Monday Memo–Edition #13
December 7, 2015
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Dear WHS Community,
I hope that you had a great week. As we move into our darkest days of our calendar, I am appreciative that our weather has been cooperating and we have been enjoying many warm days. I hope that it continues!
- After interviewing 4 outstanding candidates, we are proud to announce that Mrs. Sharon Martin from our Math Dept. will be our Advisor/Director for this year’s spring musical. There will be lots of excitement and ways for many to get involved and we will let you know how you can be part of our “maiden performance” in our new Auditorium.
- Revision-Last week, I mentioned that two of students Rosanna and Qiuyue, two seniors had worked on an App for Coalition. I would like to make a few corrections. They are not part of a larger group and have been working as a two member team on this initiative. The app is called 01890 (they have also included a link to my blog there too-which I appreciate). My deepest congratulations to these young women and their work.
- Once again this year, WHS will be participating in WHS Gives Back.
Last year, we were able to raise funds to help local families with gifts this holiday season. We are already looking to collect money in homerooms from now until next week. Thank you in advance for your donations.
Department Spotlight-Meet the Technology Department
Charlie Kacamburas is a Technology Education teacher here at WHS. He teaches Woodworking, Fabrication and Manufacturing, Architectural Design, and Engineering the Future. Charlie K is also the all time leading scorer for the Greek national lacrosse team with a grand total of 2 points, (in 53 career games). Both coming in a thrilling overtime win against rival Kazakhstan, a game some even call the “greatest game ever played on the island of Anafi”!
Craig Mackenzie is a Math and Technology Education teacher. In addition to Algebra, Craig teaches TV and Video Production, Engineering, and CAD (computer aided drawing). Before becoming a teacher,he was a mechanical engineer in the US Coast Guard primarily serving on the US Mexico border. Craig has been at WHS since 2009 where he also coaches football, wrestling, and heads the school’s Tech Crew. (Craig is also an administrative intern pursuing his licensure).
Jim Moriarty has a background in both business and computer education and is teaching courses in Web Design and Introduction to Computer Science this fall. In the spring, he will teach courses in Mobile Apps, Game Design, and Sports and Entertainment Marketing.
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.
Memo Shout Outs:
We have so much to be proud of here at WHS. I have asked our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Good luck to the Octets and Chamber Singers as they have been invited to sing the National Anthem at the Providence Bruins game on Saturday, Dec 5! Knock em dead with your awesome voices!
- This past Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 1st, the Chamber Singers and Octets were invited to the Jenks Center annual “Festival of Life Ceremony”. This ceremony is an intergenerational celebration that brings people of all ages together for wholesome conversation and community singing; building the gap between generations. Thank you Chamber Singers and Octets for engaging the seniors of the Jenks with kindness, and building, positive, meaningful relationships.
- Congratulations to member of our Concert Band and Jazz Band who participated in our “BookEnds” Concert last week. It was excellent!
- On December 3 our GEM-“Girls Empowered by More” group which is a self- esteem girls group led by 2 senior girls, and Amber Haines went to the “Empowering Girls Conference- Curate Your Life: Creating Your Own Story” at the Broad Institute in Cambridge MA sponsored by Office of Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. There were 3 women speakers including Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan who shared their personal experiences in life and how they developed into women who are successful, happy, and healthy. The girls learned about self-discovery, identifying strengths and assets through interactive activities and how to determine their own trajectory to success. It was a very positive and fun day and the girls hope to participate in more conferences like this in the future.
This upcoming week’s Day Schedule will be:
|Thurs. 12/10 Day 5||Friday 12/11
|PFA meeting||WHS Dining Commons|
|School Council Meeting||Principals’ Office|
|Girls Hockey vs. Groton||Groton|
|Boys Bball vs. Malden||Malden|
|Boys Hockey vs. Falmouth||Falmouth|
|Girls Track vs. Woburn||Lexington|
|Girls Hockey vs. St. Mary’s HS||Connery MDC rink|
|WHS Holiday Choral Concert||Winchester Town Hall|
|January 4||Return to School|
|January 9-9am||Practice Test for NEW SAT and ACT (sponsored by class of 2016) $10 at door or preregister at:||McCall Cafeteria|