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.  TONS of videos here!

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

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”

If They Had Known poster (2)

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):

InIt recruitment (3)

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!


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!

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.

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  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.

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


Have a great week everyone!


Spring Sports Schedule: 

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.–

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;   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:

Thank you for reading and have a great weak!



Spring Sports Schedule: 

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:


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: 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


Spring Sports Schedule: 

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


Team WHS Blog

Season 2: Episode 27

Hello everyone!

Happy May 1st everyone!  We hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather.  My dandelion farm, also known as my lawn, is looking worse than ever but on better personal news, my sons, Tommy and Matthew, turn 10 today!  I am pretty proud and maybe a bit emotional about it.

Tomorrow, 5/02, is National Teacher Appreciation Day!  It would be great if any parent or community member felt compelled to reach out,  via a simple email, to just one WHS staff member of their choosing and wrote a supportive email.  As you know, we never do what we do for praise, fame or money.  Yes, you can laugh at the thought of someone going into education who would want those things and their surprise and bitter disappointment when they realize the truth.  However, every once in a while we get that nice email from a parent or student and that just lifts up our spirits in ways that I cannot begin to tell you.  It’s simple, it’s free and it’s powerful.  As always, we truly appreciate the support you already provide us here at WHS.


AP exams begin today and will run for the next two weeks.  We will be reminding our students that they are well prepared, ready to take the exam and to just relax, breathe and try to do their best.  We will love them no matter how they score on the exam.  “You got a 5 out of 5?  Great, we love you.  You got a 1 out of 5?  Great you took a very challenging class, we love you.”  We want them to smile and feel the sense of accomplishment not because of how they did but because they took the journey.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey:  On May 18th, all of WHS will participate in a new, online version, of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  This new version is specific to all high schools in the Middlesex League and will allow us to share and compare information with our local schools.  We will have more information, including the parental opt-out forms, out to everyone soon.

Here are just some of the events happening in the next 2 months:  EVENTS AT WHS

Mike Day + JSA

WHS JSA:  The JSA spent Saturday morning meeting with State Representative Mike Day, @mikeday4rep, for some face to face Q+A and leadership talk.

Garden club pottery with Lucy (1)
Right now the green thumbs are from the paint.

Take a look at Mr. Lannon working with some WHS Garden Club members as they put some finishing touches on their hand made pots that they plan to use in some of their garden motifs.  The Garden Club is the epitome of a low pressure, no competition club that we hope to see expand over the next few years.  All they want to do is make WHS more beautiful.  How great is that?

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!  On behalf of all kids in our community, Winchester Got Lunch is collecting canned tuna the entire month of May at Winchester High School!  Please contact Dot Butler or Mrs. Beauchesne for more information.  See the flyer: WGLfooddriveWHS2017



See the link: Poster_Salam Neighbor WMCN poster 2017 FINAL

WINCHESTER, MA – On Wednesday, May 3, 7–9pm Winchester High School Auditorium, Live Learn Act (LLA) and the Winchester Multicultural Network (WMCN) host a free screening of Salam Neighbor, an award-winning film produced in 2016 that follows the plight of Syrian refugees living in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp through the journey of two filmmakers embedded inside the camp. With the support and partnership of Karam Foundation, LLA’s NGO partner on the ground in the Middle East, LLA and WMCN offer the public a penetrating look at daily life inside a refugee camp and the greatest casualties of the war in Syria, children, through the powerful documentary.

A post-screening dialogue after the film welcomes Aba Taylor, Executive Director, WMCN, Dr. Omar Salem, Chairman, Karam Foundation, and Deirde Giblin, Esq., Asylum Lawyer.

CTC Final Lecture Series Event:

The CTC’s final lecture will be held on Monday May 8th right after school in the Library. We will be hosting Ophthalmologist, Dr. Mukai for a lecture on “Tinkering in the Retina “Garage” to Make Inexpensive Retinal Imaging Systems”  which is a long way of saying tinkering with retina cameras.  For those of you who know school committee member and library advocate Susan Verdiccio, Dr. Mukai is Susan’s husband.

Be the Match:  The Winchester Senior Focus Class is hosting a Be the Match Bone Marrow Drive Registration! If you are between the age of 18-44, come to the Winchester Town Hall on Saturday May 6th, from 9AM-1PM with your health care card. The procedure is extremely quick, with only a mouth swab needed! Seniors, kick off your senior week by giving back to the community! Please come help us save lives and fight cancer! There will also be free food and music the day of the drive! Hope to see you there! Attached is our flyer from the Be The Match organization, which includes further information about the drive.   See the flyer:  Be the Match

From Senior Guru Ramanathan:  I’m happy to announce that I’m finally releasing my documentary “Hyper—” online. Thank you so much again for your support with the past screenings. It’s been an amazing, surreal journey and I’m so happy to share it with everyone:

Have a great week everyone!


Spring Sports Schedule: 

AP Exams: May 1 – May 12

May 2: Teacher Appreciation Day!

May 2:  Senior parent meeting @ 7 PM @ WHS

May 4: School Improvement Council Meeting

May 4:  Hall of Fame Dinner

May 5: Class of 2020 Dance, 7 PM, @ Town Hall

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

May 10:  Class of 2017 meeting, C Block

Team WHS

Season 2: Episode 26

Hello everyone!

Welcome back and welcome to the home stretch of the school year!  We begin to enter our busiest season now with events and grade level activities happening on an almost daily basis.  As usual, we will try to get the word out on everything and provide updates and clarity whenever possible.  We will definitely have many events that will be well worth attending if you are able!

Check out the great story about our Carnegie Bound WHS Choir and Mr. Bufford:

Winchester Got Lunch and WHS Gives Back:  We are teaming up this month and doing a food drive for canned ravioli / /spaghetti through out the month of April.  Winchester Got Lunch provides lunches each week to over 60 families within our community during the summer. Please drop off your donations to the box in front of the main office.

If you know a WHS student who is interested in volunteering on Monday mornings during the summer please contact Mrs. Beauchesne at


Junior Assembly
Mr. Skinder and Mrs. Ulwick kicking off the assembly for our Juniors

We had a fantastic assembly last Thursday for our Junior class.  Our Juniors were visited by 6 guest speakers who all took an alternative path to the high pressure game of college and getting into a “good college” as we so often hear.  The guest speakers, all with local Winchester connections, love what they do, have followed their passions to become successful and happy and took alternative paths to get to the same place.  The assembly was designed to calm some worries/anxiety that some of our students feel for various reasons while also opening minds to the many possibilities and pathways that are out there for them.  Our students, as always, were attentive, respectful and asked thoughtful questions of our panel.  This assembly was a pilot initiative that was generated by an observed need by a joint group of WHS staff and PFA members.   Thank you to everyone involved for putting this event together.

Warning to the link below:  The below link is a heavy read and not for everyone but the young man that is the focus of the story is a resident and recent WHS grad:

Arduino and Italian Classes:


Our Italian classes were once again visited  by our engineer friends from MIT and the Italian Consulate.  Students worked on a circuit board (the arduino) while being given instructions in the Italian target language.  This unique and rewarding experience was in Mrs. Ferretto’s Italian classes.

Rare Achievement by a member of the Class of 2017:

Henry M

Winchester HS Senior, Henry McDonough, was selected as a member of the 41st E. Mass. National Football Foundation 2017 All Star team. The 33 member team is selected by the board of directors of the foundation based on a candidate’s academic success, contributions in the community, success on the playing field and school recommendation. The team is selected from over 200 secondary schools and over 3,000 eligible student athletes in eastern Massachusetts.

Henry’s successful career on the field and in the classroom at Winchester will lead him to Middlebury College next year. Henry is the first member of this team from Winchester since John Szozepanski ’90. Doug Clarke ’89, Dennis Clarke ’86 and David Koffman ’85 have been the only other past representatives from Winchester. Henry currently hold over 3.9 GPA and SAT’s over 2000. He was also a member of the Boston Globe 2016 Football All Scholastic team.

Salvete, omnes!

Latin Club
Toga! Toga! Toga!

The Winchester High School Latin Club and adviser Mrs. DeCamp, placed 3rd in Massachusetts at the 61st Annual Junior Classical League State Convention last weekend (April 7 – 9) in Sturbridge.  Students won prizes in academics, arts, drama, leadership, writing, website creation, spirit, community service and other categories.  In a pool of 16 schools, they were surpassed only by The Boston Latin School and Boston Latin Academy.  Representing Winchester proudly and with perfect sportsmanship, the Latin Club thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to compete on a statewide level.

Day of Silence:

The high school’s GSA, “Spectrum”, will be recognizing the National Day of Silence by participating on Thursday, April 27th. Day of Silence is a student-led national event organized in thousands of schools, bringing awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school through college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBTQ behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBTQ students and those perceived to be LGBTQ.

Our students who choose to participate will simply show a pass to their teachers stating that they are participating for the day, to alert teachers of their silence (with one exception: students know that if the student is scheduled to give a presentation in class, they are expected to do so).  Thank you in advance for your support on behalf of Spectrum.

Summer Enrichment Program 2017:

Winchester’s own teachers have submitted course proposals in subject areas they are passionate about.  We hope that many of our students will share their interest and sign up this summer. Students will benefit from small classes with expert teachers! Our goal is to reach out to all learners expand their love of learning.  Classes for students pre-k through 12 and include art, science, drama, gardening, crafts, sports, cooking and more!  Please take a look at our website:

Classes fill up fast, register today! Please contact our Summer Enrichment Coordinator, Jessica Callahan, if you have any questions at

STEM Night:  Tuesday April 25th, is STEM Night at WHS from 6-8pm.  If you have a club related to Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics, we would love to have the club represented.  Please let Mrs. Grace know who your club captain is and if your club plans on attending.  Students who will be receiving the WHS STEM Certificate will also be present showing their work.

Relay for Life: Relay will take place on Sat. June 24th-Sun. June 25th at Manchester Field #beatcancer #morebirthdays

Have a great week everyone!


Spring Sports Schedule:

Stem Night: 4/25 6-8 @ WHS

Q3 Grades will be uploaded into Aspen on Wednesday, 4/26.

Day of Silence: 4/27 










Team WHS

Season 2: Episode 25

We have a short week this week as there is no school this Friday and next week will be our just-in-time April vacation.  Many of us are looking forward to the currently predicted beautiful weather for this week.  I hope that everyone gets outside to enjoy it.  I am currently staring into my yard as I write this and simultaneously counting the hours of yard clean up I have to do next week.  It looks like I will be busier than I want to be!

As a reminder, our Q3 report cards will be uploaded into Aspen on 4/26 for you to view or download.

SILS 2017
Our WHS 2017 SILS Award Winners Caroline Conway and Mark Bacon

Each year the principals of the schools in the Middlesex League recognize a junior male and female with the SILS Award.  The award recognizes students for Service, Integrity, Leadership and Spirit.  This year, the award recipients were nominated by our faculty members.  Caroline Conway and Mark Bacon were two worthy recipients of this year’s SILS award.  We congratulate them and look forward to continuing to see them grow and lead by example at WHS.

Here is the link to my email and article that I shared with students last Friday.


Music and Video from WHS’s production of Shrek:  Click onto the online Red & Black link to enjoy a sample of  songs from the WHS presentation of Shrek.

Big Bright Beautiful World
Don’t Let Me Go
What’s Up Duloc?
I Know It’s Today
I’m a Believer
Thanks to Kristian Alicea for editing the aforementioned clips for the March online R &B.


Our WHS after school yoga classes continue to grow!  The good news for anyone on the fence about trying it is that we will continue to grow the program with demand.  Right now we are operating every Monday and Wednesday in room C209 right after school.    See Mr. Mahoney with any questions.

Check out the upcoming fundraiser  by WHS Alum Matt Mangano.  Matt is looking for volunteers for Sunday April 30th to help with his Clothes4All fundraiser.  Please email Matt at if you are interested.

Spring Cleaining

Canned Food Drive:  Winchester Got Lunch and WHS Gives Back are teaming up this month and doing a food drive for canned ravioli / /spaghetti throughout the month of April.  Winchester Got Lunch provides lunches each week to over 60 families within our community during the summer. Please drop off your donations to the box in front of the main office.

If you are a WHS student, and are interested in volunteering on Monday mornings during the summer please contact Mrs. Beauchesne at It is an easy and quick way to get community service hours and give back to your community.

The Guide:  The April issue of our Guidance Office publication, The Guide, is linked below and is also available for download on the WHS website.  Please see your student’s guidance counselor with any questions.

The GuideApril 2017.pdf

STEM Night:  Tuesday April 25th, is STEM Night at WHS from 6-8pm.  If you have a club related to Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics, we would love to have the club represented.  Please let Mrs. Grace know who your club captain is and if your club plans on attending.

Students who will be receiving the WHS STEM Certificate will also be present showing their work.

Science Olympiad:  Success for WHS!  We placed #6 in the state contest.  Here are the finalized scores for the 2017 Level C Massachusetts Science Olympiad.

Issues were addressed in the following events:  Materials Science, Helicopters, Chem Lab, Write It Do It, Mystery Architecture and Game On.  The top 10 teams are listed below.

State Team Name Raw Score
MA Acton-Boxborough High School 75
MA Newton South High School 126
MA Newton North High School 165
MA Belmont High School 218
MA Boston Latin School 261
MA Winchester High School 324
MA Westborough High School 328
MA Westford Academy 375
MA Wellesley High School 377
MA Lincoln-Sudbury High School 384

Way to go Science Olympians!

Speak About It:  A conversation about dating violence (see attached) This event is scheduled for 4/12. Please feel free to post this flyer in your classrooms if you would like to.

Relay for Life:  Relay will take place on Sat. June 24th-Sun. June 25th at Manchester Field #beatcancer #morebirthdays

Thank you for reading and have a great, short, week everyone!


Spring Sports Schedule:

Speak About It: 4/12, Town Hall

Final Q3 grades will be posted in Aspen on Monday, April 26th


Team WHS

Season 2: Episode 24

Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month?  In April, you may see blue lights where you don’t normally see them (street lights, public areas like parks, art displays) or public objects painted blue (benches, walls, rocks) all to bring awareness to Autism and what our friends, family members, students and neighbors who have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum go through on a day to day  basis.

Saturday night my family and I attended an art show at Leslie College as a good friend of our families was the curator.  While wine and cheese was indeed available, this was not your typical art gallery evening.  All art on display was produced  by students who are on the autism spectrum.

The display, which is open to the public until April 14th, is titled “3 Artists: Celebrating Autism”

Some of the art on display at the Leslie College Art Show


The evening was enlightening as it reminded me always focusing on traditional measures to gauge ability, talent or achievement will mean missing a number of students who can be very successful in their own unique ways.  Success and expression of self and personal happiness are different for every person and can be displayed in ways that are wildly varied.  The most striking reminder of this was the art displayed by one of the students that evening.  This gentlemen is what we call “non-verbal”.  Meaning he does not have a typical (voice, hand movements, facial expression etc.) ways to express himself.  Instead, this student actually draws amazing renditions of Disney characters in order to have his emotions make sense to people.   He spent most of his life not being able to communicate until this talent was revealed, understood and supported.


Hearing about this young artists’ story reminded me that all of our students have abilities and talents and for many they have yet to reveal themselves.  With patience, an open mind, support and a willingness to think creatively we can help all our students find ways to express themselves and reveal their hidden talents.

Autism Awareness Month:  LIUBlue-flyer  Light It Up Blue Winchester! Month

Protecting the rights of and facilitating inclusion for people of all abilities

Sponsored by the Winchester Disability Access Commission, Co-Sponsored by the Winchester MultiCultural Network and Brio Integrated Theatre.

7 Continents, 101 countries, 1300 cities, 8400 landmarks and buildings, even the international space station are taking part.  You can show your support by wearing BLUE.  Speakers, puppet show, coffee & blue donuts.  April 6th @ 7:00 PM, Winchester Town Hall
Choral concert:  This week!

Spring Concert

Speak About It:  Speak About It 16_17  A performance and discussion about healthy relationships, sex, communication, boundaries, safety, and consent.

Sponsored by:Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community in Partnership with Community Youth Leaders

Who: Juniors and Seniors

Where: FirstCongregational Church, Chidley Hall-2ndFloor 21 Church Street, Winchester, MA (church on the common)

When:  Wednesday April 12th, 2017, 6:30 pm Dinner, 7:00 pm Performance and Discussion.  There is NO charge for the event.  RSVP to:

Class of 2019 Dance: This Friday, 4/7, the sophomore class will be having their dance at Town Hall.  Tickets will be available at WHS.

Authorfest!  Just a reminder that we will have Regie Gibson and the Speakeasy Project coming for Authorfest this year.  Authorfest is on April 4th which is a Day 7. There will be three performances in the auditorium during C Block, D Block and E Block.  Shakespeare to Hiphop 1 sheet v2


Winchester Rotary Club is Looking for sophomores and juniors interested in building leadership skills.  The Winchester Rotary Club will sponsor five students to participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  The experience takes place the weekend of June 2-4 at Camp Rotary in Boxford, MA.  Eighty students from across Boston and the north shore are selected to participate. Every waking minute is packed with a variety of leadership activities.  The activities are amazing.  Some are physical, some intellectual, some emotional– all take a team to complete.

To apply, submit the application form, found in the main office, no later than Saturday, April 15.  Students pay a $20 application fee and provide transportation to and from the program.  All other costs are covered by the Winchester Rotary Club.  Five deserving students from Winchester will be selected to attend.  2017-ryla-student-application-1

Have a great week everyone!


Dennis Mahoney

Spring Sports Schedule:

Authorfest: 4/4 

WHS Spring Chorus Concert: 4/4 @ 7 PM WHS auditorium

End of Q3 4/6 (change reflects our snow days)

2019 Dance: 4/7, Town Hall

Speak About It: 4/12, Town Hall

Q3 Report Cards will be uploaded to Aspen on April 26th

Team WHS

Season 2: Episode 23

14 school days until April vacation!  We are well past the half way mark to April vacation and the days are moving faster now.

Mr. WHS was very fun last night!  The contestants really had a good time and gave it their all.  Our MC’s were hysterical and the entire support crew should be commended for all of their hard work.  Congratulations to Dan Yurkovetsky for his big victory!

Our contestants were Pete Anderson, Dan Brownell, Brennan Clarke, Phil DeOliveira, Ben McGhee, and of course Dan The Man Yurkovetsky.

Big shout out to our fantastic MC’s Tristan Boudreault and Ryan Delaney as well as all of our escorts, the judges and our 2017 class officers.

We will send out more pictures when we get them.

Dan being crowned the new Mr. WHS!


Phil D. doing his one man show
Brennan Clarke wooing the ladies
Pete Anderson rapping as The Cat in the Hat
Tristan being horrified!
Our Class of 2017 Officers
Mr. WHS '17
Our brave contestants before the show

Class of 2018 Dance: This Friday, 3/31, the Junior class will be having their dance at town hall.

Authorfest!  Regie Gibson and the Speakeasy Project are coming for Authorfest this year.  Authorfest is on April 4th which is a Day 7. There will be three performances in the auditorium during C Block, D Block and E Block.

Relay for Life:  Relay will take place on Sat. June 24th-Sun. June 25th at Manchester Field #beatcancer #morebirthdays

Thank you for reading!


2018 Dance: 3/31, Town Hall

Authorfest: 4/4

WHS Spring Chorus Concert: 4/4 @ 7 PM WHS auditorium

End of Q3 4/6 (change reflects our snow days)

Final Q3 grades will be due on Monday, April 24th

Team WHS

Season 2: Episode 22

The last day of the Q3 term has been extended due to our 4 snow days.  Please see below.

It’s our ELA MCAS week!  Thank you to Ms. Conis and Mr. Chapman for working tirelessly on the organization of this week.  Our students should have minimal confusion and be as de-stressed, as possible, during this week because of their efforts.

This quote from the Washington Post sums up my opinion of the MCAS for those who are wondering.  While I do see the MCAS as a necessary part of what we do, it is important to be mindful of what these “tests don’t measure: creativity, critical thinking, resilience, motivation, persistence, curiosity, empathy, self-discipline, leadership, courage, compassion, civic-mindedness, honesty, and integrity.”  I believe that these values, though not easily measured, are more important than what the MCAS test results tell us.  As always, we will continue to support all WHS students in doing well in all their courses, but we should also not lose sight of what truly matters most in life.

Shrek!  The Musical:  Congratulations to our cast, crew,  Mrs. Martin, our support staff and everyone involved with this year’s spring musical Shrek!  I enjoyed the play so much!  And my son’s, who are a tough crowd when there is nothing that explodes or has lasers, absolutely loved the show.  It was also great to see so many staff members and their families at the show as well.  Such a show of support for our kids is really fantastic.  We will be sure to post pictures when we have them but due to copyright issues they will be delayed.



Model UN:  Our Model UN team, representing Nigeria, is coming home from NHSMUN with an Award of Merit.  Only one of 15 schools to receive an award.  Thank you to Mr. Kurhajetz for giving up his weekend and traveling with these kids.

Model UN representing Nigeria in NYC

The February issue of Red & Black is online.

Congratulations to all of our visual and literary artists from WHS who were recognized and awarded keys for their achievement at this year’s Scholastic Art Awards.  Below is a link to an article from the Globe celebrating artists at schools throughout MA.

Spring String and Band performance:  Join us for the annual Spring String and Band Fling! Thursday, March 23rd @ McCall Middle School.  Strings begin at 6PM.  Bands begin at 7:30 PM.  The Spring Fling features all major instrumental ensembles of the Winchester Public Schools from Grades 3-12.

Women in Engineering:  There are two STEM summer opportunities for our young WHS women in high school:


  • Dates: July 10 – August 11, 2017, M-F from 9:00-3:00
  • Grade Level: Young women from greater Boston high schools who will be entering their sophomore or junior year in fall 2017 (current freshmen and sophomores)
  • Cost: $100 Registration fee paid upon acceptance
  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

Codebreakers is a four-week, summer program providing young women who are currently either freshmen or sophomores in high school with an introduction to the fundamentals of cyber security and computer science. Graduate and undergraduate coordinators will teach participants how to apply basic security concepts through gaming, modeling, and simulation development. Students will learn how to program in Python, as well as learn about topics such as robotics, digital forensics, cryptography, network vulnerabilities, and cyberethics. The program will include a variety of guest speakers, as well as field trips. Lunch is provided each day. No background or experience in cyber security or computer programming is needed in order to apply, only interest and enthusiasm in learning more about the subject. For more information and to apply, go to

2) GROW (Greater Boston Research Opportunities for Young Women)

  • Dates: June 26-29 and July 5 – August 11, 2017 M-F from 9:30-4:30 (six weeks plus two-day orientation)
  • Grade Level: Young women from greater Boston high schools who will be entering their senior year in fall 2017
  • Must be 16 years old by July 1, 2017
  • Must live within 30 miles and be able to commute to BU every day
  • Deadline for Applications:  May 1, 2017

GROW is a six-week paid research internship for young women who are seriously interested in STEM careers. Participants can earn a stipend of up to $1500 for completion of all program requirements.  Accepted students will be placed in a biology, chemistry or engineering lab where they will participate in cutting edge research in a collaborative group session. Participants will be part of a cohort that meets several times a week with a Program Coordinator who will coach them on how to reach their research goals and help prepare them to present their research at a summer symposium. Participants will also visit local pharmaceutical or biotech companies and learn about careers in STEM fields. For more information and to apply, go to:

Thank you for reading and have a great week!


MCAS ELA testing: 3/21 – 3/23

Spring String and Band Fling: 3/23 @ McCall, 6 pm

End of Q3 4/6 (change reflects our snow days)

Final Q3 grades will be due on Monday, April 24th