Reposted-Monday Memo #17- January 11, 2016

Monday Memo–Edition #17

January 11, 2016

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Dear WHS Community,


I hope that you had a great week last week as we returned refreshed and ready to conquer the year ahead.  As you may realize, we are almost at the halfway mark of the year and this week is the week leading into midterms.  Most teachers have prepared and given out study guides and the students should be reviewing the material covered in class.  However, I found this article,  It gives some last minute advice on how to get ready for the tests.  Even though it is geared for college midterms, the strategies are good for all levels.  The article stresses making sure that students get a good night sleep, wear comfy clothes and eat a solid breakfast.  Please check in with your child and ask them where they are with their work and have them visit/reach if they are unclear on how to prepare for the exams next week.


Monday Updates:


  1. On Tuesday January 5th, 2016 the faculty and staff of Winchester High School participated in an ALICE Training (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) conducted by the Incident Management Team in close consultation with the Winchester Police and Fire Department, as well as our community partners from NEMLEC/STARS.  The teams reviewed incident management procedures and how to respond to an intruder in the building who is intending to do harm.  Evacuation and rally points were reviewed as well.  With the help of faculty and staff, students will be trained in February or March in ALICE, rally points, and how to utilize a developmentally appropriate response to life threatening situations that empower students and staff to make informed choices based on real-time information.Thank you to members of our IMT (Incident Management Team), Winchester Police and Fire who coordinated and ran the training as these drills are important and necessary.  We will fully alert our community prior to any drill scheduling.


  1. Repost- We will have the League of Women Voters here on Thursday to set up a pre-registration kiosk with members of our Student Council.  Here are the details:

  • If 16 or 17 years old and a United States Citizen (born or naturalized) you are eligible to register to vote.

  • Must actually be 18 years old on or before any Election Day (Federal, State, or Local) to cast a ballot.  In this case March 1, 2016 Presidential Primary.

  • To register online you must have a SSN or a Driver’s License issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   use this link to access the online voter registration.

  • Any questions on Absentee Balloting or Early Voting, you may contact our Town Clerk, Mrs. Lannon


Monday Shout Outs:

  1. I would like to recognized most of our ENTIRE math department who supported advisors-Mr. Lucas and Dr. Ahmad at the Regional Math Meet last week.  Though our team did not win, they competed well in a very competitive league!  The meet was late in the day and it was wonderful to see the department help their peers and our team host this regional meet!


Staff Spotlight

This week’s spotlight is from our Wellness Department.



Ms. Saba-Director

When I came to Winchester I started as a Winchester High School Physical Education/ Health Teacher.   I have taught in every school in the district except the middle school. From 1997 to present I have been teaching Physical Education/ Health at Muraco School.  In 2004, I became licensed as a Principal. In 2010, I became the Wellness Director for Winchester Public Schools and in 2013, the  Assistant Principal at Muraco Elementary School. I am a certified CPR/AED Heartsaver instructor as well as a District co-chair for the District Incident Management Team.I have two children, a son and daughter. My daughter presently lives in Seattle and my son has moved to Australia in December.  I enjoy walking and dancing for cardio-vascular exercise and firmly believe in teaching students to understand how to create and have a healthy lifestyle.


Mrs. Bremhorst

Mrs. B grew up in Billerica, MA. After high school, she received her undergraduate degree at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and her graduate degree at Emporia State University in Kansas. Mrs. Bremhorst has been teaching physical education and health for 16 years (10 years in Winchester). She currently coaches girls lacrosse and badminton at the high school and has previously coached the field hockey and ice hockey. She also enjoys singing, gardening, cooking and spending time with family. Mrs B lives in Methuen with her husband, Brad, 5 month old daughter, Audrina and her dog ”Gus”, a Bullmastiff.


Mr. Cacciapuoti

This is Mr. Cacciapuoti’s ninth year as a Physical Education and Health Teacher at Winchester High School.  Previously, he was a Physical Education and Health Teacher in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District. He is a certified Heartsaver CPR Instructor and a certified R.A.D. Systems Self-Defense Instructor.  Mr. Cacciapuoti received his undergraduate degree from Castleton State University and his master’s degree from Salem State University.  Mr. Cacciapuoti grew-up in Brooklyn, Connecticut where he attended Woodstock Academy and graduated in 1996.  He enjoys spending time with his family, participating in any sport he can, and watching movies.  Mr. Cacciapuoti lives in West Newbury, Massachusetts with his wife Mary and three children Ally(9), Will (6), and Jacob who was born this past March.


Mr. Dembowski

I work at the High School and Middle School and am coach of our football team.  I attended and graduated from Danvers High School in ‘84, College of the Holy Cross:  BA-Economics in ‘88, and Boston University: M. Ed- Education (PE/Coaching Specialization) in ‘07.  My wife, Tracie is a  Nurse Practitioner and we have been married 17 years.  We have two sons:  Andrew, who is 16 and attends St. John’s Prep and Tommy who is in Middle School in Danvers, where  we live.  We also enjoy summers on Square Pond in Maine enjoying water games and campfires.  My wife and I enjoy our son’s’ extracurricular events and we travel to their different events during the year.  I have been actively involved with the Winchester football community working with SYF helping to raise funds for Winchester Hospital, Winchester Got Lunch Program and the Winchester Light project. I have just spent four years as President of Danvers American Little League. I have been a youth coach in Little League and have also been involved in the Danvers Recreation program running Blast Ball and Little Hoopsters over the past few years.

Ms. LeClair

Teaching is a new career for Ms. LeClair. After graduating from Malden High School she put college on hold and went straight into the workforce. She has raised two wonderful daughters Shana, 24 who is an aspiring family law attorney and Alyssa 19, an aspiring orthodontist. As a single parent, Ms. LeClair attended Bunker Hill Community College majoring in the Culinary Arts and had a fun adventure in the field of foods. If you are in need of any recipes, definitely ask!  Next, she attended Salem State University majoring in Health and Family Consumer Sciences minoring in Psychology. It was during this time she decided to change careers from the Culinary Arts into the field of teaching. Ms. LeClair has taught for a few years now and finds teaching to be rewarding and challenging. Presently, Ms. LeClair is attending Southern New Hampshire University studying a Masters in Curriculum Instruction concentrating in Special Education. She now lives in New Hampshire, with her daughter Alyssa and her longtime companion Peter, who has been very supportive throughout all her educational endeavors. And a little added fun fact, Peter’s dad, who is no longer with us, Peter Livoti grew up  in the town of Winchester. This is Ms. LeClair’s first of hopefully, many exciting years here at Winchester High School.



I grew up and currently live in Winchester. I graduated from WHS, as did my father.

Following that,  I attended Salem State University and received an RN, BS in Nursing.

After that I worked for 25 years as a nurse at the New England Deaconess and Winchester

Hospitals, that specialized in surgical nursing. Also, I worked as a lab assistant in the Science Department at WHS for seven years before beginning to teach in Family Consumer Science labs two years ago. I am married with two adult children, a girl and a boy who both also graduated from WHS.Aside from my family, my passions include cooking (of course), integrative health and politics. I am also a Reiki Master.


Ms. Turney

I grew up in western Maryland among the coal miners and farmers.  As a matter of fact, when my school went on field trips to Washington, DC, people were surprised that we had indoor plumbing!  I earned my Bachelor of Science degree at Youngstown State University – Go Penguins! (Luckily, their colors are black and red, too!)  I also hold a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from Cambridge College.  I chose education as a career when I became a single mother and needed to work in a job that would give me time to spend with my son.  I’ve been teaching for 25, years – 16 of them here in Winchester.  My first school was Muraco, where I became famous as the teacher whose kids sat on yoga balls.  My passions are travel, camping off the grid, teaching young feminists, anything around designing and creating costumes and clothing and knitting.  I’m basically an introvert and usually don’t feel comfortable in social situations.  I like to use my social energy in small groups talking about and doing the things I love.  Currently, I am parenting a three year old who will be 20 when I am 70!


This week’s schedule will be:



Day 6


Day 7


Day 1


Day 2


Day 3





Monday 1/11 5:00 pm

Boys Hockey vs. BC High

UMass Boston

Monday 1/11 6:00 pm

Damn Yankees Cast  Parent Information Meeting

Science Lecture Room

Third Floor

Monday 1/11 7:00 pm

*time was incorrect last week

WHS Orchestra Concert

Dining Commons

Tuesday 1/12 9:00 am

WHS/McCall Parent Conversations

“If Only” Screening

Learning Commons

Tuesday 1/12 3:30 pm

Nordic Ski Meet

Weston Track

Tuesday 1/12 4:00 pm

Track vs. Belmont

BU Track and tennis

Tuesday 1/12  5:00 pm

Boys bball vs. Belmont

Home-Woburn HS

Tuesday 1/12  7:00 pm

Girls bball vs. Belmont

Home-Woburn HS

Wednesday 1/13 4:00 pm

Boys Swimming s. Belmont


Wednesday 1/13 6:00 pm

Boys Hockey vs. Belmont


Wednesday 1/13 7:00 pm

Wrestling vs. Reading


Wednesday 1/13 8:00 pm

Girls Hockey vs. Belmont


Thursday 1/14 lunch time

League of Women Voters-Voter Registration Kiosk

Dining Commons

Thursday 1/14 3:30

Alpine Ski Slalom

Nashoba Ski Area

Thursday 1/14 7:00 pm

PSAT Interpretation Workshop-Guidance

WHS Open Meeting Space

LC1-follow signs

Thursday 1/14 7:30

Gymnastics vs. Reading

Gym Street USA

Friday 1/15 5:00 pm

Boys Bball vs. Arlington

Arlington Red Gym

Friday 1/15 7:00 pm

Girls Bball vs. Arlington

Arlington Red Gym

Saturday 1/16 2:00 pm

Boys Hockey vs. Arlington


Saturday 1/16 4:00 pm

Girls Hockey vs. Arlington


January 18

NO School MLK Day

Monday January 18 12:00 pm

Gymnastic vs. Burlington


Monday January 18 2:30 pm

Girls Bball vs. Wakefield


Monday January 18 4:00 pm

Boys Bball vs. Wakefield


January 19-22



Schedule-pls. look at revised schedule


1/19 B Class (7:45-8:40)

G Class (8:45-9:40)

A Exam (9:45-11:15)

1/20 B Exam (7:45-9:15)

C Exam (9:30-11:00)

1/21 D Exam (7:45-9:15)

E Exam (9:30-11:00)

1/22 F Exam (7:45-9:15)

G Exam (9:30-11:00)

Make-ups 1/19-1/22 afternoon 12:45 to 2:15


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