Monday Memo #8-November 2, 2015 REPOSTED

Monday Memo-Edition #8

November 2,  2015

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Good morning WHS,

I hope that you had a great weekend with more treats than tricks for you and your family.  I can’t believe that we have already had two full months of school behind us.

  • Congratulations to our new National Honor Inductees.  Mrs. Chalkladar, advisor of the NHS and the NHS Officers, Elizabeth Andrews, Gamaral Sawyer, Akshitha Ramachandran, and Alexander Wei who organized a lovely ceremony at Lincoln School this week.  We were able to welcome the 90  new members.  Also thank you to the Tech Crew who helped with lighting, the Culinary Arts Foods class for the lovely refreshments, and all that helped with the event.  It truly was a special night and one that I was honored to be a part of.
  • In September, The Winchester High School Library made the transition to the Learning Commons with new features including a conference room, teacher resource center, quiet study areas, and the Creative Technology Center. The learning commons staff is continuing to embrace the mission of the Learning Commons by working collaboratively with teachers, administrators, and the community to support and enrich the educational program of Winchester High School. Our program is designed to ensure that students become independent critical thinkers, collaborative and creative problem-solvers, literate users of information and ideas, engaged global citizens and lifelong learners.
  • We will once again be administering the Youth Risk Behavior Survey on November 17-18 to all students.  A letter describing the process will be emailed to all families this week.  Families will have an opportunity to preview the survey on the website and in paper copies at the office starting next week.  Families who do not wish to have their child participate in the survey are allowed to have him/her opt out.  The survey is used for us to identify trends in preparing our health programs and to prevent and reduce health risks in our students.  We thank you for your cooperation!
  • Our Auditorium is still under construction and the project is now delayed from our original planned opening in October/early November.  The construction team is hoping to have the Auditorium done and ready for use sometime in January.  We will alert you of the ‘big reveal’ and will definitely plan an event to commemorate the event.  For more information on our project, check out:
  • Don’t miss our fall play brought to you by the Drama Club.   The fall play will be at 7 PM on Tuesday November 17th, Wednesday November 18th, and Thursday November 19th at Town Hall.  The show is Suite Surrender by Michael Mckeever, a farce, and it should be hilarious! The show will be held at the Town Hall Auditorium. Tickets will be $10.
  • Don’t forget  our WHSPFA’s Direct Appeal.  It is not too late to donate. If you have already made a donation thank you so much, but if you have not had a chance please take a moment to do so. Our teachers and students count on the PFA to help fund their worthwhile endeavors, which we can only do with your generosity. Please donate here today.
  • Don’t miss the upcoming events sponsored by the Coalition:
    • HIdden in Plain Sight Display at Town Hall for Adults only.  10/27-11/6 Town Hall/varying times
    • What you need to know about Marijuana 11/9 Griffin Ctr. 7:00 pm
    • Teen Depression Workshop for parents and students.  11/17 WHS Learning Commons at 7:00 pm-Pizza will be served
  • This upcoming week’s Day Schedule will be:

Day 1


Day 2


Day 3


Day 4


Day 5

Memo Shout-Outs- We have so much to be proud of here at WHS.  I have asked staff to send me regular shout out announcements so we can recognize some of our great happenings for our WHS community. (If you have a shout out to share-please email me at

  • Congratulations to students in our Art Department led by teacher, Paul Hackett.  Under his direction, the Winchester High School is proud to announce a series of new sculptures temporarily being installed around school.  Sculpture 1 students have designed, fabricated, and written site-specific proposals to install group ‘Stabiles’, or free-standing sculptures.  Stabiles are colorful artworks that compliment the modern design of our new school and represent the collaboration between students and teacher.  Thank you to the teachers who have granted permission and keep your eyes open for new artwork in the Main Office, Library, and Learning Center.
  • Congratulations to our Marching Band, under the direction of NIck Costello,  who performed at Gillette Stadium last week at the UMass Marching Band Day.  This event had over 70 schools from NC, OH and all over New England with over 3000 students performing and marching!  For more information, check out the Music Dept.’s new website at:

Team WHS-

Welcome to new staff members:

Psychologist-Joan Heffernan-

Meet Joan Heffernan who is a psychologist in our Special Education department.  Dr. Heffernan has worked as a psychologist for both public and private school students with students from preschool to college, taught college and has had a private practice over the last five years.  She has a Bachelor degree in Math, Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Counseling Psychology, and a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology.  She specializes in mind-body connection and enjoys sports, cooking and traveling with her husband.  Welcome Joan!

Special Education Teacher-Dana Zazinski

Dana Zazinski is a special education teacher working in Learning Center 1. A native New Yorker, Dana came to Boston for college and never left. She’s worked at Beacon High School in Watertown and before that, the Lexington and Boston Public School systems.

Let’s Meet the Learning Commons Staff:

Andrea Zampitella is the Library/Media Specialist at WHS. Ms. Zampitella has been teaching at Winchester High School since 2013. Ms. Zampitella can assist with the use of the print and digital resources,website evaluation, copyright and fair use policy and technology integration in the classroom. Ms. Zampitella is also part of the Creative Technology Center’s leadership team and can assist with video editing, 3D printing, vinyl cutting, sound design and new media. Ms. Zampitella runs the PALS club and the WHS Book Club. Visit the learning commons website for more info at

Karen Rockhold is the Library Assistant at WHS. Mrs. Rockhold  has been at the WHS Library since 2006. She is available to assist students and faculty during study halls and classes with all the resources and features of the Library including database navigation, research, printing, copying, independent studies/projects and book suggestions.

Kathleen Grace is the Instructional Technology Specialist, she assists students and faculty with the use of technology and also assists with passwords, Edline/GradeQuick, Google, and hardware. She is a Google Certified Educator and formerly taught computer science at Endicott College.  She is available to help faculty in designing and developing lessons that integrate technology and assisting in co-teaching these lessons.  Mrs. Grace is also the coordinator for the Technology and Engineering Department and the faculty advisor for Combat Robotics and the CTC Leadership Team.

Lauren Winterer is the Program Director for Connect & Commit, the Service-Learning (SL) Program at WHS. For those of you who do not know what SL is, it is a teaching and learning strategy that links meaningful service with instruction and reflection that ultimately enriches the learning experience. An example of this is when HS students take a computer class, go to a senior citizen home, and teach seniors some of the skills they learned in class, such as excel or web design. This teaching and learning strategy not only engages our students civically, but reinforces the lessons learned at school. Lauren implements SL at WHS by facilitating an afterschool, student-run club, by being a resource to teachers who are eager to integrate SL into their own teaching practice, and by being a liaison to community partners. To learn more about Connect & Commit check out their website at

We asked students what their favorite parts of the new library were and here are their responses:

“the couches, the windows the ventilation and the decor”

Upcoming Dates

I will continue to repost items and add dates to this weekly update-I apologize in advance for any omissions. Please email me to be posted onto this listing:

10/27-11/6 Hidden In Plain Sight-Drop in at Town Hall-

Interactive Exhibit for Ages 21+

Sponsored by Coalition

11/2-8am-11 am





Monday 11/2 2:30 pm Middlesex League CC Meet Woburn CC
Monday 11/2 6:00 pm Volleyball vs. Arlington Catholic Arlington Catholic
Monday 11/2 7:30 pm WHSPFA Meeting/Social WHS Dining Commons
Wednesday 11/4 3:00 pm Swimming League Meet Belmont HS
Friday 11/6 7:00 pm Football vs. Dracut


Dracut HS
Monday 11/9 7:00 pm What You Need to Talk to your Kids about Marijuana Griffin Museum-sponsored by Coalition
Wednesday 11/11 NO School-Veterans’ Day
Wednesday 11/11 11:11 am Parade around Winchester and then Veterans’ Day Ceremony

Featuring our Band

Town Hall Ceremony at Corner by Veterans’ Memorial
Friday 11/13 First Term Grades Close
Tuesday 11/17 7:00 pm Teen Depression for Students and Parents WHS Learning Commons
Tuesday-Thursday 11/17-11/19 WHS Drama Club presents

“Suite Surrender”

Town Hall
Wednesday 11/25 Early Release-Thanksgiving Break
Thursday/Friday 11/26-27 No School-Thanksgiving Break
Thursday 11/26 10:00 am

Thanksgiving GAME

Football vs. Woburn

Cheerleading, Band


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