is from Mr. Buford!

Dear Families and Friends –

We did it! What A GREAT weekend! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU; THANKS FOR AN INCREDIBLE AND UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE; WOW!!!!!  Many, many thanks to Maura Sullivan, Jenny Rappole and Heather Harris who worked countless hours with me in organizing this trip; thank you! Thanks to all the families who donated supplies for our bus ride! Thank you to Michele Kimpton who assisted with our grant-writing and to Brian Rogers who contacted Channel 4 news about this awesome experience!  Thanks to our AWESOME CHAPERONES: Mr. Skinder, Ms, Martin, Ms Haines, Ms. Hession, and Mr Robbat – just perfect!

Thank you to MANY of the Winchester families that came and supported us; WOW!

And MOST of ALL THANKS TO THE STUDENTS; because of your thoughtfulness, kindness, dedication, responsibility, awesome humor and attitude, respect, empathy towards others, helpfulness and love, you made this opportunity both FUN AND EXCITING; thank YOU for making me feel like a billion bucks. My favorite part of the trip was watching and listening to you during the rehearsals in NYC…. you were on point, asked both thoughtful and intelligent questions, worked extremely hard…. but most of all, you sang with love… it was on multiple occasions that I teared up and my heart was filled joy; YOU are making a difference. It is no secret that experiences as these are difficult to organize and plan; however, when you have students as wonderful as I do, it’s all worth it – time and time again.

We have a link with many of the pictures from the event:  https://goo.gl/photos/zTotkt79BTuDyVFn9

Warmly,

Mr. B

Joel B 2

Winchester Got Lunch update: StarKist, Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea Tuna in a can, one- maybe three? Whatever you can donate, bring it in to School The WGL Kids will think you’re super cool!

The upcoming WHS Musical Performances:

The Strawberry Pops will be the 11th, 6:30 PM, in the WHS Cafe and The “In the Mood” Jazz Night will be on the 13th (8PM Town Hall) in your weekly update for next week?

 

Our WORLD RANKED Botball team has an event review:

https://instagram.com/p/BThpFxBhfoW/ 30 members of the Winchester Botball Team competed against 17 local teams at the New England regional Botball tournament @ Umass Lowell on Saturday, 04/29. The team scored second in double-elimination, fourth overall, and brought home the Judges Choice trophy for their excellent documentation and on-site presentation. Congratulations and on to GCER in Norman OK!

 

The WHS Mathletes are making (sine) waves again!

Math Team

The math team ended up placing 6th in their division. This was our best performance in a few years despite having no seniors on the team and we’re proud of the students for their hard work.

Mr. Lucas and Mr. Bond

Shakespeare Day at WHS:

On Friday, May 5th, all of WHS English classes took part in attending Shakespeare Day at WHS.  Students were entertained by there peers with performances and vignettes that centered around Shakespearean stories and themes.

 

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) information went out last Friday.  All of WHS who are in attendance and who have their math class will be taking the survey on May 18th unless their parent or guardian has completed and turned in the opt-out.  Please see the links below for more information.

HS Parent form 2017 YRBS

 

Next week we will have highlights from my day of shadowing Freshman Brooke Ross to spend a day in the life of a WHS student.

Thank you for reading!

Dennis Mahoney

d-mahoney

Spring Sports Schedule:  http://miaa.net/schools/public/WincWi2 

AP Exams: May 1 – May 12

May 8:  CTC “Tinkering in the Retina Garage” @ 2:15 in the library media center

May 10:  Class of 2017 meeting, C Block